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The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts presents the World Music and Dance Festival 2013

Click here for video of the World Percussion Concert, featuring acclaimed percussionist Pete Lockett, at CalArts’ 2012 World Music Festival.

Six concerts will feature music from Bali, Java, Ghana, India, Persia and percussion traditions from around the world.

Festival highlights include electrifying Ghanaian drummer and dancer Prosper Nudzor performing in a free concert under the stars, and Javanese dancer and choreographer Baghawan Ciptoning appearing with the CalArts Javanese gamelan Kyai Doro Dasih “Venerable Dream Come True”.

Other virtuoso performers include revered Balinese duo I Nyoman Wenten and Nanik Wenten; Yeko Ladzekpo-Cole and Andrew Grueschow directing the West African Music and Dance Ensemble; esteemed Javanese musician and composer Djoko Walujo Wimboprasetyo; and legendary North Indian musicians Swapan Chaudhuri and Aashish Khan.

April 8, Valencia, CA –Take a trip around the globe at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) World Music and Dance Festival.

Presented, by The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts, this year’s edition of the festival offers six concerts featuring traditions from Bali, Ghana, Java, North India and Persia.  The annual festival brings revered musical masters, their students, and special guests to perform at CalArts’ campus in Valencia.

“In our global age, world music is essential to all music,” said David Rosenboom, dean of the Herb Alpert School of Music. “For many years, the CalArts World Music and Dance Festival has been a treasured cultural jewel, lighting our way forward towards a borderless culture. It is our honor to continue offering this all-important perspective on the shared traditions we respect and from which we draw inspiration to fuel the life of music to come."

One of the first schools in the country to offer degree programs in world music performance, CalArts has a history of nurturing traditional and new forms of music from a variety of cultures. Such renowned world artists as India’s Aashish Khan and Swapan Chaudhuri, Indonesia’s I Nyoman Wenten and Nanik Wenten, and Djoko Walujo Wimboprasetyo teach at CalArts, and will perform at the festival.

Concert venues are The Wild Beast music pavilion and the Walt Disney Modular Theater (MOD) on CalArts’ Valencia campus. Tickets for concerts in the MOD are $10 for General Admission and $2 for students and seniors. Concerts in the Wild Beast Concert Pavilion are FREE with lawn seating. Reservations and Ticket purchase: www.eventbrite.com/

Balinese Music and Dance
Friday, April 26, 7 p.m.
The Wild Beast

Renowned for the breathtaking refinement of its artistic traditions, Balinese culture encompasses a rich diversity of music and dance forms. CalArts’ Gamelan Burat Wangi (“Fragrant Offering”) presents A Night on the Island of a Thousand Temples, an exquisite spectacle, in vivid color and sound, of traditional and contemporary music and dance creations. Formed in 1972 by directors I Nyoman Wenten and Nanik Wenten, Gamelan Burat Wangi has since performed extensively at venues around the world.

West African Music and Dance
Saturday, April 27, 7 p.m.
The Wild Beast

Massive, intricate rhythms churn joyously into the night in this celebration of the music, singing and dance of the Ewe and Dagomba people of Ghana. Performing under the direction of Yeko Ladzekpo-Cole and Andrew Grueschow, the CalArts African Music and Dance Ensemble is joined by special guest artist Prosper Nudzor—the exceptional Ghanaian drummer and dancer—in what is sure to be one of the highlights of this year’s World Music and Dance Festival.

Javanese Music and Dance
Sunday, April 28, 7 p.m.
The Wild Beast

Admired around the world for its dynamic forms and range of expression, the music and dance of Java play essential roles in the lives of the Indonesian island’s people. The CalArts Javanese Gamelan Kyai Doro Dasih (“The Venerable Dream Come True”) presents an evening of classical court and modern Javanese music and dance. Directed by Djoko Walujo Wimboprasetyo and Nanik Wenten, the gamelan features a special guest appearance by consummate dancer and choreographer Bhagawan Ciptoning—a longtime instructor at the Institut Seni Indonesia who is renowned for his mastery of the filigree detail of Javanese ceremonial dance.

North Indian Classical Music
Friday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.
Walt Disney Modular Theater

Promising a transformative experience, this concert of Hindustani classical music showcases two legendary artists of the international stage: tabla master Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri and sarode virtuoso Ustad Aashish Khan. The distinguished CalArts faculty members perform a set of exquisite duos, during which they announce the raag and taal—the melodic modes and rhythmic cycles—of the music from the stage. The maestros are preceded by the CalArts Tabla Ensemble, playing under the direction of Pandit Chaudhuri and Randy Gloss.

CalArts World Percussion Ensemble
Saturday, May 4
8  p.m.
Walt Disney Modular Theater

An experimental collaborative forum founded by the influential John Bergamo and now led by Randy Gloss and Houman Pourmehdi, the CalArts World Percussion Ensemble lays down irresistible rhythms in this eclectic program of new compositions and extended, free-flowing improvisations. Drawing upon—and bridging across—a wide range of global cultures and musical ideas, the ensemble features exceptional faculty, student, and alumni musicians from the Institute’s percussion, drumming and world music programs.

CalArts North Indian Ensemble
CalArts Persian Music Ensemble

Sunday, May 5, 8 p.m.
Walt Disney Modular Theater

The CalArts North Indian Ensemble, featuring top student musicians under the direction of Ustad Aashish Khan, opens this two-part concert with a set of exciting new compositions for Indian and Western instruments. Following is the CalArts Persian Ensemble, a large student group guided by Houman Pourmehdi that also features mixed instrumentation—both traditional Persian and Western. This ensemble plays work by two great Persian composers: three pieces by Grand Master Ali Akbar Shahnazi and one by Master Parviz Meshkatian, whose In Dastgah Shur has had a major influence on the Iranian music of the past decades.

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California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) World Music and Dance Festival 2013

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355-2340
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Concerts will be held at The Wild Beast Concert Pavilion and the Walt Disney Modular Theater (MOD) on the CalArts campus.

Tickets for concerts in the MOD are $10 for General Admission and $2 for students. Concerts in the Wild Beast Concert Pavilion are FREE with lawn seating. Reservations and Ticket Purchase: www.eventbrite.com/

Schedule of Performances

Friday, April 26. Balinese Music & Dance, Wild Beast, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 27. West African Music & Dance, Wild Beast, 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 28. Javanese Music & Dance, Wild Beast, 7 p.m.
Friday, May 3. North Indian Classical Music, MOD, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 4. World Percussion Ensemble, MOD, 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 5. CalArts Student Indian Ensemble & Persian Music Ensemble, MOD, 7 p.m.

CalArts is unique in its multidisciplinary approach to studying the arts through its six related schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater.  CalArts encourages students to recognize and explore the complexity of the aesthetic, social and political aspects of the arts.  It is supported by its distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its BFA, MFA and DMA students with both the hands-on training and the engagement with the cultural community necessary for artists’ growth.  Founded in 1961—and opened in 1969—CalArts was the first institution of higher learning in the U.S. specifically for students interested in pursuing degrees in the visual and performing arts.  

Last edited by sgoforth on Apr 18, 2013
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