World Music concert admission prices are $15 general, $12 senior, and $8 student. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (916) 278-4323.
The fall 2014 World Music Series opens with South Indian classical music on Saturday, October 4 at 7:00pm with vocalist Smt. Dr. Pantula Rama. Pantula Rama was born into a family with a lineage of music. Her parents are Pantula Gopala Rao (violinist and retired All India Radio engineer) and Pantula Padmavathi (a veena artiste). Performing since the age of 8, Dr. Rama holds a BA, MA, and Ph.D in music from Andhra University. Her initial training was given to her by her father, while her advanced training was under Sangeeta Kalasagara Ivaturi Vijayeswara Rao. Apart from being a top grade vocalist, Dr. Rama has a high B grade in violin and viola in the Carnatic style from All India Radio. Dr. Rama will be accompanied by Shri M.S.N. Murthy, violin, and Shri Patri Satishkumar, mridangam.
Greek music will be feautred by the Hohlax Trio on Tuesday, October 7 at 8:00pm. Hohlax was formed in 2007 on the Greek island of Amorgos . They have played in almost all of the music venues on Amorgos, and have also enjoyed numerous performances throughout Athens and Cyprus. The trio has embarked twice on tours to California, their first during the summer of 2009, and their second in September of 2012. This winter they enjoyed performances with Mariw, the famous Rembetissa, in Larissa and Volo consecutively. This past June, they went into the studio to record their third CD. The members are violinist Jaime Smith (a Sac State alum), bouzouki player Orestis Koletsos, and guitarist Apostolis Kounis.
On Thursday, October 9 at 8:00pm, the Pandit Pathak Hindustani Raga/Jazz Fusion Ensemble performs. Blending ancient Hindustani raga with American jazz, the performers include: renowned vocalist, harmonium player and composer Pandit Binay Pathak; American saxophonist George Brooks (considered the leading American voice in Indian Jazz fusion); one of the world's "100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists", Matthew Montfort; and Vishal Nagar, one ofthe most gifted tabla players of his generation. Pt. Pathak began his musical training at the age of six under the instruction of his father, legendary dhrupadist and sitarist, the late Pandit Balram Pathak. He has studied Hindustani Classical music in a timeless, traditional and rigorous way in a traditional gharana dating back to legendary dhrupadist, Pandit Gopal Nayak in 16th century India.
The Parangal Dance Company performs on Thursday, October 23 at 8:00pm. Parangal is a Filipino Folk Dance Group based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company was founded in 2008 under the direction of Eric Espartinez Solano. Mr. Solano was a dancer and musician of another Philippine folk dance troupe, the Barangay Dance Company of San Francisco, for over 15 years. He was a Dance Master in Barangay from 1995-2001, and then became its Artistic Director for 3 years before starting Parangal. In 2014, Parangal Dance Company received a grant from ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program to support kulintang musical training from Danongan "Danny" Kalanduyan, a master artist from the Mindanao region of the Philippines. The company's mission is to give tribute to Philippine heritage by preserving and promoting ethnic attire, music, and dance through research, workshops, and performances.
The Series rounds out on Thursday, November 6 at 8:00pm with Baba Ken Okulolo & The Nigerian Brothers.
The group brings to life their earliest village memories, recreating the folk and palm-wine music they heard as children, music that was played under the full moonlight. With harmonious voices, lilting guitars, and traditional percussion instruments, this gentle but joyously rhythmic music is a special treat for those who enjoy authentic African sounds. Their recording, “Songs from the Village,” received the 2009 JPF Music Award for “Best African Album.” Baba Ken Okulolo is a Nigerian bassist and bandleader who was first seen in the U.S. in 1985 with "King" Sunny Ade's world-touring band. He has played with renowned Afrobeat creator Fela Anikulapo Kuti, highlife master Victor Olaiya, and was a founder of the Afro-rock group Monomono in the 1970s.