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.
In the event of rain, World Music Series events will be moved to Music Room 1145, adjacent to the Music Bowl. Signs will be posted near the Music Bowl on the day of the event notifying audience members of the change. 

Winter 2019

Wednesday, January 16th  
Klezmer music and Balkan tunes with Kalinka, a Santa Barbara-based quartet, including Fred Nadis, clarinet; Eric Ederer, guitar; Besnik Yzeiri, violin; and Andrew Fedders, bass.
Wednesday, January 23rd
Led by Juan Zaragoza, Mariachi Las Olas de SB presents a program featuring music that celebrates the flora and fauna found in songs from Latin American cultures. For example, the moon, especially full moons, is a key protagonist in popular songs in Mexican, Mexican-American, and some Latin American cultures. Sones and corridos about cows, bulls, and horses are also an important part of the canon or collection of mariachi songs. The group will also present boleros and other mariachi favorites. 
Wednesday, January 30th     
The Santa Barbara-based group, Dannsair, performs Irish melodies on fiddles, flutes, whistles, guitar, and percussion, melding jazzy undertones, classical phrasing and danceable rhythms. Russ Doherty, guitar; Adriane Hill, flute; Armand Renga, bass; Rachel Galvin, vocals and fiddle; Karl Burrelsmann, fiddle; Jane Hahn, whistle; Sue Rudnicki, percussion; and Jay Galvin, guitar and vocals.
Wednesday, February 6th 
Founded in 1998, the 9-member Dixie Daddies and Mamas band performs Dixieland music, a style of early jazz developed in New Orleans, on piano, drums, banjo, string bass, soprano sax, tenor sax, clarinet, trumpet and trombone. Based in Santa Barbara, the group plays at a variety of venues including retirement homes, churches, private parties, and other public events all over the Santa Barbara area.
Wednesday, February 13th                                
Drummer Matt Perko (Staff, UCSB Office of Public Affairs) leads a group of talented UCSB students in a set of modern jazz. Joining Matt is keyboardist Reno Behnken, guitarist Lucas Brooker, bassist Harry Smidt, and first-year trombonist Sriram Ramamurthy.
Wednesday, February 20th
The UCSB Chamber Choir, directed by Daniel Newman-Lessler, and the UCSB Women's Choir, directed by Tyler Reece, present excerpts from their upcoming concert, “A Tribute to Teachers,” featuring music and texts from Confucius to Jesus, from Bach to Schoenberg.  
Wednesday, February 27th
Directed 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, March 6th
Directed by Victor Bell, the choir will perform traditional and contemporary songs drawn from African American religious traditions.
Wednesday, March 13th
Directed by Alexandro Hernández, the UCSB Son Jarocho Ensemble presents music and dance from Veracruz, Mexico.