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


❋❋❋ Sublime Sounds of the Himalayas ❋❋❋
Featuring the Druk Fusion Band


8:00 p.m., Saturday, December 10, 2016
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

Making their first-ever Kent appearance, the Druk Fusion Band will treat listeners to a colorful program of music from their homeland of Bhutan deep in the Himalaya Mountains, reputed to be the happiest country on earth. Lyrics will be sung in the Nepali language, with introductions and stories behind the songs presented by the group's founder and lead vocalist Puspa Gajmer.

A 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring complimentary snacks (including momo, traditional Bhutanese dumplings) will precede the 8 p.m. program. A variety of beverages will be on hand for a nominal charge.

Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/597342513785573/

About the artists:


Named for the druk, or thunder dragon, which serves as the symbol of Bhutan (appearing on that nation's flag), the Druk Fusion Band was formed by Puspa Gajmer in 2014 to perform the traditional and modern songs of the Nepali Bhutanese people, while remaining open to influences from across the globe.

Based in the North Hill neighborhood of Akron, Ohio, which has since 2008 become the new home for over 8,000 Bhutanese people of Nepali heritage, the group has performed for numerous events sponsored by Nepali Bhutanese communities in Ohio and Illinois, also giving frequent performances for public libraries, international festivals, and similar community events throughout the Akron-Cleveland area.

In the summer of 2016 the Druk Fusion Band was invited to perform with the Akron Symphony Orchestra on three occasions, this opportunity representing the first time a Nepali Bhutanese musical group has been featured with a U.S. symphony orchestra.

The band's members include Puspa Gajmer, lead vocals and guitar; Sushil Bishwakarma, bansuri (bamboo flute), Tek Sinchuri, tabla and madal drums; Arun Gajmer, naal and tabla drums; Bishnu Sunar, guitar; and Subash Ghatani, harmonium.

Vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, and composer Puspa Gajmer was born into a farming family in Damphu, a town in the Chirang district of southern Bhutan, which is blessed with a mild climate, gentle slopes, and rich biodiversity. In 1990, along with more than 100,000 people of Nepali heritage who had lived in Bhutan for generations, he and his family were forced to relocate to a refugee camp in Nepal due to civil unrest and a campaign of ethnic cleansing perpetrated by the Bhutanese regime.

In spite of great hardship, while living in the camps Gajmer learned English, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tribhuvan University in the Jhapa District of eastern Nepal, and taught at the Oasis Academy and Himalayan English Academy. From 1996 to 2003 he studied music with Kiran Rasaily at RIFF, the School of Western Music in Birtamode/Damak, Jhapa, continuing his classical guitar studies in Imphal, Manipur, India with his guru Aribam Uttam Sharma in 2005 and 2006, while also teaching at the Grace Academy there. During his years in Nepal he had the opportunity to perform at high schools and colleges throughout the country, and in 2010 he returned to RIFF to join and perform with the school's newly created guitar ensemble.

After having spent more than 20 years in Nepal, Gajmer came to the U.S. with his family in 2011, settling first in Illinois (and studying at Black Hawk College in Moline, Illinois from 2011 to 2013), then finally in Akron's North Hill neighborhood in 2013. Realizing that there was keen interest in learning music among those in his community, Gajmer began giving private lessons in his home, then in the spring of 2016 established the Himalayan Music Academy in North Hill, where students of all ages and backgrounds can obtain instruction in a wide variety of instruments as well as traditional dance, yoga and meditation, and Nepali language.

Aside from his work with the Druk Fusion Band and Himalayan Music Academy, Gajmer is pursuing a music degree at Akron University, and completing work on a CD of his music, which is scheduled for release in early 2017. Several of his songs have been recorded by well-known singers in Nepal, including Sanup Paudel and Suresh Kumar. He continues to work closely with the strong network of local community and mutual aid organizations such as the Bhutanese Community Association of Akron (BCAA).

The Druk Fusion Band's lead guitarist is Bishnu Sunar, who also sings with the band. He has performed widely throughout Nepal, and while living there he worked for many years as a radio DJ and assistant school teacher.

Also joining the performance will be the band's newest member, Sushil Bishwakarma, a distinguished and renowned Nepali bansuri (bamboo flute) and harmonium player, composer, and recording artist, who relocated to Akron in the spring of 2016. Formerly based in Kathmandu where he served as Senior Music Director and Arranger at Radio Nepal for 30 years, Bishwakarma has toured internationally with some of Nepal's most famous performers, visiting India, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, and the UK.

Among Bishwakarma's many awards are the Narayan Gopal Yuwa Puraskar (1999) and the Order of Gorkha Dakshina Bahu, one of Nepal's highest honors, which was presented to him by the nation's king, Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah, in 2004. Dozens of Bishwakarma's songs have been recorded by prominent singers in both Nepal and Bhutan, including Shiva Shankar Manandhar, Prem Dhwaj Pradhan, Yogesh Baiddhya, Ganesh Rasik, Hiranya Bhojpure, Madan Krishna Shrestha, Rambhakta Jojiju, Sapana Shree, Jagdish Samal, Rajesh Payal Rai, and Yam Baral. His compositions have appeared in films and television, and in 2007 he won first prize in Nepal's National Modern Song Competition.

Himalayan Music Academy Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/Himalayan-MUSIC-School-272744809728531/

Sushil Bishwakarma Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/sushil.bishwakarma.1/

 


 

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


THE LORI CAHAN-SIMON ENSEMBLE
Yiddish Classics of Yesteryear

8:00 p.m., Saturday, November 12, 2016

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

A performance of Yiddish songs from the Old and New Worlds by The Lori Cahan-Simon Ensemble (Lori Cahan-Simon, voice; Steven Greenman, violin; and Walt Mahovlich, accordion). Jewish soul music at its finest!

Based in Beachwood, Ohio, Cahan-Simon is world renowned for her work in collecting, performing, and recording the traditional music of the Ashkenazic Jews of Eastern Europe, sung in their mother tongue of Yiddish (which originated in central Europe in the 9th century and was spoken by over 10 million people a century ago).

The evening will feature traditional songs from Eastern Europe as well as songs composed in the early 20th century in New York City's immigrant community (the Jewish population of New York City being 1.6 million by 1920). Along the way, Cahan-Simon will share fascinating stories behind these charming songs.

A 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring complimentary snacks will precede the 8 p.m. program. A variety of beverages will be on hand for a nominal charge.

About the artists:

Lori Cahan-Simon formed her ensemble in the late 1990s in order to record the Yiddish songs she had been researching and teaching to children at the Cleveland Workmen's Circle School. Since then, the ensemble has headlined in venues throughout the U.S., performing at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, as well as for international Yiddish conferences. They have given frequent performances for the Yiddish-speaking community, as well as for dance parties with Yiddish dance leaders. Accordionist Walt Mahovlich and violinist Steven Greenman, two of the finest musicians in the world today playing in traditional Eastern European Jewish style, form the core of the group.

In collaboration with several other world-renowned instrumentalists, the ensemble has recorded three albums of Yiddish holiday songs, children's songs, art songs, and lullabies: "Songs My Bubbe Should Have Taught Me, Volume One: Passover," "Vessel of Song: The Music of Mikhl Gelbart," and "Chanukah is Freylekh! A Yiddish Chanukah Celebration" (Songs My Bubbe Should Have Taught Me, Volume Two). They are are currently working on a new recording of songs for the fall holidays, to be released in 2017. Music from these recordings have been used as radio themes and in film soundtracks. Tax-deductible donations to help defray the costs can be made to the 501(c)3 non-profit organization: The Lori Cahan-Simon Recording Fund at the Workmen's Circle Educational Center, 2490 Lee Boulevard, Suite #321, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118.

LORI CAHAN-SIMON, internationally critically acclaimed singer/folklorist, performs with her own Yiddish and klezmer ensemble. She appeared previously with the Cleveland Workmen’s Circle Klezmer Orchestra and The Great American Gypsies. She also sings classic rock and R&B with her award-winning R&R/R&B group, New Old School (N.O.S.) and with the variously named Angels In Disguise/Rockabye Baby, which performs to raise funds and awareness for the Alive Inside Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to inspiring an Empathy Revolution through education, music, and film. Lori has been Director of the Workmen’s Circle I. L. Peretz School, and the I. L. Peretz School children's chorus, a teacher of Yiddish culture and language through visual, performing, and culinary arts and of Spanish and art. She also created a listserv for Yiddish teachers. Lori has been singing since she could talk, professionally since the age of 14. She has performed and recorded in many genres and in countries and venues throughout the world ever since. She earned an M.A. in art education from Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art, with additional certification in Spanish from Cleveland State University. Lori studied voice privately, and at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Cleveland Music School Settlement, earning auditioned scholarship awards each year. She was a songwriter for Motown Records in Los Angeles, has sung in festivals, Atlantic City casino showrooms, and venues in many countries. She has been a featured performer on radio in the United States and Mexico and has done much studio work in the U.S., including jingles, children's material, and comedy, in rock, R&B, and jazz styles. Selections from her non-profit Yiddish recordings "Songs My Bubbe Should Have Taught Me, Volume One: Passover" and "Vessel of Song: The Music of Mikhl Gelbart," have been used as soundtrack music for film and radio projects. These recordings, as well as N.O.S’s "New Old Stock," are available from Lori.

Described by the Washington Post as “particularly impressive,” and “extraordinary” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, STEVEN GREENMAN is a multi-talented musical artist, who is equally adept performing stunning solo violin works with orchestras, soulful East European Jewish folk music and passionate East European Romani music. Steven has produced two landmark recordings of his original Jewish and klezmer compositions, "Stempenyu’s Dream" and "Stempenyu’s Neshome," while two of his Jewish liturgical melodies have been published by the Shalshelet Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music. With his recording "Khevrisa: European Klezmer Music," Steven is a Smithsonian Folkways recording artist. Steven leads international klezmer music master classes and has been a teaching artist with the Cleveland Orchestra’s “Learning Through Music” program since 2001. Performing his own arrangements of traditional East European Romani (“Gypsy”) violin music, Steven has been a guest soloist with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and the Canton and Akron Symphonies. He has explored classical Chinese music performing the famous Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto as soloist with the Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra, the Firelands Symphony, and the National Repertory Orchestra. Steven’s collaboration with master pipa player Gao Hong, The Braided Candle, explores a unique blending of both traditional Jewish and Chinese folk music styles.

Accordionist WALT MAHOVLICH spent most of his youth playing East European weddings with traditional village musicians who had immigrated to his home town of Cleveland, Ohio. Walt began playing klezmer music in 1972. He brings to his performances his strong knowledge of East European music and the high energy of a living tradition. Walt was a featured artist at the 1974 Smotra Foklora in Zagreb, Croatia, the Smithsonian’s Celebration of the U.S. Bicentennial, the 1976 Festival of American Folklife, The inaugural ceremonies for president Jimmy Carter, the rededication of Ellis Island, Toronto's Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture, and the Washington Jewish Music Festival in Washington, DC. Among the diverse groups he has performed with are Jorgovan, TurliTava, The Odessa Klezmer Orchestra, Kompaniye, Brave Old World, Steel City Klezmorim, Stempenyu’s Dream, and the Lori Cahan-Simon Ensemble. Walt currently leads and tours with the East European ensemble Harmonia. He has toured throughout Europe with Budowitz. Walt made his off-Broadway debut in "A Dybbuk, or Between Two Worlds," Tony Kushner’s adaptation of the S. Ansky classic "The Dybbuk," performing with members of The Klezmatics at New York’s Public Theater. Walt has been a faculty member at the Balkan Arts Music Camp and at Buffalo on the Roof Yiddish Arts Festival. In addition to his background in performance, Walt studied ethnomusicology at the University of Sarajevo. He has done field work for the Smithsonian and researched and produced the award-winning album "Nova Domovina: Balkan Slavic Music from the Industrial Midwest." Walt appears on the klezmer CDs "Budowitz: Mother Tongue" on the Koch International label and "Klezmer Music: A Marriage of Heaven and Earth" on Ellipsis Arts; with Lori Cahan-Simon on "Songs My Bubbe Should Have Taught Me, Volume One: Passover," "Chanukah is Freylekh! A Yiddish Chanukah Celebration" (Songs My Bubbe Should Have Taught Me, Volume Two), and "Vessel of Song: The Music of Mikhl Gelbart"; as well as on "Harmonia: Music of Eastern Europe" and "The Art of the Cimbalom," both on Traditional Crossroads, and the 2012 release "Hidden Legacy: Folk and Gypsy Music from Eastern Europe" on Folk Sounds Records.

 


 

Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents The Around The World Music Series, featuring

GONG AND SINGING BOWL IMPROVISATIONS
-Lisa Miralia/Paul Stranahan Duo

8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 22, 2016
Preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring light food and drinks

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

ADMISSION: $10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)

DESCRIPTION:

Percussionist Paul Stranahan will perform a solo set of otherworldly improvisations on an array of gongs and Tibetan singing bowls. Then Lisa Miralia will join Paul to play their innovative and dynamic soundscapes using both ancient and modern acoustic and electronic instruments. They draw influences from the avant-garde, free improvisation, experimental noise, metal, musique concrète, and ambient musics, but the results are wholly original and will never be reproduced exactly the same way again.

About the artists:

LISA MIRALIA (electronics, synths, vocals, bells) is a musician, DJ, and curator of independent sound art events and event series in Cleveland, Ohio. She performs solo and in a number of collaborative projects involving experimental electronics, electro-acoustic improvisation and composition, noise, psych rock, dark ambience, and deep third eye drones. Lisa works with both home-built and traditional electronics and instruments, vocals, and at times performance art.

PAUL STRANAHAN (gong array, singing bowls, drums, percussion) is a percussionist, composer, and teacher. Paul performs regularly as a solo artist, and has led his own jazz and fusion groups as well as performing and recording with prog metal bands and most recently his avant improv group Night Terrors and his new composition/jazz group Three For All. Paul has a double CD release "Gong and Singing Bowl Improvisations" out on the Infinite Number of Sounds Label.
www.paulstranahan.com

 


 

 

Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents The Around The World Music Series, featuring

“The Five Islands: Calypsos from The Golden Age”
-Songs from the Caribbean Island of Trinidad and Tobogo from the early 20th century

Saturday, October 8th, 2016.  8pm
-Meet and Greet at 7:30pm
-Concert begins at 8pm
The North Water Street Gallery
-300 N. Water St., Suite H.   Downtown Kent , Ohio

ADMISSION:  Suggested Donation of $10 or (pay what you can)

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

**** THE FIVE ISLANDS ****
Calypsos from the Golden Age
8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 8, 2016
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

For the first concert of the "Around the World" Music Series' second season, we are pleased to present The Five Islands, an acoustic quintet dedicated to the performance of early calypso music from the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, dating from the genre's formative period in the early 20th century.

The Five Islands' repertoire consists primarily of classic instrumental calypsos by the pioneering Trinidadian composer and recording artist Lionel Belasco (1881-1967). Drawing on elements of West Indian folk music, infused with the traditional sounds of nearby Venezuela, and refined by influences from classical music and American jazz, beginning around 1914 Belasco forged an infectious and sophisticated new style of dance music that was to become one of the great roots music traditions of the Americas. Like tango, choro, son, dixieland, and Cajun music, which were also developing around the same time, this early calypso was documented and disseminated worldwide via 78-rpm records.

The band's performance will also include a few medleys from the first known recordings of Lovey's Trinidad String Band, dating from around 1912. These early calypso works were integral to the popularization of West Indian music and influenced composers like Belasco.

The band's name is inspired by a group of small islets off the coast of Port of Spain, Trinidad, which are simply known as "The Five Islands."

The Five Islands are:
Zachary Smolko - fiddle and banjo
Anthony Papaleo - guitar and fiddle
Christina Freno - ukulele
Raymond Scott - ukulele and clarinet
Tim DelVecchio - double bass

A 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring complimentary snacks will precede the 8 p.m. program. A variety of beverages (including tropical cocktails made with genuine Trinidadian rum) will be on hand for a nominal charge.

About the band:

Zach, Ray, and Tim have been performing together in various groups since the late '90s. They are best known in the Cleveland area for performing as both The Abductees and The Helper T-Cells. Both bands were known for their inventive songwriting and eccentric live performances. Anthony, Christina, and Zach joined together in 2010 to form an old-time music group called The Little Ol' Me's. In the early 2000s Ray discovered the music of Lionel Belasco from the film "Ghost World." He shared that finding with Zach and several years later they began to slowly learn the tunes together. After accruing a plethora of early calypso tunes, they established The Five Islands.



SERIES SCHEDULE 2016-2017

We are pleased to announce the schedule for the 2016-2017 season of the "Around the World" Music Series (all performances start at 8 p.m., preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring refreshments):
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Sat., October 8, 2016 - The Five Islands (stylish calypso instrumentals from the golden age of Trinidadian music, played by a 5-piece acoustic band)
Saturday, October 22, 2016 - Paul Stranahan solo and Lisa Miralia/Paul Stranahan Duo (imaginative and otherworldly improvised soundscapes performed on an array of Chinese gongs, Tibetan singing bowls, and home-built electronics)
Saturday, November 12, 2016 - The Lori Cahan-Simon Ensemble (Yiddish classics of yesteryear sung by one of the tradition's foremost interpreters, accompanied by violinist Steven Greenman and accordionist Walt Mahovlich)
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - Druk Fusion Band (traditional and popular music of the Himalayas, performed on familiar and exotic instruments by an ensemble from Akron's Nepali Bhutanese community)
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - Journeywork (traditional music played by three of the area's finest Irish performers: uilleann piper Brian Bigley, guitarist/singer Ruairí Hurley, and flutist Brian Holleran)
Saturday, May 27, 2017 - Yahya Golestan and Dariush Saghafi (timeless classical music and poetic songs of Persia, played on tar and santur)

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.


 

Standing Rock Cultural Arts and The Around The World Music series presents

  “Cantando o Brasil”
-entrancing songs of Brazil
-featuring Brazilian vocalist/guitarist Luca Mundaca
-with special guest Brian Kozak on guitar

Saturday, July 23rd, 20168pm
-Meet and Greet at 7:30pm
-Concert begins at 8pm

The North Water Street Gallery
-300 N. Water St., Suite H.   Downtown Kent , Ohio

ADMISSION:  Suggested Donation of $10 or (pay what you can)

DESCRIPTION:

For the final concert of the "Around the World" Music Series' inaugural season, we are delighted to announce the long-awaited return to Kent of one of Northeast Ohio's favorite performers: Brazilian singer/songwriter/guitarist Luca Mundaca. With tasteful guitar accompaniment and a voice as soft and sweet as a warm summer breeze, she will treat listeners to an evening of exquisite and melodious songs of Brazil, including classic standards as well as originals. Lyrics are in Portuguese and the music is inspired by bossa nova, jazz, and samba. Her show wll be a duo set, with guitarist Brian Kozak.

About the artist:

Luca Mundaca grew up in a small town just south of São Paulo, an upbringing that gave her the chance to experience, absorb, and ultimately put her own spin on traditional bossa nova and jazz. Today, the Brazilian musician is a talented singer-songwriter, guitarist, composer, and arranger; her work has been featured in many TV shows and movies, as well as two Putumayo compilation CDs: "Brazilian Lounge" and "Women of the World."

After several years in New York City, she settled in Cleveland, where she is a regular performer at such venues as Nighttown and the Music Box Supper Club, giving sold-out performances for the latter's Bossa Nova Night each month. Her last performance in Kent was in 2010, appearing as part of the 44th Kent State Folk Festival's "An Evening of Brazilian Music and Dance" showcase concert.

Luca Mundaca official site:
http://www.lucamundaca.com/

Luca Mundaca YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/user/mundacamusic/videos

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.

 


 

 

 

 

Standing Rock Cultural Arts and The Around The World Music series presents

"Songs and Stories of The Lakota Nation"

Native American music conecert featuring Frank "Little Elk" Running

 

Saturday, June 18, 20168pm
The North Water Street Gallery
-300 N. Water St., Suite H.   Downtown Kent , Ohio

Meet and greet Reception at 7:30

$10 Suggested Donation

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Standing Rock Cultural Arts and The Around The World Music series presents

"In the Charming Spring A Brilliant Jewel Rings"
-Chinese Music Concert featuring Pipa by Yang Jin
-Chinese lutes will be featured

Saturday, March 19, 20167:30-10pm

The North Water Street Gallery
-300 N. Water St., Suite H.   Downtown Kent , Ohio

ADMISSION:  Suggested Donation of $10 or (pay what you can)

DESCRIPTION:

Standing Rock Cultural Arts'
"Around the World" Music Series presents
"IN THE CHARMING SPRING, A BRILLIANT JEWEL RINGS"
《春韵瑾音》
A solo recital by Yang Jin, Chinese pipa, zhongruan, and liuqin lutes
8:00 p.m., Saturday, March 19, 2016
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

Event description:


The Tang poet Bai Juyi (772-846) compared the sound of the pipa, an iconic plucked lute of China, to the tinkling of "pearls large and small falling on a jade plate" (大珠小珠落玉盤). For this performance, Yang Jin, one of China's leading performers of traditional music, whose given name means "beautiful jewel," will share with listeners the crystalline sounds of three plucked lutes: the pipa (琵琶, pear-shaped lute), zhongruan (中阮, round-bodied lute), and liuqin (柳琴, small pear-shaped lute). The program, which will include both ancient and modern pieces, will also feature supporting musicians Jay Xiao (bamboo flute), Haochen Qin (sheng mouth organ), David Badagnani (dahu bass fiddle), Courtney Lambert and Rob Hassing (percussion), Xiang Fang (violin), and JunZhao Deng (piano).

Program:


● Ambush from All Sides (Shi Mian Mai Fu, 十面埋伏) - pipa solo
● Little Moon on High (Xiao Yue'er Gao, 小月儿高) and Fish Playing in the Water (Yu'er Xi Shui, 鱼儿戏水), from "Ancient Melodies from the Fairy Island" (Yingzhou Gu Diao, 瀛洲古调) - pipa solo
● March in Jiangnan (Jiangnan San Yue, 江南三月) - pipa solo
● Spring in the Tian Shan Mountains (Tian Shan Zhi Chun, 天山之春) - pipa solo
● Sword Dance (Jian Qi, 剑器) - liuqin solo
● Intoxicated Under the Flowers (Hua Xia Zui, 花下醉) - zhongruan with ensemble
● "The Butterfly Lovers" Violin Concerto (Xiaotiqin Xiezouqu "Liang Shanbo yu Zhu Yingtai," 小提琴协奏曲《梁山伯与祝英台》) - pipa with violin and piano

About the performer:


One of the leading pipa soloists of her generation, Yang Jin (杨瑾) was born in Datong, in northern China's Shanxi province, in 1982. She began studying liuqin at age four, turning to pipa at nine. She became a student of the well-known educator Professor Junsheng Wu (吴俊生) in 1994. In 1995 she was admitted to the highly selective and prestigious high school affiliated with the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and subsequently became a student of the Conservatory itself. There, she studied pipa under the guidance of Professors Sun Weixi (孙维 熙) and Li Hui (李晖), and received her BA and MA degrees from the Traditional Instruments Department. Before relocating to the U.S., she served as a pipa instructor at the Wuhan Conservatory of Music in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.

A performer of incomparable technique and exquisite musicality, Yang Jin has received many awards, including first prize in the TianHua Cup (天华 杯) National Youth Traditional Music Competition in 1997. She also won the first prize in both the junior and senior secondary divisions of the Dragon Sound Cup (龙音杯) National Instrumental Music Competition in 1998 and 2000, and in November 2004 received the Silver Award in The Chinese Golden Bell Award (中国音乐金钟奖) for Music, China's most prestigious traditional music competition for performers under 35. In November 2009 she won the Merit Award at the 16th Taipei National Music Competition (台北市民族器乐大赛).

Very active on stage both inside and outside of China, as a core member of the China Youth Chinese Orchestra (中国青年民族乐团), Chinese Plucked Orchestra of the Central Conservatory of Music (中央音乐学院弹拨乐团), Girls Band of Orient (东方女子乐坊), and Phoenix Chinese Orchestra, she has performed in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, France, the United States, Britain, Japan, and the Philippines. She recorded music for Zhang Yimou's 2004 film "House of Flying Daggers" and taught actress Liu Yifei pipa parts for the 2008 martial arts film "The Forbidden Kingdom." From 2006 to 2012 she gave over 40 performances across China and Japan with the Phoenix Chinese Orchestra (Guoyue Tianjiao, 国乐天娇) ensemble, pianist Richard Clayderman, and pipa player Zhao Cong (赵聪).

Equally skilled in the traditional repertoire and new music, in March 2010 she was the only mainland Chinese pipa performer selected to participate in a workshop led by the Kronos Quartet and Wu Man at Carnegie Hall. She has been invited to perform with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project for a U.S. tour in the fall of 2016.

Yang Jin served as Visiting Scholar at Kent State University in 2013-14 and currently lives with her family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she maintains a busy performing and teaching schedule.

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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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The "Around the World" Music Series is a new 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, conveniently located in downtown Kent, Ohio.

The series is an initiative of Standing Rock Cultural Arts, and is curated by ethnomusicologist David Badagnani.

 


 

 

 

Standing Rock Cultural Arts and The Around The World Music Series present

~~~ THE MYSTIQUE OF THE INDIAN VEENA ~~~
featuring veena player Dr. Shiva Sastry with mridangam accompaniment by Suraj Srinivasan

8:00 p.m., Saturday, February 6, 2016

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 Indian food and drinks (sparkling water and fruit juices)

 

 

 

 

 

 


Images from the performance


Event description:

An evening of music from one of the world's great classical traditions: the Carnatic music of South India, performed on the veena by Dr. Shiva Sastry, a member of the Engineering faculty at the University of Akron. Dr. Sastry will present pieces in a wide variety of styles, providing engaging explanations of the music and instruments along the way.

Mridangam (barrel drum) accompaniment will be provided by Suraj Srinivasan of Strongsville, Ohio.

An instrument of ancient origin, the veena is a plucked lute about four feet in length with seven steel strings, 24 frets, and a soundbox carved from the trunk of a jackfruit tree. Rarely heard in North America, it is not as well known as the sitar, its North Indian counterpart. In the culture of India, however, the veena holds the special significance of representing all music, being the instrument used by Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of music and the arts.

Dr. Shivakumar Sastry is an accomplished veena player trained in the Mysore School. Originally from Bangalore, in the Karnataka state of South India, he has lived in the U.S. for over two decades. He studied under Vidwan H. S. Krishnamoorthy and Vidwan T. K. Govinda Rao, and has given successful and well-received recitals in several U.S. states as well as in India. Dr. Sastry is member of the faculty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Akron, where he has taught since 2002.

Suraj Srinivasan began learning mridangam from his mother, Sujatha Srinivasan, at the age of six, and has been receiving advanced training from his guru, Vinod Seetharaman of Michigan, since 2010. He has accompanied several young artists at iCarnatic’s music festivals in Detroit and Chicago, and participated in their Tala Vadya Kutcheris in 2014 and 2015. He has also performed at several concerts and cultural events in Cleveland and Columbus. The winner of several prizes at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival, Suraj is currently a sophomore at Strongsville High School.

 

Up Coming Concerts

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - Yang Jin (music for pipa, zhongruan, and liuqin lutes by one of China's leading performers). 8:00 pm.

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - Frank "Little Elk" Running (songs and stories of the Lakota Sioux Nation). 8:00 pm.

Saturday, July 23, 2016 - Luca Mundaca (original bossa nova songs by singer/guitarist/songwriter from Brazil, a local favorite). 8:00 pm.

 

 

 




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