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!

Fall 2017 World Music Series

The World Music Series is co-presented by the UCSB MultiCultural Center and the Ethnomusicology Program in the Department of Music.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | 12 p.m. | UCSB Music Bowl | Admission is free
Los Catanes del Norte will perform music from different regions in Mexico including corridos, rancheras, and boleros norteños.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | 12 p.m. | UCSB Music Bowl | Admission is free
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, October 25, 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, November 1, 2017 | 12 p.m. | UCSB Music Bowl | Admission is free
UCSB Jazz Ensemble director Jon Nathan plays drums and leads an ensemble also anchored by UCSB Music Department alumnus Miller Wrenn, bass (recent graduate of the CalARts MFA in Composition/Performance program, currently bassist with multi woodwind master Vinny Golia and his own group, OFFCELL) and Santa Barbara saxophonist Evan LaFlamme, freelance musician in the Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and Paris, France regions. Guest musicians to include members of the UCSB Jazz Ensemble program.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 | 12 p.m. | UCSB Music Bowl | Admission is free
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. Sue Rudnicki leads the Ensemble’s percussion section. Featuring solo dances by Cris! Basima, the director of the Ensemble’s Dance Company.
Wednesday, November 15, 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, featuring dynamic drumming, lively interlocking rhythms, and exciting mask dancing.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Wednesday, November 29, 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.
COMING SOON: Fall 2017 World Music Series Flyer (PDF)