Homayun Sakhi next up on Performing Ethnomusicology Series

Homayun Sakhi
Homayun Sakhi

A concert and demonstration by renowned Afghan rabab player Homayun Sakhi at the School of Music on January 21 is the next event in the School's Performing Ethnomusicology Series, running through Winter Quarter 2011.

The series of lectures, seminars, concerts and workshops organized by the school's Ethnomusicology division focuses on musical traditions from around the world and is bringing to the University of Washington campus leading scholars and performers in those genres.

Homayun Sakhi was born in Kabul in 1976 into one of Afghanistan's leading musical families. From the age of ten, he studied rabab (short-necked lute) with his father, Ghulam Sakhi, a disciple and brother-in-law of Ustad Mohammad Omar, the much-revered heir to a musical lineage that began in the 1860s.

In this special guest artist concert, Homayun Sakhi performs Afghan traditional music on the rabab joined by noted percussionist Salar Nader, tabla. He also leads a free discussion/demonstration of the Afghan rabab earlier in the day at Brechemin Auditorium.

Homayun Sakhi's visit to the University of Washington is made possible by support from the UW School of Music, University of Washington South Asia Center, Kabul Afghan restaurant, and Ragamala.

Other performers coming up on the series include Turkish Ud player Munir Beken and Senagalese percussionist Thione Diop. In addition, scholars from the University of California, University of British Columbia, and the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico will present an array of seminars, workshops, and lectures, all of which are free and open to the public.

Most performance events in the series also are free, with the exception of the January 21 concert by Homayun Sakhi. Tickets for that performance, which is at 7:30 p.m. in Brechemin Auditorium, are $10, and music major performance passes and Notecards will be honored.

Performing Ethnomusicology Series Schedule

January 21: Homayun Sakhi
Homayun Sakhi was born in Kabul in 1976 into one of Afghanistan's leading musical families. From the age of ten, he studied rabab (short-necked lute) with his father, Ghulam Sakhi, a disciple and brother-in-law of Ustad Mohammad Omar, the much-revered heir to a musical lineage that began in the 1860s. After living for years in exile in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sakhi moved to Fremont, California to continue teaching and performing.

  • 12:30-1:20 p.m., Brechemin Auditorium: Demonstration and Discussion of the Afghan rabab.
  • 7:30 p.m., Brechemin Auditorium: A concert of Afghan traditional music. Homayun Sakhi plays rabab, joined by percussionist Salar Nader, tabla. (Tickets: $10 cash or check at the door. Notecards will be honored.)

January 28: Antonio Garcia de Leon
A professor of Economics, Cultural History, and Philosophy at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Antonio Garcia de Leon also is a researcher affiliated with the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia.

  • 12:30-1:20 p.m., Brechemin Auditorium: Lecture: "The Son Jarocho and Popular Music of Mexico and the Caribbean"
  • 2:30-4:30 p.m., Fishbowl Conference Room: Seminar: "Scholarship and Community Arts Activism"

February 4: Jocelyn Guilbault
Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Berkeley, Jocelyne Guilbault specializes in theory and method in popular music studies, politics of aesthetics, and issues dealing with power relations in music production and circulation. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in the French Creole- and English-speaking islands of the Caribbean on both traditional and popular music.

  • 12:30-1:20 p.m., Brechemin Auditorium: Lecture: "Sound Work: On the Aesthetic and Ethical Formations of Trinidadian Soca"
  • 2:30-4:30 p.m., Fishbowl Conference Room: Seminar: "On the Study of Aesthetic and Ethical Formations in Popular Music"

February 11: Gage Averill
Dean of Arts at the University of British Columbia, Gage Averill conducts research focusing on the ideological context of music production with special attention to the role that music and expressive culture play in social transformation. A world-renowned Haitian scholar, Averill was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award for his project Alan Lomax in Haiti: Recordings For The Library of Congress, 1936-1937.

  • 12:30-1:20 p.m., Brechemin Auditorium: Lecture: "The Alan Lomax Haitian Music Collection: Performing Repatriation in Haiti"
  • 2:30-4:30 p.m., Fishbowl Conference Room: Performance: "The Frost is All Over--A Fractured Memoir of Performing Irish Rebel and Traditional Music in the New Left"

February 18: Deborah Wong
An ethnomusicologist specializing in the musics of Thailand and Asian America, Deborah Wong is a professor of music at the University of California, Riverside. Her book Speak It Louder: Asian Americans Making Music (Routledge, 2004) explores music and identity in Southeast Asian immigrant musics, Chinese American and Japanese American jazz in the Bay Area, as well as Asian American hip-hop. She has studied Japanese American drumming (taiko) since 1997 and is a member of Satori Daiko, the performing group of the Taiko Center of Los Angeles.

  • 12:30-1:20 p.m., Brechemin Auditorium: Lecture: "Taiko in Asian America"
  • 2:30-4:30 p.m., Fishbowl Conference Room: Seminar: "Ethnomusicology and Difference"

March 4: Munir Beken
Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Los Angeles, Munir Beken's career spans theory, composition, ethnomusicology, and performance. As a composer, he has written a state-commissioned ballet suite for orchestra, won awards for film music, and scored television documentaries both domestically and internationally. His scholarly work focuses on modal theory. He was one of the founding members of the State Turkish Music Ensemble. As a soloist on the ud, he has performed in venues across the U.S. and has recorded a solo CD with Rounder Records.

  • 12:30 p.m., Brechemin Auditorium: Lecture-Recital: Turkish Ud
  • 2:30-4:30 p.m., Fishbowl Conference Room: Seminar: "The Use of Ud in Contemporary Music"

March 11: Thione Diop and "Yeke Yeke"
Senegalese percussionist Thione Diop is a master of the djembe, sabar, tama (talking drum), and djun djun. Based in Seattle since 1999, he has toured internationally with musicians such as Poncho Sanchez, Alpha Blondy, Lucky Dube, and Max Romeo. He is the creator and producer of the annual Spirit of West Africa Festal at the Seattle Center, and Kasumai Africa at the Northshore Performing Arts Center in Bothell.

  • 12:30-1:20 p.m., Brechemin Auditorium: Concert of traditional West African music
  • 3:30-5:30 p.m., Music 313: Workshop