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  • CONSTANTINOPLE & DUO BELEM – Victoria

    Posted On: February 24, 2019

    “BEYOND THE HORIZON” – An unprecedented meeting between the deeply moving worlds of Belgian accordionist Didier Laloy and Iranian musical adventurer Kiya Tabassian (setar/voice), along with Kathy Adam (cello) and Didem Basar (kanun). This collaboration between Montreal-based Constantinople and Duo Belem will immerse you in a marvellously rich acoustic world, one of breathtaking originality and virtuosity.

    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. Inspired by the ancient city illuminating the East and West, Constantinople was founded in 1998 in Montreal by its artistic director, Kiya Tabassian. Regularly invited to perform in international festivals and prestigious concert halls, such as the Salle Pleyel, the Berliner Philharmonie, Cervantino Festival, or the BOZAR, Constantinople is acclaimed by the public, music professionals and critics alike. The ensemble has 17 albums to its credit. Over the course of a decade, Constantinople has created more than 40 works and travelled to nearly 140 cities in 30 countries.

    ABOUT DUO BELEM  – www.didierlaloy.be
    Belem is a meeting of the unexpected: a striking combination of the placid eloquence of the cello and the rhythmic edginess of the accordion. The duo is forging a new type of chamber music that draws on folk and classical traditions. The result is a spirited sound world for the 21st-century — reflective yet edgy; sensuous yet melancholic; spontaneous yet considered. Both charismatic virtuosi, Didier Laloy and Kathy Adam herald a fresh approach to established musical traditions.

  • CONSTANTINOPLE & DUO BELEM – Vancouver

    Posted On: February 24, 2019

    ADVANCE ONLINE SALES END AT 3PM.  TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR, FROM 7PM.

    “BEYOND THE HORIZON” – An unprecedented meeting between the deeply moving worlds of Belgian accordionist Didier Laloy and Iranian musical adventurer Kiya Tabassian (setar/voice), along with Kathy Adam (cello) and Didem Basar (kanun). This collaboration between Montreal-based Constantinople and Duo Belem will immerse you in a marvellously rich acoustic world, one of breathtaking originality and virtuosity.

    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. Inspired by the ancient city illuminating the East and West, Constantinople was founded in 1998 in Montreal by its artistic director, Kiya Tabassian. Regularly invited to perform in international festivals and prestigious concert halls, such as the Salle Pleyel, the Berliner Philharmonie, Cervantino Festival, or the BOZAR, Constantinople is acclaimed by the public, music professionals and critics alike. The ensemble has 17 albums to its credit. Over the course of a decade, Constantinople has created more than 40 works and travelled to nearly 140 cities in 30 countries.

    ABOUT DUO BELEM  – www.didierlaloy.be
    Belem is a meeting of the unexpected: a striking combination of the placid eloquence of the cello and the rhythmic edginess of the accordion. The duo is forging a new type of chamber music that draws on folk and classical traditions. The result is a spirited sound world for the 21st-century — reflective yet edgy; sensuous yet melancholic; spontaneous yet considered. Both charismatic virtuosi, Didier Laloy and Kathy Adam herald a fresh approach to established musical traditions.

     

  • KOBO TOWN – Live in Vancouver

    Posted On: February 10, 2019

    Co-Presented with the Vancouver Folk Music Festival

    Founded and fronted by émigré Trinidadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town’s music has been variously described as “an intoxicating blend of lilting calypsonian wit, dancehall reggae and trombone-heavy brass” (Guardian) and a “unique, transnational composite of rhythm, poetry and activist journalism.”(Exclaim!) From their home in Toronto, the JUNO-winning group has brought their distinct calypso-inspired sound to audiences across the world, from Port-of-Spain to Paris and from Montreal to Malaysia.At once brooding and joyous, intensely poetic and highly danceable, Gonsalves’ songs betray deep roots in Caribbean folk music, while the band delivers them with an indomitable energy that has earned them a considerable following far beyond the niche of world music enthusiasts and calypso fans.

    On his new release, Where the Galleon Sank (2017), Gonsalves continues to explore 500 years of history through his post-colonial, Trinidadian lens, armed with his trademark wit and gift for melody. Maverick producer Ivan Duran is once again manning the console, creating a warm, percolating, richly layered sound. As on Kobo Town’s two previous outings, “Galleon” is filled with buoyant music that stimulates both body and mind; propulsive, infectious grooves are juxtaposed with incisive lyrics that expose human folly and our tendency to repeat our mistakes. Part poet, part correspondent, Gonsalves delivers compelling dispatches from events both real and imaginary.

    The making of Galleon, recorded in Montreal, Toronto and Belize, was delayed when Gonsalves and Duran became involved in one of the biggest musical comeback stories of 2016. Along with Manu Chao, they co-wrote and produced one of their childhood musical heroes, Trinidadian legend Calypso Rose, whose new album has already gone platinum in Europe.

    ARTIST WEBSITE: https://rootsrockcalypso.com/home

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    We would like to thank our funders for their support: Canada Council, Creative BC, the City of Vancouver and Canadian Heritage.

  • KOBO TOWN – Live in Victoria

    Posted On: February 10, 2019

    With Opening Act: COMPASSION GORILLA!

    Founded and fronted by émigré Trinidadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town’s music has been variously described as “an intoxicating blend of lilting calypsonian wit, dancehall reggae and trombone-heavy brass” (Guardian) and a “unique, transnational composite of rhythm, poetry and activist journalism.”(Exclaim!) From their home in Toronto, the JUNO-winning group has brought their distinct calypso-inspired sound to audiences across the world, from Port-of-Spain to Paris and from Montreal to Malaysia.At once brooding and joyous, intensely poetic and highly danceable, Gonsalves’ songs betray deep roots in Caribbean folk music, while the band delivers them with an indomitable energy that has earned them a considerable following far beyond the niche of world music enthusiasts and calypso fans.

    On his new release, Where the Galleon Sank (2017), Gonsalves continues to explore 500 years of history through his post-colonial, Trinidadian lens, armed with his trademark wit and gift for melody. Maverick producer Ivan Duran is once again manning the console, creating a warm, percolating, richly layered sound. As on Kobo Town’s two previous outings, “Galleon” is filled with buoyant music that stimulates both body and mind; propulsive, infectious grooves are juxtaposed with incisive lyrics that expose human folly and our tendency to repeat our mistakes. Part poet, part correspondent, Gonsalves delivers compelling dispatches from events both real and imaginary.

    The making of Galleon, recorded in Montreal, Toronto and Belize, was delayed when Gonsalves and Duran became involved in one of the biggest musical comeback stories of 2016. Along with Manu Chao, they co-wrote and produced one of their childhood musical heroes, Trinidadian legend Calypso Rose, whose new album has already gone platinum in Europe.

    ARTIST WEBSITE: https://rootsrockcalypso.com/home

    ABOUT COMPASSION GORILLA
    Compassion Gorilla has a relentless drive to translate earthy and folkloric sounds into an explosive performance fit for the modern dancefloor. Infused with elements of Latin, Balkan, and North American folk music, their unique brew has been the life of wild dance parties for almost a decade, and while its music defies categorization the band keeps audiences feeling comfortably at home.
    ARTIST WEBSITE: http://www.compassiongorilla.com/epk.html

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    We would like to thank our funders for their support: Creative BC, Canada Council and Canadian Heritage.

  • Dálava

    Posted On: February 8, 2019

    “It’s astonishing music!”-  Alexander Varty, The Georgia Straight

    “An exciting collision of tradition with experimentation, one that will equally appeal to fans of folk, avant-garde improv and jazz.” Jo Frost, Songlines Magazine

    Line Up: Julia Ulehla – vocals; Aram Bajakian – Guitar; Peggy Lee – Cello; Skye Brooks – Drums; Colin Cowan – Bass

     Vancouver-based group Dálava is an homage to traditional Moravian (Czech) folksong, sourcing melodies rooted in the past and transcribed over 100 years ago by the group’s singer Julia Ulehla’s great-grandfather. The ensemble brilliantly re-animates the songs in an extremely stirring, avant-garde, post-rock musical language. “These are songs to disturb and to lull, of past and family, Mysterious, yes, but also filled with a curious beauty.” – Chris Nickson, fRoots. In Dálava’s hands, tradition fuses with experimentation to create music that appeals to fans of everything from folk to world, avant-garde improv, and jazz.

    “Singer Julia Ulehla careens, sails, and shimmers through the varied interpretations with penetrating strength – her singing is something heavenly and ethereal, sometimes gruff and earthy, as though she were channeling the spirit of a hardscrabble village woman who’s known these songs her whole life.” – Peter Margasak, The Chicago Reader

    With a membership comprised of stellar Vancouver musicians, it is no wonder that Dálava’s 2017 release “The Book of Transfigurations” garnered critical acclaim both here and on the international front. “Every now and then an album appears that is so overwhelming and so intense that it is hard to put into any category. Such is the case with The Book of… Saying that TBOT is a masterpiece is not an exaggeration.” – Bas Springer, fRoots

    In performance and on recording, the sheer beauty of the songs, the instrumental wizardry of the musicians, and Ulehla’s incandescent vocals combine to delve into deep territory – conjuring ancestors, animating spirits, and crafting musical around gem-like folk melodies.

    LINKS:   www.dalavamusic.com

    Caravan World Rhythms is a BC non-profit presenter of world music and dance events, featuring artists from diverse cultural backgrounds from across Canada and around the globe. We would like to thank our funders, including Creative BC, the Canada Council, and Canadian Heritage.

  • ZIMBAMOTO & MARAFANI

    Posted On: February 7, 2019

    Join us for an uplifting evening of Afro Fusion and World Beat live music, with influences from Zimbabwe and West Africa, featuring Vancouver’s Zimbamoto and Victoria’s Marafani World Beat.

    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, percussionist Navaro Franco and bassist Greg Valou. 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

    Warming up the evening is Victoria’s own Afro-Fusion band, MARAFANI WORLD BEAT, led by Guinean percussionist and vocalist Alseny Michel Diallo and singer/dancer N’Nato Camara. Diallo and Camara’s passion for and knowledge of both traditional and modern Guinean music has inspired a group of Victoria musicians to create a dynamic Afro-fusion electric band. Marafani’s upbeat blend of West African, reggae, hip hop, and soul music always gets people on the dance floor!

    ARTIST WEBSITES: www.zimbamoto.com AND www.marafani.com

  • Moody Amiri – Victoria Show

    Posted On: December 13, 2018

    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.  Moody Amiri will be accompanied by special guest Iranian percussionist from Vancouver, Hamin Honari.

    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/

  • MOODY AMIRI – Vancouver Show

    Posted On: December 12, 2018

    ONLINE SALES END AT 5PM.  TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR. DOORS OPEN AT 7:30. SHOW AT 8PM.

    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. Moody Amiri will be accompanied by special guest Iranian percussionist from Vancouver, Hamin Honari.

    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/

  • Montreal Guitar Trio

    Posted On: November 20, 2018

    Described by the CBC as the “hottest” guitar ensemble in Canada, MG3 has quickly established itself as a force to be reckoned with, as well as an interactive force in various musical forms. For over 20 years, the trio’s virtuosity, rigour, creativity and impressive stage presence – where humour and interacting with the public go hand in hand – have been winning over audiences around the world. The trio, composed of guitarists Sébastien Dufour, Glenn Lévesque and Marc Morin, has given hundreds of concerts in some of the most prestigious venues across North America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia, including the legendary Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Rundetårnet in Copenhagen and the BB King Blues Club in New York City.

    Winner of the 2011 Opus Award for “concert of the year” in the Jazz & World Music category, MG3 has released six albums, including Der Prinz on Analekta label, which earned him a nomination at ADISQ 2014 for the “Instrumental Album” of the year. In January 2017, the trio launched its 7th album « Danzas » at the Théâtre Outremont in Montreal, which pays tribute to the great composers of Spanish music in the likes of Paco de Lucia and Manuel de Falla. This CD was also nominated for the album of the year at the ADISQ Gala 2017.

    Throughout the years, the trio has collaborated and shared the stage with world-renowned ensembles and artists, such as the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Jorane, Solorazaf and Don Ross. Their most memorable collaboration to date was, without a doubt, with the California Guitar Trio (CGT), when both ensembles joined forces to give an unforgettable concert, brilliantly performing some of the greatest rock classics from The Beatles, Radiohead, David Bowie, a few “spaghetti western” themes by Ennio Morricone, as well as some of their original compositions. Starting in the fall of 2010, the sextet has toured across Canada and the United States, performing in over 100 cities.

    Artist website: https://www.mg3.ca/

  • ITAMAR EREZ TRIO – with Francois Houle & Hamin Honari

    Posted On: September 21, 2018

    The Itamar Erez trio includes Itamar Erez (Piano & Guitar), Francois Houle (clarinet) & Hamin Honari (percussion), who are all invaluable and unique contributors to the Canadian and International world & jazz music scene. Weaving together a complex array of sonorities, influences and styles, they turn their empathic playing into a kaleidoscopic, virtuosic, and infectiously uplifting music. Itamar’s music holds a depth and sensitivity that touches listeners deeply. It blends the delicateness of Middle Eastern music, the freedom found in jazz and the passion of flamenco, creating a unique sound all his own. Recipient of the 2014 ACUM Prize for Special Achievement in Jazz and the prestigious 2014 Landau Prize, Itamar Erez is an internationally renowned composer and guitarist who has shared the stage with such musicians as Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Tomatito, Avishai Cohen, Jean-Louis Matinier, Zohar Fresco, and others.
    Persian Tombak virtuoso Hamin Honari has toured the world with the legendary Dastan Ensemble, one of Iran’s most well-known Persian classical music ensembles. François Houle has been called “a spectacularly versatile clarinetist who appears to have no limitations stylistically or sonically” by the LA Times.

    ARTIST WEBSITES:
    https://www.itamarerez.com/
    https://www.francoishoule.ca/
    https://www.vashaan.com/
  • TABLE SONGS FESTIVAL

    Posted On: September 10, 2018

    From the production team that brought you Ederlezi Balkan Brass Festival, Opa Tsupa, Mariachi-Trubachi, and other epic community events, Slivovica Productions, Caravan World Rhythms, and Transformation Projects are proud to present their newest celebration of food, music, dance, and community!

    Inspired by “Supra”, the Georgian tradition of gathering around a feast table and participating in folk songs, music, and dance, we will bring this experience to Vancouver showcasing four cultures’ different ways of celebrating life.

    As guests, you will be seated at long tables to enjoy a catered feast, and you are invited to join in as each group leads songs from their representative culture, in whichever manner you please!

    Performers:

    Onefourfive (Seattle) – Georgian tradition

    To headline the event and celebrate the inspiration for this event, we welcome the Georgian polyphonic singing group “Onefourfive”, in their premiere Canadian performance. They will also be demonstrating Georgian folk dancing, truly one of the most spectacular dance traditons in the world:
    https://www.facebook.com/onefourfiveseattle/

    Zlatna Mountain (Vancouver) – South Slavic tradition
    The vocal harmony quartet “Zlatna Mountain” with special guests will present songs from Macedonia and surrounding areas
    https://zlatnamountain.wordpress.com/

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

    Forrás Banda (Vancouver/Seattle) – Hungarian Tradition
    Peasant folk music from Hungary and Transylvania played on violins, violas, double-bass and cimbalom. Guest dancers and singers will join Forrás Banda in traditional “Asztali Nóták” (table songs). http://www.ForrasBanda.com

    Other features to look forward to:

    – Cash bar by Transformation Projects, with high quality wines and draft beer

    – Sausages by JNZ Deli

    – Georgian singing and dancing workshops on Saturday afternoon, led by Onefourfive. Tickets and info at tablesongsworkshops.brownpapertickets.com

    There are two types of tickets: the feast price includes a multiple-course Georgian meal, with seating at 6:30pm. The second option allows latecomers to enter after 9pm to enjoy the party at a much lower ticket price.

    Contact us if you have any youth in your group, or a large group that wishes to sit together. There will be options regarding vegetarian meals and allergies once you proceed to buy a ticket.

    (Note that the Friday and Saturday events will be the same program)

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

  • SHAHRAM & HAFEZ NAZERI: Rumi Symphony – A New Chapter

    Posted On: May 30, 2018

    Two of Iran’s most celebrated musical artists return to Vancouver after a four-year absence. Legendary singer Shahram Nazeri and his son, composer Hafez Nazeri will showcase new works and beloved classics.

    Between them, Shahram and Hafez Nazeri constitute one of the most influential musical families in contemporary music. Shahram Nazeri is one of Iran’s most beloved singers and his son Hafez is among Iran’s most influential and admired young composers. Together they have helped bring Persian/Sufi music to the Western audiences, toured the world and released recordings that have topped the Classical Charts.Shahran Nazeri was the first vocalist to set Rumi’s poetry to Persian music thirty-five years ago, establishing a tradition of Sufi music within Persian classical music and introducing Western musical audiences to both Sufism and to the poetry of Rumi. The New York Times has dubbed him the “Persian Nightingale” and the Christian Science Monitor has called him “Iran’s Pavarotti”. Most recently he was awarded with Chevalier des Arts et Lettres medal from the government of France for his lifetime achievements in Iranian traditional music.

    Following in his father’s footsteps, Hafez has brought not only the essence of Persian culture, but also Rumi’s message to an even wider audience than ever before. “A performer with magnetic, pop-star appeal”, as the New Yorker put it, he has been featured by numerous news outlets and has been chosen by Vanity Fair as one of the most successful Iranians in NYC. “I want to create a revolution with music,” the musician says, “with love rather than hate, or chaos and bloodshed.”

    In 2007, Hafez premiered his most passionate and ambitious undertaking: The Rumi Symphony, as the first major celebration of Rumi’s 800th birthday anniversary. He also released a new CD called The Passion of Rumi, which L.A Times and the Boston Globe chose as one of the five best CDs in World Music for 2007. Over the past several years the Rumi Symphony project has performed sold out concerts at the most prestigious concert halls around the world such as Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, Disney Concert Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and many others.Nazeri became interested in creating this kind of musical mix when he came to New York and studied composition at Mannes College The New School for Music.”I was always controversial, because whatever I do, I always wanted to make change,” Nazeri says. “So many people, they don’t like it. The conservative people don’t want to see the change, and if you touch, it means you are destroying a tradition.”

  • SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR

    Posted On: May 18, 2018

    The spectacular  SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR returns to North America in 2018 with Songs of the Free, a very special program celebrating the centenary of the birth of the father of their rainbow Nation, Nelson Mandela.”Songs of the Free” will include South African classics as well as freedom songs and gospel music much loved by Mandela for whom the Soweto Gospel Choir had the privilege of performing in front of on multiple times during his life.

    “Nothing can really prepare you for the riot of exuberance and depth of emotion.” – The Scotsmen

    Direct from South Africa, SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR is an awe-inspiring 20 member ensemble that thrills audiences worldwide with their stunning blend of African gospel music, spirituals and American popular music. Earthy rhythms and rich harmonies sung in 6 of South Africa’s 11 ocial languages are combined for a moving performance which uplifts the soul through the music & dance of South Africa.

    “Sheer jubilation … earthy and unrestrained … The Rhythm of Life” – Herald Sun 

    “…Hailing from the township that was at the heart of South Africa’s long struggle against apartheid, this choir has the spirit of gospel deep in its blood-and it shows.” – Washington Post

    ARTIST WEBSITE: www.sowetogospelchoir.com

    CONCERT PROGRAM 2018

    MEDLEY
    UMANDELA UTHI AYAIHLOME
    RAMASEDI
    MAMA NDIYALILA
    ASIMBONANGA/BIKO
    MBOMBELA
    O MOHAO
    FREEDOM MEDLEY(JIKIJELA)
    MKHULULI WETHU
    AMAZING GRACE
    INTERMISSION
    DRUMMING& DANCE
    WADE IN THE WATER/BAWO THIXO SOMANDLA
    NOMALANGA
    AFRICAN DREAM
    SOWETO
    NATURAL WOMAN
    SPIRITUAL MEDLEY
    PATA PATA
    I FEEL GOOD
    HALLELUJAH

    CHOIR MANAGEMENT

    Milton Ndlakuse       Musical Director

    Vincent Jiyane         Choir Master

    Mulalo Mulovhedzi General Manager

    Mary Mulovhedzi     Administrator

     

    CHOIR MEMBERS

    Mirriam Chapole

    Mlungiseleni Jones

    George Kaudi

    Sibongile Makgathe

    Victor Makhathini

    Gugu Mbongwa

    Mazwe Mhlongo

    Siyabolela Mkefa

    Original Msimango

    Semangele Mongatane

    Maserame Ndindwa

    Sipho Ngcamu

    Zanele Ngcamu

    Linda Sambo

    Phello Sejake

    Portia Skosana

     

    TOURING CREW

    Toni Rudov – Company Manger

    Maija Putans – Stage Manager

    Andrew Ride – Touring Lighting Designer/Operator

    Leon June JR – Touring Audio Designer/Operator

     

    PRODUCERS

    International Producer:       Andrew Kay

    Associate Producers:          Margot Teele & Toni Rudov

    www.sowetogospelchoir.com

    CHOIR HISTORY

    2002 – 2006:

    • Soweto Gospel Choir was formed in November, 2002
    • In December, 2002 their first album “Voices of Heaven” was recorded and went on to reach the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s World Music Chart within 3 weeks of its release in the US
    • In 2003 the choir won its first award, a Helpmann Award, Australia’s prestigious Performing Arts Award, for Best Contemporary Music Concert
    • This success was followed when they won a 2003 American Gospel Music Award for “Best Choir”
    • In the same year, they won an American Gospel Music Award for “Best International Choir”
    • They performed for President Bill Clinton at a corporate function in Little Rock, Arkansas
    • In October 2006, the choir performed as invited guests for their Patron, Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s 75thBirthday Celebrations, in front of an illustrious audience which included former President Nelson Mandela, Mrs Zanele Mbeki, Tokyo Sexwale, Samuel L Jackson, Alfre Woodard and Carlos Santana
    • They featured on a guest appearance with Diana Ross, Deborah Cox and Danny K for the “Unite of the Stars” Gala Banquet in South Africa in November 2006
    • They were invited guests on NBC’s “Today Show” as well as on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”
    • The choir have also made a guest appearance on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’
    • In December 2006 they performed at Sun City, South Africa, for Oprah Winfrey and 200 of her V.I.P. guests, including Mariah Carey, Mary J Blige, Tina Turner, Patti Labelle, Sydney Poitier and Quincy Jones

    2007 – 2008:

    • On 11 February 2007, Soweto Gospel Choir received its greatest accolade, a Grammy Award for their second CD “Blessed”, in the category “Best Traditional World Music”
    • At the same time, they were nominated for the 26th International Reggae and World Music Awards, held at the Apollo Theatre, Harlem, on 5 May, in the category “Contribution to World Music”, alongside Jimmy Cliff, Salif Keita, Youssou N’Dour and Ziggy Marley
    • In May 2007, the choir won a SAMA Award (South African Music Association Award) in the Category “Best Live Performance DVD”
    • In June 2007 Soweto Gospel Choir was the support act for the Red Hot Chilli Peppers at their concerts in Germany
    • To add to their string of national and international awards, in November 2007 Soweto Gospel Choir won a Metro FM Music Award for Best Gospel Album  for “African Spirit”, based on nominations submitted by the radio station’s listeners, and the public
    • In February 2008, the choir was awarded a second Grammy Award for their third album “African Spirit”, in the “Best Traditional World Music” category
    • Also in February 2008, the choir was honoured with the PanSALB Award for  Multilingualism and Nation Building, for “Album of the Decade”
    • They performed with Celine Dion during her “Taking Chances” tour of South Africa
    • The choir has had the honour of performing with gospel legends Bebe Winans and Kirk  Franklin
    • While in New Orleans, they recorded a track with rock legend Robert Plant, which was included on a Fats Domino tribute album, with proceeds going to the victims of Hurricane Katrina
    • Their 46664 London performance of “Weeping”, with Josh Groban and Vusi Mahlasela, is featured on Josh’s latest album “Collection”
    • The choir has toured the world extensively, performing at prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, the Nelson Mandela Theatre and Royal Festival Hall in London

    .     They have performed at high profile festivals such as the Edinburgh Festival, the Adelaide Festival, the Hong Kong Festival, and the London Festival, always to huge acclaim

    • Soweto Gospel Choir received its third Grammy nomination in December 2008, this time in the category Best Contemporary World Music, for their album, “Live at the Nelson Mandela Theatre”
    • The song “Down To Earth” from the blockbuster Wall-E movie, their collaboration with Peter Gabriel, won a Grammy in the Best Movie Song category
    • In February 2009, the choir became the first South African artist to perform at the Academy Awards, when they sang “Down To Earth”, the Gabriel/Newman Oscar-nominated song, with John Legend

    2009 – 2010:

    • In March 2009, they were nominated for three SAMAs (South African Music Awards), for their cd and dvd, “Live At the Nelson Mandela Theatre”, winning the Award for “Best Duo or Group”
    • In May 2009, the choir was invited to perform at the Inauguration of South Africa’s new President
    • In November, members of Soweto Gospel Choir were flown to Los Angeles to take part in a major Pepsi advertising campaign, alongside Akon and Keri Hilson
    • The choir was one of three featured African artists for the FIFA World Cup Draw held in Cape Town in December 2009
    • In April 2010, Soweto Gospel Choir was honoured with the inaugural International Achievement Award, at the South African Music Awards held at Sun City.
    • Also in April, the choir was invited to perform at the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 World Trade Expo, held in Shanghai, as the African representative.
    • The choir collaborated with U2, as the featured South African artist, on the songs “Streets Have No Name”, “Magnificent” and “Boots” for ESPN’s promotional campaign for the 2010 Football World Cup. Excitingly, the campaign paid dividends, as along with ESPN and U2, Soweto Gospel Choir received a Sports Emmy Award as winners of the Outstanding Music Composition/Direction/Lyrics category on 2 May 2011.
    • They can then add an Emmy to their two Grammys, three ‘associated ‘Grammys, three SAMAS and one Oscar nomination – an amazing achievement
    • The choir has also been featured in several prestigious magazines and books including in Time magazine and in Andrew Zuckerman’s “Music”, alongside such music heavyweights as Russell Simmons, Herbie Hancock, Ozzy Osborne, John Legend and Mark Knopfler
    • They performed at the FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Concert in Soweto, the night before the the opening of the World Cup in June, with a international and African line-up including the Black-Eyed Peas, Shakira, Angelique Kidjo and John Legend.
    • In December 2010, Soweto Gospel Choir received its fourth Grammy nomination, in  the Best Traditional World Music category, for its album “Grace”. The choir was featured alongside the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the song “Baba Yetu” and on the album “Calling All Dawns”, both of which won Grammys in February 2011

    2011 – 2012:

    • From May – July 2011, members of the choir toured Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, to rave reviews, while others performed in Guadeloupe , French Caribbean
    • In July 2011, eighteen choir members performed six concerts in Maastricht, Holland, with top selling classical violinist, Andre Rieu. They joined the Harlem Gospel Choir on stage as a first time collaboration between these world famous choirs.
    • Soweto Gospel Choir joined Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his guests for his 80th birthday celebrations, held in Cape Town in October 2011. They performed at the launch of his new book, and backed Bono on “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, as a surprise for the Arch. They also sang with other artists at both the cathedral service and the private luncheon for their patron. Bono described them as “brilliant”!
    • They performed with leading South African artists at the ANC Centenary Celebrations in Bloemfontein on 8 January 2012.
    • In June 2012, Soweto Gospel Choir was invited by South African sensation Zahara, to perform with her and special guest Leroy Bell as part of two sold out concerts that were filmed for her forthcoming dvd.
    • Other artists the choir performed with in South Africa  during 2012, as their special guests, were Andre Rieu and Johnny Clegg
    • In December, Soweto Gospel Choir was nominated for its second Kora (All Africa) Award

    2013 – 2014:

    • In March 2013, the choir’s fifth album “ Soweto Gospel Choir & Friends – Divine Decade” was released as a celebration of the choir’s 10th Anniversary. They were joined on the album by several guest artists including top local icons Zahara, The Soil, HHP, Elvis Blue, Corlea, Yvonne Chaka Chaka with Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Johnny Clegg, as well as international artists Joepraize from Nigeria, Eric Wainaina from Kenya, Paul Ruske from New Zealand, Robert Plant and U2.
    • Also in March, the choir returned to Australia and New Zealand to perform at WOMAD in front of many thousands of people, culminating in a sold out concert at the Sydney Opera House
    • In May 2013, Soweto Gospel Choir was nominated for a SAMA in the Best Collaboration category for their collaboration with Zahara on the song “Bambelele”
    • Later that month, the choir travelled to Addis Ababa to perform at the African Union’s 50th Celebrations, with other guest artists Papa Wemba, Salif Keita and Judith Sephuma.
    • In July, they performed for the first time at the Montreal Jazz Festival to rave audience responses and reviews.
    • In October 2013, Soweto Gospel Choir was nominated for a Crown Gospel Award in the category “Best gospel group”.
    • In November, while on tour in France, the choir performed for Princess Monaco of Monte Carlo, and received a personal congratulations from her
    • In December 2013, Soweto Gospel Choir teamed with Woolworths for a Youtube video tribute to Nelson Mandela, as part of a flash mob event, with the song “Asimbonanga”. The clip went viral and received over 3 million hits in its first week of release. To date, the clip has received over 5 million hits and the choir’s Youtube version of “Amazing Grace has received over 9 million hits
    • On 13 February 2014, the choir performed with President Bill Clinton and Morgan Freeman at the Nelson Mandela Tribute event in New York, as a fundraiser for the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory.
    • Soweto Gospel Choir was invited to perform at the Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela at Westminster Abbey on 3 March. This was an historic occasion and the service was attended by such prominent people as Archbishop Tutu, Prime Minister David Cameron, Prince Harry, The Lord Mayor of London, the Mandela family and many more.
    • In April 2014, the choir was nominated for its sixth South African Music Award (SAMA) in the category “Best Contemporary Faith” album. They performed at the SAMAs with Rebecca Malope and Judith Sephuma
    • In September 2014, members of the choir performed, with the London African Gospel Choir, in front of 13,000 people at a corporate event at the O2 arena in London.
    • In December 2014, the choir ended an exciting year by performing at the arrival home welcome for the newly crowned Miss World, South Africa’s Rolene Strauss

    2015 – 2016:

    • The choir started off 2015 with a performance at the Glo-CAF Awards in Lagos, Nigeria, on 8 January. These are Africa’s premier awards and the choir collaborated with top artists from the continent, including Hugh Masekela, with the event being broadcast to millions around the world
    • In April, Soweto Gospel Choir male members recorded with this year’s Grammy Award winning flautist, Wouter Kellerman for an amazing rendition of Vivaldi’s “Winter”
    • In July, they collaborated with Peter Gabriel for a UN Global Goals media campaign and as a track on Peter’s forthcoming album
    • In September, the choir was honoured to perform for and with Pharrell Williams when he toured South Africa as an Ambassador for Woolworths “Are You With Us” social development campaign
    • In December, choir members were invited to sing for Prince Harry and other distinguished guests including Graca Machel, Ahmed Kathrada and the US Ambassador at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, for an event to honour Madiba and his legacy, during the Prince’s visit to South Africa
    • In April 2016, SGC performed for Ambassador Andrew Young and the Mayor of Atlanta at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, to honour the Ambassador’s contribution to the ending of the apartheid era
    • In May, the choir won the award for “Best Gospel Group” at the Inaugural Tower Music Africa Gospel Awards
    • In July, the choir was featured as a special guest for Johnny Clegg concerts at Montecasino, performing with Johnny and artists Ross Learmonth, Francois Van Coke and Sipho Mabuse
    • In the same month, members were invited to honour racing icon Gugu Zulu at his Memorial Service held at Kyalami Race Track
    • In October, the choir performed as the opening act with Nigerian hit maker  Korede Bello, as well as with African superstar Wizkid at the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs)
    • In November, one group performed as a special guest artist at the AFRIMA 2016 (All Africa Music Awards) in Lagos, while the other group performed at the EU 2016 World Forum for Democracy Opening Ceremony in Strasbourg.

    2017:

    • Soweto Gospel Choir’s recording of “Amazing Grace” was included on the critically acclaimed South African movie “Beyond the River’, released in April 2017.
    • The choir performed as a special guest on Johnny Clegg’s 2017 Farewell Tour for 11 concerts during July, August and November alongside other artists who have been part of Johnny’s 30 year career. They also took part in a surprise private tribute honouring this much lauded music icon
    • In November 2017, they were invited to collaborate with the final five contestants of SA Idols 13.  The response to the choir’s performance was so great that they were invited for a return performance with the two finalists at the Carnival City finale.

    2018:

    • In January, Soweto Gospel Choir welcomed home Miss Universe at O R Tambo airport
    • In the same month, the choir received a nomination for the Ubuntu Arts and Cultural Diplomacy Award (Youth) alongside celebrity chef Siba Mtongana and fashion designer Laduma Ngxokolo. This award, a DIRCO initiative, is for an individual or organisation that has promoted a positive image of South Africa globally. Nominees in the Veterans Award category were Johnny Clegg, John Kani and Ladysmith Black Mambazo
    • On 11th April, Soweto Gospel Choir were honoured to sing at the Memorial service for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at the FNB Stadium. The choir has been one of the Mandela famiy’s chosen artists since their formation and this was a very sad but uplifting tribute for them to be part of, honouring the life of this much-loved struggle icon
    • At the end of April, a totally different experience for the choir when they collaborated with three time Grammy Award winner Chance The Rapper at his 15,000 sell-out concert at the Dome.  A very unexpected partnership resulting in over 1,000 rave reviews on social media.
    • May 2018 the Choir recorded a new album featuring Struggle songs.

     

     

     

     

     

  • A World of Rhythm: Trichy Sankaran & Friends

    Posted On: May 18, 2018

    Co-Presented with Time Will Tell Artists and the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre.

    World-renowned percussion virtuoso Trichy Sankaran joins forces with world-jazz ensemble The Offering of Curtis Andrews and special guests Vidyasagar Vankayala (South Indian vocal) and Kaushik Sivaramakrishnan (South Indian violin). The repertoire will be mix of original compositions and arrangements of pieces from the South Indian classical repertoire. Expect profound and soulful rhythms.

    “Trichy Sankaran is a drummer who leaves audiences and fellow performers speechless with his lyrical and evocative style…” – The Gladstone Observer.

     Trichy Sankaran matched top flight virtuosity with classical poise.” – Globe and Mail

     On Saturday September 22, Vancouver will hail the long-awaited return of one of the world’s most esteemed percussionists living in Canada, Trichy Sankaran.

    Trichy Sankaran will be collaborating with The Offering of Curtis Andrews, a Vancouver-based world-jazz ensemble led by percussionist/composer Curtis Andrews and also features Jared Burrows (electric guitar), Robin Layne (vibraphone), David Spidel (electric bass). The ensemble will be joined by special guests Vidyasagar Vankayala (on South Indian vocal) and Kaushik Sivaramakrishnan (South Indian violin).

    Mr. Sankaran is well-known in Vancouver’s world music and Indian cultural communities, ever since his first appearance here at Expo 86.  He has visited Vancouver several times since then, both as an educator (at SFU’s Percussion led by Sal Ferreras in the mid-90’s) and as a performer and collaborator with a number of diverse artists.  He has returned to Vancouver several times since then to work with both local and international artists.  Though born and raised in India, Trichy Sankaran moved to Canada in 1971 to teach at York University. He has taught literally thousands of students and has had an indelible impact on the Canadian music scene. Though based in Canada, he returns to India annually to perform at prestigious events, and in his 60+ years of professional performance he has performed with the major Carnatic musicians of several generations. Though rooted in tradition, Sankaran has been a keen collaborator, globally, with dozens of established artists in the realms of contemporary classical, Africa music, gamelan, free improvisation, and jazz.

    Lesser known than the North Indian percussion tradition of the tabla, South Indian drumming is considered one of the world’s most complex and difficult to master, on the mridangam, the double-headed barrel drum that holds an exalted place in South Indian music and dance: Trichy Sankaran is among the best players of that instrument alive today, on this, and other South Indian percussion instruments, such as the tambourine (tambourine).

    The combined ensemble will be presenting an evening of music rooted in and inspired by classical South Indian Carnatic music, that has developed over centuries in the southern reaches of India (Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala), where it retains its popularity and patronage. Carnatic music is known for its depth of melodic material (raga), a dizzying array of rhythmic exploration (tala), a robust collection of devotional compositions, and improvisational feats that leave jazz musicians scratching their heads. Several traditional items from the Carnatic repertoire will be arranged for the combined ensemble as well original compositions from both Andrews and Sankaran, and improvisation by all members. Specifically commissioned for this concert is a composition by Trichy Sankaran which will have its world-premiere. The evening will also feature an extended mridangam solo by Sankaran, sure to be the highlight of the evening.

    Curtis Andrews, the artistic director, percussionist, composer and visionary behind the concert, is a long-time disciple of Trichy Sankaran. Andrews exclaims: “I first heard him play in 1998, a solo concert. As a drummer myself, I was gob-smacked and thoroughly confused, but amazed, by what I was hearing. It was actually sort of scary because I realized that my paradigm was being shifted and I knew I had to follow this music.”

    A native of Newfoundland, Andrews moved to Vancouver in 2009 and has been collaborating with a diverse range of artists in the Lower Mainland, mostly focusing on African, Indian, and other world musics. His ensemble The Offering of Curtis Andrews exists to perform his own “world-jazz” compositions.

    “The vision I had for this project was quite selfish actually. I wanted to expose the musicians that I work with locally to the powerful effect that Trichy Sankaran has had upon me, have him perform some of my music, and perform some of his compositions. To be with him on stage is an education like no other, and as an audience member, to experience him live will be equally profound and enriching.”

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    FREE Workshop: Introduction to South Indian Rhythm, led by Trichy Sankaran – Roundhouse Community Centre

    DATES: September.16 , 1:00-2:00pm.  To Register, email timewilltellarts@gmail.com or call 778-319-2396.

    Trichy Sankaran will lead participants in an introductory session detailing the fundamentals of Carnatic rhythm. The main vehicle for discussing, teaching, and expressing rhythm is the spoken rhythmic language known as solkattu. Participants will learn to use their voice to speak solkattu and use their hands to keep track of rhythmic cycles. No prior experience is necessary. Children may attend but must be able to focus, listen, and be attentive.

    MORE ABOUT CURTIS ANDREWS – www.curtisandrews.ca

    Percussionist Curtis Andrews is the artistic director and founder of Time Will Tell Arts Society, co-founder of Adanu Habobo, and a collaborator with a diverse range of artists in and outside of Vancouver. He’s spent the last 20 years criss-crossing the globe delving deeper into the drumming traditions of Africa and India, fusing them into his own compositional voice, as evidenced in his ensemble The Offering of Curtis Andrews. He has been a dedicated student (sishya) of Trichy Sankaran since 2000 and has learned from him on numerous extended stays in India.

    MORE ABOUT TRICHY SANKARAN – www.trichysankaran.com

    Besides performing with all major Carnatic musicians of the past 6 decades, Sankaran has concertized and collaborated globally with diverse artists such as David Rosenboom, Anthony Braxton, Charlie Haden, Vijay Iyer, Pauline Oliveros, and more.  Trichy Sankaran has received a plethora of awards from Indian cultural associations across North America and India, recognizing his prowess as a pedagogue and musician par excellence, as well as his service to the cultural landscape in general. Most recent and notable is the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2014), the highest Indian national award presented to practicing musical artists, and the coveted Sangita Kalanidhi (2012), the highest achievement in Carnatic music, presented by the Music Academy of Chennai. Within North America, he has been the recipient of awards such as the Muriel Sherrin Award for international achievement in music (Toronto Arts Council, 2011), Maestro Honorario (Universidad Autonoma De Tamaulipas, Mexico, 2000), and Honorary Doctor of Music for his musical contributions in Canada and abroad (University of Victoria, 1998).

     

  • FIN DE FIESTA FLAMENCO presents “SALVAJE”

    Posted On: May 18, 2018

    Presented in Collaboration with the Roundhouse Community Centre.

    “Intense, passionate, emotional.” – The London Free Press

    Direct from Spain – Fin de Fiesta Flamenco dance and music ensemble presents SALVAJE, an untamed new production that explores the wild, unrestrained side of one of the world’s most passionate and intense art forms: flamenco. SALVAJE, means “wild,” and pays homage to flamenco’s rough-and-tumble origins.

    The searing vocals of Alejandro Mendia (Noces Gitanes, France) are accompanied by the intricate guitar arpeggios of Dennis Duffin (Ventanas, Canada) and the haunting flute melodies of Lara Wong (Vancouver/Madrid). Dancer Lia Grainger (2017 Certamen New York International Flamenco Competition finalist) brings the stage to life with fierce and sensual choreographies and improvisations and Hanser Gomez (Cuba) holds down the rhythm on cajon. Deborah “La Caramelita” (Noces Gitanes, France) will also join the ensemble as a special guest dancer for this tour only.

    Since their founding in 2013, Fin de Fiesta Flamenco has played more than 90 concerts on two continents. They released their first self-titled album in the fall of 2016 and toured across Canada and France to rave reviews in 2017. This summer, they’ll bring SALVAJE to cities and towns in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.

    To the south of Spain and back again, Fin de Fiesta will leave you breathless, with the pulsing rhythms of flamenco beating in your heart.

    Opening for the show is Vancouver’s innovative contemporary flamenco dancer, Andrea Williams, who will present a new solo contemporary work created during her recent residency in Seville, Spain.

    ABOUT FIN DE FIESTA FLAMENCO ENSEMBLE – www.findefiesta.com
    An absolutely breathtaking performance.” — The Whole Note 

    Fin de Fiesta Flamenco is a vibrant music and dance ensemble comprised of award winning artists from Canada, France and Cuba, with strong connections with Vancouver. Their performances takes audiences on a thrilling journey, from flamenco’s traditional roots in the music and culture of southern Spain, all the way to its contemporary forms. Ancient rhythms meet avantgarde ideas and converge in an explosion of staccato guitar and percussive footwork. The group includes lead dancer Lia Grainger (Vancouver/Spain), dancer Deborah Dawson (Vancouver, France), Guitarist Dennis Duffin (Toronto/Spain), flautist/singer Lara Wong (Vancouver/Spain), Singer Alejandro Mendia (France/Spain) and percussionist Hanser Gomez (Cuba/Montreal)

    ABOUT ANDREA WILLIAMS
    Andrea is a major contributor to Vancouver’s artistic community with her experimental and provocative approach to flamenco. Her work pushes the boundaries of what flamenco is and can be, and reflects what is happening at the cutting edge of the art form in Spain today. Andrea will open the show with a new contemporary work created during her recent residency in Seville, Spain.

    Special thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts, and the City of Vancouver for their support.