Artists’ community contribution

Adanu Habobo performs a blend of traditional African music and dances at the Roundhouse Theatre on May 11 and 12. The group, headed by co-directors Curtis Andrews and Kofi Gbolonyo PhD., will feature a variety of dance styles and music from Ghana, Zimbabwe and be joined by Cote d’Ivoire native Kesseke Yeo. “For me, dance…

Behind the art of Shakuhachi

Shakuhachi flute music contains a rich history and meaning that is waiting to be explored and shared among musicians around the world. Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos is one of many Shakuhachi players who have been practicing the art for 25 years. He will be sharing his passion for Japanese flute music at the Sakura Days Japan…

The serious pleasure of performing

Comprised mostly of strings and percussion, Sultans of String (led by guitarist Kevin Laliberté and violinist Chris McKhool) will perform original compositions from their newest album Subcontinental Drift. The music brings together a whole host of sounds and colours from around the world. Along with special guest sitar master Anwar Khurshid, the quintet will be…

Danilo Brito: Virtuoso of Brazilian Choro music

Featuring Brazilian Choro music, the Danilo Brito Trio will share their selection of songs from the genre, which contrasts minimal stringed arrangement with complex melody, counterpoint and improvisation. The trio performs at the Kay Meek Centre March 16–17. Choro, the centre of Brazilian music Choro music has its roots in European Classical music, says Brazil-born Danilo…

Singer-songwriter with an unexpected message

The idea of kindness and the variations of love that co-exist within society is the topic Kinnie Starr will invoke at the next EMMA Talks.  “I’ve always been interested in platforms that are well-curated, like EMMA Talks or TED Talks,” says Starr. “Women’s voices are often phased out of a lot of arenas, so EMMA…

When the ordinary becomes extraordinary

In the upcoming concert performance, Practices of Everyday Life/Cooking at the Western Front, a group of performers gather together to create a multisensory evening of enchanted play. Boundaries blur between matter, sound and what we perceive to be inanimate, as vegetables and cooking implements come alive.  “We work with the idea that the mundane becomes…

Inter-cultural understanding through composition, education, and music

Centred on the vocals of Willy Miles-Grenzberg, the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO) will present Sounds Global in Concert on Feb. 11 at the Presentation House Theatre in North Vancouver. The show will bring together a variety of Western and non-Western musical influences and instruments in this multicultural sextet performance. Non-Western music in a Western context…

Musician spreads freedom through past vibrations

In hopes of finding freedom and social justice, enslaved Africans travelled northward to Canada from the United States through the Underground Railroad between 1840 and 1860. It is difficult to estimate how many slaves reached safety by the Railroad due to the need for confidentiality, but Vancouver-based musician Khari Wendell McClelland has reinvented the music…

A message for the masses in ‘rebellious poetry’

Colombian-born, Toronto-based Lido Pimienta will be performing on Feb. 4 at the Fox Cabaret as part of the PuSh festival music series. Pimienta’s music bases itself in indie and electronic pop, fusing it with Afro-Colombian influences and style with the goal of bringing a nuanced and personal kind of protest poetry to the masses. Message…

Town Choir: translating text messages to song

Theatre Replacement’s Town Choir will open on Jan. 22 at the Woodward’s Atrium as part of the 2017 PuSh Festival. Town Choir is the newest iteration of the group’s Town Criers project, where everyday or potentially mundane observations are presented as newsworthy, with the writers potentially hundreds of kilometers away from the performance. Town Criers…

When all you have is four-strings

Acclaimed ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro has stretched the small four-stringed instrument to its limits. As pioneer, Shimabukuro has achieved fame all over the world, especially in Japan, and has an extensive discography featuring collaborations with Jack Johnson, Yo-Yo Ma, Cyndi Lauper, and more. Shimabukuro will be in Vancouver at the Evergreen Cultural Centre for a…

Canadian jazz, Sicilian soul

Guitarist, composer and arranger, Michael Occhipinti excels at making his guitar gently waver between technical styles and genres with progressive precision, all while letting his own personality shine through. Occhipinti is currently on tour with the Sicilian Jazz Project, a band that showcases Occhipinti’s heritage through jazz-fusion and features the Italian vocalist, Pilar. The Sicilian…