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Global Mysteries: Strings and Skins, a Concert with Glen Velez & Shira Kammen

December  5, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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Global Mysteries: Strings and Skins, a Concert with Glen Velez & Shira Kammen

Two world music innovators collaborate on old and new music for medieval strings and frame drums.

Velez and Kammen explore their musical kinship as they enliven Old Europe masterpieces and traditional music from Bulgaria, Spain and the Arab world. Both musicians create organic groove-oriented music which proclaims its uniqueness while infused with awe at the rhythms and melodies of our planet. They will perform selections from their recent recordings, along with improvisations culled from the ancestral sound-breath memory we all share.

Glen Velez, a four-time Grammy Award recipient, has played a seminal role over the last 26 years by introducing the frame drum to modern audiences. He has taught extensively worldwide, investigating the healing properties of drumming and sound. As a master teacher, he has developed his own approach called The Handance Method, incorporating voice and body movement into learning to play the frame drum.

Multi-instrumentalist and occasional vocalist Shira Kammen has spent well over half her life exploring the worlds of early and traditional music. A member for many years of the early music Ensembles Alcatraz and Project Ars Nova, and Medieval Strings, she has also worked with Sequentia, Hesperion XX, the Boston Camerata, the Balkan group Kitka, Anonymous IV, the King's Noyse, the Newberry and Folger Consorts, the Oregon, California and San Francisco Shakespeare Festivals, and is the founder of Class V Music, an ensemble dedicated to providing music on river rafting trips.

She has performed and taught in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Israel, Morocco, Latvia, Russia, Abu Dhabi and Japan, and on the Colorado, Rogue, Green, Grande Ronde, John Day, East Carson and Klamath Rivers. Shira happily collaborated with singer/storyteller John Fleagle for fifteen years, and performs now with several groups: Fortune's Wheel, Ephemeros, Panacea, Calextone, Cançonier and In Bocca al Lupo; has collaborated with storyteller/harpist Patrick Ball, Margriet Tindemans, Anne Azema, Azam Ali, and Kaila Flexer, among many others, and worked with many theatrical and dance productions, including the California Revels and The American Repertory Ballet Company.

Friday, December 5, 2014
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Don't miss Glen's weekend workshop on Drumming, Overtone Singing, and Mind-Body Synchronization!

This event is sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts

SF Grants for the Arts

California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103


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