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Jason Moran

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 6:00pm

Jason Moran is one of the most talked-about pianists and composers of the past decade. In 2010, he was made a MacArthur Fellow and is now the top jazz adviser for the Kennedy Center, picking up where Dr. Billy Taylor left off. Moran opens this session with a song from his latest album, Ten, called "Blue Blocks" — a commission by the Philadelphia Museum of Art for an exhibition of quilts from Gee's Bend, Ala. The way Moran describes the quilts to host Jon Weber sounds very much like Moran's own music.

Simon Tedeschi

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 6:00pm

Australian classical pianist Simon Tedeschi talks about his jazz piano pursuits, his particular love of stride piano and performing the music for the movie “Shine” at the tender age of 14. Tune in at 6pm to hear more about Tedeschi's riveting musical endeavors.

ACOUSTIC AFRICA: AFROPEAN WOMEN Featuring Dobet Gnahoré, Manou Gallo and Kareyce Fotso

An exhilarating musical journey, this season’s Acoustic Africa: Afropean Women celebrates the roots of traditional African music and contemporary pop and R&B with three of Africa’s most compelling female singers—Dobet Gnahoré, the Ivory Coast’s Grammy award–winning singer and percussionist; Manou Gallo, the acclaimed former bassist for Belgian group Zap Mama, and Kareyce Fotso, the young Cameroonian singer who contributes an intriguing combination of Afropop and blues.

Event Date: 
Sun, 10/28/2012 - 19:00

RODRIGUEZ - The Search for Sugar Man Tour

In 1970 Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, an American folk musician from Detroit, released Cold Fact, an album inspired by life, love, poverty and rebellion. The album saw slow sales and mixed reviews, and after trying and seemingly failing again with the album Coming from Reality, Rodriguez disappeared entirely from the public eye. Amid death rumors, Rodriguez and his music were becoming hugely successful on the other side of the world. In South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, Cold Fact went multi-platinum and became a cult classic.

Event Date: 
Sat, 10/27/2012 - 19:00

From Spain: Buika

Hailed as the Flamenco Queen, Concha Buika is the daughter of political refugees from the African nation of Equatorial Guinea and grew up in a Gypsy neighborhood on the Spanish island of Majorca. Often compared to a young Nina Simone, Buika completely surrenders herself to her art, plunging deep into her emotions and emerging with a sonorous, rasping voice that reveals her inner anguish. The New York Times calls her unique blend of flamenco, jazz, soul and blues "luminous . . . magnificent . . . superb!”

“Extraordinary . . . a great artist.”—The Miami Herald

Event Date: 
Fri, 10/19/2012 - 20:00

From Democratic Republic of Congo: STAFF BENDA BILILI

With the irresistible pulse of Congolese rumba, Cuban swing and James Brown–inspired funk, Staff Benda Bilili’s inspirational concerts and extraordinary story have caused a sensation across the globe. A group of paraplegic street musicians who used to live in and around the Kinshasa Zoo, the band consists of four seasoned singer/guitarists perched on spectacular customized tricycles, backed by a young acoustic rhythm section and a teenage prodigy who plays infectious guitar-like solos on a one-string electric lute he designed and built out of a tin can.

Event Date: 
Wed, 10/17/2012 - 19:30

From Southern Sahara: TINARIWEN

8pm doors

Tinariwen, a free-flowing band of nomadic Tuaregs, blends time-honored musical forms with a rebellious sensibility to create entrancing desert blues. A sensational live act, they electrify traditional Tuareg melodies with edgy blues, rock, pop, Berber and Arabic influences to create a gritty, hypnotic sound. Their most recent recording, Tassili, which included several tracks with members of TV On The Radio, won the 2012 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album.

"Tinariwen is just about the best guitar-based rock band of the 21st century."—Bob Boilen, NPR Music

Event Date: 
Sat, 10/13/2012 - 21:00


One of the greatest percussion ensembles in the world, the Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi are a spectacle of music and dance. Full of energy, grace and pure athleticism, they hammer out compelling rhythms and complex syncopations while leaping, dancing and singing over their waist-high drums.

“Sheer pleasure! A celebration of ability.”—The New York Times

$35 Reserved seating

Event Date: 
Fri, 10/12/2012 - 20:00


Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai, Mongolian khoomei throat-singer Shinetsog Dorjnyam, Mongolian yatag (zither) player Munkh-Erdene Chuluunbat and didgeridoo player Stephen Kent come together to create deeply evocative music.

They call upon three ancient traditions that are intrinsically linked through the experience of nomadic life, seasonal migrations, the sounds of nature and ultimately the earth itself. The musicians evoke a meditative and inspiring musical resonance.

$28 General admission

Event Date: 
Tue, 10/02/2012 - 19:30

University Orchestra Concert

Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, UMass Amherst campus

Teresa Cheung

Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony #5 (Reformation), Op. 107; Jean Sibelius's Finlandia Op. 26, No. 7 and Karelia Suite, Op. 11; W.A. Mozart's Overture to the Magic Flute K. 620

Event Date: 
Tue, 10/16/2012 - 20:00


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