L’embarras du choix – Small World’s Global Sound Picks

Jan 25, 2018

Tomorrow evening at Koerner Hall, it’ll be warm sounds for a winter night with Calypso Rose and Kobo Town. The legendary singer combines forces with local Caribbean heroes to create a dynamic cross-generational sound. On her website, there’s a fascinating timeline of the history of Calypso, which includes the remarkable fact that in 1967, she performed with Bob Marley and the Wailers – that would’ve been a concert for the ages!

Next week the Aga Khan Museum and Istituto Italiano di Cultura present a unique event – Musical Inventions by Paolo Angeli. The Sardinian musician takes to the stage with his invented 18-stringed hybrid of guitar, baritone, violoncello, and drums. Adorned with hammers, pedals, and even propellers operating at various speeds, Angeli’s instrument enables a wholly new type of performance — combining free jazz, folk noise, and minimal pop music. Special offer for Small World Music fans, access tickets at 10% off with promo code PAOLO, or buy through the link here. This is Angeli’s “Mascaratu“… enjoy!

Some sweet Ethio-jazz tonight on Danforth when the Barnes/Woldemichael Ethio-Jazz Quartet play Hirut Cafe, just west of Woodbine subway station. Drummer and composer Daniel teams up with saxophonist Girma Woldemichael the last Thursday of every month. Expect melodic groove music, both original and classic, rooted in Ethiopian music traditions, and the creative intermingling of other regional sounds.

Last but not least, Uma Nota Winter Nite offers a samba-infused late night dance party. Friday it’s Batucada Carioca live with DJs General Eclectic, J. Lai & Win-win at Super Wonder Gallery on College.

Calypso Rose with Kobo Town
> Presented by the Royal Conservatory of Music

Friday, January 26, 8:00pm, Koerner Hall


Uma Nota Winter Nite
> Batucada Carioca with DJs General Eclectic, J. Lai & Win-win

Friday, January 26, 10:00pm, Super Wonder Gallery

Musical Inventions Paolo Angeli
> Presented by Aga Khan Museum and Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Thursday, February 1, 8:00pm, Aga Khan Museum Auditorium


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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