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Balkan Music and Dance Workshops this Summer

The East European Folklife Center is sponsoring two Balkan music and dance workshops this summer, one in Mendicino Woodlands, CA (June 27-July 4) and one in Iroquois Springs, NY (August 8-15). Since 1977 the West Coast edition of the EEFC’s Balkan Music & Dance Workshop has been gathering amidst the towering redwoods of the Northern California […]

Gamelan Sekar Jaya Celebrates its 35th Anniversary, May 1-2

Gamelan Sekar Jaya celebrates its 35th anniversary Friday and Saturday, May 1-2, 2015 in San Francisco with a program of traditional and new work for Balinese gamelan and dance, and the world premiere of “Mikrokosma” by guest performers of the Lightbulb Ensemble. Sekar Jaya’s 60 performers, led by company director Emiko Saraswati Susilo and guest […]

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World Music Instrument: The Karimba Mbira

We continue our series of reports on the fascinating variety of musical instruments that students in World Music in the Schools enjoy working with . . . The mbira is a hand-held musical instrument that evolved in sub-Saharan Africa. In its many different forms, it is capable of producing both intimate singable melodies for meditation […]

Waiting for San Diego’s Folk Dance Revival

Union Tribune San Diego, April 12, 2015 Coverage of a Center for World Music Concert Series event, the International Folk Dance Clubs of Balboa Park’s Springfest 2015. On a wood-floored ballroom in Balboa Park, a smattering of international folk dance enthusiasts paced their way Sunday through provincial traditions from Quebec, Scandinavia, Scotland, Romania and Greece. […]

How Did Ancient Greek Music Sound?

A scholar at Oxford University is reconstructing the sound of ancient Greek music, of which we obviously have no recordings . . . Imagine if we could reconstruct the music, rediscover the instruments that played them, and hear the words once again in their proper setting, how exciting that would be. This is about to happen […]

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World Music Instrument: The Tabla

We continue our series of reports on the fascinating variety of musical instruments that students in World Music in the Schools enjoy working with . . . The tabla is a paired drum set from the northern regions of South Asia (North India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and parts of Afghanistan).  Consisting of a high drum […]

Ten Fun Facts About the Irish Fiddle

Even Google is featuring the Irish fiddle on its home page today!  As a modest contribution to your St. Patrick’s Day revels, an interesting article about the instrument . . . The fiddle has survived generational changes from its start as a low-class instrument popular among the poor. Now, the Irish fiddle is playing an […]

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Spotlight: Persian Classical Musician, Kourosh Taghavi

San Diego Participant Observer, March 12, 2015 Kourosh Taghavi, master of Persian classical music and pillar of the CWM’s World Music in the Schools program, is featured in an article by Amanda Kelly. Kourosh Taghavi, instrumentalist, vocalist and Persian classical musician boasts a passionate approach to music that has impacted audiences around the world. His collaborative […]