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 Photo by Terry Gilliam. In the foreground, graduate student Ben Pachter. In the background, gamelan co-director Indra Ridwan. Pitt's Gamelan Ensemble, directed by Professor Andrew Weintraub, took part in the Columbus Asian Festival this past spring. The festival included a wide arrary of musical performances, martial arts, and traditional arts and crafts.

 Photo by Terry Gilliam. In the foreground, graduate student Ben Pachter. In the background, gamelan co-director Indra Ridwan.

Hee-sun Kim's (PhD 2004, ethnomusicology) Contemporary Kayagŭm Music in Korea offers the first book-length account of a new musical genre developed in post-war South Korea for kayagŭm, a traditional 12-stringed long board zither.

You can now view video from this spring's Gamelan concert on YouTube.
carpathianpor.jpg Adriana Helbig is pictured above (center) with the members of Pitt's Carpathian Music Ensemble.
I was thinking of having a recital, but as it turns out, most of what I would do if I had one, I’ll already be doing in an event this Thursday! Pitt’s own Colter Harper, Carlos Peña and Geña will be among the performers that evening. I hope you’ll grace us with your presence. Peace, my friends! María Eugenia Nieves Escoriaza aka Geña Benefit for Bangladesh Your Inner Vagabond Thursday, April 2, 2009, 7 p.m. Admission: Students $7 Non-students $10 Children under 10: free Cause: This event is a benefit for improving the quality of education in rural Bangladesh. We are currently working with a school in Sherpur village located approx. 100 miles north of the capital Dhaka. We are raising funds to build a library, provide teacher training, support the students financially...
pachter_large.jpg Ethnomusicology graduate student Ben Pachter will give a lecture on Japanese group taiko drumming titled "Big Drum, Small World" as part of Pitt's Outside the Classroom Curriculum. Pachter's talk is sponsored by Asian Studies Center and takes place at Monday, March 2 at 6 p.m. in 4130 Posvar Hall.
Our next three events comprise a lecture by ethnomusicologist and composer Victor Grauer on Music in Deep History, The Heinz Chapel Choir's annual Chamber Choir Festival, and concert by the Pitt's Symphony Orchestra. Grauer's lecture takes place on Friday, February 13 at 4 p.m. in Room 132 of the Music Building, the Heinz Chapel Choir and guest choirs will perform on Sunday, February 15 at 3 p.m.
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium carpathian_ens.jpg Carpathian Ensemble rocks the house at Your Inner Vagabond, March 17, 2009. Adriana Helbig, Director, and the Carpathian Ensemble perform of Gypsy, Armenian, Moldavian, Ukrainian, Macedonian, and Klezmer music.

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