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Ethnomusicology

Ethnomusicologist Oyebade Dosunmu (PhD 2010) will give a Brown Bag Lecture for the University Center for International Studies African Studies Program on Thursday, October 27 from 12:30–1:30 p.m. at 4130 Wesly W. Posvar Hall. Dosunmu's lecture, titled From Hepcat Beat to Afro, explores the development of Nigerian pop music.

The University of Pittsburgh's Department of Music, Center for Russian and East European Studies, and the Study Abroad Office announce a new undergraduate study abroad program in ethnomusicology  — "Romani Music, Culture, and Human Rights in the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia" — May 19-June 5, 2012, 3 credits, open to all qualified undergraduate students.

Whether performing with the legendary Ravi Shankar at Walt Disney Concert Hall or instructing music students at Pitt, virtuoso Tabla player Samir Chatterjee has a single-minded focus on cultivating the understanding and appreciation of Indian music.

The Department of Music doesn't have any scheduled events this weekend, but that doesn't mean members of the Department aren't busy.

If you're are in the New York City area on Friday, September 30, you can hear the premiere of Eric Moe's new percussion piece Danger: Giant Frogs as part of a performance from Talujon Percussion. The concert takes place at Roulette at 8 p.m.

Here in Pittsburgh on Saturday, October 1, Adriana Helbig has been the driving force behind a concert by the Ukrainian...

October 19, 2011 - 1:00pm

Arts and Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow Michael Gardiner and Noh Training Project faculty member Joyce S. Lim give a lecture that examines aspects of musical form in the opening sections of Japanese Noh drama from the vantage point of tone color morphology.

Updated with video: If you're running in Pittsburgh's Great Race on Sunday, you'll get a pick-me-up around the three-mile mark as you pass Pitt's Music Building. The Carpathian Ensemble, led by Adriana Helbig, will be on the front lawn cheering on racers with their unique brand of immigrant folk funk. We have some video of the group rehearsing posted to our Facebook page, (which, by the way, you can like). Run strong and enjoy the music!

October 23, 2011 - 6:30pm

Rabindra Nath Thakur (Tagore) (1861-1941) was a Bengali poet, playwright, philosopher, educator, composer, and artist. He became the first non-European Nobel laureate by earning the 1913 Prize for Literature. Rabi-Sashtriya exemplifies Rabindra Nath's deep-rooted connection to Indian classical and folk music by drawing parallels between his songs and their counterparts in Indian music.

April 20, 2012 - 8:00pm

Experience the richness of African culture when Pitt's African Music and Dance Ensemble performs its annual spring concert. The program includes music from Ghana, East Africa, and South Africa.

April 14, 2012 - 8:00pm

The University Gamelan, directed by Visiting Lecturer in Ethnomusicology Andrew Hicken, presents music and dance of Java with special guest artists R. Anderson Sutton, Roger Vetter, and Val Vetter. Saturday night's performance will also feature the Dangdut Cowboys, Pittsburgh's own Indonesian pop band.

April 13, 2012 - 8:00pm

The University Gamelan, directed by Visiting Lecturer in Ethnomusicology Andrew Hicken, presents music and dance from Java with special guest artists R. Anderson Sutton, Roger Vetter, and Val Vetter. Saturday night's performance will also feature the Dangdut Cowboys, Pittsburgh's own Indonesian pop band.

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