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 (unless otherwise noted) 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 2020

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | 12 pm | Music Bowl 
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 29, 2020 | 12 pm | Music Bowl     
Santa Barbara-based Ngoki has developed his own style and vocabulary of drumming that he calls Primal Funk or Roots Funk, with influences from hip hop, rhythm and blues, soul, and beyond.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 12 pm | Music Bowl
Directed by Steve Gross, the Maurice Faulkner Brass Quintet and the Suzanne Faulkner Horn Ensemble will present repertoire from the Renaissance to modern jazz. The groups perform on horn, trumpet, and trombone. 
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 | 12 pm | Karl Geiringer Hall (Music Building, UC Santa Barbara)
Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa collaborates with UCSB students to perform The Dawn of the Rooster, an opera that she composed to tell the story of her family during Zimbabwe's liberation struggle. Tanyaradzwa is a PhD student at the University of Kentucky and an award-winning performer on the African mbira, piano and cello. She sings in African, African American, and Western classical traditions including opera.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | 12 pm | Karl Geiringer Hall (Music Building, UC Santa Barbara) 
A performance of North Indian classical music on the sitar by Reshma Srivastava. Reshma has performed throughout India, Great Britain, Belgium, Holland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Cyprus, Greece, Slovenia, Turkey, Israel, Croatia, Ukraine and across the United States. She has also appeared frequently on All India Radio and Television.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 | 12 pm | 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, March 4, 2020 | 12 pm | Music Bowl
Directed by Victor Bell, the choir will perform traditional and contemporary songs drawn from African American religious traditions.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | 12 pm | Music Bowl
Directed by Hugo Macario, UCSB’s Son Jarocho Ensemble presents music and dance from Veracruz.