Archive for September, 2009
Enjoy A Special Evening of World Music and Dance at the “Playing for the Planet” Benefit Concert: 6 Great Acts in One Show! – Saturday, October 24th @ 6:30 p.m.
“Benefit concert for what?” you might ask …to raise global awareness of the serious implications of the current climate crisis (most namely global warming) and encourage world-wide action to save our planet. (See www.350.org) College professor, ethnomusicologist, and world musician Warren Senders (see blog) came up with the wonderful idea to produce a world music and dance show in order to aid this all important cause. As an avid fan of world music, it always gives me great pleasure to see my passion employed as a platform to encourage global unity and well-being!
Concert-goers will be treated to music and dance from four regions of the world including, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. For a brief description of the concert program, as well as short bios on the performers- just click here. If you are interested in brief sound or video clips from the artists, then click on the links below. The “additional info” is provided compliments of Mr. Senders, himself, and will give you a more complete picture of each artist.
Beth Bahia Cohen (performing with ensemble ZIYIA)
When: October 24th (International Day of Climate Action) – Saturday @ 6:30 p.m.
Where: First Congregational Church of Cambridge (11 Garden Street)
Tickets: $20.00 ($15.00 – Seniors/Students)
More Info: 781-396-0734
Hey Bostonians! Just in case you were wondering where you can enjoy Latin music via the radio waves, I have located three local stations for your listening pleasure. I’ve merely listed them here for your information without commentary, as I don’t read Spanish and the web sites are presented primarily in the native language. All is not lost however, as you can still glean some useful info from these sites even if you don’t understand Spanish. Check out top hits lists, ringtones, audio and video samples, etc., or go online to listen live. If you’re are a Spanish oficionado, well then, go ahead and click on the links and explore more in depth. Of course, you don’t have to understand a word of Spanish to enjoy the music! So, by all means- tune in!
Rumba 1200AM (WKOX)
Power 800 (WNNW) (92.1FM/800AM)
Super X (WMSX) – 1410AM
The cds in this order contain a sampling of music genres from around the world including, Irish folk, Bollywood, Australian, Middle Eastern and Latin pop, as well as Latin dance music. Click on the links below to hear excerpts from them. As this is just a sampling of what we have to offer, come on in to the main library at Copley Square or any one of our branches conveniently located throughout the city of Boston and “check out” more of our fabulous world music collection. For your additional convenience, you can reserve copies online via our library catalog and you will be notified when the item is in and ready to be picked-up.
6. Ba’da Al Bal– Fadl Shaker (Lebanon)
Microfundo is a lending program that supports world musicians in their career development. What I like so much about this concept is that you (the fan) can directly support artists of your choice, while knowing that any funds you contribute will go directly to them and only to them. In order to contribute, you must go Microfundo’s website and register first. Then browse the list of musicians and projects they are aspiring to complete. This is the fun part, since there are audio samples to explore in each profile. Once you locate an artist of interest, click on the lending button and process your contribution.
Since this a lending program, the idea is that you will eventually see your contribution come back to you in its entirety. This happens once the artist begins to sell their music tracks on either National Geographic’s or Mondomix’s websites. Aside from enjoying the sheer satisfaction of being able to lend a hand to talented world musicians in need, you can also expect to receive additional bonuses for your efforts. Suggested possibilities include: special access to shows, rehearsals, studio sessions, dinners and parties, unreleased tracks, informal jams, and after-show gatherings. Once funds are returned, you can re-lend them or keep them for yourself. Its entirely up to you! Local world musicians participating in the Microfundo project include: Sabor y Memoria, Zili Misik, Atlas Soul, Luisa Sobral, and Alex Alvear & Mango Blue. This not to say , of course, that you will not find some non-locals you wish to support. Either way, this is still a great cause! If you have any further questions about this program, check out these FAQs.
Listen to Atlas Soul.
Atlas Soul takes the genre of world fusion to new heights. This widely acclaimed global fusion band performs both nationally and internationally and has shared the stage with the likes of Lady Smith Black Mambazo, Gigi, and other world music stars. Luckily for Bostonians, they perform regularly on the local scene as well. Their motto “World music for world peace” (which is mine as well) is exemplified by their culturally diverse membership. This six piece band hails originally from eight countries including: Tunisia, Morocco, Israel, France, Cuba, Lebanon, Italy, and the US. Blend all of this musical world heritage together, and you have one fantastic global fusion ensemble! Geographically speaking, their music most heavily represents Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East and they perform vocals in six languages including Arabic, Spanish, Italian, Hebrew, French, and English. The band’s overall sound is heavily influenced by jazz and funk and they proudly and most rightfully claimed to have incorporated many diverse styles and genres into the mix, among them, Afrobeat, Rai, Shaabi, D&B, Gnawa, West African highlife, Socca, Reggae, Jungle, Samba, and good old Rock ‘n roll. Furthermore, after reading the music reviews, I might also add flamenco, French hip hop, and Rap to this list. Whew! In addition to all this musical interest, Atlas Soul is considered among fans to be quite an awesome dance band as well.
The band’s list of awards and other accolades are to numerous to mention in their entirety here, but you can visit them on MySpace or their official band web site for the details. Among their magazine reviewers, Global Rhythm, a leading international world music publication, is most notable. Aside from being featured in print, Atlas Soul has twice made it onto their monthly compilation cd. They have also received favorable reviews on the Afropop Worldwide web site, a major voice for African music. Of the many award contests which they have entered, they have either won or been honored as finalists in almost every one of them. They were winners in the Global Rhythm Song and Independent Music Awards and nominees in numerous other contests including, the Boston Music Awards and the Billboard Song Contest. Last, but not least, they have received rave reviews from radio djs worldwide, been featured on world music compilation cds issued by major record labels, and are soon to see their music aired on TV as part of a show’s soundtrack.
So, do check this band out! You can find a listing of upcoming performances on their web site. Subscribe to their mailing list and receive a free download of their latest cd release Maktoub. Sounds like a good deal to me, but hurry as this special bonus is being offered for a limited time only.
Performance Details :
When: October 10th – Saturday – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Ryles Jazz Club (Inman Square, Cambridge)
Tickets: $12.00 ($10.00 – with student ID)
Dining: 5:00 – 11:00 p.m.
More Info: 617-876-9330
(Boston Public Library) Javanese Gamelan Concert – Come Experience the Unique Sound of Traditional Javanese Gong Music (Thursday, October 8th @ 2:00 p.m.)
Listen to a Javanese Gamelan.
The Boston Village Gamelan (BVG) is a 7 member gong ensemble which specializes in the performance of traditonal music from the city of Surakarta and surrounding regions of central Java. The oldest American ensemble of its kind, this group has been active since 1979 and continues to perform throughout New England. Artistic director Barry Drummond has led BVG since 1992 and has studied music extensively on location in Indonesia. The ensemble’s performance history includes the honor of being a featured performer at the Indonesian pavilion at the worlds fair ‘Expo ’86 and in a joint concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra entitled East Meets West. You can learn more about BVG’s history, their instruments, and the art of Javanese Gamelan by visiting their web site. Subscribe to their newsletter to stay informed of future concerts.
Where: Boston Public Library @ Copley Square
Venue: Rabb Lecture Hall (Ground floor of the Johnson Building)
When: Thursday, October 8th @ 2:00 p.m.
Admission: Free to all
For additional info. contact: 617 – 536 – 5400 / x2339
Listen to Greek folk music.
While we’re on the subject of Greek cultural events, I just wanted to point out that the Greek Festival season is winding down. There are however, a few opportunities left to enjoy this great celebration. The Greek Festival is quite simply one of the best ways there is to enjoy the culture’s native cuisine, dancing and, of course, music! So, if you find yourself in the mood to “go Greek”, then check out the listing of area festivals yet to come.