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Warm Sounds for Cold Days

In terms of hybrid world music, Hapa (pictured) blends a traditional sound — Hawaiian music — with western pop, revitalized with the addition of a new member, O’ahu’s Ron Kuala’au, who enjoyed a successful solo career before joining Hapa founder and Jerseyite-turned-Mauian Barry Flanagan. Hapa returns to the Shedd for the fifth time on March 17.

As long as we’re virtually experiencing the music of warm places this winter, you can hear the sound of Brazil Friday, March 16, thanks to Eugene’s Calango. And there’s more world music at the UO Sunday, March 18, when the school’s East European Music Ensemble ignites an audience-participation Balkan folk dance party at Gerlinger Hall 220. Both the music and dance lessons (in Serbian, Bulgarian and Macedonian styles) are free. Another traditional and popular end of term concert features the UO Gospel Ensemble, reigning champions of the Disney Gospel Fest, driving the (usually sold out) Beall Concert Hall into a frenzy on March 18. 

Also at the UO, the University Percussion Ensemble plays music by contemporary composers, including Christopher Rouse’s “Bonham,” named after the Zep drum legend, Saturday, March 17, at Aasen-Hull Hall. And UO faculty musicians present still more contemporary sounds March 21, when the faculty woodwind ensemble (including Beta Collide flutist Molly Barth, clarinetist Jerome Simas and bassoonist Steve Vacchi) plays music by 20th and 21st century composers John Cage (in his centennial year), Walter Piston, the UO’s David Crumb, and more. 

If you prefer older sounds, check out expert classical guitarist/lutenist David Rogers’ solo recital March 17, at St. Mary’s Episcopal church. He’ll play music by the great English Baroque composer John Dowland, Spanish music and more, including some originals and a few contemporary arrangements of music by the Beatles, Leonard Cohen and more.