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Flamenco Guitar Sensation Amós Lora to Perform Today in Madrid

Young flamenco guitarist Amós Lora, one of the best guitarists of his generation, will perform today, July 21 as part of the Estío concerts in Auditorio Conde Duque, Madrid. Lora Amos will present his new album, Así lo veo, at 20:00 (8:00 p.m.).

Amos Lora’s band for tonight includes José Carmona “Rapico” (dance), Rafiki Jiménez (vocals), Luis Miguel Manzano (guitar), Luis Guerra (piano), Reinier Elizarde “El Negron” (bass) and Manu Masaedo (percussion ).

Amos Lora (born September 21, 1999) was taught by masters such as Diego del Morao, Manuel Parrilla, Paquete, David Cerreduela, Carlos de Jacoba, Tomatito and El Entri.

He’s a young performer who fell in love with and since 2013 has been studying at Madrid’s prestigious Ateneo Jazz Madrid school under the guidance of Felix Santos.

Amos Lora has performed at major festivals and venues inside and outside of Spain, including Guitar across the Stylesin Prague; Zagreb Summer Festival; Mont de Marçan Flamenco Festival; Lisbon Flamenco Festival; and this year, at the Istanbul International Guitar Festival.

Lora regularly participates in charity events by the Spanish Red Cross and other organizations such as the “Quejío Solidario” festival in Seville and “Flamenco P’atós” in Madrid.

In 2012 he released his first album, Cerro negro (Nuba Records) and was also included in the Flamenco Guitar (Rough Guide, 2014) compilation.

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Maarja Nuut & Special Guest to perform in London

Estonian fiddler and singer Maarja Nuut & Special Guest are set to perform in London on July 20th July, 2016.

Maarja Nuut’s music combines traditional dance tunes, songs, and stories with live electronics to create an intricate and layered soundscape where minimalism and experimental sounds meet the village musical traditions of pre-war Europe.

In the spring of 2013, Nuut released her debut album Soolo that generated buzz in Europe, including glowing reviews and favourable comparisons to Czech avant garde violinist Iva Bittová. Her second album Une meeles was released in spring 2016.

Venue: Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden
www.southbankcentre.co.uk

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London to present Folk with Altitude

Maarja Nuut
Maarja Nuut

The Nest Collective and Southbank Centre will present an acoustic concert as Folk with Altitude returns to the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden for a third year. The concert series will run Wednesday, 20 July 2016 – Sunday, 31 July 2016. Artists featured include Maarja Nuut, Chouk Bwa Libète, Hanoi Masters, Dom La Nena & Moira Smiley.

20th July – Maarja Nuut & Special Guest

28th July – Chouk Bwa Libète & Hanoi Masters

31st July – Dom la Nena & Moira Smiley

Venue: Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden
Time: 20:00
Price: £14 in advance / £16 OTD

Ticket Link: www.southbankcentre.co.uk

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Vancouver Folk Music Festival This Weekend

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The Vancouver Folk Music Festival is taking place this weekend, July 15-17, 2016 at Jericho Beach Park in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The festival schedule reflects a diverse and talented line up of 60 folk and world music artists and groups from 18 countries performing on 7 summer beachfront stages. The festival includes artists such as Bruce Cockburn; The Wainwright Sisters; Los Angeles’ Lord Huron; the world tribal sounds of Nahko and Medicine for the People; Estonia’s Trad.Attack!; The New Pornographers, Martin and Eliza Carthy from the UK; Jojo Abot from Ghana; Haiti’s music collective Lakou Mizik; Betsayda Machado y La Parrando El Clavo from Venezuela; Cape Verde’s Elida Almeida; Oysterband; Shane Koyczan and many more.

Included in the schedule are the popular day stage workshops. These “workshops” are essentially programmed gatherings of varied festival artists coming together around a particular theme, shared styles or content, or for a range of other interesting reasons. At these workshops, old musical friends connect again and fall into a familiar rhythm; other artists meet for the first time on stage to learn about each other and seek common ground.

More at www.thefestival.bc.ca

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Musicport Festival 2016 Announces Partial Lineup

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World music event Musicport Festival 2016 has announced many of the artists scheduled to perform October 21-23, 2016.

The Friday night headliners include The Magic Numbers, world famous jazz guitarist Martin Taylor, and Black Umfolosi from Zimbabwe. Other acts on Friday include Moscow Drugs Club, Jamie Smith’s Mabon (Wales) The Peace Artistes & Geoff Berner (Canada)

Saturday lead acts include The Mahotella Queens from South Africa, piper Kathryn Tickell & The Side; broadcaster & Chancellor of Manchester University Lemn Sissay, Sarah Jane Morris (of The Communards, & more, fame) and DJ Don Letts of Big Audio Dynamite and 6Music. Other Saturday acts include Jackson Reed (South Africa), blues and acoustic singer-songwriter Sean Taylor, Rory McLeod and the Familiar Strangers & Indian blues fusion band Michael Messer’s Mitra. Whitby pianist Jess Wright will be joining forces with percussionist and Young Musician of the Year finalist Delia Stevens.

Sunday headliners include Lynched, the Dublin band nominated for three Radio 2 Folk awards in 2016; Soupsongs Live led by trombone legend Annie Whitehead performing the songs of Robert Wyatt; John Smith, the Devonian guitar maestro and singer; and Coope Boyes & Simpson on their final tour.Other Sunday acts include fine bluegrass band Ragged Union (USA), rising English folk star Maz O’Connor, young flutist Maïa Barouh (Japan/France) with her band, Icelandic folk band Árstíðir and acclaimed tango singer Martin Alvarado (Argentina).

Tickets are currently £99 for full weekend (11-18s half price & under 11’s free) and single day tickets will be on sale in August.

Visit www.musicportfestival.com for more information.

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Skirball in Los Angeles Announces 2016 Sunset Concerts

M.A.K.U. Soundsystem
M.A.K.U. Soundsystem

Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles has announced the lineup of the 2016 Sunset Concerts. The schedule includes Thao and the Get Down Stay Down (July 21); Sinkane (July 28); Thalma de Freitas (August 4); M.A.K.U. Soundsystem (August 11); Music Maker Blues Revue (August 18); and Shai Tsabari and the Middle East Groove All Stars (August 25).

All concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. Admission is free. No reservations. Tickets and limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking: $10 per car (cash only); street parking strictly prohibited
Or take Metro Rapid 734.
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepúlveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 9004

More at www.skirball.org/programs/sunset-concerts

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World Music Festival Nuits d’Afrique Begins This Week in Montreal

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Nuits d’Afrique, one of the largest world music festivals in North Africa, opens today in Montreal. The festival will run from July 12 to 24, 2016. This year Nuits d’Afrique is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

For this year’s edition, Nuits d’Afrique will present current musical trends as well as world music legends, such as Algerian star Rachid Taha, Haitian masters Tabou Combo and Cuba’s renowned Orquesta Aragón.

In total, more than 700 artists from 35 countries with more than 110 concerts and activities.

For the first time in its history, the Festival will give the Prix Nuits d’Afrique pour la francophonie to Manu Dibango. Manu Dibango is a symbolic artist who marked the history of world music and of the Festival.

More information: www.festivalnuitsdafrique.com/en

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Méra, New World Music Festival in Transylvania

Méra, the World Music Festival of Transylvania will take place July 29–31 2016 in Méra – Szarka-Farm. The Méra World Music Festival will be the very first international world music festival held in the Kalotaszeg region, and will take place in the village of Méra, in the estate known locally as Szarka-telek. Behind Méra’s carved-wood gates, barn-stages will host orchestras familiar with the world’s most famous venues.

For this first edition of the festival, organizers have invited Central Europe’s internationally famous folk and world music orchestras to its barn-stage. The musical program was composed in accordance with two major principles: maximum diversity and the highest possible musical level.

Artists include Góbé Orchestra, János Csík and the Esszencia Orchestra, the Tárkány művek, Nikola Parov, Ágnes Herczku, Tcha Limberger, the Buda Folk Band, Nadara, the Palatka Gypsy Band, the Szászcsávás Gypsy Band, the Kalotaszeg folk-musicians, and the dance and music show of the ‘Fölszállott a Páva’ TV show.

There will be a ’Barn Studio’ for movie and theater fans, a ’Small Barn’ for kids, and round table discussions for the critical minds.

July 15, 8 Pm, Gyerőmonostor, Protestant Church-Yard
For Starters: The Góbé Orchestra In Gyerőmonostor

The Góbé Orchestra
The Góbé Orchestra

The introductory concert of the festival will take place in the neighboring village of Gyerőmonostor/Mănăstireni, where, parallel to the festival, a folk dance summer camp will be organized for local children. The six musicians of the Góbé orchestra from Budapest will present free variations of the folk-music traditions of the Carpathian Basin combined with elements of jazz, blues, reggae and classical music.

July 29, All Day, Méra – Szarka-Farm
First Meetup of Kalotaszeg Folk Musicians

Kalotaszeg Folk Musicians
Kalotaszeg Folk Musicians

This year marks the very first edition of the General Meeting of Kalotaszeg Folk-Musicians. No formal concerts are on the agenda of the meeting, but a lot of improvised playing and dancing are to be expected. Admission is entrance fee.

July 30, 6 Pm, Méra – Szarka-Farm
Fölszállott A Páva Show

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The Méra barn-stage will then host the most memorable dancers, singers, musicians and orchestras made famous by the Hungarian TV show Fölszállott a Páva. Adult and young performers will be coming from nearby regions as well as from the most far-away corners of the Carpathian Basin.

July 30, 7.30 Pm, Méra – Szarka-Farm
Tárkány Művek Concert

Tárkány Művek
Tárkány Művek

Tárkány Művek has its own sound-world, the secret of which is to be found partly in the combination of dulcimer, saxophone, viola, flute, gardon, clarinet and contrabass, and partly in the unique voice of its female singer. Updating old folk-songs with their own lyrics, they also associate archaic texts with modern sounds, achieving in both cases a surprising recontextualization of the traditional pieces.

July 30, 9 Pm, Méra – Szarka-Farm
Ágnes Herczku & Nikola Parov Quartet Concert

Ágnes Herczku & Nikola Parov Quartet
Ágnes Herczku & Nikola Parov Quartet

Ágnes Herczku and Nikola Parov became unavoidable figures of the Hungarian folk-music and world-music stage. Their concert combines songs from Ágnes Herczku’s folk-song albums Bandázom and Tüzet viszek with the common world-music compositions of the artistic couple Herczku-Parov, who have been awarded the Hungarian Golden Disk and several Fonogram prizes.

July 31, 5 Pm, Méra – Szarka-Farm
Nadara Concert

Nadara
Nadara

Without contest Nadara is today one of the best gypsy band from Transylvania. As the taraf of haidouks, the group Nadara was discovered thanks to Tony Gatlif’s movie Transylvania (Cannes 2006) the soundtrack of which they realized. The director again appealed to them for the soundtrack of his last movie Liberté (2010) where “Tocila” the leader of Nadara holds the role of 1st violin.

July 31, 6.30 Pm, Méra – Szarka-Farm
Buda Folk Band Concert

Buda Folk Band
Buda Folk Band

Since the members of the Buda Folk Band literally grew up surrounded by the musical traditions of Hungary and other Central European nations, to them, the presence of authentic folk-music within urban culture is only natural. In addition to folk-music, they also gleefully find inspiration in other musical genres, thus creating a unique and exceptionally colorful musical cocktail.

July 31, 8 Pm, Méra – Szarka-Farm
Tcha Limberger & Benjamin Clement Concert

Tcha Limberger
Tcha Limberger

Tcha Limberger could be described as a genial loner of the international world-music stage. Born in Bruges in a family of Sinthi Gypsy musicians, this 38 year-old fiddler, violinist, guitar-player and singer developed strong affection for Hungarian folk-music in general, and the Kalotaszeg repertoire in particular.

July 31, 9.30 Pm, Méra – Szarka-Farm
Esszencia Concert

Esszencia
Esszencia

Esszencia is one of the youngest formations of the musical scene in Hungary, though its members are already individually famous in different musical fields (folk-music, jazz, classical music): János Csík (fiddle, voice), Mihály Dresch (sax, fuhun), Kálmán Balogh (dulcimer), András Bognár (contrabass), Tamás Kunos (bratsch), Róbert Lakatos (alto violin, violin), Borbála Kacsó Hanga (voice).

Kalotaszeg
Kalotaszeg

Kalotaszeg is a region of inner-Transylvania uniting 42 villages and a small town, characterized by the centuries-old, multi-ethnic culture of neighboring Hungarian, Romanian, and Gypsy communities. Thanks to major professional and amateur ethnographers like Mrs. Zsiga Gyarmathy, Denis Galloway, Károly Kós or György Martin, Kalotaszeg is nowadays a well-known name from the USA to Japan, as an epitome of folk-music, folk-dance, folk-costume, and vernacular architecture.

More information at: www.meraworldmusic.com

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Duke Performances Reveals 2016/2017 World Music Season

Anoushka Shankar
Anoushka Shankar

Duke Performances revealed the world music programming (under the category International) for the 2016/2017 season. The world music shows include sitar maestra Anoushka Shankar with a six-piece Indian classical ensemble playing an evening of Indian music in tribute to her father, Ravi Shankar.

Celebrated tabla performer Zakir Hussain will return to Duke University with fifth-generation sitar player Niladri Kumar to perform Indian classical music.

Rising world music act DakhaBrakha (Ukraine) will play their live score for Earth, a 1930 silent classic film of Soviet cinema by Ukrainian director Alexander Dovzhenko.

 

 

American dobro virtuoso Jerry Douglas will perform classic bluegrass with his all-star group The Earls of Leicester. The group honors Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs of the Foggy Mountain Boys.

 

 

Zakir Hussain, tabla & Niladri Kumar, sitar
Saturday, October 8 at 20:00 (8:00 p.m.)
Page Auditorium

Jerry Douglas Presents Earls of Leicester featuring Shawn Camp, Johnny Warren, Charlie Cushman & Barry Bales
Saturday, February 18 at 20:00 (8:00 p.m.)
Baldwin Auditorium

Anoushka Shankar
Home: A Tribute to Ravi Shankar
Friday, April 7 at 20:00 (8:00 p.m.)
Page Auditorium

Dakhabrakha
Dovzhenko’s Earth: Film + Live Score
Friday, April 14 at 20:00 (8:00 p.m.)
Baldwin Auditorium

Tickets and more details at http://www.dukeperformances.org

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Songhai Revisited at WOMAD 2016

Toumani Diabate, Juan Carmona, and Josemi Carmona
Toumani Diabate, Juan Carmona and Josemi Carmona

 

Songhai, the iconic 1988 collaboration between Malian kora master Toumani Diabate, double bass virtuoso Danny Thompson and the young Madrid flamenco group Ketama will be recreated at WOMAD 2016. This version features Toumani Diabate, Juan Carmona (Ketama), Josemi Carmona (Ketama) and Spanish flamenco jazz bassist Javier Colina & guests. The musicians will revisit the two Songhai albums, Songhai (Nuevos Medios/Hannibal Records) and Songhai 2 (Nuevos Medios/Hannibal Records).

 

 

The original Songhai project came about in 1997, when Ketama was touring the UK and met Toumani at a house party. They jammed and decided to record an album in Madrid. Songhai was produced by visionary Spanish producer Mario Pacheco (Nuevos Medios) and Joe Boyd (Hannibal records).

 

Songhai
Songhai

 

Songhai 2
Songhai 2
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