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. 

Spring 2019

Wednesday, April 10th          
CSUN professor Ric Alviso leads his high-energy Masanga Marimba in a performance of music from Zimbabwe. The group performs on 7 Zimbabwean marimbas (akin to xylophones) of various sizes along with vocals, drums, percussion, saxophone and trumpet.
Wednesday, April 17th  
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 24th
Scott Marcus leads a performance by the UCSB Middle East Ensemble of music from a variety of Middle Eastern cultures, performed on traditional Middle Eastern instruments, along with performances of folk and belly dances by the Ensemble Dance Company. 
Wednesday, May 1st
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. Jordan Mitchell will also present some of the music from his senior recital.
Wednesday, May 8th
Virtuosos Wes Corbett (banjo) and Simon Chrisman (hammer dulcimer) present a concert of original and traditional tunes and songs. Having made two records with the chamber bluegrass outfit, the Bee Eaters, they’re releasing their first duo recording 16 years after their first meeting.
Wednesday, May 15th
Scott Marcus leads a performance of North Indian classical music performed on sitars with tabla accompaniment by Shashank Aswathanaranaya.
Wednesday, May 22nd
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, May 29th 
Directed by Victor Bell, the choir will perform traditional and contemporary songs drawn from African American religious traditions.
Wednesday, June 5th
Directed by Alexandro D. Hernández, the UCSB Son Jarocho Ensemble presents string music and dance from Veracruz, Mexico.