Tag Archives: world music

Beginners Javanese Gamelan

Randi Plake writes in:

Experience the culture of Java with beginning students of the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble. The concert will include a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble.

Date: Thursday, May 4th
Time: 7 PM
Place: World Music Hall

Wesleyan Korean Drumming and Taiko Ensembles

Randi Plake writes in:

Wesleyan’s Taiko Drumming Ensemble, directed by Visiting Instructor in Music Barbara Merjan, performs the thunderous and thrilling rhythms of Japanese kumi daiko drumming. The Korean Drumming Ensemble, directed by Visiting Assistant Professor Jin Hi Kim, plays a variety of mesmerizing rhythmic patterns from the samulnori repertoire. Several dynamic and exciting styles will be showcased, demonstrating both traditional and contemporary sounds from each culture.

Date: Friday, May 5th
Time: 8 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall

South Indian Music Student Recital

From Randi Plake:

Students of Adjunct Assistant Professors of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan and David Nelson perform music from the Karnatak tradition of South India. Performances will feature vocal and instrumental music, percussion, and solkattu (spoken rhythm).

Date: Wednesday, May 3
Time: 7pm
Place: World Music Hall

Alarmél Valli

The Navaratri Festival continues! The CFA invites you to enjoy some excellent Indian dancing and music:

Internationally acclaimed Indian dancer and choreographer Alarmél Valli turns the traditional Bharatanatyam style into subtle, deeply internalized, personal dance poetry in her Connecticut debut at the conclusion of the 39th annual Navaratri Festival.

Date: Sunday, October 11th
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Place: Crowell Concert Hall (CFA)
Cost: $18 general public; $15 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students

West African Drumming and Dance Concert

Amy Zhang ’15 invites you to a West African Drumming and Dance performance:

Come enjoy more SUN with us! Get some invigorating drum beats and steps before you start your finals.

Date: Friday, May 8th – today!
Time: 3:00pm
Place: CFA Courtyard

Recital: South Indian Voice and Solkattu

An exciting invitation from the CFA:

Students of Adjunct Assistant Professors of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan and David Nelson will perform their annual recital of music from the Karnatak tradition of South India. Performances will feature vocal and instrumental music, percussion, and solkattu (spoken rhythm).

Date: Tuesday, May 5th – tonight!
Time: 7:00pm
Place: World Music Hall

Concert: Music from East Asia

This invitation courtesy of the CFA:

Featuring Wesleyan’s three East Asian ensembles—the Chinese Music Ensemble co-directed by graduate students Joy Lu and Andrew Terwilliger, the Korean Drumming Ensemble directed by Private Lessons Teacher Chunseung Lee, and the Taiko Drumming Ensemble directed by Visiting Instructor in Music Barbara Merjan—this concert presents a variety of musical styles and repertories from East Asian cultures.

Date: Sunday, November 23rd – tonight!
Time: 7:00pm
Place: Crowell Concert Hall (CFA)
Cost: $2 Wesleyan students, $3 all others

Javanese Gamelan Music with Guest Singer Peni Candra Rini

You’re invited to an exciting performance of Javanese gamelan music:

Experience the culture of Java with advanced students of Javanese gamelan, who perform with special guest singer Peni Candra Rini from The Institute Seni Indonesia in Surakarta.

Date: Thursday, April 24th
Time: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: World Music Hall (CFA)
Cost: FREE

Alec McLane: Wesleyan’s Unsung Music Man

Photo from The Wesleyan Connection, by Stefan Weinberger ’10

Do you know Alec McLane? You know, friendly face, works on the 3rd floor of Olin, plays a bunch of instruments, etc. (The picture might help you recall?) If you do, you might know that he is Wesleyan’s Music Librarian and the Director of the World Music Archive. You might also know his involvement in various CFA and Music Department activities.

I have known Alec since I took Chinese Music Ensemble the first semester of my freshman year. I remember being in awe as he juggled at least three, and might I add, very different, instruments with ease. I grew curious about Alec and his story with the Chinese Music Ensemble, as I watched an American play Chinese instruments expertly in this Chinese/Asian dominated ensemble. (Of course, I later realized how naive it was to culturally stereotype anyone at Wesleyan. Oh the things I’ve learned in the past five semesters.)

As it turns out, Alec is one of the first people that helped establish the Chinese Music Ensemble at Wesleyan. Alec came to Wes in 1998. He was offered, as he calls it, the “perfect job.” He is native to New England and has been searching for opportunities to get closer to home throughout his career. He is also an avid lover of ethnomusicology, which Wesleyan has one of the world’s best programs in. So when a music librarian position opened at Wes, it was a perfect match.

The Orlando Consort @ Memorial Chapel


Gabrielle Bruney ’14 writes in with an opportunity to hear an internationally-known chamber music ensemble in what’s definitely the best venue around for that sort of thing:

Enjoy an evening of early vocal music performed by a world-renowned ensemble!

From the Orlando Consort’s website:

“Formed in 1988 by the Early Music Centre of Great Britain, the Orlando Consort has established itself as one of Britain’s most important chamber music ensembles, performing to the highest standards and renowned for its imaginative and innovative programming. Working with leading academics on music that has often never been performed in modern times, they have set new standards of performance, particularly with regard to the pronunciation and tuning of this fascinating repertoire. In recent times the Consort has also attracted praise for its bold programmes of contemporary music, jazz and world music, and for their outstanding education projects which are specifically designed to involve amateur musicians of all ages and abilities.”

Date: February 28, 2013.
Time: 7 – 9 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel
Cost: $6 for Wesleyan students