Signature Events

Academic Year 2013-2014

 Fall 2013

Dr. Rajeeb Chakraborty and Pandit Samar Saha "An Evening of Hindustani Classical Music"

Monday, September 30, 2013

Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin Ave.

An authentic Indian musical performance with sarod player Dr. Rajeeb Chakraborty and tabla player Pandit Samar Saha, two renowned visiting artists from Kolkata, India. 

The concert was co-sponsored by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance; Patient and Family Support Services at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center; Center for South Asian Studies; Medical Arts Program at the U-M Medical School; King Chavez Parks Visiting Professors Program; and the Office of the Senior Vice Provost. 

Watch the video HERE. 

 

Winter 2014

Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay "An Evening of Hindustani Classical Music"

Thursday, February 13, 2014

UMMA, 525 South State St. 

The Center for World Performance Studies presented a concert of Hindustani classical music with Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, an internationally recognized sitar player known for his exceptional spontaneity in musical expressions. As a top-grade artist of All India Radio, Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay is frequently featured in national TV and radio channels in India and other countries. Sanjoy is also the Ustad Alauddin Khan Professor of Instrumental Music at the Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata, India, and is involved in a number of national and international research projects. 

The concert was part of the LSA Theme Semester, India in the World, and was co-sponsored by UMMA. 

 

 

Academic Year 2012-2013

Fall 2012

Grupo Tucandira

Monday, October 8, 2012

Michigan League Ballroom

 

Columbian vocalists and musicians Nadith Johana Senejoa Cristancho, Rosny Portaccio Fontalvo, Arecio Manjarres Garcia, Yudi Helena Pardo Santamaria, and Yesid Castro Triana comprise the group Grupo Tucandíra, directed by Arecio Manjarres García. On October 8, 2012, they performed music from the Llano region of the Meta province of Columbia. The group performed on a variety of instruments, including the harp specific to the Llano region; the cuatro, a small four-string guitar; the pentola, a five-string guitar; the transversal flute; and percussion instruments such as the maracas.  

The concert was sponsored by CWPS and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

 

 

Winter 2013

Dobet Gnahore and Acoustic Africa: music and dance, Ivory Coast

Dobet Gnahoré and Acoustic Africa is a unique, one-of-a-kind music group that introduced music and dance from Francophone Africa to the University of Michigan. While in Ann Arbor, they performed the largest event ever organized by CWPS at Hill Auditorium; “Dobet Gnahoré & Acoustic Africa in collaboration with the UMMA Exhibition El-Anatsui: When I Last wrote to you about Africa.” This group also participated in class presentations including Race and Identity in Music by Professor Naomi Andre from the Residential College, African Musics and Culture and Arts in Cultural Contexts by Professor Kwasi Ampene and Naomi Andre, and Introduction to African Studies by Professor Omalade Adunbi, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies. They also held a roundtable discussion titled, “Music and the Experience of Female Performance” with Professor Frieda Ekotto from the Humanities Institute. They also participated in a Balofone Workshop at the School of Music with Professor Jonathan Ovalle.

CWPS and UMMA were co-sponsors.

Dates: 2/18/13 – 2/21/13

Dobet GnahoréWebsite

Academic Year 2011-2012

Winter 2012

Vusi Mahlasela: Singer-songwriter, South Africa

Vusi Mahlasela is a singer-songwriter and poet-activist. While at the University of Michigan, he visited many classes including a combined class: "Performing Arts and Power in Africa" taught by Professor Kwasi Ampene and "Arts in Cultural Contexts" taught  by Professor Naomi Andre, "Introduction to African Studies" taught by Professor Omolade Adunbi, Social Science Seminar on South Africa by Professor Adam Ashforth, and "Introduction to World Music" taught by Professor Meilu Ho. Additional events included film Screening of the “Amandla” documentary with DAAS in the Lemuel Johnson Center.

CWPS and DAAS were co-sponsors.

Dates: 1/10/12 – 1/14/12

 

Rony Barrak and The Fontomfrom Drum and Dance Ensemble: Percussion and dance, Lebanon and Ghana

Rony Barrak is a Lebanese percussionist best known for his mastery of the darbuka, a goblet-shaped hand drum. He is also a composer and producer who has a leading presence in collaborations in jazz, funk, percussion and classical, as well as Arabic and Latin musical styles. The Fontomfrom Drum & Dance Ensemble are master drummers and dancers and former members of the National Dance Company based at the Center for National Culture in Kumasi, Ghana. While at the University of Michigan, they participated in classes including Performing Arts and Power in Africa by Professor Kwasi Ampene, Africanist Dance History class by Professor Robin Wilson, Introduction to African Studies Class by Professor Adunbi Omolade, Introduction to World Music class by Professor Meilu Ho, a Percussion Studies Master class, and a Dance Class by Professor Biza Sompa. Additionally, they performed a concert at U of M hospital and Carpenter Middle School. Their culminating signature event was a public performance in collaboration with the Creative Arts Orchestra and Percussion Studies Master Class in Palmer Commons.

Co-sponsors were: CWPS, Africanist Dance Traditions (Department of Dance) and Percussion Studies (School of Music, Theater and Dance)

Dates: Residency 3/25/12 – 3/31/12; Concert on March 31, 2012