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ASU Kerr – Featured Artists 2019-2020


DeLanna Studi holds a cloth stretched out in her arms

And So We Walked: An Artists Journey Along the Trail of Tears,
written and performed by DeLanna Studi

Friday, January 17 at 7:30 pm
$35 premium, $30 reserved, $25 general admission

DeLanna Studi, Cherokee performance artist, activist and winner of the 2016 Butcher Scholar Award from The Autry Museum of the American West presents “And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears.” The play is a frank and inspiring story about a contemporary Cherokee woman and her father as they take an incredible 900-mile journey along the Trail of Tears to retrace the path her great-great grandparents took in the 1830s during the forced relocation of 17,000 Cherokee from their homelands. This work is a powerful dramatic memoir that draws on extraordinary interviews, historical research and Studi's personal experience to convey the complexities facing indigenous people.

WAA AIP logoSupported in part by a grant from the Western Arts Alliance Advancing Indigenous Performance Touring Fund and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This program received support from Arizona Commission on the Arts; WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sponsored by Dr. Jane Dowling.




Woman plays fiddle, man plays guitar. 

Bettman and Halpin
Friday, January 24, 2020 at 7:30 pm
$30 premium, $25 reserved, $20 general admission

Bettman & Halpin play original Americana and folk music. They mix soaring upbeat bluegrass and roots-inspired compositions, beautiful ballads and positive, toe-tapping songs that audiences adore. The duo has become as well-known for their playful banter and storytelling as they are for their genuine songwriting and instrumental skill. Their fully acoustic, arrestingly eclectic sound adventures through tender ballads, down-home fiddlin' and hook-laden folk with catchy lyrics and melodies that will stay with you long after the show.




Guests enjoy FAOT in Mexico.

Scottsdale Sister Cities - 50th Anniversary of Sisterhood with Alamos, Mexico,
featuring musicians from Festival Alfonso Ortiz Tirado:
Luis Castillo (baritone) and Hector Acosta (piano)
Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

Experience the music of a Mexican rising star! The Sonoran Institute of Culture has selected one of the best from Sonora, México to perform at ASU Kerr to celebrate 50 years of sisterhood between our cities. Luis Castillo, a young, exciting baritone, is coming to Scottsdale directly from one of the largest music festivals in México: the Festival Alfonso Ortiz Tirado (FAOT), which last year attracted 130,000 in Alamos. He will be accompanied by pianist Hector Acosta. FAOT is considered the largest music festival in the world by number of artists performing. This event is part of a cultural exchange between Scottsdale and Alamos, Sonora, Mexico.  This unique musical evening is being organized by the Scottsdale Sister Cities, the Governor of Sonora, the Sonoran Institute of Culture and ASU Kerr.


Carmela y Mas pose with instruments.

Carmela y MásSalsa Con Sabor!
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 7:30 pm
$30 premium, $25 reserved, $20 general admission

Vocalist and producer Carmela Ramirez fronts this award-winning Latin salsa-jazz ensemble for an exhilarating performance. They've performed their Afro-Cuban rhythms with a jazz flair to thousands of listeners from both our country's coasts to Mexico and Asia. Their kaleidoscope of cha cha, salsa, merengue, cumbia and classic Latin jazz has made them one of Arizona’s most revered and energetic bands. Performing classic salsa of the '50s to current Latin salsa arrangements, Carmela y Más  will take you through a journey of this provocative music and showcase why Latin salsa is so treasured around the world.




Francesca Anderegg with violin.

Letras Sonoras featuring Francesca Anderegg and Reinaldo Moya
Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 7:30 pm
$38 premium, $34 reserved, $29 general admission

Weaving Latin American music with literature, violinist Francesca Anderegg and Venezuelan-American composer Reinaldo Moya explore the inspirations of contemporary Latin American music. This beautiful blend of words and music alternates excerpts from Latin American literature in Spanish and English with music by Latin American composers that were inspired by literary ideas, forms and structures. Moya narrates the program, linking the music with readings from Pablo Neruda, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez and more. Amazing intersections are unveiled and created through the musical experience of hearing the literature in the original Spanish with its English translation.




Las Cafeteras pose outdoors.

Las Cafeteras
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 7:30 pm
$30 premium, $25 reserved, $20 general admission

Born and raised east of the Los Angeles river, Las Cafeteras are telling modern stories through remixing roots music. A striking musical fusion with a positive message and East LA sound, their Afro-Mexican beats, rhymes and rhythms serve uplifting lyrics that document stories of a community seeking justice and love. Using traditional Son Jarocho instruments like the requinto, jarana, quijada (donkey jawbone) and tarima (wooden platform), Las Cafeteras sings in English, Spanish and Spanglish and create bold new sounds from rock to rancheras and hip hop to cumbia, building bridges between communities and cultures through the universal vibration of music.





 Ralna English singing with her hand in the air

An Evening with Ralna English
Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7:30 pm
$45 premium, $37 reserved, $27 general admission

Ralna English is an accomplished jazz, pop, gospel and country singer who built a successful career as a jingle singer and performing in nightclubs from Las Vegas to Atlantic City before locking down a regular gig on "The Lawrence Welk Show." Celebrated by generations of fans, Ralna performs a vast range of music including gospel, country, jazz and songs from the '30s and '40s. 




A quartet performing together.

Phoenix Chamber Music Society co-presents Opus One
Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Opus One unites four top musicians, Anne-Marie McDermott (piano), Ida Kavafian (violin), Steven Tenenbom (viola) and Peter Wiley (cello), into a masterfully expressive and buoyant ensemble. Present members and veterans of some of the world's most prestigious chamber groups including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Beaux Arts Trio, Tashi and Orion and Guarneri String Quartets, Opus One merges the mutual love of music-making between extraordinary friends and performers. As chamber musicians and soloists, each are familiar figures in top venues across the globe. Experience these giants of chamber music in our intimate, historic space.

Call PCMS to purchase tickets at 602-252-0095.


Tuena Marie singing with microphone.

Jazz Day AZ Productions co-presents Tuena Marie and Friends
Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7:30 pm
$30 premium, $25 reserved, $20 general admission

Tuena Marie (pronounced “twee-nah”) is a singer, songwriter, vocal arranger and professional background vocalist. Formerly on Interscope Records with her band 4th Avenue Jones, she has traveled with and opened for The Black Eyed Peas, George Clinton, Ozomatli, Jurassic 5, Sheryl Crow, KRS-One and more. Featured on Tupac's “Letter to My Unborn Child," Marie has worked with Nicki Minaj, J Cole and Leela James as a background vocalist, appearing on The GRAMMY®  Awards, The American Music Awards and Late Night with Conan 'O Brien. Marie is a captivating solo performer, currently working on an EP that mixes good vibrations with hip-hop, rock and soul.




Nokuthula Ngwenyama on viola in a desert setting

umama womama on Composer’s Choice, curated by Nokuthula Ngwenyama
a co-production of Phoenix Chamber Music Society, ASU Kerr and Peace Mama Productions
Friday, May 15, 2020 at 7:30 pm
$45 premium, $35 general admission

Hear composers Valerie Coleman on flute, Hannah Lash on harp and Nokuthula Ngwenyama on viola in a fascinating combination of artistic forces. Described as one of the “Top 35 Female Composers in Classical Music” by The Washington Post, University of Miami Frost School of Music professor and Grammy-nominated Imani Winds founder Valerie Coleman brings Tennessee grit and lyricism. Yale professor Hannah Lash’s works have been described by the New York Times as “striking and resourceful…handsomely brooding.” Gramaphone proclaimed Nokuthula Ngwenyama, our evening’s curator, as “providing solidly shaped music of bold, mesmerizing character.” The ensemble will perform their own works, plus a bit of Gubaidulina and Debussy.

 Loosely meaning “mother, those women” in Zulu, umama womama’s spring 2020 launch and performance at ASU Kerr is unmissable!




ASU Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85253