Chicago (Illinois), USA –
The seventh annual multi-venue World Music Festival: Chicago 2005 will
host five diverse admission-free concerts featuring internationally
acclaimed artists at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.,
from Friday, Sept. 16 – Wednesday, Sept. 21. The World Music Festival
culminates with concerts at the Chicago Cultural Center’s closing event,
the Open House, Thursday, Sept. 22.
Friday, Sept. 16 at 12:15 p.m. in the Randolph Café
Celso Fonseca (Brazil) makes his Chicago debut as part of World Music
Festival. The captivating singer/guitarist has been a regular
collaborator with such artists as
Caetano Veloso and has established himself as one of the most exciting new
voices in Brazilian music.Sunday, Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. in Claudia Cassidy Theater
A Moving Sound (Taiwan) makes its Chicago debut. A Moving Sound is a
multinational group made up of Taiwanese singer Mia Hsieh, American Scott
Prairie on French horn, bass, drums and vocals plus a Chinese erhu player, a
Belgian guitarist and a Brazilian percussionist. Their music is rooted in
Chinese tradition, but what sets them apart from the usual East / West
collaborations are the African and Middle Eastern influences.
Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. in Claudia Cassidy Theater Ensemble N_JP
(Japan/U.S.) makes its Chicago debut as part of the festival. Composer Gene
Coleman formed the ensemble as a vehicle for his ongoing work with musicians
from Japan. The main goal of the group is to explore and define new
relationships between traditional and
experimental aesthetics and to create a platform for cultural exchange.
Japanese musicians from the traditional, experimental and contemporary
classical music communities and guest artists and musicians from Europe
and the U.S. unite in this project.
Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Preston Bradley Hall
Brothers Rajan and Sajan Mishra (India) are two of the most beloved and highly
regarded vocalists in India. They are perhaps the most successful Hindustani
vocal duo in recent history and come from a family of great Indian Classical
vocalists. Top ranking tabla maestro Kumar Bose joins them for this tour along
with Rajan’s two singing sons, Ritesh and Rajnish Mishra, who are currently
making a name of their own in the Indian vocal world.
Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7p.m. in Preston Bradley Hall
Qing Mei Jing Yue Quartet (China) makes its Chicago debut. The Qing-Mei-Jing-Yue
Ensemble, which takes its name from the names of its four members, energetically
promotes the development of Chinese music. Fan Weiqing (zheng), Yu Hongmei
(erhu), Yang Jing (pipa) and Liu Yuening (yangqin) have successfully
incorporated Western instruments and multimedia elements into their music. Their
rich repertoire includes
traditional classics and contemporary pieces.
The 7th Annual World Music Festival: Chicago 2005 is organized by the
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs featuring the best in
international music, Sept. 16 – 22. For more information, call the World
Music Festival: Chicago 2005 hotline at 312-742-1938 or visit
World Music Festival: Chicago 2005 is made possible with generous
support from The Boeing Company; The Comer Foundation Fund; United
“Chicago’s Hometown Airline,” the official airline sponsor; Borders
Books & Music; and Chicago Public Radio WBEZ 91.5 FM, official radio
[Photos: 1 – Celso Fonseca, 2 – Rajan and Sajan Mishra].