Five College Music Festival Rings in Spring

Posted: April 11, 2006

Ninety student musicians will come together in the Red Barn at Hampshire College on Sunday, April 23, from 1 to 5 pm for the Five College World Music Festival, featuring music and musical instruments from many different corners of the world. A biennial event, the festival draws on the wide array of musical talents on the campuses to celebrate the music of many cultures. Free and open to the public, it has become a popular harbinger of spring for the community. An assortment of baked goods and snacks will be for sale, and people are welcome to drop in for a casual visit or for the full afternoon.

This marks the third year of the festival, which is planned by faculty members who teach ethnomusicology--the study of culture through music, song, and dance--at the Five Colleges. The festival offers student ensembles the opportunity to share their work with other members of the college community, the general public, and area families. The four-hour program will include:

The Mount Holyoke College Kolege Kapelye Klezmer Band, which will play a rousing set of East European Jewish dance music

Mount Holyoke's West African Music Ensemble with music and dance from southern Togo and Benin

The UMass Talking Drum, featuring a Maracatu ensemble and a Samba group with students from the UMass percussion studio and guests

Colin Lindsay, a student at Amherst College, performing traditional Irish fiddle music

Laura Sultan of Smith College, playing the sarangi, and Rohit Anil Panchakshari of Hampshire College, accompanying on the tabla (drum), who will perform North Indian classical music

The Valley Mountain String Band of Hampshire College, a quartet performing traditional old time Southern string band music

Coire Williams, a Hampshire College student, who will sing Mandinka song and play music on the kora, a large, lute-type instrument found throughout parts of West Africa

The 18-member Smith College Gamelan Ensemble performing Central Javanese classical music on bronze percussion instruments

The Wailing Banshees, an Irish music ensemble from Smith College, offering traditional Celtic music

The festival is sponsored by the Five College Ethnomusicologists, the Five College Music Chairs, and Five Colleges, Incorporated. For additional information, call 413- 256-8316, x3010.

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