World Music Series

Professor Ruth Hellier-Tinoco with Son Jarocho musician Jorge Mijangos, UCSB students, and the Harmony Project Ventura, after a World Music Series performance in the UCSB Music Bowl in May 2015. (Photo by Sonia Fernandez)
Join us every Wednesday at noon in the UCSB Music Bowl for FREE performances by some of the best world music artists in the Santa Barbara area!

World Music Series Winter 2018

The World Music Series is co-presented by the UCSB MultiCultural Center and the Ethnomusicology Program in the Department of Music.
UCSB Jazz Ensemble    
Wednesday, January 24
The UCSB Jazz Ensemble presents a performance of standard and freshly developed music for small jazz ensemble. Joining drummer and ensemble coach Matt Perko are saxophonists Collin McCrary and Milo Weising, trumpeter Kinamee Rhodes, guitarist Lucas Brooker, pianist Reno Behnken, bassist Mitchell Solkov, and vocalist Ciara Giordani. This group represents the UCSB Jazz Ensembles, as directed by Jon Nathan since 1995.
Cantando a la Luna / Singing to the Moon with Mariachi Las Olas de SB
Wednesday, January 31
Led by Juan Zaragoza, Mariachi Las Olas de SB presents a program featuring music that celebrates the moon, especially full moons, in Mexican, Mexican-American, and Latin music cultures.
Traditional Dance Music of Ireland with Dannsair
Wednesday, February 7
The Santa Barbara-based group, Dannsair (Russ Doherty, guitar; Adriane Hill, flute; Armand Renga, bass; Besnik Yzeiri and Karl Burrelsmann, fiddle; and Theo Montrose, banjo & whistle) performs Irish melodies melding jazzy undertones, classical phrasing and danceable rhythms.
(CANCELED) Bluegrass with the Salt Martians
Wednesday, February 14
(CANCELED) The Santa Barbara-based Salt Martians (Ken Gaston on guitar and lead vocals, Doug Toews on mandolin, lead and harmony vocals, Tim Mullins on banjo, dobro and harmony vocals, and Aaron Douglas on string bass and harmony vocals) is an all-acoustic bluegrass band, performing tunes from Bill Monroe to the Byrds.
The Very Lonesome Boys   
Wednesday, February 21
The Very Lonesome Boys (Peter Feldmann, David West, and Tom Lee) present a selection of early country heart songs, banjo breakdowns, and bluegrass standards, sung in three-part harmony with banjo, mandolin, guitar, and upright bass. This is Peter's 56th year as a performer, student, broadcaster and promoter of traditional American music.
UCSB Gamelan Ensemble
Wednesday, February 28
Gamelan is the celebrated gong orchestra of Indonesia. Led by Richard North, the UCSB Gamelan Ensemble will showcase an ancient style of gamelan from Cirebon, West Java, that ranges from calm and contemplative to exuberant and energetic, featuring dynamic drumming, lively interlocking rhythms, and exciting mask dancing.
UCSB Son Jarocho Ensemble
Wednesday, March 7
Directed by Jorge Mijangos, UCSB’s brand-new Son Jarocho Ensemble presents its premier performance, featuring music and dance from Veracruz.
UCSB Gospel Choir
Wednesday, March 14
Directed by Victor Bell, the choir will perform traditional and contemporary songs drawn from African American religious traditions.