Global Cultures for Kids
The "Global Cultures for Kids" series is funded by the Alameda County Arts Commission and the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation. "Global Culture for Kids" is a performance series featuring music, dance, and storytelling from cultural/folkloric traditions from around the world.
Gamelan Sekar Jaya
Sunday, April 30
The angklung, dancers, tingklik and genjek musicians of Gamelan Sekar Jaya will present a family friendly afternoon of Balinese music and dance. The dance ensemble will feature some of its younger performers, so bring the kids! Some of the senior performers of the ensemble will provide a balance for the youth members and the fun-loving vocal music of 'genjek/kecak' will highlight our local Balinese artists. There will be something for everyone in the family.
Chhandam School of Kathak
Sunday, May 7
The Chhandam School of Kathak is a world-class academy dedicated to deep cultural education through the Kathak tradition. Founded in Northern California in 1980, it is the largest classical Indian dance institution in North America. In addition, it has major affiliate centers run by Pandit Das’ disciples in India, Boston, Los Angeles and Toronto.
Likha Pilipino Folk Ensemble (Philippines)
Sunday, June 18
LIKHA-Pilipino Folk Ensemble's mission is to promote Philippine folk arts and culture and to foster education in dance and music in the community. LIKHA is based in San Francisco, California and has served the community since 1992 -- founded by Rudi C. Soriano, former dance soloist with Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company.
Sewam American Indian Dance
Sunday, August 13
Sewam American Indian Dance was founded by Eddie Madril, an award-winning dancer and educator. Sewam Dance brings the music, arts and culture of Native American dance to audiences around the world. Specializing in the dances of United States Plains Indians, Sewam Dance has performed across the country and internationally, inspiring audiences and sharing the power and beauty of Native American people.
Saturday, September 2
Betsayda Machado is one of the most representative singers in Venezuelan music today. Her mastery on several Afro-Caribbean rhythms and the strength of her voice have made her share the stage with the biggest stars in Venezuela, brining traditional elements to their music.
Sunday, September 3
Asheba is a musical storyteller who specializes in calypso, the folkloric oral tradition of his homeland of Trinidad. Stories of hope and happiness are the focus of his songs, which range from original lullabies to fast tempo tunes to remakes of classics such as You Are My Sunshine.
Dia de Los Muertos with Martin Espino
Sunday, October 29
Martin Espino is a Mexican-American musician and composer of indigenous Yaqui and Tepehuano ancestry from Whittier, California. He is best known for performing authentic pre-hispanic music with his band MEXIKA. Espino spent over twenty five years researching pre-hispanic musical instruments and performed with many indigenous musicians from Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Espino's musical inspiration comes directly from traditional Native American/Mexican music as well as ambient improvisations.