2019 Ellnora Guitar Competition bringing huge names, barrier-breaking artists – Champaign/Urbana Information-Gazette


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Gambian artist Sona Jobarteh, who performs the 21-string kora, will carry out at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, 2019, as a part of the 2019 Ellnora Guitar Competition at Krannert Middle for the Performing Arts.

URBANA — As the gang cheered him on on the biennial Ellnora Guitar Competition two years in the past, eight-time Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist Buddy Man smiled.

“I like this,” he mentioned of the competition. “That is why I do not know why you did not name me prior to now.”

Man shall be again for the 2019 model of the competition this fall, which runs from Sept. 5-7. He’ll be the second-to-last performer, taking the stage on the Tryon Competition Theatre at eight:30 p.m. that Saturday. He and 20-time Grammy-winning artist Pat Metheney, who performs that Friday at 9 p.m., are amongst 13 ticketed occasions and round 30 performances over the three-day interval.

Whereas the worth of performances of Man and Metheney are evident, in addition they assist shine a highlight on the competition’s different artists.

“One of many different issues about having these types of figures and form of pillars within the competition is that their presence, in a manner, validates the presence of the opposite artists,” Krannert Middle Director Mike Ross mentioned. “It is form of a present that they provide to the opposite artists who’re lesser identified, maybe, however of no much less expertise or creativeness or specialness.”

Ross’ purpose for the competition is to signify a various world of music with a single instrument. Which means internet hosting artists from across the globe and several other feminine artists, who’re historically underrepresented on the earth of the guitar.

“It is a well-known phenomenon that over the centuries, ladies within the realm of the humanities haven’t been totally acknowledged as a lot as males,” Ross mentioned. “After which once you get to a phase of artwork that’s as particular because the realm of the guitar, most individuals after they consider the nice guitarists are pondering of principally males.

“However there are fabulously gifted ladies within the guitar world, so that’s simply a part of that perception that we should be doing what we will to deal with inequities and outright biases that exist within the artwork world. So I simply felt just like the guitar competition was an particularly attention-grabbing automobile to exhibit our dedication to these values.”

That checklist consists of Kaki King, who explores “how huge knowledge and private knowledge have come to have an effect on our lives” on her new album, in keeping with her web site; a guitar maker named Rachel Rosenkrantz, who was featured on an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s “Uncooked Craft”; and Gambian artist Sona Jobarteh, who performs the 21-string kora.

Jobarteh is “one of many first skilled feminine kora gamers, simply now breaking the gender barrier,” Ross mentioned. “Simply from a sheer technical standpoint, simply having the ability to navigate that instrument after which have the sort of mastery that she has and the spirit that she brings to the highest of all of that, she’s an icon.”

The occasions happen in all 4 theaters, on the foyer phases and within the amphitheater on the middle’s roof.

Ross’ intention is to permit attendees to curate their very own expertise over three days with a couple of artists they know and lots of they do not.

“I imply, for certain it is a reward to guitar fans,” Ross mentioned. “However even a non-guitar connoisseur or a non-guitar fanatic will discover quite a lot of potential worth within the competition. The concept of constructing certain we’re giving to the group experiences which can function very well-known high-profile artists like a Pat Metheney, a Buddy Man — these are enormous giants within the realm of the guitar — but in addition simply all types of artists that may actually not be on the radar display of even a robust guitar fanatic.

“It is a huge world on the market, and the guitar has had a lot affect on the earth, and so bringing artists in from different nations and cultures to share the world of the guitar as it might manifest of their tradition is likely one of the huge issues right here.”

Mark your calendar

The lineup for September’s three-day Ellnora Guitar Competition:


6 p.m.: Opening evening get together

6, 7:30 p.m.: Toko Telo

6:30 p.m.: Bombino

eight p.m.: Samantha Fish (left) with Luther Dickinson

9:30 p.m.: Spontaneous Combustion with Luther Dickinson, Steve Dawson, Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley and Molly Tuttle


11 a.m.: The 21st Stay with Niala Boodhoo

Midday: Throughout the Sea: Jeff Peterson, Greg Sardinha, Tsun-Hui Hung

1:30 p.m.: Panel dialogue with Fabi Reyna

2:45 p.m.: Stay Podcast — Music Makers and Soul Shakers with Steve Dawson

four p.m.: Panel dialogue with Rachel Rosenkrantz, luthier: Innovation in Taking part in, Innovation in Constructing

5 p.m.: Sona Jobarteh

6 p.m.: Molly Tuttle and Steve Dawson

7:30 p.m.: Kaki King: Knowledge Not Discovered

eight, 10 p.m.: Stephane Wrembel Band

9 p.m.: Pat Metheny Aspect Eye (proper)

10:30 p.m.: The Messthetics


9 a.m.: Yoga with GLOW by Lola

10 a.m.: Danny Weinkauf and the Pink Pants Band

10:15 a.m.: Stephane Wrembel Solo

11 a.m.: Bokyung Byun and Jason Vieaux

11 a.m.: Workshop with Rachel Rosenkrantz, luthier: Anatomy of Sound

12:30 p.m.: Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley

1:30 p.m.: Sávila

2:30 p.m.: Anat Cohen and Marcello Gonçalves; Aritmia: Merima Kljuco and Miroslav Tadic

2:30, four p.m.: Danilo Brito Quartet (left)

5 p.m.: The Bluebonnets

5, eight p.m.: Sonic Meditation

6 p.m.: Tony McManus and Julia Toaspern

7:15, 9 p.m.: Rafiq Bhatia

eight:30 p.m.: Buddy Man (beneath)

10 p.m.: Brandon T. Washington and Pals

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