Add A Little World Music Pizzaz to Your Lunchtime Routine @ the Boston Public Library’s Concerts in the Courtyard: July 8th & 29th, Friday (12:30 – 1:30 p.m.)
As a full-time employee of the Boston Public Library, I can assure you that there is no place I’d rather be during the warmer months of the year than our central courtyard. With its neatly manicured gardens, spectacular fountain, and stately surrounding walls constructed of stone imported direct from Italy, it beckons visitors to pull-up a wrought-iron chair and sit for a while whilst basking in its heavenly ambiance. Trust me, I find it very hard to resist!!! For years I often thought, what a great place for a concert. Happily someone finally shared my idea and the Concerts in the Courtyard series was born. Now every Friday afternoon, just around lunchtime, this peaceful haven is filled with the sweet sounds of music. And it just so happens world music fans, that there is always at least more than one ethnic music ensemble included in each season’s roster, so make a note of it to check our online calendar of events each spring to see who’s appearing and when. That being said, this year the library is proud to present two of our premier local world fusion ensembles for your listening pleasure.
Atlas Soul – This award-winning ensemble takes the genre of world fusion to new heights. As the truest of masters of their craft, they continue to invent new and original genres entirely all their own! Through the artful blending of diverse music styles originating largely from Africa, the Middle East, North America, and the Mediterranean, they have introduced audiences to the unique and intriguing sounds of Maghrebien-Funk, Rock ‘n Rai and Shaabi-Jazz. Performing all over North America, they have shared the stage with the likes of Lady Smith Black Mambazo, Gigi, and other world music stars. In addition, they have been nominated no less than 5 times for the most prestigious Boston Music Awards amongst their other numerous, and I do mean numerous, accomplishments. (see web site for details) A long-time local favorite of mine (see previous post), I know they will win you over as well.
Aires de Argentina: Founded in 2008 by I-Yun Chung, this group hails from the Berklee College of Music, an institution which continually produces first-rate performance ensembles. The group takes both traditional and contemporary Argentinean music in exciting and innovative new directions with their own brand of world fusion, bringing elements of jazz, rock and classical styles to the mix. However, it is their undying sense of passion which is so profoundly evident in all of their original and re-arranged compositions that gives this ensemble its most distinctive artistic identity.
Just so you know, even if it should rain, you can still enjoy this magnificent music in our Rabb Lecture Hall, located in the Johnson Building. So, if you’re fortunate enough to be able make it to the Copley Square area for lunch during the month of July, why not make your mealtime extra special in the grand company of Atlas Soul and Aires de Argentina.
When: July 8th and 29th, Friday (12:30 – 1:30)
Where: Boston Public Library Courtyard (Copley Square)
Rain Location: Rabb Lecture Hall
Luncheon menu available
More Info: 617-536-5400