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Summer Arts Hosted By Fresno State

April 14, 2017

This article was written by Andrea Morales

The Summer Arts Festival 2017 will be hosted at Cal State University Fresno (CSUF) instead of our lovely campus. Summer Arts is a two-week course where students engage with experts and other students from other CSU’s. It offers 20 intensive master classes in the visual, literary, media, and performing arts. Students are able to sign up for classes and show their skills from what they pick up. Taking these courses count towards an undergraduate or graduate credit. Scholarships are available.

Professor Umi Vaughan from Cal State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is coordinating a summer arts course on “Drum Talk: Rhythms from Cuba and Brazil,” featuring guest artists John Santos and Mario Pam at CSUF from July 10 to July 23.

Santos and Pam are percussion experts who have an ear for music. The percussion course is a “reunion” and conversation between African music traditions of Cuba and Brazil. Students not only will learn how to play drums and all kinds of instruments from both countries, but understand the significance of drum, performance and culture. They will explore a range of music styles and sacred rhythms such as rumba, comparsa/conga, bembé, batá, samba to name a few.

“We all had a great time when we offered this program in 2014, and it will be even better this time!” Vaughan says.

If interested in “Drum Talk,” email course coordinator: uvaughan@csumb. edu. Applications are due by May 15, 2017. To apply for other courses go to: CSUSUMMERARTS.ORG

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