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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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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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September 2019

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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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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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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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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February 2019

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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January 2019

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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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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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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June 2018

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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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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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 & 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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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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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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March 2018

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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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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February 2018

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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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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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 2176 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 2176 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 2176 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 2176 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 2176 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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