Rhythms of Life series returns to Penn State Behrend
ERIE, PA – Six unique world music groups will feature a variety of cultures and traditions when the Rhythms of Life series returns to Penn State Behrend, starting September 17.
Performances, which will take place at Bruno’s Café and Ben Lane Plaza near the Reed Breakwall, are free and open to the public.
Concerts are typically scheduled at meal times and in environments where students and others can be exposed to new music without actively seeking it out. Unlike a performance in a theater, which attracts an audience interested in a particular artist or art form, the Rhythms of Life series is designed to be open and accessible, and to pique the curiosity of listeners who may have entered. in the performance space for a different purpose.
“It’s great when a student comes to me and says, ‘What kind of music was that? I’ve never heard anything like it before, ”said Andy Herrera, director of equity and diversity in education programs at Behrend, which hosts the series. “It’s out there for everyone to learn from.”
The series provides opportunities to open conversations and relationships between people from different cultures, including international students at Behrend, Herrera said.
“When students come from this part of the world,” he said, “they take pride in sharing and celebrating their culture. “
This year’s series opens on Friday September 17 with a performance by Cosmic Jibaros. The group will perform the Latin rock fusion from noon at Bruno’s Café.
Other performances will include the following acts:
- October 15: Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba will perform a mix of music from West Africa and the South of the United States at Ben Lane Plaza, with seats on the Reed Breakwall. This show will start at 5:30 p.m.
- November 10: Renato Diz and Maria Alejandra Quintanilla will present “I Will Play Your Soul,” a classical and jazz improvisation with audience interaction, starting at noon at McGarvey Commons. The duo will invite members of the public to create drawings and improvise music inspired by this art. Reservations for this show, which includes a free lunch, are encouraged but not required.
- February 16: The Kotchegna dance company will share Ivory Coast dancing and drumming from noon at Bruno’s Café. This show will feature dancers on stilts.
- March 17: The Steel City Rovers will perform a mix of Celtic bluegrass, folk and roots music starting at noon at Bruno’s Café.
- April 21: The Boilermaker Jazz Band will conclude the series with American jazz and swing music starting at noon at Bruno’s Café.
The Rhythms of Life series began in 2002 and features an array of cultural artists from all parts of the world. The series is produced by the Office of Equity and Diversity in Education Programs, with additional support from Student Activity Fees. To learn more about the series, visit the Rhythms of Life webpage.