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Join One Very Special Group of Dedicated and Passionate World Musicians in Their Celebration of Earth Day: Help Some of the Best Flutists on the Planet to Save It

 
 
The Playing for the Planet series is now in its 6th installment and still going strong!!! 
 
As you are probably already well aware, Earth Day is all about honoring our precious environment. In this particular concert setting it is more specifically about reversing the global warming trend and the ghastly havoc it is wreaking upon our environment at this very moment. Yikes!!! This event is part of a very special performance series  that has been successfully joining great world music with a great world cause for over two years now.  At this point, I am going to let the creator of this highly important series describe this musical Earth Day celebration to you  in his own words, as he has already so beautifully done so: “Playing For The Planet: World Flutes 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 three different parts of the globe. Steve Gorn, Elizabeth Reian Bennett, John Tyson, and Miyuki Tsurutaini 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 three 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” will be:
 
 Steve Gorn (with Samir Chatterjee, tabla) This bansuri virtuoso has literally created a genre all his own by effectively combining a classical Indian sound with that of other Western and world music genres in such a way that it speaks with a familiar universal appeal to audiences the world over. He has studied with the greatest music masters of India and gone on to establish himself as a performer and recording artist of international renown. He has collaborated with the music world’s biggest and brightest stars including Paul Simon, Anglique Kidjo, Krishna Das, Paul Winter, and Deepak Chopra, to name a few. He has  also participated in the recording of Grammy nominated or winning recordings and has appeared on the soundtrack of an Oscar-winning documentary film as well. (Visit his website)          
  

 Renaissonics – This energetic and upbeat group of Renaissance music specialists are considered to be among the “best of the best” of early music ensembles. They have done much to popularize the music of this period by infusing it with a renewed sense of energy and excitement, largely through their highly improvisational performance style. Still, in spite of it all, their Renaissance period repertoire is presented in only the most authentic manner, thus remaining true to its ancient roots. Each and every member of the group has earned themselves international merit as a soloist and, as a unit, they have performed overseas in France as well as  with Michael York of Hollywood fame, the Sumaj Chasquis ensemble of Bolivia,  renown jazz artist Bob Moses, and the well-known Latin band Sol Y Canto. They also contributed to the soundtrack of a Ken Burns documentary for PBS. The Rennaissonics currently serve as resident ensemble for the International Early Dance Institute, as well as the Killington Vermont Shakespeare Festival. (Visit their website

Elizabeth Reian Bennett – As the truest of shakuhachi virtuosos, this Tufts University music professor has earned the most prestigious title of Grand Master of her instrument, an honor she earned as the result of years of extensive training in the art of Japanese traditional music. Not only is she one of a very few Westerners to ever have received such schooling, but she is the first female ever to have attain a professional career as a shakuhachi player. Known throughout the world for her impeccable technique, she was considered to be the very best in all of Japan for over 30 years. Although Reian Bennett is no doubt considered a leading authority on traditional playing styles, as is evident in her exquisite renditions of Japanese monk songs and classical chamber music, she also experiments with her own  improvisations and various modern world fusion genres.            

 

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: Saturday, May 19th @ 7:00 p.m. 

Where: Emmanuel Baptist 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   

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

(Area Restaurants)

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April 7, 2012 at 6:16 pm Leave a comment

Broaden Your Perspective of Boston’s Fantastic World Music Scene: Compliments of the Berklee College of Music

View the Berklee College of Music event calendar

Well, let’s face it, no tried and true world music fan, or even the occasional listener for that matter, can ever fully appreciate the full spectrum of first-rate entertainment Boston has to offer for their listening pleasure without delving into the local performance roster at large from all angles. This means, of course, looking beyond some of the obvious bigger names in the business from time to time. What makes the Berklee College of Music’s calendar of events so special in this regard is not only the variety and depth of talent represented there, but also the frequency with which world music performances are scheduled. Berklee even sponsors full length series and festivals. For approximately a 2 month period, I counted no less than 19 ethnic-oriented concerts on tap given by everyone from Berklee’s own highly talented students and faculty, many of whom have already made their mark beyond the local arena, to some of the bigger stars of the genre. Many of the performances are free, always a big plus of course, and in addition some are even available in virtual form via Concert Window  for those of you who cannot make the show in person. So, what are you waiting for, I ask you? Just head on over to the Berklee College of Music’s web site and check out this amazing calendar for yourself.

 

  

Just to give you a  brief general idea of all that Berklee’s performance program has to offer, I have included some highlights from the current calendar: Tao: the Martial Art of Drumming, the International Folk Music Festival, and Marcel Khalife. Here also are some previous postings from World Music Boston: Bruno Raberg, Sara Tavares, the Idan Raichel Project, and the Latin Music Series. There are also a ton of free student solo and group recitals on the roster which are not linked separately so I didn’t include them here, but they are definitely worth checking out. Of course, you can get a much fuller picture of events at the Berklee College of Music website or by searching keyword Berklee on my homepage. From world music’s biggest stars to those promising up-and-commers, Berklee’s most comprehensive event calendar represents a generous sampling of them all. 

March 21, 2012 at 5:53 am Leave a comment

Meet the Didgeridoo, Accordion, and Harp Up Close and Personal @ the New School of Music’s “World Instrument Workshops”

Listen to the didgeridoo, accordion, and Celtic harp.

Accordion

Ever want to try your hand at the didgeridoo, accordion, or Celtic harp? Well, now here’s your chance! Just come to the New School of Music’s World Instrument Workshops series! Come on out of the audience and into the classroom where you can actually learn to make a “credible sound” on each of these instruments in one easy 60-90 minute session. No, these are not music lessons in the true sense of the word. Rather they are fun-filled and informative mini-workshops designed to give you an introduction to select ethnic instruments in an intimate, interactive learning environment. Three of the area’s best qualified music instructors will better familiarize you with each instrument through a combination of lecture, discussion, demonstration and best of all actual hands-on experience. Sounds like fun, Yes? The good news is that you don’t need a lick of playing experience in order to participate and all ages are encouraged to attend. Instruments will be provided  unless you choose to bring one on your own.

Harp

 

 

Pre-Registration for all workshops is required!!! (Call: 617-492-8105)  

  

Event Details/Instructor Bios:

The Didgeridoo – Entering the Dreamtime (Friday, March 9th, 7:00-8:30 p.m.) ($30.00)

Daniel Orlansky – Has performed professionally both nationally and abroad for 20 years, appearing locally at the Berklee College of Music, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Jazz Festival and elsewhere.

An Introduction to the Accordion (Saturday, April 21st, 1:00-2:00 p.m.) ($25.00)

Emilion Badea – Holds academic degrees from the Romanian Music Academy and Boston University, and has appeared numerous times in his native homeland with the Romanian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and with a number of performing ensembles in the Boston area including,  the Boston Ballet, The Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Classical Players, and others. 

The Harp – A Hands-on-Workshop (Saturday, May 12th, 10:00-11:00 a.m.)($25.00)

Mary Jane Rupert – Has performed both nationally and internationally as both a harpist and a concert pianist, recorded and published music, and taught at various academic institutions across the United States including Oberlin, Indiana University, Boston College, and MIT.

Further Details:

Where: New School of Music (Directions)

More Info: 617-492-8105

(Area Restaurants)  

So, what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to actually try out these instruments for yourself, and at the hands of an expert no less. What more could one ask for? 

Didgeridoo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 20, 2012 at 7:10 pm Leave a comment

Begin 2012 on the “Right Note” to the Glorious Sounds of World Music: December 31st – January 1st (Saturday – Sunday)

As New Year’s Eve 2012 quickly approaches, I am happy to announce that opportunities abound in and around the Boston area to mark the celebration with an evening of world music. And why not, I ask? Here is a list of some of the ethnic-oriented music events taking place in and around town on this very special evening:

Tickets are selling out fast – Buy now!

International:

Folk Arts Center of New England – International folk dance party featuring live music by Barbara Pixton and Friends. Refreshment buffet also included

Latin

Tango Society of Boston – Dinner and dancing

Venu NYE 2012 – Dj hosted dance party emphasizing Latin music with additional genres from around the world 

Mojitos – Dj hosted Latin dance party with all-you-can-eat buffet included 

Bella Luna Milky Way Restaurant and Lounge – Cuban-themed dinner followed by Latin dance party featuring The Lee Wilson Movement

Ryles Jazz Club – Dj hosted ballroom and Latin dance party

Havana Club’s New Year’s Eve Salsa Party – Dj hosted dance party featuring live dance performances by Salsa y Control. Salsa lessons also included

Weekly Saturday night entertainment – Canga Tapas Bar 

Indian

Glitz & Glamour 2012 (Geared towards 20s & 30s crowd)  –  Dance party hosted by djs spinning Bhangra and Bollywood hits

Reggae

First Night Boston – Dance Party with award-winning band “Hot Like Fire” bringing you reggae and soca

Precinct – Dance party featuring reggae and ska fusion with the Doctor Doom Orchestra and Danny Pease & the Regulators

Irish

Irish Cultural Centre of New England – Dinner followed by dance party featuring live Irish music

Malden Irish American Club – Dinner and dance party with live Irish music by The Noel Henry Showband

The Black Rose  – Traditional Irish dinner and Happy Hour/dance party featuring live Irish music with Sundays Well, Jim Coyle, and Celtic Clan

The Burren Pub  – Join Helena Delaney and an accompanying all-star cast of musicians for live Irish music around the bar (listing not included on music calendar)

Four Green Fields – Join the Prodigals for live Irish rock music around the bar 

Middle Eastern/Arabic

The Red Fez – Dinner and dance party featuring live Arabic music and a belly dancer.

Weekly Saturday night entertainment – Kasbah Restaurant

Greek

Olympia Restaurant – Dinner and live Greek music with Enosis

Weekly Saturday night entertainment – Brothers Kouzina, Athenian Corner

African

Uhuru Afrika’s New Year’s Eve Fete – Dj hosted African dance party which includes live percussion performances by Sidy Maiga. Also enjoy African food and drink and an additional “surprise” live performance   

December 19, 2011 at 4:17 am 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

Experience Your Favorite Top 40 Hits of Times Past in a Whole New Light with World Fusion Artists Island Storm: August 25th, Thursday @ 8:00 p.m.

Island Storm is one of Boston’s newest world music ensembles and they have cooked-up their own special versions of some of the most popular American hits of times past, complete with a distinctive ethnic flair. Talk about bridging the cultural gap, this is definitely a rather direct yet interesting approach.  Imagine your favorite soul, R&B, funk, pop, and rock hits of yester year rearranged in various world beat styles, oftentimes but definitely not limited to, reggae. Artists featured in the band’s repertoire include the likes of The Beatles, The Stones, Bill Withers, Bonne Rait, James Brown, Joe Jackson, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, and more. There’s even few reggae originals thrown into the mix by Bob Marley, of course, and others. By the way, this band comes well prepared to keep the audience up and dancing all night long!

The quartet that is Island Storm shares many many years of playing experience between them including:

Rho (lead vocals, guitar) – Also trained as a classical violinist, he brings many years of “island music” performance experience to the table and was formerly the lead with the local reggae band DreadRocks. He is also especially well versed in other genres including: psychedelic rock, folk, Latin, jazz, and electronica.  

Michael Iannantuoni – Artistic Director – (drums, percussion, vocals) – Trained formally at the South Shore Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, and The Percussion Institute of Technology, he has gone on to perform with some of the most well-known musicians in the business. He’s has shared the stage with The Platters, Tavares, Little Richard, Soul City, and The Rockin’ Soul Horns as well as collaborating with such record industry successes as Steve Oliver,Tim Bogart, Jeff Berlin, Bruce Bartlett, Jimmy Herrin, Lourdes Pita, and others. 

Marc Leishman (guitar, vocals) – In the 30+ years of  performing all over New England, this Berklee grad has appeared at virtually every well-known entertainment venue in the area. Remember the smash hit “I Only Have Eyes for You” from the 80s, by The Flamingos? Leishman actually performed with the band’s founding member for a spell. He is a specialist in blues, rock, country, pop, R&B, jazz and world fusion genres. 

Mark Gibson (bass, vocals) – He was originally a classical clarinetist performing with various orchestral groups before turning to the electric guitar and bass. Since then he has enjoyed 15 years experience as a local producer and recording artist.  

 

  

 

So, if  you are ready to experience some of your old popular favorites from yesteryear in a whole new light with that special ethnic flair, then Island Storm is the band for you. Come on out to Johnny D’s this coming Thursday evening and see what they’re all about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further Details:

21+ (Exceptions are made for some shows during the week or early evening on the weekend  – call in advance)

                 General Underage Policy

When: August 25th, Thursday @ 8:00 p.m.

 Where: Davis Square (Somerville)

Tickets: Cover charge at the door    

More Info: 617-776-2004 (Inquiries regarding upcoming shows, the restaurant, and the dinner reservations policy) (Phone line hours

                Additional Contact Info  

       

August 21, 2011 at 4:35 pm Leave a comment

Join Boston’s Global Performing Artists in Their Support of Greener Living: August 18th – 20th (Thursday – Saturday)

Learn how to lead a “greener” more environmentally conscious lifestyle both on a personal level and as a member of your local community at Boston’s annual GreenFest. Sonsored by the Foundaton for a Green Future, Inc. with Mayor Menino’s official stamp of approval, this event is the largest of its kind in its multicultural setting and is geared not only towards teaching the public how to live more efficiently with respect to the usage of our precious natural resources but also how to save money in the process. There’ll be all kinds of ecofriendly products, services, ideas, and info on careers and networking opportunities for festival attendees to explore in the form of workshops, interactive exhibits, demos and presetations, and even games and other kid-friendly activities. A huge highlight of the event will be, of course, the abundant live entertainment taking place continuously on three separate stages. And in keeping with the festival’s multicultural spirit, there are 20+ world music or dance acts included on the entertainment docket! Yes, world music fans.

Here is a list of these participants: Gilda Betancourt (Latin pop), Alex Deros (Latin music), Esencia Latina (Latin music and dance), EcoSalsa Fashion Show (accompanied by Jambalaya (Afrobeat and Samba music and dance), Samba dancers with Jambalaya musicians on stage with Juanitio Pascual and flamenco dancers, Kina Zori (traditional and contemporary African music from Mozambique and beyond), Capoeira (Brazilian blend of martial arts, sports, and music), Chu Ling Dancers (dances of China and beyond), YMAA Kung Fu demo, Jah-Free-I (reggae), Jahora Belly Dancing, Zili Misik (world fusion), Mamadou (West African and world fusion genres), Tiz Kompa (Haitian music and dance), CV Boys (Afrobeat, Zouk, and more), Offiong Bassey (African jazz, soul, and gospel), Endangered Speeches (reggae and other world genres), Inca Son (Incan folk music and other traditional and contemporary South American genres), Felipe’s Tia (Latin), Native American drumming and dance, Balla Kouyate (West African balafon virtuoso), Los Sugar Kings (Latin & Salsa), Bajucal (Columbian folk dance), Pana (Latin pop/rock), Flamenco Dance Project, Nia (martial arts blended with various dance and exercise movements), and a Bharatnatyam Dancer (classical art form of Southern India). 

Check out the GreenFest official web site for more details on event happenings. Now here’s your big chance to find out more on just what greener living is all about. And, as always,whenever you have a large number of world music and dance acts showcased in one convenient location at around the same time, therein lies a fantastic opportunity to discover some new favorites to add to your global entertainment list.

 

Event Details:

When: August 18th – 20th – (Thurs. Opening Concert – 5:00 – 9:30 p.m.) (Fri. – Noon – 9:30 p.m.) (Sat. – 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.)

Where: City Hall Plaza (Downtown Boston)

Admission: Free

More Info: 617-477-4840 or http://bostongreenfest.org/contact.html 

August 8, 2011 at 12:26 am Leave a comment

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