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Water Street Studios hosts first Live Art Series performance

Dec 22, 2016 09:33AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Water Street Studios will host the first performance in their Live Art Series this Friday, December 23, 2016, titled “Heterophony In World Music” performed by Albert Agha and Allison Liska.

The Live Art Series is a monthly live art performance exploring a variety of art forms including music, film, dance, storytelling, and more! The Live Art Series event is hosted in the Dempsey Family Gallery at Water Street Studios. The Live Art Series is made possible by a grant from the Batavia Arts Council.

Heterophony is the simultaneous performance of the same melodic line, with slight individual variations, by two or more performers. This individual artistry is common in both Irish and Middle Eastern music. Listen as musicians exemplify stylistic ornamentation and perform characteristic tunes from both the Near East and Ireland.

Albert Agha is a doctoral student in the department of Ethnomusicology at UCLA. His dissertation work focuses mainly on the area of central Java and the special region of Yogyakarta, examining music and the politics of authenticity in contemporary Southeast Asian society. Albert is an accomplished performer of the oud (plucked fretless lute), and has performed throughout the United States and Canada. While earning a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University, Albert co-founded and directed the NIU Middle Eastern Music Ensemble and coached undergraduate and graduate students privately on the oud and voice. Albert has been a part of several recordings by the Sharq Ensemble, the Chicago Classical Oriental Ensemble, and the National Arab Orchestra. 

Allison Liska is the orchestra director at Batavia High School. Liska attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she earned degrees in both Music Performance and Music Education on a full-tuition scholarship for viola performance. Upon graduation, she received her first orchestra director position in DeKalb, teaching middle and high school orchestras from 2009-2015. While teaching in DeKalb, she earned her master's degree in viola performance at Northern Illinois University. Liska also has a unique background in Irish and Scottish fiddling, having performed with several Celtic ensembles.

Albert and Allison met at Northern Illinois University while completing their coursework towards their masters’ degrees and performing together in the Middle Eastern Music Ensemble. With a shared affinity for music, performance, and teaching, Albert and Allison became fast friends and were married in the summer of 2015. They currently live in Batavia with their four birds.

Event Details:

160 S. Water Street Studios in Batavia, IL 60510
Doors open at 6pm
, music at 7pm, duration approx. 60 minutes
Beer provided by Solemn Oath Brewing 

Wine provided by Bright Angel Wines
$5 suggested donation at the door