Pick Your Poison: Sarod & Vocal Recital, Bollywood Beat, or Avant-Garde

May 03, 2018

Spring has truly sprung and with it, a flurry of great concerts as part of Small World’s 16th Annual Asian Music Series sponsored by TD Bank.

On Saturday, our friends at Raag-Mala Toronto present a two-part evening combining sarod by Pandit Partho Sarothy, with a vocal recital by Vidushi Shruti Sadolikar. The renowned Sarothy trained under the guidance of Pt. Ravi Shankar. Sadolikar is an award-winning and admired vocalist.

Next week the series goes contemporary, starting with Globetrotter, presented in association with Architextures. Bollywood hits the dance floor with Besharam legend DJ Amita, a pioneering South Asian fusion DJ and host of Masala Mixx radio. The event also features the visual artistry of SEKS alongside resident ethnomixologist DJ medicineman.

Canadian Music Week is about to hit town and we’re pleased to partner with them and Wavelength Music for two nights of new sounds that push musical boundaries. Calgary-based Foonyap performs experimental-folk that CBC called “… as disconcerting as it is captivating,” where dark soundscapes meet powerful electronica. Holy Hum, project of multidisciplinary artist Andrew Lee, delves into ambient post-rock to create gorgeous, atmospheric music. Watch “Flower in the Snow” featuring Kathryn Calder from New Pornographers on vocals. Directed by and starring Angela Seo of Xiu Xiu.

The following night, shifting gears to American folk revival, a unique concert in association with Martin Atkins and Jafri Music. Since Gaelynn Lea won NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk, she has played over 200 shows and been featured at The Kennedy Center and on BBC World News. Performing from her electric wheelchair, she loops her classically trained melodies beneath deeply personal songwriting. Experience her captivating sound and be drawn in by Ali Jafri’s eclectic, big-hearted twist. Jafri sings and plays guitar, sitar, percussion and bass, heightened by electronic effects.

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


Mohsen Namjoo & Faraulla
> Presented by Link Music Lab

Saturday, June 16, 7:00pm, St. Andrew’s Church


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.