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  • Mariachi Trubachi Fiesta!

    Posted On: February 1, 2013

    Join us for the 2nd Annual battle of the Brass Bands: Balkan Brass with Orkestar Slivovica, and Mexican Mariachi with Los Dorados. Also featuring Rio Samaya to open the night, and dance performances by Gradina Balkan Dancers and Mexico Vivo Dancers!

    This is an all-ages family event, with dancing highly encouraged while you watch and listen to the sounds and sights of the Mexican-Balkan party atmosphere. Snacks and drinks available.

    More info on the artists, visit:

    www.orkestarslivovica.org

    www.losdorados.ca

  • Nano Stern – Chilean Indie-Folk Singer

    Posted On: January 15, 2013

    Nano Stern is a young chilean artist riding the crest of the New Wave of Chilean Song, with a devoted following that stretches out from Chile, into Latin America, north to Canada & the USA, over to Europe and down in Australia. Nano has a true and honest universal message delivered with high energy, top level musicality, dwelling deeply into the tradition whilst being contemporary with the passion of youth. He is carving out his own musical path in life.
    Nano’s style is rooted in the traditions of Latin American music, with the musicality of jazz and the irreverent and youthful energy of rock. Not to be underrated is the power and emotion that emanates from his vocal prowess and his intimate and rousing connection to his audiences, at home in Chile and across the world. Nano writes, sings and speak about issues bigger than himself with a deep sense of social justice and at just 27, he has been anointed by Inti Illimani, Silvio Rodriguez and others as one of the new voices of Latin American folk music.
    MORE INFO AT: www. brisawebs.wix.com
    and http://www.nanostern.cl/en/bio

  • Moshkin Ghalam & Hamed Nikpay

    Posted On: December 8, 2012

    An unforgettable night with an electrifying vocalist singing Rumi’s poetry, an international dancer / choreographer / theatre artist & a world-class ensemble:

    Hamed Nikpay learned to sing at the age of seven, and at nine, he studied Tar & Setar, under the tutorship of some of the masters of classical Persian music. Since his arrival in U.S., Hamed has performed in numerous concerts before enthusiastic audiences throughout the U.S. His mesmerizing voice has earned him the reputation of being one of Iran’s Best Young Vocalists among both the American and the Iranian audiences. 
    www.hamednikpay.com

    Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam graduated from University of Paris VIII with a degree in History of Art and Theatre. He Specializes in Middle Eastern folklore and mystical dance and a deep interest in HAS Indian, Indonesian and Flamenco dances. 
    Shahrokh joined the renowned Theatre du Soleil in 1991, he played lead roles in Mnouchkine\’s productions of Tartuffe, The City Perjury and The Atreides. In 1997 he, established the Nakissa Dance Company and created: A Persian Night\’s Dream, The Route of Orient, and The Seven Pavilion of Love (Haft Peykar). 
    www.shahrokh-nakissa.com

    Tickets: $55, $45, $35

    Tickets available at:
    Rostam Poulad: 604 986 4086
    Biazi Media (N. Van): 778 389 1545
    Pars Store (N. Van): 604 988 3515
    PERCAI (N. Van): 778 889 4820
    Copiesmart (UBC): 604 222 3189
    Kandoo (Coquitlam): 604 942 9402
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    Co-Presented with: Farhad Soofi
    Partial proceeds going to: Amnesty International

  • Vashaan Ensemble – Iranian Classical & Folk Music

    Posted On: December 5, 2012

    Vancouver’s Vashaan Ensemble will be presenting a unique repertoire of joyful music from Iran & the eastern provinces of Baluchistan & Khorasan.

    Members of the Vashaan Ensemble include:

    Reza Honari – Kamanche & Arrangements 
    Fathieh Honari – Vocals
    Ali Razmi – Tar 
    Ali Sajjadi – Barbat & Robab
    Saina Khaledi – Santour 
    Hamin Honari – Percussion 

  • Brass Menazeri – Powerhouse Balkan Brass

    Posted On: December 5, 2012

    Brass Menažeri (pronounced “Menagerie”) is San Francisco’s original & hottest Balkan Romani (“Gypsy”) Brass Band, and this concert will be part of their FAREWELL TOUR. Their music cascades through Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia, Greece & even Rajasthan with wild rhythms, new sensibilities, innovative arrangements & original compositions, expanding the traditions while we remain rooted within them.

    Directed by trumpeter & clarinetist Peter Jaques, Brass Menazeri unites the Bay Area’s foremost interpreters & reimaginers of the Balkan traditions.

    Long before the current Balkan brass music craze was iconified by crossover artists like Beirut and NY’s Balkan Beat Box, the nine musicians of the San Francisco Bay Area’s powerhouse Brass Menažeri Balkan Brass Band were already getting deep into the tradition, developed over centuries by the Rom (Gypsy) communities of Serbia, Macedonia and Greece, which yields music as alive with ecstatic celebration as with despairing laments. The band draws on many of the characteristics common throughout the Balkans: brazen horn lines, odd-metered rhythms, riveting, close harmonies, soulful improvisations, and a mission to make people dance.

    Now a wider audience is taking notice, as Brass Menažeri’s powerful performances drive some of the most fresh and exciting live shows in the Bay Area, including SF Weekly’s “Best Crazed Gypsy Brass Band Dance Party”, Kafana Balkan, that has packed most of San Francisco’s venues over its 3 year history.

    Joining them for the evening will be Vancouver’s stalwart Balkan Brass Band icons, Orkestar Slivovica and the Scarlet Lux Bellydancers!

    MORE INFO: visit www.brass.menazeri.com   www.orkestarslivovica.org  www.scarletlux.com

  • ALPHA YAYA DIALLO – “West African Summit”

    Posted On: December 1, 2012

          ALPHA YAYA DIALLO 
    “WEST AFRICAN SUMMIT TOUR 2012”

     www.alphayayadiallo.com   www.mainstagemanagement.com

    Alpha Yaya Diallo’s music, the intoxicating and beautifully-rendered sounds of his West African homeland, has won him passionate fans and multiple accolades across Canada and around the world. This fall, in a ground-breaking performance project, this three-time Juno Award-winner takes the experience of his music to a new and even more exciting level with the creation of the West African Summit. West African Summit is ninety minutes of pure entertainment, a dynamic musical journey into the irresistible rhythms and exuberant dance of Guinea, Senegal and Mali. The landmark nine-city national tour begins in Toronto on November 16, with performances in Montreal;Sioux Lookout, Ontario;Prince Albert & Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Sherwood Park & Camrose, Alberta, and; Golden & Vancouver, BC 

    To accomplish the West African Summit, Diallo has joined forces with acclaimed director and award-winning choreographer, Alejandro Ronceria to create a unique and innovative production that will immerse audiences in the sounds and rhythms, rich cultures and magical spirit of West Africa’s storied Bafing River region. Ronceria brings a special perspective and experience to this project, with a celebrated background in dance, theatre and innovative multi-media productions. 

    On tour are guitarist / vocalist Diallo and the all-star musicians of his band, each renowned artists in their own right. The troupe includes two masters of traditional African music: Naby Camara (balafon) is known as the “Milt Jackson of the balafon”, an incredible musician with an uncanny ability to become at-one with the dancers with whom he performs, and a perfect counterpoint to Alpha’s guitar brilliance, and Prince Diabaté, one of the most accomplished kora players performing outside Africa today. The band also features Thomas Ehru Niamke (drums) and Vegari Cendar (bass). They are joined byN’nato Camara and Mariama Camara, two of African music’s finest traditional dancers, known for their unique ability to bring the power and grace of West African dance to life on stages anywhere in the world,

    Together, this extraordinary artistic team and troupe promise a musical experience that goes beyond a concert, beyond a show to deliver a true glimpse into the heart, the beauty, power and sheer energy of West African music.

    Presented in Collaboration with Bafing Productions

  • OPA TSUPA – ROMANI FESTIVAL

    Posted On: November 16, 2012

    Orkestar Slivovica, Caravan World Rhythms, and Transformation Projects invite you to Opa Tsupa, a weekend of exploration and enjoyment of Romani music and visual entertainment. 

     Friday November 16th
     OPA TSUPA EVENING SHOW: 7PM-1AM

     Saturday November 17th
     DAYTIME KAFANA LOUNGE: NOON-6PM
     OPA TSUPA EVENING SHOW: 7:30PM-1AM (doors 7:00)

     Sunday November 18 (daytime only)
     DAYTIME KAFANA LOUNGE: NOON-6PM

    Caravan World Rhythms, Orkestar Slivovica, and Transformation Projects are once again presenting a weekend festival of Romani-inspired music and dance, featuring bands from up and down the West Coast and BC, including San Francisco, Seattle, Nelson, and Vancouver.  Join us as we explore the influences of Romani music from many different places, Turkey to Spain, Russia to Macedonia, Serbia, Romania, Poland, and more. Non-stop music will start at 7:30pm and go till 1am, with select food and beverages available.  This is an ALL AGES event!

    This year, we are adding an Afternoon Kafana Lounge from 1 pm to 6 pm Saturday Nov 17 and Sunday Nov 18, featuring live music jams with members of these bands and others! Also dance workshops and film screenings! FREE ENTRY. Wind down the weekend on our comfy couches, grab a bowl of soup, and enjoy the entertainment (donations for artists appreciated). Warm your hands, hearts and tummies with homemade sweet and savory pies, sausages, and other snacks. We are also getting the Mulled Spices together for some hot beverages!
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    FRIDAY NIGHT LINEUP (in order starting at 7:30)
    • Barefoot Bandits (Vancouver) – Gypsy Jazz, performing acoustic on floor
    • Parno Drom (Vancouver) – Romani songs from across Eastern Europe, with accordion, violin, guitar.  parnodrom.com
    • Orkestar Slivovica (Vancouver) – Balkan brass music in the Roma wedding style. orkestarslivovica.org
    • Barrio Flamenco (Vancouver) – authentic Gitano style flamenco, featuring some of Vancouver’s top flamenco stars including Oscar Nieto and Michelle Harding, and Victoria’s Gareth Owen. www.oscarnieto.com   www.flamencoguitar.ca
    • Lache Cercel and Roma Swing Ensemble (Vancouver) – Virtuoso gypsy-jazz violin and strings, with guest stars Maria Khsib and oud master Hazem Matar! lachecercel.com

    SATURDAY NIGHT LINEUP (in order starting at 7:30)

    • Groupa Sokolova (Vancouver) – 3 piece Balkan band inspired by Sevdalinka. Acoustic, on floor.
    • Orkestar Slivovica (Vancouver) – Balkan brass music in the Roma wedding style. orkestarslivovica.org
    • Oxygen Orkestar (Nelson) – East Kootenay Balkan Brass with Moustache, for their Vancouver premiere!
    • MWE (San Fransisco) – Turkish Roma style wedding music with zurnas, clarinets and drums.  These are some of the top Balkan musicians in North America! Check out their myspace for a sample: http://www.myspace.com/mwesf
    • Bucharest Drinking Team (Seattle) – Large ensemble featuring accordions, violins, cymbalom, vocals, theatrics, and a full brass section to boot! Eastern Bloc party! bucharestdrinkingteam.com
    • PLUS dancers Mihaela Yeung, Caroline Helmeczi, members of Vuk Karadzic Serbian Folk Dancers , and surprise guests both nights! 

    AFTERNOON KAFANA LOUNGE:
    1-6 pm Saturday and Sunday, free admission, donations requested for bands. Food and drink available!

    Entertainment will include alternating 30 minute sets and 30 minute jam sessions!

    SATURDAY:

    1:00 – 1:30: Barefoot Bandits (Gypsy jazz)
    1:30 – 2:00 jam – bring instruments, especially strings!
    2:00 – 2:30 Vancouver String Swing Battalion
    2:30 – 3:00 jam – bring instruments, especially strings!
    3:00 – 5:00 alternating jam/concert with Bucharest Drinking Team, Lache Cercel Ensemble, and many others!
    5:00 – 6:30 Dance workshops with members of Vuk Karadjic Serbian Folk Dancers and Michaela Yeung (Romani dance).Downstairs. By donation, no pre-registration necessary

    SUNDAY:

    1:00 – 1:30: TBA
    1:30 – 2:00 jam – bring instruments!
    2:00 – 2:30 Musica Parea – Greek folk music
    2:30 – 3:00 jam – bring instruments!
    3:00 – 3:30 Blackberry Wood!!!
    2:30 – 3:00 jam – bring instruments!
    4:00 – 7:00 Film Screenings:
    Opre Roma, NFB documentary about Roma people here in Vancouver (52 min)
    Chochek of Happiness, short film about Roma brass band in Serbia (12 min)
    Gypsy Caravan, follows 5 Roma bands on tour in North America (110 min)

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    Note that this coincides with the amazing Eastside Culture Crawl, and the Russian Hall is in fact right in the middle of one of the main studio tour neighbourhoods, so why not combine the two events?  www.eastsideculturecrawl.com/

    Hope to see you and all your friends there!

    More info:
    orkestarslivovica.org

  • Raices y Alas Flamenco

    Posted On: November 2, 2012

    Andrea Williams Flamenco company presents their 3rd instalment of “Raices y Alas” (Roots and Wings): this instalment is entitled “El Color de la Pasion”, featuring 5 dance soloists, 5 more company dancers, and 7 live musicians.

    Taking inspiration from the relationships between music, colours and emotions, this work explores both the roots of flamenco and the contemporary evolution of the art, pushing the boundaries of the current expression of flamenco in Canada. 

    www.raicesyalasflamenco.com

    Artists

    Dancers (in alphabetical order): Andrea Williams (Vancouver), Kasandra “La China” (Vancouver), Michelle Harding (Vancouver), Oscar Nieto (Vancouver), Rosanna Terraciano (Calgary) and members of Mozaico Flamenco Dance Theatre.

    Musicians (in alphabetical order): Farnaz Ohadi (flamenco/persian cante). Jafelin Helten (flamenco cante), Juan de Marias (flamenco guitar), Liam MacDonald (percussion), Maria Avila (flamenco cante),  Mehlinda Heartt (harp), Pat Earnst (violin/fiddle).

    About Artist Director Andrea Williams

    Andrea is the innovator, the madness, and the driving force behind the “Raices y Alas” series. Originally debuted in September 2010, “Raíces y Alas” (Roots and Wings) was conceived as a full-length show depicting the interaction between traditional flamenco, its varying cultural influences, and its contemporary evolution. 

    Andrea has been a member of Mozaico Flamenco Dance Theatre since 2004 and has performed in its productions “Espiritu sin Nombre” (2004), “Poemas de Alegria” (2005), “Café de Chinitas” (2006), & “Café de Chintas Imagines del Oriente” (2007), Feria de la Costa (2007), and Café de Chinitas Vignettes (2010).  She has been featured with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver International Dance Festival, the Dance Centre’s Discover Danceseries, Flamenco del Mar Festival, North Shore Folk Festival, Latin Festival and the West Coast Harp Society Tribute Concert to Jurgen Gothe. Andrea’s credits also extend to numerous performances in Vancouver & the Lower Mainland, 100 Mile House, Squamish & St. John’s, Newfoundland.  She performs regularly in the Lower Mainland at the Kino Café and within the community. 

    Thanks to the generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts Professional Development Program, Andrea spent three exciting months in Jerez de la Frontera and Seville, Spain in 2010.  She had the wonderful opportunity to enhance her traditional Sevillan bata de cola, mantón, and castañuelas technique and choreography at Escuela Matilde Coral.  She also immersed herself in the exploration of a more contemporary styling with the innovative bailaora, Ángeles Gabaldón.

    Andrea has trained extensively in Vancouver with Oscar Nieto and Kasandra La China at Al Mozaico Flamenco Dance Academy.  She has also studied with renowned flamenco artists such as Rosario Ancer, Rafaela Carrasco, Isabel Bayón, Ángeles Gabaldón, Maria “Cha-Cha” Bermudez, Andres Marin and Sara de Luis.

  • Staff Benda Bilili

    Posted On: October 25, 2012

    WITH SPECIAL GUEST OPENING ACT, EZRA KWIZERA

    One of the great global success stories of the past three years, Staff Benda Bilili have become an unstoppable force. A group of street musicians who used to live & play around the grounds of the zoo in Kinshasa, Congo, they make music of astonishing power and beauty. The band’s mesmerising rumba-rooted grooves, overlaid with vibrant vocals and extraordinary tin-can guitar solos, have been dazzling audiences and media the world over, on record, on stage and on the big screen.

    The long-awaited concert of the Kinshasa-based band that has turned heads all over the world. A can’t miss special event!

    Opening for Staff Benda Bilili is Vancouver’s Ezra Kwizera. Ezra Kwizera’s music carries the spark of enthusiastic life, along with the rich undertones of someone who has seen and survived hardships, war, and poverty.Growing up as a Rwandan [refugee] in Uganda, he has come from seemingly insurmountable challenges. Ezra’s music consists of Traditional, Reggae, Soca, and African Dance Hall. 

    PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE VANCOUVER FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL

    For more on the group, visit www.staffbendabilili.com

  • Mohsen Namjoo

    Posted On: July 18, 2012

    Mohsen Namjoo & Ensemble – 13/8 Tour

    NAMJOO BIOGRAPHY 

    Mohsen Namjoo is an Iranian artist, songwriter, singer, music scholar and setar (traditional Persian lute) player based in California. Born in 1976 in Torbat-e Jam, Iran, Namjoo began his musical training at the age of twelve, studying under Nasrollah Nasehpoor until the age of eighteen. In 1994 Namjoo began to study Theater and Music at the University of Tehran, where he was trained under Alireza Mashayekhi, Azin Movahed and other masters. Namjoo also studied Iranian folk music under Haj Ghorbane Soleimani. His unique music style resembles a patchwork of Persian classical poetry of Hafez, Rumi or Saadi with western music, namely rock, blues, and jazz.

    THIRTEEN/EIGHT

    Among Iranian musicians, irregular rhythms are referred to as “limping rhythms.” Mainly characterized by structural imbalance, the 13/8 time signature is among the most difficult of the limping rhythms in the music of the region. In the limping form, there is always a beat missing, or a beat extra. The limping style does not possess the symmetric structure of the dance music which elicits so much pleasure in dancers at wedding parties or in certain kinds of nightclubs. For me, this lack of balance or limping always symbolizes the constant instability of modern day
    life; a lack of confidence in there being solid ground beneath our feet when we step out in our daily lives. The limping structure symbolizes falling out of step with the rhythm of everyday living, and the ever present fear of being thrown out of the disco of life — just for dancing with a limp! – 

  • Gabriel Palatchi Latin Tango Band

    Posted On: July 12, 2012

    Gabriel Palatchi Band

    “…Their live performance awed the crowds and left people wanting more”- Aidan Farrelly – Artistic director of the Kaslo Jazz Fest

    “…Pianist Gabriel Palatchi provides a worldly perspective on the traditionalLatin jazz sound and with this impressive debut, stakes his claim as one of thenew young lions of Latin jazz…”- Edward Blanco – Music critic – Ejazznews.com

    Straight from Argentina, Gabriel Palatchi lives and breathes Latin-Jazz. His debut CD“Diario de Viaje” (Travel Diary) was the result of cumulative and inspired experiences acquired during his travels throughout Argentina, Cuba and Mexico. With deep roots in afro-cuban and latin jazz, he has fused together an original sound and style of music that includes Tango, Arabian, Salsa and World music. Joined by a diverse group of international talented musicians, Gabriel Palatchi Band will be also touring and performing in several music festivals around Canada promising an experience that will take you on a journey that you wonʼt soon forget.

    Gabriel Palatchi – piano and hammond / Gabriel Gonzalez – bass Chema Gonzalez – drums / Marcela Galvan – Sax and flute Manuel Gonzalez – congas / Alexis Baro – trumpet

    www.gabrielpalatchi.com

  • ZHAMBAI TRIO CD-Release

    Posted On: June 15, 2012

    ZHAMBAI TRIO CD-Release Concert

    Vancouver’s own ZHAMBAI TRIO is happy to release their debut full-length CD of traditional and original Zimbabwean music featuring the intriguing mbira, marimba, ngoma and hosho. They will be joined by high-energy electric Afro-fusion group ZIMBAMOTO and very special guests BONGO LOVE (direct from Zimbabwe!) who play their own brand of “Afrocoustics.”

    ZHAMBAI TRIO
    A new trio of wonderful people playing wonderful instruments. Zhambai Trio showcases the mesmerizing side of traditional mbira (thumb piano), marimba and hand drumming songs to give a glimpse of a softer, yet still invigorating, side of African music. The event celebrates the release of their album, “Tambanavo.”
    Kurai Mubaiwa: lead vox, mbria, marimba, percussion
    Curtis Andrews: mbira, marimba, backing vox, percussion
    Navaro Franco: percussion, movement, backing vox
    www.zhambai.com

    ZIMBAMOTO 
    Laying down mesmerizing and energetic grooves for your listening and dancing pleasure, Zimbamoto’s irresistible sound instantly whips audiences into motion. Bring your dancing shoes… it’s impossible to stay in your seat!
    Kurai Mubaiwa: lead vox, mbria, marimba, percussion
    Curtis Andrews: drums, backing vox
    Greg Valou: bass guitar, backing vox
    Mark Campbell: guitar, backing vox
    Navaro Franco: percussion, movement, backing vox
    www.zimbamoto.com

    BONGO LOVE
    Direct from Zimbabwe on a North American tour, Vancouver is lucky to have them stop by for a night. Bongo Love plays “Afrocoustics,” a unique blend of Afrobeat fused with traditional Zimbabwean sounds and positive messages by musicians immersed in a globally influenced-perspective. 
    John Mambira: lead vox, percussion
    Trymore Jumbo: mbira, backing vox
    James Buzuzi: guitar, backing vox
    Mpho Mambira: baritone marimba, backing vox
    www.bongolovemuzik.com

  • Luciterra presents Velvet Smoke

    Posted On: May 19, 2012

    Luciterra Dance Productions presents “Velvet Smoke” – A Bellydance Gala Featuring Jill Parker

    Luciterra Dance Company presents Jill Parker (San Francisco), the momma of the modern Tribal Fusion Bellydance movement.  Gala show will be headlined by Jill Parker herself, in the flesh, and will be featuring Luciterra, and a stellar line up of the finest professional bellydancers in British Columbia

    Line up includes:

    • Ala Nar
    • Tha Fae
    • Tamara
    • Belly Belly Hip
    • Candace Aldridge Sanchez
    • Dounia Dance Collective
    • Lisa Marie Allen
    • Floreo
    • Dahab Dance Collective
    • Rahel
    • Scarlet Lux
    • Luciterra
    • and
    • JILL PARKER
  • Dj Shantel

    Posted On: May 18, 2012

    Shantel – The Anarchy & Romance DJ Session With Guests DJ Burinata Duo & Lady Ra And Bellydancer Rahel

    Caravan World Rhythms & Beats Without Borders are proud to present for the first time in Vancouver, internationally acclaimed and celebrated Balkan Beat master, DJ SHANTEL. Shantel has taken concerts halls, clubs and festivals in Europe by storm since the early 2000s with his unique take on traditional Balkan music and club nights.

    Famed for his Bucovina Club in Frankfurt, Germany, which he founded following a trip in search of his family roots in Bucovina – a region now split between Ukraine and Moldavia – Shantel has spearheaded the revival of Gypsy Music and Balkan Beats all around the world. Through the Bucovina Club Orkestar live performances in Europe and the Bucovina Club album releases worldwide, this producer/musician/DJ has truly created his own genre. A BBC World Music award recipient, he has performed from Glastonbury to Roskilde and from East to West in Europe, with residencies in Istanbul, Rome, Vienna and Zürich, as well as several German cities. His new brand of pop music covers the sounds of Central Europe, the Balkans, Greece, Turkey and beyond.

    Also performing are Vancouver’s Turkish DJ’s Burinata Duo, and Beats Without Borders Lady Ra (a long-awaited return appearance!), plus the talented belly-dancer Rahel! A night that won’t be forgotten soon!

     

  • Gamelan Gita Asmara

    Posted On: May 17, 2012

    May 18 & 19
    Balinese Music & Dance Spectacle

    GAMELAN GITA ASMARA

    www.gitaasmara.ca
    as part of GONG! The Gamelan Festival

    Gamelan Gita Asmara’s 2012 annual concert brings an ambitious mix of classical, modern, rockin’, and sweet music and dance to the Wong Theater at SFU Woodward’s, all highlighting the growing virtuosity of Vancouver’s own 25-piece gamelan devoted to the best traditional arts of Bali. This year, as  they begin to ramp up for a 2013 tour to Bali—their first—they have notched up the intensity of the show even higher than in the past, and completely tuned and renovated the gamelan instruments, doubling the power and vibrancy of the sound.

    The gamelan alone plays Sekar Gendot, which showcases the stop-and-start, signature super-fast interlocking melodies of modern Balinese music, and pairs this with the symphonic Tabuh Pisan Bhaskara composed this year by music director I Wayan Sudirana. Based on an ancient sacred melody used in temple rituals, this explosive new piece builds up a huge range of moods, from serene to ferocious. For this piece guest musician I Dewa Made Supartha plays the trompong (gong-row) like a concerto soloist.

    As for dance, the classical suite Legong Kuntul, for a quartet of dancers depicting graceful herons in the ricefields, features guest dancers Keiko Ninomiya, and, direct from Bali for the first time, 14-year old Ni Putu Suci Pramesti. Also presented is the modern powerhouse Wiran Jaya (Victorious Hero) a torpedo of crashing gongs and intense movement danced as a solo by dance director Ni Putu Widiantini.