World Fiddle Day Closes Asian Music Series

May 18, 2017

The last few days have had us deeply immersed in Persian music with some of the greatest performers from the tradition. Two sold-out events with Kayhan Kalhor and Alireza Ghorbani were simply stunning, and a great way to lead us out of this year’s Asian Music Series, sponsored by TD Bank.

For our final event, we’ve partnered with the folks at World Fiddle Day to infuse that innovative program with some Asian flavours. Now in its fifth year, WFD celebrates this much-loved instrument in all its forms, including the two-stringed erhu of Central and East Asia, the Persian kamancheh, contributed by Amely Zhou and Kousha Nakhaei respectively. Taking place at the Aga Khan Museum, the event offers the best of world music on bowed strings through morning workshops, a free afternoon jam session, and an evening concert led by seven guest artists.

Circling back to last year’s Asian Music Series, watch Amely Zhou perform “Galloping Horses” with Strings Across Asia, live at the Small World Music Centre.

Thanks to all who participated and enjoyed the wonderful sounds!

World Fiddle Day Concert
> Featuring Kousha Nakhaei & Amely Zhou

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

Community SPOTLIGHT

New Canadian Global Music Orchestra
> Top notch musicians from all over the world performing together

Friday, June 2, 8pm – Koerner Hall

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.

Last Chance! A Few Stellar Concerts Remain

May 10, 2017

The 15th Annual Asian Music Series, sponsored by TD Bank and in partnership with Exclaim, is in the home stretch, with just a few stellar concerts remaining. On Saturday, our partners at Raag-Mala Toronto present a compelling combination at the MacLeod Auditorium on the U of T campus. Sitarist Hidayat Husain Khan harbours a creative brilliance that takes him across all genres and nuances of music, while Manjusha Kulkarni-Patil could well be the busiest Hindustani vocalist today with upwards of 50 concerts a year.

Following that, on Mother’s Day, another amazing pairing as kamancheh legend Kayhan Kalhor returns, in the company of vocalist Alireza Ghorbani at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. While the Sunday concert is sold out, as mentioned last week, they will be making a special appearance on Tuesday the 16th at the Small World Centre. We’re thrilled to host these heavyweights at our space and the lucky few who will get to share this exclusive event will no doubt have a memorable time. A few tickets remain!

Watch Kayhan perform kamancheh and vocals live at Morgenland Festival Osnabrück in 2012.

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

Encore: Kayhan Kalhor & Alireza Ghorbani
> An Evening of Performance and Conversation

Tuesday, May 16th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

World Fiddle Day Concert
> Featuring Kousha Nakhaei & Amely Zhou

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

Community SPOTLIGHT

desiFEST #Unplugged
> Launch of Monthly Series

Saturday, May 13, 7pm – Small World Music Centre

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.

Just Announced! Kayhan & Alireza Encore

May 04, 2017

While the May 14th Persian Music concert at the Toronto Centre for the Arts is sold out, we’re excited to announce a special event two days later with the same artists – Encore: Kayhan Kalhor and Alireza Ghorbani – an exclusive ‘up close and personal’ salon-style evening at the Small World Centre! This unique night will include an insightful interview and Q & A with audience members, along with performance, Kayhan’s signature kamancheh and Alireza’s extraordinary voice.

Tomorrow, the Asian Music Series, sponsored by TD Bank and in partnership with Exclaim! continues with Monsoon. This super-talented quartet blends East and West in a most compelling way. Their synthesis of the spirituality of Indian Ragas with the creative expression of jazz has brought Monsoon’s first CD release Pranaam international acclaim. Tickets are selling fast, so make a move while you still can.

On Saturday, the series moves to Kensington Market and onto the dance floor with the May edition of our Globetrotter monthly. Retro Bollywood features live Bhangra with the Guru Bros, the artistry of Raja Rhythmics, resident ethnomixologist DJ medicineman, and guest Punjabi dancers. Vintage Bollywood film, lush decor and a proper chai bar round out this multi-sensory throwback party. Jai Ho!

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

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

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

Encore: Kayhan Kalhor & Alireza Ghorbani
> An Evening of Performance and Conversation

Tuesday, May 16th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

World Fiddle Day Concert
> Featuring Kousha Nakhaei & Amely Zhou

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

Community SPOTLIGHT

Chavela

Small World Co-Presents this Hot Docs Screening
May 3rd – 6th – TIFF Bell Lightbox & Hart House

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 Ticket Giveaway & We’re Hiring!

Apr 29, 2017

This weekend our Asian Music Series, sponsored by TD Bank, continues with a rare opportunity to experience traditional Korean music live. The Korean Traditional Music Association of Canada (KTMAC), as the name implies, is dedicated to keeping ancient sounds alive by bringing them to contemporary audiences. A wonderful array of instruments, strings, percussion, winds and voice relay folk, ritual and court music with great skill and commitment.

Listen to Sinbaetnori for a taste of what’s in store. To sweeten the deal, we are offering a pair of FREE tickets to the first lucky person who emails us here.

Meanwhile Friday is your last chance to explore the Asian Music Series through a Soul Explorer Bundle. The magic of KTMAC, Monsoon and the World Fiddle Day Concert can be yours for $40; Buy yours through our Ticket Hub.

Next weekend, the series has two very distinct events, ranging from meditative Indo-jazz to Bollywood dance floor moves, as we host Monsoon at the Small World Centre, and head back to Round for a special Globetrotter night.

Lastly, Small World is HIRING a Community Engagement Coordinator for a brand new initiative bringing an innovative working model for live music presentation to Toronto! If you’re someone passionate about world music and culture, and interested in developing a musical shared platform, please apply.

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

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

Community SPOTLIGHT

Inside the Block Party – Mar Aberto Fundraiser

Saturday, April 22nd, 9pm – Geary Lane

Chavela

Small World Co-Presents this Hot Docs Screening
May 3rd – 6th – TIFF Bell Lightbox & Hart House

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.