Voices, Rhythms and more!

May 11, 2016

A busy week, so we’ll try and keep it concise!

The big event, part of our 14th Annual Asian Music Series sponsored by TD Bank, is Abida Parveen, presented by Roy Thomson Hall and the Aga Khan Museum. I can’t remember the last time this celebrated performer appeared in town. The spiritual heir, it could be said, to the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, will take the audience on a Sufi-inspired musical journey.

Three events worth noting at the Small World Centre this week, starting tomorrow with Bruno Capinan. The singer joins forces with fellow Brazilian artists Domenico Lancellotti and Bem Gil on drums and guitar. On Friday, a tabla recital by Yogesh Samsi will showcase his remarkable way with Indian rhythm. On Saturday, it’s a global jazz groove with ZimZum featuring Ian Lazarus on saxophones, Jay Danley guitar, Colin Flint bass, Ilios Steryannis drums, Steve Vincent percussion.

Elsewhere, this weekend at Harbourfront Centre, the Toronto Tabla Ensemble is celebrating 25 years of rhythm.  The event will showcase a new generation of artists who represent the future of tabla in Canada. Original works composed by the ensemble and youth members will be presented for the first time.

And finally, if you’re vocally inclined, the annual Sing! festival hosts their Global Voices Workshop at Little Trinity Anglican Church. These participatory sessions are led by some fine voices, including our pal Suba Sankaran, on South Indian Classical Music and Hussein Janmohamed: Taking New Musical flights: sharing, combining and expanding our sonic world.

Abida Parveen
> The Greatest Female Sufi Singer in History

Sunday, May 15th, 8pm – Roy Thomson Hall

Avataar
> Mesmerizing Indo-Jazz

Friday, May 20th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Strings Across Asia
> An evening of cross-cultural fireworks

Saturday, May 28th, 8pm – Small World Music Centre

Mekaal & Haniya
> Rocking the Sufi Vibe

Sunday, May 29th, 8pm – Lula Lounge

Toronto Tabla Ensemble – 25 Years
> The Ensemble’s 25th anniversary concert
Saturday May 14th and Sunday 15th, 7pm – Brigantine Room, Harbourfront 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.