The Asian Music Series approaches its midpoint with a sold out concert, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, at the Aga Khan Museum this Saturday. We hope you’re one of the lucky ones attending. Speaking of sold out, the May 14 performance by Kayhan Kalhor and Alireza Ghorbani is almost there too, so now’s the time if you’re keen on it.
Happily, there are still tickets for other great upcoming events. The Korean Traditional Music Association on April 29 provides a rare opportunity to hear live traditional music, and the brilliant Monsoon on May 5 brings finely crafted Indo-jazz. You can see both plus the May 20 World Fiddle Day Concert for only $40 by booking a Soul Explorer Bundle – experience all three shows and save 40%! Check out Monsoon performing “Rasa Lila” at the Burdock last month.
On Friday, at the Small World Centre, Andrew McPherson brings his stellar new band, as well as the freshly pressed vinyl of his new album, Bardo. Joined by the amazing guitar talent Nick Zubeck and his killer 3-piece, they’ll also be playing a few gems from David Bowie’s catalogue as a small tribute to the late great man.
From stage to screen – Small World has two compelling co-presentations with the Images Festival and Hot Docs coming up. Electro-Pythagoras (a portrait of Martin Bartlett) by Luke Fowler screens April 26, along with the North American premiere of Glyphs (Music from Martin’s Tape Archive). The quadraphonic concert work will be performed by Fowler and Ernst Karel. Then from May 3 to 6, we highly recommend Chavela, a documentary about one of Mexico’s greatest musical treasures, Chavela Vargas. Both gender and genre-defying, she is remembered as “la voz áspera de la ternura,” the rough voice of tenderness.
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
> Legendary Indian classical artist
Saturday, April 22nd, 7:30pm – Aga Khan Museum
Korean Traditional Music Association of Canada
> Transporting ancient sounds into a modern context
Sunday, April 29th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre
> 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
Andrew McPherson sings Bardo
> Album Release with Nick Zubeck and his band
Friday, April 21st, 8pm – Small World Music Centre
Blue Dot Band
Sunday, April 23rd, 7:30pm – Small World Music Centre
Electro-Pythagoras: A Portrait of Martin Bartlett
Followed by the performance of «Glyphs (Music from Martin’s Tape Archive)» by Luke Fowler and Ernest Karel
Small World Co-Presents this Images Festival Screening & Performance
Wednesday, April 26th, 8pm – Innis Town Hall
Small World Co-Presents this Hot Docs Screening
May 3rd – 6th – TIFF Bell Lightbox & Hart House
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.