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Performance Talks

CWPS Performance Talks is a series of events in collaboration with local arts presenters, which aims to bring performers to campus to foster intellectual exchange between students, faculty and practitioners, as a means of illuminating global perspectives on performance practice.

Russian Renaissance
Adaptation

January 24, 2018
4pm-5:15pm
East Quad Keene Theater

Russian Renaissance brings together tradition and modernity in unique crossover and fusion styles, employing the balalaika (a Russian stringed instrument with a unique triangular body), domra (a long-necked Russian string instrument from the lute family), button accordion, and contrabass balalaika. This quartet prides themselves on presenting high-calibre traditional folk music through a modern, vibrant, and enticing lens. For this talk, members of Russian Renaissance discuss working and collaborating within the large international chamber arts landscape.

UMS presents Russian Renaissance at Rackham Auditorium on Saturday, January 27 at 8:00pm.

Kaoru Watanabe
Adaptation

November 16, 2017
4pm-5:15pm
East Quad Keene Theater

Kaoru Watanabe went from being culturally "American," playing classical music as a child in St. Louis and studying jazz flute and saxophone at the Manhattan School of Music, to being a member of the globetrotting Japanese taiko drumming ensemble Kodo and becoming a leading specialist in the bamboo shinobue flute. He now lives back in New York, creating his own genre of music that reflects the entirety of his musical and cultural experiences and collaborating with artists like pianist Jason Moran, filmmaker Wes Anderson and Yo-Yo Ma and the Silkroad Ensemble. 

For his talk at the Residential College, Watanabe will address the unending series of adaptations he's dealt with through this journey and reflect on how it has affected his art.

Watanabe also performs at Kerrytown Concert House on Tuesday, 11/14 at 8pm.