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June 2018

June Southern California Mbira Player Get-Together

Saturday, June 30 @ 7:00 pm
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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: 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

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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June 2017

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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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

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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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

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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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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Gone Tomorrow: Music of Appalachia

Monday, March 6, 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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Gone Tomorrow

San Diego's finest bluegrass band, Gone Tomorrow plays hard-driving bluegrass music, plus a wide variety of Texas swing, old-time, and early country music.

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February 2017

Gallowglass Collective: Music and Dance of Ireland

Monday, February 27, 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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Gallowglass Collective

The 2017 SDSU-CWM World Music Series presents The Gallowglass Collective: Music and Dance of Ireland. Named for the Scottish Norse-Gaelic warrior clans that settled in Ireland, The Gallowglass Collective presents Irish traditional music and dance. Pete Polansky plays fiddle, mandolin and Irish tenor banjo, Ben Jaber performs on uilleann pipes, wooden flute, and tin whistle, and Michael Prine Jr. performs foot percussion and Irish sean-nós (old style) step dance.

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Dornob: Music of Iran

Monday, February 20, 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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Dornob Music of Iran

Dornob is a collective of musicians—now spanning two generations—who've been playing Persian music in San Diego since 1985. Their goals, in addition to friendship and fun, include learning the musical tradition, fostering creativity, and crossing cultural bridges.

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Passport to Worlds of Music: Australia

Saturday, February 11, 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
Randin and Gayili

This will be the first program in the Passport to Worlds of Music 2017 series. In this special music and lecture concert, guest artist Randin Graves will introduce you to the sounds, aesthetics, and cultural significance of the indigenous musical traditions of Australia.

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Passport to Worlds of Music 2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017 - Saturday, April 8, 2017
Kalabash School of Music and the Arts, 5725 La Jolla Boulevard
La Jolla, CA 92037
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$20
Passport to Worlds of Music Banner

The Center for World Music and the Kalabash School of Music and the Arts presents Passport to Worlds of Music, an informal concert series of classical and folk music traditions from Australia and Asia. This unique music and lecture series will introduce you to the sounds, aesthetics, and cultural significance of the music of Australia, North India, and Burma/Myanmar.

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Sene Africa: Music of West Africa

Monday, February 6, 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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Sene Africa

Sene Africa is a duo from Senegal consisting of Amadou Fall (kora) and Ibrahima Ba (guitar). The duo brings you an entertaining performance bound to bring happiness to the heart and soul. Ibrahima’s magical voice and special touch on the guitar, together with Amadou’s strong and positive presence on stage playing the kora, will make this a not-to-be-missed event!

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Southern California Mbira Get-Together

Saturday, February 4, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
RSVP for Participatory House Recital Location San Diego, CA United States

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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January 2017

Balkan Folk Music Group Dromia at Athens Market Taverna

Saturday, January 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Athens Market Taverna, 109 West F Street
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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Dromia

The Balkan folk music group Dromia will play at the Athens Market Taverna in downtown San Diego on Saturday, January 28. Enjoy traditional Greek dance tunes, as well as popular and table (listening) songs, with a small area set aside for dancing. Going to be fun!

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December 2016

Southern California Mbira Get-Together

Saturday, December 3, 2016 @ 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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November 2016

Traditional Irish Music Session

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 @ 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. No entrance fee or cover charge. Here's a YouTube video of a CWM-sponsored session at The Ould Sod. Here's a flyer for this event. If you can't join us in person, we'll be using Periscope to broadcast the event. Find the broadcast by…

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October 2016

Festival of Lights: Festival of Dolls

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - Sunday, October 16, 2016
Mingei International Museum of Art, 1439 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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$5.00

The Center for World Music is a proud co-sponsor of the Festival of Dolls, part of the San Diego Indian American Society's 9th Annual Festival of Lights Diwali Celebration in Balboa Park. Enjoy beautiful dolls highlighting India's rich heritage. Also see doll collections from Japan and China. Festival of Dolls at the Mingei Saturday, Oct. 15 12:00PM to 5:00PM Sunday, Oct. 16 12:00PM to 5:00PM The live program includes classical dances and music forms of ancient India. Odissi Dance will…

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September 2016

Exploring Indian Classical Dance

Sunday, September 25, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Villa Musica, 10373 Roselle St #170
San Diego, CA 92121
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Patnaik Sisters Odissi Dance Slide

Odissi Lecture-Recital Come and experience Odissi, one of the classical dances of India, through a lecture-recital presented by the Center for World Music’s Odissi school. The presentation will include a short talk on the history and meaning of this dance form. This will be followed by a performance by Rajesh Kumar Palai, master teacher visiting from Odisha, India. He will be joined by students from the Odissi school, vividly demonstrating the many facets of Odissi through a short recital. Tickets…

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August 2016

Traditional Irish Music Session

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 @ 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. No entrance fee or cover charge. Here's a YouTube video of the last CWM-sponsored session at The Ould Sod. Here's a flyer for this event.

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April 2016

Passport to Worlds of Music: Iran

Saturday, April 30, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Kalabash School of Music and the Arts, 5725 La Jolla Boulevard
La Jolla, CA 92037
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$15
Kourosh Taghavi

This is the final concert of the Passport to Worlds of Music series. This special music and lecture concert will introduce you to the sounds, aesthetics, and cultural significance of the music from Iran. Kourosh Taghavi, master traditional musician from Iran and Center for World Music teaching artist, will perform and provide insight into the exquisite world of Persian Classical Music.

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Celebration of Asian Traditions

Sunday, April 24, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall, University of San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110 United States
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$10
Asian Traditions at USD

A celebration of music and dance from across Asia with some of the best practitioners of traditional arts in Southern California. The program will feature kulintang and gangsa flat gong ensembles from the Samahan Filipino American Performing Arts & Education Center, the Ostrich Ensemble presenting Thai classical dance and music, Japanese shakuhachi played by Alex Khalil, Mongolian horsehead fiddle played by Charlotte D’Eveyln, Lao mouth organ played by Christopher Adler, and Balinese music and dance presented by USD’s own Gamelan Gunung Mas with special…

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March 2016

Passport to Worlds of Music: Zimbabwe

Saturday, March 26, 2016 @ 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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$15

This special music and lecture concert will introduce you to the sounds, aesthetics, and cultural significance of the music from Zimbabwe. Music of Zimbabwe will be performed by the mbira and marimba group Zimbeat, featuring Center for World Music teaching artist Garit Imhoff and Professor Randall Griswold, CSU San Marcos.

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Sol e Mar: Music of Brazil

Monday, March 21, 2016 @ 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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Sol e Mar

The 2016 SDSU-CWM World Music Series Sol e Mar: Music of Brazil Sol e Mar is amazing, bright, energetic and beyond entertaining. Their attention to detail and authenticity is a delight. The energy that Sol e Mar brings to an event is unparalleled! Admission: $15 general/$12 students (advance purchase or at the door) More on Sol e Mar. 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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INCA, the Peruvian Ensemble: Music of Peru

Monday, March 14, 2016 @ 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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INCA Peruvian Ensemble

The 2016 SDSU-CWM World Music Series INCA, the Peruvian Ensemble: Music of Peru INCA offers a wonderful and colorful array of music and dances from Peru and the Andean region. The show includes music and dances from the native Incas (Andean style), from the Hispanic communities of the coastal areas (Criollo style) and the Black people from the villages south of Lima (Afro-Peruvian style). The instrumentation, unique to these areas, woodwinds, strings, percussion and vocals are all featured during the…

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Ninth Annual Indian Music and Dance Festival

Monday, March 14, 2016 - Sunday, March 20, 2016
David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre, 4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037 United States
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2016 IFAASD Festival

Mark your calendar for the Ninth Annual Music and Dance Festival, March 14-20, 2016, 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. The festival includes Carnatic and Hindustani vocal and instrumental concerts, Bharata Natyam, Kathak, and Odissi dance forms, and Yakshagana dance drama. The artists include T.N. Krishnan,…

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Gone Tomorrow: Music of Appalachia

Monday, March 7, 2016 @ 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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Gone Tomorrow

The 2016 SDSU-CWM World Music Series Gone Tomorrow: Music of Appalachia San Diego's finest bluegrass band, Gone Tomorrow plays hard-driving bluegrass music, plus a wide variety of Texas swing, old-time, and early country music. The name of the band says it all, and true-to-form there have been a number of personnel changes as musicians come and go. The latest incarnation of Gone Tomorrow includes some of San Diego's best veteran bluegrass performers Admission: $15 general/$12 students (advance purchase or at the…

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