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Yosvani Castañeda to Perform at World Fiddle Day 2016 in Toronto

Yosvani Castañeda
Yosvani Castañeda

Yosvani Castañeda Valdés will showcase the Cuban fiddle style at the 4th Annual World Fiddle Day that will take place on Saturday, May 21st at Historic Fort York, in Toronto.

Originally from Cuba, Yosvani was classically trained at the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory in Havana. As a teenager, he toured throughout Canada, Europe, Japan and South America, as both a solo artist and member of the popular Cuban band Bamboleo. His Bamboleo discography includes Mi Verdad (Bis Music, 2007).

Yosvani returned to Canada as an adult in 2008, and has since performed at venues and events such as The Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival, Harbourfront, Lula Lounge, Nathan Phillips Square and the Pan-Am Games. He is especially known for his ability to bring together urban and classical sounds with his Cuban roots.

Yosvani is a member of the Toronto-based Lula All Stars. This collective of musicians from Latin America recorded a great salsa album titled Salsa de la Buena (Lulaworld Records, 2015)

Yosvani will offer a workshop on Latin-American violin.

For more information go to www.worldfiddleday.ca

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Toronto to Host 4th Annual World Fiddle Day

World Fiddle Day
World Fiddle Day

The 4th Annual World Fiddle Day will take place on Saturday, May 21st at Historic Fort York, in Toronto. The event will feature 100 fiddlers, playing 40 tunes from 25 different countries. Accompanying them is an excellent back-up band consisting of world percussion, clarinet, and keyboards, all celebrating world music.

Special guest artists Dan MacDonald, Mark Marczyk, Rosalyn Dennett, and Yosvani Castaneda will lead morning workshops, play an afternoon concert, followed by the giant community “Around-the-World” Fiddle Jam. All activities from noon on free.

World Fiddle Day celebrates world music traditions with a mission to provide opportunities for string players of all backgrounds to come together and create great music with some of Toronto’s best professional musicians.

Each year there are special guests for the workshop and performance portions of the event and then the high point, led by fiddler Anne Lederman, is the “Around-the-World Jam.”

Tunes from Canadian folk traditions take their place alongside superb music from the Caribbean, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. This year’s theme, in honor of the Syrian refugees, will showcase the beautiful Arabic song, “Alhamdoulillah,” as sung by the Ottawa children’s choir, adapted for World Fiddle Day Toronto.

For more information please visit www.worldfiddleday.ca

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