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IslaVuelta – la chispa! in Menorca, Spain

IslavueltaMahon, Menorca Island, Spain – IslaVuelta – la chispa! will take place in Mahon, Menorca, Baleares, Spain 2003.

IslaVuelta – la chispa! is an annual series of 5 Jazz/Latin Jazz concerts and hot Cuban rhythms, staged in the splendour of Spain’s second oldest Opera House, performed by world renown musicians in a friendly repatriation of music from the Americas and the Caribbean, illustrating the evidence of past Iberian influences on an African heartbeat. Concert schedule:

All events take place at 21.30hrs

30th May 2003:

Ramón Valle -solo (support act: La Folkabanda)

27th June 2003:

Hilario Durán Quartet

25th July 2003:

Monty Alexander Trio

19th September:

Habana Son Club

10th October:

Michel Camilo -solo

All concerts take place at Teatre Principal de Maó, Mahon, Menorca, Balearic Islands:
The second oldest Opera House in Spain (1829), tastefully renovated and brought up to date technically, combining the best of the old with the state-of-the-art best of the new. The theatre boasts a beautiful auditorium in the Italianate style.

The purpose of the concert series is to acknowledge and celebrate the historical, musical and artistic link between Menorca and Cuba and more broadly Spain and the Americas through a friendly repatriation of musical forms to the island through a series of concerts which will stand as a metaphor for the harmonious and mutual benefits that can flow from cross cultural appreciation and co-operation.

IslaVuelta – la chispa! is conceived produced and promoted by Ivan Brown of Idtenti Limited (London).


Tribute to Cuban Singer Lázaro Ros

Lázaro Ros
Lázaro Ros

(Prensa Latina-Cumbancha) Camagüey, Cuba – Lázaro Ros received the distinction “Espejo de Paciencia,” for his virtuosity that led him to become the most famous Cuban singer of folkloric chants of African origin. Seventy-eight-year-old Ros was paid homage to with the highest distinction granted by the Provincial Culture Board in Camagüey, during his visit to this city, where he was invited to the 1st Festival of Olorum Dance.

He was born May 11, 1925 in Havana, and at the age of 13 he was vocalizing ritual pieces at Regla de Ocha (Santeria) ceremonies.

In 1949, he started his professional career and has been a member of the Cuban National Folkloric Group, the Cuban National Ballet, the National Symphonic Orchestra, Casa de las Americas and the bands Sintesis and Mezcla, plus other institutions and bands.

His career also includes teaching in Cuba and abroad, and the achievement of Cuban and foreign distinctions, including a Latin Grammy nomination in 2001. The “Espejo de Paciencia” award was also granted to the band Afrocuba from Matanzas, attending the same festival.


Amala – Gypsy Music, Dance & Language Summer School

Valjevo, Serbia – The Amala School for Roma (Gypsy) and Serbian music, dance and language presents the unique opportunity to discover Romani and Serbian culture in an authentic setting. Located in the picturesque Serbian hills in the town of Valjevo, 100 kilometers southwest of Belgrade, the school offers 7, 10 and 14day sessions throughout the summer. While at the school, students benefit from the unforgettable experience of total immersion into the culture. Students live in a Romani-Serbian household, see daily life and dine on traditional cuisine.

The days are filled with lively local music, excursions and trips to family celebrations in nearby villages. Local professional teachers and performers conduct the lessons. The school’s faculty uses traditional teaching methods, and music and vocal students learn by ear.Serbian language and dance classes are designed for all levels Romani (Gypsy) language classes are designed for beginners and give the extremely rare chance to learn this beautiful language.

Roma dance in the Balkan style is taught for all levels. Galbeno d.o.o., Stevana Filipovica 28/20, 11000 Beograd, Yugoslavia. Phone: +381 (0)11 64 88 75, Fax: +381 (0)11 652 391.


Festival Ethnoambient Salona 2003, Croatia

Salona, Croatia –
Festival Ethnoambient Salona 2003
will take place August 1-3, 2003. This year the festival will present Lo Cor de la Plana (France), Zoe (Italy), Lot Lorien (Bulgaria), Companyia Electrica Dharma (Spain), Kries (Croatia) and several Croatian groups that present famous Mediterranean “klapa” singing.

The oldest world music festival in Croatia tends to promote different cultures through fusion of the traditional and contemporary music. Since 1998 this festival has welcomed artists from Israel, Italy, Mongolia, Canada (First Nations), England, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Catalonia (Spain), Ireland, Pakistan, Hungary, Australian aboriginals, Iran, and Croatia.This open air festival is held at the magical ancient Roman archeological site of Salona which is located in Solin, near Split at the Adriatic Coast. The main idea of festival Ethnoambient is to promote different cultures, tolerance and understanding for cultural diversity, tradition, nature. Music is the main focus, but visitors also get a chance to explore the fair of organic/eco farming, traditional crafts and souvenirs and also enjoy the natural beauty of the area – the rivers, the mountains, the Adriatic sea and beautiful Mediterranean atmosphere. More info:


NWEAMO Call for Works

USA – The Northwest Electro-Acoustic Music Organization (NWEAMO) is seeking electro-acoustic works for its fifth annual international festival of electronic music.

Works may be representative of all styles and aesthetics, from the classical avant-garde to the fringes of experimental pop.MAIN THEME: This year we are hoping to spotlight audience-interactive electro-acoustic works. These works should employ some form of audience participation to complete their execution. Interaction may be physical, intellectual, sensory, and/or other type, and it may be achieved through technological, entirely human, or other means. To facilitate electronic interaction, NWEAMO will provide a wireless access point (802.11) with a connection to the Internet.

PLEASE NOTE: NWEAMO also welcomes submissions of electro-acoustic works that DO NOT involve audience interaction. Preference will be given to works that feature a live performance element.

Composers must attend the festival. There is a $15 submission fee. NWEAMO is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization and all money raised goes toward promotion and production.

NWEAMO 2003: The Exploding Interactive Inevitable
October 3-5, 2003: Portland, Oregon (B-Complex)
October 10-12, 2003: San Diego, California (San Diego State University)

To view the full version of this call for works (including submission guidelines) and to access further information about NWEAMO 2003: The Exploding Interactive Inevitable, please visit


FloydFest Outta’ this World Music

Floydfest_logoThe 2nd annual FloydFest blasts off August 15-17, 2003 in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Floyd, Virginia. Featuring roots from the bush to the Blue Ridge and beyond.

This year’s line-up includes Donna the Buffalo, Baka Beyond, The David Grisman Quintet, Morgan Heritage, Old and in the Gray w/ Vassar Clements, African Showboyz, Nickel Creek, Mamadou Diabate, Yonder Mountain String Band, Speech(Arrested Development), Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, Acoustic Syndicate, Nii Tettey Tetteh, Kaki King, Man Alive!, Larry Keel Experiance, John Brown’s Body, Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, Rushad, dj Cheb i Sabbah and many more.


Carriacou Third Maroon Music Festival

Carriacou, Grenada, West Indies – Carriacou’s Third Maroon Music Festival kicks off Friday 25th April until Sunday 27th. Carriacou’s number one festival, which is growing ever larger every year, is an annual exhibition of unique Maroon heritage, culture and foods, scintillating displays of Big Drum Nation Dance, String Band Music and Quadrille Dancing. The Maroon Festival will showcase cultural presentations and groups from Carriacou, Petite Martinique and Grenada dominating Friday night’s program. The events will begin with an official opening by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell and include speeches from noted Caribbean folklorists.

The weekend will include the very finest of local, regional and international talent. These will fall into the following: Maroon Day, Carriacou Cultural Heritage, Regional, Roots, Culture and Art. Already confirmed are: Grenada National Folk Group, Tobago Cultural Group, Union Island Dancers and Ballet Kouyamba from Senegal, Africa. Square One and Allison Hinds will close Saturday night performing until daybreak.

Maroons are age-old ceremonies in Carriacou and Petite Martinique. It brings villagers together to express various aspects of their culture, which is based in the agricultural activities of the islanders. The day ends with the traditional Big Drum Nation Dance.

The ‘Drum’ is the lifeblood of the Maroon celebration as is true of many African rites. The dancers are colorfully dressed and sing songs in patois. The lyrics recall their history, trials, suffering, preoccupations, glorious moments as well as aspirations.


XIII World Music Festival in León, Spain

León, Spain – The XIII Muestra de Nuevas Músicas will be held in the city of León. This world music festival, held in April, features concerts and street performances by Celtic, folk and world music artists. The musicians come from Africa, Spain, the Celtic world and some European countries. The concerts take place at Teatro Emperador. Programming: April 22 (Africa Day)


Lokua Danza

Hijas del Sol


Magic Mali

Kora (street performance)

April 30


Zuco 103

Kad Achouri

La Accoustel Gang (street performance)

May 9

The Phamie Gow Band (Scotland)

Juan Mari Beltrán



Ursarii Fanfare (street performance)

3 day ticket: 30 €, day tickets: 15€


Merlefest 2003

merlefest_large-250Wilkesboro, USA – Wilkes Community College will present MerleFest 2003, the largest bluegrass music festival in the United States. This is the 16th annual festival in celebration of the music of the late Merle Watson and his father Doc Watson. The festival takes place on the Wilkes Community College campus in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, on April 24 – 27, 2003.

Artists joining Doc Watson and Merle’s son Richard Watson for MerleFest 2003 will include Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, Emmylou Harris, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Laura Love Band, Asleep at the Wheel, Leahy, Donna the Buffalo, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Sam Bush Band, Vassar Clements, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Guy Clark, Hot Rize, Don Edwards, Paul Geremia, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Patrick Sweany, Tony Rice, Tim O’Brien, Del McCoury Band, Etta Baker, the Whites, Norman & Nancy Blake, Eustace Conway, Lightnin’ Wells & Algia Mae Hinton, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, the Waybacks, and many others. Special performances will include Vassar’s 75th birthday jam, the Acoustic Blues Showcase, the Midnight Jam, and “Follow Me Back to the Fold: A Tribute to Women in Bluegrass.”

Those with Internet access may acquire their tickets easily by visiting and, if purchasing assigned seats at the Watson Stage, actually pick their seat location on line. Those without Internet access may purchase tickets by calling 1-800-343-7857 (US only) or 336-838-6267 (non-US) from 10 AM through 4 PM, EST, weekdays. Tickets may also be ordered by fax (336-838-6277) and mail (MerleFest; P.O. Box 120; Wilkesboro, NC 28697).


24th International Percussion Festival Percuba 2003

(Prensa Latina) Havana, Cuba – Well-known musicians from the United States, Mexico, Argentina and Venezuela and their Cuban colleagues will take part in the 24th International Percussion Festival Percuba 2003, April 15-19, announced Festival director Lino Neira. The official stated that instrumentalist Sammy Figueroa (Puerto Rico) -producer of musicians such as Quincy Jones and Phil Ramone (US)- as well as Autonomous University of Tamaulipas Professor Evaristo Aguilar (Mexico) who will perform in the show Ritmos de la Huasteca.

The Monterrey Percussion Ensemble (Mexico) -founded 10 years ago by Guillermo Villarreal, Alberto Murillo (Argentina), one of the most acclaimed instrumentalists in his country, and Fred Wickinson (United States), among others, will also attend. The Tuopali Duet (Spain) will arrive with its hit “Mestizaje,” a successful blend of native popular notes and its professional sound, with instruments ranging from the Jembe to the marimba. Another important participant will be the Venezuelan project “La Patria es el Hombre.”