Around The World Concert Series

Standing Rock Cultural Arts' "Around the World" Music Series

~~~Terry Boyarsky: Classical Expressions of the Folk Tradition~~~

8:00 p.m., Saturday, December 8, 2018

North Water Street Gallery
300 N. Water Street, Suite H
Kent, Ohio

$10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)
preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring light food and drinks

The originally scheduled artist for this concert, Russian balalaika soloist Oleg Kruglyakov, has been unavoidably detained in Siberia, providing us the opportunity to hear the other half of his Russian Duo, pianist Terry Boyarsky. (Kruglyakov's performance will be rescheduled for the 2019-2020 season.)

Boyarsky's program, entitled "Classical Expressions of the Folk Tradition," will feature rarely heard music from Bartók to Bach, all inspired by ethnic dance and music from the villages of Armenia, Afghanistan, Rumania, Russia, and more, many displaying unusual modes and meters. Other composers whose works will be performed include Komitas (the father of Armenian classical music) and G. I. Gurdjieff (the noted Armenian-Greek mystical teacher of sacred dance and ritual music), arranged and notated by his colleague Thomas de Hartmann.

Many of the pieces on the program are essentially musical "translations," adapting folk instruments and genres (including dervish dances and a Russian Orthodox-inspired hymn) to the modern classical piano, and, as such, call for unique pianistic styles. Over the course of the concert, mysterious connections between the pieces will gradually become apparent to listeners.

The event will feature hearty and delicious home-cooked Eastern European foods (served at no additional charge), including borscht, blini, and kvass.

About the artist:

Terry Boyarsky, pianist, is a movement specialist, singer and ethnomusicologist who believes that every person is musical. Her search for musical collaboration has led her into chamber music, choral singing, folk dance, coaching, accompanying dance, and creating ceremony. Terry has collaborated with singers and dancers across the United States, Canada, France, Switzerland, and Venezuela.

Terry holds a BA in experimental psychology from Reed College, a B.M. in eurhythmics from Cleveland Institute of Music, and an M.A. in ethnomusicology from Kent State University. She studied piano with Fred Rothchild, Rebecca Penneys, Jeaneane Dowis, James Tannenbaum, and coaching with Vitya Vronsky Babin. She has further training from the Dalcroze School in New York City, two levels of Orff Schulwerk, and was one of 16 Ohio artists selected to participate in the Kennedy Center for the Arts Seminars “Artists as Educators” from 2004 the 2007. She has been listed in “Who’s Who” since 2000.

Terry has taught and created events for institutions such as the Dalcroze Society of America, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, Society for Ethnomusicology, the Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Hawaii, Rowe Center in Massachusetts, Kasetsat University in Bangkok, Thailand, Los Hipocampitos in Carrizal, Venezuela, Bard College Conservatory of Music, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Terry was a Teaching Artist for almost two decades with the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning. She was in the first group of artists selected for the Kennedy Center’s Ohio State-Based Collaborative Initiative, and a Teaching Artist for Ohio Arts Council. She presents professional development workshops on arts integration and Dalcroze Eurhythmics nationally. She has published articles in the Orff Echo, the American Dalcroze Journal, Seminars in Neurology, and Teaching Artist Journal. She has taught children, disadvantaged youth, amateur adults, the learning disabled, educators, actors, professional musicians, and conservatory students around the world. She sings with the Cleveland Orchestra Blossom Festival Chorus and Choral Arts Cleveland.

In November 2014, Terry collaborated with Taipei puppeteer Mi-Chen Chiu and Cleveland-based dancer Tom Evert, to create “Young Dreams - Life in 3 Parts,” an intimate work of puppetry, dance, and improvised music, sponsored by Cleveland Foundation Creative Fusion Program. Her solo piano program “Classical Expressions of the Folk Tradition” has been received with great acclaim. Currently she teaches a course in Russian Song for Case Western Reserve University. She has been performing with Siberian balalaika virtuoso Oleg Kruglyakov as “Russian Duo” since 2007. In July 2017 Russian Duo performed in Kirov, Russia.

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Standing Rock Cultural Arts'"Around the World" Music Series presents

~~~Danny Lahood: Oud Masterpieces from the Middle East~~~

8:00 p.m., Saturday, November 17, 2018

North Water Street Gallery
300 N. Water Street, Suite H
Kent, Ohio

$10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)
preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring light food and drinks

In the Middle East, the oud (a fretless pear-shaped lute with 11
strings) is known as the "king of instruments." Cleveland native Danny
Lahood was inspired to learn this instrument by his father, an immigrant
from Sebhel, a village in the Zgharta District of North Lebanon. Over
the past 40 years he has given well-received performances across the
U.S. and Canada, and his skills are in constant demand in Cleveland's
Arabic community.

The program will include classical, folk, and modern music from Egypt,
Lebanon, and Syria, with several songs by the late, great Farid
al-Atrash, nicknamed "King of the Oud"). Lahood, who also plays the
derbake (goblet drum), will accompany himself with traditional
percussion sounds produced by an electronic keyboard.

Going along with the evening's theme, a selection of delicious Lebanese
foods, provided by Sanabel Middle East Bakery of Akron, will be served
at no extra charge.

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Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

A program of Indian classical music
featuring Hans Utter, Sitar
with Joe Culley, tabla

8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 6, 2018

North Water Street Gallery
300 N. Water Street, Suite H
Kent, Ohio

$10 suggested donation


Come Experience the meditative power of Raga.  A transformative
event allowing the audience to fall into the depths of silence and the
healing resonance of sound.
Highly accomplished sitarist, Hans Utter, will guide the audience
through these subtle dimensions handed down to him by great Indian
maestros.  Joe will punctuate and provide rhythmic waves that the
melodic cruise will traverse upon.


Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

The "Around the World" Music Series

-Curated by ethnomusicologist David Badagani


8:00 p.m., Saturday, September 22, 2018 (opening concert of the 2018-2019 season)
-preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring light food and drinks

North Water Street Gallery
300 N. Water Street, Suite H
Kent, Ohio

$10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)


Singing in English and Slovenian, veteran musicians Patty Candela and Joe Strukel (with drummer Paul "Pops" Magooch) perform traditional and Cleveland-style polkas, waltzes, and slow songs using both button box and piano accordions. Formed in 2014, the band has attracted a devoted following and been named Button Box Band of the Year by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame in 2014, 2015, and 2017. Get ready for a toe-tapping evening, because polka music is happy music!

Slovenian pastries and other baked goods from Reinecker's Bakery in Macedonia, Ohio will be served.


Standing Rock Cultural Arts' "Around the World" Music Series presents

A program of North Indian classical music

featuring Samuel Salsbury, sarangi
with Josh Sherman, tabla

8:00 p.m., Saturday, June 23, 2018 (final concert of the 2017-2018 season)
-preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring light food and drinks

North Water Street Gallery
300 N. Water Street, Suite H
Kent, Ohio

$10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)

The final concert of our third season will be a special program of Indian classical music performed by Samuel Salsbury on the sarangi, a rarely heard bowed string instrument of North India, with tabla accompaniment provided by Josh Sherman.

The evening will include exquisite selections from the Hindustani tradition of North India, to which Salsbury has devoted intensive study since 2014. Using an instrument that is 125 years old, he will present a full classical raga and two bhajans (devotional songs). Following the performance (which will be presented in one set, without intermission), Salsbury will share stories and photographs from his many extended stays in India, and authentic Indian food from Namaste Cuisine will be served.

About the artists:

Samuel Salsbury, an Akron native who is also a fine and versatile violinist, improviser, and recording artist, is one of the few non-Indians to play the sarangi, a bowed instrument with 39 strings, whose rich and resonant tone is known for penetrating deep into the hearts of listeners. For the past five years, he has spent between three and four months of each year in the holy city of Varanasi, taking daily lessons with his guru, Pt. Santosh Mishra, an 8th-generation sarangi master. While there earlier this year, he presented three solo concerts; this will be his first in Northeast Ohio since his return home.

As a violinist, Salsbury brings soulful depth to a wide assortment of musical styles and situations. Probably best known for his kirtan performances, he has played with many of the world’s leading kirtan artists in the creation of sacred chants rooted in Hinduism and yoga practice. Although he received classical training at the Cleveland Institute of Music, his eclectic musical background has also included performances in the genres of rock, blues, jazz, avant-garde, and Cajun/zydeco. His spiritual journey dates back to early childhood and has taken him to such countries as Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Japan and, most recently, India. In 2018 he released a CD of original music with Kent musician Mike Hovancsek, entitled The Market of Kashi.

Josh Sherman is a Northeast Ohio-based hand percussionist specializing in tabla and East Indian rhythms. He has studied tabla privately for over 13 years with a number of renowned tabla teachers, some of whom he has also had the honor of performing with on multiple occasions. His longest period of study has been with Jim Feist, a disciple of Pt. Yogesh Samsi, one of the foremost exponents of the Punjab gharana of tabla playing.

Sherman currently performs as a soloist as well as with several groups (including instrumental world fusion ensemble Global Connections, kirtan ensemble Enchanted Hearts, and the hyper-rhythmic Rudraksh Rhythm Ensemble), and has performed in cross-cultural settings with musicians and dancers of many different styles from around the world. Performance venues of note include Severance Hall, House of Blues, Cain Park, Ingenuity Fest, Tri-C Jazz Fest, Parade the Circle, Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Starwood Festival. He has also conducted workshops for all ages on Indian rhythm theory and other drumming-related topics for the Starwood Festival, Ingenuity Fest, and many Passport Project programs.

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