Asian Music Series Highlight Kayhan Kalhor & Alireza Ghorbani, Tinariwen & More

Apr 06, 2017

We’re pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for the May 14th concert by one of Iran’s most significant artists. The great kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor returns with singer Alireza Ghorbani. It’s been our pleasure to work with Kayhan on numerous occasions over the years and a thrill to watch his career soar,  not just in the Persian classical field, but with bold collaborations in various genres. This will be a highlight of our 15th Asian Music Series, supported by TD Bank.

More immediately, the series continues this weekend following a sold-out kick-off event with Haniya Aslam and friends. Friday we move east to Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park for a night of thundering drums. The Nagata Shachu taiko group never fails to thrill, and this weekend, also marks the release of their new DVD ‘Toronto Taiko Tales.’

On Saturday it’s So Long Seven back at the Small World Centre with special guest Amara Kanté. The band encompasses folk, rock, blues and Hindustani music, and their intriguing lineup of banjo, guitar, fiddle and tabla continues to impress a growing following. Watch their video for a sneak peek of what’s in store.

We’re excitedly anticipating next Wednesday, with the return to town of a legendary force in world music. It’s been seven years since we presented Tinariwen at the Phoenix (where does the time go?). They’re finally back, this time at Massey Hall, joined on the bill by Dengue Fever. This one’s gonna rock!

Lastly, tomorrow, our friend Rob Simms, York University music professor, presents an evening in support of relief efforts for victims of the siege of Mosul. The concert of music from Iraq, Kurdistan and Turkey, performed on oud, tanbur and ney, is free with voluntary donations taken for this important cause.

Oh, and congratulations to Okavango African Orchestra for their win for World Music Album of the Year at the Junos!

Nagata Shachu Taiko
> Creating a new voice for the Japanese drum

Friday, April 7th, 8pm – Aki Studio Theatre – Daniels Spectrum

So Long Seven
> A meditative mix of composition and improvisation

Saturday, April 8th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

> Iconic Desert Blues

Wednesday, April 12th, 8pm – Massey Hall

> An exploration of the sacred texts and foundations of sound

Sunday, April 16th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
> Legendary Indian classical artist

Saturday, April 22nd, 7:30pm – Aga Khan Museum

Korean Traditional Music Association of Canada
> Transporting ancient sounds into a modern context

Sunday, April 29th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

> The soul of Indian Raga Music expressed on Western Instruments

Friday, May 5th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Globetrotter – Retro Bollywood
> Multi-sensory throwback dance party

Saturday, May 6th, 10pm – Round

Hidayat Husain Khan & Manjusha Kulkarni-Patil
> Two-part sitar and vocal concert presents Indian classical greats

Saturday, May 13th, 7pm – MacLeod Auditorium

Kayhan Kalhor & Alireza Ghorbani
> The Preeminent Ambassadors of Persian Music

Sunday, May 14th, 8pm – Toronto Centre for the Arts

World Fiddle Day Concert
> Featuring Kousha Nakhaei & Amely Zhou

Saturday, May 20th, 7pm – Aga Khan Museum


Music for Mosul with Rob Simms

Thursday, April 6th, 8pm – Small World Music 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.