Asian Music Series Launch!

Apr 06, 2016

Three amazing events presented by three of the GTA’s finest venues mark the beginning of the 14th Annual Asian Music Series. We’re delighted to be partnering with them to bring two months of superb programming from across the Asian cultural landscape.

Tonight’s concert by Anoushka Shankar at Koerner Hall is sold out – not surprising given her status as one of the preeminent global music artists. There may be a few rush seats available, but you can also consider Thursday at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, where a top-notch trio offers three traditions featuring shamisen, taiko and folk song. The series heads to Markham on Saturday night as the Flato Markham Theatre hosts Wu Man & the Shanghai Quartet in an exquisite evening of ancient meets modern in Chinese strings.

Also this weekend, a worthy fundraiser takes place at Eastminster United Church. ‘Making the Rent 2‘ features Persian, Sudanese and Syrian music to raise funds for sponsoring refugee families from the middle east. The concert will be performed by percussionist Naghmeh Farahmand, multi-instrumentalist Waleed Abdulhamid, and singer Nawras Nader.

Anoushka Shankar
> The Reigning Queen of Sitar

Wednesday April 6th, 8pm – Koerner Hall

> 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

Los Lobos Disconnected
> Legendary ‘Wolves’ of Latin Music

Saturday, April 23rd, 8pm – Koerner Hall

> Ethnic Chaos

Saturday, April 23rd, 8pm – Aga Khan Museum

Kiran Ahluwalia
> Two-Time Juno-Winning Voice

Thursday, April 28rd, 8pm – Flato Markham Theatre

Shujaat Khan & Ramneek Singh
> Poetry of Sitar & Voice

Friday, April 29th, 8pm – Aga Khan Museum

Globetrotter ~ Feat adham shaikh
> The Basswala Returns! 

Saturday, May 7th, 10pm – Round Venue

Abida Parveen
> The Greatest Female Sufi Singer in History

Friday, April 29th, 8pm – Aga Khan Museum

> Mesmerizing Indo-Jazz

Friday, May 20th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Strings Across Asia
> An evening of cross-cultural fireworks

Saturday, May 28th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Mekaal & Haniya
> Rocking the Sufi Vibe

Sunday, May 29th, 8pm – Lula Lounge

Making the Rent 2: A Concert to Support Syrian Refugees
> Music from Three Cultures – Persian, Sudanese, & Syrian
Saturday April 9th, 7pm – Eastminster United Church

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