The Arts in the Time of Pandemic: Music
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Additional material and information:
CU Folk and Roots Festival Live Streaming, October 23-24, 2020
COVID Commissions (Cody Jensen: original material with direction from patrons on a pay-what-you-can basis)
Bayreuth International Online Folk Orchestra (Rudolf Haken, Director)
Distant Duos and Quarantine Quartets (Bayreuth Young Artists Festival, Rudolf Haken, Director)
Dream Diary Concerto (Joe Deninzon; arranged, performed and produced by Rudolf Haken)
Lift Every Voice and Sing (University of Illinois Electric Strings Ensemble)
The Hip Hop Xpress (Will Patterson, co-founder)
Jason Finkelman is artistic director of Global Arts Performance Initiatives at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and serves as program administrator for the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music, an engagement program of the School of Music at the University of Illinois. Finkelman’s professional life as an artist is focused on improvised music, cross-cultural collaborative projects, and composition for dance. He continually performs with a host of genre-blurring improvisers from Urbana Champaign, and leads the ever-evolving ensemble Kuroshio, currently featuring Joy Yang and Nate Wells. His work as an arts presenter and performer on campus and in the community were recognized with a 2019 Advocate ACE Award from the Champaign County Arts Council, 40 North | 88 West.
Rudolf Haken, Professor of Viola and Electric Strings in the University of Illinois School of Music, is known for his eclectic performing and compositional styles. He frequently performs his electric viola concertos with orchestras throughout North America, Europe, Asia and South America. During the Covid lockdown Haken has initiated several virtual performing ensembles, among them the Bayreuth International Online Folk Orchestra. He has also led numerous workshops on collaborative music video production. Haken has received commissions from artists such as violinist Rachel Barton Pine, trumpet virtuoso Paul Merkelo, and flutist Jean Ferrandis. His recordings have been awarded the American Record Guide Critics’ Choice Award, as well as being featured in important journals such as The Strad and the Journal of the American Viola Society.
Cody Jensen is a multi-instrumentalist formally trained in percussion, but currently specializing in whatever instrument is near at hand. He tours throughout the United States with Chicago Farmer & the Fieldnotes, Alma Afrobeat Ensemble, Bones Jugs, and others. When not touring, he is an accompanist for the dance department at the University of Illinois.
Clinical Associate Professor, College of Fine and Applied Arts
Assistant Professor, African American Studies