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East: Asian and Jewish Music for Mountain Dulcimer, feat. Alex Lubet

May 13, 2018 730PM to 930PM

Standing Rock Cultural Arts'
"Around the World" Music Series
East: Asian and Jewish Music for Mountain Dulcimer
featuring Alex Lubet, mountain dulcimer
with special guest Hovancsek, koto and percussion
7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 13, 2018
North Water Street Gallery
300 N. Water Street, Suite H
Kent, Ohio
$10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)
~~get a copy of Lubet's new CD Deep State with a $15 donation~~
preceded by 7:00 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring light food and drinks

In this special program, Alex Lubet, a distinguished professor of music, American studies, Jewish studies, and bioethics at the University of Minnesota, will perform new and innovative works for the mountain dulcimer by Asian composers, as well as original music rooted in Lubet's Jewish heritage.

The program will include music by the Chinese composers Ziwei Shi, Mingzhu Song, Chuxiang Wang, and Yan Pang, all written for and arranged by Alex Lubet and premiered in 2017, live and on television in Chengdu, Sichuan province. These works were recorded in China and will soon be released on a CD.

The concert will also include pieces written for Alex Lubet by Gian Pujakusuma (Indonesia), Soojin Lee (South Korea), and Iris Shiraishi (Japanese-American), as well as original works by the performer. Most of these works will be receiving their American premieres.

Kent-based musician Mike Hovancsek will join Lubet, playing Japanese koto (13-string zither) and percussion for a collaborative finale.

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About the performer:
Born in Chicago in 1954, composer, multi-instrumentalist, author, and educator Alex Lubet is Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music and Affiliate Faculty in The Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota, where he has taught since 1979. A composer who has received over 500 performances of his works on six continents, he has performed widely in North America, Europe, and Asia and has served as visiting professor in Bolivia, Poland, and China. His specialties include music and text for theater, dance, and improvisation ensembles, and works on Jewish subjects.

Lubet has had a career-long interest in encounters between cultures. Manifested in his early work in the use of musical and extra-musical influences from beyond the European tradition, especially the musics of Asia, his most recent projects have been in collaboration with artists from around the world. They include Iris of Light, for koto ensemble; Alyssa in Bali, for gamelan; And the Walls Come Tumbling Down, a dance-drama chronicling relations between African- and Jewish-Americans; The Wise Men of Chelm, a klezmer musical for children; "Bosnia Blues," stagework (script by the composer) with Jewish and blues musicians and live electronics; and African Sabbath, for vocal soloists, chorus, and jazz and African instrumentalists. In the 1990s he directed and performed in Blended Cultures Orchestra, a professional multicultural improvisation ensemble, and later this year he plans to establish a new intercultural ensemble at the University of Minnesota.

A composer who specializes in performing his own works, Lubet performs on mountain dulcimer, acoustic guitar, National steel guitar, ukuleles of various sizes, electric and double bass, and as a vocalist. His recent performances include a televised solo mountain dulcimer concert featuring premieres of works by Sichuan composers in Chengdu, China, and a quartet concert in St. Paul, with composer/multi-instrumentalist Iris Shiraishi and San Jose Taiko founders/NEA National Heritage Fellowship winners PJ & Roy Hirabayashi. In addition to performing solo, Lubet performs with the Japanese fusion group ensemble-MA; Deep State, a free jazz duo with Swiss pianist Guerino Mazzola; and One World, with Kurdish-Canadian kamanche (spike fiddle) player/vocalist/composer Shahriyar Jamshidi. His music has been released on the PARMA, pfMENTUM, Ravello, Capstone, and Big Round Records labels.

As a researcher, Lubet specializes in disability issues within and beyond music, having authored Music, Disability, and Society, the first sole-authored monograph in the field of disability studies in music, as well as dozens of articles. He has also written extensively on the music of Bob Dylan. His articles on popular music have appeared in such media outlets as Newsweek,, and the Associated Press. He has written for such journals as "Ethnomusicology" and "The Annual Review of Jazz Studies." His most recent published scholarship is "Indeterminate Origins: A Cultural Theory of the American Experimental School," an essay on Asian-influenced American composers, in Perspectives on American Music since 1950 (Garland: 1999).

As a presenter, he has curated concerts for the College Music Society and the American Composers Forum and directed the Gathering at the River world music series in St. Paul, Minnesota from 1993 until 2001.

Alex Lubet faculty page from the University of Minnesota:

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The North Water Street Gallery is conveniently located just a block north of the intersection of Main and Water Streets in Kent, Ohio, with free street parking on both sides of the street. Seating is limited, so arrive early for the best seats.


Established in 2015, the "Around the World" Music Series is a concert series presenting outstanding musicians from diverse cultures in an intimate setting.

Concerts are held approximately every other month in the new theater space of the North Water Street Gallery in downtown Kent, Ohio.

The series is an initiative of Standing Rock Cultural Arts, and is curated by ethnomusicologist David Badagnani. The series is made possible by the support of Drs. Terry E. and Sara Stone Miller and the Ohio Arts Council.

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