Madison Mondays – Conversation with Ursula Rucker

Michele Byrd-McPhee will be joined by guest artist Ursula Rucker. Rucker is a renowned spoken word and recording artist and activist. At this event, they will discuss her background and career.

Free

Real Talk for Real Change: Advancing Hip-Hop as a Path Toward Equity

In "Advancing Hip Hop as a Path Toward Equity," hip hop artists, scholars, and educators will share artistic representations, discuss connections between hip hop and youth-led movements for Black lives, and share proven practices in hip hop education as paths toward youth empowerment and equity.

Free

SoundWaves: The Art of Science of Cities: Specimen: New York

Discovery Building 330 North Orchard Street, Madison, WI

SoundWaves looks into what makes NYC tick. How does the city sustain itself? What happens to New York as the climate changes? What’s the best way to get around town? How does the city address its many problems? And what is it like to be a musician in the cultural capital of the U.S.?

Free

Friday Jazz Series at Tandem Press

Tandem Press 1743 Commercial Avenue, Madison, WI

UW–Madison Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, directed by Arun Luthra, and Jazz Standards Ensemble, directed by Peter Dominguez, will perform as part of Tandem Press’ Friday Jazz series during the fall and spring semesters. Livestream option available.

Free

Jazz Composers Group & Contemporary Jazz Ensemble

Collins Recital Hall, Hamel Music Center 740 University Ave., Madison, WI

UW–Madison students perform as part of the Jazz Composers Group, directed by Les Thimmig, and Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, directed by Arun Luthra. Livestream option available.

Free

Arun Luthra Konnakol Lecture

Collins Recital Hall, Hamel Music Center 740 University Ave., Madison, WI

Konnakol lecture with musical demonstrations performed by Arun Luthra with the Contemporary Jazz Ensemble (Mead Witter School of Music). Livestream option available.

Free

Arun Luthra’s Konnakol Jazz Project

North Street Cabaret 610 North Street, Madison

Arun Luthra (saxophonist, composer, and konnakol artist) will be performing with Madison-based musicians Matt Endres (drum set), Luke Leavitt (piano), and Nick Moran (bass). Arun Luthra is the fall 2021 interdisciplinary artist-in-residence. Note, this performance …

$20

Arun Luthra’s Konnakol Jazz Project

Café CODA 1224 Williamson Street, Madison, WI

Arun Luthra (saxophonist, composer, and konnakol artist) will perform with UW–Madison Mead Witter School of Music faculty: Matt Endres (drum set), Nick Moran (bass), and Johannes Wallmann (piano).

$20

Tala Mela: A Celebration of the Universal Language of Rhythm

Arts + Literature Lab 111 S Livingston St., Suite 100, Madison, WI

This final residency celebration event features performances by Arun Luthra, including konnakol, with the UW–Madison Contemporary Jazz Ensemble (Mead Witter School of Music), students in the class, and guest artist Rohan Krishnamurthy (percussion). Tala is an Indian music word for rhythm and mela means a celebration fair in Punjabi and Sanskrit and in Hindi - mele.

Free