April is coming, the buds are budding and music is blooming – Uproot Andy is promising to be the party of the week. Advance tickets are still on sale for Saturday night at Round. The grooves will be sweet with Andy and resident DJ medicineman pairing up for a night of rhythmic delights!
Next Wednesday, Koerner Hall presents the kickoff event of our 14th Annual Asian Music Series – Anoushka Shankar. One of the most compelling figures in contemporary music of any genre, the sitarist and composer has built on her great father’s legacy to win her own fans worldwide. The concert is pretty much sold out, but you may still find a few of our ‘Explorer Bundles‘ available that feature her concert alongside other selections, all at very attractive prices.
The following night, the Series moves uptown to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre for Tsumugu – a trio of musicians bringing a cross-section of Japanese traditions to town.
If you want to get an early start on all things musically Asian, this weekend has two destinations – Saturday at Harbourfront Centre, the Nagata Shachu taiko group will join forces with Canada’s premiere percussion ensemble TorQ. These acclaimed groups will combine traditional Japanese drums with Western percussion in an exiting mash up of musical traditions. And, the Aga Khan Museum hosts concerts by Raag Maala, featuring sitar and vocal on Saturday, with sarangi and vocal in afternoon raags on Sunday.
Lastly, our friends Drone Doctor do their monthly music meditation at the Small World Centre on Sunday evening. A lovely musical way to finish the weekend.
> A Powerful Evocation of the Japanese Soul
Thursday, April 7th, 7pm – Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
Wu Man and the Shanghai Quartet
> Ancient and New Chinese Strings
Saturday, April 9th, 8pm – Flato Markham Theatre
> The Greatest Female Sufi Singer in History
Friday, April 29th, 8pm – Aga Khan Museum
NAGATA SHACHU & TorQ
> One-of-a-kind and strikingly energetic show
Saturday April 2nd, 8pm – Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
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Small World Music Society is a charitable organization and presenter of culturally diverse music, supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Toronto Arts Council, as well as community and corporate partners.