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April 5, 2018

Don’t Lose Your Soul: The Music of Anthony Brown and Mark Izu
Featuring Anthony Brown
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
1103 S. Sixth Street
Admission: Free

This special viewing of Jim Choi, Chihiro Wimbush, and Donald Young’s engaging documentary, Don’t Lose Your Soul: The Music of Anthony Brown and Mark Izu, provides an intimate portrait of two godfathers of the Asian American Jazz movement, drummer Anthony Brown and bassist Mark Izu.  Forged in the Bay Area civil rights movements of the 1960s and 70s and built on the history of Japanese internment, they fused centuries old Asian music traditions with the freedom of a quintessentially American musical form: jazz.  Izu and Brown come together with a group of longtime musical friends for one electrifying night of music at Yoshi’s jazz club, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Asian American jazz festival and honor three decades of music they helped define for future generations.  Following this showing Anthony Brown will discuss his experiences as composer, percussionist, educator, ethnomusicologist, and creator of the Asian American Jazz movement in this country.  This lecture and his performance on April 7th are part of the Improvisers Exchange produced by Jason Finkelman and the The Center for Advanced Study.  For further information on both events visit


April 7, 2018

Global Transfer Afterglow: Asian American Jazz Trio
Featuring Anthony Brown, Mark Izu, and Masaru Koga
Stage 5, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
500 S. Goodwin
Admission: Free

Join Anthony Brown, percussion; Mark Izu, bass and sheng; and Masaru Koga, saxophones and shakuhachi for an exciting late evening performance of Asian American jazz.  Composer, percussionist, educator, and ethnomusicologist Anthony Brown has played a seminal role in contemporary California creative music from his pioneering work with the Asian American jazz movement in the early 1980s to his current leadership of the GRAMMY nominated Asian American Orchestra. Dr. Brown holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in music (Ethnomusicology) from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a Master of Music from Rutgers University, and is the recipient of numerous grants and commissions. A Smithsonian Associate Scholar, Guggenheim and Ford Fellow, Dr. Brown has served as Curator of American Musical Culture at the Smithsonian Institution and as a Visiting Professor of Music at the University of California, Berkeley. For further information about this performance visit

April 22, 2018

From Russia with Love
Featuring the University of Wisconsin Russian Folk Orchestra
University of Illinois Foellinger Auditorium
709 S. Mathews Avenue
Admission: Free

Join the University of Wisconsin Russian Folk Orchestra, under the direction of Victor Gorodinsky, and the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music in a very special concert of music from Russia that recaptures the performance legacy and mystique of John Garvey’s University of Illinois Russian Folk Orchestra which was founded in 1974.  Between 1974 and 1989 the Illinois ensemble performed frequently on campus as well as across Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa, Missouri, and Connecticut. After nearly twenty years of careful development Illinois’ Russian music program was eventually emulated by the University of Wisconsin at Madison, whose program was founded in 1997 by Victor Gorodinsky.  Gorodinsky earned his master of music degree from Moscow’s Gnesin College of Music before immigrating to the United States in 1982 and enrolling as a graduate student of the University of Illinois Library School.  He eventually became a member of the Illinois Russian Folk Orchestra under Garvey’s direction, and eventually became the ensemble’s assistant director before moving to Madison.

Victor will provide a short pre-concert talk at 3:30pm to introduce the audience to the history of the Russian folk orchestra tradition in both Russia and the United States and discuss his experiences working with the legendary John Garvey.  The concert will begin at 4:00pm and after the performance audience members will have an opportunity to meet with the musicians to talk about the nature of their unique folk instruments.

Both the concert and pre-concert talk are free and open to the general public.  For further information about the April 22nd program please call 217-333-4577 or email at

April 24, 2018

America’s Jazz Ambassadors: Joy to the World
Featuring Tom Birkner, Bob Selby, Morgan Powell and the Central High School Jazz Combos
Art Theater — 5:30-6:45pm
Esquire Lounge — 7:00-9:00pm
Admission: Free

The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music will again celebrate  the run-up to International Jazz Day with live music and historical films at the Art Theater, the first of two free events that evening.  America’s Jazz Ambassadors: Joy to the World highlights the U.S. State Department program that sent Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck and many other exceptional musicians abroad to show the world what freedom and democracy were all about.  At the height of the Cold War the United States created the “Jazz Ambassadors program to bring the best of American culture to world…and exchange ideas and friendship.”

Several Illinois connections will also be highlighted, including the University of Illinois jazz band under the direction of John Garvey.  Morgan Powell, Pulitzer Prize-nominated composer and trombonist, will share recollections of having toured Eastern Europe with Garvey’s jazz ensemble under the auspices of the State Department.  Randy Salman, professor of music at DePauw University, spent ten years with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra touring the U.S. and Canada as well as Egypt during the SJMO’s  2008 State Department tour.  Salman also has many tales to tell and has shared them with the evening’s presenters.

Tom Birkner, who succeeded Garvey as director of the University of Illinois jazz bands, and WEFT Radio jazz host, Bob Selby, will offer commentary on the films and elicit  stories of Powell’s and Salman’s State Department tour experiences.  Following the Art Theater program, an after-party at the Esquire Lounge will feature the Champaign Central High School Jazz Combos, playing from 7:00-9:00 under the direction of John Currey.  For more information about this exciting programming call 217-333-4577 or email Amani Ayad at or Scott Schwartz at