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Saturday, February 8, 8pm
Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright St
An evening of exhilarating music from Ghana, Zimbabwe, Guinea and Senegal, featuring ADANU HABOBO – Ghanaian Drum, Dance & Horns, ALPHA YA-YA DIALLA & BIJOU – West African Guitar, Vocals and Kora, and ZHAMBAI TRIO – Zimbabwean mbira, percussion and vocals.
Saturday February 15, 7:30pm
Chan Centre at UBC
Enter the sublime world of Sufi and Islamic music and dance. Sufi Journeys will feature one of the top international exponents of sufi-inspired music from Turkey, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Vancouver’s Vashaan Iranian Folk Ensemble, and Whirling Dervish Raqib Brian Burke.
Friday, December 6, 8pm
Chan Centre at UBC
“Though compared to Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf, she sounds like no one but herself. “— Los Angeles Times. Born in Spain to parents in political exile from Equatorial Guinea, she grew up on the Spanish island of Mallorca. She has a breathtaking, soul-drenched vocal style combining traditional Spanish-Gypsy laments of flamenco with soul and jazz improvisation.
November 18 - 23
The Longing Sky Project presented with the Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra will be hosting international guest stars Dhruba Ghosh and Harrie Starreveld for a series concerts and educational presentations that will culminate in the world premiere of Moshe Denburg’s double concerto for sarangi, shakuhachi and intercultural orchestra.
November 15, 16 & 17
Russian Hall (600 Campbell St.)
Our annual festival celebrating Romani music from the Balkans returns, with Turkish, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian, Greek music and more!
Friday October 18, 8pm
Christ Church Cathedral - 690 Burrard St.
An extraordinary meeting of musical cultures: two ensembles – the Persian/Medieval ensemble Constantinople (Montreal) and Barbara Furtuna, the stunning male vocal quartet from Corsica that specializes in Corsican polyphonic song.
Sunday September 15, 8pm
Vancouver FanClub (1050 Granville St., Vancouver)
Join us to celebrate Ezra Kwizera’s CD Release of his EP “FREEDOM”, and also celebrate Ezra’s Birthday. The music will be a grooving mix of reggae, soca, and East African Bongo, led by Ezra’s gritty vocals and a dynamic Afrobeat band! Special guests will also make their appearance to spice up the night! Come early, and […]
Friday September 13, 8pm
The Roundhouse Performance Centre (Davie & Pacific, Vancouver downtown)
Direct from Spain! Explosive and passionately creative; dancer Fiona Malena and her live music Flamenco ensemble engage in a rich new work exploring the influence of Indian, Arabic, Jewish and Latin cultures. Previously touring countries such as Israel, Mexico and Spain, Canadian-born dancer Fiona will come back to Canada after an extensive tour through the UK. “Puertas” is her […]
Wed. August 21, 9pm
ST. MARY'S UKRAINIAN HALL (550 West 14th Ave.) - south end of property
In collaboration with Julio Montero, Caravan World Rhythms is proud to present Cuba’s hottest band today: Havana D’Primera! EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT: Tickets $35 until June 24th (at Rio Azul store only). $40 thereafter. $50 at the door. For more info on the event, listen to music samples and watch some videos to get […]
Wed. August 14, 8pm
The Kozmik Zoo, 53 West Broadway St.
Toronto-based Ventanas weaves in and out of upbeat Bulgarian dance tunes, Greek, Turkish and Sephardic love songs and heart-wrenching Flamenco palos, leading captive audiences through windows into other lands and cultures. Lead singer Tamar Ilana’s powerful vocals, honed through a lifetime of performing internationally, evoke deep emotions. Add to this the intensity of Flamenco guitar […]
Friday July 26, 9pm
The Backstage Lounge (Arts Club Theatre), 1585 Johnston St., Granville Island
Join us for the ever popular Slivovica Social Club hosted by Orkestar Slivovica. We will have a special guest Briga from Montreal performing fiery Bulgarian, Macedonian and Serbian music. Briga has recently performed at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, CBC Nooner Stage, and Harrison Arts Festival, and we are lucky to grab the band for […]
May 25, 8pm
Vancouver Community College Auditorium (1155 East Broadway St.)
The leading American voice in Indian jazz fusion, saxophonist and composer, George Brooks, Indian bamboo flute master Pt. Ronu Majumdar, a major innovator of Indo-jazz fusion, and tabla maestro Ramdas Palsule come together to create the finest Indian-inspired jazz and jazz flavored raga. These world music visionaries blend the ancient improvisational art of Indian classical music with jazz, to create a […]
May 17 & 18
Fei & Milton Wong Theatre, Goldcorp Centre, SFU Woodward's (149 W. Hastings St.)
Vancouver’s GAMELAN GITA ASMARA present their annual spectacular show, featuring over 20 musicians and dancers.This performance will feature the classical dance Legong Kuntul, with guests Keiko Ninomiya, and, direct from Bali, 15-year-old dance prodigy Putu Suci Pramesti; and the powerhouse Wiranjaya, a torpedo of crashing gongs and intense movement. Gita Asmara will introduce Sphinx, choreographed and performed by Justine A. Chambers
MAY 3 & 4
ST. MARY'S UKRAINIAN CHURCH HALL (550 West 14th Ave.) - south end of property
EDERLEZI Festival is a traditional Spring Balkan-Roma Brass Band Festival. This year’s presentation features one of the top groups from the Balkans, KOCANI ORKESTAR, direct from Madedonia! And Serbian Brass Band award-winner Demiran Cerimovic returns, along with Orkestar Zirkonium, Luciterra Tribal Bellydancers, and much more!!
May 3, 8pm / May 4, 2pm & 8pm
Norman Rothstein Theatre ((950 West 41st Ave.)
Mozaico Flamenco forms a six-dancer troupe with two of Madrid’s cutting edge flamenco dancers from the most contemporary companies today, Ricardo Lopez and Emilio Ochando. Inspired by the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca, Café de Chinitas spins the tale of a jealous rivalry between two matador brothers.Flamenco music is joined by haunting Asian melodies of the Orchid Ensemble.