The Center For World Music


The Center for World Music is a nonprofit organization whose primary purpose is to foster intercultural awareness and understanding through in-depth encounters with the world’s performing arts traditions. To that end, we sponsor educational outreach, performances, and cultural programs abroad. The Center for World Music and I are engaged in discussions at how The Road To Higher Ground and the CFWM might forge a collaborative effort to support musicians with a world music podcast. These talks would help increase understanding of those whose musical traditions are ‘different.’ We’ll also explore how together we might extend the cultural celebration of people from lands across the globe. To learn more about the Center For World Music visit https://centerforworldmusic.org/.


Iraqui Refugee Musician Foaud Sawa

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Friday, April 15 @ 7:30 pm PDT

Maqāmāt: Pathways to Beauty in Arab Music

Mingei International Museum of Art 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA

Lose yourself in the classical and folk songs from the Arab world with Al-Salam Ensemble. The sounds of the oud (fretless lute), ney (flute), kaman (violin), riq/daf (tambourine), and tablah (goblet drum) will transport you to another place and time. –Center for World Music

I Nyoman Wenten

Friday, May 20 @ 7:30 pm PDT

The Music and Dance of Bali – I Nyoman Wenten with Gamelan Burat Wangi

With a career spanning five decades, I Nyoman Wenten is one of Bali’s most versatile master musicians and dancers. Along with his wife, choreographer and dancer Nanik Wenten, and his ensemble Gamelan Burat Wangi, he will lead us through an entrancing evening of gong orchestra and elaborately costumed dance. The gamelan’s shimmering rhythms of drum, metallophones, and gongs accompany a captivating dance drama based on a text from the ancient Hindu Ramayana.

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ensemble Gamelan Burat Wangi

Lakshmi “La Chimi” Basile

Friday, June 17 @ 7:30 pm PDT

Flamenco with La Chimi

Lakshmi “La Chimi” Basile will be performing with her troupe of live musicians, creating an authentic performance experience that will transport audiences to the streets of Seville! Explore flamenco’s diverse roots through an evening of music and dance. The intimate setting provided at Mingei International Museum allows the audience to truly embrace the passion of this art form. This concert will leave you wanting more.

Lakshmi “La Chimi” Basile in performance

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