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  • GAMELAN BIKE-BIKE

    Posted On: September 9, 2020

    Join us in Hadden Park for an evening of gamelan music, featuring new works by Gamelan Bike Bike, plus an opening set of ‘gender wayang’ music, traditional repertoire associated with the Balinese art of shadow puppetry ‘wayang kulit’.

    A Co-Presentation with Publik Secrets

    Performance begins at 6:30pm. Advance registration is required. Registration is by donation.

    We will be social distancing during this event. Please be mindful of your proximity to others at all times. You are encouraged to bring a blanket and a mask. Public washrooms can be accessed in this park.

    About the Artists:

    Gamelan Bike Bike draws its musical inspiration from Bali, Indonesia and its raw materials from the scrap metal bins of Vancouver. In 2012, instrument maker George Rahi collected over 100 discarded bicycle frames to build the instruments, configuring the colourful metal scraps into new kinds of metallophones and gongs. The 10 member ensemble is dedicated to performing new works for gamelan, including recent compositions from guest composer I Putu Gede Sukaryana (Balot) from Bali. The ensemble has presented performances with the Western Front, Vancouver New Music, and the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, and in 2017 released Hi-Ten, a collection of original works with the Indonesia-based label Insitu Recordings. The ensemble is currently based at the Hadden Park Fieldhouse as part of the residency project through the Parks Board with the arts collective Publik Secrets.

    Hadden Park is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Indigenous territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

  • ZLATNA MOUNTAIN Eastern European Music

    Posted On: September 9, 2020

    CANCELLED DUE TO SMOKE.

    Join us in Hadden Park, Kits Point, for an evening of Balkan music, featuring the Vancouver-based Zlatna Mountain.

    A Co-Presentation with Publik Secrets

    Performance begins at 5:30pm. Advance registration is required. Registration is by donation.  We will be social distancing during this event. Please be mindful of your proximity to others at all times. You are encouraged to bring a blanket and a mask. Public washrooms can be accessed in this park.

    About the Artists:

    The Vancouver 6-piece band, Zlatna Mountain, will take you on a journey to a joyful house party in a Balkan village, presenting songs from Macedonia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Bosnia Herzegovina and Albania. Zlatna Mountain blends Slavic harmonies with Turkish scales and rhythms, and offers songs about a far-seeing falcon, a foolish bag-piper, mischief-making in vineyards, love lost and found, and forests and mountains that come to life.  Performers include:

    Kristina Zalite
    Michael Louw
    Carmen Rosen
    Heidi Ravenel
    Greg Valou
    Ingrid Valou

     

    Hadden Park is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Indigenous territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

     

  • Zimbamoto-Guilt and Co.

    Posted On: August 18, 2020

    ONLINE SALES END AT 3PM DAY OF SHOW.  THERE ARE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR (See Door times below). Dinner and beverages available.  No Minors please.

    NOTE: There are two separate shows:
    Early show: 7pm – 8:30 (Doors at 6pm)
    Late show: 9:30 – 11:30 (Doors at 9pm)
    Limited Capacity of 40-45 people per show.  Minimum Ticket purchase of 2 tickets; preferable to purchase in groups of 3 to 6 to fill up table seating.   Food and beverage service available at the table.
    COVID Safety Plan at Guilt and Co can be found here: https://www.guiltandcompany.com/covid.html
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    f you are feeling sick on the day of the show, please let us know, and we will refund your ticket (but best to give tickets to a friend!).

    Led by master Zimbabwean musician, percussionist and singer Kurai Mubaiwa, ZIMBAMOTO brings an exhilarating flavour of traditional and contemporary music from Zimbabwe. Centered around the mbira (thumb piano) and songs in the Shona language, ZIMBAMOTO is backed by a thunderous rhythm section including noted percussionist Curtis Andrews on drum kit, lead guitarist Mark Campbell, and bassist Geordie Hart. The band plays with modern Afrobeat sensibility that’s guaranteed to get you moving.

    “ZIMBAMOTO is the most exciting band playing African music to emerge on the West Coast for too many years. They perform mesmeric music for mind, heart, and feet – you’ll have to work hard to stay seated once they start!”– Tony Montague, Georgia Straight

  • Breaking Boundaries – Colombian Band

    Posted On: August 18, 2020

    ONLINE SALES END AT 3PM DAY OF SHOW.  THERE ARE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR (See Door times below). Dinner and beverages available.  No Minors please.

    NOTE: There are two separate shows:
    Early show: 7pm – 8:30 (Doors at 6pm)
    Late show: 9:30 – 11:30 (Doors at 9pm)
    Limited Capacity of 40-45 people per show.  Minimum Ticket purchase of 2 tickets; preferable to purchase in groups of 3 to 6 to fill up table seating.   Food and beverage service available at the table.
    COVID-19 Safety Plan at Guilt and Co can be found here: https://www.guiltandcompany.com/covid.html
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    f you are feeling sick on the day of the show, please let us know, and we will refund your ticket (but best to give tickets to a friend!).

    Breaking Boundaries Band is a community project that started about five years ago in Vancouver, BC. Led by John Gonzalez (Accordion player from Colombia), since the beginning this musical project has been going through different musical moments, it started as a group that shared different styles from Colombia and Latin America focusing mainly on Vallenato Music where the voice and the accordion are the main focus on the music.
    Time moves and new ideas came, Breaking Boundaries Band focused their energy on Native Colombian Cumbia, Vallenato and New Music. Strong improvisation over the essence of Cumbia and Afro Colombian drumming are the essence of this musical project.

    Since the beginning this community project has had the opportunity of sharing their sound in different context as a big band and as a small piece band in private parties all around Vancouver and the islands, festival all around Vancouver, Whistler, Victoria, Squamish and Tofino (Carnaval Del Sol, Vancouver World Music Festival, Surrey Latin Festival, among others) and big venues (, The Orpheum, Science World, Museum of Anthropology, Chan Center, Red Room, Fox Cabaret, The Wise Hall, Hungarian Hall, among others.

  • MOHSEN NAMJOO – Cancelled

    Posted On: December 19, 2019

    UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE HAD TO CANCEL THIS EVENT DUE TO THE COVID-19 SITUATION.  We do not have a new date scheduled for this concert, so all ticket-buyers will be automatically refunded their ticket purchase by the Chan Centre by mid-June.  You can contact the Chan Centre Box Office after June 12 if you have not received your refund.

    Iconic maverick Iranian musician and composer Mohsen Namjoo returns to Vancouver touring for his latest new recording “Motantan (Grandiloquent) to be fully released in March 2020. Based in United States, Namjoo has been hailed as “the Bob Dylan of Iran” by the New York Times. He is a visionary artist who speaks for the youth in Iran and abroad. Seamlessly blending the Classical Persian setar with electric guitar, and rock and blues vocal techniques with Persian avaz (singing), he fuses the ancient with the current.   Namjoo, joined by his core 4-piece ensemble, always delivers epic live concerts, performing a mix of his new works, as well as well-loved hits from the past.

    Snce his arrival to the U.S. in 2011, Namjoo has been touring the world to sold out concerts at prestigious halls such as Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco; Conservatorio Sala Verdi, Milan, Italy;  Disney Hall, Los Angeles and many more.

    Mohsen Namjoo will be accompanied by Sean Conly on Bass, Anders Nilsson on Guitar, and Yahya Alkhansa on Drums

    Artist Website: www.mohsennamjoo.com
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    rtist Instagram page: www.instagram.com/officialmohsennamjoo

  • BLACK DOG STRING QUARTET with JOHN KASTELIC – Cancelled

    Posted On: December 18, 2019

    EVENT IS CANCELLED / POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 SITUATION.

    John Kastelic and The Black Dog String Quartet present a two-part performance “Folk Songs & Brahms”. For the first part of the performance, joined by Tony Kastelic on viola, they will perform Brahms’ stunning String Quintet No. 2. The 2nd part of the evening will feature the folk songs of John Kastelic (singer/composer)  for voice and string quartet. Erasing the lines between classical music and contemporary folk music, these songs sparkle with ingenuity, thoughtfulness, and a breathtaking lyricism.

    When Brahms composed his String Quintet No. 2, Op. 111, in 1890, he intended it to be his final work. He wrote to his publisher, “With this note you can take leave of my music, because it is high time to stop.” Though he did not fully adhere to his resolution, this quintet represents a high point in the output of a master composer of chamber music. The viola was Brahms’ favourite string instrument, and the addition of a second viola adds a tremendous depth to the ensemble. The key of G major plays to the strengths of the instruments, and the writing is so rich that one can sometimes imagine they are listening to a symphony, not a quintet. It is Brahms through and through, from the sinewy cello melody that opens the piece to the Hungarian folk dance that brings it to an ecstatic conclusion.

    As a counterpoint to the quintet, the Black Dog String Quartet also performs a set of original songs by their violist, John Kastelic. John is a composer and performer with his feet firmly planted in both the classical tradition and the contemporary folk music scene. His songs for string quartet and voice are a profoundly personal bridge between these sides of his musical career. With his brother, Tony Kastelic, filling his seat as violist in the Black Dog String Quartet, John takes up the microphone to perform his own compositions. Part art song and part folk pop, they sparkle with ingenuity, thoughtfulness, and a breathtaking lyricism. Written specifically with the members of Black Dog in mind, they showcase the diversity and talent of the ensemble

    Performers are: Elyse Jacobson, Violin; Molly MacKinnon, Violin; Tony Kastelic, Viola; Doug Gorkoff, Cello; John Kastelic, Voice & Viola
    ARTISTS WEBSITE: http://www.blackdogstringquartet.com/

  • “Mystery of Love” Persian Concert

    Posted On: December 17, 2019

    “Mystery of Love” is an awe-inspiring traditional Persian music concert centered on the works of one of Iran’s most prolific musicians, Saeed Farajpouri. He is a master of the Persian spike fiddle, Kamanche and has enjoyed a prolific international career which spans over 30 years. Farajpouri has performed with and led ensembles with some of the genre’s greatest masters such as, Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Homayoun Shajarian, Sima Bina, Salar Aghili, and Parissa. His has recorded over 40 works and is considered to have contributed greatly to the advancement of the Persian Kamanche and to Persian classical music as a whole.
    For this concert, he has established a new group with members of Vancouver’s Vashaan Ensemble (Saina Khaledi– Santour, Ali Sajjadi – Oud, and Hamin Honari – Percussion) and selected the impeccable renowned vocalist Mahdieh Mohammadkhani to perform his works in Victoria for the first time. This concert brings a collection of some of his best repertoire as well as new compositions which have yet to be performed anywhere else. The title “Mystery of Love” comes from the name of one of Farajpouri’s compositions based on the works of the poet Hafez.

    The featured artist in this concert is the internationally renowned vocalist Mahdieh Mohammadkhani. Despite her young age, she is already recognized as one of Iran’s star vocalists and she is known throughout the world for her amazing voice and her delicate understanding of music and poetry.

    Persian classical music comes from one of the oldest musical traditions. Centered on poetry of masters such as Rumi, Hafez, and Khayyam the music strives to serve poetic themes such as loss, love, joy, and the overall meaning of existence. In addition to beautiful poetry listeners will enjoy masterful compositions and improvisations on traditional instruments such as the Santour, Oud, Tombak and Daf.

    This Concert is co-presented with the Vashaan Music Society. We would like to thank the support of the Canada Council and Canadian Heritage.

  • QUIQUE ESCAMILLA – Solo Show

    Posted On: December 15, 2019

    “Quique represents a modern version of a Pan-American Troubadour fusing traditional Mexican styles such ranchera and huapango with rock, reggae.”

    Winner of both a Juno award and Canadian Folk Music Award, Quique Escamilla was born and raised to a family of six in the warm, tropical southern lands of the state of Chiapas, Mexico. He started singing Mexican folk songs at the age of four at his family reunions. Today, Quique is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, producer, and an international touring artist based in Toronto, Canada.

    Quique’s music breaks down language barriers through his powerful voice and passionate delivery while fusing traditional Mexican styles of music with modern sounds of rock, reggae, ska, pop, jazz, cumbia, bolero, and a variety of other diverse sounds from Latin American and the Caribbean. His lyrics carry powerful messages that are inspired by and support various social and political issues such as human rights, immigration reform, global conservation, anti-racism, anti-oppression and indigenous rights.

    25 years of performing live have seasoned Quique to effortlessly connect with his audiences–either solo or with his band; be it in an intimate house concert, Montreal Jazz Festival, Toronto’s majestic Koerner Hall, or rocking the Millennium Park stage in Chicago.

    Despite the distance from his homeland, Quique remains strongly attached to his Mexican roots. He is honoured to be able to go to new places to share and disseminate among the audiences a flavour of Mexico and Latina America’s culture through his music and performances.   In recent years, Quique has had the chance to share reputable stages along with high caliber artists from all diverse genres such as Los Lobos, Ron Sexsmith, Alabama Shakes, Jesse Cook, Serena Ryder, Jim Cuddy (of Blue Rodeo), Michael Franti, Los Texmaniacs,

    ARTIST WEBSITE: https://www.quiqueescamilla.com/

     

  • Amir Amiri with Richard Moody

    Posted On: December 13, 2019

    There are no borders between east and west in the eclectic music of Moody Amiri, a duo comprised of Amir Amiri (santur) and Richard Moody (viola). Inspired by the diversity and fluidity between their respective Persian and western classical and jazz training, Amiri and Moody have created an engaging and distinctive sound fusing elements of traditional Persian music with jazz, classical, Indian, and modern spiritual styles.

    Amiri (Canada-Iran) and Moody (Canada) met in 2011, and in their collaboration seek to expand the boundaries of their respective musical backgrounds. Balancing tradition and innovation and finding that possibilities are limitless, Moody Amiri has already gained recognition for its ground-breaking contributions to the international music scene, nominated for western Canadian Music Awards 2014.

    For this performance, Amiri and Moody will present both past and new collaborations and compositions.

    Admission is by Donation at the door, but please Register  HERE to reserve your spot.  Space is limited.

    ABOUT AMIR AMIRI

    Amir Amiri was born in Tehran, Iran where much of his youth was spent studying the santur, a 72-string hammer dulcimer that lies at the heart of Persian classical music. He also studied Indian classical music with some of the masters, including Ravi Shankar and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. While he is classically trained, Amiri has always sought to explore the limits of his music, stretching beyond the constraints of classical thought. Arriving in Canada in 1996, Amiri found the ability to do just that, while in residency at The Banff Centre for the Arts, a haven of inspiration to which he has returned many times. While exploring the limits of his music, he has found that there are none. In 2003, Amiri was awarded Artist of the Year from CBC Galaxie Rising Stars.

    ABOUT RICHARD MOODY

    A veteran of the Canadian music scene, violinist/violist Richard Moody has delved into almost every style a string player can try. After an education in classical viola at the University of Manitoba and the Conservatoire Nationale de Musique in Caen, France, he co-founded the folk-rock group Acoustically Inclined, garnering national following and acclaim. He would subsequently perform and/or record with the Wailin Jennys, the Bills, Joel Fafard, Jane Siberry, Glenn Buhr, Paris to Kyiv, the Wyrd Sisters and the Manitoba Chamber orchestra, among many others. Most recently, he has cofounded the duo Moody Amiri which combines Persian with  lassical, jazz and Indian influences. Richard’s musical interests lie largely in improvisation, drawing from diverse styles ranging from bluegrass to jazz to classical. As a composer and arranger for such groups as the

    Manitoba Chamber orchestra and Eagle and Hawk with the Winnipeg Symphony, he combines a knowledge and love for classical counterpoint with a edgy style of harmony. Richard currently resides in Victoria, British Columbia, and as often as possible, spends the winters in India studying yoga.
    ARTIST LINK: http://www.moodyamiri.com/

  • TABLE SONGS FESTIVAL 2019

    Posted On: September 10, 2019

    Co-presented with Slivovica Productions and Transformation Projects, the team Caravan has collaborated with in the past to bring you the festive and community-building events such as Ederlezi Balkan Brass Festival, Opa Tsupa! and Mariachi Trubaci, among others.

    Inspired by “Supra”, the Georgian tradition of gathering around a feast table and participating in folk songs, music, and dance, we bring this experience to Vancouver showcasing four cultures’ different ways of celebrating community life.
    At this event, you will enjoy a long-table dinner while performances occur all around you. This all-analog event brings you 4 hours of continuous live music, with sporadic dancing opportunities. You are invited to relax in your seat and enjoy the music, or get up and join the spontaneous dances, or move your seat (after finishing the feast meal) to watch one of the bands closer-up while huddling with new friends!

    PERFORMERS:
    Onefourfive (Seattle) – To celebrate the inspiration for this festival, we welcome the Georgian polyphonic singing group “onefourfive”. The group also demonstrates Georgian folk dancing, truly one of the most spectacular dance traditions in the world.

    Salash Tamburica (Vancouver) – Presenting tamburica string band music from the taverns of northern Serbia. Get ready to dance!

    Princeton Porch Party (Princeton) – Jon Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat lead an ensemble of spectacular singers and musicians from across the pacific northwest to showcase English sea shanties, pub songs, and other traditional genres.

    Forrás Banda (Vancouver/Seattle) – Peasant folk music from Hungary and Transylvania play on violins, violas, double-bass and cimbalom. Guest dancers and singers join Forrás Banda in traditional “Asztali Nóták” (table songs).

    Features of the event:

    * 4-course catered dinner seated at long tables  – hosted by Chef Ianna.

    * Cash bar featuring natural and wild fermented wine from British Columbia, including hand-selected wines from Orofino, Clos du Soliel, Liber, Sunday in August, Forbidden Fruit, and Zanatta. Other spirits, Off The Rail draft beer, and a selection of non-alcoholic beverages.

    * Sausages by JN&Z Deli and late-night snacks available for purchase.

    * Georgian singing and dancing workshops on Saturday afternoon, led by Onefourfive. Info on the workshops will be announced closer to the event.

    This venue is wheelchair accessible. This event is all ages and we encourage families to come.

    Doors open at 6pm, the music and long-table-dinner begin at 7pm. Late entry ticket holders ($20) are welcome to join at 9pm, when all 4 performing groups start their second set (invite your friends who can’t make the dinner!

    ** NOTE: Feast ticket sales will be cut off 1 week before event! ***

  • Constantinople’s “In the Footsteps of Rumi” – Victoria

    Posted On: September 7, 2019

    FREE LECTURE-DEMO NOVEMBER 7 AT OPEN SPACE WITH MEMBERS OF THE ENSEMBLE. TO SAVE YOUR SPACE, PLEASE REGISTER HERE:
    https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/constantinople-ensemble-feat-ghalia-benali-the-poetry-of-rumi-as-song-tickets-78310132715

    Featuring an exceptional 8-piece ensemble of musicians, Montreal’s Constantinople takes us on a journey into the luminous universe of Rumi’s timeless poetry about love and existence. A master in Farsi and Arabic, Rumi played with the meaning and cadence of words in both languages to create verses brimming with wonder, mysticism, and musicality. Inspired by those qualities, Kiya Tabassian, artistic director of Constantinople, has set Rumi’s work to music, with the collaboration of Tunisian singer and multidisciplinary artist Ghalia Benali.

    In this concert, Rumi’s rhythms, dances, and songs of love and lament will be performed by a group of artists who together are masters of many musical traditions. Alongside Kiya Tabassian on setar/vocals (Iran) and Didem Basar on qanun (Turkey) of Constantinople will be guest vocalist Ghalia Benali (Tunisia), Nasser Salamah on percussion (Jordan), Hamin Honari on percussion (Iran), Neva Ozgen on kemanche (Turkey), Reza Abaee  on gheychak (Iran) and Nazih Borish on oud (Syria).

    ABOUT GHALIA BENALI
    Ghalia Benali is a singer and artist of Tunisian origin, living in Belgium. Different cultures, East and West come together in her art work, as well as in her biography. Ghalia was born in Brussels; however, four years later, her parents decided to return home and she found herself in a small town of Zarzis in south of Tunisia, not far from the island of Djerba. There, between the eternal blue colors of the sky and sea and the same eternal yellow sands of Sahara, the time stood still, and the tourists and radio were the only links to the world outside. There, in the provincial wilderness, adoring to sing and dance, little Ghalia had no other music teachers than her mother. Recitations of the Quran, Indian and Egyptian films, voices of Arab music stars Om Kalthoum and Adib al-Dayikh were the first impressions forming the taste of talented girl… Much later it has developed into a special mix of anything in multicultural Belgium where Ghalia went to study art. There she began to sing and perform professionally by late 1990s. The idea to re-visit the songs of Arab Diva with a small band, trying to get not exactly to the sound, but to the spirit of the great performer brought on a breakthrough project, the album ‘Ghalia Benali sings Oum Kalthoum’ released in 2010. Numerous TV appearances in Egypt, Lebanon and other Arab countries have followed. Among her earlier CDs are the bright big label debut “Wild Harissa” (2001, Network), Indo-Arab fusion “Nada” (2002), mystical love story of East and West “Romeo & Leila” (2006) and Ghalia’s personal offering to the Indian sage Sri Aurobindo and the great Sufi woman saint Rabi’a al-Adawiyya, “Al Palna” (2008, with Bert Cornelis). In 2008 she won the World of Music Award for the best world music song, presented by an independent British organization “We Are Listening”. In the second decade of XXI century Ghalia has found her spiritual home in Egypt, which rich musical culture inspired her for new projects: the series of ambient sounding and looking clips for YouTube and SoundCloud with her singing the poetry of contemporary Arab authors, mainly Egyptian. Two more big projects were unveiled this year: a special re-introduction of “Al Palna” for the Egyptian audience and an exquisite revision of traditional Arab takht ensemble changing strings for brass, presented at Makan in May.

    ABOUT CONSTANTINOPLE – www.constantinople.ca
    Constantinople is a musical ensemble that chose the journey—geographical certainly, but also historical, cultural and inner—as its cornerstone. It draws inspiration from all sources and aims for distant horizons. Inspired by the ancient city illuminating the East and West, Constantinople was founded in 1998 in Montreal by its artistic director, Kiya Tabassian.

    Since its founding, the ensemble promotes the creation of new works incorporating musical elements of diverse musical traditions around the world, drawing from medieval manuscripts to a contemporary aesthetic, passing by Mediterranean Europe to Eastern traditions and New World Baroque. Underpinned by a spirit of research and creation, Constantinople has joined forces with leading international artists such as singers Marco Beasley, Françoise Atlan, Savina Yannatou and Suzie Le Blanc; the Mandingo griot Ablaye Cissoko; the Greek ensemble En Chordais, the Belgian duo Belem and the American group The Klezmatics; sarangi virtuoso Dhruba Ghosh, Syrian clarinettist and composer Kinan Azmeh, and Iranian kamancheh master Kayhan Kalhor.

    Regularly invited to perform in international festivals and prestigious concert halls, such as the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music in Morocco, the Rencontres musicales de Conques in France, the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, the Cervantino Festival in Mexico, the Festival de Carthage in Tunisia, the Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens and the BOZAR in Brussels, Constantinople is acclaimed by the public, music professionals and critics alike. The ensemble has 18 albums to its credit on labels Analekta, Atma, World Village, Buda Musique and MaCase. Over the course of the decade, Constantinople has created nearly 40 works and travelled to more than 140 cities in 30 countries.

  • Novalima – Direct from Peru

    Posted On: September 7, 2019

    Started by four friends from Lima with a shared passion for traditional Afro-Peruvian music and global DJ culture, Novalima stands in the common ground bridging past and future, uniting tradition and innovation.

    From their humble start, file-sharing musical ideas and producing their first album in separate countries at the dawn of the internet, Novalima is now a live musical force revered worldwide for breaking boundaries and uniting seemingly irreconcilable genres, communities, and generations. They have created an inspiring movement and revolutionized the music scene in their native Peru by bridging a longstanding divide between the mainstream and the minority Afro-Peruvian community, who have struggled against discrimination and cultural dissolution for generations.

    During their career, Novalima has garnered worldwide critical acclaim from mainstream (NPR, UK Guardian, Wall Street Journal, La Presse, Metro, Billboard)and underground media (Giant Step, Remezcla, Sounds & Colors, Nat Geo) alike, delivered legendary performances around the world at festivals such as Roskilde, WOMAD, Pirineos Sur, NYC Central Park, Montreal Jazz Festival and Chicago’s Millennium Park, earned a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album, and were featured in cult filmmaker Robert Rodriguez’s hit Mexploitation movie Machete.

    While their sound is futuristic and cutting-edge, the roots of Novalima’s music reach back hundreds of years. In a far-too familiar tale, African slaves were brought to Peru as early as the 1500s until the middle of the 19th Century, establishing an outpost of the African-Diaspora on the Pacific coast of South America. Over the years, the soul and rhythms of Africa melded with the melodies and instruments of Europe and the Andes. The result is rich musical repertoire that existed for generations on the periphery of Peruvian popular culture.

    Taking a year off from touring during 2017, Novalima went back in the studio to explore and experiment with new sounds from Peru. This time around, the influences came not only from its African heritage but also from the exploration of ancient sounds, languages  and instruments from the Andes and the Amazon. On this new album called Ch’usay (Voyage in Quechua, the native language of the Inkas) released in September 2018, Novalima goes one step further to enrich their sound by collaborating with new generations of local artists from the peruvian music scene.  The release of the new album also coincided with Novalima`s 15th Anniversary.

    Artist Website: https://www.novalima.net/bio

    Opening for Novalima is Vancouver’s latin-psychedelic group Los Duendes.

  • Constantinople “In the Footsteps of Rumi” & The Marrow

    Posted On: September 6, 2019

    A Co-presentation with Vashaan Music Society.

    Featuring an exceptional 8-piece ensemble of musicians, Montreal’s Constantinople takes us on a journey into the luminous universe of Rumi’s timeless poetry about love and existence. A master in Farsi and Arabic, Rumi played with the meaning and cadence of words in both languages to create verses brimming with wonder, mysticism, and musicality. Inspired by those qualities, Kiya Tabassian, artistic director of Constantinople, has set Rumi’s work to music, with the collaboration of Tunisian singer and multidisciplinary artist Ghalia Benali.

    In this concert, Rumi’s rhythms, dances, and songs of love and lament will be performed by a group of artists who together are masters of many musical traditions. Alongside Kiya Tabassian on setar/vocals (Iran) and Didem Basar on qanun (Turkey) of Constantinople will be guest vocalist Ghalia Benali (Tunisia), Nasser Salamah on percussion (Jordan), Hamin Honari on percussion (Iran), Neva Ozgen on kemanche (Turkey), Reza Abaee  on gheychak (Iran) and Nazih Borish on oud (Syria).

    Opening the evening is Gord Grdina’s The Marrow, performing a mesmerizing cross of Arabic maqam, Persian dastgah, and avant-garde jazz. Their border-blurring melodies are delicate yet powerful, connected to the past yet tuned to the future.

    ABOUT GHALIA BENALI
    Ghalia Benali is a singer and artist of Tunisian origin, living in Belgium. Different cultures, East and West come together in her art work, as well as in her biography. Ghalia was born in Brussels; however, four years later, her parents decided to return home and she found herself in a small town of Zarzis in south of Tunisia, not far from the island of Djerba. There, between the eternal blue colors of the sky and sea and the same eternal yellow sands of Sahara, the time stood still, and the tourists and radio were the only links to the world outside. There, in the provincial wilderness, adoring to sing and dance, little Ghalia had no other music teachers than her mother. Recitations of the Quran, Indian and Egyptian films, voices of Arab music stars Om Kalthoum and Adib al-Dayikh were the first impressions forming the taste of talented girl… Much later it has developed into a special mix of anything in multicultural Belgium where Ghalia went to study art. There she began to sing and perform professionally by late 1990s. The idea to re-visit the songs of Arab Diva with a small band, trying to get not exactly to the sound, but to the spirit of the great performer brought on a breakthrough project, the album ‘Ghalia Benali sings Oum Kalthoum’ released in 2010. Numerous TV appearances in Egypt, Lebanon and other Arab countries have followed. Among her earlier CDs are the bright big label debut “Wild Harissa” (2001, Network), Indo-Arab fusion “Nada” (2002), mystical love story of East and West “Romeo & Leila” (2006) and Ghalia’s personal offering to the Indian sage Sri Aurobindo and the great Sufi woman saint Rabi’a al-Adawiyya, “Al Palna” (2008, with Bert Cornelis). In 2008 she won the World of Music Award for the best world music song, presented by an independent British organization “We Are Listening”. In the second decade of XXI century Ghalia has found her spiritual home in Egypt, which rich musical culture inspired her for new projects: the series of ambient sounding and looking clips for YouTube and SoundCloud with her singing the poetry of contemporary Arab authors, mainly Egyptian. Two more big projects were unveiled this year: a special re-introduction of “Al Palna” for the Egyptian audience and an exquisite revision of traditional Arab takht ensemble changing strings for brass, presented at Makan in May.

    ABOUT CONSTANTINOPLE – www.constantinople.ca
    Constantinople is a musical ensemble that chose the journey—geographical certainly, but also historical, cultural and inner—as its cornerstone. It draws inspiration from all sources and aims for distant horizons. Inspired by the ancient city illuminating the East and West, Constantinople was founded in 1998 in Montreal by its artistic director, Kiya Tabassian.

    Since its founding, the ensemble promotes the creation of new works incorporating musical elements of diverse musical traditions around the world, drawing from medieval manuscripts to a contemporary aesthetic, passing by Mediterranean Europe to Eastern traditions and New World Baroque. Underpinned by a spirit of research and creation, Constantinople has joined forces with leading international artists such as singers Marco Beasley, Françoise Atlan, Savina Yannatou and Suzie Le Blanc; the Mandingo griot Ablaye Cissoko; the Greek ensemble En Chordais, the Belgian duo Belem and the American group The Klezmatics; sarangi virtuoso Dhruba Ghosh, Syrian clarinettist and composer Kinan Azmeh, and Iranian kamancheh master Kayhan Kalhor.

    Regularly invited to perform in international festivals and prestigious concert halls, such as the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music in Morocco, the Rencontres musicales de Conques in France, the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, the Cervantino Festival in Mexico, the Festival de Carthage in Tunisia, the Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens and the BOZAR in Brussels, Constantinople is acclaimed by the public, music professionals and critics alike. The ensemble has 18 albums to its credit on labels Analekta, Atma, World Village, Buda Musique and MaCase. Over the course of the decade, Constantinople has created nearly 40 works and travelled to more than 140 cities in 30 countries.

  • Lemon Bucket Orkestra

    Posted On: July 25, 2019

    From Toronto, this multi-award winning 12-piece Balkan-Ukrainian-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk-superband are a no-brakes, freewheeling carnival of the sounds of old Europe.

    The multi-award-winning ensemble has been heralded as a groundbreaking, genre-bending phenomenon by media and fans alike, and over the past 8 years have performed all over the world from WOMAD in New Zealand and Pohoda in Slovakia, to Festival D’Été in Québec City, and Luminato in Toronto. The Guardian proclaimed that their performances are “gorgeously sung and passionately played” and The New York Times declared them “charismatic…handsome and ambitious.”

    Equal parts exhilarating precision and reckless abandon, LBO’s live shows are a truly immersive experience – ranging from the ecstatic to the cathartic and all points in between – and they have expertly captured that unique blend of energy and emotion on their new album If I Had The Strength. Released in Canada through Outside Music in late 2018, it’s set for worldwide release via a new deal with Six Degrees Records this September, and includes guest appearances from famed soprano Measha Brueggergosman, rising Latino rapper Boogát, sing-a-long phenoms Choir!Choir!Choir! and more.

    Artist Website: https://www.lemonbucket.com/

  • TRI-CONTINENTAL Guitar Trio

    Posted On: July 6, 2019

    There are no musical boundaries present in this one-of-a-kind blues / folk / world music mélange. Formed in 1999, Tri-Continental builds on artistic respect and a deep passion for and knowledge of the blues.

    Bill Bourne, Lester Quitzau and Madagascar Slim present a truly unique and critically acclaimed sound that is soulful and present, intense and atmospheric. Well-recognized and respected artists with successful solo careers, they are indeed major players in the Canadian roots, folk and blues music scene.

    Individually and collectively Tri-Continental has received 4 Juno awards and 10 nominations, 2018 Album of the Year nomination for “Dust Dance” at the International Folk Music Awards and 2019 Western Canadian Music Awards nomination for Roots Group / Duo of the Year.

    Together as Tri-Continental, something very special and magical happens with Bourne – the grand improvisor, Quitzau – kidnapper of the blues taking it to new dimensions, and Madagascar Slim – a fascination with tradition and evolution found him on the leading edge as promoter of a new sound – the Malagasy blues.

    This is clearly evident in the music they create, where sharing and curiosity leads them on fascinating musical explorations resulting in their infectious sound where world, Celtic, Latin, folk, flamenco, blues and African rhythms fuse into one.

    Artist website: https://www.tricontinentalmusic.com/