Speaking through calypso music

Kobo Town, Toronto-based band fronted by founder-songwriter Drew Gonsalves on ukulele and vocals, will perform its own blend of calypso, dancehall and reggae music Nov. 2, 2017 at the Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam. Originally from Trinidad, Gonsalves writes songs based on places and events specific to the Caribbean and its history, but also incorporates…

Borrowing and re-purposing sound

On Oct. 18 at Western Front, Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda will be performing fu-rai. The sound artists, who draw influence from genres such as ambient music, drone music, and musique concrète, will be performing the highly improvisatory piece using field recordings, found objects such as hammers, nails and jars, as well as instruments of…

Beatboxing for empowerment

“Music is a tool that can give a voice to people who are underrepresented in this world,” says interdisciplinary artist Rup Sidhu, who will be performing twice at Vancouver’s Indian Summer Festival. This year’s festival theme is ‘Tales of War and Peace’, and artists from all over the world are part of the culturally rich…

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…