WMI PLUS @ Home
WMI PLUS @ Home is WMI's virtual programming series that features artist conversations and demonstrations, and takes a deeper dive into musical traditions and instruments from around the world. These talks are led by fellow musicians, scholars, radio hosts, DJs and ethnomusicologists. These events are held every other Thursday.
WMI PLUS and WMI PLUS @ Home Experiences are supported by a grant from Con Edison.
MUSIC OF TURKEY WITH MEHMET ALI SANLIKOL AND RONNIE MALLEY - MAY 14, 2020
Grammy-nominated singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol (Dunya Ensemble / New England Conservatory) and Ronnie Malley (The Band's Visit / Intercultural Productions) discuss Turkish musical styles and traditional instruments.
MUSIC OF MALI WITH BALLA KOUYATÉ AND BANNING EYRE - MAY 28, 2020
Balla Kouyaté (Silk Road Ensemble / NEA Heritage Fellow) and Banning Eyre (Afropop Worldwide) discuss the music of Mali and the traditional instrument, the balafon, the role of the Djeli in Malian society, and Balla's work with with the Silk Road Ensemble.
INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC WITH ALAM KHAN AND SARASWATHI RANGANATHAN - JUNE 11, 2020
Alam Khan and Saraswathi Ranganathan in conversation about Indian classical music, the sarod and the veena, as well as the Ali Akbar College of Music founded by Alam's father Ali Akbar Khan, where Alam is currently a senior instructor. Saraswathi Ranganathan is a musician, composer and veena master.
Jordan's Musical Ambassadress and WMI Honorary Board Member Farah Siraj in a conversation with noted world music journalist Tom Pryor about the intersection of Arabic and Andalusian sounds in flamenco, Farah's work as a human rights/refugee advocate, and her musical collaborations.
Award-winning Indian kathak dancer, choreographer, and Principal of the Drishtikon Dance Foundation, Aditi Mangaldas shares video excerpts from her original choreographic works, followed by a conversation with Rajika Puri, dancer and co-curator of WMI's annual Dancing the Gods Indian dance festival.
Tibetan artist Techung performs and talks with Tim McHenry, Chief Programmatic Officer of the Rubin Museum of Art about tradtional music and instruments, and the vital work of preserving the edangered music of Tibet.
BRAZILIAN PERCUSSION WITH CYRO BAPTISTA AND BILLY MARTIN - AUGUST 20, 2020
THE JAPANESE KOTO WITH YUMI KUROSAWA