University of Pittsburgh

Ethnomusicology

April 12, 2013 - 8:00pm

Joining the University Gamelan this year are vocalists Rika Rafika and virtuoso drummer Suherlan. Rafika is an award-winning vocalist who sings both traditional music and pop Sunda. She has 10 albums to her credit already and shows no signs of slowing down. Suherlan is a virtuoso drummer who has been performing with Rafika since 2005.

April 5, 2013 - 8:00pm

The Carpathian Music Ensemble explores East European and Balkan music with a fusion approach to arranging and performance. Skilled on classical instruments, many of the members develop new playing styles that reflect the repertoire’s regional aesthetics, and even incorporate non-regional instruments such as the bouzouki, baglamas, and African drums.

September 24, 2012 - 3:00pm

Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Music, Center of Russian and East European Studies, and the Study Abroad Office 

Featuring presentations by students who participated in Pitt’s Romani (Gypsy) summer study abroad program in Central and Eastern Europe -May 26-June 12, 2012

December 2, 2012 - 3:00pm

Join the University of Pittsburgh’s world music ensembles for music making, dancing, and refreshments. The program will feature performances by

Carpathian Music Ensemble: Dr. Adriana Helbig, Director

University Gamelan: Dr. Andrew Weintraub and Indra Ridwan, Directors

September 9, 2012 - 5:00pm

Presented by the University of Pittsburgh Department of Music in collaboration with Chhandayan   

Conceived and Directed by Pandita Tripti Mukherjee

Performed by musicians of Pandit Jasraj Institute of Music
The program will depict the development in Indian music through the ages with music and narration.

This year’s graduation marked the end of a particularly fruitful year for the Department of Music graduating class, current students, and alumni.

2012 Graduates and Current Students

If you are looking for new sounds to put on your iPod, look no further! Members of the Department of Music released four new CDs this spring, and they reflect the intellectual and cultural diversity that characterizes Music at Pitt.

The debut of the Fela Sowande Singers, led by music department alum Oyebade Dosunmu, will take place at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Tuesday night, April 10 at 8 p.m. The singers will perform a concert of sacred music by Nigerian composers.

In celebration of Bell Yung’s 31 years of service at the University of Pittsburgh, the Department of Music has organized a series of events, including a reception on March 23 (by invitation only), a symposium on March 24, and a lecture-recital by Bell Yung on March 26.

April 13, 2012 - 4:00pm

The notion of cultural purity is demonstrably a myth, as any careful historical analysis of cultural expression anywhere in the world can reveal multiple origins, blends, syncretisms, hybridities that are the inevitable result of human contact.  Yet in Korea, as in many countries around the globe, some forms of cultural expression have come to be recognized as “pure” or “authentic” indigen

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