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 Spring 2018

The World Music Series is co-presented by the UCSB MultiCultural Center and the Ethnomusicology Program in the Department of Music.
Music of Zimbabwe and Latin America with Masanga Marimba  
April 11
CSUN professor Ric Alviso leads his high-energy Masanga Marimba in a performance of music from Zimbabwe and Latin America. The group performs on 7 Zimbabwean marimbas (akin to xylophones) of various sizes along with vocals, drums, percussion, saxophone and trumpet.
Brass Bash
April 18
Directed by Dr. Steven Gross, UCSB brass studios—comprising horn, trumpet and trombone—will entertain the audience with music ranging from Renaissance to jazz. The presentation includes music, combined with dialogue, with the audience. Bring your ears and your questions! 
Rumba, Bolero, Cumbia, and more with Ensamble Vientos del Sur
April 25
Santa Barbara-based Ensamble Vientos Del Sur (Winds of the South Ensemble) performs a fusion of different Latin American styles such as rumba, bolero, and cumbia. Delighting audiences of Southern California for more than a decade, the band’s contagious rhythms invite the audience to dance. Hugo Macario, Jose Elizarraraz, and Robert Gutierrez perform on guitar, charango,zampoñas, quena, cajon, and congas.
Mariachi Las Olas de S.B. 
May 2
In recognition of El Cinco de Mayo, Santa Barbara-based Mariachi Las Olas, founded and directed by Juan Zaragoza, will perform various music genres from Mexico including rancheras, boleros, corridos, sones and gustos. VIVA La Batalla de Puebla!     
UCSB Music of India Ensemble        
May 9 
Scott Marcus leads a performance of North Indian classical music performed on sitar-s with tabla accompaniment.
UCSB Son Jarocho Ensemble         
May 16
Directed by Jorge Mijangos, UCSB’s new Son Jarocho Ensemble presents its second performance, featuring music and dance from Veracruz.
UCSB Gamelan Ensemble               
May 23
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 Gospel Choir
May 30
Directed by Victor Bell, the choir will perform traditional and contemporary songs drawn from African American religious traditions.