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September 2018

2018–19 Concert Season

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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July 2018

5th Annual Mariachi Women’s Festival

Saturday, July 21 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, 320 S Mission Drive
San Gabriel, CA 91776 United States
$25 – $70
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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June 2018

June Southern California Mbira Player Get-Together

Saturday, June 30 @ 7:00 pm
RSVP for Participatory House Recital Location San Diego, CA 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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Songs and Stories: Transformation through Rhythm & Word

Thursday, June 21 @ 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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Odissi Dance School Spring Recital

Sunday, June 17 @ 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: Musicians of the Middle East

Saturday, June 16 @ 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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Songs and Stories: Voices of Hope from Africa

Saturday, June 9 @ 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 & Stories: Refugee Artists in San Diego

Saturday, June 9 - Thursday, June 21
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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May 2018

Traditional Zulu Song, Dance & Stories

Saturday, May 19 @ 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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April 2018

Classical and Folk Music of Iran

Saturday, April 21 @ 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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March 2018

Singing the Ancient Memories of Finland

Saturday, March 24 @ 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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Raga, Roots & Re-imaginings

Sunday, March 4 @ 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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February 2018

From Ireland to San Diego

Saturday, February 17 @ 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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Passport to Worlds of Music Spring Series 2018

Saturday, February 17 - Saturday, May 19
$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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October 2017

Magical Mystery Tour of the World’s Music

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - Thursday, November 2, 2017 @ 9:00 pm
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One event on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 7:00pm

Free
Alash Ensemble

As a sincere thank you to those who faithfully support the CWM's programs, our new president, Tim Rice, will host several instances of a special donor appreciation program for Center for World Music invited guests in October and November of 2017. Each session will feature an informal, illustrated talk titled the “Magical Mystery Tour of the World’s Music."

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Odissi Dance School October Student Recital

Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Odissi Dance School, 2225 9th Street
Encinitas, CA 92024 United States
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Free
Odissi Dancers

Join us for the Monthly Dance Recital of the Center for World Music's Odissi Dance School. Each month the school hosts a performance in which students present dance compositions that they have mastered under the instruction of our master teacher from India, Sri Rudraprasad Swain of the Orissa Dance Academy.

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October Southern California Mbira Player Get-Together

Saturday, October 14, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
RSVP for Participatory House Recital Location San Diego, CA United States
Mbira Closeup

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. Download the flyer here.

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September 2017

Harmony & Motion International Music and Dance Festival

Friday, September 29, 2017 - Sunday, October 1, 2017
Creative School of Performing and Visual Arts, 5050 Conrad Ave
San Diego, CA 92117 United States
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Harmony and Motion

Harmony & Motion will celebrate the exquisite diversity of music and dance in San Diego. Show your support for cultural diversity by attending this year's festival! Blending professional and highly-skilled amateur live music with talented dancers, the festival offers a world tour of exciting music and dance.

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September Traditional Irish Music House Session

Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Free
Traditional Irish Music House Session

Come and join us at a private home in La Mesa for a participatory session of traditional Irish music. This gathering will take place in lieu of the Tijuana session.

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Odissi Dance Workshop

Sunday, September 17, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
La Vie Dance & Culture, 325 West Washington Street, Suites 7 & 8
San Diego, CA 92103 United States
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$20
Meghna Odissi

Join us for an Odissi dance workshop featuring master teacher, Rudraprasad Swain. Odissi is an exquisite classical dance form with ancient roots in northeast India. Rudraprasad, who comes to us from the Orissa Dance Academy, is currently resident instructor at the Center for World Music's Odissi Dance School.

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Traditional Music of Africa

Friday, September 15, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
San Carlos Branch Library, 7265 Jackson Drive
San Diego, CA 92119 United States
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Free
Pete Playing Mbira in Cusco, Peru

Join us for a free lecture and short concert featuring the music of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. Lewis Peterman, our guide, was director of musicology and ethnomusicology in the School of Music and Dance at San Diego State University. He performs and writes about traditional Shona mbira (thumb piano) music.

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August 2017

Odissi Dance School August Student Recital

Saturday, August 26, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Odissi Dance School, 2225 9th Street
Encinitas, CA 92024 United States
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Odissi Dance School

Join us for the Monthly Dance Recital of the Center for World Music's Odissi Dance School. This month's performance features dancers Sneha Panda, Mira Sur, and Meghana Bharadwaj.

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June 2017

North Indian Classical Sitar & Tabla Concert with Deobrat Mishra

Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Soul of Yoga, 627 Encinitas Blvd.
Encinitas, CA 92024 United States
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$20
Deobrat Mishra

Deobrat Mishra is an award-winning 11th generation Sitar player and founder-director of the Benares Academy of Indian Classical Music. He is touring with Prashant Mishra on tabla.

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June Traditional Irish Music Session

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Ould Sod, 3373 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116
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The Ould Sod Session

Come and join us at the pub for an evening of traditional Irish dance music! The session will be hosted by musicians Michael Eskin and George Rubsamen, and we expect some fine musicians to drop in and participate.

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Celebrating World Music Day with Choro Sotaque

Saturday, June 17, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:45 pm
The Old Globe in Balboa Park, 1363 Old Globe Way
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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Choro Sotaque

This is the third and final concert of The Outdoor Summer World Music Series, presenting music from world destinations in relaxed outdoor settings. Join us to celebrate World Music Day with Choro Sotaque's vintage Brazilian jazz.

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Outdoor Summer Music Series: Music of Japan

Saturday, June 10, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Seaport Village, East Plaza Gazebo, 807 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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Jonathan Crick and Kyoko Takeda

Enjoy the calming melodic performance of Japanese traditional music with koto player Kyoko Takeda and shakuhachi player Jonathan Crick.

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Outdoor Summer Music Series: Caribbean Inspiration

Saturday, June 3, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Seaport Village, East Plaza Gazebo, 807 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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Natasha Kozaily

Join the Center for World Music for a free and relaxed performance of music and stories from around the Caribbean. Let the ocean wind cool your skin while sounds inspired by the Cayman Islands delight your ears.

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May 2017

May Southern California Mbira Get-Together

Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
RSVP for Participatory House Recital Location San Diego, CA United States
Mbira Player

Mbira aficionados gather to celebrate and play this extraordinary instrument. Admission is free, but space is limited. RSVP required.

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Javanese Gamelan: Music and Dance of Java

Monday, May 1, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Smith Recital Hall, San Diego State University, School of Music and Dance, 5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182 United States
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SDSU Gamelan

The 2017 SDSU-CWM World Music Series presents Javanese Gamelan: Music and Dance of Java, featuring the SDSU Javanese Gamelan. Pak Djoko Walujo, musical director of the ensemble, is an esteemed artist and renowned instructor of Javanese music. The performance will also feature a Javanese classical dance drama.

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April 2017

Rajeev Taranath and Abhiman Kaushal

Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 7:00 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 artists Rajeev Taranath, sarod, and Abhiman Kaushal, tabla. Rajeev Taranath is today one of the leading exponents of the sarod. His performances masterfully combine the depth and rigor of the tradition of Hindustani music with an inspired imagination and emotional sensibility.

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Zimbeat: Music of Zimbabwe

Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Smith Recital Hall, San Diego State University, School of Music and Dance, 5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182 United States
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Zimbeat

The 2017 SDSU-CWM World Music Series Zimbeat: Music of Zimbabwe Hypnotic interlocking melodies and spirited African rhythms culminate in the captivating and compelling music that is found in traditional and contemporary Zimbabwe. Admission: $10 college students • $15 seniors (62+), active military, SDSU affiliates • $20 general Free Admission for elementary/middle school/high school students Cosponsored by the SDSU School of Music and Dance and the Center for World Music. Directions: SDSU Parking Map and Instructions.

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Zimbeat with Nomsa Burkhardt

Monday, April 17, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 pm
Lindberg/Schweitzer Elementary School, 4133 Mt Albertine Ave.
San Diego, CA 92111 United States
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Zimbeat and Nomsa Burkhardt

Zimbeat with Nomsa Burkhardt (In two back-to-back assemblies) The Center for World Music and Lindberg/Schweitzer Elementary School present Zimbeat with Nomsa Burkhardt in two student-interactive assemblies. These hands-on presentations are free and open to the public, and are ideal for families with preschool children. Come and join the students at Lindberg/Schweitzer Elementary School in experiencing spirited African rhythms through song and dance. Lindberg/Schweitzer Elementary School 4133 Mt Albertine Ave., San Diego, CA 92111 Assembly 1: 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM Assembly 2: 10:30 AM…

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April Southern California Mbira Get-Together

Saturday, April 15, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
RSVP for Participatory House Recital Location San Diego, CA United States
Mbira Player

Mbira aficionados gather to celebrate and play this extraordinary instrument. Admission is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP to Lewis Peterman to reserve your space and get directions to venue.

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Odissi Dance School April Student Recital

Saturday, April 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Odissi Dance School, 2225 9th Street
Encinitas, CA 92024 United States
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Odissi Dancers

Join us for the Monthly Dance Recital of the Center for World Music Odissi Dance School. This month's performance features dancers Keertana Sridhar, Samira Sreendripu, and Sumita Dhar. Each month the school hosts a monthly student recital in which a student performs dance compositions that they have mastered under the instruction of our master teacher from India, Sri Rajesh Kumar Palai. The event is free and open to the public.

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The Pacific Trio: Music of China

Monday, April 10, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Smith Recital Hall, San Diego State University, School of Music and Dance, 5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182 United States
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Night Revels with Pipa Player

The 2017 SDSU-CWM World Music Series The Pacific Trio of Chinese Music: Music of China Admission: $10 college students • $15 seniors (62+), active military, SDSU affiliates • $20 general Free Admission for elementary/middle school/high school students Cosponsored by the SDSU School of Music and Dance and the Center for World Music. Directions: SDSU Parking Map and Instructions. See the group on YouTube: The Pacific Trio of Chinese Music.  

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Passport to Worlds of Music: Burma

Saturday, April 8, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Kalabash School of Music and the Arts, 5725 La Jolla Boulevard
La Jolla, CA 92037
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$20
Karen Organization of San Diego

This will be the final program in the Passport to Worlds of Music 2017 series. This special music and dance concert will introduce you to the sounds, aesthetics, and cultural significance of Burma, also known as Myanmar.

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Arpana: Music and Dance of South India

Monday, April 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Smith Recital Hall, San Diego State University, School of Music and Dance, 5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182 United States
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Arpana Dance Company

Southern California-based Arpana Dance Company has had the honor of performing in the US, Europe, and India. The Summer of 2013 took Arpana to Germany and Croatia for performances and workshops. In December 2011, the group traveled to Japan performing with Kinnara Taiko in Hiroshima, Kure, and Nara, raising over $20000 for Tsunami relief.

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Tenth Annual Indian Music and Dance Festival

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - Sunday, April 9, 2017
David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre, 4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037 United States
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10th Annual Indian Music and Dance Festival

Mark your calendar for the Tenth Annual Music and Dance Festival, April 2-9, 2017, presented by the Indian Fine Arts Academy of San Diego (IFAASD) and sponsored by the Center for World Music. This festival has established a well-deserved reputation as one of the major events in North America for South Asian performing arts.

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March 2017

Tinariwen and Dengue Fever

Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Belly Up, 143 S. Cedros
Solana Beach, CA 92075
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$25
Tinariwen with Dengue Fever

Praised by NPR as "music's true rebels", Grammy Award-winning African (Mali) group Tinariwen provided the world with its otherworldly blues rock sound. Los Angeles based Dengue Fever is known for its unique musical hybrid of Cambodian rock, Afro grooves, surf & garage psychedelia. Enjoy the evening with Tinariwen and Dengue Fever at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. Tickets $25.  Doors open at 7:00PM, show starts at 8:00PM.

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Passport to Worlds of Music: India

Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Kalabash School of Music and the Arts, 5725 La Jolla Boulevard
La Jolla, CA 92037
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$20
Sudakshina Alagia

This will be the second program in the Passport to Worlds of Music 2017 series. In this special music and lecture concert, guest artists Sudakshnia Alagia and Rahul Soparkar will introduce you to the sounds, aesthetics, and cultural significance of North Indian classical vocal music.

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Odissi Dance School March Student Recital

Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
Odissi Dance School, 2225 9th Street
Encinitas, CA 92024 United States
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Mira Sur

Join us for the Monthly Dance Recital of the Center for World Music's Odissi Dance School. This month's performance features dancers Mira Sur, Ananya Thridandam, and Valerie Guitton.

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Layo Ni Yoko: Afro-Cuban Music and Dance

Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Smith Recital Hall, San Diego State University, School of Music and Dance, 5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182 United States
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Layo Ni Yoko

The 2017 SDSU-CWM World Music Series Layo Ni Yoko: Afro-Cuban Music and Dance Admission: $10 college students • $15 seniors (62+), active military, SDSU affiliates • $20 general Free Admission for elementary/middle school/high school students Cosponsored by the SDSU School of Music and Dance and the Center for World Music. Directions: SDSU Parking Map and Instructions.

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