Zimbabwe Day

Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito Newsletter, May 2013

The Griset Branch of the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, CA, had a special celebration of “Zimbabwe Day” on April 18, 2013.  The event was supported by a generous grant from the Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation and help from the Center for World Music.

The children were able to experience music from a different country, while learning about other cultures, having fun, and meeting new friends. . . . The children learned a song and several were able to play for visiting guests including Papa Masuka and his son Vitalis who were born in Zimbabwe.

 

 

 

Ade Suparman

Good Morning San Diego, April 30, 2013

Indonesian visiting artist Ade Suparman appears on KUSI TV, celebrating the Center for World Music’s 50th Anniversary and a $50K grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

ISI Solo Gamelan

San Diego Magazine, May 3, 2012

A nice report on our May 2012 Java concert series, cosponsored with the David Allen Collection and the Indonesian Consulate . . .

The Center for World Music presents an evening of Indonesian music, dance and puppetry. Over 20 professional musicians and dancers, a Balinese puppeteer, and a Balinese painter are traveling from Indonesia to San Diego for this event. Performances include Javanese gamelan with dance, a Balinese shadow puppet play, and a Balinese painting exhibition.

[The full article is no longer available online.]

CWM World Music in the Schools

Art Works!, October 2011

The California Arts Council asks a question very important to the Center for World Music: “How can the traditional performing arts of cultures East and West help to promote a healthy and enriched world?”

The California Arts Council (CAC) has supported Center for World Music teaching artist residencies in K-12 schools for over 10 years. The residencies have provided thousands of San Diego students with weekly, year-round, hands-on workshops in the performing arts from six broad cultural areas of the world: South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, and Europe.

Read more here.

UT Article Photo Canyon Crest

San Diego Union Tribune, June 1, 2011

Canyon Crest Academy has become the first public high school in San Diego County to receive a Grammy Signature Schools Enterprise Award. The $5,500 award was in recognition of the high quality of the school’s music program, and in particular its “border-leaping” Javanese gamelan ensemble.

Canyon Crest is the first school anywhere that ever that applied to us for funding for a gamelan ensemble. Our screening panel and blue-ribbon committee — which includes the president of Disney Music and the chairmen of the music departments at USC and UCLA — though that was really cool.

—David R. Sears, Senior Director of Education, Grammy Foundation

Canyon Crest inaugurated its gamelan classes in 2010 in cooperation with the Center for World Music’s World Music in the Schools program. The Canyon Crest gamelan is directed by World Music in the Schools artist in residence Pak Djoko Walujo.

Read the full UT article here.

 

Tabla Class

The Participant Observer, October 2010

The CWM is featured in an article in San Diego’s premier multicultural newsletter . . .

 During the 2009-2010 school year, the Center served 2,210 students at 9 schools with long-term weekly classes (13-28 weeks) and provided an additional 3,240 students at these 9 schools with school-wide assembly performances by the Center’s teaching artists, reaching a total of 5,450 students.

Read the full article here.

SDSU Javanese Gamela

San Diego CityBeat, September 22, 2010

A report on the 2010 SDSU-CWM World Music Series . . .

These two enduring world-music institutions are teaming up to co-produce a fall concert series featuring SDSU instructors and San Diego artists performing everything from Appalachian folk tunes to Javanese gamelan.

For more than 20 years, . . . the School of Music and Dance has hosted this concert series as part of the school’s world-music course material. “These classes don’t have textbooks with them. They have live performances, instead.”

Here’s the full story.

Persian Drum Class

Peyk: The Persian Cultural Center’s Bilingual Magazine, September 1, 2010

Our friends at the Persian Cultural Center of San Diego have published a nice article about our World Music in the Schools program in Persian music and culture at King-Chavez Academies in San Diego. The instructor is Kourosh Taghavi, a world-renowned professional setar player, and CWM teaching artist in residence.

Mr. Taghavi teaches about 250 K-5th grade students at King-Chavez Academies, where he is on campus for two full days a week. As the students learn about Persian classical music, they are introduced to Persian culture as well. . . . In the spring of 2010, the demand for the program increased beyond the resources that were immediately available, so the Center reached out to the Iranian-American community in California and members of the community responded generously.

The CWM is thankful for this support, and we’re sure the students would agree!

Read the full story here.

Robert E Brown

Society for Ethnomusicology Newsletter, January 2006

A tribute to Robert E. Brown, founder of the Center for World Music, who passed away in November, 2005 . . .

Bob viewed himself as an unconventional guide—a maverick leading the way for others toward a life of meaning, morality, and beauty through resourcefulness, courage, and persistence. Those of us who knew Bob well viewed him as a clever thinker, an eloquent speaker, a gifted writer, and a tireless champion for his ideal of a fully lived life: meaningful accomplishments, correct action, and appreciation of beauty.

View the full article as a PDF.