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Free concerts at PCC Rock Creek highlight world music

COURTESY PHOTO - Hideki YamayaThe Portland Community College Rock Creek Performing Arts Department invites the public to experience music this fall with a series of free concerts/lectures in October and November.

On Wednesday, Oct. 19, Seffarine, a duo with Moroccan singer Lamiae Naki and oud player and flamenco guitarist Nat Hulscamp, presents the music of classical Arabic and Andalusian traditions, as well as original compositions influenced by Spanish flamenco, classical Persian music and American jazz.

Their CD, “De Fez a Jerez,” is listed in the top 20 best world music releases by the Transglobal World Music Charts, a panel of 43 world music experts. For more information, visit seffarine.com.

Lutenist and guitarist Hideki Yamaya performs with soprano Christine Johnson on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Yamaya is a specialist on lutes and early guitars from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, as well as guitars from the 18th and 19th centuries. He will speak about the development of the Baroque guitar and lute and perform music from the period. Read more at http://www.hyamaya.com.

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, violinist Mary Rowell and Peter Zisa on guitar will present dances through the centuries — dances from the Renaissance through Baroque periods as well as Cuban rumba, Brazilian bossa nova and Argentinian tangos. For more information, see http://www.rowellmusic.net and http://www.peterzisa.com.

Will Dudley wraps up the 2016 series Wednesday, Nov. 23, with music of West Africa on the kora. The kora is a 21-string harp, played by the Mande people of West Africa. The instrument is built from a large gourd covered with cow hide and is used to accompany storytelling and song. Learn more at http://www.willdudleykora.com.COURTESY PHOTO - Will Dudley

The concerts are presented in conjunction with a music appreciation class and are free and open to the public.

The PCC Rock Creek campus is at 17705 N.W. Springville Road, Portland and concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum, Building 3, Room 114. Donations are welcome to support the series. Parking is free in the event center parking area behind Building 9.