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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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