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South American Afro-Pacific Band Rio Mira to Perform at The ArtsCenter

Much-admired South American ensemble Rio Mira is set to perform at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina. The concert is part of an American tour that includes music venues and world music festivals.

Rio Mira is a marimba and vocals led ensemble formed by top musicians from Ecuador and Colombia to draw attention to the music of the El Pacífico region along the Pacific coasts of the two countries. Taking its name from the river which runs from Ecuador into Colombia, Rio Mira’s music pays tribute to the coastal city of Esmeraldas and its role in the Afro-Pacific diaspora.

El Pacífico was a refuge for cimarrones, enslaved persons who escaped shipwrecked ships or plantations. Over time, the region’s unique marimba music incorporated the cimarrones’ Afro-Pacific identity as well as West African traditions they had preserved. Today, UNESCO recognizes the music (along with associated chants and dances) as Intangible Cultural Heritage.

At the center of this music, and of Rio Mira’s sound, is the marimba, made of chonta palm wood. The marimba performs both melodic and rhythmic roles in the music and tells the story of its own Bantu roots.

Renowned percussionists Esteban Copete, who is Afro-Colombian, and Larri Preciado, who is Afro-Ecuadorian, bring to their performances a deep knowledge of this folkloric tradition as well as a willingness to engage with new directions and soundscapes to expand the sonic palette of the group. The group also includes Ecuadorian vocalist Karla Kanora and a group of superb percussionists.

Rio Mira – Marimba Del Pacifico

Rio Mira has an album titled Marimba Del Pacifico (Aya Records).

The ArtsCenter is located at 300-G E. Main Street in Carrboro. Box Office at (919) 929-2787.


Darbar Indian Classical Arts Festival 2018

Part of the Darbar Festival 2018 will take place in London during October 25-28. The event promotes Indian classical arts and showcases some of the best current improvised music. The festival is dedicated to Bhai Gurmit Singh Ji Virdee (1937-2005), an inspirational teacher of the tabla. Darbar Festival was first established in 2006 in his memory.

This autumn Darbar Festival will take place at London music venue Barbican for the first time, featuring remarkable world-class musicians:

Thu October 25, 2018

Milton Court, 6.30 p.m.
Rupak Kulkarni + Meeta Pandit

Friday, October 26, 2018

Milton Court, 6.30 p.m.
Soumik Datta + Malladi Brothers

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Milton Court, 10:00 a.m.
Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar

Milton Court, 2:00 p.m.
Sanju Sahai

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Milton Court, 6:30 p.m.
Lalgudi GJR Krishnan & Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi + Omar Dadarkar

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Barbican Hall, 5:30 p.m.
Ustad Shahid Parvez + Parveen Sultana

headline photo: Meeta Pandit


Mundial Montreal Unveils 2018 Music Program

World music showcase Mundial Montreal revealed the full program of the 2018 edition. The event will take place November 13-16, 2018 in Montreal, Canada.

This year’s theme is Mosaic Music. “In Canada there is a mosaic of immigrant influences, where retaining heritage is encouraged, and identity is meant to be expressed, from all corners of the world. We distinguish ourselves with an emerging awareness of the land we have colonized. Everyone but the Indigenous people are immigrants! It is a slow and sometimes painful process, but as we learn more from Indigenous people, we are creating a society that is a model for the world. Harmony, respect, awareness, sensitivity, these are the touch stone words swirling around Mundial Montreal, Canada’s Music Mosaic, in motion,” said Derek Andrews, Artistic Director, Mundial Montreal.

The opening night will feature a mosaic of female-fronted groups artists from different backgrounds, starting with Polish chant group Blisk (Toronto), followed by Haitian-Canadian singer Mélissa Laveaux (France/Canada), janggu percussion master Kim So Ra (Korea), Eastern European electro-folk experimentalists DoVira (Toronto), and finally rumba-flamenco party-starter Marinah (Spain).

Mundial Montreal is also collaborating with KAMS (Korea Arts Management Service)/PAMS (Performing Arts Market Seoul) for the third year in a row to co-present opening night’s music and mingling.
Canada’s diversity will be represented this year with 20+ artists from a large array of backgrounds, including Montrealers Ramon Chicharron (Colombia) and Waahli (Haiti), Torontonians Okan (Cuba), BC-based Farnaz Ohadi & Mashregh Ensemble (Iran) and Itamar Erez (Israel), Gordie Mackeeman and his Rhythm Boys from PEI, and many more.

Adding to international diversity in the program, Mundial will present Fränder (Sweden), Miroca Paris (Cape Verde), and funk-inspired Mardi Gras Indians Cha Wa (USA).

The week will end with a closing party featuring Montrealers Nomad’Stones (2018-19 Révélations ICI Musique), Ayrad (launching their new album!), and Daby Touré (pre-premiering his new show!).

The lineup includes Atlantic String Machine, Aurora, Ayrad, Blisk, Cha Wa, Clarinet Factory, Daby Touré, DoVira, Elle Márjá Eira, Emily Wurramara, Farnaz Ohadi & Mashregh Ensemble, Fränder, Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, Itamar Erez, Jeremy Dutcher, Kim So Ra, Kolonien, Marinah, Mélissa Laveaux, Miroca Paris, Nomad’Stones, OKAN, OktoEcho, Perséides, Ramon Chicharron, Riit, Sina Bathaie, Silla and Rise, Socalled, Tamar Ilana & Ventanas, Urban Science Brass Band and Waahli.


The 2018 ACCES Conferences, Showcases and Exhibitions to be Held in Kenya

The Music in Africa Conference for Collaborations, Exchange and Showcases will be held November 15 – 17, 2018 at the Kenya National Theatre in Nairobi.

The Music in Africa Foundation (MIAF) has revealed the artists who will showcase at the pan-African event in Kenya. Eleven acts selected from across the genre spectrum to highlight the different sounds that define contemporary and traditional music in sub-Saharan Africa.

Seun Olota

The acts include Eric Wainaina (Kenya), Makadem (Kenya), Seun Olota (Nigeria), Sahad and The Nataal Patchwork (Senegal), Maia and the Big Sky (Kenya), Siti & The Band (Tanzania), Kidum and the Bodaboda Band (Burundi/Kenya), Djénéba & Fousco (Mali), Suzan Kerunen (Uganda), Winyo (Kenya) and Johnstone Mukabi and Omutibo Stars Band (Kenya).

Organized by the MIAF in a different country every year, ACCES is a pan-African event for music industry professionals to exchange ideas, discover new talent and create business linkages. ACCES 2018 will offer keynote speakers, panel discussions, presentations, networking sessions, exhibitions, showcases, training workshops, and visits to key music industry hubs in Nairobi.

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The Andrea Parodi Awards Finalists 2018 to Arrive from Across the Globe

Artists from diverse backgrounds, from Italy’s Piedmont to Sicily, from Cyprus to Senegal are among the finalists of the only World Music Contest in Italy, the “Andrea Parodi Awards”. This year’s edition will be held November 8-10 in Cagliari at the Teatro Auditorium Comunale.

The following artists are scheduled to compete:

    • Aniello Misto with “Aumm aumm” (Neapolitan);
    • Ararat Ensemble Orchestra with “Nietaan” (Wolof);
    • Dindùn with “L’amur” (Piedmontese);
    • Giuseppe Di Bella with “Ncucciarisi” (Sicilian);
    • Feral Cor with “La Sajetana” (Genoese);
    • Kor with “Albore” (Logudorese);
    • La Maschera with “Te vengo a cerca ‘” (Neapolitan and Wolof);
    • Monsieur Doumani with “Gongs” (Cypriot);
    • Terrasonora with “Padre vostro” (Neapolitan and Swahili).

The event is organized by the Andrea Parodi Foundation. The artistic director is acclaimed Italian vocalist Elena Ledda. Additionally, important guests from both the Italian and international music scene will soon be announced. Ottavio Nieddu will be the presenter with the collaboration and interventions of Gianmaurizio Foderaro.

The winner of the “Parodi” will have the opportunity to perform in the 2019 editions of the “European Jazz Expo” in Sardinia, at Folkest in Friuli, the Negro Festival of Pertosa (SA), the Mei di Faenza, of the Parodi Awards and in various other events and music programs that will be announced as soon as possible. In addition to this, the winner will be receive a financial award for their artistic growth to a maximum amount of 2,500 euros.

There will also be a tour of eight concerts, offered by NuovoImaie (project financed with the funds in Art. 7 L. 93/92).

Andrea Parodi

The contest celebrates the memory of Andrea Parodi, an artist who went from singer-songwriter with Tazenda to a solo career of highly valued re-elaboration of his roots, thanks to which he became an international reference in the world music scene, collaborating among other artists with Al Di Meola and Noa.

In addition to the aforementioned, partners of the event include: Premio Bianca d’Aponte, Mare e Miniere, Premio Città di Loano for traditional Italian music, Labimus (Interdisciplinary Laboratory on Music by the University of Cagliari, Department of History, Cultural Heritage and Territory), Barumini Foundation – Culture System. Media partners are Radio Rai, Radio Popolare, Radio Sintony, Unica Radio, Sardegna 1 Tv, Tiscali, Il Giornale della musica, Blogfoolk, Mundofonias (Spain), Doruzka (Czech Rep.), Concertzender (Holland).

The Andrea Parodi Awards is organized by the homonymous Foundation thanks to: Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Founder), Department of Public Education, Cultural Heritage, Information, Sports and Entertainment and Department of Tourism, Crafts and Commerce; Fondazione di Sardegna, Cagliari City Council (patrons and sponsors), Nuovoimaie, SIAE – Italian Society of Authors and Publishers, Federation of Authors.

The Andrea Parodi Foundation can be supported through 5×1000 and voluntary donations. All information can be found on the Foundation website:


Gypsy Jazz Masters Lulo Reinhardt and Daniel Stelter to Perform at ArtsCenter in Carrboro

Acclaimed guitarists Lulo Reinhardt and Daniel Stelter are set to perform Thursday, October 11th, 2018 at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina. Reinhardt is the great-nephew of the legendary gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. He will be joined by the exceptional jazz and classical playing of Stelter.

For more information about the artists go to Lulo Reinhardt and Daniel Stelter.

The ArtsCenter is located at 300-G E. Main Street in Carrboro. For more information and tickets go to or call the Box Office at (919) 929-2787.


Ragas Live Festival 2018, a 24 Hour Music Event in New York City

Over 80 musicians will perform at the Ragas Live Festival 2018, including leading-edge projects from Brooklyn Raga Massive, Vijay Iyer, Max ZT & Karsh Kale, and Ganavya Doraiswamy. This year, the festival takes place October 6th starting at 5:00 p.m. to October 7 at 5:00 p.m. at Pioneer Works.

It is produced by Brooklyn Raga Massive, Pioneer Works and the podcast NYC Radio Live, which is releasing a compilation, Ragas Live Retrospective, chronicling its most exciting sets and essential artists.

Vijay Iyer -Photo by Jimmy Katz

The 2018 lineup combines classical masters and innovators. The festival will host the world premiere of Ritual Ensemble of Harvard with Vijay Iyer, Yosvany Terry, Ganavya and Rajna Swaminathan; symphonic explorations from the 20+ members of the Go:Organic Orchestra with Brooklyn Raga Massive; The Arun Ramamurthy Trio and the Coltrane Raga Tribute will show how jazz and classical forms can intertwine and inform one another.


Boundary crossing collaborations include dulcimer virtuoso Max ZT and tabla innovator Karsh Kale, a 14th-century Sufi music chamber ensemble (Falsa), a raga-infused chamber project (Trina Basu and Amali Premawardhana’s Karavika), and a Bulgarian trio (Bulgarian Voices) collaborating with a Carnatic (South Indian) choir (Navatman).

Classical lights include sets by Partha Bose and Flute Raman, Samarth Nagarkar, Steve Gorn, and Jay Gandhi.

Notable video artist Nitin Mukul will be presenting the visual element of the experience. The essence of his video pieces, created from melting ice and abstract paintings will intersect with each raga’s specific characteristics and their relationship to the time of day.

Artistic Director Arun Ramamurthy indicates that diversity is the key to the concert experience. “As curators, we honor the ragas’ connections to nature and program classical artists at the opportune times. But what makes this festival so special is that we balance classical sets with innovative raga-inspired projects that interpret traditional material in a highly creative way. This balance over the course of 24 hours allows the listener to traverse a wide spectrum of sound, going deep into traditional ragas while also experiencing more experimental interpretations and reimaginations of the Indian classical form. It’s a cathartic experience.”

There is an incredible synergy between the artists and the audience as we journey through 24 sets of music,” adds associate producer Lauren Crump. “It is a transformative experience for all involved.”

The Full Festival Lineup (subject to change):

5:00 – 6:00 – Pradhanica Dance and Music Company
Michael Lukshis, Jin Wong, Kaumil Shah, Vincent Pierce Smith, Indro Roy Chowdhury

6:00 – 7:00 – V.K. Raman
V.K. Raman (flute), Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Akshay Anantapadmanabhan (mridangam)

7:00 – 8:00 – Mitali Bhawmik
Mitali Bhawmik (vocal), Anirban Chakravarty (harmonium), Dibyarka Chatterjee (tabla)

8:00 – 9:00 – Ganavya
Ganavya (voice), Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam), Max Ridley (bass), Charles Overton (harp)

9:00 – 10:00 – Karavika
Trina Basu (violin), Amali Premawardhana (cello), Perry Wortman (bass), Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam)

10:00 – 11:00 – Aditya Prakash
Aditya Prakash (vocal), Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Abhinav Seetharaman (mridangam)

Anirban Das Gupta

11:00 – 12:00 – Anirban Dasgupta
Anirban Dasgupta (sarod), Mir Naqib Islam (tabla)

12:00 – 1:00 – Samarth Nagarkar –
Samarth Nagarkar (vocal), Rohan Prabhudesai (harmonium), Sandip Ghosh (tabla)

1:00 – 2:00 – Max ZT / Karsh Kale
Max ZT (dulcimer), Karsh Kale (tabla)

2:00 – 3:00 – Arun Ramamurthy Trio
Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Perry Wortman (bass), Sameer Gupta (drumset)

3:00 – 4:00 – Ross Hammond Trio with special guests
Ross Hammond (guitar), Pawan Benjamin (sax/bansuri), Sameer Gupta (drums), Morgan Zwerlein (percussion)

4:00 – 5:00 – Unstruck Sound
Eric Fraser (bansuri), Neel Murgai (throat singing/daf/sitar/electronics), Aaron Shragge (trumpet, shakhuhachi, electronics)

5:00 – 6:00 – Steve Gorn
Steve Gorn (bansuri), Shiva Ghoshal (tabla)

Abhik Mukherjee

6:00 – 7:00 – Abhik Mukherjee –
Abhik Mukherjee (sitar) Shiva Ghoshal (tabla)

7:00 – 8:00 – Jay Gandhi
Jay Gandhi (bansuri), Ehren Hanson (tabla)

8:00 – 9:00 – Andrew Shantz
Andrew Shantz (vocal), Roshni Samlal (tabla)

9:00 – 10:00 – Rajeswari Satish –
Rajeswari Satish (vocal), Radhika Mani (violin), Bala Skandan (mridangam)

10:00 – 11:00 – Partha Bose
Partha Bose (sitar), Aditya Narayan Banerjee (tabla)

11:00 – 12:00 Go: Organic Orchestra with Brooklyn Raga Massive
Improvisationally conducted by Adam Rudolph Arun Ramamurthy – violin; Jay Gandhi – bansuri, Neel Murgai – sitar; Charles Burnham – violin; Trina Basu – violin; Swaminathan Selvaganesh – kanjeera; Sameer Gupta – Tabla; David Ellenbogen – guitar; Mari Tanaka – Tanpura; Michel Gentile – c and alto flute, bamboo flutes; Sylvain Leroux – tambin, flute, bamboo flutes; Ze Luis – c and alto flute, bamboo flutes; Steve Gorn – bansuri flute, hichiriki; Sean Sonderegger – contrabass clarinet; Sara Schoenbeck – bassoon, sona; Julianne Carney-Chung – violin; Sana Nagano – violin; Sarah Bernstein – violin; Richard Carr – violin; Stephanie Griffin – viola; Gwen Laster – viola; Jake Carkey – cello; Leco Reis – contrabass; Kenny Wessel – electric guitar; Alexis Marcelo – electric keyboards; Damon Banks – electric bass; Dan Kurfirst – cajon, frame drums, percussion Rogerio Boccato – pandero, zabumba, percussion; Joe Hertenstein- tiny kit percussion

12:00 – 1:00 – Navatman Music Collective & Bulgarian Voices Trio –
Roopa Mahadevan, Preetha Raghu, Vlada Tomova, Shelley Thomas

1:00 – 2:00 – Falsa

2:00 – 3:00 – Nitin Mitta & Suryaksha Deshpande
Nitin Mitta (tabla), Suryaksha Deshpande (tabla), Andrew Shantz (harmonium)

3:00 – 4:00 – Ritual Ensemble of Harvard
Vijay Iyer (piano), Yosvany Terry (saxophone), Ganavya (vocal), Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam)

4:00 – 5:00 – Coltrane Raga Tribute
Sameer Gupta (drums), Jay Gandhi (bansuri), Trina Basu (violin), Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Brandee Younger (harp), Marc Cary (piano), Rashaan Carter (bass), Abhik Mukherjee (sitar)

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headline photo: Unstruck Sound – Neel Murgai


Celebrated Vocalist Aynur to Perform in Manhattan


Aynur, one of the leading musicians from Turkey and a prominent representative of the Kurdish people, is set to perform on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at the The New School – John L. Tishman Auditorium in Manhattan.

Aynur’s music is based on traditional Kurdish folk songs, many of them going back 300 years, which she combines with Western music. Her lyrics often describe the life and sufferings of Kurdish people, in particular women. The show is produced by World Music Institute.

Aynur has collaborated with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Kayhan Kalhor, Javier Limón, Kinan Azmeh, and has appeared in the documentary film “The Music of Strangers” about Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble and in Fatih Akın’s documentary “İstanbul Hatırası / Köprüyü Geçmek-Crossing the bridges” as a singer.

Her discography includes Hawniyaz, Hevra (Together), Rewend and Keçe Kurdan.

For this concert, Aynur will be joined by clarinet virtuoso and composer Kinan Azmeh, who was trained in his native Damascus and is a graduate of New York’s Juilliard School and the City University of New York.

Tenbûr performer Cemîl Qoçgîrî and pianist Salman Gambarov also take the stage with Aynur and Kinan.

The New School – John L. Tishman Auditorium
63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, Manhattan


Egyptian and Ukrainian Artists to Perform in the USA through Center Stage

Some of the greatest performers and creative innovators from Egypt and Ukraine will be traveling to the United States in September-November 2018. The music and theater artists were selected through the Center Stage cultural exchange program initiated by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and produced by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA).

The performers include Dina Elwedidi (Egypt), Kurbasy (Ukraine), Mohamed Abozekry and Karkadé (Egypt), Teatr-Pralnia with CCA Dakh (Ukraine), and Youssra El Hawary (Egypt). The tours include performances, hundreds of residency activities, classroom visits, workshops, artist-to-artist exchange, and community gatherings.

Venues will include major performing arts centers such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC as well as universities, cultural and community centers, festivals, contemporary art venues, music clubs, and artist-run spaces. The program will bring one independent journalist from both Egypt and Ukraine to travel to the United States to report on the tours. Tour details and experiences will also be featured on the Center Stage website and through U.S. Department of State social media.

The Artists of Center Stage Season 4


Dina Elwedidi – photo by James Duncan Davidson


Dina Elwedidi (Giza, Egypt)
A sophisticated musical innovator, Elwedidi ravels the personal threads of Egyptian heritage and contemporary identity.
U.S. tour: September 14-October 18. Tour cities include Washington DC, Richmond VA, Boston MA, New York City, Austin TX, and West Palm Beach FL.


Kurbasy – Photo by Olia Dmytriv


Kurbasy (Lviv, Ukraine/U.S. debut)
Tight vocal harmonies, resonant lyrics, and phantasmagoric imagery from the Carpathian Mountains.
U.S. tour: October 21-November 18. Tour cities include Washington DC, Hartford CT, Memphis TN, Rohnert Park, CA, Albuquerque and Santa Fe NM, and Seattle WA.


Mohamed Abozekry – Photo by Nada Elissa


Mohamed Abozekry & Karkadé (Cairo, Egypt/U.S. debut)
Virtuoso oud prodigy convenes Egypt’s popular and classical music traditions, Sufi calls, and secular poetry with a new instrumental project.

U.S. tour: September 6-30. Tour cities include Washington DC, New York City, Lewisburg and Philadelphia PA, Burlington VT, and West Claremont NH.


Teatr-Pralnia by Zhenya Lulko

Teatr-Pralnia with CCA Dakh (Kyiv, Ukraine/U.S. debut)
A rambunctious and audacious supercharged puppet cabaret asks ‘TseSho?/What’s That?”
U.S. tour: September 28-November 4. Tour cities include Gainesville FL, Allentown and Pittsburgh PA, Portland OR, and Albuquerque NM.


Youssra El Hawary – Photo by Khaled Marzouk

Youssra El Hawary (Cairo, Egypt/U.S. debut)
A musical bellwether of everyday life, El Hawary’s indie sound captures the stories of Cairo and the alchemy of the Mediterranean basin.
U.S. tour: September 9-October 13. Tour cities include Richmond VA, Washington DC, Lyons NE, Raleigh NC, Kittery ME, West Claremont and Lebanon NH, Albuquerque NM, and New York City.

About Center Stage 4:

Ensembles travel to the U.S. from around the world and enhance the cultural vibrancy of our nation, while promoting economic opportunities in American communities,” said Cathy Edwards, Executive Director of the New England Foundation for the Arts. “Arts delegations cultivate the mutual respect and appreciation that is the essence of cultural diplomacy”.

Center Stage was launched by the Department of State to bring international performing artists from select countries to the United States for professional growth and touring, supporting foreign policy, deepening our relationships with foreign publics, and strengthening the U.S. creative economy. The visiting artists learn from their U.S. tours and share their experiences in their home communities, where they serve as role models and opinion leaders. To date, 24 ensembles from seven nations have toured the United States through Center Stage, reaching tens of thousands of Americans directly and millions of international fans through media and social media.

The program also affects the lives and professions of the visiting artists. “Center Stage is a program aimed at cultural exchange, but for our band, it also tapped into something much deeper,” says Center Stage Season 2 artist Sparlay Rawail, of Pakistan’s Khumariyaan. “We learned what being working musicians is all about and how to communicate. We now have a deeper sense of our own culture through the eyes and ears of others — from the outside in. But above all, this tour opened our minds as human beings and made our art that much more sincere.”

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headline photo: Kurbasy – Photo by Olia Dmytriv


Syrian Electronic Music Innovator Omar Souleyman To Perform at North Beach Bandshell in Miami

Omar Souleyman

Syrian musician Omar Souleyman is set to perform on Friday, October 5 at North Beach Bandshell in Miami. Omar Souleyman has released albums on Diplo’s Mad Decent record label and has collaborated with artists such as Björk, Four Tet, Modeselektor, and Giles Peterson.

Souleyman has become a leading electronic music artist. Although he started as a wedding singer in Syria with hundreds of albums under his belt, he has become a cult hero in the electronic music scene.

Omar developed a synthesized version of the Levantine dance music known as Dabke, incorporating modern electronic dance music. Recent albums include To Syria With Love, Wenu Wenu, Bahdeni Nami and Haflat Gharbia: The Western Concerts.