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. 

Fall 2019

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 | 12 pm | UCSB Music Bowl       
Jamie Fox is a Métis fiddler of the Aaniih and Nakoda tribes of Montana. She grew up on the Fort Belknap Reservation of Northern Montana where she was immersed in a lively fiddle and dance tradition. Jamie will perform selections from the tunes played there, derived from a mixture of Celtic, French, and Native American cultures, and some other “popular” Métis tunes that are played throughout Native country.
*The Métis are members of ethnic groups native to Canada and parts of the United States that trace their descent to both Indigenous North Americans and European settlers.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 | 12 pm | UCSB Music Bowl
Los Catanes del Norte will perform music from different regions in Mexico including corridos, rancheras, and boleros norteños.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 12 pm | UCSB Music Bowl 
Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead (November 2nd) is celebrated widely throughout most of Northern America and Latin America with community and private remembrances of loved ones that have passed on. Altars are created in their honor that consist of the deceased's favorite personal articles, food, flowers, and music. Led by Juan Zaragoza, Mariachi Las Olas de SB will take you on a sonic journey with some of the music heard throughout homes and grave sites during this cultural celebration. 
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 | 12 pm | UCSB Music Bowl
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. Featuring solo dance by Cris! Basima, the director of the Ensemble’s Dance Company.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | 12 pm | UCSB Music Bowl
UCSB Jazz Ensemble director Jon Nathan is joined by UCSB alumnus Miller Wrenn (bass) and Cuesta College Jazz Faculty Ron McCarley (tenor saxophone) for a set of adventurous contemporary improvised music both original and from the jazz repertoire. Ron McCarley and Miller Wrenn are both graduates of CalArts' graduate music program, having studied with some of the world’s most famous improvising musicians, including Joe LaBarbara, Larry Koonse, and Vinnie Golia, among others.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | 12 pm | UCSB Music Bowl
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, November 20, 2019 | 12 pm | UCSB Music Bowl
Directed by Victor Bell, the choir will perform traditional and contemporary songs drawn from African American religious traditions.
Thanksgiving Holiday – no concert 
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 | 12 pm | UCSB Music Bowl
Directed by Hugo Macario, the UCSB Son Jarocho Ensemble begins its third year with a performance of music and dance from Veracruz, Mexico.