Robert Browning Associates Announce 2019-2020 World Music Season in New York City

World music presenter Robert Browning Associates has revealed the 2019-2020 concerts and performances scheduled for New York City.

The season begins with the spirited music of Syria with the powerful singer Wajde Ayub, a leading proponent of Syrian vocal music in the US (Sept 28); and three outstanding artists in Persian music – Pejman Hadadi, Saeed Kamjoo and Kourosh Taghavi (Oct 19).

The 4th annual World Dance Festival with the Dancing Crane Georgian Dance Theater, known for its acrobatic dancing, and the acclaimed Sonali Skandan and Jiva Dance in a program of South Indian dance on October 27; virtuoso violinist L Shankar, famed for his work with the legendary Indo-jazz group Shakti, performing on his special 10-string double violin (Nov 9).

Traditional Iraqi music performed by vocal maestro Hamid Al-Saadi with santur (zither) player Amir ElSaffar (Nov 23); enthralling gamelan music and dance of Java with Gamelan Kusuma Laras and guest artists from Indonesia (Dec 7).

The 2010 events include a celebration of dance tunes and ballads of French Canadian culture with the popular Le Vent de Nord and De Temps Antan (Jan 24); ancient court and folk music of Korea with reed master gamin and Nangye Gugak (Mar 27); and alluring flamenco music with artists to be announced (Mar 28).

The music of Yemen and Oman, which is rarely performed on US stages, with Abdulrahman Al-Akhfash and Amal Waqar (Apr 4).

The 6th Annual A World in Trance Festival (Apr 18 – Apr 25) features sacred music of Kurdistan with two of Iran’s most esteemed musicians, Ali Akbar Moradi and Pejman Hadadi (Apr 18); an rare jugalbandi (duet) of Hindustani (North Indian) music for vocal and sitar with Debapriya & Samanwaya (Apr 24); and Gnawa trance music with the remarkable Hassan Hakmoun and special guest Brahim Fribgane, an oud (lute) virtuoso (Apr 25).

The season ends with Kaivalya Kumar Gurav, a leading vocalist of India in a singular New York appearance (May 2).

Concert details:

Sat Sept 28, 8:00pm at Roulette – Wasla – Soul Music of Syria: Wajde Ayub

Sat, Oct 19, 8:00pm at Roulette – Ode to Hope – Persian Music: Namad Trio w. Pejman Hadadi, Saeed Kamjoo & Kourosh Taghavi

Sun, Oct 27, 4pm, MMAC- World Dance Festival – Dancing Across Cultural Borders: Dancing Crane Georgian Dance Theater / Sonali Skandan & Jiva Dance (South Indian Dance)

Sat Nov 9, 8:00pm at Roulette – Indian Masters: L. Shankar with Neel Agrawal

Sat, Nov 23, 8:00pm at Roulette – Journey to the Heart of the Iraqi Maqam: Hamid Al-Saadi with Safaafir featuring Amir ElSaffar, Dena El Saffar & Tim Moore

Sat Dec 7, 8:00pm at Roulette – Classical Music & Dance of Central Java: Gamelan Kusuma Laras with I.M. Harjito + special guest musicians & dancer

Fri, Jan 24, 8:30pm at Zankel Hall – QuebecFest! Le Vent du Nord & De Temps Antan

Fri Mar 27, 8:30pm at Zankel Hall – Court & Folk Music of Korea: gamin & Nangye Gugak

Sat Mar 28, 8:00pm at Roulette – Flamenco Festival: artists to be announced

Sat, Apr 4, 8:00pm at Roulette –A Night in Arabia – Music of Yemen & Oman: Abdulrahman Al-Akhfash with Zafir Tawil / Amal Waqar with Tareq Rantisi

Sat Apr 18-Sat Apr 25 at Roulette – 6th Annual A World in Trance Festival

Sat Apr 18, 8:00pm at Roulette – A World in Trance – Sacred Music of Kurdistan: Ali Akbar Moradi & Pejman Hadadi
Fri, Apr 24, 8:00pm at Roulette – A World in Trance – North Indian Jugalbandi (Duet) for Vocal & Sitar: Debapriya & Samanwaya with Samar Saha
Sat Apr 25, 8:00pm at Roulette – A World in Trance – Gnawa Soul of Morocco: Hasssan Hakmoun with special guest Brahim Fribgane

Sat, May 2, 8:30pm at Thalia – Songs of Dharwad – Vocal Music of North India: Kaivalya Kumar Gurav with Subhen Chatterjee

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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