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World Music Celebration

Friday, May 19, 2017
  7–10 p.m.

Location: University Theatre
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Category: Concert


13th annual
World Music Celebration 
Deborah Wong, coordinator
An array of music from around the world and down the street, including music from Indonesia, Japan, India, the Philippines, Mexico, the Andes, and Scotland.
Featured ensembles include:

• UCR Javanese Gamelan Ensemble: Contemporary and traditional music of Java performed on a gamelan ensemble which includes large, tuned bronze gongs, metal-keyed instruments, xylophones and drums. Rene T.A. Lysloff, director. 

UCR Rondalla Ensemble: Instrumental music and songs of the Philippines. Tagumpay "Pi" de Leon, director.

• UCR Andean Music Ensemble - Mayupatapi:
Traditional and popular music of Andean South America. Jonathan Ritter, director.

• UCR Taiko Ensemble: Japanese drumming by members of the UCR taiko class performing traditional and contemporary works. Rev. Shuichi Thomas Kurai, director.

• UCR South Asian Music Ensemble (Tabla): Tabla are the drums used as timekeepers in many classical, popular and religious South Asian musics. Abhiman Kaushal, director.

• UCR Mexican Folkloric Ensemble - Mariachi Los Alteños: Vocals and instrumentation in Mexican Ranchera-style music. Cynthia Reifler Flores, director.

• UCR Scottish Music Ensemble: Traditional bagpipe music from the Scottish Highlands. Ian Whitelaw, director.

This program highlights the ethnomusicology program in the Department of Music. Most of our ensembles are led by renowned culture bearers who teach at UCR. Tagumpay “Pi" de Leon directs the UCR Rondalla Ensemble, which performs music from the Philippines. Rondalla is a traditional ensemble of small stringed instruments. It is at once quintessentially Filipino and also an intensely intercultural music, reflecting 500 years of Spanish cultural influence. The UCR Taiko Ensemble is taught and led by Rev. Shuichi Thomas Kurai, already well-known to Riverside audiences for his virtuosic drumming. Tabla master Abhiman Kaushal directs our newest ensemble, the UCR South Asian Music Ensemble. Tabla is a percussion instrument of North India. Mayupatapi features Latin American and Andean musics and shares the stage with the UCR Mariachi Ensemble. Bagpipe Ensemble director Ian Whitelaw and his students will perform traditional music of the Scottish Highlands. Music of Indonesia is performed by the UCR Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of Rene T.A. Lysloff, a stunningly beautiful ensemble of hand-crafted instruments that includes a set of huge, tuned bronze gongs suspended from a carved serpentine dragon, metal-keyed instruments, xylophones and drums.   

This celebration enacts the UC Riverside Department of Music's commitment to education through cross-cultural performance. It will feature over 80 students, some drawn to these musics through heritage and others by curiosity. The end result is an energetic evening of wildly varied sounds, each representing different places and differently-sounded world views.

Parking: Complimentary permits available at the Kiosk.

Open to: General Public
Admission: Free
Sponsor: Music Department

Contact Information:
Kathy DeAtley
(951) 827-3245