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Saturday, August 9th at 3:00pm
Banjo Series: Wu Man, Lee Knight, James Makubuya Banjo Series: Wu Man, Lee Knight, James MakubuyaWhen: Saturday, August 9, 2014Time: 7:00 PMGeneral Seating:$22 - Purchase OnlinePremium Seating:$28 - Purchase OnlineReservation Line:(760) 304-5844Guest(s):Wu Man, Lee Knight, James MakubuyaEvent Notes:Museum Members receive a 10% discount on tickets! DescriptionBringing a global perspective to our banjo exhibition,is Musical America's 2013 Instrumentalist of the Year, Wu Man, playing the traditional Chinese pipa Wu Man is joined by friends Lee Knight on the banjo and other American instruments, and Dr. James Makubuya playing traditional instruments from various parts of Uganda.This event is part of a series of concerts in conjunction with the Museum's special exhibition, "The Banjo: A New Day for an Old Instrument." Wu Man, pipaRecognized as the world's premier pipa virtuoso and leading ambassador of Chinese music, Grammy Award-nominated musician Wu Man has carved out a career as a composer, soloist, and educator giving her lute-like instrument which has a history of two thousand years in China a new role in both traditional and contemporary music. Through numerous trips to her native China, Wu Man has premiered hundreds of new works for the pipa, while spearheading multimedia projects to both preserve and create awareness of China's ancient musical traditions. Her adventurous spirit and virtuosity have led to collaborations across artistic disciplines allowing Wu Man to reach wider audiences as she works to break through cultural and musical borders. Lee Knight, banjoRaised in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, Lee became interested in folk music while in high school. During college, he became familiar with the music and stories of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, as well as of the Adirondacks. He wanted to learn the music and stories from traditional sources--people who had them as part of their culture and community for generations. He also collected songs and stories from other parts of the world, including England, Scotland, Central Asia, Columbia and the Amazon region of Peru.Lee currently works as a folk singer, story teller and outdoor leader, performing at concerts, workshops, Elderhostels, festivals, camps and schools. He leads hikes, canoe trips and guides whitewater rafts. He plays various instruments, including the five-string banjo, various guitars, the Appalachian dulcimer, the mouth bow, the Cherokee flute and the Cherokee rattle, as well as the Native American drum. James Makubuya, African HarpBy profession,James Makubuya is a teacher, and a performing musician,actively engaged in ethnomusicological research.An active member of the Africa Network, the Galpin Society, the International Council for Traditional Music, and Society for Ethnomusicology, his research focuses on the organological studies of East Africa. With the endongo (8-string bowl lyre) as his main instrument, James is a proficient performer on several instruments, including the endingidi (1-string tube fiddle), adungu (9-string bow harp), amadinda (12-slab log xylophone), akogo (thumb piano) and engoma (drums). He is also an accomplished dancer and choreographer, having studied with several master musicians and dancers from various East African musical traditions. Tickets & SeatingWere pleased to announce that the Museum of Making Musics concert and event space received a major upgrade. The venue now features new comfortable seating, a larger stage, audio-visual enhancements, and an improved sound system.For the banjo concert series, we are launching an improved ticketing structure based upon your choice of seating: Premium, for those who enjoy being up close to the musicians, or General seating for the casual concert-goer.In addition, Museum Members receive their 10% discount on all tickets.PLEASE NOTE: Members must have established an online account in order to receive the 10% discount for online purchases. Members who have not established an online account can use a special code to get their discount OR call the Museum of Making Music at (760) 304-5844 to reserve tickets.If you have not received your member discount code or need help setting your online account, please contact 760-304-5770.