WORLD MUSIC EVENTS

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 featured by the Hohlax Trio on Tuesday, October 7 at 8:00pm. Hohlax was formed in 2007 on the Greek island of Amorgos. In addition to their appearances on Amorgos, they have also enjoyed numerous performances throughout Athens and Cyprus and have been invited to play for Greek and Cypriot television and for radio programs in California. The trio has already embarked on three tours in California, with their fourth tour this fall. Hohlax tours include concert performances, dance events, and performance/talks at universities. This past June, they recorded their fourth CD. The members are violinist Jaime Smith (a Sac State alum), bouzouki player and songwriter Orestis Koletsos, and singer/guitarist/Oud player Apostolis Kounis. This year, we are thrilled to announce the release of Orestis Koletsos' CD entitled "'Me Plimirizei Fos," featuring Mariw, Foteini Velessiotou, Martha Fritzila, and other significant singers of Greece.


On Thursday, October 9 at 8:00pm, the Gyani Indo/Jazz fusion group 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 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.