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  • GAMELAN BIKE BIKE SUNSET CONCERT

    Posted On: September 15, 2021

    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 5:30pm. Advance registration is requested. Registration is by donation. Bring your own seating or blanket on the grass.  Picnics and beverages are also permitted. 🙂

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    Gamelan Bike Bike draws its musical inspiration from Bali, Indonesia and its raw materials from the scrap metal bins of Vancouver. Founded in 2012 as a community-based ensemble, the group’s instruments were created from various scrap metals, including over 100 discarded bicycle frames, that were transformed into tuned metallophones and gongs. The 10-member ensemble is dedicated to performing new music 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, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, and in 2017 released Hi-Ten, an album of original works with the Indonesia-based label Insitu Recordings. Gamelan Bike Bike is currently based at the Hadden Park Fieldhouse as part of the Publik Secrets fieldhouse residency with the Vancouver Park Board and regularly offers workshops and performances to the community.
    Gamelan Gendér Wayang
    Opening the evening is a quartet of musicians (George Rahi, Robyn Jacob, Kaia Stoesz, and Laura Crowe) who will perform repertoire from gendér wayang, traditional music used to accompany the ‘wayang kulit’, the Balinese art of shadow puppetry. UBC gamelan scholar Michael Tenzer described the music of gendér wayang as “intimate, richly polyphonic and full of mind-bending structural twists and turns lovingly attended to by generation after generation of its creators”. As part of the oral tradition of learning and performing Balinese gamelan, the featured pieces were learned from renowned gamelan masters such as I Wayan Suweca and I Made Subandi. The group is joined by Vancouver-based musician Laura Crowe, whose Masters thesis ‘Gender Wayang in twenty-first century Bali: new music and a growing performing tradition’ explores the recent popularity of this instrumental music outside of its association with the wayang shadow theatre.
  • ELISE BOEUR & ADAM IREDALE-GRAY

    Posted On: September 14, 2021

    Join us for the 3rd of our Lunchtime concert series in Downtown Vancouver at Lot 19 (corner West Hastings and Hornby) in a quaint oasis with picnic benches, trees, and cafes.

    ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
    A founding member of indie-folk band Fish & Bird, Adam Iredale-Gray is a versatile guitarist and fiddler with deep roots in Irish traditional music and a commitment to innovation. Fiddler and Hardanger fiddle player Elise Boeur draws from the wells of Norwegian and Swedish fiddle music, melds in fistfuls of arcane influences, and emerges with a multi-faceted sound grounded in Nordic traditions. Usually seen touring with their JUNO nominated quintet Aerialists, this is an opportunity to hear their roots come out in a duo setting, as they dig into tunes on hardingfele, guitar, and raging twin fiddles.

    www.eliseboeur.com, www.adamiredalegray.com/, www.aerialistsmusic.com

     

  • OLIVER SWAIN & ASHLEY WEY – Lunchtime Concert

    Posted On: September 14, 2021

    Join us for the 4th of our Lunchtime concert series in Downtown Vancouver at Lot 19 (corner West Hastings and Hornby) in a quaint oasis with picnic benches, trees, and cafes.

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    Award-winning world-roots artist Oliver Swain as been a celebrated musician (upright bass, banjo) for years, held in high regard in acoustic and folk music styles and for both his astonishing instrumental and vocal abilities, though he seldom gives the genre a fully traditional treatment. Oliver is joined by award winning jazz pianist, vocalist and composer Ashley Wey.

    https://oliverswain.com/

    https://www.ashleyweymusic.com/

  • EASTERN EUROPEAN VOYAGE – Sunset Concert

    Posted On: September 13, 2021

    Presented by Caravan World Rhythms in partnership with Publik Secrets, as part of our summer sunset concert series at Hadden Park.

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    Advance registration is required. Registration is by donation.
    There will be limited capacity in the performance area.
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    This evening’s Sunset concert will feature two groups showcasing music from Eastern Europe.  Vostok trio will enchant you with their sublime vocal arrangements of Ukrainian and Balkan songs.  Lache Cercel, well-known BC-based Roma / Romanian violinist will host special guest master accordion player Sergiu Popa (based in Montreal) and his partner cellist Noemy Braun, accompanied by Lache’s Roma Swing EnsembleTheir show will highlight Balkan, Eastern European Romani music and gypsy jazz, and will also include original compositions And expect some surprise performers to join us at Hadden Park!

    ABOUT THE PERFORMERSVOSTOK TRIO – https://www.thetroikacollective.com/vostok
    Vostok is a Vancouver-based vocal trio singing music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans. “Vostok” means The East – Eastern European music, from East Vancouver. Vostok is also the house band for local theatre company The Troika Collective. Singers Aliya Griffin and Emily Villavicencio are joined by special guest Noa Neuman Spivak to deliver a rich and varied set. A Russian lullaby, a dissonant Bulgarian chant, a Ukrainian spring song first heard on a Kiev subway – Vostok’s songs take the listener from bliss to despair and back again.

    LACHE CERCEL & the Roma Swing Ensemble –  

    Lache Cercel and his Roma Swing Ensemble represent the latest chapter in an important movement in Canadian World Music – elite musicians from around the world who settle in Canada and create music that incorporates their own traditions with influences they find surrounding them here. Before leaving his homeland, Lache Cercel was one of Romania’s premier musicians. From a musical family, he trained at the Academy of Arts in Bucharest, became a soloist with the Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra and, in 1986, was awarded the “Artist of the People” Citation by the Romanian government.

    Since settling in Canada in 1998, he has collaborated with musicians from a diverse range of backgrounds. Among them are renowned Egyptian percussionist Adel Awad, noted Vancouver jazz vocalist Laura Crema and Latin music virtuoso Sal Ferreras. Cercel’s music is firmly rooted in Roma tradition, styled with Doina Klezmer, Middle Eastern and European sounds, and held together with jazz improvisation. He calls his fusion Roma Jazz or Roma Swing. In the tradition of Django Reinhardt and Stephen Grappelli, Cercel lays classical and improvisational jazz alongside traditional renderings, which makes for a phenomenal sound.

    Cercel is a bandleader who lets every musician shine. He plays with the outrageous virtuosity found in contemporary European Roma recordings, and adds his own vision, relaxing the form somewhat. The musicians play with freedom and the listener feels the strong roots and hears the history of tragedy, struggle and ultimate survival that is part of Roma music. 

     You can find Cercel leading an eclectic and ever-changing ensemble at the East is East restaurants in Vancouver.

    SERGIU POPA – https://sergiupopa.com/
    Sergiu Popa, originally from Moldova, has become an important part of Montreal’s active world music scene since his arrival in 2002. A Conservatory-trained virtuoso accordionist from a Roma family dynasty of musicians, he is a specialist in traditional music from across the region of Eastern Europe, including folk, Roma (gypsy) and Klezmer styles. Sergiu also, however, has an exceptional capability to absorb a wide variety of influences from the worlds of jazz, Latin and Middle- eastern music, bringing a fresh perspective and inspired improvisations to every performance.

    Winner of the Radio Canada Étoiles Galaxie prize (2007), the first Prix Diversité (2008) and finalist at the national Roland V-accordion competition (2009, 2013), Sergiu has performed and recorded as a soloist, and toured Quebec’s major festivals and Maisons de la culture as leader of the multicultural Sergiu Popa Ensemble. He is also a frequent guest artist and collaborator with other local artists such as SoCalled, Kaba Horo, Yves Lambert, Paul Audy and OktoEcho.

    Sergiu is currently the musical director of ROMada, a new fusion roma ensemble made up of well recognized artists from across Canada, including Lache Cercel on violin and the amazing-multi-style cello player Noémy Braun., who will also be joining
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    Main Performers:
    Violin: Lache Cercel
    Accordion: Sergiu Popa
    Cello: Noémy Braun
    Double Bass: Sam Shoichet
    6-String Electric Bass Guitar: Kyle Hagen
    Electric Guitar: Stephen Nikleva
    Drums: Paul Townsend
    Sound Engineer: Kenan Songur

    Youtube Video (SOUND ONLY) of Lache and Sergiu togetherhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMoDpBUan08

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

    Posted On: August 14, 2021

    Caravan World Rhythms and our musical friends are overjoyed to once again present live music in front of live audiences after a long Covid hiatus.  We launch our return in Victoria, showcasing three diverse award-winning fiddle-guitar-vocal duos from the region, over two evenings, at the atmospheric Victoria Event Centre, featuring Elise Boeur and Adam Iredale-Gray (of the Aerialists) who will host both nights; Pierre Schryer and Adam Dobres, and finally Q and Charlie Gannon.  We are also expecting some Surprise Guests to show up and join our gathering!

    ABOUT THE PERFORMERS

    ELISE BOEUR & ADAM IREDALE-GRAY (Sept 3 & 4) – www.eliseboeur.com, www.adamiredalegray.com/, www.aerialistsmusic.com
    A founding member of indie-folk band Fish & Bird, Adam Iredale-Gray is a versatile guitarist and fiddler with deep roots in Irish traditional music and a commitment to innovation. Fiddler and Hardanger fiddle player Elise Boeur draws from the wells of Norwegian and Swedish fiddle music, melds in fistfuls of arcane influences, and emerges with a multi-faceted sound grounded in Nordic traditions. Usually seen touring with their JUNO nominated quintet Aerialists, this is an opportunity to hear their roots come out in a duo setting, as they dig into tunes on hardingfele, guitar, and raging twin fiddles.

    PIERRE SCHRYER & ADAM DOBRES (Sept 3) – www.schryerdobres.com
    This Canadian duo is a tour de force of versatility, fine musicianship and technical dexterity. Together they represent two diverse and successful music careers laden with awards and nominations including JUNO Awards, Canadian Folk Music Awards, Western Canadian Music Awards and Grammy Awards.

    Pierre Schryer is one of Canada’s leading traditional fiddlers. A recipient of numerous titles and awards including Canadian Open Fiddle Champion, and North American Irish Fiddle Champion, Pierre truly captivates an audience with his energy and genuine warmth. His ability knows no bounds, covering styles from Irish, Scottish, Québecois, and Cape Breton to Canadian Old Time, American Swing and more.

    Adam Dobres is a highly accomplished guitarist with a natural ability to embody any style of music. He is equally at home with Bluegrass, Celtic, Jazz, Gypsy, Country, Folk, Old Time, Rock, Blues, and more. His love of the electric and acoustic guitar has taken him around the globe. From playing Celtic music with some of Canada’s finest fiddle players including Daniel Lapp and Pierre Schryer, Adam has branched out to Pop Rock with Grammy Nominee Toni Childs and  performed with renowned world musicians from diverse cultures.

    Q & CHARLIE GANNON (Sept 4)
    Known for their expressive fiddling style and smoldering vocals, Q (formerly Qristina Bachand) is a consummate performer who is clearly at ease on stage. Their contagious energy and love of Folk and Celtic music is always at the forefront as they captivate audiences with energetic and spirited performances which showcase their fiddling and vocal talents. As a singer, Q enjoys performing a repertoire of traditional folk songs that bring out deep emotions with which people can easily relate. In 2017, Q completed a Masters of Traditional Irish Music Performance at the Irish World Academy in Limerick Ireland. For this performance, Q is joined by one of Victoria’s busiest & most sought-after guitarists; Charlie Gannon. Charlie began playing at ten years old, following in the footsteps of his legendary uncle, Oliver Gannon. Upon being introduced to trad music in 2014, Charlie became engulfed in the genre, and now regularly performs around Victoria with many local fiddlers & bands. A formidable pairing – Q & Charlie’s energies are electric & their performances engaging, fresh & fun.

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    We gratefully acknowledge that this event is taking place on the unceded territories  of the Lekwungen-speaking people, including the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ nations.