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 Spring 2015 World Music Series opens with South Indian classical music on Sunday, February 1 at 7:00pm with vocalist Amutha Satish. Amutha hails from a musically endowed family, having taken her initial training from various gurus such as her mother Smt. Thiruvenkadam, her aunt, Smt. Ranganayaki Rangaswamy and Sri. Annan Srinivasan Iyangar, who was her mother’s guru as well. She took advanced music training from Sangeetha Kalanidhi Smt. Manikrishnaswamy. While in the US, she trained from Smt Rose Murali Krishna, a Los Angeles based leading vocalist. Currently she is under the tutelage of Smt Bombay Lakshmi Rajagopal who is a disciple of illustrious guru Smt T R Balamani. She will be joined by violinist Vignesh Thyagarajan and Amit Ranganathan on mridangam.

Violinist Vignesh Thyagarajan hails from a family of musicians belonging to the lineage of Flute Maestro Bramhasri Saraba Sastrigal, and started learning Carnatic vocal and violin at the age of five with his mother, Smt. Rama Thyagarajan. He has given many solo violin concerts and had the privilege of playing a duet with his guru, Delhi Sri. P. Sunderrajan in 2013. Amit Ranganathan has been learning mridangam under the tutelage of Guru Sri Ravindra Bharathy Sridharan for the past seven years, and has won prizes in the junior and senior level mridangam competitions at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana and Papanasam Sivan Fine Arts festivals.

The Mid-East Tapestry Quartet will be performing Classical, Urban and Folk music from Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Armenia and Iran on Tuesday, March 3 at 8:00pm. The group consists of Robbie Belgrade on Riqq, Vince Delgado on Kanun, Tom Shader on Bass, and Coralie Russo on Oud.

Leader Vince Delgado is a master percussionist and composer who has played music for over sixty five years. He is a jazz musician, Middle Eastern musician and has studied classical North Indian music extensively. He was the executive director of the Ali Akbar College of Music in 1968 under the guidance of the great sarodist Ali Akbar Khan. He has appeared on Saman Yolu Television in Istanbul with renowned oud player Necati Celik; in Paris, US and Canada with Zakir Hussain, in India with John McLaughlin, in the San Francisco Bay Area with many jazz artists including Larry Vuckovich, John Santos, John Handy, and Eddie Marshall.

On Tuesday, April 7, kora player Karamo Susso returns to Sac State at 8:00pm. Karamo studied and taught kora at the Institute Nationale des Artes in Bamako, Mali. He has toured throughout West Africa and performed at stadiums in Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso, Mali, and at Senegal as a featured soloist with UNESCO’s Fescuao Mali. Since his recent arrival in America, Karamo has played at university lecture halls and clubs with world music, jazz and hip-hop groups, and audiences have been mesmerized and moved by his evocative music.

The kora is a 21 string West African harp lute traditionally played by griots or hereditary storytellers of the Mande culture as a musical accompaniment to their epic tales. Today the kora has become a very popular instrument used in pop, world and jazz music. Traditionally found in parts of Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Guinea, and Ivory Coast, the kora is one of a family of harp lutes with the same basic construction of a large gourd resonator covered by animal hide (antelope or cow), with a long pole neck.