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East: Asian and Jewish Music for Mountain Dulcimer by Alex Lubet

Around the World Music Series
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Standing Rock Cultural Arts'
"Around the World" Music Series
~~~East: Asian and Jewish Music for Mountain Dulcimer~~~
featuring Alex Lubet, mountain dulcimer
7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 13, 2018
North Water Street Gallery
300 N. Water Street, Suite H
Kent, Ohio
$10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)
preceded by 7:00 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring light food and drinks

In this special program, Alex Lubet, a distinguished professor of music, American studies, and Jewish studies at the University of Minnesota, will perform new and innovative works for the mountain dulcimer by Asian composers, as well as original music rooted in Lubet's Jewish heritage.

The program will include music by the Chinese composers Ziwei Shi, Mingzhu Song, Chuxiang Wang, and Yan Pang, all written for and arranged by Alex Lubet and premiered in 2017, live and on television in Chengdu, Sichuan province. These works were recorded in China and will soon be released on a CD.

The concert will also include pieces written for Alex Lubet by Gian Pujakusuma (Indonesia), Soojin Lee (South Korea), and Iris Shiraishi (Japanese-American), as well as original works by the performer. Most of these works will be receiving their American premieres.

About the performer:

Alex Lubet, Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music and Adjunct Professor of American Studies, joined the University of Minnesota faculty in 1979. He is a composer, performer, and author whose specialties include music and text for theatre, dance, and improvisation ensembles, and works on Jewish subjects. His compositions have received over 300 performances on six continents. A charter member of the University of Minnesota Academy of Distinguished Teachers, he is the only School of Music faculty member, the only Twin Cities campus arts faculty member, and the only artist to have received that honor. He has been a visiting professor in Bolivia, Poland, and China.

Lubet has had a career-long interest in encounters between cultures. Manifested in his early work in the use of musical and extramusical influences from beyond the European tradition, especially the musics of Asia, his most recent projects have been in collaboration with artists from around the world. They include "Iris of Light," for koto ensemble; "Alyssa in Bali," for gamelan; "And the Walls Come Tumbling Down," a dance-drama chronicling relations between African- and Jewish-Americans; "The Wise Men of Chelm," a klezmer musical for children; "Bosnia Blues," stagework (script by the composer) with Jewish and blues musicians and live electronics; and "African Sabbath," for vocal soloists, chorus, and jazz and African instrumentalists. He directs and performs in Blended Cultures Orchestra, a professional multicultural improvisation ensemble.

Although principally active as a creative artist, Lubet has written for such journals as "Ethnomusicology" and "The Annual Review of Jazz Studies." His most recent published scholarship is "Indeterminate Origins: A Cultural Theory of the American Experimental School," an essay on Asian-influenced American composers, in "Perspectives on American Music since 1950" (Garland: 1999). He has curated concerts for the College Music Society and the American Composers Forum and has directed the Gathering at the River world music series since its inception in 1993.


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The North Water Street Gallery is conveniently located just a block north of the intersection of Main and Water Streets in Kent, Ohio, with free street parking on both sides of the street. Seating is limited, so arrive early for the best seats.


Established in 2015, the "Around the World" Music Series is a concert series presenting outstanding musicians from diverse cultures in an intimate setting.

Concerts are held approximately every other month in the new theater space of the North Water Street Gallery in downtown Kent, Ohio.

The series is an initiative of Standing Rock Cultural Arts, and is curated by ethnomusicologist David Badagnani. The series is made possible by the support of Drs. Terry E. and Sara Stone Miller and the Ohio Arts Council.

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