Around The World Concert Series


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

~~~Danny Lahood: Oud Masterpieces from the Middle East~~~

8:00 p.m., Saturday, November 17, 2018

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

In the Middle East, the oud (a fretless pear-shaped lute with 11
strings) is known as the "king of instruments." Cleveland native Danny
Lahood was inspired to learn this instrument by his father, an immigrant
from Sebhel, a village in the Zgharta District of North Lebanon. Over
the past 40 years he has given well-received performances across the
U.S. and Canada, and his skills are in constant demand in Cleveland's
Arabic community.

The program will include classical, folk, and modern music from Egypt,
Lebanon, and Syria, with several songs by the late, great Farid
al-Atrash, nicknamed "King of the Oud"). Lahood, who also plays the
derbake (goblet drum), will accompany himself with traditional
percussion sounds produced by an electronic keyboard.

Going along with the evening's theme, a selection of delicious Lebanese
foods, provided by Sanabel Middle East Bakery of Akron, will be served
at no extra charge.

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Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

A program of Indian classical music
featuring Hans Utter, Sitar
with Joe Culley, tabla

8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 6, 2018

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

$10 suggested donation


Come Experience the meditative power of Raga.  A transformative
event allowing the audience to fall into the depths of silence and the
healing resonance of sound.
Highly accomplished sitarist, Hans Utter, will guide the audience
through these subtle dimensions handed down to him by great Indian
maestros.  Joe will punctuate and provide rhythmic waves that the
melodic cruise will traverse upon.



Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

The "Around the World" Music Series

-Curated by ethnomusicologist David Badagani


8:00 p.m., Saturday, September 22, 2018 (opening concert of the 2018-2019 season)
-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

$10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)


Singing in English and Slovenian, veteran musicians Patty Candela and Joe Strukel (with drummer Paul "Pops" Magooch) perform traditional and Cleveland-style polkas, waltzes, and slow songs using both button box and piano accordions. Formed in 2014, the band has attracted a devoted following and been named Button Box Band of the Year by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame in 2014, 2015, and 2017. Get ready for a toe-tapping evening, because polka music is happy music!

Slovenian pastries and other baked goods from Reinecker's Bakery in Macedonia, Ohio will be served.



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

A program of North Indian classical music

featuring Samuel Salsbury, sarangi
with Josh Sherman, tabla

8:00 p.m., Saturday, June 23, 2018 (final concert of the 2017-2018 season)
-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

$10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)

The final concert of our third season will be a special program of Indian classical music performed by Samuel Salsbury on the sarangi, a rarely heard bowed string instrument of North India, with tabla accompaniment provided by Josh Sherman.

The evening will include exquisite selections from the Hindustani tradition of North India, to which Salsbury has devoted intensive study since 2014. Using an instrument that is 125 years old, he will present a full classical raga and two bhajans (devotional songs). Following the performance (which will be presented in one set, without intermission), Salsbury will share stories and photographs from his many extended stays in India, and authentic Indian food from Namaste Cuisine will be served.

About the artists:

Samuel Salsbury, an Akron native who is also a fine and versatile violinist, improviser, and recording artist, is one of the few non-Indians to play the sarangi, a bowed instrument with 39 strings, whose rich and resonant tone is known for penetrating deep into the hearts of listeners. For the past five years, he has spent between three and four months of each year in the holy city of Varanasi, taking daily lessons with his guru, Pt. Santosh Mishra, an 8th-generation sarangi master. While there earlier this year, he presented three solo concerts; this will be his first in Northeast Ohio since his return home.

As a violinist, Salsbury brings soulful depth to a wide assortment of musical styles and situations. Probably best known for his kirtan performances, he has played with many of the world’s leading kirtan artists in the creation of sacred chants rooted in Hinduism and yoga practice. Although he received classical training at the Cleveland Institute of Music, his eclectic musical background has also included performances in the genres of rock, blues, jazz, avant-garde, and Cajun/zydeco. His spiritual journey dates back to early childhood and has taken him to such countries as Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Japan and, most recently, India. In 2018 he released a CD of original music with Kent musician Mike Hovancsek, entitled The Market of Kashi.

Josh Sherman is a Northeast Ohio-based hand percussionist specializing in tabla and East Indian rhythms. He has studied tabla privately for over 13 years with a number of renowned tabla teachers, some of whom he has also had the honor of performing with on multiple occasions. His longest period of study has been with Jim Feist, a disciple of Pt. Yogesh Samsi, one of the foremost exponents of the Punjab gharana of tabla playing.

Sherman currently performs as a soloist as well as with several groups (including instrumental world fusion ensemble Global Connections, kirtan ensemble Enchanted Hearts, and the hyper-rhythmic Rudraksh Rhythm Ensemble), and has performed in cross-cultural settings with musicians and dancers of many different styles from around the world. Performance venues of note include Severance Hall, House of Blues, Cain Park, Ingenuity Fest, Tri-C Jazz Fest, Parade the Circle, Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Starwood Festival. He has also conducted workshops for all ages on Indian rhythm theory and other drumming-related topics for the Starwood Festival, Ingenuity Fest, and many Passport Project programs.

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