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Standing Rock Cultural Arts'
"Around the World" Music Series presents

Buddhist Music of Vietnam
featuring Dr. Phong Nguyen

8:00 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2020

$10 suggested donation (or pay what you can) preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring light food and drinks

In this special program, world-renowned ethnomusicologist,
musician, and NEA National Heritage Fellow Dr. Phong Nguyen
will share his knowledge of Vietnam's wealth of Buddhist
musical traditions, demonstrating numerous distinct styles
of recitation, cantillation, hymn singing, and chant while
accompanying himself with a variety of traditional percussion
and string instruments. Translations and insights into the
texts will be provided.

The chants to be featured in the program will be selected from the following:
● Niệm Hương (Offering of Incense)
● Xướng Khể thủ (Bowing to the Buddha)
● Khai kinh (Opening of the Sutra Chanting)
● Kinh Lăng Nghiêm (Diamond Sutra)
● Bát nhã tâm kinh (Heart Sutra)
● Tán lễ Thích Tôn (In Praise of the World-Honored One)
● Án tác (An Tac Chant)
● Nguyện tiêu nguyện sanh (Release From Suffering and Rebirth in the Pure Land)
● Tam tự quy (Three Refuges)
● Improvisation on the đàn tranh zither: "Meditation" mode

The instruments used to accompany the chants will include chuông (bowl
bell), mõ (wooden bell), đẩu (hand gong), linh (hand bell), trống
(drum), and đàn tranh (17-string zither).

About the performer:

Born in 1946 into a family of traditional musicians in the Mekong Delta of southern Vietnam, Phong Nguyen (full Vietnamese name: Nguyễn Thuyết Phong) showed early musical talent, and, at the age of seven, his fine singing voice attracted the attention of the Elder Venerable (Hòa Thượng) Thích Thiện Đạo, the abbot of Thiên Phước Monastery and the senior Buddhist monk of the entire Mekong Delta region, who happened to be visiting Phong's home village of Tam Ngãi. The abbot offered Phong the opportunity to become a novice at Thiên Phước Monastery in Cần Thơ Province (located a half day's journey by boat from Tam Ngãi), where he could obtain training in Buddhist chanting, and he and his family accepted. For the next ten years, Phong received a thorough religious (and musical) education from the monks at the temple, while at the same time pursuing academic studies at the local public school as well as learning various genres of traditional music and theater. After seven years, he was ordained as a Reverend Bhikkhu (called Đại đức in Vietnamese). He returned to the temple for further study, eventually being appointed Venerable Bhikkhu (senior Buddhist monk) before assuming the position of principal of a high school in Saigon. In 1974 he received a bachelor's degree in Buddhist studies (with a concentration in Vietnamese Buddhist literature and philosophy) from Saigon University, before leaving Vietnam to pursue postgraduate research in Japan on the subject of educational technology for use in the high school curriculum, under the sponsorship of the Ministries of Education of Vietnam and Japan; while there, he also conducted informal research into Japanese Buddhist chant. In 1982, Phong completed a 466-page Ph.D. dissertation, entitled "La musique bouddhique du Vietnam" (The Buddhist Music of Vietnam), at the Sorbonne University in Paris, which was the first and most comprehensive work published on this subject. His dissertation was given the rare distinction of Mention « Très honorable » (highest honors/summa cum laude). Dr. Phong is today one of the world's foremost authorities on the subject of Vietnamese music. He has taught at the University of Washington, UCLA, Kent State University, the University of Michigan, and Mahasarakham University, and, in 2004-2005, under the auspices of the Fulbright Foundation, he helped to establish the ethnomusicology program at the Vietnam National Academy of Music (formerly called the Hanoi Conservatory of Music), the preeminent classical and traditional music teaching institution in Vietnam. He has contributed articles to such standard reference works as The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, and an encyclopedia of world music published by the Iwanami Shoten publishing house in Tokyo, Japan. In 1997, in a ceremony held at the White House, he was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, the U.S.'s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Dr. Phong has performed and lectured throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam. With his Phong Nguyen Ensemble, he has performed at such venues as the Cleveland Museum of Art, National Folk Festival, Kennedy Center, and Library of Congress. He has released CDs on the Lyrichord, Music of the World, and White Cliffs Media labels. He has also received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Asian Cultural Council, and Henry Luce Foundation. For the past three years, Dr. Phong's field research has focused on Buddhist musical traditions of Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia, and the Himalayas, working toward a projected future publication entitled "Buddhist Music: A Global Perspective." Over the past decade, he has also researched the musics of Thailand's minority ethnic groups, and has participated in an ongoing interdisciplinary project called "Song of the Mekong" since 2016.


Standing Rock Cultural Arts
Around the World Music Series presents

HearthStone: Three centuries of
music from Scotland and Ireland

$10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)
preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring light food and drinks

The HearthStone duo (Duane and Ginni Dickson) will present an evening of historical and contemporary Celtic music played on a variety of Scottish smallpipes, Border pipes, Highland pipes, tin whistles, and Celtic harp. Their program will include music originating from the Scottish Highlands, Lowlands, and Islands, some from collections such as the William Dixon border pipe manuscript (dated 1733), which comes from Northumberland in the Anglo-Scottish border region. They will also play a few pieces of modern vintage (including "Water Spirit" by Wisconsin-based harpist Kim Robertson), as well as a few Irish tunes.

About the artists:

Duane Dickson has been playing pipes in one form or another for 50 years. He has played in pipe bands in the Northeast Ohio area starting with the MacCallum Highlanders, and has played in pipe band competitions with The MacGregor Pipe Band, Clan Moffat Pipe Band, and The Western Reserve Pipe Band throughout the United States and Canada, as well as with the North Coast Pipe Band three times at the World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland. As pipe major, Duane led the MacGregor Pipe Band of Massillon, Ohio to the Grade III North American Championship in 1984. He developed an interest in bellows-blown pipes in the 1980s, and has studied with Hamish Moore and Iain McInnes, among other proponents of the Scottish smallpipes.

Ginni Dickson has been playing harp since the late 1980s, and plays both Celtic harp and concert grand harp. She has also been a member of The Clan Moffat, Western Reserve, and North Coast pipe bands, playing tenor and snare drum, and even learned to play pipes, winning the 2013 Midwest Pipe Band Association 2013 Solo Championship senior novice division. She has a master's degree in music from Indiana University, with emphasis in piano. Ginni frequently plays contemporary, classical, and Celtic music on harp for wedding ceremonies and receptions, parties, church services, and other events.


Standing Rock Cultural Arts
Around the World Music Series presents

Los Tres Sonidos
8:00 p.m., Saturday, December 21st, 2019

classic boleros romanticos
from Latin America

300 North Water Street Gallery
in Kent, Ohio

$10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)
preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet



Standing Rock Cultural Arts
"Around the World" Music Series presents

Native Flute Improvisations by Billy Crowbeak
8:00 p.m., Saturday, November 30, 2019

Followed by a Film Screening
The Authorized Biography of Crazy Horse Part 1:
Creation, Spirituality, and The Family Tree.
1 hr. 38 min
300 North Water Street Gallery
in Kent, Ohio

$10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)
preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring light food and drinks

An evening of music for the Native American flute, played on a variety of handmade instruments by veteran performer and flute builder Billy Crowbeak.

Based in Medina County, Ohio, Billy Crowbeak Faluski has been a carpenter and woodworker all his life, but first became interested in the Native American flute and its construction after attending a powwow in the early 1980s. Inspired by such master flute makers as Arnold Richardson (Iroquois), Hawk LittleJohn (Eastern Cherokee), and Mac Lopez (Shoshone/Cherokee), Crowbeak began building flutes of his own, and is today one of the Midwest's most respected players and builders of the instrument, making custom-made instruments from North American woods such as poplar, cherry, cedar, redwood, and sycamore, sometimes in combination with such additional materials as gourd, bone, antler, pewter, or turquoise. Although each of his instruments is unique (many featuring rich inlay work and intricate relief carving of animal figures), he generally voices his flutes in the woodland style of his heritage (he is part Cherokee on his mother's side, as well as part Russian on his father's side).

Faluski has performed at powwows, festivals, parks, schools, colleges, and public libraries across Ohio, and gave well attended solo concerts for several summers at the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm in in Akron, Ohio.

About his music, Faluski says the following: "The music, being primitive in nature, tends to take listeners and performers to a subliminal place perhaps from distant portions of our past...a sense, maybe, of life in a simpler, easier time. I often joke that Native flute performers are the only performers who do not mind if the audience should fall asleep, as that means they have done their job!! Improvising with this type of flute, called playing from the heart, is easy, as each flute created has its own unique voice...the flute will teach you its song."

More about the artist: Woodpecker Creations on the Web
Woodpecker Creations on Facebook
Billy Crowbeak on Facebook
YouTube



Standing Rock Cultural Arts and the
"Around the World Music Series" Presents
Oleg Kruglyakov, Balalaika Virtuoso from Siberia

Saturday, September 21, 2019. 8:00 pm.
North Water Street Gallery.



$10 Suggested Donation
Preceded by 7:30 meet and greet


For the opening concert of our fifth season, virtuoso performer Oleg Kruglyakov will present a fascinating and fun-filled program of diverse Russian music on the balalaika, Russias distinctive national instrument. Kruglyakovs hands make its three strings truly sing, in contexts ranging from lively folk songs to expressive classical pieces.

Raised in Siberia, Kruglyakov began playing at the age of 7 and eventually became a protege of Yevgeny Grigorovich Blinov, the foremost balalaika virtuoso of the Soviet Union. In the 1980s and 90s he played and toured as soloist with many Russian folk troupes. Now based in Clevelands Slavic Village, he has performed since 2007 (along with pianist Terry Boyarsky) as half of the critically acclaimed Russian Duo.

Come listen to dazzling playing, spirited singing, and a unique perspective on culture and history.

More about the artist: http://www.russianduo.com/oleg.html

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The North Water Street Gallery is conveniently located just a block north of the intersection of Main and Water Streets in Kent, Ohio, with free street parking on both sides of the street. Seating is limited, so arrive early for the best seats.

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Established in 2015, the "Around the World" Music Series is a concert series presenting outstanding musicians from diverse cultures in an intimate setting.

Concerts are held approximately every other month in the new theater space of the North Water Street Gallery in downtown Kent, Ohio.

The series is an initiative of Standing Rock Cultural Arts, and is curated by ethnomusicologist David Badagnani. The series is made possible by the support of Drs. Terry E. and Sara Stone Miller and the Ohio Arts Council.


Standing Rock Cultural Arts' "Around the World" Music Series presents

Special added concert!
Kenge Kenge Orutu System
(Luo music from Nairobi, Kenya)

8:00 p.m., Saturday, June 29, 2019
North Water Street Gallery
300 N. Water Street, Suite H
Kent, Ohio

$10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)

preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring light food and drinks

///// From the Great Lakes of Africa to the Great Lakes of Ohio /////

The "Around the World" Music Series is delighted to present Kenge Kenge
Orutu System, a unique Nairobi-based group whose music draws on the
traditional roots of the Luo people of western Kenya, giving ancient
songs new life by infusing them with the spirit of benga, Kenya's
indigenous popular music form.

Since its formation in 1996, Kenge Kenge (whose name means "a fusion of
small, exhilarating instruments") has performed on five continents, at
such venues and festivals as Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Folklife
Festival, the American Folk Festival, WOMAD, WOMEX, the Rainforest World
Music Festival, and NPR's "All Things Considered."

The 5-member ensemble uses such instruments as the orutu (1-string
fiddle), nyatiti (8-string lyre), oporo (cow horn), and asili (end-blown
flute), and a variety of traditional percussion instruments, along with
joyful traditional singing and dancing.

Kenge Kenge will also present an interactive workshop at the same
location at 2:00 p.m. on June 29 ($15 for the afternoon workshop, $10
suggested donation for the evening concert, or $20 total for both).
During their Northeast Ohio residency, they will also give several other
performances and workshops in Kent, Akron, and Cleveland:
- Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 6 p.m. - Performance for private event at
the Akron Zoo
- Sun., June 30, 2019 at 10 a.m. - Performance as part of the morning
service of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, Ohio (in
collaboration with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent Peace
Choir, dir. Hal Walker)

The group's visit represents a rare opportunity to learn more about the
Luo people and their ancient and fascinating culture, many aspects of
which are believed to derive from Ancient Egypt. The homeland of the Luo
is Kenya's westernmost region of Nyanza, which lies on the shores of
Lake Victoria (the source of the Nile). Other famous people of Luo
heritage include the late nyatiti player/vocalist Ayub Ogada, former
Kenyan prime minister Raila Odinga, Oscar-winning actress Lupita
Nyong'o, and former U.S. president Barack Obama.



 

Standing Rock Cultural Arts' "Around the World" Music Series presents

Korean pansori:  “Sugungga” (Song of the Underwater Palace)

featuring master performer Chan E. Park

8:00 p.m., Saturday, March 16, 2019

North Water Street Gallery
300 N. Water Street, Suite H
Kent, Ohio

$10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)
preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring light food and drinks

Pansori (판소리) is a unique tradition of story-singing originating in
South Korea, in which a solo vocalist, accompanied by a single barrel
drum called buk, performs all the roles, as well as the narration. In
2003, UNESCO recognized pansori as a Masterpiece of the Oral and
Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

A longtime professor of Korean language, literature, and performance
studies at The Ohio State University, Dr. Chan E. Park (박찬응) is one of
the foremost exponents of pansori in North America, and endeavors to
create a vibrant engagement between performer and audience (the "pan" 판
in pansori).

For her concert, Park will treat audience members to a bilingual
performance (in Korean and English) of "Sugungga" (수궁가 / 水宮歌, Song of
the Underwater Palace), an ancient fable in which a turtle uses trickery
to lure a wily hare to the undersea palace of the Dragon King.

The reception will feature sujeonggwa, traditional Korean
ginger-cinnamon-persimmon punch, served at no additional charge.

About the artist:

Dr. Chan E. Park began studying pansori singing in Korea in the
mid-1970s, learning from three master performers: Ch’ông Kwônjin (an
Intangible Cultural Treasure of South Korea), Sông Uhyang (heir to the
rank of Intangible Cultural Treasure), and Han Nongsôn (heir to the rank
of Intangible Cultural Treasure), and also studied komungo sanjo,
traditional drumming, and drum dance.

She has given lectures and performances at numerous university programs,
Asian and Korean cultural centers, and museums in the U.S., Korea, and
elsewhere around the world. She directs the Lee Korean Performance
Research Program at Oho State University, and serves as producer and
artistic director of OSU's Annual Korean Wind and Stream Performance Event.

Park holds a Ph.D. in East Asian languages and literatures from the
University of Hawaii, and has taught at Ohio State University since
1995. As a scholar, she has published widely about pansori and other
aspects of the Korean literary and performance tradition. Her more
recent activity involves the creation of new bilingual/"pansoritized"
plays for stage performance, several of which she has directed at
theaters in the U.S. and internationally.

Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/769784166736822/

Chan E. Park websites:
https://deall.osu.edu/people/park.2274
https://music.williams.edu/events/chan-e-park-korean-pansori/
https://deall.osu.edu/research/faculty-activities/park-recent-performances-publications

Video of Chan E. Park performing pansori:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzKm8iY79ZU

 


 

Standing Rock Cultural Arts' "Around the World" Music Series presents

The Magic of the Chinese Guzheng
featuring Jarrelle Barton

8:00 p.m., Saturday, February 2, 2019

North Water Street Gallery
300 N. Water Street, Suite H
Kent, Ohio

$10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)
preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring light food and drinks

The guzheng, an ancient zither from China, is played using a variety of
expressive techniques ranging from subtle tone bends to dramatic
glissandos. In the hands of a skilled player, it is capable of conjuring
in the mind of the listener such images as ripples on water, raindrops
tapping on banana leaves, or even torrential storms. Jarrelle Barton,
who will be traveling all the way from his home in Minneapolis, is an
accomplished and imaginative performer who has dedicated himself to this
instrument and its traditions. He will present a varied program of
traditional, modern, and original music for the guzheng, using
instruments with 16 and 21 strings.

Jarrelle Barton's visit to Northeast Ohio has been made possible through
the kind assistance of Margaret W. Wong & Associates.

More information about Jarrelle Barton:
http://www.startribune.com/prior-lake-man-excels-in-playing-an-unusual-chinese-instrument/490728781/
https://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/27/james-barton-on-playing-the-guzheng

Jarrelle Barton's full 2019 Northeast Ohio tour schedule:
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● Sat., February 2, 2019, 8 p.m. - Solo recital, North Water Street
Gallery, Kent, Ohio
● Sun., February 3, 2019, 2 p.m. - Chinese New Year performance with the
Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble, Hudson Library, Hudson, Ohio
● Mon, February 4, 2019, 12 noon - Live interview/performance on WCPN
90.3 FM/ideastream
● Mon., February 4, 2019, 8 p.m. - Solo recital, BOP STOP at The Music
Settlement, Cleveland, Ohio