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!
UCSB Jazz Ensemble
Wednesday / January 18, 2017 / 12 p.m.  
Directed by Jon Nathan, UCSB’s top jazz combo performs sections from it repertoire built over the last two years, including works from Fall 2016’s concert including Dave Brubecks’s “Fujiyama”, Woody Shaw’s "Katrina Ballerina”, and the funk “Fried Grease”. Performers are saxophonist Josh Sheltzer, trombonist Cameron Swanson, guitarist Soham Mistry, pianist Nick Ray, bassist Jacob Acosta, and drummer Shane Sato.
Afro-Cuban Music with Miguelito y Grupo Maferefun    
Wednesday / January 25, 2017 / 12 p.m.
Santa Barbara-based Miguelito Leon brings his Grupo Maferefun to present a rousing performance of Afro-Cuba singing and drumming.
Dia De La Candelaria Music From Mexico 
Wednesday / February 1, 2017 / 12 p.m.
Candlemas in Mexico: Día de la Candelaria, or Candlemas, is celebrated throughout Mexico on February 2nd. It is mainly a religious and family celebration, but in some places, such as Tlacotalpan, Veracruz, it is a major fiesta with bullfights, parades, and music festivals.  Led by Juan Zaragoza, Mariachi Las Olas de SB will perform some of the music of this region from Mexico and other popular genres.
UCSB Brass Ensembles Present…  
Wednesday / February 8, 2017 / 12 p.m.
Directed by Steve Gross, the Maurice Faulkner Brass Quintet and the Suzanne Faulkner Horn Ensemble will present repertoire from the Renaissance to modern jazz.  The groups perform on horn, trumpet, and trombone. 
A Century of Song, Still Going Strong : Charlie King & Bev Grant
Wednesday / February 15, 2017 / 12 p.m.
Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist.  He sings and writes passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people.  Pete Seeger hailed him as “One of the finest singers and songwriters of our time.”  He has been at the heart of American folk music for half a century and has been writing songs for over 40 years. Bev Grant is an activist, feminist singer-songwriter.  For the past 50 years she has devoted herself to topical songwriting and social activism, notably in her band The Human Condition and as founder and director of the Brooklyn Women's Chorus.  Her song “We Were There” has become an anthem of women in the labor movement.  “…a brilliant feminist with a true rock and roll heart.  What’s not to love?”
Three For Joy (Fiddle - Cello - Mandolin): Instrumental Music in the Celtic Tradition with Dominic (age 13), Joseph (11), and Angela Rose (10) Padula
Wednesday / February 22, 2017 / 12 p.m.
Repertoire ranges from traditional tunes—Scottish, Irish and Cape Breton—to contemporary compositions in the Celtic style, presented with compelling arrangements and unique textures of melody, harmony, and rhythm. Weaving traditional Irish dancing into the music, these accomplished young musicians enthrall audiences of all ages. The World Music Series is co-presented by the Ethnomusicology Program in the UCSB Department of Music and the UCSB MultiCultural Center.
Gamelan Music From Indonesia    
Wednesday / March 1, 2017 / 12 p.m. 
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, that ranges from calm and contemplative to exuberant and energetic, featuring dynamic drumming, lively interlocking rhythms, and exciting mask dancing.
UCSB Gospel Choir    
Wednesday / March 8, 2017 / 12 p.m.
Directed by Victor Bell, the choir will perform traditional and contemporary songs drawn from African American religious traditions.
The World Music Series is co-presented by the UCSB MultiCultural Center and the Ethnomusicology Program in the Department of Music.