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Mohamed Abozekry has that rare gift of combining limitless virtuosity with an unbridled imagination. An oud master while still in his mid-20s, Abozerky’s ambitions to musically interpret the world around him and “de-exoticize” his instrument mark him as a polymath of forms. With Karkadé, Abozekry evokes the hibiscus tea found everywhere in Cairo, and the eponymous French café at which this project was born. He mixes Egypt’s popular and classical music traditions, the Sufi calls and secular poetry to musically…Find out more »
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m., Weis Center Atrium FREE! Tickets not required. Charenée Wade is not one to hold back or let fear stand in her way. The first artist ever to enter two Thelonious Monk Vocal competitions, she walked away from the second one in 2010 with instant buzz, coming in second to her new friend Cécile McLorin Salvant. Known for expert vocal improvisation and her seriously swinging groove, Wade evokes a classic jazz sound akin to Betty Carter…Find out more »
Sunday, Feb. 10, 2 p.m., Weis Center Atrium FREE! Tickets not required. Koto visionary Yumi Kurosawa teams up with world-renowned tabla player Anubrata Chatterjee for a program that brings together two expressive musical traditions, bridging the cultures of Japan and India. The performance illuminates the deep-rooted similarities of their craft while highlighting their affinity and respect for one another as virtuosic performers. Kurosawa and Chatterjee spin mesmerizing musical tales as they enchant the audience and reinforce the powerful idea of…Find out more »
Sunday, March 31, 2 p.m., Weis Center Atrium FREE! Tickets not required. Celebrating America’s compositional diversity and talent through one of the oldest musical mediums — the string quartet — Intricate Machines pairs the acclaimed Aizuri Quartet with five rising composers: Katherine Balch, Sky Macklay, Phil Taylor, Daniel Temkin and Nina C. Young. The program combines works of diverse stylistic perspective and range, creating an engaging dialogue between pieces. Together, the works are a statement on the vitality of contemporary…Find out more »
Tuesday, April 9, 7:30 p.m., Weis Center Atrium FREE! Tickets not required. Whether fulfilling the role of vocalist, emcee, showman or impresario, Michael Mwenso conveys both the sophistication and spontaneity of hard-core jazz and the music’s folkloric roots with impeccable craft, creativity and communicative flair. Mwenso and the Shakes are a unique troupe of global artists who present music that merges the highest form of entertainment and artistry, while commanding a formidable timeline of jazz and blues expression through African…Find out more »
Weis Center Atrium FREE! Tickets not required. A native of Lewisburg, PA and a recent graduate of the College of Charleston School of Music, guitarist/composer Ryan Flannery is steadily building his name as one of the most compelling and impressive young jazz artists in the South East. Flannery possesses a strong technique, a warm luminous tone, a natural sense of swing and distinctive chording. This trio includes Ron Nihoff on drums and McCarthy Fitch on bass. They will perform a…Find out more »