Events

Kourosh Taghavi

Passport to Worlds of Music: Iran

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 of Iran.

Music of Iran  
Kourosh Taghavi, master traditional musician from Iran and Center for World Music teaching artist, will introduce us to the refined beauty of Persian classical music, focusing on the art of improvisation. Persian classical music consists of seven dastgah (modal systems) which have different intervals, characteristics, and emotions. He will improvise in one of the dastgah to demonstrate these artistic concepts.

This is a casual BYOB event. Feel free to bring refreshments for yourself and your friends.

5:30pm Doors Open and light refreshments will be served.
6:00pm Introductions and performance begins.

Proceeds support world music programs for school children across San Diego County.

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Passport to Worlds of Music: Thailand

This is the opening 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 Thailand.

Music of Thailand
Supeena Insee Adler and Christopher Adler will perform traditional music from Thailand, featuring court music from central Thailand and folk music from the culturally distinct northern and northeastern regions, as well as Thai musical compositions inspired by the neighboring cultures of China, Burma, and Laos. Their informal performance will include instruments such as xylophone, zither, hammer dulcimer, fiddles, flute, and mouth organ (khaen).

They will talk about the instruments, the cultural regions, and the history, especially concerning court music. Additionally, they will provide some context for how the music is usually presented.

Note: Most of this music is customarily performed in large ensembles. However, for this informal presentation the focus with be on the individual instruments themselves.

This is a casual BYOB event. Feel free to bring refreshments for yourself and your friends.

5:30pm Doors Open
6:00pm Introductions and Performance Begins

Proceeds support world music programs for school children across San Diego County.

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We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance to reserve your space. Because of the intimate and informal nature of the space, tickets are limited to 35 guests. A small number of tickets will be sold at the door.

 

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Music of the Middle East

2018–19 Passport to Worlds of Music Series

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Kozue Matsumoto

An Evening of Koto Music with Kozue Matsumoto

This is the second of an eight-concert series planned by the Center for World Music for its 2018-19 Season. 

An Evening of Koto Music

Join the Center for World Music for an evening of koto (Japanese zither) music with Kozue Matsumoto. After opening with an introduction to the instrument, its culture, and history, the artist will guide the audience through a performance of traditional and contemporary koto music.

About Kozue Matsumoto

Born and raised in the Tohoku area in Japan and having lived in Tokyo as well, Kozue is now based in the Los Angeles area. She has played the koto since she was three years old, having studied under Ikuta-ryu Miyagi-kai, she holds a semi-master title. She has also played the shamisen lute and the shinobue flute since she was a child.

In North America, she has been collaborating with various musicians, dancers, visual artists, and other artists. Not only does she play traditional, contemporary, and experimental music, but she also improvises, composes, and creates digital arts. She has performed in various projects including MicroFest, Improvisation Summit of Portland, Time-Based Art Festival, SASSAS, Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble, and The Fuse Factory Electronic and Digital Arts Lab.

Kozue Matsumoto

Together with performances and interdisciplinary collaborations with various artists, she has a strong interest in exploring creative possibilities of Japanese traditional sounds and performing arts beyond their conventional contexts. She is currently working on integrating koto sounds with computer technology to create new koto experiences.

She studied improvisation, composition, and music technology with Susan Allen, Vinny Golia, Eyvind Kang, and Ajay Kapur, and graduated with a Performer-Composer MFA degree from the California Institute of the Arts.

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Program

This program will be an intimate concert, providing the audience the opportunity to interact with the artist.

6:30pm – Doors open. Light refreshments served prior to the performance.
7:00pm – Performance begins.

This is a casual BYOB event. Feel free to bring wine for yourself and your friends.

We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Because of the intimate and informal nature of the space, seating is limited to 35 guests. A small number of tickets will be sold at the door.

Tickets $20
Online Processing Fee $2

Read more about Kozue Matsumoto.

Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.
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Altai Kai Featured

Throat Singing from the Altai Mountains of Southern Siberia

This is the third of an eight-concert series planned by the Center for World Music for its 2018-19 Season. This evening is hosted by the WorldBeat Cultural Center in Balboa Park. 

Throat Singing from the Altai Mountains of Southern Siberia

About 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. Their velvety, low-pitched kargyraa, mesmerizing khoomei, and melodic sygyt place the listener amidst forests of singing birds, gurgling brooks, and the growls of nighttime predators. Throat singing and the ringing melodies of the khomus (jaw harp), topshur (two-stringed lute) and accordion all come together to form the sound of Altai Kai.

Stories of nature’s beauty and mighty folk heroes are accompanied by jocular melodies, dancing rhythms, and shamanic mysteries. The narrators skillfully relate traditional sacred and epic tales of centuries past.

The ensemble was founded in 1997 by Urmat Yntaev, with the goal of preserving and cultivating the traditional culture of the Republic of Altai. Today the group is a laureate of multiple national and international competitions. In 2003, they were entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest performance of throat singing. They are members of the Folklore Union of Russia, and the International Organization of Folk Art (an NGO accredited by UNESCO). Altai Kai made their international debut at WOMEX 2007 in Sevilla, Spain.

Altai’s Relationship with Nature

Altai KaiThe Altai people have strong values of stewardship of the land. The region is home to the Golden Mountains of Altai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The land is remote and largely untouched, fostering unparalleled biodiversity. Altai Kai’s 2017 album Altai Tele was dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the Altai Nature Reserve, a part of the Golden Mountains of Altai. The group’s collaboration with the Reserve began in 2014 with their album Altai Kabai (Altai Lullaby). The compositions on that album praise the natural sites and flora and fauna of Altai. The group creates music to encourage appreciation of nature and inspire stewardship of the land in younger generations. They are popular in Altai and their 2017 debut performances of Altai Tele were sold out well in advance.

 

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Tickets also available at the door. Cash is ideal but credit cards are also accepted.

Parking

The WorldBeat Cultural Center is located at 2100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101. The Estacionamento Balboa Park Parking Lot is located directly across the street at Inspiration Point Way.  Please use crosswalks to safely cross Park Blvd.

Program

6:30 PM Doors Open. Enjoy vegan and foods from across the globe at the WorldBeat Cafe.
7:30 PM Concert Starts

Tickets $20
Online Processing Fee $2

Enjoy this video of Altai Kai, and read more on their website.

Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.
Special thanks to the WorldBeat Cultural Center for hosting this concert.

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An Evening of Middle Eastern Classical Music

An Evening of Middle Eastern Classical Music

This is the third of an eight-concert series in the Center for World Music’s Passport to Worlds of Music 2018-19 Season. 

An Evening of Middle Eastern Classical Music

Join us for a delightful evening of Middle Eastern classical music with violinist and singer Luay Yousif, guitarist Jack Tamas, and drummer Omar Alchi. Luay will present traditional songs and instrumentals of the Middle East as well as his own original compositions. A sought-after singer throughout North America, he sings in Aramaic (the language of Jesus) in the Chaldean (Christian) tradition of Iraq.

About Luay Yousif

Luay Yousif

Luay Yousif was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1979. As a student at the Institute for Artistic Studies, he studied violin and earned a Diploma of Art with honors. He also studied music at the College of Performing Arts, until he left Iraq in 2004.

Mr. Yousif was a member of the famed Iraqi Symphony Orchestra for four years, during which he studied violin with Professor Fouad Ritha AlSadan. In 2003 the orchestra traveled to Washington D.C. where he performed with the world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Mr. Yousif was a member of the Iraqi Choral Choir of the Iraqi Ministry of Education and also a member of the Association of Iraqi Artists.

Mr. Yousif arrived in the United States in 2007, residing in San Diego where he serves as Director of Music for St. Peter’s Chaldean Catholic Cathedral in Rancho San Diego.  In addition to performing at music festivals and other events, he is a composer and an arranger of Chaldean rhythms, lyrics, and traditional songs. He has recorded four vocal albums.

Luay Yousif has played violin with the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra, the City Ballet Orchestra, the Dana Point Symphony, and the Pacific Lyric Opera. In 2014 he was a featured artist for the “Your Song, Your Story” San Diego Symphony concerts where he performed one of his own composition alongside the symphony.

About Jack Tamas

Jack Tamas

 

Jack Tamas was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1988. Inspired by the fusion music group Gipsy Kings, Mr. Tamas was fascinated by flamenco music and its similarities to Middle Eastern rhythms and scales.  He began studying the guitar at the age of 12 under the tutelage of his oldest brother. By the age of 14, he became a member of his church choir and performed with them for several years.

Mr. Tamas gained early recognition as an accomplished musician while performing concerts throughout Iraq, and in 2009 produced his “SoLo” album. That same year he immigrated to the United States where he joined the flamenco jazz band GipsyMenco based in San Diego.  Mr. Tamas continues to perform around the country, infusing flamenco and gypsy rhythms and scales with those of the Middle East, especially those of the classical and popular music traditions of Iraq.

About Omar Alchi

Omar AlchiOmar Alchi was born in Iraq in 1995. He started playing drums at the young age of three. With the help of his family, he developed his talents over the years to master Middle Eastern hand drums such as the tabla, riq, and tar along with many others. He and his family fled to Syria in 2006. There he mastered Maksoum, Katakoufti and other classical rhythms as well as more about Syrian and Lebanese music. In 2010 he moved to the United States where he was influenced by different musical genres—styles that motivated him to learn to play on a drum set.

Today Mr. Alchi lives in San Diego where he is the lead percussionist for St. Peter’s Chaldean Catholic Cathedral Choir. He also performs at different events across the country. He is currently studying Computer Information Technology at Point Loma Nazarene University and is a student of music theory under the tutelage of Luay Yousif.

 

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Program

This program will be an intimate concert, providing the audience the opportunity to interact with the artist.

6:30pm – Doors open. Light refreshments served prior to the performance.
7:00pm – Performance begins.

This is a casual BYOB event. Feel free to bring wine for yourself and your friends.

We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Because of the intimate and informal nature of the space, seating is limited to 35 guests. A small number of tickets will be sold at the door.

Tickets $20
Online Processing Fee $2

Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.
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Traditional Georgian Polyphonic Singing: Ensemble Adilei

Traditional Georgian Polyphonic Singing

This is the sixth of seven concerts in the Center for World Music’s 2018-19 Passport to Worlds of Music series.

Ensemble Adilei & the Chamgeliani Sisters

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 one of the oldest polyphonic singing traditions in Europe

Ensemble Adilei will impress you with their vocal prowess and technical skills in k’rimanch’uli, a yodeling technique from the western part of the country. Their energy and dedication to the folk tradition will warm you over.

The Chamgeliani sisters will sing a repertoire of songs from their native village of Lakhushdi (Upper Svaneti). Accompanied by the chuniri, a banjo-sized three-stringed bowed viol, Ana and Madona weave the tales of their mountainous region known for its beautiful landscape and unique medieval towers.

The evening will start in the sanctuary of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, as a setting appropriate to the sacred music that will be offered in this portion of the program. Following intermission, we will gather again, this time inside the Social Hall for light refreshments and folk songs extolling the virtues of the homeland, long life, and love, among other themes. The repertoire may also include dance songs and lullabies.

Although the setting is in a church, there will be no service. The program is open to all, and all are welcome to attend.

Traditional Georgian polyphonic singing is identified as one of the world’s threatened musical traditions on a UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Don’t miss this very rare chance to hear it!

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About Ensemble Adilei

Georgian Ensemble Adilei

Ensemble Adilei performs traditional Georgian polyphonic songs and chants. After informally singing together for several years, the members officially formed the ensemble in 2012.

Adilei’s main passion lies in the songs from the province of Guria in Western Georgia (though other regions are also represented in their repertoire). Gurian music is sometimes compared to jazz, because of the emphasis on improvisation and non-parallel movement in all the voice parts. Gurian song is also characterized by k’rimanch’uli, the yodeling technique mentioned above (here’s a sample).

For the members of Adilei, singing is the primary mode of communication with the world: it is more of a lifestyle than a performance practice and is not just relegated to official concerts. They sing every time they gather, wherever that may be.

The ensemble has toured in a number of European countries and participated in several notable folk music festivals, including the International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony in Tbilisi, the Mare e Miniere festival in Sardinia, and the Zlatne Uste Golden Festival in New York. During their first US tour, the group conducted workshops, lectures, seminars, and concerts at Dartmouth, Columbia, New England Conservatory, Yale, and other universities on the East Coast, as well as a number of more informal and intimate venues.

This is Adilei’s second US tour, and they are delighted to share their music with you!

Learn more about Adilei and sample their music: Facebook | Bandcamp | Youtube | Vinyl Release | Spotify

About the Chamgeliani Sisters

Chamgeliani Sisters

Sisters Ana and Madona Chamgeliani come from a long lineage of singers from the mountainous province of Svaneti, where they grew up. These women are not only extraordinary vocalists, but also possess deep knowledge of the contexts and traditions that surround the songs they perform. Ana, who is also a member of the ensemble Sathanao, is a virtuoso on the ch’uniri (a three-string bowed viol, traditionally played in Svaneti and a few other surrounding provinces). Madona is an ethnomusicologist and scholar of Svan folklore. The sisters and have toured extensively throughout Europe,  and frequently collaborate and exchange musical repertoire with Adilei, both at home and abroad.

See videos of the Chamgeliani sisters in performance: Vitsbil Matsbil | Irinola

 

 

About Georgian Polyphony

The polyphonic vocal tradition in Georgia is one of the oldest in Europe. The vocal music has been passed down by ear since as early as the 5th century BC.

Most frequently, Georgian songs consist of three voice parts, all of which can have many patterns of movement, depending on the region (every province has its own signature style). In addition to the intricate multi-part structure, traditional Georgian music uses a kind of “untempered” tuning that differs from the equal-tempered scale commonly used in Western classical and popular music.

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Parking
Parking will available in the Denver Street parking lot of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church.

Program
The concert will start in the sanctuary of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church at 7:30 PM. As the church sanctuary is a sacred space, audience members should plan to keep their voices low and not enter beyond the iconostasis, the screen bearing icons in the front of the sanctuary. No hats inside the church, please, for men.

During intermission, the audience will move to the Social Hall, only a short walk from the sanctuary. There—after light refreshments—the second half of the concert will take place.

Tickets
$25 online + $2 online processing fee
$30 at the door (cash only please)

Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.
Special thanks to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church for hosting this concert.

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2019–20 Passport to Worlds of Music Series

The Center for World Music is pleased to announce an informal concert series of classical and folk music traditions that will immerse you in the sounds, aesthetics, cultural background, and meaning of music from a diverse selection of cultures from around the world.

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Lucibela singing in front of a door.

Sunday, September 22 at 6:00 PM
Lucibela, Cape Verde’s Voice of Gold
Featuring Lucibela and Band
WorldBeat Cultural Center, Balboa Park

 

 

Soo Yeon Lyuh holding a traditional Korean stringed instrumentSaturday, January 18 at 7:00 PM
Preservation Through Improvisation: The Korean Haegeum
Featuring Soo Yeon Lyuh
La Jolla Community Center, La Jolla

 

 

Amadou Fall holding a koraSaturday, February 15 at 7:00 PM
The Musical Legacy of an African Empire: Kora Music from Senegal
Featuring Amadou Fall
La Jolla Community Center, La Jolla

 

 

EVENT POSTPONED!
Saturday, March 21 at 7:00 PM
The Regional Music of Mexico
Featuring Hermanos Herrera
La Jolla Community Center, La Jolla


EVENT POSTPONED!
Saturday, April 18 at 7:00 PM
South Indian Classical Music
Featuring K.S. Resmi
La Jolla Community Center, La Jolla

 

 

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Lucibela, Cape Verde’s Voice of Gold

This is the first in a six-concert series comprising the Center for World Music’s 2019-20 Season. 

Lucibela, Cape Verde’s Voice of Gold

“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”

—Banning Eyre, All Things Considered NPR.

Lucibela Album CoverLucibela is a young Cabo-Verdean born in 1986 on São Nicolau, one of the Barlavento islands off the coast of West Africa. Her voice has been compared to a friendly smile or a fresh breeze ruffling through bougainvillea blooms. The title of her first album, Laço Umbilical, suggests a cord linking the singer to her homeland. Over its 13 tracks, Lucibela reflects on being Cabo-Verdean woman far away from home who loves with sensuality and grace. The secret of Lucibela’s extraordinary vocal technique lies in her ability to explore the deep register of Brazil’s great samba musicians while adding a thrilling vibrato.

Composed by old masters such as Manuel de Novas, the traditional song repertoire that Lucibela champions spans decades. At the same time, Lucibela belongs to a new, uninhibited generation. Her music combines the instrumental cornucopia of the Cape Verde islands—including, for example, the 6-string guitar, the Portuguese cavaquinho guitar, the saxophone, accordion, and violin)—with contemporary electronic embellishments.

Lucibela grew up in Mindelo on the Cape Verde island of São Vicente. This port town became her “musical paradise,” thanks to the Brazilian, Cuban, British, and Portuguese sailors who sowed the seeds of the Creole musical genres morna and coladera in the islands.Click this button to purchase ticketsBeneath Lucibela’s sweet, smiling exterior is a woman who has also experienced life’s hardships. When she was in the last year of high school, her mother died and left the family destitute. Forced to earn a living, Lucibela began singing in the hotels and bars of Mindelo, frequented by tourists who wanted to hear local songs.

Lucibela smiling in an alleyEventually, Lucibela joined the band Mindel Som and left for the island of Sal, where she performed at the historic Hotel Morabeza. She was then offered a contract to sing on the sand dune island of Boa Vista. There, she worked hard to develop her vocal technique, repertoire, and musical skills for winning over audiences. In 2012 she moved to the capital city of Cape Verde, Praia, where she collaborated with well-known Cape Verdean guitarist Kaku Alves.

Lucibela recently moved to Lisbon, Portugal. She continues to hone her musical skills, remaining connected to the authenticity of her music by performing face-to-face in public squares and on the streets.

(Biography written by Véronique Mortaigne, edited by Center for World Music)

We invite you to visit Lucibela’s website and view her videos on YouTube.  Please download the flyer or visit the Facebook event page and consider sharing it!


Tickets
$30 Advanced with $2 Online Processing Fee | $35 Door (cash only)

Parking
The WorldBeat Cultural Center is located at 2100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101. The Estacionamento Balboa Park Parking Lot is located directly across the street at Inspiration Point Way.  Please use crosswalks to safely cross Park Blvd.

Program
5:30 PM Doors Open. Enjoy vegan and foods from across the globe at the WorldBeat Cafe.
6:00 PM Concert Starts.

Lucibela will be accompanied at this performance by a live band.


Special thanks to the Worldview Project and the Worldbeat Cultural Center for partnering on this event.
Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

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