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East-West Center Gallery Sunday Spotlight Series
The East-West Center Arts Program presents an online East-West Center Gallery "Sunday Spotlight" series, from August through December 2020.

Due to COVID-19, the EWC Gallery remains closed to the public until further notice. A series of online programs will be offered in conjunction with the current exhibition “Musical Instruments: Sounds of the Asia Pacific” (extended through December 20, 2020). The exhibition features Asia Pacific musical instruments from the Ethnomusicology Instrument Collection at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Music Department.

About twice a month, programs will be presented on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. (Hawai‘i Standard Time) via Zoom. Programming will include "spotlight" conversations and musical demonstrations by Hawai‘i-based artists, illustrated talks, panel discussions, and an instrument-making workshop for families, culminating in a live-streamed performance event in honor of Professor Emerita Barbara B. Smith on December 20.  

Attendance is free, but registration is required. Please register by completing the form below. Registration is for the entire series. (Note: Special sign-up instructions will be required for certain events with limited capacity.) All registrants will receive an emailed Zoom link before each scheduled program. Registrants will also receive occasional email updates about EWC Arts Program news and events.


Upcoming Programs:

Sunday, September 27, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Spotlight on Celebrate Micronesia Festival with Mary Hattori (East-West Center), Amber Jacroux Bixel (Bishop Museum), and Innocenta Sound-Kikku (Pacific Voices, Kōkua Kalihi Valley). Mary, Amber, and Innocenta will highlight performative and cultural aspects of Micronesia, particularly among local Hawai'i communities featured in the upcoming annual Celebrate Micronesia Festival, as well the festival's origins.

Sunday, October 4, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Spotlight on Gangsa Music and Dance of the Philippines with Desiree Quintero, Ph.D., and Wayland Quintero, Ph.D. / MFA. Desiree and Wayland discuss cultural context of gangsa and dance, show field examples, and demonstrate movement that viewers will be encouraged to follow along to the rhythms of gangsa.

Past Programs:

Sunday, September 13, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Spotlight on Taiko (Japanese Drums) with Kenny Endo, composer/performer and EWC alumnus. Kenny shares information and insights about the art of taiko, highlighting instruments in the EWC exhibition, cultural contexts, and the confluence of tradition and innovation, including performance excerpts and demonstration.

Sunday, August 30, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
“Making Music" Workshop with Benjamin Fairfield, PhD, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Ethnomusicology Lecturer. A fun activity for the whole family! You will receive a written guide and instructional videos to make your own instruments out of repurposed materials at home. Bring your homemade instruments to the online workshop on August 30, where you can share what you have made with Ben, who will teach you how to play your instruments. For ages 8 and up.
*Workshop space is limited, please sign up additionally here: http://ewcarts.eventbrite.com/

Sunday, August 23, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
“Spotlight on Hindustani (North Indian) Music” with Nāwāhineokala‘i (Nawa) Lanzilotti, MFA, composer/performer. In this conversation, Nawa draws upon her time studying Hindustani music in New Delhi to offer insights on North Indian music, instruments in the exhibition, and a musical demonstration on the cello.


Please contact arts@eastwestcenter.org with any questions or comments. Mahalo nui loa!
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