At the beginning of every quarter at UCSC, I always create a list. On this list are all the shows that are coming up during that quarter that I know I just have to see. On March 13th as I took the overcrowded 16 bus down from Crown College to the forsaken depths of the Santa Cruz Metro Center and crossed the streets to the Catalyst, there was one last concert I had to cross of my list. It was a concert to perfectly wrap up the Winter quarter at UCSC. That concert was A Place to Bury Strangers.
Diwan Saz come promoting an intercultural, harmonious message of common roots/coexistence through middle eastern music. The group will also play the Berkeley Jewish Music Festival and at the South by Southwest festival.
Diwan Saz is a group of musicians from many faiths performing the ancient music of Central Asia, Turkey, Persia, and the Holy Land in Hebrew, Arabic, Aramaic, Turkish and Persian language. Diwan Saz explores melodies from various ethnic and folk traditions.
Diwan Saz is lead by Yohai Barak, who plays Saz and Baglama. Rabbi David Menachem sings the piyutim ( sacred chants), young singer Muhammad Gadir provides folk-like vocals and Turkish singer, Lubne from the Arabic Orchestra of Nazareth adds her voice to the mix. You can see the full ensemble performing live at Don Quixote’s!
For more information on all the musicians and their performances, the website is: www.diwansaz.com
Here is short preview of Diwan Saz performing “Fidayda”
Bradley, California isn’t known as a hub for alternative dance music, but this coming Memorial Day Weekend (May 21st-25th) the creative minds at Lightning In A Bottle will bring their magic to the sleepy, central coast village. Sitting on the banks of the Salinas River, Bradley’s San Antonio Recreation Area provides the beautiful setting in which festival goers from around the world will gather to celebrate, what LIB describes as “art, music, performance, sustainability and life.” Since its creation in 2000, LIB Festival’s trajectory has taken it from a small, grassroots gathering to a much more massive production that maintains the authenticity and intimacy of its first incantation. This year’s musical lineup includes Aussie superstar producer Flume, the UK’s SBTRKT, as well as old school legends like John Digweed and Santa Cruz’s own G Jones. The long weekend experience includes camping, stunning art installations, guided yoga, and even a learning-kitchen that offers workshops on preparing healthy and delicious food. All of these activities revolve around a conscious effort to promote environmental awareness and stewardship. Perhaps the central coast’s greatest celebration of being alive, Lightening in a Bottle is sure to be a life changing experience!
Viral Sound 4-6pm Tuesdays
KZSC has a special, live broadcast on Thursday, February 26th, at 6 pm.
Anita Hill will be speaking about those who resist civil rights, campus sexual assault debates, and why black lives matter. Ms. Hill is the author of Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding a Home. Her talk at UCSC is entitled “Speaking Truth to Power: Gender and Racial Equality 1991 to 2015.”
KZSC’s live broadcast will originate from the talk, held in UCSC’s College 9 and 10 Multi Purpose Room. The free talk begins at 6 pm on Thursday February 26th. Right here on KZSC, Santa Cruz.
Chuck Brodsky, folk singer-songwriter, storyteller and troubadour, will be stopping in for a live interview on KZSC’s Backroads show this coming Sunday afternoon (2/1/15), prior to his Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard Barrel Room concert at 7pm that evening. Chuck has traveled the world, sharing his guitar playing and songs over the past 20 years at many festivals, and has released 10 critically acclaimed albums. He is also a big baseball fan, having produced two albums of songs reflecting his love of the game and his thoughts on baseball history and culture. Tune in to KZSC every Sunday afternoon between noon and 2pm to hear a broad array of folk and acoustic country music.
KZSC has a special live broadcast on Wednesday, January 28th, at 7 pm.
Professor Angela Davis will be speaking on “Racism, Militarism, and Poverty: From Ferguson to Palestine.” It’s the 31st Annual UC Santa Cruz Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Convocation, with a performance by singer and songwriter, AlexisRose.
Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in our nation’s quest for social justice. Her work as an educator and activist has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle that fight for economic, racial, and gender equality.
This live broadcast of Angela Davis—speaking at UCSC’s Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Convocation—begins at 7 pm on Wednesday January 28th. Right here on KZSC, Santa Cruz – 88.1 FM in the Monterey Bay area and streaming online at kzsc.org.