Angelique Kidjo

Angélique Kidjo to Perform with the San Diego Symphony Sunday

Our friends at the San Diego Symphony are presenting a concert that should be of great interest to world music fans. Singer Angélique Kidjo, hailed as “Africa’s premier diva,” will perform this weekend with guitarist Dominic James and the symphony orchestra in a Bayside Summer Nights Concert in downtown San Diego. Guest conductor will be Gast Waltzing, who shared a Grammy award with the Beninese vocalist for her album “Sings.” Other notable artists to collaborate with Kidjo include Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keys, Carlos Santana and Cassandra Wilson.

Sunday, August 13, 2017 | 7:30 pm | Embarcadero Marina Park South

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Here’s a recent San Diego Union Tribune article about Angélique Kidjo.  For a taste of her music, go to Kidjo’s YouTube channel.

 

 

 

Varimezova Family

Living Masters of Bulgarian Folk Music in LA, April 18, 2015

The Artatani World Series continues Saturday, April 18 with a not-to-be missed performance of the Varimezov family, together with Moira Smiley and VOCO. Probably a good idea to get tickets in advance!

Szvetanka and Ivan Varimezov are recognized around the world as living masters of Bulgarian Folk music. They tour extensively and teach across Europe and America, so much so that singer Moira Smiley calls them the “Pied Pipers of Bulgarian music.” Known for their powerful polyphonic vocals they are also masters of doumbek, tupan, bagpipe and accordion. In a rare family appearance, daughters Radka and Tanya add their own vocal and instrumental genius.

Check details at festivalofsacredmusic.org.

Gamelan Sekar Jaya LA

“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” (TempoMagazine). True to Balinese tradition, the Bay Area-based musicians and dancers learn the complex musical figurations and elaborate choreographies through intensive training with master teachers. The orchestra is composed of bronze metallophones, bamboo marimbas, tuned gongs, drums and flutes which the musicians play with technical precision and collective spirit. The performance includes the masked dance of Jauk Manis, the “sweet demon” character who is both mischievous and endearing.

Both events are free, but the Saturday workshop has limited space and an RSVP is required.

Jen Shyu

Jen Shyu Performs “Solo Rites: Seven Breaths,” Feb 2

2014 Doris Duke Impact Award recipient Jen Shyu explores multi-cultural identities through a musical journey, with special guest Mark Dresser, Monday, February 2, at 7pm at UCSD’s Loft.

. . . a personal journey of loss and redemption made universal through the exploration of hardships that plagues our modern world: loss of tradition, habitat, and public spaces. Sonic, visual, and visceral rites and reflections are discovered by pilgrimage through Taiwan, East Timor, Indonesia, Vietnam, and South Korea. . . .

Details here.

Happy Traum

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

Mariachi Aztlan

USD Presents Two-Day Student Mariachi Showcase 2015, 1/16-17

Here’s something exciting at the University of San Diego. The USD Mariachi Program, directed by Serafin Paredes, and the Department of Music present the USD Student Mariachi Showcase 2015. This event is a two-day Mariachi Showcase featuring the best high school mariachi ensembles around San Diego and in the Southland, competing to perform in the professional Mariachi Showcase on Saturday, January 17.

Student Mariachi Showcase
Friday , January 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall, University of San Diego
General admission is $10. Tickets are at the door.

Student Mariachi Winner Showcase & Special Performance by Mariachi Aztlán
Saturday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall, University of San Diego

The Mariachi Winner Showcase on Saturday, January 17 features the phenomenal Mariachi Aztlán with special guest mariachis and the winning ensembles from high schools in the Southland. General admission is $20. Tickets are available at the door.

Here’s a map to the USD campus venue.   And here’s a nice flyer.

For additional information, please call the USD Music Department Office at (619) 260-2938 or visit their website at www.sandiego.edu/cas/music.

Cup of Java

Cup of Java: Gamelan Music & Dance from Yogyakarta, Nov. 29 in LA

Looks like a first-rate performance of Javanese court music and dance, featuring ten dancers from the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI), Yogyakarta, and musicians from CalArts, upcoming on Saturday, November 29, 2014 in LA.  Highly recommended!

This program will include a broad range of Javanese works from refined mask dancing, to a duel of elaborately adorned woman warriors, to a male quartet of dynamic strength and dignity — all to the dramatic soundscapes of the gamelan. The culmination of this diverse program is Karna’s Choice — a story about the sorrows of war, the love of a mother, and the loyalty of brothers — as retold from the beloved Indian epic, the Mahabharata.

Check out their interesting blog:

http://www.festivalofsacredmusic.org/category/blog/