Prior Artist Residents


Academic Year 2014-2015

Fall 2014

Nana Kwadwo Nyantakyi III (Sanaahene) and Nana Afia Adoma II (Queen Mother)Kumasi, Ghana

Residency Description: CWPS welcomed Nana Kwadwo Nyantakyi III (Sanaahene) and Nana Afia Adoma II (Queen) to the University of Michigan for a one-month residency during the fall of 2014. While at the University of Michigan, they joined both Professors Kwasi Ampene and Raymond Silverman every Tuesday and Thursday as guest lecturers for their combined course on the music and visual cultures of Africa. As part of our Community Outreach, they presented four public lectures; two at the Ann Arbor District Library and two on campus.  

Having served three kings, Otumfuo Agyeman Prempeh II, Otumfuo Opoku Ware II, and currently Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Nana Kwadwo Nyantakyi III has accumulated extraordinary wealth of knowledge of Akan and Asante culture. As a matrilineal society, Akan Queens are entrusted with lineage history, values, the complex political hierarchy, and succession procedures. While in Ann Arbor, they shared valuable first-hand experience with students at the University of Michigan about the Akan in Ghana.

Co-sponsors: African Studies Center, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, African Students Association, Sterns Collection, Ann Arbor District Library,King•Chavéz•Parks Visiting Professors Program and the Office of the Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion and Academic Affairs, International Institute

Dates: 9/7/14 – 10/11/14

Academic Year 2013-2014

Fall 2013

Rajeeb ChakrabortySarod, Kolkata, India

Residency Description: Rajeeb Chakraborty is a musician, educationalist, composer and conductor. His talent has taken him across the globe for more than a decade to Europe, the United States, and Canada where he has participated in numerous concerts and major music festivals. Rajeeb started playing at the tender age of six under the guidance of his father, Pandit Rabi Chakraborty, himself one of the most distinguished and senior sarodist of the Maihar Gharana tradition. Apart from being a scholar in Indian classical music, Dr. Chakraborty earned his degrees in Western classical music from the Royal College of Music in London with distinction.

During the fall of 2013, Dr. Rajeeb Chakraborty’s main activities were assisting Professor Ed Sarath in the School of Music. On a weekly basis, Rajeeb shared his expertise with the “Improvisational Forms” class, “Contemporary Improvisation” class, “Basic Musicianship” class, and the “Music School of the Future” seminar. Through this experience, Rajeeb was able to establish a solid connection with both Professor Ed Sarath and his students who greatly appreciated the unique talent and perspective he brought into the classroom.

Rajeeb Chakraborty also provided lecture demonstrations for affiliated faculty for the Center for South Asian Studies including Dr. Ho’s courses “Music of Asia II” and “Music and Islam,” Dr. Chanchani’s courses “Art of Yoga” and “Intro to South Asian Art,” and Christie-Ann Castro’s course “Intro to Music.”

When Rajeeb was not with Professor Ed Sarath or providing lecture demonstrations, he was spending his time with the Patient and Family Support Services at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Medical Arts Program at the U-M Medical School.

Dr. Chakraborty’s main event was a public performance at the School of Music’s Stamps Auditorium in the Walgreen Drama Center on Monday, September 30, 2013 with tabla player Pandit Samar Saha. Both artists charmed over 350 audience members who expressed their gratitude with a thunderous standing ovation.

At the conclusion of his residency, Dr. Chakkraborty received the King, Chavéz, Parks award from Senior Vice Provost Lester Monts.

Learn more about Rajeeb Chakraborty’s visit in the 2014 winter International Institute Journal.

Sponsors: CWPS; School of Music, Theatre and Dance; the Patient and Family Support Services at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center; the Center for South Asian Studies; the Medical Arts Program at the U-M Medical School; the King Chavéz Parks Visiting Professors Program; and the Office of the Senior Vice Provost.

Dates: 9/10/13 – 12/15/13

Dr. Rajeeb Chakraborty: Website: 



Fernando Ureña RibDominican Artist and Author

Residency Description: The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) invited Dominican artist and writer, Fernando Ureña Rib, to the University of Michigan as part of an educational series on Dominican culture, politics, and the arts. While at the University of Michigan, Fernando Ureña Rib visited the “First Year Spanish I” class at Washtenaw Community College, participated in “Organica,” an art exhibition and reading, and attended  "Spanish for the Professions (Medical)," and "Spanish for the Professions (Business)" classes at the University of Michigan .

Sponsor: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies  (LACS)

Dates: 9/9/2013 – 9/13/13

Thomas DeFrantzProfessor and Artistic Director

Residency Description: Dr. Thomas DeFrantz is a Professor of African American studies and Dance at Duke University and an artistic director of the dance company SLIPPAGE: Performance | Culture | Technology. He is an expert on African American dance research and a leader in helping universities understand how dance-making and dance are both research practices. While at the University of Michigan, Dr. Thomas DeFrantz participated in a public talk, “dancing [queer|black] diasporas” and a public performance “theoryography 4.5: we queer here.”

Sponsor: Clare Croft, Assistant Professor of Music

Dates: 9/15 - 9/27/2013

David LockeProfessor of Music, Tufts University

Residency Description: After arriving to the University of Michigan, David Locke attended the World Percussion Ensemble Master class with Dan Piccolo in the School of Music, presented a guest lecture in Kwasi Ampene’s African Music and Cultures class, attended an African Ensemble Class at Oakland University with instructor Mark Stone, and finally presented a Musicology Distinguished Lecture at the University of Michigan.

Sponsor: CWPS, School of Music

Date: 9/25/2013 – 9/27/2013

Humberto MayolPhotographer and documentary film maker, Cuba

Residency Description:  Humberto Mayol, an award-winning Cuban photographer and documentary filmmaker working with the Palomas Group of the National Film Institute of Cuba, is a sharp ethnographic eye. He is continually looking to capture the complex social reality that has unfolded on the island since the 1959 revolution. His photographs have been widely exhibited in his native Cuba as well as in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and China. In his haunting images, he reveals the day-to-day lives of Cubans while also richly evoking the geographic and cultural landscape against which these lives unfold. While at the University of Michigan, he participated in Professor Behar’s ‘Cuba and Its Diaspora’class and held various exhibits displaying his work.

Sponsor:  Ruth Behar, Victor Haim Perera Collegiate Professor of Anthropology and Professor of Anthropology. Additional support from the Department of Anthropology, Latina/Latino Studies, the Center for Global and International Study, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Graduate Library of the University of Michigan.

Dates: 9/24/2013 - 9/26/2013

Taous Claire KhazemPlaywright and performer, Twin Cities

Residency Description: Khazem teaches theatre to youth, young adults, and adults with disabilities at SteppingStone Theatre, The Children's Theatre, and Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts. She is also on the COMPAS artist roster. She has worked as a theatre artist in Algeria, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, France and Cameroon. Locally, she has performed with Interact Center, Pangea World Theater, Frank Theatre, Savage Umbrella, Off Leash Area, and at Dreamland Arts.  Taous trained at the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris, France and holds a B.A in Theatre and French from Macalester College. While at the University of Michigan, Taous performed at the Aimé Césaire's Symposium, participated in two workshop with students on how to perform different characters on the topic of Immigration, and finally performed a public play, TIZI-OUZOU, with her husband.

Sponsor: Frieda Ekotto, Professor of French, Romance Languages and Literatures, Professor of Comparative Literature

Date: 10/6/2013 – 10/12/2013

Kekuhi and Kaumaka’iwa Kanaka’oleComposers, Artists, and stewards of the Hula Tradition

Residency Description: Kekuhi and Kaumaka’iwa Kanaka’ole came together to give a series anchored in Hawaiian practice, perspective, and traditional ecological knowledge in order to explore the meaning of traditional Hawaii indigenous thought, practice and values by addressing the power of environmental kinship through hula (dance ritual), mele (poetry text), and leo (vocalization). While at the University of Michigan, they gave three talks and a performance. The three talks included: “Chanting the Hawaii Universe,” “Hula-Global Connections,” and “Makawalu.” The performance was a concert of ancient 'oli (chant) traditions, modern melodies, and original song compositions, accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Shawn Pimental.

Sponsors: Pacific Islander American Studies Program, Native American Studies Program, Department of American Culture, Department of English, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, College of Literature Sciences and Arts, Arts at Michigan Course Connections, Center for World Performance Studies, International Institute, Rackham Dean's Strategic Initiative, Office of the Vice President for Research, Office of the Senior Vice Provost, and the King/Chavez/Parks Visiting Professors Program.

Date: 11/25 - 11/26


Winter 2014

MidayantoJavanese gamelan musician, University of California, Berkeley

Residency Description: Midiyanto Midiyanto is one of the three most important Javanese gamelan musicians outside of Java. Hailing from a long line of gamelan musicians and dhalang, Midiyanto received his formal tertiary education at the most prestigious conservatory in Indonesia and did graduate work at Lewis and Clark College in 1993, where he received an MA in 1997. He has been teaching gamelan music at University of California at Berkeley since 2003.

During the winter of 2014, Susan Walton brought Midiyanto to the University of Michigan where he taught three mini courses: Beginning Gamelan, Advanced Gamelan and Wayangan (Javanese Puppet Theater). These courses were offered through the Residential College and the School of Music and were open to all students at the university.

At the conclusion of his six-week residency, and as part of the Javanese Gamelan Music classes, Midiyanto and his students performed at a concert for the public on Saturday, February 15th, 2014. The concert featured two dance pieces and a piece for gamelan and double bass by Lou Harrison.

Sponsor: Susan Walton, Lecturer IV in Musicology, Residential College, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Lecturer IV in Music, School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Dates: 1/7/14 – 2/15/14

Chinese Dance ResidencyProfessors Shao Weiqiu and Zhang JunDuring

Residency Description: This Chinese Dance Residency is with Professors Shao Weiqiu and Zhang JunDuring. They will conduct a series of master classes in Chinese classical dance water sleeve and sword technique, which will be free and open to the University community and the general public. In addition to master classes, Shao and Zhang will offer free public lecture demonstrations, and workshops, moderated by University faculty, on the topic of Chinese classical dance, with a focus on aesthetic appreciation and cultural connections between Chinese classical dance and other Chinese cultural traditions, including Chinese opera performance and Chinese martial arts. The overall goal of the residency is to expose members of the University and the wider community to the art of Chinese classical dance, through a combination of hands-on workshops and educational events. The residency will culminate in a final public performance demonstration and reception in the Betty Pease Studio Theatre at the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Sponsor: Emily Wilcox, Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese Studies

Dates: 2/6/14 – 2/21/14

Professor Sanjoy BandopadhyaySitar musician and scholar from Kolkata, India

Residency Description: CWPS welcomed esteemed sitar player Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay to the University of Michigan for a weeklong residency during the very cold month of February in 2014. Pandit Bandopadhyay came to us from the Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata, India, where he is the Ustad Alauddin Khan Professor of Instrumental Music and the Director of the S.M. Tagore Center of Documentation & Research of Languishing & Obsolescent Musical Instruments.

While in Ann Arbor, Professor Bandopadhyay performed lecture demonstrations for Professor Ho’s “Music and Culture” and “Introduction to World Music” classes. He also performed lecture demonstrations for Professor Chanchani’s “Himalayas: An Aesthetic Exploration” and “Ocean of Stories: Telling Tales in the Indian Subcontinent” classes. Bandopadhyay performed a public performance on Thursday, February 13, 2014 in the Apse of the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA). Tabla player Bhajanpreet Kohli joined Bandopadhyay for this performance and both played in front of a full house. On his last day, Professor Bandopadhyay gave the lecture "Improvisation on the Sitar: Traditional Knowledge and Free Expression" for the Musicology Distinguished Lecture Series.

Sponsors: University of Michigan Museum of Arts (UMMA), Musicology Distinguished Lecture Series (SMTD)

Dates: 2/9/14 - 2/15/14

Professor Sanjoy Bandopadhyay: Website


Mark Stone TrioMusical trio, Michigan, USA

Residency Description: The Mark Stone Trio is comprised of Mark Stone, Dan Piccolo, and Alan Grubner. In the group, Mark plays the gyil (a xylophone from Ghana) and many types of mbiras including the new American made mbira, the traditional Ugandan endongo, the ancient South African mbira nyunga nyunga, as well as the modern kalimba and karimba. Dan Piccolo plays percussion while Alan Grubner plays the violin. The Mark Stone Trio combines American jazz, African mbira/marimba music, and European concert music.

While at the University of Michigan, the trio participated in Dan Piccolo’s class, “The World Percussion Ensemble,” that explores North Indian (Hindustani) and South Indian (Carnatic) classical music traditions. The Trio also participated in the “Performing Arts and Power in Africa” class with Professor Kwasi Ampene. Finally, the Trio performed during the monthly UMMA After Hours event on Thursday, March 13th from 7 - 10 pm which encourages audiences/patrons to explore the museum, visit special exhibitions, enjoy live music, curators' conversations, tours, and light refreshments.

Sponsors: University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)

Dates: 3/12/14 - 3/13/14

Mark Stone: Website




Rolando EstévezHandmade books

Residency Description:  Estévez is a visual arts book designer. While at the University of Michigan he taught a workshop on the making of artisanal handmade books while involving students in the production of the books. He gave a public lecture on his artistic work, offering a retrospective view of the wide range of his projects over the course of his career. There was an exhibition of his art, in collaboration with students and faculty. Professor Behar teaches a course on "Cuba and Its Diaspora" and Estévez was actively involved in discussions and projects with her undergraduate students. Finally, Estévez painted a mural, as a gift, to the University of Michigan.

Sponsor: Ruth Behar, Victor Haim Perera Collegiate Professor of Anthropology.

Date: 3/12/14 – 3/14/14

Silvana SantamariaBerlin-based, award-winning filmmaker

Residency Description: Silvana Santamaria is a Berlin-based award wining Filmmaker. While at the University of Michigan she worked with Professor Damani Partridge, with the “Filming the Future of Detroit” course. Ms. Santamaria will showed her work, demonstrated filmmaking techniques, and helped students and Detroit youth learn visual storytelling and film editing. Over three weeks, they met in the University of Michigan's Detroit Center. The course ended with screenings of the resultant films in Detroit and Ann Arbor. In addition, Ms. Santamaria showed her work on campus in conjunction with the Turkish-German Studies group Almanya.

Sponsor: Damani J. Partridge, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies

Date: 3/31/14 – 4/19/14

Carmen SouzaCape Verdean-Portuguese jazz fusion artist

Residency Description: Carmen Souza is considered one of the foremost emerging artists in the realm of world music/jazz today. She is taking Cape Verdean roots music to new territories by combining the islands' astonishingly rich traditions with modern sounds from a variety of sources (jazz, Afro-pop, Brazilian, and Caribbean). While at the University of Michigan, Carmen Souza performed with three other musicians as a quartet. They performed a concert at The Ark and held a workshop on the practice of jazz fusion with African roots music (particularly from the Cape Verde Islands) with her  mentor, co-songwriter, composer, and bass player, Theo Pascal.

Sponsor: Fernando Arenas, Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies and Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, University Musical Society

Dates: 4/1/14 – 4/2/14


Artist Residency Archives

The below may include both CWPS-sponsored and co-sponsored artist residencies.

Academic Year 2012-2013

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