Gaelynn Lea, Diverse Asian Music Series Shows & More

Apr 26, 2018

An amazingly diverse choice of events coming up in our Asian Music Series, supported by TD Bank!

On Sunday it’s the Royal Conservatory of Music’s presentation of two great musicians of our era, teaming up for a sold-out concert. Crosscurrents: Zakir Hussain & Dave Holland brings the celebrated tabla virtuoso and jazz bassist together with an all-star band for an ‘Indian music meets jazz’ extravaganza.

Next weekend, sarod master Partho Sarothy and singer Shruti Sadolikar are featured in a two-part Indian classical concert presented by Raag-Mala Toronto at Glenn Gould Studio. These great players are supported by Neelesh Nadkarni on harmonium and Ramdas Palsule on tabla.

The series takes a sonic detour the following week, starting with Globetrotter’s – Bollywood Beat May 10. It will be a mashup of spicy beats courtesy of ‘Besharam’ legend DJ Amita, with visuals by SEKS, alongside resident DJ medicineman – tickets at the door.

That’s followed by two nights presented in association with Canadian Music Week and Wavelength, with Foonyap and Holy Hum at the Small World Centre May 11 and 12. Innovative soundscapes and powerful electronica are the hallmark of these two remarkable young artists.

Then a unique event at the Centre, Gaelynn Lea with Ali Jafri May 13. With an adapted playing style, holding her violin like a tiny cello and looping classically trained melodies, Gaelynn creates something truly individual. Witness “Someday We’ll Linger in The Sun,” one of her songs that won NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2016.

Last but not least, this Saturday Hot Docs and Small World co-present a screening on the life and music of Indigenous singer/songwriter Gurrumul. With mesmerizing concert footage and intimate home videos, director Paul Damien Williams delivers a poignant portrait of this complex artist.

Zakir Hussain & Dave Holland
> Presented by the Royal Conservatory of Music and part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

Sunday, April 29, 7:00pm, Koerner Hall

Pandit Partho Sarothy / Vidushi Shruti Sadolikar
> Presented by Raag-Mala Toronto and part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

Saturday, May 5, 7:00pm, Glenn Gould Studio

Foonyap / Holy Hum
> Part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

May 11 & 12, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Gaelynn Lea with Ali Jafri
> NPR Tiny Desk Concert Winner 

Sunday, May 13, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Near East
> Part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

Saturday, May 19, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Amely Zhou & Friends / Timar – Parsons Duo
> Part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

Thursday, May 24, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra
> Presented by The Music Gallery and part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

Saturday, May 26, 8:00pm, The Music Gallery

Ihtimanska with Special Guests Brenna MacCrimmon & Ariel Balevi
> Special evening of music and storytelling

Thursday, June 7, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Gurrumul
> Presented by the 25th Hot Docs Festival

April 28 – 29 & May 5, Various Locations

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.

Itamar Erez & Autorickshaw This Week + New Hot Docs Co-Presentation

Apr 18, 2018

 

Apart from appalling April weather, we’re feeling good about our 16th annual Asian Music Series, sponsored by TD Bank. With a full slate of upcoming events inside the series and out, there are good sounds to warm us.

This evening at the Small World Centre, a special mid-week concert by Itamar Erez brings top-notch guitar composition to the stage. Itamar’s unique palette of influences brings together his classical training with jazz and flamenco. Now based in Vancouver, he comes to town just after performing at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel auditorium with Omar Faruk Tekbilek. Tonight, violinist Jessica Hana Deutsch and singer Flavia Nascimento join as special guests.

On Saturday, Autorickshaw Trio returns to the Centre. At the forefront of the world music landscape after their recent tour of India and JUNO nomination for ‘Meter,’ Suba Sankaran, Ed Hanley and Dylan Bell’s indo-fusion jazz is delightfully unique. The video below speaks volumes for the confidence and elegance of the band’s vision and continued artistic growth.

Last chance to grab a three-concert ticket bundle and save! It’s an amazing opportunity to see world-renowned tabla master Zakir Hussain with the legendary Dave Holland at Koerner Hall, along with a sarod and vocal recital presented by Raag-Mala Toronto and Near East’s album release. This offer, made possible through our partners, ends April 25 – buy yours here.

And we’re delighted to partner with the Hot Docs festival again. Their screening of ‘Gurrumul‘ tells the story of Indigenous singer/songwriter Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, one of the most important artists to come out of Australia. Blind from birth, creating music inspired by his community in the far northeast of Arnhem Land, Gurrumul shied away from the rewards and obligations that came with fame and notoriety. But with his unforgettable, soulful sound, he captivated audiences across the globe.

Itamar Erez with Flavia Nascimento & Jessica Hana Deutsch
> Middle Eastern music, jazz and flamenco

Wednesday, April 18, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Autorickshaw Trio
> Part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

Saturday, April 21, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Zakir Hussain & Dave Holland
> Presented by the Royal Conservatory of Music and part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

Sunday, April 29, 7:00pm, Koerner Hall

Pandit Partho Sarothy / Vindushi Shruit Sadolikar
> Presented by Raag-Mala Toronto and part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

Saturday, May 5, 7:00pm, Glenn Gould Studio

Foonyap / Holy Hum
> Part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

May 11 & 12, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Gaelynn Lea with Ali Jafri
> NPR Tiny Desk Concert Winner 

Sunday, May 13, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Near East
> Part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

Saturday, May 19, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Amely Zhou & Friends / Timar – Parsons Duo
> Part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

Thursday, May 24, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra
> Presented by The Music Gallery and part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

Saturday, May 26, 8:00pm, The Music Gallery

Ihtimanska with Special Guests Brenna MacCrimmon & Ariel Balevi
> Special evening of music and storytelling

Thursday, June 7, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Gurrumul
> Presented by the 25th Hot Docs Festival

April 28 – 29 & May 5, Various Locations

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.

Kiran Ahluwalia’s LOVEfest with Souad Massi Saturday!

Apr 12, 2018

Last week’s kickoff to our Asian Music Series sponsored by TD Bank thumped the Small World Centre and was a great party. Now time is running out to access our Small World Explorer Ticket Packages! Gain access to the otherwise sold-out Zakir Hussain and Dave Holland concert on April 29 through our New Arrivals or Classical Departures 3 concert package and save.

Saturday’s concert has been anticipated for some time. The 4 part celebration of diversity through music and dance has been 2 years in the making, conceived as a musical response to hate crimes. Kiran Ahluwalia was on CP24 and SIRIUS XM yesterday discussing her project. Early birds can tune into Metro Morning with Matt Galloway to hear her tomorrow at 6:50AM. Better yet, see her live alongside Souad Massi, Bhai Kabal Singh Trio and Tanoura Sufi dancer Yasser Darwish at Harbourfront Centre. This is “Khafa” from her new album “7 Billion.”

As a gesture to welcome you, our subscriber, we have a pair of tickets for this special night. First reply to jess@smallworldmusic.com listing the next Asian Music Series concert after LOVEfest wins!

Meanwhile the Centre forges ahead with April programming with So Long Seven‘s release of “Kala Kalo” on vinyl and CD tomorrow night. Experience their top-notch playing that traverses several genres including Indian music, chamber jazz and folk roots.

Next Wednesday it’s Vancouver-based master guitarist Itamar Erez. A singular voice on the nylon-stringed guitar, he blends Middle Eastern music with the freedom of jazz and the passion of flamenco to create a sound all his own. He’s joined by Jessica Hana Deutsch on violin and singer Flavia Nascimento.

Returning to Asian Music Series programming next Saturday, Autorickshaw Trio graces the stage. Always an aural delight, the band recently returned from a 5-week tour of India to news of their JUNO nomination. Their latest album, ‘Meter,’ has been wining acclaim with the sultry vocals of Suba Sankaran, the driving basslines of Dylan Bell and intricate tabla grooves by Ed Hanley.

So Long Seven
> CD & Vinyl Release

Friday, April 13, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Kiran Ahluwalia’s LOVEfest
> Part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

Saturday, April 14, 8:00pm, Harbourfront Centre Theatre

Itamar Erez at Small World Music Centre
> Middle Eastern music, jazz and flamenco

Wednesday, April 18, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Autorickshaw Trio
> Part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

Saturday, April 21, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Zakir Hussain & Dave Holland
> Presented by the Royal Conservatory of Music and part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

Sunday, April 29, 7:00pm, Koerner Hall

Pandit Partho Sarothy / Vindushi Shruit Sadolikar
> Presented by Raag-Mala Toronto and part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

Saturday, May 5, 7:00pm, Glenn Gould Studio

Foonyap / Holy Hum
> Part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

May 11 & 12, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Gaelynn Lea with Ali Jafri
> NPR Tiny Desk Concert Winner 

Sunday, May 13, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Near East
> Part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

Saturday, May 19, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Amely Zhou & Friends / Timar – Parsons Duo
> Part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

Thursday, May 24, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra
> Presented by The Music Gallery and part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

Saturday, May 26, 8:00pm, The Music Gallery

COMMUNITY EVENTS

The Latin American Flute Festival
> Presented by the Canadian Flute Association

April 9 – 14, Various Locations

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.

Asian Music Series Opens Friday!

Apr 04, 2018

Here we are in chilly April, two days from the launch of our 16th annual Asian Music Series, sponsored by TD Bank! We’re proud to showcase a diverse lineup of new artists and returning favourites in settings that range from deep classical tradition to uncharted sonic waters.

It gets underway Friday at the Small World Centre, with a night of rhythmic electronica, deep grooves and stunning visuals. KloX features the modulated tabla of Gurpreet Chana and Mason Bach’s electronically processed violin. Expansive soundscapes and uniquely engineered rhythms make for an immersive dance floor experience, heightened by VJ Aaron Dawson. Globetrotter DJ medicineman spins his signature cross-cultural beats set to the lush visual tapestries of artist and VJ SEKS.

Next week, the remarkable LOVEfest tour hits Toronto April 14. Kiran Ahluwalia’s project to foster intercultural understanding resonates closely with Small World’s mission. With sacred and secular performances from Sikh and Muslim traditions, the four-act program features music and dance from India, Algeria and Egypt, including Souad Massi, one of the Arab world’s most prominent voices. Watch her live performance at The Marquee, at Cairo Festival City and hear the power of her voice.

Tickets for this event can be accessed at a special price through Small World’s New Arrivals bundle until April 6th. In addition to LOVEfest, it includes the otherwise sold-out Zakir Hussain & Dave Holland concert April 29th at Koerner Hall, the opening night party, and Tatsuya Nakantani Gong Orchestra.

In other events, this weekend KUNÉ – Canada’s Global Orchestra performs a special concert, launching their debut recording at Koerner Hall. That evening also has David Buchbinder and Hilario Durán with their band, Odessa/Havana.

kLoX with DJ Medicineman & VJ SEKS
> Launch of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

Friday, April 6, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

So Long Seven
> CD & Vinyl Release

Friday, April 13, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Kiran Ahluwalia’s LOVEfest
> Part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

Saturday, April 14, 8:00pm, Harbourfront Centre Theatre

Itamar Erez at Small World Music Centre
> Middle Eastern music, jazz and flamenco

Wednesday, April 18, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Autorickshaw Trio
> Part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

Saturday, April 21, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Zakir Hussain & Dave Holland
> Presented by the Royal Conservatory of Music and part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

Sunday, April 29, 7:00pm, Koerner Hall

Pandit Partho Sarothy / Vindushi Shruit Sadolikar
> Presented by Raag-Mala Toronto and part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

Saturday, May 5, 7:00pm, Glenn Gould Studio

Foonyap / Holy Hum
> Part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

May 11 & 12, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Near East
> Part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

Saturday, May 19, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Amely Zhou & Friends / Timar – Parsons Duo
> > Part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

Thursday, May 24, 8:00pm, Small World Music Centre

Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra
> Presented by The Music Gallery and part of Small World Music’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series

Saturday, May 26, 8:00pm, The Music Gallery

COMMUNITY EVENTS

KUNÉ
> Presented by the Royal Conservatory of Music

Saturday, April 7, 8:00pm, Koerner Hall

The Latin American Flute Festival
> Presented by the Canadian Flute Association

April 9 – 14, Various Locations

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.