South Korean ensemble Kim So Ra is set to perform A Sign of Rain on Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina.
The janggu (Korean double-headed drum) is a peculiar traditional percussion instrument that attempts to capture the sound of each rain drop by blending the senses of vision, hearing, and touch. With A Sign of Rain, traditional percussionist and composer Kim So Ra and her fellow musicians recapture the lost flow and the meaning of nature through the sound of rain, each drop reminding us of the ordinary that passes each day.
An array of traditional Korean instruments complement the janggu as the group creates a spectrum of emotions to connect with the audience. Each performer will present their distinct intention and vision, as a display of solos merge into a cohesive performance. Kim So Ra and her ensemble will bring A Sign of Rain to The ArtsCenter in Carrboro as part of their debut tour of the United States, which includes dates at the Philadelphia Folk Festival and Lincoln Center.
The second annual Ongala Music Festival will take place August 23 to 25 in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. The festival is named after celebrated Tanzanian musician Remmy Ongala. The event celebrates the rising talent of Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.
Singer-songwriter David Broza, one of Israel’s most important recording artists, will embark on a coast-to-coast tour of the United States from September 2019 through March 2020. Broza will present an alternate side of his hit songs with a new Cuban twist.
Performing with Broza on stage is the New York-based Trio Havana, including: Manuel Alejandro Carro, also known as Mannya – Cuban-born singer-songwriter and master percussionist with a style firmly rooted in Latin pop; Yuniel Jiménez “El Guajiro” – master tres guitar player from Santa Clara, Cuba; and Jorge Bringas –celebrated from Havana, Cuba, who played previously with Albita Rodriguez and the late Celia Cruz.
Joining Trio Havana is Itai Kriss, one of the most exciting flute players in the Cuban music scene, with an eclectic style infused with jazz, Latin and middle eastern sounds. Special guests on select tour dates include flamenco singer and flute player, Alfonso Cid from Seville, Spain; and flamenco dancer Xianix Barrera.
David Broza brings together fingerpicking guitar, flamenco rhythms, global sounds and rock. Raised in Israel, Spain and England, Broza has performed worldwide since 1977, when his song “Yihye Tov” appeared on radio, promoting a message of peace.
David Broza is known for his commitment and dedication to several humanitarian projects, especially a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through dialogue, culture, music and tolerance.
Tour Dates 2019/2020:
September 6, 2019 New York, NY Naked Soul, The Rubin Museum September 28, 2019 Mamaroneck, NY Emelin Theater November 17, 2019 Philadelphia, PA City Winery December 14, 2019 Brookline, MA Temple Ohabel Shalom December 19, 2019 New York, NY The Streicker Center December 21, 2019 Tucson, AZ Fox Theater December 22, 2019 Santa Monica, CA The Broad Stage January 12, 2020 Aventura, FL Aventura Arts & Cultural Center January 13, 2020 Atlanta, GA City Winery January 25, 2020 Richmond Hill, ON Centre for the Performing Arts March 20, 2020 Port Washington, NY Landmark on Main Street March 21, 2020 South Orange, NJ South Orange Performing Arts Center
University has announced the second annual BU Global Music Festival to be held
October 4th and 5th, 2019 on the Boston University Charles River
Campus. The festival will be free, open to the public and is intended for all
will include traditional and contemporary international musicians, as well as
local world music artists.
The lineup includes Les Filles de Illighadad (Niger) who will bring to the festival the music of rural Niger called “tende” featuring compositions built from vocals, handclaps, and percussion; 47Soul (Palestine/UK) celebrated for inventing their own genre Shamstep, which fuses dub synth sounds with rock elements, hip-hop and pop lyrics in English and Arabic.
Also featured: Gamelan Cudamani (Bali, Indonesia) known for their outstanding creativity; Frontera Bugalú (Mexico/Texas) who perform a combination of high-energy “cumbia” mixed with other traditional Mexican and Latin American rhythms.
Saraswathi Ranganathan (India/US) will treat festival goers to a diverse presentation of the ancient veena; and Congolese band KOKOKO! (Democratic Republic of Congo), known for building their own instruments and blending Congolese and modern music.
artists Grooversity (Boston/Brazil) and Eastern Medicine Singers (Algonquin,
Rhode Island) will also perform.
The festival is produced by the BU Arts Initiative – Office of the Provost and the College of Fine Arts Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology through the Karbank Fund for Global Music. Musician and BU ethnomusicologist Marié Abe continues to serve as artistic director. Additional support comes from BU Global Programs, BU College of Fine Arts, and BU Dean of Students’ Office, the New England and American Studies Program. WBUR will serve as a media sponsor.
“BU is very proud to host this festival and to welcome so many talented artists from around the world. Such events have transformative power. They expose us to different experiences, perspectives, and artistic expressions, while helping to break down barriers and bring us closer together,” said Jean Morrison, Provost and Chief Academic Officer of the University.
“The BU Global Music Festival creates community and inspires greater understanding and respect through our shared passion for music and the performing arts,” expressed Harvey Young, Dean of the College of Fine Arts.
to workshops and demonstrations offered to the public during the festival, this
year, the BU Global Music Festival and BU Music Education Department have
developed a new opportunity with the Boston Public Schools Office of the Arts,
which will connect Boston’s music educators with visiting international musicians
for a professional development credit in global music.
“The Boston University Music Education Department and students are excited to partner with Boston Public School music educators for a collaborative professional development opportunity centered around the world music traditions represented at this year’s Global Music Festival,” said Tawnya Smith, BU Assistant Professor in Music Education and member of the BU Provost’s Arts Council.
to music, the Global Bazaar featuring artisan goods for purchase from
international and immigrant communities continues this year. On Saturday
afternoon guests can also take part in a Cultural Vendor Fair where they can
peruse more than a dozen regional cultural and ethnic organizations that offer
arts related programming throughout the year.
Áššu’s album Áššu has won The German Record Critics’ Award (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik), Longlist 3/2019, Weltmusik (world music).
Áššu includes Ulla Pirttijarvi (Finland) on vocals, joiks; Harald Skullerud (Norway) on percussion, calimba, calabas, harmonium; and Olav Torget (Norway) on baritone guitar, konting, oilcan guitar.
On behalf of the jury, Johannes Kneihs stated “Rough and with electrifying energy, singer Ulla Pirttijärvi from the Finnish part of Lapland “joiks” about people and others bring West African elements into the game – which fits surprisingly well and clearly convincing better than other pop-joik adaptations from Finland or Norway in past years. A rousing debut album, it makes you curious and wants more.”
Áššu recently performed at Etno-Espa in Helsinki 9th of August, 2019.
New York City’s iconic venue, Carnegie Hall, has announced the world music (including American folk music) concerts for the upcoming 2019-2020 season.
Fall 2019 Highlights: October—December
Celebrated Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo will map the voyage of African music and culture around the world throughout her Perspectives series. The series will begin with a program on October 19 in Zankel Hall that features Benin International Musical, a fast-rising ensemble that fuses rock, hip-hop and electronica with traditional music of Benin.
Her series continues with Diaspora Songs, on December 6 observing the effect that African music has had on the international music scene, led by musical director Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective and special guests to be announced.
On December 13, Ms. Kidjo will be honored by longtime friend and guitarist Lionel Loueke and his trio in a concert that both celebrates and reinvents many of her beloved songs.
Ms. Kidjo’s Perspectives concludes on March 14, 2020 with Daughter of Independence, a special celebration of her 60th birthday that also honors the anniversary of independence of her native Benin and other West African nations. She will be joined by a cast of stellar guests.
The Milk Carton Kids will present their harmonized vocals reminiscent of the Everly Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel to Zankel Hall on November 1 as part of Rosanne Cash’s annual series, American Byways. The folk duo will play songs from their fourth album, All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do, which earned them a wave of critical praise and a 2018 Grammy nomination.
Rosanne Cash and Ry Cooder will come together for a rare joint performance of songs from Johnny Cash’s beloved songbook on November 2. After immediately selling out four dates at the SFJAZZ Center and presenting two additional performances at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House in 2018, the duo brings this highly anticipated concert to New York City for the first time.
Winter / Spring 2020 Highlights: January—May
Two broadly popular groups from Quebec, Le Vent du Nord & De Temps Antan, will come together on January 24 in Zankel Hall in a high-spirited celebration of traditional and contemporary dance tunes and ballads of French-Canadian culture.
The second installment of Rosanne Cash’s American Byways series on April 24 in Zankel Hall features the unadulterated Mississippi Hill Country Blues of multi-instrumentalist Cedric Burnside (grandson of legendary bluesman R. L. Burnside) and guitarist-vocalist Molly Tuttle (daughter of bluegrass star Jack Tuttle). They each celebrate their incredible musical lineage in performances seeped in the southern American roots tradition.
All performances take place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage unless otherwise noted. For ticket information call 212-247-7800 or go to carnegiehall.org.
The World Music Institute (WMI) has announced the set of global artists set to perform in New York City during the Fall/Winter 2019-2020 Season. Selected by new Artistic Director Brian Keigher, WMI’s 2019-2020 Season includes world music artists from 15 cultures including five New York City debuts: Finland’s Kardemimmit, Ethiopia’s Girma Bèyènè with French band Akalé Wubé, Cape Verde’s Lucibela, Madagascar’s Toko Telo, and France’s The Bongo Hop.
New venue partnerships include Chelsea Music Hall, Mercury Lounge, and The Sultan Room, with established venues such as Symphony Space, (le) poisson rouge, Littlefield, Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center, and Storm King Art Center remaining as program partners.
The World Music Expo (WOMEX) revealed today the artists set
to perform as part of the offWOMEX 2019 programing.
offWOMEX provides an additional integrated platform for bands and artists to present themselves and their music to the world music professionals attending WOMEX from around the globe. WOMEX will take place October 23-27, 2019 in Tampere, Finland.
This year’s offWOMEX stage includes a wide range of artists from Spain, Latvia, Canada, Hungary, Cuba and Russia, and are presented and funded by ICEX/Sounds from Spain, Sierra, Basque Music, Eesti Kultuurkapital, Mundial Montréal, Folquébec, Musicaction, FACTOR, Canada Council for the Arts, SODEC, National Cultural Fund of Hungary and the Halmos Bela Program.
The World Music Expo (WOMEX) announced today that Iranian kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor (Iran/USA) is the winner of the WOMEX Artist Award 2019.
Kalhor is set to receive the prominent award at the 25th anniversary
edition of WOMEX in Tampere, Finland, on Sunday, October 27, 2019. Kayhan
Kalhor will perform as a duo together with Erdal Erzincan on bağlama in what
will be the final concert of WOMEX 2019.
Kayhan Kalhor stated: “Receiving the WOMEX Artist Award means so much to me. The award is recognition of the rich culture of my homeland Iran and an ageless Persian art that thrives and is beloved throughout the world. As forces arise across the globe and push for divisiveness, borders and intolerance, music brings us together and reminds us of our common humanity. As a citizen of the world, I am humbled by this recognition and stand with artists whose music fosters unity.”
The WOMEX 2019 closing ceremony will also include the Award for Professional Excellence and the annual Label Award, both of which are yet to be announced.
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