Gongs, Strings, Film and More!

Jan 29, 2015

‘World Music Needs More Gamelan!’ That was the memorable slogan on a t-shirt I saw at WOMEX many years ago and I still agree wholeheartedly. The uniquely wonderful music of Indonesia really does deserve more exposure. Fortunately, we’re doing our small part next week with an evening combining a film screening and live performance of Javanese music. The Stirring of a Thousand Bells film along with a trio performance of Sundanese music by Andrew Timar, Bill Parsons and Matt Dunning will offer a rare treat for enthusiasts of the evocative sounds of these traditions next Friday February 6th. Get a taste from the trailer below.Along those lines, I recently revisited music by an amazing group we presented some years ago – Sambasunda thoroughly blew away the audience at a show at Lula Lounge. And their CD ‘Rahwana’s Cry’, on Network Records, brought it all back. This stunningly exuberant display of Sundanese traditions merged with a contemporary approach hasn’t aged a bit since its 2005 release. Highly recommended.The same weekend, Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate return to town after their memorable debut at Harbourfront last summer. A genre-busting combination of West African grooves and hip hop, they’ll rock the stage at Lula on the 8th.

Two events of note in the coming weeks at the Flato Markham Theatre spanning South Asian and Brazilian star artists. ‘The Sarod Project’ features South Asia’s ‘first family of the sarod’, with Amjad, Amaan and Ayaan Ali Kahn. Songlines Magazine called Amjad Ali Khan “One of the 20th century’s greatest masters of the Sarod” and there’s no doubt, he is a superstar of South Asian music.  With his two sons, Amaan and Ayaan, this trio transcends a musical lineage of seven generations, making the instrument timeless.

The following week, they host Samba Exótico – The Assad Brothers with Romero Lubambo. Two of Brazil’s most celebrated classical guitarists team up with one of the country’s most sought after jazz guitarists for a remarkable evening of string virtuosity.

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Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate

Sunday February 8th, Lula Lounge

Vusi Mahlasela & Hugh Masekela

Saturday February 28th, Koerner Hall


Friday March 13th, Winter Garden Theatre

Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits w. Special Guest Kinobe

Saturday April 18th, Koerner Hall

The Stirring of a Thousand Bells

Friday February 6th, The Small World Music Centre

Sunday, February 8, 8 pm

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan’s concerts have been called magical. As a sarod virtuoso he is a superstar in India, revered for his expressive, vocalized playing. In his hands, the sarod’s 25 strings produce a rich palette of overtones mimicking the complex tone colours and expressive range of the human voice. With his two sons, Amaan and Ayaan, this trio transcends a musical lineage of seven generations, making the instrument timeless.


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