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Happy Lunar New Year! U-T Details San Diego Events

Thursday, February 19, 2015 is the New Year for many San Diego residents of East and Southeast Asian heritage. There will be many celebrations.  The San Diego Union Tribune details some local events if you’d like to catch one: The Lunar New Year is already being observed in San Diego with festivals, parades and other […]

Great Ted-Ed Video: How Playing Music Benefits Your Brain

Here’s an excellent (and cute!) Ted-Ed animated video on the benefits of playing musical instruments.  Well-worth five minutes . . . When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita […]

PBS’s “State of Music” Documents Master Musicians of Southern Appalachia

A new PBS documentary, narrated by Appalachian musician David Holt, introduces a rich history of music and musicians, extending into the present: Grammy Award-winning performer David Holt introduces viewers to modern masters of traditional music in the Southern mountains and remembers the greats who taught him. Featured artists are Bryan Sutton, Josh Goforth, Rhiannon Giddens […]

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“Gamelan Weekend” in LA: Gamelan Sekar Jaya Workshop and Concert, Feb 21-22

For lovers of Balinese music and dance, this will be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a “hands-on” workshop and concert. The Music Center in downtown LA will host the Saturday, February 21 workshop and the concert on Sunday the 22nd. Gamelan Sekar Jaya is internationally recognized as “the finest Balinese gamelan ensemble outside of Indonesia” […]

Del Mar Heights Builds Awareness and Ability with World Music

Del Mar Times, February 8, 2015 A report on a thriving World Music in the Schools sponsored, artists-in-residence program at Del Mar Heights School, north of San Diego, which seeks to help children “become creative, expressive members of their communities.” Each grade level at Del Mar Heights has multiple instructional sessions with visiting musicians and […]

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World Music Instrument: The Agogô

The first in a planned series of reports on the fascinating variety of musical instruments that students in World Music in the Schools enjoy working with . . . The agogô is an instrument used widely in West Africa, Brazil, and throughout the world. The name comes from ágogo (AH-go-go) meaning “double bell” in the tonal Yoruba language […]

Legendary Folk Musician Happy Traum in Poway, Jan 30

A Presentation of San Diego Folk Heritage Happy Traum, with Chris Clarke Friday, January 30, 2015  • 7:30 pm Templar’s Hall 14134 Midland Road Poway, CA 92064 Admission: $18 (SDFH members $15) For details, including Guitar Workshop with Happy Traum on Sunday, February 1, see the San Diego Folk Heritage website. HappyTraum.com