UW News

May 6, 2010

Ethnomusicology Student Association presents world music concert May 15

The UW Ethnomusicology Student Association of the School of Music will present its annual concert of music from around the world, showcasing the musical talents of students in the Ethnomusicology program, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 15, in Brechemin Auditorium.

The program will include Ghanian music and dance, Jewish music from the UW Klezmer Band, song and dance in the Son Jarocho tradition from Veracruz, Mexico, music from the UW Trinidadian Steel Pan Ensemble, and more.

The concert will showcase the musical talents of students in the Ethnomusicology program. Many of the performers will be playing music as the result of their individual research and lessons with the Ethnomusicology Division’s artists in residence. Since the mid-1960s the division has invited two master musicians each year to join the faculty as artists in residence. These artists provide an opportunity for students to gain firsthand musical experience in individual lessons and ensembles.

The artist in residence during the 2009-2010 academic year is Laura Rebolloso, a singer, dancer, poet and virtuoso on the Leona (bass instrument from the son jarocho tradition). International student and master musician Bartholomew Komoah teaches performance on the Ghanian Gyil xylophone.

The concert will feature:

  • Ghanaian music and dance performed on the Dagarti Gyil xylophone.
  • The UW Klezmer Band, directed by Ethan Chessin, performing Jewish music from Eastern Europe as seen through the lens of the American Jewish experience.
  • Traditional Mexican son jarocho music from Veracruz led by visiting artist Rebolloso, featuring her students and members of the local Seattle Fandango Project.
  • Trinidadian steel pan music by The UW Steel Pan Ensemble, directed by Shannon Dudley.

Tickets are $5, cash or check at the door. For more information, call 206-685-8384 or visit online .