Persian / modern at the Small World Centre + Ticket Contest

Jun 03, 2015

Sunday’s qawwali concert in Mississauga was a resounding end to our 13th Annual Asian Music Series – a powerful and moving evening with Fanna Fi Allah, who won over the crowd with their passionate performance. Thanks to all who helped make the two-month series a success – our sponsor TD Bank, our community partners, a great lineup of artists and all who attended. Now, it’s on to finalizing the Small World Festival – coming your way September 24th!In the meantime, there’s plenty to keep adventurous ears occupied. Two concerts next week at the Small World Centre have Iranian threads weaving through  contemporary settings.On Thursday the 11th, Akasha Five merges the ancient world of Persia with the modern sensibilities, fusing traditional Sufi poetry of Rumi with western jazz, folk, and rock – reinterpreting the traditional in a timeless, compelling and accessible way. We have one pair of FREE tickets for the first response that correctly names the band’s debut album released last year. Send your answers to ali@smallworldmusic.com

The following evening on June 12th, it’s Bazar Project. The initiative of our good friend (and the Centre’s sound technician) Reza Moghaddas, Bazar presents contemporary world music based on melodies and motifs from Middle East and Asia with modern arrangements, jazz harmonies and experimental atmospheres. In addition to Reza’s keyboards and bass, the group features drummer, percussionist Morgan Doctor and multi instrumetalist Sina Momtahan

Happy June!

AKASHA FIVE

Thursday June 11th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Bazar Project

Friday June 12th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Amai Kuda & Y Josephine  - June 3rd, 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.

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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.

Soul Stirring Asian Music Finale!

May 27, 2015

It’s a week of heartfelt music and spirit, that started with  Monday’s wonderful fundraiser for Nepal‘s earthquake victims – thanks to Ed Hanley and all who participated and attended. We’re pleased to report that the event generated over $2500 in ticket sales and donations  – that will be matched by the federal government for a total contribution of over $5000 . We’re proud to have helped.The 13th Annual Asian Music Series, sponsored by TD Bank, comes to a close this Sunday, with a spiritually rousing finale in Mississauga. The legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s influence continues to have an impact on a whole new generation of passionate devotees from varied cultural backgrounds. One unique example of this is Fanna-Fi-Allah, now celebrating 15 years of devotional discovery into the ancient Sufi tradition.Key members of the group have spent decades in dedicated study with masters of this classical art form in Pakistan and India and are deeply respected throughout the subcontinent. Disciples of the King of Qawwali, Fanna embodies an authentic continuation of the ancient tradition. With their ecstatic rhythms, soaring vocal melodies and the searing intensity of their live performances, the group urges us to lift our hearts in exaltation. A fitting end to a great series!

Fanna-Fi-Allah: A Tribute To Nusrat

Sunday May 31st, Living Arts Centre – RBC Theatre

BAZAR PROJECT  - June 12th, Small World Music Centre

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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.

Dragon Sounds, Nepal Fundraiser and more!

May 20, 2015

Sunday’s concert at the Glenn Gould Studio, presented alongside Raag Mala Toronto was stunningly good. Niladri Kumar and Aditya Kalyanpur showed exactly why they’re poised as the next generation of classical Indian music stars. Power, precision and youthful verve combined for a splendid performance.The 13th Annual Asian Music Series, sponsored by TD Bank, continues tomorrow evening at the Small World Centre with a unique concert bringing together Vancouver, Toronto, Taiwan, tradition and modernity. Sound of Dragon features some of the finest performers on Chinese instruments alongside a group of top notch contemporary instrumentalists. The results are unique interpretations of folk music as well as original works with influences from Indian, Klezmer, Persian, Chinese, Taiwanese, and more. Joining the ensemble is Toronto pipa virtuoso Wen Zhao. Have a look at the video for a sample of what they do.Don’t forget about next Monday at the Centre, when we host a fundraiser for Nepal‘s earthquake victims. The lineup for this important event is truly impressive – recently adding Armenian guitar star Levon Ichkanian to an already bursting-at-the-seams group of artists. This is a superb example of community coming together for a compelling cause and great music-making.

The end of the series is approaching and it’s going to be a great finale – a rousing night of Qawwali in tribute to the great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The group performing – Fanna Fi Allah is renowned for their powerfully energizing concerts, taking the audience to the heart of the tradition.

Sound of Dragon

Thursday May 21st, Small World Music Centre

Nepal Fundraiser

Monday May 25th, Small World Music Centre

Fanna-Fi-Allah: A Tribute To Nusrat

Sunday May 31st, Living Arts Centre – RBC Theatre

SON ACHÉ  - May 22nd, 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.

Indian Music Stars & New Sounds at the Centre!

May 13, 2015

Coming this weekend, a highlight of this year’s Asian Music Series – Niladri Kumar and Aditya Kalyanpur in concert at the Glenn Gould Studio, presented in association with Raag Mala Toronto. Part of the new generation of Indian classical music stars, these two performers have impressed critics and fans worldwide with stunning virtuosity and a fair dose of youthful attitude. Niladri, whom we’ve had here on two occasions with Zakir Hussain, is quickly becoming the new face of the sitar. Building on a serious legacy and grounding in tradition, he’s also known for rocking out on his self-created, electric ‘zitar’. Certainly, his past appearances in town left us waiting for more. Kalyanpur’s tabla accompaniment will ensure a sizzling evening. Check out the video below to get a taste of what’s to come.Following that on the 21st, the Series brings Vancouver to Toronto, via Sound of Dragon. Combining Chinese instruments and traditions with forward-looking new musical approaches, the group features an array of some of Canada’s top artists joining forces with musicians from Taiwan. It features Toronto pipa virtuoso Wen Zhao in an eclectic program of intercultural music that even includes a Beatles cover!Lots of activity coming at the Small World Centre. On Friday, you can catch Toronto’s rising ‘trad fusion’ trio NUA. Bringing a fresh sound to traditional music, they create distinctive original compositions, balanced with tunes drawn from Irish and Scottish traditions. The interaction between the three is what really makes the music shine, with soaring melodies and tasteful grooves.

Tickets are moving for Monday the 25th. The Fundraiser for Nepalfeatures a truly impressive lineup. With all proceeds to UNICEF and being matched by the government, this is a great night of music for an important cause that deserves your support!

Niladri Kumar & Aditya Kalyanpur

Sunday May 17th, Glenn Gould Studio

Sound of Dragon

Thursday May 21st, Small World Music Centre

Nepal Fundraiser

Monday May 25th, Small World Music Centre

Fanna-Fi-Allah: A Tribute To Nusrat

Sunday May 31st, Living Arts Centre – RBC Theatre

NUA  - May 15th, 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.

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