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February 2018

Passport to Worlds of Music Spring Series 2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - Saturday, May 19, 2018
San Diego, CA United States
$20
Passport Series Spring 2018

The Center for World Music presents an informal concert series of classical and folk music traditions that will introduce you to the sounds, aesthetics, and cultural significance of the music of select regions from around the world.

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From Ireland to San Diego

Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Kalabash School of Music and the Arts, 5725 La Jolla Boulevard
La Jolla, CA 92037
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$20

A noted singer, dancer, and bodhrán (Irish drum) player, Máirtín de Cógáin has gathered a group of the finest Irish-American musicians around him. Together, this group brings the story of de Cógáin's native Cork to an appreciative international following.

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March 2018

Raga, Roots & Re-imaginings

Sunday, March 4, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024
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$20
Sheela Bringi

An evening of reimagined music featuring Hindustani harpist, singer, and bansuri flutist Sheela Bringi, with longtime collaborator Clinton Patterson, tabla artist Miles Shrewsbery, and bassist Brent Kuecker

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Singing the Ancient Memories of Finland

Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Kalabash School of Music and the Arts, 5725 La Jolla Boulevard
La Jolla, CA 92037
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$20
Merja Soria

Merja Soria, a native of Finland, performs the touching music of her Finnish heritage. She combines kantele (Finnish folk zither) and the ethereal sounds of the voice to sing the haunting songs of Suomi (Finland).

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April 2018

Classical and Folk Music of Iran

Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Kalabash School of Music and the Arts, 5725 La Jolla Boulevard
La Jolla, CA 92037
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$20
Dornob Trio

Dornob is a collective of musicians – now spanning two generations – who've been playing Iranian music in San Diego since 1984. The Dornob Trio will give you a delicious sampling of the classical and folk music of Iran and the Iranian diaspora.

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May 2018

Traditional Zulu Song, Dance & Stories

Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Kalabash School of Music and the Arts, 5725 La Jolla Boulevard
La Jolla, CA 92037
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$20
Nomsa Burkhardt

Nomsa Burkhardt is an extraordinary South African musician and dancer. She and her fellow musicians will be presenting traditional Zulu drumming, songs, and dance, intertwined with stories of the rich Zulu heritage and culture.

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June 2018

Songs & Stories: Refugee Artists in San Diego

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - Thursday, June 21, 2018
Multiple Locations, See Individual Event
San Diego, CA United States
Free
Songs & Stories: Refugee Artists in San Diego

Songs and Stories: Refugee Artists in San Diego performing artists will include Matrida Umoja Band (Congo), Revelation Gospel Band (East and Central Africa), Emanuel Adamson (Congo), Shifaa: Iraqi Refugee Women’s Drum Circle (Iraq), Ari Honarvar (Iran) and Dlan Dary (Syria), and the Music House (Middle East).

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Songs and Stories: Voices of Hope from Africa

Saturday, June 9, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
San Diego Central Library, Neil Morgan Auditorium, 330 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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Free
Matrida Umoja

This event highlights musicians and artists from within San Diego’s refugee communities. Lively performances and real conversations with Marida Boazi, the Revelation Gospel Band, and Emmanuel Adamson immerse audiences in the cultures and journeys of a seldom heard segment of San Diego's vibrant and diverse population.

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Songs and Stories: Musicians of the Middle East

Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Logan Heights Branch Library, 567 S 28th St
San Diego, CA 92113 United States
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Free
Dlan Dary

The Songs and Stories: Musicians of the Middle East aims to highlight musicians from within San Diego’s refugee communities. Join Dlan Dary and Music House in lively performances and real conversations about the cultures and journeys of a seldom heard segment of San Diego's diverse & vibrant population. 

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Odissi Dance School Spring Recital

Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Torrey Hills Elementary School, 10830 Calle Mar De Mariposa
San Diego, CA 92130 United States
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Free
Odissi School Recital

You are warmly invited to join the Center for World Music's Odissi Dance School for its spring recital. The program will be directed by Sri Rajesh Kumar Palai, visiting teacher from the Orissa Dance Academy, Bhubaneswar, India. Students will demonstrate their knowledge and skill through performance of various items.

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Songs and Stories: Transformation through Rhythm & Word

Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
City Heights/Weingart Library and Performance Annex, 3795 Fairmount Ave
San Diego, CA 92105 United States
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Free
Transformation Through Rhythm & Word

This event highlights performers from within San Diego’s refugee communities. Join poet/performer Ari Honarvar and the Iraqi Refugee Drum Circle for lively performances, real conversations, and a participatory experience in the culture and journeys of a seldom heard segment of San Diego's vibrant and diverse population. 

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June Southern California Mbira Player Get-Together

Saturday, June 30, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
RSVP for Participatory House Recital Location San Diego, CA 2176 United States
Mbira Keys

Advanced mbira players from around Southern California gather to celebrate and play this extraordinary instrument. Admission is free, but space is limited. Bring your instrument(s). Please RSVP to Lewis Peterman to reserve your space and get directions to the venue.

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July 2018

5th Annual Mariachi Women’s Festival

Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, 320 S Mission Drive
San Gabriel, CA 91776 United States
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Mariachi Divas

The Mariachi Women's Festival aims to recognize and empower mariachi women throughout the world. Don't miss out on the July 21 Festival!

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September 2018

2018–19 Passport to Worlds of Music Series

Saturday, September 1, 2018 - Friday, May 31, 2019
Music of the Middle East

The Center for World Music is planning an exciting 2018–19 concert season. Be the first to find out the details of our next series of concerts and events by signing up for our electronic newsletter.

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September Southern California Mbira Player Get-Together

Saturday, September 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
RSVP for Participatory House Recital Location San Diego, CA 2176 United States
Mbira Keys

Advanced mbira players from around Southern California gather to celebrate and play this extraordinary instrument. Admission is free, but space is limited.

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Rajeev Taranath: Hindustani Ragas

Friday, September 28, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
MiraCosta College Concert Hall, 1 Barnard Drive, Bldg. 2400
Oceanside, CA 92056
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Rajeev Taranath

An evening of North Indian classical music with internationally acclaimed artist Rajeev Taranath, sarod,  accompanied by Abhiman Kaushal, tabla. A brilliant performer and award-winning composer, Taranath is today one of the world’s leading exponents of the sarod.

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Music From Zimbabwe: A Fall Celebration

Saturday, September 29, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Free
mbira performance

The Center for World Music presents an intimate house concert of mbira music from Zimbabwe.

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October 2018

Odissi Dance School Fall Recital

Sunday, October 7, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Torrey Hills Elementary School, 10830 Calle Mar De Mariposa
San Diego, CA 92130 United States
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Free
Odissi School Performance

You are warmly invited to join us for the Center for World Music Odissi Dance School's quarterly recital. The program will be directed by Sri Rajesh Kumar Palai, visiting teacher from the Orissa Dance Academy, Bhubaneswar, India.

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November 2018

An Evening of Koto Music with Kozue Matsumoto

Saturday, November 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Kalabash School of Music and the Arts, 5725 La Jolla Boulevard
La Jolla, CA 92037
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$20
Kozue Matsumoto

Join the Center for World Music for an evening of koto (Japanese zither) music with Kozue Matsumoto. Matsumoto will guide the audience through a performance of traditional and contemporary koto music.

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Balinese Gamelan at the Museum of Photographic Arts

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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Free
Museum School Balinese Performance

This exciting, free performance will be offered by students from the Museum School, which is located nearby in Bankers Hill, where students grades K–8 study this fascinating musical art form every week throughout the school year.

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December 2018

Throat Singing from the Altai Mountains of Southern Siberia

Thursday, December 6, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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$20
Altai Kai Featured

The Center for World Music is happy to present Altai Kai. The members of Altai Kai are throat singing virtuosos, skilled in the different styles and variations of kai (the Altai word for throat singing) and folk instruments.

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January 2019

Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble: Music and Dance of the Southern Philippines

Saturday, January 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bonita-Sunnyside Branch Library, 4375 Bonita Road
Bonita, CA 91902 United States
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Pakaraguian Kulintang

Join Bonita Sunnyside County Library for a free, family friendly, music performance of Pakaraguian (PAW-KAH_RAW_GIYON) Kulintang (Cool Lynn Tong) Ensemble. Using indigenous forms of instrumentation (gongs, kettles, and drums) the ensemble will fill the community room with rhythmic celebratory music and dances from the Muslim Societies of the Southern Philippines.  Following the performance, the Ensemble will offer interactive hands-on opportunities to play the instruments and learn basic dance movements.

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An Evening of Middle Eastern Classical Music

Saturday, January 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Kalabash School of Music and the Arts, 5725 La Jolla Boulevard
La Jolla, CA 92037
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$20
An Evening of Middle Eastern Classical Music

Join us for an evening of Middle Eastern classical music with violinist and singer Luay Yousif, drummer Omar Alchi, and guitarist Jack Tamas. Luay will present traditional songs and instrumentals of the Middle East as well as his own original compositions.

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February 2019

Nomsa Burkhardt: South African Music and Dance

Saturday, February 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bonita-Sunnyside Branch Library, 4375 Bonita Road
Bonita, CA 91902 United States
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Nomsa Burkhardt

Join Bonita-Sunnyside County Library for a lively performance of folk music, stories, dance, and language from the Zulu and Xhosa peoples. Nomsa Burkhardt, world music artist and educator, will bring us on a musical journey of South Africa.

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Bulgarian Village Music

Saturday, February 23 @ 7:00 pm
Kalabash School of Music and the Arts, 5725 La Jolla Boulevard
La Jolla, CA 92037
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EVENT SOLD OUT! Join us for an evening in an imaginary Bulgarian home full of traditional singing and music (and maybe even a bit of dancing and some snacks) with Tzvetanka Varimezova, a wonderful singer and tambura (lute) player, and her husband Ivan Varimezov, Bulgaria's best bagpiper.

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March 2019

Sedyanka: At Home with Bulgarian Music

Saturday, March 23 @ 7:00 pm
Kalabash School of Music and the Arts, 5725 La Jolla Boulevard
La Jolla, CA 92037
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$20

EVENT SOLD OUT! In response to popular demand, this is the second concert highlighting Bulgarian folk music. This is the fifth of an eight-concert series in the Center for World Music’s Passport to Worlds of Music 2018-19 Season. 

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Clinton Davis: Old Time American Music

Saturday, March 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bonita-Sunnyside Branch Library, 4375 Bonita Road
Bonita, CA 91902 United States
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Free
Clinton Davis

Clinton Davis will perform traditional American music from Appalachia and the Deep South on banjo, fiddle, guitar, and harmonica.

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April 2019

Traditional Georgian Polyphonic Singing

Saturday, April 13 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, 3025 Denver Street
San Diego, CA 92117 United States
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$25
Traditional Georgian Polyphonic Singing: Ensemble Adilei

Join the CWM in welcoming Ensemble Adilei and the Chamgeliani Sisters from the Republic of Georgia. This very special evening will introduce you to the sacred and secular spaces of the oldest tradition of polyphonic music in the world. All are welcome.

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Claudia Lyra: Brazilian Folktales and Music

Saturday, April 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bonita-Sunnyside Branch Library, 4375 Bonita Road
Bonita, CA 91902 United States
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Free

Bonita Sunnyside County Library presents Claudia Lyra (director of Nós de Chita from Brazil) for an exciting hour of Brazilian folktales and rhythms. This fun, interactive program will take you on a journey through Brazil using song, dance, and folktales. Your heart will beat in rhythm with the traditions and culture of this diverse and vibrant South American country.

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May 2019

Jie Ma: Chinese Pipa Music

Saturday, May 4 @ 7:00 pm
Kalabash School of Music and the Arts, 5725 La Jolla Boulevard
La Jolla, CA 92037
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$20

Join us for an evening of traditional and modern Chinese pipa (plucked lute) music, played by internationally acclaimed musician and educator, Jie Ma.

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Odissi Dance School India Cyclone Benefit Concert

Saturday, May 25 @ 4:30 pm
La Costa Canyon High School, David H. Thompson Performing Arts Center, 1 Maverick Way
Carlsbad, CA 92009 United States
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CWM Odissi School master teacher Rudraprasad Swain and two additional internationally recognized dancers, Shalini and Shibani Patnaik, will be special guest artists at the school's annual Program on May 25. The event will be a benefit concert for victims of Cyclone Fani.

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June 2019

Canyon Crest Academy Javanese Gamelan Concert

Tuesday, June 4 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Canyon Crest Academy, 5951 Village Center Loop Road
San Diego, CA 92130
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Free

Come and experience an outstanding concert of traditional Javanese music, featuring the gamelan ensemble of Canyon Crest Academy High School in Carmel Valley, accompanied by visiting musicians and singers from CalArts. They will perform a program of Javanese gamelan music, led by Center for World Music master teaching artist in residence Pak Djoko Walujo Wimboprasetyo.

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August 2019

Saptavarna: Seven Shades of Dance

Sunday, August 4 @ 4:00 pm
University of California, San Diego, Mandeville Auditorium
La Jolla, CA 92093 United States
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Saptavarna, Seven Shades of Dance, will showcase on one stage seven of the major classical dance forms of India: Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Kuchupudi, Mohiniyattam, Kathak, Manipuri, and Contemporary. This extraordinary program was conceptualized by Director Aruna Mohanty, winner of the Padma Shree and Sangeeta Natak awards.

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September 2019

2019–20 Passport to Worlds of Music Series

Sunday, September 1, 2019 - Saturday, May 30, 2020
San Diego, CA United States
World map with title of series

The Center for World Music's 2019-2020 Passport to Worlds of Music Series will be an exciting season of concerts representing Africa, Mexico, Poland, and beyond. Be the first to get details on this series and other events by signing up for our electronic newsletter.

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Lucibela, Cape Verde’s Voice of Gold

Sunday, September 22 @ 6:00 pm
WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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$30
Lucibela standing in front of a door.

“Ever since the death of legendary diva Cesária Évora in 2011, the world has been waiting for another Cape Verdean singer with her sublime poise and emotional power. We may have just found her in Lucibela” - All Things Considered, NPR

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January 2020

Preservation Through Improvisation: The Korean Haegeum

Saturday, January 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd
La Jolla, CA 92037 United States
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$23
Woman holding string instrument looking over shoulder

Soo Yeon Lyuh is a master of the haegeum, a traditional Korean bowed instrument. She is known for her flawless technique and full command of the haegeum’s traditional repertoire. At the same time, she is widely recognized for promoting the creation of new pieces for the instrument.

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February 2020

The Musical Legacy of an African Empire: Kora Music from Senegal

Saturday, February 15, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd
La Jolla, CA 92037 United States
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$23
Amadou Fall playing the kora, aka African harp

Amadou Fall is a native of Senegal, West Africa who hopes to bring people together in peace with music from Africa and the breath-taking sounds of his kora.

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April 2020

South Indian Classical Music: K. S. Resmi

Saturday, April 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd
La Jolla, CA 92037 United States
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$23

K. S. Resmi is a leading vocalist and teacher in the South Indian, or Carnatic, tradition of classical music. For this special performance, Resmi will be accompanied by Siddharth Ashokkumar, violin, and Raamkumar Balamurthi, mridangam (barrel drum).

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