Asian Music Series Explorer Bundles Unwrapped!

Mar 23, 2017

Almost a week away from April 1st and our Asian Music Series, and just one day before ZUZE & IVA play a sold-out show at the Small World Music Centre!

If you’re trying to decide which Asian Music Series shows to see we have great news: Small World Explorer Bundles are now available! These give you access to big savings on Asian Music Experiences through curated three concert packages: Rhythm, Soul, Heritage and Motion.

For example, the first option, our Rhythm Bundle, includes the launch event with Haniya Aslam Trio‘s jazz and blues blended with mystical Sufi folk music. It also has Debashis Sinha’s Upanishads, which is a discovery of sacred texts via soundscapes. It ends with a throwback dance party, Globetrotter’s Retro Bollywood Edition.

With shows by the Korean Traditional Music Association, Monsoon’s soulful jazz-raga focus, and culture-crossing string players Kousha Nakhaei and Amely Zhou at World Fiddle Day, the Soul Bundle has lots to offer. That’s only two of the four – there’s too much great content to fully ‘explore’ here, so check out the full details. And with only a limited number available, you’re encouraged to do so quick!

Two great events upcoming at Lula Lounge, starting tonight when we present Ethiopian-Israeli singer AvevA Dese with Ashkenaz and Batuki. A rising star in the Israeli music scene, Aveva’s music features stimulating African groove with a touch of the fresh urban beat of Tel Aviv. Then on Monday, it’s a World Music JUNO celebration with performances by nominated groups Turkwaz, Sultans of String and Nomadica along with previous winners and nominees.

Watch AvevA Dese and her band play “Abebayehosh” by Teddy Afro at the Sigd Festival in Tel-Aviv in 2015.

AvevA Dese
> Ethiopian-Israeli World Music

Thursday, March 23rd, 8pm – Lula Lounge

Zuze & Iva
>Inuit-Iranian Sounds

Friday, March 24th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Haniya Aslam Trio
> Blend of jazz and blues with mystical Sufi and folk

Saturday, April 1st, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

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

Tinariwen
> Iconic Desert Blues

Wednesday, April 12th, 8pm – Massey Hall

Upanishads
> 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

Monsoon
> 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

World Fiddle Day Concert
> Featuring Kousha Nakhaei & Amely Zhou

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

Community SPOTLIGHT

JUNO Celebration Party

Monday, March 27th, 8pm – Lula Lounge

Community Events

Small World Music supports our community partners and family of world music artists performing around the greater Toronto area. Visit the Small World Music site to learn more about all the great events happening in the city.

Support Small World

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.

2017 Asian Music Series Line-Up : April 1 – May 20

Mar 16, 2017

While we endure a brutal end to winter, we know spring is around the corner, and with it, Small World’s annual Asian Music Series. We’re delighted to present the full line-up of artists set to perform 11 shows between April 1st and May 20th. This is our 15th edition, and we are proud to embrace the scope of sounds from across the Asian cultural landscape.

We’ve already mentioned the opener, the Haniya Aslam Trio, and can now give you the scoop on more; a performance by the always impressive Nagata Shachu Taiko group on April 7th; a mellower vibe with the richly textured acoustic music of So Long Seven the following night, and The Upanishads, the live sound project of our good friend Deb Sinha on April 16th.

The series also includes some of the greats of Indian Classical music, highlighted by the return of Grammy Award-winning Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, April 22nd and one of the most sought after Hindustani vocalists today, Manjusha Kulkarni-Patil, performing with the brilliant sitarist Hidayat Husain Khan on May 13th. All these shows will be accessible via our Small World Explorer Program for big savings on curated ticket packages.

In the meantime, our pals at Batuki Music present a rare taste of Moroccan music this weekend at the Alliance Française that’s worth a look.

Zuze & Iva

Small World Music Centre March 24th

Haniya Aslam Trio

Small World Music Centre April 1st

Nagata Shachu Taiko

Aki Studio Theatre – Daniels Spectrum April 7th

So Long Seven

Small World Music Centre April 8th

Tinariwen

Massey Hall April 12th

Deb Sinha – The Upanishads

Small World Music Centre April 16th

Mohan Veena with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

Aga Khan Museum April 22nd

Korean Traditional Music Association of Canada

Small World Music Centre April 29th

Monsoon

Small World Music Centre May 5th

Globetrotter – Retro Bollywood

Round May 6th

Hidayat Husain Khan & Manjusha Kulkarni-Patil

MacLeod Auditorium – Univeristy of Toronto  May 13th

World Fiddle Day – Kousha Nakhaei & Amely Zhou

Aga Khan Museum May 20th

Community SPOTLIGHT

Concert of Gnawa music by the Group Marocouleurs

Alliance Française March 18th

Community Events

Small World Music supports our community partners and family of world music artists performing around the greater Toronto area. Visit the Small World Music site to learn more about all the great events happening in the city.

Support Small World

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.

Asian Music Series ready to launch with Haniya Aslam

Mar 08, 2017

Happy International Women’s Day! Appropriately, as we gear up to launch the 15th edition of our Asian Music Series, we’re delighted to announce our first show:  The Haniya Aslam Trio on April 1st at the Small World Music Centre.

The Pakistani-Canadian singer, composer, musician and producer built a significant fan base and won international acclaim when she formed Pakistan’s first all-female band: Zeb and Haniya. Her performance last year with Mekaal Hasan rocked Lula Lounge and it’ll be a real treat for fans to experience her and her special guests in the intimate setting of the Centre.

Watch Haniya and Zeb perform “Bibi Sanam Janam,” a Dari song from Afghanistan, during PopTech 2011 in Camden, Maine.

If you loved Zuze at in/future last September then their March 24 performance at Small World Music Centre is a must-see! They dare to go where no ensemble has gone before, merging Iranian melodies and afrobeat rhythms with Nunavut-based throat singing. Advance tickets to Zuze & Iva are only $15.

We’re still buzzing from the incredible energy of last weekend’s sold-out party with Goran Bregović at Massey Hall! It’s only a month or so until our friends host the return of the amazing Tinariwen alongside Dengue Fever. Not to be missed!

Zuze & Iva

Small World Music Centre March 24th

Haniya Aslam Trio

Small World Music Centre April 1st

Tinariwen

Massey Hall April 12th

Community SPOTLIGHT

Andrew McPherson Sings Bardo

Small World Music Centre April 21st

Community Events

Small World Music supports our community partners and family of world music artists performing around the greater Toronto area. Visit the Small World Music site to learn more about all the great events happening in the city.

Support Small World

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.

Win Tickets to Goran Bregović | Globetrotter Anniversary Party

Mar 01, 2017

Happy March! We’re looking forward to Saturday’s soon-to-be sold-out Balkan extravaganza and are delighted to be part of such a success with our friends at Massey Hall. Goran Bregović and his Wedding & Funeral Band is going to be a blast and one pair of lucky newsletter readers can join us for FREE!

But you’ve got be creative and dance! Like Small World’s Facebook Page and post a short video on the Event Page of yourself or a friend dancing to the music of Goran Bregović for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see him Saturday. The video can be captured on your phone and be unedited – we are looking for enthusiasm over quality! You must post your creation by Friday at noon to be in the draw.

Globetrotter’s First Anniversary Party follows the Massey Hall show at Round in Kensington Market. It features one of the most adventurous global electronic producers in the scene, The Human Experience, along with local groove master Synapps and resident ethnomixologist DJ Medicineman bookend the dance floor festivities.

A cool combination just announced at the Small World Centre on the 25th brings our friends Zuze together with Nunavut-based throat singer Ivaluarjuk. Merging Iranian melodies and afrobeat rhythms with vocals from Rankin Inlet – should be some musical experience!

Watch Zuze perform “Alleycat Ska” at in/future – Small World Music Festival 2016.

Goran Bregović & His Wedding and Funeral Band

Massey Hall March 4th

Globetrotter – Anniversary Party with The Human Experience

The Round March 4th

Zuze & Iva

Small World Music Centre March 24th

Tinariwen

Massey Hall April 12th

Community SPOTLIGHT

AvevA Dese

Lula Lounge March 23rd

Community Events

Small World Music supports our community partners and family of world music artists performing around the greater Toronto area. Visit the Small World Music site to learn more about all the great events happening in the city.

Support Small World

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.