University of Pittsburgh


November 23, 2015 - 10:00am

Yuko Eguchi Wright will defend her doctoral dissertaion "The Arts of the Geisha: Unravelling the Artistic Traditions and the Iroke Through an Analysis of Their Music and Dance." This event is open to the public.

February 6, 2016 - 7:30pm

With members from Chile, Panama, Venezuela and the U.S., Chirihue (pronounced “Chee-dee-way”) offer a one-of-a-kind performance of songs that connect to regional styles from Central and South America. The ensemble will perform jazz, classical and folk compositions with rhythms that stretch from the Caribbean to the southern Andes.

April 8, 2016 - 8:00pm

UPDATE: The date of this event has been moved to April 8.

Explore traditional and popular music of Africa with Camara Drum and Dance Company, special guest Bokulaka Illongo from the Congo, Pitt African Music and Dance Ensemble, and Pitt's African Drumming Club.

April 10, 2016 - 7:00pm

The Carpathian Music Ensemble performs their unique folk-funk-fusion exploring Gypsy, Klezmer, Armenian, Moldavian, Ukranian, and Macedonian music for their annual spring concert.

April 9, 2016 - 8:00pm

Pitt’s University Gamelan will present “Gamelan Fusion: New and Traditional Music of West Java” on April 9th at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium. Gamelan comprises mainly percussion instruments including tuned gongs, metal-keyed instruments, and drums (as well as bamboo flute and voice).

Gamelan tuner Wayne Vitale visited campus this summer to tune the University's iron and bronze gamelan sets.  The University Times took advantage of Vitale's visit to develop a fascinating story about the process of tuning a gamelan. According to the U-Times,

November 17, 2015 - 7:00pm

Join the Pitt African Music and Dance Ensemble, University Gamelan, and Carpathian Music Ensemble for a celebration of World Music at Pitt with this free concert at the WPU.

Meng Ren, a PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology, is among the 22 recipients of this year’s Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation (CCKF) Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in the North American region.

PhD candidate Charles Lwanga (Ethnomusicology) has been selected as the winner of this year’s  African Libraries Student Paper Prize for his paper “Watch your Tone!: African Popular Music as Illocutionary Act." The prize, awarded by the African Music Section of the Society fo

February 16, 2015 - 7:00pm

The Japanese bamboo flute known as the shakuhachi has captivated the minds and hearts of listeners for centuries. Remarkably simple in design, it takes years to master. The sound is at once sensual and spiritual, capable of great emotional depth.

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