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Celebrate the Spirit of Greece,Turkey and the Balkans with Authentic Live Music and Tasty Cuisine @ The Sabur Restaurant & Lounge: Saturday Evenings (Starting 9:00 p.m.)

I’m forever searching for local eating establishments in and around the Boston area that offer live ethnic music to go along with their fine cuisine. It’s these multi-dimensional  experiences with world music that stand out as  rather special in my book. Well, I’ve located what looks to be a real gem in this regard, conveniently located no less, right near Davis Square (Somerville). The folks at the Sabur Restaurant & Lounge serve up authentic cuisine from a number of Mediterranean regions including Italy, Greece, Southern France, North Africa, the Balkans, and elsewhere. In addition, on each and every weekend, they step things up a bit with their Kafina Saturdays. Lucky diners can enjoy live world music from Greece, Turkey and the Balkan nations along with their meal. So actually, the ethnic atmosphere  here is not only multi-dimensional but multi-cultural as well.  In addition here at the Sabur, they pay attention to every little last detail of authenticity, right down to the house decor!  Take a look at the positive comments of food critics from The Boston Globe, The  Boston Phoenix , Phantom Gourmet and other local publications. And then? Why not take a little trip to the Mediterranean without ever having to leave Boston at all. 

  

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What intrigues me the most with respect to Sabur’s Mediterranean-inspired cuisine is the complex variety of flavors present in many of their individual offerings. Menu selections include  Chardonnay carrot lentil soup, Seared sea scallops with crab polenta cakes, asparagus, moscato, and truffle butter sauce, Slow roasted beet risotto with wild forest mushrooms, parmesan, roasted acorn squash, and honeydew infused honey, Apple. cherry and pistachio strudel with warm caramel and vanilla gelato, and Macedonian wild fig sundae with vanilla gelato, almond frangipane and pomegranate caramel.

 

 

 

 

Event Details:

When: Saturday evenings (9:00 p.m.)

Where: Sabur Restaurant & Lounge (Somerville)

Admission: No cover charge

More Info: 617-776-7890     

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January 23, 2012 at 3:08 am Leave a comment

Congratulations Mamadou Diop: Winner of 2011 Boston Music Award

Listen to Mamadou Diop and MAMADOU  

Yet another year has come to a close and yet  another installment of the Boston Music Awards is complete. This special ceremony, now in its 24th year, honors one of the most coveted local recognitions among New England’s very top musicians and members of the music trade industry. Nominees and winners are determined by a hand selected academy of over 150 local music aficionados along with the voting general public. So, the International Artist of the Year Award goes to “drum roll” … Mamadou Diop, a world fusion artist well-known for his incredible African drumming technique  and rhythm guitar artistry, for which he has developed a reputation as one of the best in the world. A professional performer for over 30 years, Diop is the epitome of multiculturalism, having been named “Humanitarian of the Year” by the Art of Living Foundation and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He firmly believes that all aspects of ones daily existence should be centered around a variety of world cultures rather than any single one, no matter what one’s original ethnic origin may be, as each and every one brings its own special value to the over-all quality of life. Undoubtedly, this philosophy ultimately translates into the trademark style of Diop and his band MAMADOU

MAMADOU’s over-all sound is most heavily characterized by driving Senegalese and other African rhythmic motifs accented melodically by the electric guitar. Added to this basic musical foundation are elements of a number of other diverse styles including high-life, juju, rumba, samba, salsa, and reggae. Aside from leading the band, Diop, originally from Senegal, is also responsible for the group’s original compositions. What he has managed to bring us with the creation of MAMADOU is an extraordinarily popular diversified world fusion ensemble with universal crowd appeal that memorizes audiences with its highly potent rhythms just begging one and all to move their feet and clap their hands in exhilaration.

 

 

There were five bands nominated in the international category this year. The other four nominees were Zili Misik (past winner), Debo Band (past winner), Dub Apocalypse (past winner), and Bloco AfroBrazil (past nominee). There were also other world music artists who actually won awards in additional categories including: The Dropkick Murphys (Best Artist of the Year & Best Live Artist of the Year), David Wax Museum (Song of the Year), Esperanza Spalding  (Jazz Artist of the Year). Way to go world music artists! Keep the music alive.  By the wayit’s also a pretty good bet that you will find some other  names of interest in this regard amongst the nominees, if you care to take a peek.

              

January 22, 2012 at 9:56 pm Leave a comment

Enjoy Two Great Balkan Music Events for the Price of One Each and Every Month!: Saturdays (8:00 – 11:00 p.m.)

This is one highly entertaining Balkan inspired event to be sure! Since 1997, the Zdravets folk ensemble has been faithfully providing the public with a dance party, concert, and social get together all in one, each and every month. Hit the dance floor, mix and mingle, or just sit back and chill out to the wonderful and intriguing sounds of purely authentic traditional music originating from Bulgaria, the Republic of Macedonea, and their Balkan neighbors. Zdravets, who refer to themselves as “Boston’s friendly neighborhood Bulgarian band”, is well known for their ability to throw a good party with music that naturally lifts the attendees’ spirits, keeping one and all in  a festive and fun-loving mood all evening long. The dancing is performed group-style so no partners necessary. In addition, I would point out this is a very laid back event, so dress comfortably and rest assured that dance steps will be less complex in nature and will be demonstrated for the sake of any beginners in the crowd. Dancers with all levels of experience are happily accommodated for!!! Now here’s the added bonus that comes with this particular event. During the rest periods, dancers will actually be treated to a mini concert, compliments of Zdravets of course! There will also be a refreshment table on the premises where you can meet your fellow party guests. Culinary donations made in honor of the party feast are welcomed. 

 

The name Zdravets refers to a wild species of geranium which thrives year round on the mountain-sides of Bulgaria. To the native population, this bloom represents health and endurance. And appropriately so, such is the state of the band’s music which has itself been thriving for over 20 years! Much of their repertoire is representative of Bulgarian folk genres, which are characterized by their irregular rhythms, tightly spaced harmonic structures, and sonic intensity. The bands instrumental selections literally beckon one to get up and dance while the sharply vivid harmonies of the vocal numbers cannot help but grab ones attention. They take the authenticity of their traditional music very seriously as many of their interpretations are based on actual field recordings of native folk musicians. In addition, Zdravets performs for the most part on ethnic instruments including: kaval, gadulka, tambura, tapan, tarabuka, and gaida. Aside from regular local appearances throughout New England, this nine-member folk ensemble has appeared oversees in Bulgaria at such prestigious events as the National Folklore and Petrova Niva festivals and on native national television and radio as well. Their latest recording is entitled “Late Harvest“. Thanks to the enthusiastic and dedicated efforts of Zdravets, Bostonians can enjoy first-rate Balkan music and dance virtually every month of the year!

 

 

Event Details:

When: Saturdays (Monthly) (8:00 – 11:00 p.m.)

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Where: Church of Our Savior (Arlington)

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Admission: $7.00

More Info: 617-964-2003 OR zdravets.music@gmail.com            

January 1, 2012 at 6:26 pm Leave a comment

Kick Back and Indulge in an Evening of Informal Irish Music-Making with Maeve Gilchrist & Friends: Mondays (Weekly) (8:00 p.m. – Midnight)

Head on over to The Beehive in  Boston’s South End each and every Monday night for their exciting new “Irish & Celtic Music Series“. This seisun-style performance is led by Celtic harpist, vocalist, and jazz artist Maeve Gilchrist who will be joined by a different set of guest musicians every week. An especially nice feature of this rather informal brand of entertainment is its spontaneity and variety. You never know quite which direction the music will take you in any given performance. What you do know, however, is that some of the area’s top local talent will be bringing you nothing but the best in traditional Celtic music. Gilchrist herself, already a rising star on the Boston world music scene by the of age 25, is quite well-known for her rather avant-garde style of musicianship, which often exhibits a heavy presence of chromaticism. Also of note is her exceptional ability to so freely and effortlessly allow her fingers to fly across the harp strings in a most rapid fashion.

 

Originally from Scotland but also of Irish heritage, Maeve spent her childhood years surrounded by a heavily music-oriented family. Although their focus was on traditional genres, she spent hours listening to her father’s rather large and eclectic collection of sound recordings. As a result of such exposure early on, Gilchrist quickly developed a keen taste for music of many different genres and cultures and has since developed into the highly innovative artist she is today. Maeve became quite a well-established musician nationally by the time she was a teenager and landed herself a scholarship overseas at the Berklee College of Music. From there she developed a highly successful professional career in the US appearing at both national and international premier events including the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, World Harp Congress, the Celtic Connections Festival and elsewhere. She has also performed with numerous world-renown musicians including Alasdair Fraser, Esperanza Spalding, Darol Anger and Vardan Ovespian. Her first cd release was an international success and she has recently produced another entitled “Song of Delight”. She currently appears locally with bassist Aidan O’Donnell. as well as Scottish folk/jazz fusion ensemble the Ultra-Modern String Quartet. With respect to her role as leader of the weekly Beehive seisuns, Maeve Gilchrist’s affinity for the new and creative should prove to be an exciting catalyst for one interesting evening of traditional Celtic music.

Event Details:

When: Mondays (Weekly) (8:00 p.m. – Midnight)

Call ahead before attending the show as some special events may interrupt regular scheduling

Where: The Beehive (South End)

Admission: No cover charge

More Info: 617-423-0069 / 617-423-0096 (Fax) / frontdesk@beehiveboston.com

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December 25, 2011 at 3:45 am Leave a comment

Party Irish Style All Night and All Month Long at Mr. Dooley’s Grand Holiday Celebration: December 2011

The holiday season is a big deal at Mr. Dooley’s in downtown Boston! Last year’s entertainment schedule seemed like it would be pretty hard to beat, but they did it this year with the addition of a weekly Tuesday night series of Christmas parties lasting the entire month of December. Best part is, that there is plenty of live traditional Irish music to be heard and enjoyed at each and every one of these holiday shindigs which also include a St. Stephen’s Day celebration and, of course, a News Year’s eve bash, as well.  

Herein lie the event details:

December (Every Tuesday – 8:00 ’til closing) – “Irish Christmas Party Bash” – Featuring popular Irish standards and Christmas songs, as well as prizes and give-aways

Musicians:

Patsy Whelan – Highly energetic and fun-loving, this fiddler/guitarist isn’t happy until his audience is up and out of their seats dancing. Upon arriving in Boston, he rose rapidly to legendary status and besides remaining heavily active on the entertainment circuit is also included on the performance roster at numerous Irish music festivals. He has performed with some of celtic music’s biggest names including Paddy Reilly, Brendon Mulvihill, Brian Gaffney, The Waterboys, and others.

Michael “Maxi” Courtney – Originally from Ireland, he was raised within a family of musicians and had already started a professional performing career by the age of 14. As a fast learner he never had a formal music lesson in his life. He toured Europe before coming to Boston where he became quite popular amongst the local Irish music circuit. He is known for his great vocals and the ability to display an impressive degree of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic complexity in his guitar playing. 

 

 

  

December 26th (Monday – 8:30 ’til closing) – “St. Stephen’s Night Party” – Featuring prizes and give-aways, Irish dinner specials, Irish Christmas crackers, and Irish selection boxes

Musicians:

Devri – This band is known for its “partying” spirit! While maintaining a close-knit connection to Ireland, this Boston ensemble has toured internationally performing all genres of Irish music. Their membership includes Declan Houton, Larry Flint, Steve O’Callaghan and Chuck Parrish on fiddle, mandolin, banjo, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, whistle, and drums.          

December 31st (Saturday – 8:00 ’til closing) – “New Years Eve 2012” – Featuring appetizer buffet, cash bar, party favors, and a champagne toast (21+ only / $30.00 – Online purchase)

Musicians:

Devri

 

Further Details:

Directions: Mr. Dooley’s Boston Tavern (Downtown Boston)

More Info: 617-338-5656          

December 11, 2011 at 4:49 am Leave a comment

Spend a Very Special Evening with India’s Highly Revered Sitarist Master Sri Shujaat Khan: November 13th, Sunday @ 4:00 p.m.

Sri. Sujaat Khan is quite possibly northern India’s most highly regarded classical musician of this era. And it should come as no surprise as he comes from a long rich ancestry of India’s most highly-prized musicians, going back as far as 400 years or so. The Khan family established the most prestigious Imdadkhani gharana sitar school which has thus far produced seven generations of players, each of whom has made a monumental developmental impact upon the art of southeastern Asian classical music. Sujaat’s father, the late Ustad Vilayat Khan, is heralded as an absolute musical icon to this day. The younger Khan, also a virtuoso vocalist of great renown, is most known for his ability to bring a distinctive “singing-like” quality to the sound of his instrument, a style referred to as gayaki ang. His instinctive sense of rhythm allows him to improvise in a most intriguing manner, astonishing the crowd every time. He has most definitely firmly established his very own original trademark classical style.

Already performing his own concerts at the tender age of six, Sri. Sujaat Khan has gone on to share both his singing and playing talents on stages of all of the major entertainment venues throughout his native India to many of those located abroad including Carnegie Hall (NYC), Royce Hall (Los Angeles), Royal Albert Hall (London), and Congress Hall (Berlin). One of the high points of his touring career thus far was his participation in 50th year celebration of India’s independence. He travled the US as a featured artist, eventually being honored as the repesentative performer from India in a special United Nations concert held at Geneva’s renowned Assembly Hall. He is a multi-award winner on both a national and international scale and was nominated for a Grammy as a participant in the 2004 world fusion recording “Rain” by the Ghazal Ensemble. He has demonstrated his musical versitility in collaborative performances with the world most renown musicians from New Age star Karsh Kale to classical virtuoso Usted Rashid Khan. As a recording artist, Sri. Sujaat Khan’s output has reached over 60 cds, one of which made Amazon.com’s “100 Greatest World Music Albums of All Time” list.

This world class virtuoso has already taken local audiences by storm. In the year 2000 his performance was  named by the Boston Herald as one of the “top 25 up-comming cultural events for the year”. Now he returns to the area for what promises to be a hugely successful repeat performance. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event Details: 

This concert is a part of the South Asian MITHAS series.

When: November 13th, Sunday @ 4:00 p.m.

Where: MIT (Wong Auditorium)

Admission: 

Tickets may be purchased online

MITHAS members / MIT students (Free) 

General admission / Non-members ($30.00)

Seniors ($20.00)

Non-MIT students ($10.00)

More Info: www.mithas.org (website) OR mithastimes@gmail.com (email)

(Area Restaurants)                           

November 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm Leave a comment

Help Reverse the Devastating Effects of Global Warming Now!: Join the Enormously Talented Cast of the “Playing for the Planet” Benefit Concert for a Superb Evening of String Music from Across the Globe: Friday, November 11th @ 7:00 p.m.

I am extremely pleased to announce the coming of yet another fabulous world music production held in honour of our planet’s most precious and vital natural environment. If you are already familiar with New England Conservatory professor Warren Sender’s highly successful  “Playing for the Planet” series then do check out the impressive performance roster for November’s concert, but if not, then read on for further details regarding a most important ongoing humanitarian effort centered around reversing the global warming trend and the ghastly havoc it is wreaking upon our environment at this very moment … Yikes!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
“Playing for the Planet: World Strings Against Climate Change” is already the 5th installment in a performance series  that very effectively joins great world music with a great world cause.  At this point, I am going to let the creator of this highly important series describe it to you  in his own words, as he has already so beautifully done so: “Playing For The Planet: World Strings Against Climate Change” was conceived as a way for these creative musicians to contribute to the urgent struggle against global warming. Because the climate problem recognizes no national boundaries, the artists represent musical styles from different parts of the globe. Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, Durga Krishnan, Eliot Fisk/ Zaira Meneses (duo)  and their accompanists may present different melodic and rhythmic concepts, but they share key musical values: listening, honesty, creativity, and respect. And, of course, all of these artists and their accompanists are committed to raising awareness of the potentially devastating effects of global warming. Their choice of beneficiary, 350.org, is focused on building global consensus on reduction of atmospheric CO2 levels — action which climatologists agree is necessary to avoid catastrophic outcomes. It’ll be an incredible evening of  powerful music- from some of the finest musicians in New England and the world.”–Warren Senders. 
 
“Playing for the Planet” this time around will be:
 
Eliot Fisk – Known for his highly progressive and innovative classical guitar transcriptions of compositions by some of the world’s greatest masters, Mr. Fisk continues to expand both the technical and artistic limits of his instrument.  The great Andres Segovia, himself, refered to him as “one of the most brilliant, intelligent and gifted young musical artists of our times, not only among guitarists, but in all of the general field of instrumentalists.” In addition to classical genres Fisk has also experimented in the areas of jazz, flamenco, and world music, and while in the process, has worked with a number of internationally renowned artists. He is the creator of the annual Boston Guitar Fest, a highly popular local event. (More bio & videos / Artist’s website)
 
Zaira Meneses – Meneses has captivated audiences world-wide with her highly evolved musical sensitivity and endearing stage presence, both as a featured soloist and member of numerous chamber ensembles. Already an award-winning classical guitarist at the early age of 17 in her native Mexico, she has gone on to become a world-class performer appearing at major venues world-wide, oftentimes in collaboration with the likes of top artists such as Jon Kimura Parker and Virginia Eskin. Now a resident of the US, Meneses’ exceptional musical abilities have been recognized by the New York Times. After serving several terms as an artist in residence in the collegiate world,  she presently holds steady positions at both Boston Conservatory and Syracuse University. (More bio & videos / Artist’s website)     
 
Durga Krishnan – Well known as a veena virtuoso, Ms. Krishnan is also an exquisitely trained vocalist as well as a leading authority on South Indian classical music styles. Her especially insightful interpretive skills with respect to this genre make her a highly sought after teacher, as she has coached many an award-winning student. In addition, she has graced the international stage both as a performer and composer as well.  She will be accompanied by mridangam virtuoso Sri Gaurishankar Chandrashekhar who has collaborated with many of the world’s top musicians during his 15 year career. (More bio & videos / Artist’s website)            
 
Mehmet Ali Sanlikol – Professor Sanlikol holds a doctorate in music from New England Conservatory and has enjoyed a highly successful and varied career, both locally and internationally, as a performer, recording artist, composer, teacher, author, and producer. He has concentrated most of his efforts in the area of traditional and contemporary Turkish music while working with Turkey’s brightest international classical and pop music stars. His 2010 production entitled “Story of the City – Constantinople-Istanbul”, a comprehensive live performance depiction of over 1000 years of local music history, was presented at the city’s prestigious European Culture Capitol festival. Dr. Sanlikol will be appearing with the highly respected local Turkish music ensemble Dunya which he, himself, co-founded. (More bio & videos / Artist’s website)
 
 
 In October of 2009, I had the fortune of attending an earlier concert, the first, also put on by Mr. Senders for the same wonderful cause, this time in recognition of “International Climate Change Awareness Day.” As an ardent lover of world music, I thoroughly enjoyed the entire evening. Here is a summary of some of the highlights of that event, complete with photos. As I have said so many times before, it is truly a wonderful thing when world music can be employed as a catalyst in support of global well-being in any form. Kudos to Mr. Senders for giving us, the audience, yet another opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful project, complete with such exquisite music!
 

Event Details:

All proceeds of this event go to benefit the mission of 350.org.

When: Friday, November 11th @ 7:00 p.m. 

Where: Emmanuel Church (Boston)

Tickets: $20.00 (General Admission) (Online purchase) / $15.00 (Seniors and Students) (Online purchase)

Advance purchase options for tickets are available until 3:00 p.m. on the day of the concert (Purchases made after 11/8/11 will be held at the door)    

More Info: 781-396-0734 OR www.warrensenders.com

(Area Restaurants)

 

October 22, 2011 at 2:23 am Leave a comment

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