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The Festival of Indian Classical Music @ Sunad

 

If Spring Season cometh to Delhi can the The Festival of Indian Classical Music @ Sunad be far behind.

This year’s Musical Festival is indeed a kaleidoscopic pattern, integrating various subtle genres of the Indian Classical Music. It starts with a Hindustani Instrumental rendering by veteran Suvir Misra on the rudhra veena. Suvir Misra is an Indian musician – vocalist, musicologist, and is an expert in the rudhra veena. He is accompanied by Pandit Mohan Shyam Sharma who is one of the leading pakhawaj players of India.

 

Suvir Misra

 

This is immediately followed by a grand Carnatic music Vocal concert by Sandeep Narayan (who has relocated to India from Los Angeles purely for his passion for music) accompanied on the violin by Delhi P. Sunder Rajan and on the mridangam by Delhi M.V. Chander Shekar. So much for the morning session menu for the 18th Mar. Saturday.

Sunday the 19th evening features another Double delight. It starts with a Carnatic music vocal duet by young Kumari Archana and Kumari Samanvi. They are accompanied on the violin by Delhi R. Sridhar and on the mridangam by Vinod Shyam.

 

Saraswati Rajagopalan

 

This is followed by the unique Samvad which is a musical fusion based on the harmonious exchange of musical expressions and rhythms. This is featured by the versatile Veena Vidushi Saraswati Rajagopalan on the veena; Ajay Prasanna on flute; Anil Chawla on keyboard; Anoor Anantha Krishna Sharma on mridangam; Vinod Shyam on tabla; and S. Pranav Dath on rhythm pad.

Saraswati Rajagopalan has the distinction of having featured on all the Sunad events in various formats as Solo, Jugalbandhi, Orchestra/Fusion music and now the Samvad. This is supported and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of the Government of India. All are Welcome.

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Rising Flamenco pianist Alfonso Aroca to Perform in Chicago and New York

Alfonso Aroca

Flamenco pianist Alfonso Aroca will debut in Chicago on March 10, 2017 with his project Orilla del mundo (Shore of the World). The following day, he will play at the Flamenco Festival in New York.

I really want to perform there because I know the public will appreciate my project. It is a flamenco that fuses with other styles, but always respecting the tradition,” says Aroca, proud to have participated in the SGAE Foundation’s Flamenco Eñe initiative. “Flamenco Eñe has been a great impetus for the careers of artists that move away from traditional flamenco and who belong to disciplines not so well known abroad.”

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Africa Oyé Festival Reveals First Artists for 25th Anniversary Edition

African music festival Africa Oyé has announced the first artists scheduled to perform this year. Headlining the anniversary concerts in June will be festival favorites Dizzy Mandjeku & Odemba OK Jazz All-Stars, Jupiter & Okwess International, and Mokoomba.

Africa Oyé will take place Saturday, June 17th and Sunday, June 18th, 2017 at Sefton Park in Liverpool (UK). Admission is free.

Along with the main stage, the Oyé Village will be providing the public a variety of global foods, workshops, dance classes, merchants and DJs and more. The festival will also provide child-friendly entertainment so festival-goers can bring the whole family.

“It’s amazing to be able to look back at the last 25 years and pick some of our favorites to return for this celebration,” says Artistic Director, Paul Duhaney. “The festival this year will be the centerpiece of a whole year of gigs and events and I couldn’t be happier with the first acts that we’ve announced.”

The festival is funded by Arts Council England and Liverpool City Council.

More at http://www.africaoye.com

Headline photo caption: Jupiter Okwess at Africa Oye 2014 – Photo by Mark McNulty

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Top Flamenco Talent at Chicago Flamenco Festival 2017

Anabel Veloso – Photo by Oscar Romero (Bienal de Flamenco)

The Chicago Cervantes Institute celebrates, in collaboration with the SGAE Foundation, the Old Town School of Folk Music, the Flamenco Arts Center and the City Winery, will present the XV Chicago Flamenco Festival from February 24 to March 25.

During five weeks, this festival will bring together young flamenco artists as well as established stars of this genre in order to bring Spanish culture closer to Chicago.

In 2017 the lineup includes Anabel Veloso, Alfonso Aroca, Josemi Carmona & Javier Colina, Alba Heredia and Isaac De Los Reyes, Amparo Heredia, Angel Ruiz, Las guitarras de España, Tamar Ilana, La Chimi.

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WOMAD Charlton Park 2017 Reveals First Artists

Bombino – Photo by Ron Wyman

WOMAD UK has announced some of the artists scheduled to perform at the 35th edition of the acclaimed world music festival. The event will take place at Charlton Park near Malmesbury in Wiltshire during July 27-30, 2017.

The first set of artists announced include South African vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Benjamin Zephaniah, the modern Balkan sounds of Serbian artist Emir Kusturica, Tuareg desert blues act Bombino, and Squarepusher side project Shobaleader One.

Other artists include Nubian pop band Alsarah & the Nubatones (Sudan/USA); Creole jazz, soul and rock music by Bokanté (USA/Guadeloupe); Chilean cumbia party masters Chico Trujillo; the Pacific Coast Afro-Colombian sounds of Grupo Canalón de Timbiquí; Welsh Celtic music maestro Jamie Smith’s Mabon (UK); Khmer Rouge Survivors (Cambodia); experimental folk artist Maarja Nuut (Estonia), The Nile Project (Egypt/Ethiopia and more); Nomade Orquestra (Brazil); Rajab Suleiman & Kithara (Zanzibar); Savina Yannatou (Greece); Spooky Men’s Chorale (Australia); Tom Middleton (UK); and Zhou Family Band (China).

Tickets and more details can be found at womad.co.uk

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Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal to perform at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro

Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal

 

Malian kora maestro Ballaké Sissoko and French cello virtuoso Vincent Segal are set to perform on Tuesday February 28 at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina.

The two musicians have developed a distinctive hybrid musical style that mixes traditional West African and European Baroque music.

The duo released a remarkable debut album titled Chamber Music, released in North America in 2011. Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal continued the collaboration in 2015 with Musique du Nuit.

 

 

Tuesday February 28 at 8 PM
The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main Street, Carrboro, NC.

Tickets for this show are $22. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit artscenterlive.org or call the Box Office at (919) 929-2787.

Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal will start their North American tour tomorrow. Tour dates:

Feb. 23, Berea College, Berea KY
Feb. 24, University of VT, Burlington VT
Feb. 25, Palais Montcalm, Quebec
Feb. 26, Le Gesu, Montreal
Feb. 28, The Arts Center, Carrboro NC
March 1, The Barns at Wolftrap Vienna
March 3, French Institute Alliance, New York NY
March 4, Villa Victoria, Boston, MA
March 5, North Beach Band Shell, Miami Beach
March 8, Old Town School of Folk, Chicago IL
March 9, Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis MN

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Tunisian Sensation Emel Mathlouthi to Perform in New York

Influential Tunisian vocalist Emel Mathlouthi is set to perform February 24th, 2017 at Joe’s Pub in New York City. Emel Mathlouthi is well-known for her role as a leading artist in the Arab Spring.

Born in Tunis, she was avoided by her country’s official radio stations but gained popularity through social media. She released her acclaimed first album, Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free) in 2012. Emel’s style is characterized by her commanding vocals along with a fusion of North African rhythms and modern electronic beats.

Her new album, Ensen, is scheduled for release February 24, 2017.

Joe’s Pub
425 Lafayette St, New York
Doors at 9:00 p.m., Show at 9:30 p.m.

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The Marley Brothers to Perform Together at Kaya Fest in Miami

Kaya Fest, an all-day musical event, will take place April 22 in Miami at Bayfront Park Amphitheater. The headliners are The Marleys: Ziggy, Damian, Stephen, Ky Mani with special guest Miss Lauryn Hill. Also performing are Sean Paul, Wycleff Jean, Inner Circle, Jo Mersa Marley, Skip Marley, Shacia Payne, and more to be announced.

In addition to great reggae music, Kaya Fest will focus on creating public awareness on the many uses of the cannabis plant. On April 21st the organizers have scheduled a free symposium with a panel of experts in the field of medical and industrial cannabis as well as the regulation aspects of the plant.

Medical Cannabis has recently been legalized in the state of Florida. The many health benefits of the cannabis plant have been reported to include treatment of glaucoma, control epileptic seizures, stop cancer from spreading, slow progression of Alzheimer’s disease, ease pain of multiple sclerosis, discomfort of arthritis, treatment of Lupus and Crohn’s disease.

Bayfront Park Amphitheater
301 North Biscayne Blvd, Downtown, Miami
Gates: Open 1:00pm

More at http://kayafestivals.com

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Acclaimed Mauritanian Musician Noura Mint Seymali to Perform in Philadelphia

Noura Mint Seymali

Crossroads Music will present Noura Mint Seymali, one of the leading acts from Mauritania, on Sunday, February 26, 2017.

Noura is a skilled ardin (a 9-string harp reserved only for women) player and vocalist. Her band features the psychedelic guitar lines delivered by her husband Jeiche Ould Chighaly.

The current band features a powerful rhythm section, composed of Ousmane Touré on bass and Matthew Tinari on drums. Noura Mint Seymali released Tzenni, her first full-length album widely available to international audiences in 2014. It was followed by Arbina in 2016.

7:30 pm
801 South 48th Street, Philadelphia

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KCRW’s World Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

Ziggy Marley

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association announced program for the 19th season of KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. The event is a partnership between KCRW and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. The first concert will start on Sunday, June 18, 2017.

KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl:

Sunday, June 18, at 7:00 p.m.

Reggae Night XVI
Ziggy Marley with orchestra
The Specials (ska)
U-Roy
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra with Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Reggae star Ziggy Marley will make his orchestral debut playing a set of his and his father Bob Marley’s music.

Sunday, June 25, at 7:00 p.m.

Seu Jorge – The Life Aquatic: A Tribute to David Bowie
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra with Thomas Wilkins, conductor

Brazilian singer Seu Jorge will celebrate David Bowie’s catalog, with an orchestra for the first time, through a Brazilian lens.

Sunday, July 9, at 7:00 p.m.

Blondie · Garbage
Sky Ferreira

Sunday, August 6, at 7:00 p.m.

Belle And Sebastian
Spoon
Additional artist to be announced

Sunday, August 27, at 7:00 p.m.

Pink Martini featuring China Forbes and Storm Large
Charo

Sunday, September 24, at 7:00 p.m.
Cosmic Journey
Solange
Plus Blood Orange and special guests King ·
Kelela · Moses Sumney · Kelsey Lu and more

More information at HollywoodBowl.com or via phone at 323-850-2000.

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