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Yuko Eguchi, a doctoral candidate in ethnomusicology, received an Outstanding Paper Award at Pitt’s 2010 Grad Expo for her presentation, "The Art of the Geisha: Constructing Feminine Identity and Social Class." The paper is part of Eguchi’s dissertation research that she expects to defend in April of 2011. In her paper, Eguchi focuses on geishas' music and dance and shows how geisha arts deal not only with women’s feelings of sensuality and femininity, but also of powerless in a male-dominated society. She argues that the geisha song form kouta enabled geisha to “distinguish themselves as desirable women among higher class men” and ultimately to “construct their identities and raise their social status.”

Congratulations to Yuko and to all the Department’s grad students...

Pitt's Asian Studies Center will host a book launch for The Flower Princess (Di Nü Hua): A Cantonese Opera, translated, edited and introduced by Bell Yung, assisted in translation by Sonia Ng and Katherine Carlitz. The book launch takes place on Friday, April 2, from 4–6 p.m. in Room 4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall at University of Pittsburgh.

The Flower Princess is the first Cantonese opera script to be translated into English. Dramatizing the fall of the Ming dynasty in 1644, this opera intertwines themes of ethnic identity, heroic loyalty, and romantic love. Since its composition in 1957, The Flower Princess has been memorized by devoted fans and has...

April 9, 2010 - 8:00pm

Dangdut superstar Ikke Nurjanah joins Pittsburgh's own Indonesian pop band The Dangdut Cowboys for one concert at Bellefield Hall Auditorium on Friday, April 9, 2010 at 8 p.m.

Ikke Nurjanah (born Hartini Erpi Nurjanah on May 18, 1974 in Jakarta) is one of Indonesia’s most prominent and successful dangdut singers and television celebrities. Dangdut is dance music rooted in Indonesia and inspired by Malay, Indian, Middle Easter, Latin, American, and British pop music. Ikke belongs to a national class of glamorous and talented singers who began popularizing dangdut on national television in the 1990s.

April 16, 2010 - 8:00pm

Tickets in advance though ProArts: general admission $8.50, students and seniors $5. Visit or call 412-394-3353. Tickets at the door: general admission $15, non-Pitt students and seniors, $10. Pitt students free with valid ID.

The Carpathian Music Ensemble, led by Assistant Professor of Music Adriana Helbig, will join the Kyiv Ukrainian Dance Ensemble for the world premiere of The Bayan Player on Saturday February 6, 2010, 3 p.m. at Andrew Carnegie Music Hall in Carnegie, Pennsylvania. The Bayan Player is an original Ukrainian Folk ballet about a village put under the spell of an angry witch, the young woman on a mission to save them, and the bayan player with the power to do so!

For complete details about the event visit the Kyiv Ukrainian Dance Ensemble home page.

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Pitt's Carpathian Music Ensemble performs music from "The Bayan Player."

Dr. E. Kwadwo O. Beeko (PhD 2005) will give a lecture for the African Studies program Thursday, January 28, 2010 for the African Studies Center  on African musical Practices: Journeying from the Traditional to the Global. The talk will take place in Room 4130 Posvar Hall from 5-7 p.m. According to Beeko,

"Many scholars have apparently embraced as almost obvious the standpoint that most of what is unique about African and African Diaspora musical cultures is credited to the persistence of an African heritage. This lecture discusses the conceptual approaches to the process of music making, and  shows how these elements can be identified, by examining and analyzing various forms or modes of cultural representation that are employed in the musical performances...

April 10, 2010 - 8:00pm

This evening of gamelan and dance of West Java will feature guest artist Ening Rumbini.

Tickets in advance though ProArts: general admission $8.50, students and seniors $5. Visit or call 412-394-3353. Tickets at the door: general admission $15, non-Pitt students and seniors, $10. Pitt students free with valid ID.

March 26, 2010 - 8:00pm

Tickets in advance though ProArts: general admission $8.50, students and seniors $5. Visit or call 412-394-3353.
Tickets at the door: general admission $15, non-Pitt students and seniors $10. Pitt students free with ID.

Pitt's Carpathian Music Ensemble, founded and directed by Professor of Ethnomusicology Adriana Helbig, is featured this week in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. It's an extensive article and you will want to read the whole thing, but here's a snippet that provides good insight into what the Carpathian Ensemble is all about. According to Helbig,

"[The music school] said I could start whatever ensemble I wanted. I looked at what I knew, and what would fit with Pittsburgh — there are so many Eastern European immigrants in this area — and instead of going country by country, I decided to choose the name 'Carpathian' which is regional. It includes Hungary, Slovakia,...

December 4, 2009 - 6:00pm

You are invited to a book-launch celebration and symposium for Music and Cultural Rights (University of Illinois Press, 2009), co-edited by Andrew Weintraub and Bell Yung, on Friday December 4, 2pm to 6pm, in the Kurtzman Room of the Student Union.

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