Polyphonic Ground Events Oct. 12 & 16, International Talent & Ticket Giveaway

Oct 11, 2017

Tomorrow evening’s triple bill presented by Polyphonic Ground at Revival looks especially great as Batuki Music and Uma Nota team up! Matatu Express is a who’s who of local music legends reminiscent of African Guitar Summit: Donné Roberts, Madagascar Slim, Adam Solomon, Pa Joe, Kofi Ackah, Ebenezer Agyekum and dancer Mabinty Sylla. It’s somewhat nostalgic to watch them here. The Future Primitive connect the dots between Toronto and the Latin America of their childhoods to create their Tropical Soul sound, and Beny Esguerra & New Tradition explore tradition and change through Afro-native Colombian music with an inner city edge.

On Monday we invite all culturally diverse musicians, managers and agents interested in getting more market exposure to rsvp to get in on the Polyphonic Ground Conversation! Light refreshments and childcare will be provided.

A week from today at Lula Lounge, our friend Justin Gray and his Synthesis band release their debut album, New Horizons. The album draws inspiration from Justin’s wide range of musical influences, including Indian classical, jazz, western classical and R&B, leading to a unique combination of rich sonic textures, inspiring melodies, and exotic grooves. If you’re feeling lucky, email us before end of day for a chance to win tickets.

Next weekend, two international acts of the highest order grace the stage of the Small World Centre. Myrica Faya originate from the Azores and explore the deep roots of their music with a personal approach that ranges from classical to blues and jazz. Following that, the partnership of Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman unites ‘one of the UK’s most influential acoustic guitarists’ (fROOTS) with the recipient of Irish Traditional Musician of the Year.

Polyphonic Ground Presents:
Beny Esguerra & New Tradition / Matatu Express / The Future Primitive

> Music for the Culturally Curious

Thursday, October 12th, 9:00pm, Revival

Polyphonic Ground Conversations:
Inclusive Programming For Musicians

> Presented by Polyphonic Ground

Monday, October 16th, 6:30pm, Lula Lounge

Myrica Faya Band
> New Azorean Music

Friday, October 20th, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman in Concert
> Traditional Irish Music, Hot Jazz & Baroque

Saturday, October 21st, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

The Jay Danley Band CD Launch
> Featuring Special Guest Hilario Duran

Saturday, October 28th, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Polyphonic Ground Presents:
Sina Salimi / D’bi & The 333

> Music for the Culturally Curious

Thursday, November 9th, 9:00pm, Revival

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Justin Gray & Synthesis
> New Horizons CD Release

Wednesday, October 18th, 8:00pm, Lula Lounge

Inti Illimani 50th Anniversary & Nano Stern
> Part of the Royal Conservatory’s World Music Concert Series

Friday, October 27th, 8:00pm, Koerner Hall

Yasmin Levy & The Klezmatics
> Part of the Royal Conservatory’s World Music Concert Series

Wednesday, November 1st, 8:00pm, Koerner Hall

TEAM SPIRIT

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.

Inclusive Programming for Musicians & More

Oct 05, 2017

Lots coming up as we segue into October, including a nice way to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with one of Montreal’s finest groups, Ensemble Tessala, Saturday at the Small World Centre. The trio features classical guitar by Samuel Bonnet, percussion (riqq & bendir) by Nathaniel Huard and Khalil Moqadem on oud. Watch them perform traditional Arab-Andalusian melodies, Jewish music from the medieval and baroque periods, and reinterpreted Quebec folklore.



Next Thursday marks the second Polyphonic Ground Presents at Revival. This time round, Batuki Music and Uma Nota mix it up with three exciting acts. Matatu Express present Ghanaian highlife and more, while Beny Esguerra & New Tradition mix hip hop and soul with Afro-Colombian percussion. The Future Primitive fuse Latin and Caribbean styles with raw, catchy songwriting into ‘Tropical Soul’ music.

The following Monday at Lula Lounge, an event of interest to all culturally diverse musicians, managers and agents, Polyphonic Ground Conversations: Inclusive Programming for Musicians. It’s a participatory opportunity for artists struggling to break through to programmers to share their experiences and insights. The discussion will encompass what barriers people are facing, what is working and what’s not, before building strategies that promote change for fellow musicians – and secure more gigs!

It’s that time of year when our friends at the Music Gallery present their X Avant Festival – a boundary crossing program of new and experimental music. This year the theme is Resistance, from silent protest to high-volume critiques. Highlights include: Chino Amobi, a night with Indigenous music platform RPM, a collaboration with electro-soul legends LAL and East African punk arts collective Babely Shades, and events remembering composers James Tenney and Pauline Oliveros.

Ensemble Tessala
> Classical Guitar, Oriental Percussion & Oud

Saturday, October 7th, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Polyphonic Ground Presents: Beny Esguerra & New Tradition / Matatu Express / The Future Primitive
> Music for the Culturally Curious

Thursday, October 12th, 9:00pm, Revival

Polyphonic Ground Conversations: Inclusive Programming For Musicians
> Presented by Polyphonic Ground

Monday, October 16th, 6:30pm, Lula Lounge

Myrica Faya Band
> New Azorean Music

Friday, October 20th, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman in Concert
> Traditional Irish Music, Hot Jazz & Baroque

Saturday, October 21st, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

The Jay Danley Band CD Launch
> Featuring Special Guest Hilario Duran

Saturday, October 28th, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

COMMUNITY EVENTS

X Avant New Music Festival XII: Resistance
> Presented by the Music Gallery

Wednesday, October 11th – Sunday, October 15th, 918 Bathurst

Inti Illimani 50th Anniversary & Nano Stern
> Part of the Royal Conservatory’s World Music Concert Series

Friday, October 27th, 8:00pm, Koerner Hall

Yasmin Levy & The Klezmatics
> Part of the Royal Conservatory’s World Music Concert Series

Wednesday, November 1st, 8:00pm, Koerner Hall

TEAM SPIRIT

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.

Autorickshaw, Ensemble Tessala & Polyphonic Ground Presents

Sep 27, 2017

This week at the Small World Centre, Autorickshaw celebrates 15 years with two CD release concerts! On Thursday and Friday, Toronto’s twice Juno-nominated Indo-fusion ensemble showcases ‘Meter‘, their 5th album. With new originals, fiery fusion and unique spins on cover songs, Dylan Bell, Ed Hanley and Suba Sankaran create an impressive and expressive journey from traditional to modern.

Next week at the Centre it’s Ensemble Tessala, classical guitar by Samuel Bonnet, percussion by Nathaniel Huard, and Khalil Moqadem on oud. The Montreal trio draws inspiration from Arab-Andalusian music, Jewish melodies from the medieval and baroque, and Quebec folkloric traditions.

Shortly thereafter, the second Polyphonic Ground presentation at Revival looks like a party! Batuki Music and Uma Nota mix pan-African traditions with the sounds of South, Central and North America. It’s a triple bill featuring the newly formed supergroup Matatu Express, The Future Primitive, and Beny Esguerra & New Tradition. Learn the story behind the later and enjoy clips from their recent album here.

Autorickshaw
> Meter CD Release Concerts

September 28th & 29th, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Ensemble Tessala
> Classical Guitar, Oriental Percussion & Oud

Saturday, October 7th, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Polyphonic Ground Presents: Beny Esguerra & New Tradition / Matatu Express / The Future Primitive
> Music for the Culturally Curious

Thursday, October 12th, 9:00pm, Revival

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Measha Brueggergosman Launch “Something Is Always On Fire” with Jazz Money
> Memoir of Juno Award winning vocalist and opera sensation

Tuesday, October 3rd, 7:30pm, Church of the Holy Trinity

TEAM SPIRIT

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.

Small World Music Festival Thanks YOU!

Sep 21, 2017

The outrageously good weather that helped make Small World in the Park such a delight continues to bless us in Toronto – we’ll take it! It certainly made the just completed 16th Annual Festival feel like a summer affair. Thanks to all who attended, participated and helped make it happen!

We were very pleased to be engaging with our communities, presenting debut performances and generating good media attention. From the first Polyphonic Ground Presents event, with bands from Toronto, New York and Montreal, to the Canadian debut of a young Korean traditional group, late night grooves with Pierre Kwenders and a great crowd at Saturday’s beautiful Sufi concert at St. Andrew’s Church, it was wonderful.

We’re proud to have been the first to bring musical entertainment to Trillium Park. Continuing our relationship with Ontario Place and offering a free daylong program of music, Small World in the Park was a lively event, with crowds throughout the day, many of whom stayed for the fire pit MO, “you make up a title, we make up a song,” with A Little Rambunctious. Special thanks to the Toronto Real Estate Board for helping make the day possible, as well as to all of our funders, volunteers and supporters. Especially you!

The great music continues next week at the Small World Centre, when Autorickshaw does a two-night run to celebrate 15 years and the release of their 5th album ‘Meter’. This should be special, watch the trailer here. More to come next week.

Autorickshaw
> Meter CD Release Concerts

September 28th & 29th, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Polyphonic Ground Presents: Beny Esguerra & New Tradition / Matatu Express / The Future Primitive
> Music for the Culturally Curious

Thursday, October 12th, 9:00pm, Revival

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Inti Illimani 50th Anniversary and Nano Stern
> Part of The Royal Conservatory’s World Music Concerts Series

Friday, October 27th, 8:00pm, Koerner Hall

TEAM SPIRIT

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.