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!

Spring 2017 World Music Series

Wednesday | April 12, 2017 | 12 p.m. | UCSB Music Bowl | Admission is free
Santa Barbara-based Ensamble Vientos Del Sur (Winds of the South Ensemble) performs a fusion of different Latin American styles such as rumba, bolero, and cumbia. Delighting audiences of Southern California for more than a decade, the band’s contagious rhythms invite the audience to dance.  Hugo Macario, Jose Elizarraraz, and Robert Gutierrez perform on guitar, charango, zampoñas, quena, cajon, and congas.
Wednesday | April 19, 2017 | 12 p.m. | UCSB Music Bowl | Admission is free 
CSUN professor Ric Alviso leads his high-energy Masanga Marimba in a performance of music from Zimbabwe and Latin America.  The group performs on 7 Zimbabwean marimba-s (akin to xylophones) of various sizes along with vocals, drums, percussion, saxophone and trumpet.
Wednesday | April 26, 2017 | 12 p.m. | UCSB Music Bowl | Admission is free
Scott Marcus leads a performance of North Indian classical music performed on sitar-s with tabla accompaniment by Shashank Aswath and Ziyad Marcus.
Wednesday | May 3, 2017 | 12 p.m. | UCSB Music Bowl | Admission is free
In recognition of El Cinco de Mayo, Santa Barbara-based Mariachi Las Olas, founded and directed by Juan Zaragoza, will perform various music genres from Mexico including rancheras, boleros, corridos, sones and gustos. VIVA La Batalla de Puebla!     
Wednesday | May 10, 2017 | 12 p.m. | UCSB Music Bowl | Admission is free
Led and coached by drummer Matt Perko, UCSB staff from the Office of Public Affairs, this combo features outstanding young talents Milo Bechtloff (alto saxophone), Reno Behnken (piano) and Will Reardon (guitar) alongside longtime Jazz at UCSB performers Nick Brown (tenor saxophone) and Rex Fukuchi (bass). Joining the group is vocalist Paula Shin. Jazz at UCSB is directed by Jon Nathan.
Wednesday | May 17, 2017 | 12 p.m. | UCSB Music Bowl | Admission is free
Klezmer music and Balkan tunes with Kalinka, a Santa Barbara-based quartet, led by clarinetist, Fred Nadis. With Eric Ederer, guitar; Daniel Moltke, violin; and Andrew Fedders, bass.
Wednesday | May 24, 2017 | 12 p.m. | UCSB Music Bowl | Admission is free
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.
Wednesday | May 31, 2017 | 12 p.m. | UCSB Music Bowl | Admission is free
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.