Browsing: World Music

By Christine Lee Longueuil, July 13, 2011This year marked the tenth anniversary of Longueuil’s International Percussion Festival. Its new stage, dubbed the “Hôte Zone,” hosted an array of brilliant artists and musicians, including performances by Arashi Daiko, Normand Brathwaite, Insolita and the Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil. Every day of the festival was dedicated to a particular country: Thursday celebrated Brazil; Friday, Cuba; Saturday, Guadeloupe; and Sunday, Spain. Opening the festivities was Arashi Daiko, Quebec’s only taiko group. Founded in 1983 by the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre of Montreal, Arashi Daiko currently has eight members: Mikio Owaki, Michio Hirai, Sandra Kadowaki,…

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Composer Tan Dun performs his Water and Paper Concertos with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on Thursday May 26 and Saturday May 28.Chinese composer Tan Dun is making a welcome return to Toronto this week, in two performances of his Water and Paper Concertos with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Also on this highly eclectic program is Charles Ives’ The Unanswered Question, and Manuel de Falla’s “Ritual Fire Dance” from his well known piece El amor brujo. Tan Dun is certainly in an elite group of contemporary composers whose works are regularly performed at the most prestigious venues. Opera lovers will be…

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by Paul E. RobinsonLast weekend (November 19 and 20) the Austin Symphony under music director Peter Bay presented an all-Mexican programme. And there was a good reason for it. This year, Mexico is celebrating the 200th anniversary of its independence, and the 100th anniversary of its revolution. A big year for Mexico and President Calderon duly named it “Año de la Patria.”Surprisingly, given the inspiration for this concert, there was virtually nothing in the programme book to let the audience know what it was all about. All we got were the cryptic words “Mexico’s 200/100” on the main programme page.…

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