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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Pre-Conference Symposium
Music, Dance, and Civic Engagement
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
University of Pennsylvania
Amato Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium
34th and Spruce Streets

The Pre-Conference Symposium, hosted on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, will address the possibilities and challenges of community partnership or action-based research projects in music. Our plan is to generate discussion that includes faculty, students, community partners, and those attending the conference; to exhibit the products of this work; and to organize small group tours to the sites of our partnerships in the City of Philadelphia as part of the program of the main conference. At least one part of the symposium will address an issue of increasing importance to ethnomusicology: the pros and cons of undertaking research in faith-based organizations, and of interfaith work.

While the work conducted by graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Pennsylvania in partnership with neighborhood faith-based organizations and schools will be the launching point of the symposium, we will feature other community and non-profit organizational work in Philadelphia, particularly that focused on dance.

For an introduction to the possibilities of publicly accessible, web-based archives of this work, see: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/music/westphillymusic

This site will continue to be updated through the start of the Pre-Conference Symposium.

For information on the history of West Philadelphia, see:

Pre-Conference Registration Fee: $25

Pre-Conference Symposium Program: PDF

Thursday, November 17, 2011

SEM/CORD Music and Dance Concert
9:00 – 11:00 pm
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel

This evening concert will feature Allyn Minor (sitar and dancers); Fiddlekicks (clogging to live music); Kulu Mele (African dance to live music); Merian Soto (postmodern dance with live accompaniment, representing Temple University); Penn Jazz Ensemble; Drexel Dance Ensemble (an original work from their recent appearance at the Singapore Youth Festival); PhilaDanco II (modern dance company); and Group Motion Dance Company (modern dance company, leading a music and dance improvisation jam).

Sponsored by Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania, and Temple University.

There is no charge for this event.

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Drexel University Mediterranean Ensemble Presents
A Mostly Balkan Party . . . Philly Style

7:30 pm
The Stein Auditorium, Drexel University Campus
3215 Market St.

A free evening of music and dance from Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, and Turkey, along with Ladino, Klezmer, and Arabic songs.

Drexel University and the SEM Special Interest Group for European Music present the Drexel Mediterranean Ensemble and featured guests in “A Mostly Balkan Party . . . Philly Style.” Directed by Bruce Kaminsky, the Mediterranean Ensemble specializes in the performance of traditional music from Southeastern Europe, the Middle East, and Northern Africa. Friday night’s performance will present music (for listening as well as dancing) from Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, and Turkey, along with Ladino, Klezmer, and Arabic songs. The concert will also feature: Svitanya (Philly’s female Balkan vocal ensemble), Bill Koutsouros (Greek multi-instrumentalist), Maria Hnaraki (Cretan vocalist and scholar, and Drexel’s Director of Greek Studies), Jack Kessler (director and vocalist of the internationally acclaimed ensemble Atzilut), and The OPPA Dancers (Drexel’s Student Organization of Philhellenic Performing Arts). There will be dancing for both entertainment and participation, so come learn some of the most exciting circle dances from this part of the Mediterranean (instructed/led by ethnomusicologists Maria Hnaraki and Ian MacMillen).

Free to students and SEM/CORD attendees.
Free Philly-style soft pretzels for the first 100 at the show!

A shuttle bus will be available from the Sheraton to the concert and back. Please contact Ian MacMillen (imacmill@oberlin.edu) to reserve a seat. The bus will leave the hotel at 6:45 pm.


Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture presents
A.J. Racy and The Arabesque Music Ensemble in Concert
Led by Music Director Hanna Khoury, featuring compositions by A.J. Racy
8:00 PM
Trinity Center for Urban Life
22nd and Spruce Streets

A. J. Racy is a performer, composer, and Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California at Los Angeles. Born in Lebanon, Racy is internationally recognized for his extraordinary musicianship and his numerous publications, including his award-winning book, Making Music in the Arab World: The Culture and Artistry of Tarab. He is a master of many traditional instruments, particularly the nay and the buzuq. His music has been released on a number of CDs, including four Lyrichord albums, Ancient Egypt, Taqasim, Mystical Legacies, and When the Rivers Met, and on a Kronos Quartet release titled Caravan.

Hanna Khoury is an Arab-Israeli violinist trained in the classical traditions of Arab and Western music. He is a recipient of the prestigious 2010 Pew Fellowship in the Arts awarded to Philadelphia area artists of exemplary talent. As the artistic director of The Arabesque Music Ensemble, Khoury has led nationwide tours performing traditional Arab music and has recorded two albums: Al Fursan Al-Talatha and The Songs of Sheikh Sayyed Darweesh: Soul of People. ¬†Khoury has collaborated and performed with Lebanese superstar Fairuz, Iraqi singer Kazem Al-Saher, Grammy winner Youssou N’Dour, Algerian singer Cheb Khaled, and Tony Award winner Mandy Patinkin.

The Arabesque Music Ensemble is composed of internationally acclaimed professional musicians who perform classical Arab music and had their debut performance at the Oriental Institute in Chicago in 2003.

For more information about Al-Bustan’s Arab Music Concert Series, please visit: www.albustanseeds.org/music/presents/concert-series

SEM advance ticket: $25
SEM student advance ticket (show ID at door): $15
Purchase advance tickets through online conference registration.

Tickets at the door: $30 (regular), $15 (student with ID)

The Trinity Center for Urban Life is a 20-minute walk or short taxi ride from the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Dance Party with PhillyBloco
7:30 – 10:30 pm
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
Sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania

PhillyBloco is modeled after the blocos of Rio de Janeiro, with their large percussion sections and harmonic/vocal accompaniment. The group includes twelve drummers, electric guitar, bass guitar, vocals, horn section, accordion, and Brazilian dancers. PhillyBloco performs a raucous mash-up of SAMBA, FUNK, REGGAE and more made popular by both Brazilian and non-Brazilian artists, including Olodum, Timbalada, Monobloco, Bob Marley and Stevie Wonder. The one constant in all of PhillyBloco's music is the heavy percussive element that the band uses to explore the tremendous range of Brazilian rhythms. PhillyBloco is extremely high-energy and puts on a great, interactive show. You don't want to miss this opportunity.

While you're having fun, you can also help support Philabundance, the region's largest hunger relief organization. We want to make a difference in our community and Philabundance is always in need of support. So come and dance, have lots of fun, and bring just a little cash with you for a good cause.

For more information about PhillyBloco, please visit http://phillybloco.com/

PhillyBloco Dance Party advance ticket: $10 (Purchase advance tickets through online conference registration)
PhillyBloco Dance Party ticket at the door: $15
Philabundance suggested donation: $5


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