UCLA Live recently announced its unparalleled 07/08 World Music Series, featuring a West Coast premiere and UCLA Live concert exclusive. In addition, there will be a special World Music and Dance Series, presenting two highly anticipated U.S. premieres. Showcasing global superstars and cultural ambassadors of music and dance from the streets to the world stage, both series were curated by UCLA Live Director David Sefton, who travels the planet to bring to Los Angeles artists of vision, depth and quality. The border-busting programs run November 2007 to April 2008, highlighting an array of companies from Armenia, Britain, Central Asia, Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Senegal, Spain and South Africa.
Four seminal African artists headline the series, including the Johannesburg-born music and trumpet icon Hugh Masekela with his nine-member Chissa All-Stars; Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour, selected as one of Time magazine’s 2007 “100 Most Influential People”; celebrated Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo, today’s most popular contemporary female African artist; and the triumphant Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, catapulted to international fame by the award-winning 2005 documentary.
Ancient meets modern in Spiritual Sounds of Central Asia, featuring 18 musicians—many of them making their U.S. debuts—from a former Soviet region closed to the west for 70 years; revered brothers, Mehr and Sher Ali performing Sufi-infused devotional Qawwali Music of Pakistan; Israeli keyboardist Idan Raichel and his collective fusing Middle Eastern mysticism and Caribbean and Ethiopian rhythms; and Canada’s groundbreaking guitarist Michael Brook and Armenia’s greatest living musician, Djivan Gasparyan, reuniting on stage for the first time in 10 years.
The four-event World Music and Dance Series heralds a spectrum of talent in a wide-ranging lineup of diverse musicians, dancers and disciplines. From Gamelan Cudamani, a creative force in the ceremonies of its native Bali, and the explosive footwork of legendary Seville-based Ballet Flamenco Eva Yerbabuena in the U.S. premiere of “Santo y Seña” (Signs and Wonders) to the return of ever-popular Perú Negro, and the U.S. premiere of Leila Haddad and The Ghawazee Musicians of Luxor, Upper Egypt with “Gypsy Dances from Rajasthan to the Nile,” this is an unequalled opportunity to experience passionate music and movement drawn from the spiritual heart of each company’s country of origin.
All performances will be held at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. Series and Choose-Your-Own subscriptions consist of multiple events sold at a discount when applicable, and are on sale now. Single tickets are on sale as of July 23 (July 16 for current subscribers and donors). To purchase tickets visit www.uclalive.com
UCLA LIVE’S 07/08 WORLD MUSIC CONCERTS
UCLA LIVE EXCLUSIVE
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007, at 8 p.m., Royce Hall
Day of the Dead Celebration
with Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano and special guest Eugenia León
Distinctively Mexican, yet universal in appeal, this vibrant Day of the Dead fiesta features L.A.’s famed Grammy-winning mariachi ensemble, Los Camperos de Nati Cano. Led by visionary “traditionalist” Cano, the event also highlights special guest Eugenia León, Mexico’s dazzling diva and vocalist known for her expressive range and versatile repertoire of rancheras, boleros and tangos.
Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m., Royce Hall
Spiritual Sounds of Central Asia—“Nomads, Mystics and Troubadours”
Spiritual Sounds of Central Asia showcases some of the most exotic musical traditions in “Nomads, Mystics and Troubadours.” Performing against a vibrant backdrop of projected images, the concert includes the legendary mugham singer Alim Qasimov and his ensemble, trance-inducing songs by the seven-person Badakhshan Ensemble and the once taboo, all-female ensemble The Bardic Divas.