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  • Leatha Johnson
    ... SMF has commissioned Gamelan Cudamani, one of the most distinguished ensembles from Bali, to create a new work integrating music, dance, spectacle, and
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      SMF has commissioned Gamelan Cudamani, one of the most distinguished ensembles from Bali, to create a new work integrating music, dance, spectacle, and soundscape (the norm for performance arts in Bali), in a brilliant new collaboration by six artists under the direction of I Dewa Putu Berata. Entitled "Ngayah: In the Spirit of Place," the work will be premiered in Savannah before touring the United States. April 3, Lucas Theatre for the Arts

      Noted pianist and composer Uri Caine has been commissioned by SMF to write a new work for piano trio (piano, violin, cello), specifically for the Beaux Arts Trio during their 50th anniversary tour. March 30, Lucas Theatre for the Arts

      East Meets West: One of the Festival's most eagerly anticipated events, this concert features violinist Daniel Hope and sitar player Gaurav Mazumdar performing the U.S. premiere of East Meets West. Ragas originally composed and recorded by Ravi Shankar (in collaboration with Yehudi Menuhin) will be played during half of this concert. The other half of the program will feature India's two finest young sarod players, Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayann Ali Bangash (sons of the great Ustad Amjad Ali Khan) in collaboration with Derek Trucks, who will add his slide guitar and sarod playing to the equation, creating a soulful journey of music from west to east. March 31, Lucas Theatre for the Arts

      Still Confessin' the Blues: The blues has served as the foundation of many American musical styles, but its basic function of "making people feel good" is the reason it remains so popular today. This concert gathers together some of the most extraordinary blues players from variety of idioms including Cootie Stark, Derek Trucks, Wycliffe Gordon, Cool John Ferguson, Lee Gates, Cyrus Chestnut, Wess Anderson, Ardie Dean and Hansel Creech. SMF is pleased to collaborate once again with Tim Duffy and the Music Maker Relief Foundation to help showcase and preserve the work of important blues musicians. April 2, Trustees Theater

      Beaux Arts Trio at 50: Festival Associate Artistic Director Daniel Hope has organized two extraordinary concerts featuring the Beaux Arts Trio as part of their 50th Anniversary celebration. The first, "Beaux Arts Trio & Friends," will feature performances of Schubert's Trout Quintet and Dvorak's renowned Piano Quintet Op. 81. The next evening will feature the premiere of Uri Caine's new work for the trio alongside Dvorak's Dumky Trio and Mendelssohn's Trio in D minor. March 29 & 30, Lucas Theatre for the Arts

      The Art of Solo Piano: Festival audiences will be treated to solo recitals by three exemplary pianists in our time. The programs will be made available shortly.
      o Sebastian Knauer, TBD, Telfair Museum of Art
      o Menahem Pressler, March 27, Jewish Educational Alliance
      o Richard Goode, April 2, Lucas Theatre for the Arts

      Odalan Bali - Offering of Music and Dance: Intended to present the audience with a unique window into the spiritual and cultural source of Balinese performing arts, the Festival Finale will be an unprecedented program features one of Bali's most extraordinary ensembles, Gamelan Cudamani. By juxtaposing and melding elements of ancient customs with original instrumental and choreographic styles of the six-member artistic team, ´┐Żudamani has created a newly commissioned work utilizing music, dance, spectacle and soundscape. The new work, "Ngayah: In the Spirit of Place," aims to contribute to the ongoing development of the enduring Balinese culture and to impart quintessential insights into Balinese ways of "being in the world." April 3, Lucas Theatre for the Arts

      The Magic of Swing Street: During the '30's and 40's on 52nd Street in New York City, the swing style of jazz was being developed and refined. On any given night you could hear Count Basie, Fats Waller, Louis Prima, Mabel Mercer, Art Tatum or Dizzy Gillespie, and it is this golden age of jazz that Ed Polcer and his Jazz All-Stars will explore as they take their listeners on a musical stroll down this famous street. Cornetist Ed Polcer, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, clarinetist Allan Vache, vibraphonist John Cocuzzi, singer Barbara Middleton, bassist Frank Tate, and drummer Joe Ascione comprise group that will perform in the New York Classic Jazz style. April 1, Orleans Hall

      ´┐Ż Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Since recording and touring "Graceland" with Paul Simon in the mid 1980s, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has performed for the Queen of England and at Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies, recorded with artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder and Dolly Parton, and done film and television work with Marlon Brando, Eddie Murphy, Spike Lee, James Earl Jones and Sesame Street. Even with this popular acclaim, these consummate practitioners of South African vocal art have come to represent the traditional culture of South Africa. Regarded as cultural emissaries at home and around the world, the traditional music they sing, called Isicathamiya, was born in the mines of their native land. April 1, Lucas Theatre for the Arts

      Derek Trucks Band: Last year's sold out performances of the Derek Trucks Band (DTB) prompted SMF to utilize Mr. Trucks in a variety of unique presentations this year. Yet it is the DTB that remains the talk of the music world after nearly a decade of existence. Blending jazz, rock, blues, Latin, Eastern Indian and other world music influences into his compositions, the DTB remains the primary artistic vehicle for this inimitable young artist. April 2, Trustees Theater

      About the Savannah Music Festival
      The Savannah Music Festival distinguishes itself through first-class artistry, outstanding and adventuresome performances, and original productions enhanced by their setting in Georgia's First City. Since 1990, the Festival has presented stirring and sensational music events in intimate, historic venues and outdoor squares underneath moss-covered oaks to ensure a southern, soulful, and sophisticated experience. For additional information, visit www.savannahmusicfestival.org or call (912) 234-3378. Tickets for the 2005 Savannah Music Festival will go on sale to the public on November 5.


      MARCH 31 - APRIL 2, 2005
      Diaspora: People in Motion

      SACC's 2005 conference will be held in Savannah, Georgia, March 31-April 2, 2005. The theme is "Diaspora: People in Motion." Savannah should be in full bloom at this time of year with pleasant river and town walks just outside the hotel door. Its River District is one that has not been taken over by chains, so it has a local charm you won't find elsewhere.
      The Historic District of Savannah is comprised of 21 squares, each surrounded by beautiful homes and gardens. You've seen Savannah in movies such as Forrest Gump and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. You can visit one of the many museums and see the actual bench where Forrest Gump waited for the bus! Put that Johnny Mercer music on and get ready to visit his hometown!

      Savannah has received high praise from around the world. LeMonde of Paris described it as "The Most Beautiful City in North America" 1989); Southern Living calls it one of the "top Three Romantic Getaways"; Walking hails it as one of the "Top 10 Walking Cities"; and the New York Times named it among the "Top 12 Trendy Travel Hot spots in the World."

      Especially germane to our theme, the Sea Islands along the coast are home to the Gullah and Geechee cultures. These folks are descendents of slaves who have maintained and yet adapted their way of life to the coastline. One of our site visits will include the Penn Center on St. Helena Island. (From a brochure): "The Penn Center sits at the heart of Gullah culture, on the 50 acres of the campus of Penn School" ...Tucked in the heart of the South Carolina Sea Islands between glimmering marshes and deep water, nestled beneath the silvery moss draped limbs of massive live oaks, you will find the Penn Center-the site of one of the country's first schools for freed slaves and one of the most significant African American historical and cultural institutions in existence today" [www.penncenter.com]. While at the Penn Center, we will enjoy a lunch of a low country boil, as well as lectures, demonstrations and lessons prepared by Gullah residents.

      Savannah boasts fine dining as well as history. We'll be sure to visit Mrs. Wilkes's Boarding House. There's no sign outside, but just about anyone will tell you how to find it, and that the Southern Style meals served boarding-house style are not to be missed. My friends and I had lunch here and we counted 20 items brought to the table where we lunched with folks from all over. If you watch the Food Channel, you know Savannah has good eats!

      Our meeting location makes all this very accessible. We'll be staying at the Days Inn/Days Suites Historic District that is in the restored Guckenheimer Building (1851), a national registered landmark just one block from the river and City Market [www.daysinnsavannah.com].

      There's more! The Savannah Music Festival's last weekend will be during our stay. The schedule has not been set yet, but this festival is known for showcasing all genres and is presented in historic parks, theaters, churches and squares [www.savannahmusicfestival.org].

      Bring your appetite for culture and cuisine!


      Days Inn/Days Suites Historic District
      201 West Bay Street
      Savannah, GA 31401
      Tel: (912) 236-4440
      Fax: (912) 232-2725
      Toll-free: (877) 542-7666 ext. 146 (Register under Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges.)


      Rates: $104/night/single or double + 12% tax
      $114/night/suite + 12% tax
      $ 7/day parking garage


      Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport
      Taxi from Airport to Hotel $20.00 ($5.00 each additional passenger)


      Wednesday, March 30th
      7:00p Executive Meeting
      Thursday, March 31st
      Paper Presentations
      KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Marlborough Packard, Professor of Historic Preservation at the Savannah College of Art & Design will speak on the "Preservation Movement in Savannah and the Impact of the Savannah College of Art & Design on the Movement". Dr. Packard has over thirty years of experience as a professional restorer, preservationist and builder. He has been involved in the restoration and renovation of more than twenty historic buildings and is active in the repair and restoration of antiques and historic paper articles. His memberships include: the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, the Georgia Historical Society, and the Association for Gravestone Studies.

      Lunch (Try one of the fabulous eateries nearby.)
      Paper Presentations
      Tour of Savannah
      Dinner at Mrs. Wilkes': Conde Nast (January 1990) declared Mrs. Wilkes' as one of 50 most distinguished restaurants in the U.S.

      Friday, April 1st
      Paper Presentations
      KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Emory S. Campbell, Director Emeritus, Penn Center. Dr. Campbell is a fourth generation Hilton Head Islander. His roots go back to his great-grandfather who held on to his West African culture even in slavery. Dr. Campbell learned his first language, Gullah, in the Low Country. He is the author of "Gullah Cultural Legacies: A Synopsis of Gullah Traditions, Customary Beliefs, Artforms and Speech on Hilton Head Island and Vicinal Sea Islands in South Carolina and Georgia."

      Lunch (provided)
      Business Meeting
      Paper Presentations
      Saturday, April 2nd
      Penn Center Tour. After taking a bus trip through the Low Country, we will visit the
      York W. Bailey Museum: presents the history of Penn School and the Gullah People.
      Basketweaving Demonstration: Famed for their intricacy and beautiful patterns, sweetgrass baskets of the Sea Islands have become collectors' novelties. Find out what sweetgrass is, where it grows, and how it is collected.
      Casting the Net: A master net maker, one of the last, will make a net and explain its use. Both of our artisans will share stories and give us some oral history.
      Lunch: A Low Country Boil is a regional stew of shrimp, corn on the cob, potatoes and sausage. (The shrimp is cooked separately and there will be a vegetarian lunch available.) Lunch includes a tossed salad, dinner rolls and dessert (bread pudding, cake, apple pie, or peach cobbler).
      The Hallelujah Singers perform "Frogmore Stew": music from the 1600's to gospel to blues, narrations and stories, and hand-clapping, foot-thumping audience participation. You probably are already familiar with the Hallelujah Singers from the movie, "Forrest Gump". Marlena Smalls, (Bubba's mother in the movie), formed the group in 1990 to preserve the melodies and storytelling unique to Gullah. The singers present miniature dramatizations of some of the unique personages, rituals, and ceremonies that played an important part in shaping the Gullah culture.
      Return to Savannah with a shopping stop in Frogmore! Here we'll visit the Red Piano Two with a collection of regional folk art; the Ibile Indigo House where you can learn the ancient art of indigo processing; the Rhett Gallery with Low Country water color landscapes; and other local galleries.

      For more information contact: Dianne Chidester dianneky@...

      (Please provide a separate form for each participant.)

      SACC Conference 2005 - Savannah, Georgia

      Registration Fees include: Conference, two field trips, two guest speakers, two artisans, performance by the Hallelujah Singers, three continental breakfasts, two lunches, one dinner, refreshment during breaks, and SACC Conference expenses.




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      Friday only: 75.00/person ____________
      Saturday only: 125.00/person ____________
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      *Cancellation Policy: 100% refund if cancelled before 02/28/05.
      Less $50 if cancelled on or between 03/01/05 and 03/30/05.
      No Refunds after 03/30/05.
      +Tour policies: Due to contracts with tour companies, participants not pre-registered will be seated on a first-come, first-served, or stand-by basis.

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      Mail to: Khara Minter, Meetings Coordinator
      SACC Meeting
      2200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 600
      Arlington, VA 22201-3357

      Note: It will be greatly appreciated if you notify me at dianneky@... when you've registered and if you have any special needs. Thank you. - Dianne Chidester


      Proposals for paper presentations on any topic relating to anthropology are welcome. Presentations on teaching anthropology, college-based research, outreach programs, and the diaspora are particularly encouraged.
      Abstracts should be no longer than 125 words and must be received no later than January 31, 2005.

      The abstracts should be sent to Rebecca Stein, Department of Anthropology, Los Angeles Valley College, 5800 Fulton Avenue, Valley Glen, California, 91401 or steinrl@....

      Presentations are tentatively scheduled for 15 minutes.
      Notification of acceptance or rejection of proposals will be completed by February 21st, 2005.

      No proposal will be accepted for final inclusion in the program until the program chair receives confirmation from the AAA, prior to March 8th, 2005, that conference registration fees have been paid.

      A slide projector and overhead will be available. Presentations requiring film, video, Internet access, and PowerPoint may not be accommodated (unless the presenter will be bringing his/her own equipment, which must be indicated on the abstract).


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