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World Music concert tickets are $15 general, $12 senior, and $8 student (free to Sac State music students on the night of the show, subject to availability).

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World Music

The Gyani Indo-Jazz Ensemble will perform on Tuesday, March 28 at 8:00 p.m. Gyani combines Indian raga, jazz, Arabic melodies, and global rhythms to make a unique brand of music blending classic Hindustani forms and cutting-edge improvisation. The group is composed of internationally recognized musicians who are each masters of their own instrument.

With Binay Pathak on vocals and harmonium, Abbos Kosimov on doira (frame drum), Osam Ezzeldin on piano and keyboards, and Vishal Nagar on tabla, the California-based ensemble brings together world class musicians who share a passion for exploring and expanding the possibilities of merging Indian music with other genres. The result is stirring, stimulating, and breathtaking in its beauty.

One week later, on Tuesday, April 4 at 8:00 p.m., the Chinyakare Ensemble perfoms music and dance of Zimbabwe. A family of musicians, dancers and teachers committed to preserving and sharing traditional Zimbabwean culture, Chinyakare presents an electrifying performance of the traditional dance, music, and culture of Zimbabwe and Southern Africa. The music (played on mbira, ngoma, marimbas, and chipendani), songs, and dance weave colorful stories that show scenes from everyday life, while teaching important life lessons, such as goal-setting, perseverance, and thankfulness. Founded in 2001, Chinyakare provides audiences with a glimpse of the beauty, excitement, and spirit of traditional African dance and song.

South Indian vocalist S. Aishwarya will perform a concert of Carnatic music on Sunday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. Aishwarya was initiated into music at the young age of four by her great-grandmother M.S. Subbulakshmi and her grandmother Radha Viswanathan. She gave her first public concert in 2007 on the occasion of the 91st anniversary of the birth of her great grandmother, and has since performed over 400 concerts in India and abroad. She regularly performs in the Madras December Music Season and has performed in all major sabhas in Chennai as well. In spring 2016, Aishwarya gave a series of 30 concerts across the United States, as a tribute to her great grandmother. This past fall, she received the prestigious Young Achievers Award 2016 from A3F Foundation – Chandigarh as well as the prestigious M.S.Subbulakshmi Centenary Year Award – 2016 from Trinity Fine Arts, Chnenai.