World Music Concerts

Each semester, our World Music Concerts feature musicians of international stature representing a multiplicity of cultures. In the intimate setting of the Slosberg Recital Hall, each concert invites the audience to experience the history, cultural memories, indeed, the heart and soul of a people through the autobiographical narrative of music.

2019-2020 Performances

November 16, 2019

Guest artist GAMIN of Korea playing the Piri (Korean reed instrument).8 p.m., Slosberg Music Center
Preconcert talk, 7 p.m., Reception to follow

As artistic performance becomes ritual, we remember and honor the Comfort Women of occupied countries in East Asia, who were forced into sexual slavery between 1932 and 1945. Korean master musician gamin has curated this remarkable performance, which will feature: sounds of the Japanese shakuhachi, Chinese sheng, and the Lydian String Quartet; new works by composers Ki Young Kim and Yoon Ji Lee; and a powerful video from visual artist Chang-Jin Lee.

March 7, 2020

Guest artist Betsayda Machado of Venezuela singing into a microphone.8 p.m., Slosberg Music Center
Preconcert talk, 7 p.m., Reception to follow

Raised in the small village of El Clavo in the region of Barlovento, Betsayda Machado’s recent rural recordings with lifelong friends Parranda El Clavo brought new attention to Venezuelan Afro-Soul genre: “Tambor,” a spirit-shaking percussion and voice fiesta said to make dancers float. They have been hailed by The New York Times as, “The kind of group that world-music fans have always been thrilled to discover: Vital, accomplished, local, unplugged, deeply rooted.”