Riffat Sultana channels the musical wisdom of 500 years and eleven generations of master musicians from India and Pakistan, bringing a spectacular voice and talent to the world stage.”—Banning Eyre ’79, Afropop Worldwide
Sufi fusion singer Riffat Sultana broke boundaries in 1995 by becoming the first woman from her family’s musical lineage to perform in public. She is the daughter of the late Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, who is universally recognized as one of the finest Pakistani classical singers of his time. Ms. Sultana makes her New England debut at Wesleyan, accompanied by an ensemble that includes her brother Sukhawat Ali Khan on vocals and harmonium, guitarist Shiraz Ali Khan, Ghurdeep Singh on tabla, dholak and dhol (double-headed drums), Jay Gandhi on bansuri (bamboo flute), and very special guest Mitch Hyare, an internationally renowned dhol master.
Date: Friday, November 7 – tonight! Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm Place: Crowell Concert Hall (CFA) Cost: $22 general public; $19 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni
“In David Macbride’s music, one finds technical skills of a high order, a direct lyricism that informs the most complex passages.” —Newsday
David Macbride, Professor of Composition and Music Theory at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford, performs selected sonatas by John Cage, Domenico Scarlatti, and original works based on those composers for harpsichord, piano, and prepared piano. The program will be announced using chance operations.
When: Friday October 24th from 8-10pm Where: Crowell Concert Hall Cost: FREE!
If you don’t have plans tonight, definitely come see Lionel Loueke! If you don’t know who he is:
Benin-born jazz guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke combines harmonic sophistication, soaring melodies and grounding in West African music to create a warm, intimate sound with his trio, which features Swedish-born bassist Massimo Biolcati and Hungarian drummer Ferenc Nemeth. Praised by mentor Herbie Hancock as “a musical painter,” Loueke was featured on Hancock’s album River: The Joni Letters (2007), which won Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Jazz Grammy Awards.
There will be a lecture/demonstration by Mr. Loueke at 2:00 PM in the Daltry Room (Music Rehearsal Hall 003).
The Center for the Arts and the Music Department present cellist Joshua Roman in Crowell Concert Hall as part of the Performing Arts Series TONIGHT, Friday, November 18 at 8:00 PM. At 27, Oklahoma City native Mr. Roman has covered a wide range of repertoire in his performances, from two seasons as the principal cellist for the Seattle Symphony to his collaboration with DJ Spooky (on iPad) to cover Radiohead’s “Everything in Its Right Place” for The Voice Project (shown above).
Mr. Roman, accompanied on piano by Andrius Zlabys, will perform sonatas by Claude Debussy and Johannes Brahms (No. 2 in F Major), Astor Piazzolla’s “Le Grand Tango”, as well as selections from Dan Visconti’s “Americana”, which Mr. Roman premiered in 2010. Yo-Yo Ma has stated “to me, Joshua is one of the great exemplars of the ideal 21st-century musician.”
There will be a pre-concert talk at 7:15 PM by Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Julie Ribchinsky.A master class with Joshua Roman will be held on Saturday, November 19 at 11:00 AM in the Daltry Room (Rehearsal Hall 003). Observers are welcome.
Click past the jump for more information about the performance:
Tomorrow night (Friday, September 23), AnDa Union, a ten-piece folk band from Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China will be performing their New England premiere at Wesleyan.
The concert will be in Crowell Concert Hall on Friday, September 23 at 8:00 PM with a pre-concert talk at 7:15 PM by Andrew Colwell, a musician, throat-singer, and PhD student in ethnomusicology. As if this weren’t awesome enough already, AnDa Union themselves will be presenting a lecture/demonstration on Mongolian throat singing and their traditional music and instruments on Saturday, September 24 at 11:30 AM in the World Music Hall.
Though I don’t think this is how things will turn out for me (for the sake of humanity, my singing should never leave the shower), Wesleyan Alumna (and former CFA Intern) Amy Crawford ’05 is returning to Wes FridaySaturday night, this time as a performer. Apparently, she didn’t even think she could sing until her senior year here. Already an accomplished pianist, after discovering her vocal talent and doing some more studying at Berklee College of Music, she’s been busy crafting her own songs ever since. More at the CFA blog…and her website. And why not, here’s the facebook event, too.
Date: Saturday, 11/7 Time: 8 pm Location: Crowell Concert Hall Tickets: $8 for students
Balfa Toujours, a Cajun quartet, plays as part of the Crowell Concert series Friday night:
Balfa Toujours is a four-piece band that has been making a name for itself not only in the Cajun music scene of southwestern Louisiana, but also in the larger realm of all traditional music. The Balfa name conjures up memories of the famous Balfa Brothers, who took their soulful, impassioned music from the prairies of Mamou to the far corners of the earth. Now, Balfa Toujours plays it straight from the heart, as it has been played in their family for hundreds of years.
Led by Christine Balfa, the daughter of fiddler Dewey Balfa, the group has taken the inspiration given them and made it their own, creating a sound that is distinctive yet filled with the essence of the tradition. The hot, syncopated melodies of the accordion intertwine with the passionate cries of the fiddle. The sweet sounds of the ancient Cajun language lets the listener drift away, while the driving beat of the triangle brings them back. A life-loving quality, emotional yet transcendent, is the essence of Cajun music and the pulse of the Balfa rhythm is at the heart of it.
Date: Friday, Sept. 18 Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 pM Place: Crowell Concert Hall Cost: $6 for students
Following the concert is a FREE cajun dance in Beckham hall from 10:30-12.
Date: Friday, Sept. 18 Time: 10:30 pm – midnight Place: Beckham Hall Cost: $6 for students