World Music Series

Professor Ruth Hellier-Tinoco with Son Jarocho musician Jorge Mijangos, UCSB students, and the Harmony Project Ventura, after a World Music Series performance in the UCSB Music Bowl in May 2015. (Photo by Sonia Fernandez)
Join us every Wednesday at noon in the UCSB Music Bowl for FREE performances by some of the best world music artists in the Santa Barbara area!
The World Music Series is co-presented by the UCSB MultiCultural Center and the Ethnomusicology Program in the Department of Music.

Fall 2018

Wednesday, October 10th
Los Catanes del Norte will perform music from different regions in Mexico including corridos, rancheras, and boleros norteños.
Wednesday, October 17th
Music and dance from Togo, Ghana, and Benin in West Africa.
Wednesday, October 24th
The cast of In the Heights, a musical set in the Latino dominated neighborhood of Washington Heights, NYC, by Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator of Hamilton), performs selections from the Santa Barbara High School Music Theatre production, playing November 2-11. The production is directed by UCSB alumnus Otto Layman, Music Direction by UCSB Music Department faculty Jon Nathan, and Vocal Direction by UCSB alumnus Sio Tepper.
Wednesday, October 31st
Scott Marcus leads a performance by the UCSB Middle East Ensemble of music and dance from a variety of Middle Eastern cultures, performed on traditional Middle Eastern instruments.
Wednesday, November 7th
The Santa Barbara-based Salt Martians (Ken Gaston on guitar and lead vocals, Doug Toews on mandolin, lead and harmony vocals, Tim Mullins on banjo, dobro and harmony vocals, and Aaron Douglas on string bass and harmony vocals) is an all-acoustic bluegrass band, performing tunes from Bill Monroe to the Byrds.
Wednesday, November 14th
Gamelan is the celebrated gong orchestra of Indonesia. Led by Richard North, the UCSB Gamelan Ensemble will showcase an ancient style of gamelan from Cirebon, West Java, featuring dynamic drumming, delicate melodies and lively interlocking rhythms.
Wednesday, November 28th
Directed by Victor Bell, the choir will perform traditional and contemporary songs drawn from African American religious traditions.
Wednesday, December 5th
Directed by Alexandro Hernandez, the UCSB Son Jarocho Ensemble begins its second year with a performance of music and dance from Veracruz, Mexico.