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Festival Músicas do Mundo in Sines, Portugal

Sines, Portugal – The 5th edition of Festival Músicas do Mundo (World Music Festival) 2003, will take place in Sines’ Castle (Portugal) July 24-26. The festival, which takes place since 1999 inside the walls of the old castle, presents on July 26th (Saturday), the Kronos Quartet, the most famous string quartet in the world, commemorating its 30th birthday this year.

The group has been regarded as revolutionary because of the way it has bridged both the repertoires and audiences of classical and popular music (including jazz and world music). The Kronos Quartet opens the last of the FMM2003 evenings, followed by the French Kad Achouri and The Skatalites, the founders fathers of ska rhythm and of all contemporary Jamaican music. The Skatalites will end the Festival itself, as usual, under an uproar of dazzling fireworks.

The Festival begins the July 24th (Thursday) with Portugal and Cape Verde. The opening concert will be fulfilled with the harmonic games of Danças Ocultas quartet, which has decided to give a new character to diatonic accordion in the Portuguese modern music production. Simentera, Cape Verde’s most representative group in the international world music circuit nowadays, closes the first night.

he July 25th (Friday) program includes the performance of Mahwash & Ensemble Kabul (Afghanistan), 2003 winners for Asia / Pacific category in BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards. They will be followed by Mahotella Queens, the historic vocal trio from South Africa, and Totonho & Os Cabra, a Brazilian band that mixes the rural rhythms of “Nordeste” region with hip hop and electronics.

Festival Músicas do Mundo (World Music Festival) is organized by Sines’ City Hall. The Festival, in its past four years life, has already entertained inside the walls of the old Castle, believed to be the birthplace of navigator Vasco da Gama, more than 40,000 people.

Official site: www.fmm.com.pt

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Floydfest: World Music Festival in Virginia

Floydfest_logoFloyd, Virginia, USA – The second annual Floydfest … Outta This World Music Festival, is set for Aug. 15-17 at a magnificent 80-acre site off the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd County.

This year the African Showboyz will join the Kusun, straight from the bush of Accra, Ghana, and take the stage alongside such greats as The David Grisman Quintet, Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, Nickel Creek, and many more, as well as a host of local talent. The event also celebrates the wealth of indigenous
artisanship in the area, including demo workshops, and dedicates a large space to showcasing the healing arts, with daily yoga and tai chi classes, as well as a variety of massage and body work.

This year’s Flodfest also will be remembering its friend Babatunde Olatunji, who recently passed away not long after taking an active role in helping bring African Showboyz from the northern bush of Ghana to the festival for their first visit to United States.

When Babatunde Olatunji mailed a handwritten letter to musician and promoter Kris Hodges, little did he know that the music from his homeland of Africa, a music he was working to preserve by showcasing unknown African bands to a US audience, would be making a debut performance in the US in the rural Virignia mountain town of Floyd.

The Kusun Ensemble, a troupe of musicians from Accra, Ghana led by Nii Tettey Tetteh, is slated for an opening performance Friday morning. But the Kusun has already found a second home in Floyd, Virginiaa, USA. In the two months prior to the festival, Hodges has scheduled the group to lead drum and dance workshops in the area and perform at universities and local venues. On a warm July evening they give an impromptu performance at a community potluck, singing and drumming on a makeshift stage and taking turns leading the audience in the provocative movements of African dance. They’re lodging a few miles out of the one-stoplight town of Floyd, a left off of Route 8 and another onto ‘Milky Way’, and into High Flowing, one of Floyd’s many alternative communities.

When Hodges when to Africa to study African drumming, he and Tettey made a spiritual connection. The two deplored the plight of Africa, a continent wasting for lack of an economy and the knowledge necessary to create a viable infrastructure. They discussed global politics, and how fear and greed create the illusion of separateness. They spent their time playing music, reaffirming the idea that music and culture are unifying forces, which transcend social boundaries. Hodges invited Tettey to come to America, to Floyd, to experience his community and to play at a festival he was planning; the Floyd World Music Festival.

Stop by on any given weekday during the summer and you’re likely to hear the unlikely sound of an accordion, played by German-born hostess and bohemian artist Starroot, behind the complex beat of traditional African drums and percussion. On and around the low-slung porch of the main house a colorful group dances, sings, and plays music, as the smells of a fish fry drift through the open windows.

In the southwest Virginia mountain town of Floyd, an eclectic blend of cultures are living a harmonious existence. Floyd is home to some of the finest bluegrass and old-time musicians around; and they all come together every Friday night for a jamboree at the old Country Store downtown. Simultaneously there exists a deeply-rooted counterculture, established in the early 1970s, exemplified by the existence of a thriving health food’s coop, a hip vegetarian restaurant, and the New Mountain Mercantile, which does a brisk tourist business selling locally made crafts including pottery, candles, stained glass, clothing, sculpture and jewelry. Outside an office atop the mercantile, a lighted movie-style marquee sign reads: “Across-the-Way Productions, headquarters of the Floyd World Music Festival.”

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WorldFest in California

California-worldfestChico, USA – The 2003 edition of WorldFest will take place July 17-20 in the fairgrounds of Grass Valley, California. The festival includes concerts, workshops (vocal, instrumental and percussion), a complete children’s program, and great food. This is the line-up so far:

John Cowan Band ~ Vocal super band
Tommy Emmanuel ~ Guitar Wizard
Perla Batalla ~ Mesamerican Chanteuse
Alasdair Fraser ~ Scottish Fiddle
Waifs ~ Australian Pop
Obo Addy ~ Ghana Superstar
Laura Love Duo with Jen Todd ~ Afro Celtic
Juan L. Sanchez Ensemble ~ Cosmopolitan Sounds of Spain
Mamadou Diabate Ensemble~ Village tunes of Mali
Vishten ~ Red Hot Acadian Fiddle & Dance
the bluehouse ~ Sassy pop & harmony
Balkan Cabaret ~ Old World Standards
Incendio ~ Latin Guitar Fusion
Joaquin Diaz ~ Caribbean Merengue
Xavier Rudd ~ Didgeridoo Wildman
Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald ~ Contemporary Folk
Plus, Troika Folk Dance and Sid Lewis’ Acoustic College

For more information, go to: www.worldfest.net

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The 2nd Dance House Summer Camp in Poland

Warsaw, Poland – The Warsaw-based Dance House Association is organizing the Second Dance House Summer Camp this year. It will take place in Warsaw, Szydlowiec and Chlewiska, on August 1-10, 2003. The summer camp will be devoted to traditional music and dance from Poland, France and Hungary. Participants
will have a chance to learn music and dance at workshops, and practice their skills at evening dances to live music (performed by excellent musicians from local villages, as well as from Warsaw and abroad).A full schedule and more detailed information can be found at this new webpage: http://domtanca.art.pl/tabor2

There is also the opportunity to learn Polish traditional dances in Warsaw on June, July, August and September. The workshops will take place at the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw (at no.1 Kredytowa strit – not far from Plac Teatralny and Hotel Victoria) http://domtanca.art.pl/ang/wokshops.htm

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Program for The Jerusalem Festival – Songs of Freedom

The program for the 2003 edition of The Jerusalem Festival – Songs of Freedom is now available.

The Jerusalem Festival – Songs of Freedom 2003, organized by Yabous Productions will take place throughout the period of 20th–29th of July 2003, in cooperation with the General Consulate of France and with the support of cultural activists

Concerts in Jerusalem will take place at “Tombs of the Kings”, Salah Eddin St., at 8:00pm.The festival is based upon the theme of Freedom. The Jerusalem Festival encompasses a unique theme and vision; which consequently defines its character, atmosphere and program.

The major aim of the organizers is to give hope and courage to Palestinian people in pain, to bring back to the city of East Jerusalem, its cultural glory as the central Palestinian city and to contribute to the development of the cultural, educational economic and touristic life of East Jerusalem.www.yabous.org

Program:

Date

Day

Concert in
Jerusalem

Concert in
Bethlehem

20-July

Sunday

Awj-
Arabic Choral Ensemble of NCM – Palestine

 

21-July

Monday

Zimar –
Palestine

Erik Truffaz
Quartet -France

22-July

Tuesday

Erik
Truffaz Quartet – France

 

23-July

Wednesday

Luar Na
Lubre  -Spain

 

24-July

Thursday

Sibongile
Khumalo – South Africa

Luar Na Lubre-
 Spain

25-July

Friday

Misk Wa
Anber – Palestine/Austria

 

26-July

Saturday

Rim Banna
– Palestine

Misk Wa Anber
– Palestine/Austria

27-July

Sunday

Black
Umfolosi  – Zimbabwe

 

28-July

Monday

Quilapayun
– Chile

 

29-July

Tuesday

The
Oriental Music Ensemble- Palestine

Quilapayun –
 Chile

Concerts in Bethlehem are in cooperation with The International Center of Bethlehem – The National Conservatory of Music.

The Jerusalem Festival – Songs of Freedom 2003 is organized in cooperation with the Consulate General of France in Jerusalem and is supported by the European Union.

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The San Francisco World Music Festival 2003

SFWMFSan Francisco, USA – ­ The annual San Francisco World Music Festival  has officially announced the program for the 2003 edition of the festival. Coming to the San Francisco Bay Area from the mountains of Altay, the forests of Kamchatka, and the steppes of Tuva, some of the world’s most indigenous throat singers, folk dancers and musicians, and shaman spiritual elders of Central Asia and Siberia will unveil centuries-old folk rituals this September 12 & 14.  Additionally, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, India’s most celebrated santur instrumentalist and vocalist, his gifted son Rahul Sharma and the acclaimed tabla player Ustaad Shafaat Ahmed Khan will perform the timeless music of North India on September 13.

These concerts are a sampling of Door Dog Music Productions 4th annual San Francisco World Music Festival, running September 4-18, 2003 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco State University, and the San Francisco Dance Center, featuring artists from Afghanistan, Altay, China, Eastern Europe, India, Kamchatka, Lebanon, Russia, and Tuva. ”By bringing
together acclaimed international and local world music artists for 2 weeks of dynamic concerts, master classes, documentary film screenings and youth showcases, our festival facilitates human understanding through artistic vulnerability among the world¹s cultures
,” states Executive Director &
Producer Michael Santoro.

New to this year¹s festival is a specially commissioned orchestral work with libretto by the internationally acclaimed Lebanese composer Marcel Khalife, set to premiere September 11 as an international music experiment and artistic statement for global peace.  This centerpiece will be performed by a select orchestra of locally based world music masters, including KITKA, an all women
Eastern European vocal ensemble, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra as directed by Benjamin Simon, Chinese erhu virtuoso Zhang Xiao Feng, Chinese master percussionist Hai Pu, and a leading female Lebanese vocalist Omayma Al Khalil, and includes visual and lighting design by Matthew Antaky.  Co-produced with the San Francisco International Arts Festival, this opening concert will promote San
Francisco as a world center for arts and culture.

This concert is a metaphor for cultural understanding and communication,” notes Santoro. “All of the different compositional components – Western classical music, Chinese traditional music, Arabic music, Eastern European music, and all of the respective cultures uniting — is not an easy task and through this process, new territories will be explored, providing insight and enrichment.”  says Program Director Kutay Derin Kugay, “The San Francisco World Music Festival is going beyond traditional music with this commissioned composition by Lebanese composer Marcel Khalife.  And with over 200 strings of the Santur masters, father and son Shivkumars, the festival sets a new standard for world music presentation.”

Kicking off the festival this year on September 4th is a North Indian Master Class by the distinguished Vijay Kichlu.  Another highlight is the first annual Youth World Music Showcase on September 6, featuring elementary and high school students of world music masters in the San Francisco Bay Area — from Alice Fong Yu Chinese Orchestra & Percussion and Fremont Deaf Choir to the India Tabla Quartet and Korean Youth Orchestra.  “It¹s important to provide not only role models but opportunities for children in the Bay Area to experience world music,” explains Santoro, “to give them inspiration to pick up an instrument and learn about another culture¹s music.”  On September 18, Chinese Peking Opera artists Chen Tsai-Yen, Sun Ji-Hai, Guan Yi, and Zhang Ying-Chao
will hold a live lecture demonstration of scenes from “Farewell My Concubine
”.

Comments Deborah Clearwaters, Manager of Public Programs at the Asian Art Museum, who has worked with Door Dog Music Productions to present a World Music Concert Series at the museum since March 2003, “The Asian Art Museum is proud to be part of the 2003 World Music Festival.  Many artifacts in our museum bear direct connections to musical traditions.  Presenting living masters of Asian music to San Francisco audiences helps build a better understanding of the diversity and richness of Asian culture.”

In addition to music there will be live radio performances, master classes at San Francisco State
University, San Francisco Dance Center and the Asian Art Museum, and a documentary film screening at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Screening Room.

Founded in 2000 by Executive Director Michael Santoro and Program Director Kutay Derin Kugay, the San Francisco World Music Festival  uniquely showcases the musical diversity from the Bay Area and around the globe by presenting high quality world music performances by master artists both locally and overseas, and from traditional to contemporary explorations.  

Tickets: Yerba Buena Box Office, Phone: +1 415-978-2787.

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World Music at Lugano Estival Jazz, Switzerland

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Lugano, Switzerland – The annual Lugano Estival Jazz Festival will feature world music acts, including Miriam Makeba (South Africa), Omar Sosa (Cuba), Mory Kante, Edie Palmieri, Kassav, and Daniela Mercury (Brazil). The rest of the line up includes Manhattan Transfer, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Jimmy Cliff.

The 25th edition takes place in two different venues: July 4 in Mendrisio (Piazzale alla Valle), July 5 in Mendrisio (Piazzale alla Valle), July 10 in Lugano (Piazza della Riforma), July 11 in Lugano (Piazza della Riforma) and July 12 in Lugano (Piazza della Riforma). Concerts begin each evening at 8.30 pm. Lugano Estival Jazz is the premier musical event in Southern Switzerland (Canton Ticino).
Lugano Estival Jazz is promoted by local music loving citizens and funded with private and some public money. All concerts are open air and free.

For more information, go to the Lugano Estival Jazz Web site.

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Celebrate Toronto Street Festival

Toronto, Canada – The Celebrate Toronto Street Festival transforms five major intersections along the world’s longest street, Yonge Street, into a world-class, free one-of-a-kind festival. Scheduled for July 4 – 6, 2003, the multi award-winning Celebrate Toronto Street Festival honors the city’s rich culture and diversity with spectacular performances by local, national and international artists. The festival draws more than one million revellers each year. It is the only celebration of its kind with over 500,000 square feet of entertainment, 12 stages, more than 1200 performers and 750 things to see and do. This festival is one of the hottest gatherings of talent in the nation with non-stop concerts, dance, daring thrill and spectacle shows, children’s entertainment and much more.

The sites for 2003 are:
Celebrate Downtown @ Dundas
Audiences can celebrate the energy of Toronto’s vibrant downtown core – including Yonge Dundas Square – with thrill shows, extreme sports and non-stop new and classic rock concerts.

Celebrate the World @ Bloor
With one stage featuring traditional world music and dance, and another dedicated to Toronto’s urban music scene, the main intersection on the longest street in the world celebrates the diversity that is the heart and soul of this city.

Celebrate the Arts @ St. Clair
This festival site showcases Toronto’s rich arts and cultural-entertainment scene featuring jazz, big band, opera and orchestral concerts along with street theatre, dance and visual arts.

Celebrate Central @ Eglinton
Home to Friday night’s opening ceremonies, the largest site of the festival features great big entertainment for all tastes and ages with an eclectic mix of music – roots, rock and pop – breathtaking spectacle, interactive sports and the glitz of a giant midway.

Celebrate Kids @ Lawrence
This north end site is the perfect family destination featuring the best in children’s performers including music, dance, theatre, fantastic family attractions, make-and-take crafts, a giant inflatable playground and so much more.

The 2003 Celebrate Toronto Street Festival also marks the launch of Summerlicious. Modelled after the hugely successful Winterlicious, Toronto’s first annual restaurant week, this summer program will run from July 4 – 10, 2003. Each of the 50 participating restaurants will offer a special three-course prix fixe menu where patrons can sample the establishment’s tasty fare. The menus are available at lunch and dinner and have one of two price categories: $10 for lunch and $20 for dinner or $20 for lunch and $30 for dinner (some restrictions may apply).

Celebrate Toronto Street Festival begins on Friday, July 4 at 8 p.m. at the intersection of Yonge and Eglinton with the incredible opening ceremonies setting the stage for a full weekend of fantastic music, vibrant dance, breathtaking thrill shows and more. The festival continues throughout the weekend at all five festival sites, open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 5 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 6 (Yonge and Lawrence gets started at 10 a.m.).

Tourists to Toronto can contact the Tourism Toronto call centre at 1-877-342-0243 for more information on this and other events in the city.

Admission to the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival is FREE and getting there couldn’t be easier. All five festival sites are accessible via the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). Festival subway stops on the Yonge line are Dundas, Bloor, St. Clair, Eglinton and Lawrence stations.

For more information on the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival and other events produced by Toronto Special Events, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit www.toronto.ca/special_events.

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GUCA Dragacevski Sabor Trubaca Brass Bands Music Festival

Guca, Yugoslavia – The annual festival GUCA Dragacevski Sabor Trubaca (Brass Bands Music Festival) will be taking place August 8-10. In its 40th year, it involves three days full of great Gypsy brass music and Serbian national cuisine in a big open-air party with 300 000 visitors, in Guca, central Serbia.

The festival culminates in a competition between 50 of the best gypsy brass bands, mainly from South Serbia. Many of these bands are well known through the films of Emir Kusturica, such as Black Cat-White Cat, The Underground and Time of the Gypsies. In Guca you will have a unique chance to hear Boban Markovic, Sinisa Petrovic, Fead Sejdic and many other amazing musicians.

Many unique musical styles can be found in different parts of the Balkans region. The Roma have preserved many of the Oriental aspects of Balkan music. In recent years, Balkans brass bands have been incredibly creative in changing the former rigid style presented by traditional brass bands.Over the last ten years, the Boban Markovic Orchestra has received much international attention. The music of this twelve-member orchestra was first introduced to Western audiences through Emir Kusturica’ s films Underground and Arizona Dream. The lead trumpet play, Boban Markovic, and the second trumpet player Jovica Ajdarevic were both awarded with the “Trumpet Maestro” title. The band has also received other important awards including “ Golden Trumpet”, “ First Trumpet” and “The Best Orchestra.

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Noche Flamenca in the San Francisco Bay Area

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Noche Flamenca

Berkeley, California, USA – One of the world’s foremost flamenco companies and a sensation in its 2000 Bay Area debut, Noche Flamenca takes the stage at Cal Performances’ Zellerbach Playhouse for a two-week run of eleven performances beginning at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 24 and running through Sunday, July 6, 2003. Noche Flamenca’s appearance is part of Celebración de las Culturas de Iberoamérica, Cal Performances’ programming initiative to bring the performing arts of Spanish and Portuguese America, Spain and the Caribbean to San Francisco Bay Area audiences. Noche Flamenca captures the essence, the purity of form and emotional fire that has made the company one of Spain’s most successful ensembles. Founded by Artistic Director Martin Santangelo and leading dancer Soledad Barrio in 1993, the Madrid-based ensemble has quickly become one of the most sought after dance companies in the world.

The uniqueness of Noche Flamenca emanates from the combination of extraordinary guitarists, singers and dancers who perform together with a communal spirit and a profound understanding of flamenco. Their talents are interwoven and given equal weight, in an artistic vision developed by the founders. The performers offer dance works of deep dramatic substance and top-rank virtuosity that reveal the true heart and soul of flamenco. In its international touring, the ensemble has visited Egypt, Australia the United States and Canada, with followers who described the company as “brilliant” and “the real thing.” These performances are part of a summer tour that also includes dates at the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in Los Angeles, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Florida International Festival, An Appalachian Summer Festival, and a two-week debut tour of Argentina.

Performances in Berkeley will feature dancers Soledad Barrio, Isabel Bayón and Antonio Jiménez “El Chupete;” guitarists Jesús Torres and Paco Cruz; and singers Manuel Gago and Antonio Vizarraga. The Berkeley performances are presented by Cal Performances in association with Aaron Concert Artists of New York.

Martin Santangelo, co-founder of Noche Flamenca, is a resident of Madrid. A student of Ciro, Paco Romero, el Guito, Manolete and Alejandro Granados, he has performed throughout Spain and the U.S. with Maria Benítez’s Teatro Flamenco, at the Lincoln Center Festival of the Arts and with Paco Romero’s Ballet Español. He also appeared in and choreographed a solo for Julie Taymor’s Juan Darien at Lincoln Center. Santangelo choreographed Romeo and Juliette at the Denver Theater Center and co-directed and choreographed Bodas de Sangre with Larry Kornfield at SUNY Purchase. Santangelo, who was born and raised in New York’s Greenwich Village, was exposed to dance by his Argentine mother, a dancer with Alwin Nikolais. As a young man, he studied acting at New York University and moved to San Francisco, joining El Teatro Campesino. While with the theater company he happened to fill in for an actor in a flamenco performance and was transfixed. He soon left the U.S. for Madrid, to pursue flamenco studies there.

The co-founder of Noche Flamenca, Soledad Barrio was born in Madrid and trained in flamenco and Clásico Español. Barrio has appeared as soloist with the Ballet Español of Paco Romero, Manuela Vargas, Blanca del Rey, Luisillo, El Guito, Manolete, Cristobal Reyes, and Toleo. In 2001 Barrio was named the winner of a New York Dance & Performance Award (a.k.a. the “BESSIES”) for Outstanding Creative Achievement. She is married to Artistic Director Martin Santangelo, and they have two daughters, Gabriela and Stella.

Tickets for Noche Flamenca June 24 – July 6 in Zellerbach Playhouse are priced at $42.00, with a limited number of $30.00 obstructed view seats available as well. Tickets are available through the Cal Performances Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall; at (510) 642-9988 to charge by phone; at www.calperfs.berkeley.edu; and at the door. Half-price tickets are available for purchase by UC Berkeley students. UC faculty and staff, senior citizens and other students receive a $2 discount. The Ticket Office will be closed weekends beginning June through August 2003. For more information, call Cal Performances at (510) 642-9988, or visit the Cal Performances web site at www.calperfs.berkeley.edu.

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