Monday, July 30, 2012

Harbourfront Toronto Visual Arts Summer 2012 Exhibitions

From a media release:

Harbourfront Centre Visual Arts Summer Exhibitions
On view through September 23, 2012

Harbourfront Centre is proud to announce the opening of the Visual Arts Summer Exhibitions, which run through September 23, 2012. Alongside this season’s exhibitions, Uncharted Waters: Toronto’s Enigmatic Harbour presented with the assistance of the Toronto Port Authority brings together six artists with rare access to the people, places, industries, vessels and ecosystems along our waterfront. Their large-scaled photos line the boardwalk along the lake until June 2013.

This summer, Harbourfront Centre presents programming that questions the Big Idea of “Crossroads,” the junctures at which artists and members of various communities must make essential choices. In our various exhibition spaces, artists deal with points of intersection, whether it’s where the city meets the lake or where artists examine the point at which consumer culture collides with perceptions of value. Highlights include:

NOT SO FAST: Christian Chapman, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Bev Koski, Jean Marshall, Luke Parnell, Maika’i Tubbs and Tania Willard engage and respond to consumer society and its many products and by-products such as stereotypes, obsolescence, colonialism, fast food and more.

NOT FORGETTING: Yael Brotman, Brenda Draney, Melissa General, Vanessa Hussey, Erika Iserhoff, Caroline Monnet, Rochelle Rubinstein and Kate Subak remind us that knowledge and experience comes from our own lives, our family and our community.

• MATERIAL WEALTH: Revealing Landscape: Sonny Assu, Michael Belmore, Lauren Blakey, Rebecca Horwitz, Ursula A. Johnson, Taliaferro Jones, Michelle Mendlowitz and Silvia Taylor focus on exploring their favourite materials, and their meaning and trajectory across culture and geography. (Image: Michael Belmore. Delineated Territories, 2012. Copper. Image courtesy of the artist.)

A FINE SPECIMEN: Heather Nicol invites reflection on the personal and cultural implications of marriage.

The Gipsy Kings Live in New York City August 5 2012

From a release:

August 5, 2012
Showtime @ 8:00PM
Doors Open @ 7:00PM
Tickets $120.00 in advance, $130.00 day of show

NEW YORK CITY - The Gipsy Kings consist of two bands of brothers: the Reyes (Nicolas, Canut, Paul, Patchai, Andre) and the Baliardos (Tonino, Paco, Diego). The Reyes and Baliardo boys were the offspring of Spanish gypsy families that had fled into France to escape Spain's Civil War. They grew up roaming the south of France, working harvests and making music.

Jose Reyes - father of the GK's Reyes - sang alongside guitarist Manitas de Plata and did much to popularise flamenco internationally: John Steinbeck, Charlie Chaplin, Pablo Picasso, Miles Davis and Salvador Dali were amongst the duo's admirers. Jose split from Manitas in the 1970s and formed Los Reyes with his teenage sons. His death devastated the Reyes yet lead to their fortuitous encounter with the Baliardos at the St. Marie de la Mer Gitan pilgrimage. On that warm night, as they passed the guitar, shared songs and wine, history was shaped.

Initially, the Reyes and Baliardos busked on the streets of Cannes, played weddings and parties, young men flavouring flamenco with Western pop and Latin rhythms. When an American admirer told the band their name Los Reyes meant "The Kings" in English they realised they were born to be Gipsy Kings. In 1987 The Gipsy Kings' self-titled debut album introduced the world to `rumba Gitano' - the sound of South America's rumba rhythm married to flamenco guitars - and with `Bamboleo' the Gipsy Kings scored a huge international hit. Since then the Kings have never stopped singing to the world.

Today the Gipsy Kings still live with their families in the south of France. Life may have changed for them - they no longer busk on streets or pick crops when times are hard or travel in caravans - but still, at heart, they remain Gypsies, the proud descendants of an ancient people who seduced the world with music and dance. On Pasajero, the Gipsy Kings continue their epic musical journey.

Honens International Piano Competition Announces Semifinalists

From a media release:

honens competition announces semifinalists 
ten pianists from seven countries vie for world’s top prize
october 17 to 26, 2012 in Calgary

One Canadian and one woman are among ten pianists chosen to advance to the Semifinals of Canada’s Honens International Piano Competition.  The pianists come from seven countries: Australia, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Russia and Ukraine.  One will be named the Honens Prize Laureate and win the world’s largest award of its kind – a $100,000 Enbridge Prize (cash) and an artistic and career development program valued at a half million dollars. The Semifinals and Finals of the Honens Competition, presented by Nexen Inc., take place in Calgary, October 17 to 26, 2012.

A Jury comprised of pianists William Aide and Benedetto Lupo, former Chairman of IMG Artists, Charles Hamlen, and Vancouver Recital Society Founder, Leila Getz, selected the ten pianists after a week of deliberations last month at The Banff Centre. The foursome reviewed 50 recitals and interviews that were recorded during the Honens Quarterfinals in Berlin, London, Los Angeles and New York.

“Our juries for 2012 include both musicians and individuals from the music business,” said Stephen McHolm, Honens’ President & Artistic Director, who also acts as Jury Facilitator. “This combination adds an important dimension in identifying the Complete Artist for whom we’ve always searched and a young artist that the larger music community will ultimately get behind.”

“I came away more convinced than ever that Honens is a unique competition, with far less emphasis in fact on the word ‘competition’ than on artistic excellence which is, clearly, the backbone and very definition of what it truly means to be associated with Honens,” remarked Juror Charles Hamlen.

The ten Semifinalists are: Federico Colli (Italy), Lorenzo Cossi (Italy), David Fung (Australia), Sasha Grynyuk (Ukraine), Pavel Kolesnikov (Russia), Maria Mazo (Russia), Jong-Hai Park (South Korea), Konstantin Shamray (Russia), Avan Yu (Canada), Zenan Yu (China).  Ms Mazo, the sole female in the group, was also a Semifinalist in the 2006 Honens Competition.

Each Semifinalist performs two recitals (October 17 to 21): a 60-minute solo recital and a 70-minute collaborative concert with violinist Geoff Nuttall (of Canada’s acclaimed St Lawrence String Quartet), cellist Johannes Moser, and a singer (to be confirmed).  Five pianists will advance to the Finals (October 25 and 26) for performances with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and its Music Director, Roberto Minczuk.  The Honens Prize Laureate and recipients of the Enbridge Prizes (cash awards) will be announced at an awards show following the Finals on October 26.

Tickets passports – offering significant discounts – are available now.  Single tickets, ranging from $10 to $85, are available starting August 7 from the Honens Box Office at (403) 299-0140 and online at

Honens International Piano Competition is a leader in discovering and launching the careers of young concert pianists.  It searches for Complete Artists – 21st century musicians for 21st century audiences.

Niyaz New Single & US Live Dates in August 2012

From a media release:

Niyaz Releases New Music Video For
“Parishaan” Off Their Critically Acclaimed New Album Sumud

Still time to catch their US Tour on the West Coast to August 4 to 11 2012

Montreal/Los Angeles-based Niyaz have recently released their third album, Sumud (pronounced soomood) and they are bringing it on tour to the United States this summer.   The album has already debuted at #1 on the iTunes World Chart and broke into the top 10 Billboard World Music Chart as well.  The band will be kicking off their US tour on July 22nd in NYC then off to Atlantic City, Eugene, Los Angeles, Irvine, San Francisco, and Seattle.  Full tour dates below.

Niyaz, which means ‘yearning’ in Persian and Urdu, was formed in 2005 by Azam Ali, multi-instrumentalist Loga Ramin Torkian and two-time Grammy nominated producer and electronic musician Carmen Rizzo. The trio borrows from an historic lineage of Middle Eastern poets setting verse to music, while exploring the music and identity of Iranians living in exile and struggling to maintain their cultural identity in the modern world.

Their new album, Sumud (out now on Six Degrees Records) expandes on that theme, while adding their new experiences and worldviews learned during their heavy touring through the Middle East in the past seven years. ‘We have now travelled across the world, and those experiences have affected the journey that we are on and the direction we’ve taken on this album,’ Ali says from her new home in Montreal. ‘We’ve performed in the Kurdish parts of Turkey during times of major conflicts, as well as other parts of the Middle East. Obviously that has affected this project. We wanted to focus on the ethnic and religious minority groups in these regions, because they have really struggled to maintain their identity. It started from us wanting to tell our story, and it has evolved into this humanitarian social message, embracing regions around Iran.’

In its short history, Niyaz has garnered an incredible amount of media attention, including features on NPR and PRI, with the Huffington Post declaring the band to be ‘an evolutionary force in contemporary Middle Eastern music.’ Their second album, Nine Heavens, topped both the iTunes World and CMJ World Music charts, while a number of songs from the two-disc set found their way onto television and the big screen. Tireless performers, Niyaz continues to tourinternationally, while each member has released at least one solo album since Nine Heavens’ 2008 release.

In an age where conflict regions are tearing up areas of the Middle East, as well as completely fracturing the understanding of Arabic culture in America, Niyaz is presenting the most groundbreaking marriage of ancient, ecstatic verse with 21st-century dancefloor kinetics. Their music applies to every global citizen, however, not only those with Persian blood flowing in their veins. As Rizzo explains, the human element is deep at work here.

Niyaz US Tour Dates:
Sat 8/4/12 @ Grand Performances (Free Concert) - Los Angeles, CA
Sun 8/5/12 @ Yoshis - San Francisco, CA
Thu 8/9/12 @ Orange County Great Park - Irvine, CA
Sat 8/11/12 @ KPCenter - Seattle, WA

Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad Headlines Tivat Festival in Montenegro

From a media release:

Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad
in a Canada/Montenegro co-production
Headlines Tivat Festival in Montenegro

Toronto -
Artistic Director of April Productions, Dragana Varagic, who recently performed and directed a presentation of her acclaimed solo The Vindication of Senyora Clito Mestres at Theatre Passe Muraille, directs The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood in a Canada / Montenegro co-production, which opened Saturday, July 28 as a highlight of the "Purgatorio" festival in Tivat on the Adriatic Coast. The Canadian Ambassador to Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro in Belgrade is on the guest list for opening night as well as other dignitaries.

Toronto-based April Productions and the Tivat Cultural Centre (one of the most important presenters and producers in the region) are the co-producers of this play by one of Canada's most revered writers in a new translation by Serbian Bojana Vujin (who also translated Atwood's novel of the same name into the local language). The production uniquely connects Atwood's play with its original mythical Mediterranean setting.

The April Productions/Tivat Cultural Centre co-production is a collaboration between Canadian artists and artists from Montenegro and the surrounding region. The playwright (Margaret Atwood), director (Dragana Varagic), set designer (Kathleen Irwin), composer (Aleksandar Gajic), three musicians and project administrator (Sheila Sky) are Canadian; the all-female cast, costume designer and lighting designer represent the Montenegro team.

Historically, the "Purgatorio." festival has focused primarily on the works of artists from the Mediterranean region or works with Mediterranean themes. This year the program is focusing on Canadian culture and this international co-production with a Mediterranean theme, written by an icon of Canadian culture and presented in collaboration with a Canadian company, was conceived as a festival highlight. It anchors the Canadian offerings that include a concert and an art exhibition featuring works by Canadians.

The Penelopiad is Atwood's response to Homer's ancient epic Greek poem, The Odyssey. She tells the story from the point of view of Penelope, destined to spend eternity in Hades where she remains haunted by her twelve maids who her warrior-king husband Odysseus ordered murdered upon his return home after 20 years at battle, believing them to be disloyal.

Varagic takes her inspiration from Brecht for this production and  transports this contemporary Canadian play back to its Mediterranean roots and setting where it will be surrounded with an audience whose culture is firmly grounded in myths and legends, thereby allowing for an exciting resonance and echoing of the multiple layers of the play.

At the same time, it will introduce a modern and Canadian perspective on the importance of women's voices.

Produced with the support of the Canada Council International Program and under the patronage of the Canadian Embassy in Belgrade and the City of Tivat, general sponsorship for the co-production comes from Porto Montenegro, the biggest Canadian investment in the Balkans.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Patience Chirisa: Wine Dine Africa

From a media release:  

African Chef: Patience Chirisa

Born in Zimbabwe now residing in Canada , Patience Chirisa is arguably one of the most inspiring young culinary professional from Africa. Founder of Wine Dine Africa cooking show on Rogers TV and Wine Dine Africa Magazine where she offers tips on Authentic African fusion style. She is also considered to be the founder of the modern success movement in Africa when it comes to promoting Africa in a positive light, just having recently hosted the first ever African Travel Expo at the Sheraton Centre, Toronto to promote travel to Africa and co-hosting several African Artists since 2000 including Hugh Masekela, Oliver Mtukudzi and Chiwoniso. Patience also has co-hosted several events including but not limited to African artists. She remains one of the truly outstanding rising entrepreneurs and model to the African youth globally.

Wine Dine Africa is a new chapter for Africans & friends of the continent. This is not a cooking show or magazine that just caters to one community or race but a huge cultural bridge that brings unity amongst all cultures through our love of food . As she describes it in her own words: "Wine Dine Africa is the first and only cooking show and magazine promoting Africa and African-fusion cuisine worldwide at this level ."

As a food professional, Patience feels a deep sense of responsibility to present African food to the Western world She lives her philosophy in her writing, speaking and her energetic commitment to promoting Africa in a positive light.

Patience is also a prolific author. Currently finishing up her book - African cooking @ home with exciting and easy to make recipes. This book will explore food from Morocco to Madagascar, Nigeria to South Africa, Congo to Zimbabwe, Sudan to Sierra Leone ethnic food is getting very popular in the Western food scene. In this book Patience will play with traditional African recipes, incorporating Western Ingredients to preserve  the original recipe while enhancing it with flavoring and ingredients found locally in Canada,USA. UK, Australia and Worldwide. Excerpts from her future book will be published soon.

Patience's approach to cooking is simple: fresh, seasonal and local, organic where at all possible. Use the best ingredients you can afford, and do as little as possible to them. "African Food should taste of itself. Making and sharing African food is the best way I know to celebrate the joy of being African-Canadian."

In addition to her writing and event management Patience is a Mother, Analyst, African recipe developer and lifestyle writer with a humorous, hands-on approach to cooking in live demonstrations. Patience is available for food-and-wine pairing events on request in 2012.

"Sharing food unites people and it helps us discover and honour our common values. I love cooking !"

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Original Catwoman: Lee Meriwether at FringeNYC August 10-26 2012

From a media release:

Lee Meriwether and Theatre Island Productions Present
The New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC
A production of The Present Company
August 10th - 26th 2012

• Tickets: $15-$18.
• For tickets visit

Lee Meriwether and Theatre Island Productions are proud to present THE WOMEN OF SPOON RIVER: THEIR VOICES FROM THE HILL as part of the 16th annual New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC. Performances will take place in the SoHo Playhouse (FringeNYC Venue #16), 15 Vandam Street, New York, NY 10013 on Friday, August 10 at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, August 11 at 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, August 12 at 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday, August 14 at 9:00 p.m.; and Friday, August 17 at 5:15 p.m.

Published in 1915, Edgar Lee Masters' SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY is a collection of epitaph poems describing the lives of the inhabitants of the fictional small town of Spoon River, and includes two hundred and twelve separate characters providing accounts of their lives, losses and deaths. In 1962, Charles Aidman adapted SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY for the stage. This production premiered in Los Angeles and starred Betty Garrett, Joyce Van Patten, and Naomi Caryl in the three female roles. Understudying Garrett, Van Patten and Caryl was Lee Meriwether. The show then had a successful run on Broadway and has since been produced thousands of times around the world.

In 2002, Theatre West revived the show for its 40th anniversary, directed by Garrett and Van Patten. This time, however, Lee Meriwether — the one-time understudy — now appeared in the role originated by Ms. Garrett.  Having an affinity for the show and the women of Spoon River, Lee often felt that Masters had given short shrift to the female residents of his fictional town. Of the over two hundred characters in the collection, only a handful were women. Seeing an opportunity to give these women their due as well as to provide a challenge for herself as an actress, Lee set about adapting Masters' work, extracting nearly all of the female characters.

Later, together with writer/actor/director Jim Hesselman, Lee discovered that by performing them in a particular order she could create not only personal accounts of the women as individuals, but also depict an overall picture of the life of women in general — both in terms of a particular period and place, but also in universal and eternal terms. THE WOMEN OF SPOON RIVER: THEIR VOICES FROM THE HILL premiered in May of 2010 at Indiana University Southeast, starring Meriwether and directed by Hesselman, with scenic and lighting design by Rebekkah J. Meixner-Hanks and original music by Kenneth Atkins. The show then enjoyed a run of several weeks at Theatre West in 2011.

Lee Meriwether will be presenting The Women of Spoon River: Their Voices from the Hill as part of the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival, August 10-26, 2012.

Performances will be at the SoHo Playhouse (FringeNYC Venue #16), 15 Vandam Street, New York, NY 10013

Performance dates and times:

Friday, August 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 11 at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 12 at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 14 at 9:00 p.m.
Friday, August 17 at 5:15 p.m.

Tickets are $15-$18 and will be available at

Photos from the original production at Indiana University Southeast, May 2010.
All photos by Rebekkah Meixner-Hanks and © 2010 by Lee Meriwether

Eclectic Avant-Garde: Francesco Tristano, Michel Reis & Aaron Kruziki Aug 2 in New York City

From a media release:

Francesco Tristano "Idiosynkrasia" / Michel Reis & Aaron Kruziki
August 2, 2012 - 7pm
Price: $15

NEW YORK CITY - Pianist and composer Michel Reis (pictured) and multi-reedist Aaron Kruziki met while studying at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and have been playing together as a duo for many years. Their first album entitled “Fairytale” was recorded in 2008 for WPR Jazz and the duo is currently working on a new recording project to be released in 2013.

Most of the compositions are written by Michel Reis, but they merely serve as a point of departure for a very elaborate musical collaboration between both musicians and allow for a lot of interaction and spontaneity. The large sound palette of this acoustic duo is in part due to Aaron Kruziki's use of several wind instruments such as the soprano saxophone, the alto saxophone, the clarinet, the flute, the duduk and his own voice.

Tristano says: “The record "idiosynkrasia" is the fruit of a quest for an idiosyncratic language that is somewhere between acoustic and electronic, a quest that spans time and space, and I want to bring the piano into the 21st century. My ambition is to provide the piano with a new identity, because it is often associated with classical music and vieed as an instrument of the past, while I genuinely see it as an instrument of the future.”

With one foot in the Classical music and the other in Electronic Music networks, Francesco Tristano found his balance by executing acrobatic splits between two antagonistic genres, which makes him one the most unique and surprising profiles of the decade.

As a Classical pianist, he attended some of the best music schools in the world, performed many critically acclaimed interpretations of Frescobaldi, Bach, Ravel or Berio and received awards in many prestigious competitions. Barely over 25, he has already played at some of the world's largest auditoriums, such as New York's Carnegie Hall, Berlin's Philharmonie or Paris' Cité de la Musique.

Wazu: Singles, CD Release & US Summer 2012 Tour

From a media release:



One for fans of Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Eurythmics, NIN, Bauhaus, The XX.

Modern electro-pop duo WAZU is pleased to announce details of a twenty-date summer tour that will precede the release of their debut, yet to be titled, full-length album. The album, to be released on Halloween, was co-produced by WAZU, Kevin McMahon (Titus Andronicus, Real Estate, Swans, The Walkmen) and Rick Parker (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Hangmen).

These New York City-based Australian transplants appear to have swallowed some of the same sexy electronic pills as The xx, but have regurgitated them in a much more elaborate and foreboding fashion, earning them heaps of buzz from outlets such as KEXP, BBC, AOL, CONTACT MUSIC, THE DELI MAGAZINE, and FLAVORPILL. Their dark and danceable self-titled debut is a glorious, vicious little tease of what’s to come from this male-female duo.

The video for “Murder 1,” the synth-heavy, post apocalyptic first single from the WAZU EP is receiving rave reviews after premiering exclusively on Contact Music. It was also recently featured as Video of the Day on SPINNER. Watch it here:

“Happy Endings,” the second single, is an electro goth-punk sing-along that resonates with the lyrics, “take a look at me / I’m living proof / happy endings don’t have room for two.” Never has heartbreak sounded so enticing and danceable.

WAZU have also had success at College Radio, receiving heavy rotation at stations such as WRSU Rutgers University NJ and KXSC University of Southern California Los Angeles, and even Song of the Day at KEXP University of Washington Seattle. Of WAZU, Ultra Vulgar Super Fiend says, “The sky is the limit for this group, and they prove it with every track.” Don’t miss your chance to see WAZU before they blow up, and keep your ear to the ground for the first single from WAZU’s debut LP, coming soon.


2-Aug Providence RI - *Secret Show*
5-Aug Northampton MA - The Elevens
6-Aug Portland ME - *Secret Show*
8-Aug Syracuse NY - Spark Art Space
9-Aug Ithaca NY - The Nines
10-Aug Lakewood OH - Mahalls 20 Lanes
11-Aug Buffalo NY - Filigrees
12-Aug Cleveland OH - The Euclid Tavern
13-Aug Pittsburgh PA - Assemble
14-Aug Columbus OH - The Summit
15-Aug Cincinnati OH - MOTR Pub
16-Aug Knoxville TN - Preservation Pub
17-Aug Lexington KY - Natasha's     
21-Aug Wilmington NC - The Soap Box   
23-Aug Durham NC - The Pinhook
24-Aug Charlotte NC - Snug Harbor     
26-Aug Washington, DC - *Secret Show*
27-Aug Baltimore MD - Hamilton Arts Collective
28-Aug Atlantic City NJ - The Boneyard 
30-Aug Philadelphia PA - Dobbs

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Harbourfront Toronto: Classical IV: Strings Fest July 27-29 2012

From a media release:

Pluck, Strum, Bow and Pick at Classical IV: Strings
Festival looks into the various shades of “Classical” music
July 27-29, 2012

Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce our celebration of all things stringed, Classical IV: Strings. The three-day FREE festival (July 27-29) celebrates the far corners of classical music with performances, activities and more for the whole family.

Stringed instruments of all kinds take centre stage at Classical IV: Strings, where even the word “classical” is something to be plucked at: What is modern classical music? Why are some folk melodies and pop tunes called classics? And who gets to call them that? Can sonorous instruments from different cultures talk to each other? What happens when you play a classical instrument but produce modern music? Or play a ‘classical’ tune on a more humble instrument? In short: So many questions, so much music. Explore the world of stringed soundscapes with virtuosi from near and far. Open your ears, drop your preconceptions and discover new and ancient music.

Highlights of Classical IV: Strings include performances, workshops, activities and more:

· Performances from artists including Masters of Mali featuring Sidi Touré, legendary sitarist Irshad Khan, the Lute Legends Ensemble’s blend of three Silk Road musical traditions into one new form and the Afiara String Quartet’s fresh take on the classic quartet;
· Calling all ukuleleists: The Ukulele Project invites the public to play along with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture
· Witness what happens when kids go From Violence to Violins featuring Yosvani the Violinist;
· …and much more!

Check the full listing of events here
• For additional information and complete event listings you can also call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000.
• Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.


Maryem Hassan Tollar
Friday, July 27 at 7 p.m.

Egypt-born Maryem Tollar performs classic pop songs with ancient string accompaniment: Kate Bush on the Qanun, Joni Mitchell on tambura, and Prince on violin. A featured performer playing Ariana in R. Murray Schafer’s Dora-Award-winning piece The Children’s Crusade and creator and performer of live music for Heather Raffo’s Dora-nominated Nine Parts of Desire, Maryem has sung on several film and television scores and saw her album Cairo to Toronto nominated for a 2009 Juno Award in the world music category.

Masters of Mali featuring Sidi Touré
Friday, July 27 at 9:30 p.m.

Sidi Touré built his first guitar as a child, constructing it from his wooden writing slate in the ancient town of Gao, Mali. Descended from a lineage of his region’s former kings, Touré’s family disapproved of his decision to pursue music, but he persisted, becoming, in 1976, the youngest member of Gao’s regional orchestra, the Songhaï Stars – which he went on to lead. His two titles as best singer at the Biennales du Mali made him a nationally-renowned figure in his home country. Touré’s music draws inspiration from traditional music and religion, but is informed by Western blues and rock.

The Traditional Arabic Music Ensemble Featuring George Sawa and Nada El Masriya
Saturday, July 28 at 1:30 p.m.

Alexandria, Egypt-born George Sawa is founder and director of the Traditional Arabic Music Ensemble and a qanun player who has learned from the masters of the instrument. Acclaimed belly dance instructor and performer Nada El Masriya joins the ensemble.

Ethiopia: Classical Variations
Saturday, July 28 at 2:30 p.m.

An exploratory session featuring arrangements of Fantahun Shewankochew Mekonnen’s traditional Amharic songs. Mekonnen, a vocalist and master of the krar (6-stringed bowl-shaped lyre), is joined by percussionist Daniel Barnes, bassist Andargachew Mesfin and keyboardist Dawit Tesfamariam for a performance of traditional music of the Ethiopian Highlands, which is filtered through Western instruments and tunings.

East Meets West Mash-Up Concert featuring Radha Academy of Carnatic Violin
Saturday, July 28 at 5:30 p.m.

For 600 years Canada has been a land of musical mash-ups. This exciting show combines the southern Indian traditions of the Radha Academy of Carnatic Violin with the traditional Ontario folk to create brand new musical offerings. Imagine fiddle with steel drums or bagpipes and tablas. This promises to be a magical way of connecting the old Ontario with the new. Featuring performances by Subhadra Vijaykumar, Ian Bell, Arun Ramachadran, Njacko Backo and Geoff Somers.

Minor Empire
Saturday, July 28 at 7:30 & 9 p.m.

Toronto ensemble Minor Empire has forged a style that is contemporary and traditional, adventurous yet accessible. The brainchild of guitarist/composer/producer Ozan Boz and vocalist Ozgu Ozman, the group mixes Western-accented music with trip-hop and the music of their homeland for fresh inspiration. In addition to Boz and Ozman, the band features Montreal-based musicians Ismail Hakki Fencioglu (oud) and Didem Basar (kanun) and Torontonians Debashis Sinha (of noted Indo-jazz group
Autorickshaw darbuka, bendir, and asma davul) and Sidar Demirer (saz).

Canadian Opera Company Collaboration: Hansel and Gretel
Sunday, July 29 at 1 p.m.

Join in and let your vocal chords soar as Hansel and Gretel follow the breadcrumb trail to the gingerbread house in this activity suitable for kids 4-7 years old. Led by opera singer Bronwen Low and created by the COC Education and Outreach Department, this delightful, engaging, interactive workshop uses traditional orff instruments and the original music from the opera by Englebert Humperdink, sung in English to guide the young participants as they sing their way through the story and out of the woods.

Jayme Stone: Bach on the Banjo
Sunday, July 29 at 2 p.m.

Join two-time Juno-winning banjoist Jayme Stone and his stellar ensemble for a genre-blurring musical journey that includes works by Bach as well as a Trinidadian calypso, Malian melodies and Stone's own “tiny symphonies.”


The Listening Trees
Friday, July 27 at 5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, July 28 & 29 at 1 p.m.

Relax under the trees with a pair of headphones and listen to stories told through music, whether it’s the story of Peter and the Wolf, A Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra or even a musical interpretation of the Ramayana’s mathematical conundrum known as Narayama's Cows. There could be anything waiting inside the headphones, but there’s only one way to find out what.

Dare to Create: Strings and Things
Children’s Activities Saturday & Sunday, July 28 & 29 at 1 p.m.

Make and decorate your very own guitar and take it up to the Redpath Stage at a specially-announced time and “play” along to a classic rock or violin track. Or create a headpiece for a harp, sitar or cello headpiece and parade around the site as your own truly original instrument.

Paint Your Own Vocal Chords
Saturday & Sunday July 28 & 29 at 1 p.m.

Sing & Paint is an interactive installation which the audience can explore the colour and texture of their own voice. The audience can record a short sample of singing (or speaking) into a special paint can, pick up a light brush, and paint on a digital canvas. As they move the brush, their voice is transformed into colour and music. Created by Aesthetec Studio, a Toronto-based interaction design and technology company that creates engaging experiences for museums and public spaces.

Broadway Premiere: Ed Asner Returns to the Stage in Grace Sept 13 2012

From a media release:




Get Grace Tickets

New York, NY –
Producers Debbie Bisno, Fox Theatricals, Jed Bernstein and Paula Wagner announced today that the Broadway Premiere of Grace, the acclaimed American play written by Award-winning writer Craig Wright (Mistakes Were Made, Recent Tragic Events, “Six Feet Under”) and directed by Dexter Bullard (Tracy Letts’ BUG), will play The Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street).  The strictly limited engagement begins performances on Thursday, September 13th, with an official opening night set for Thursday, October 4, 2012.

Producers also announced that the creative team of Grace will include Beowulf Boritt (Scenic Design), David Weiner (Lighting Design) and Tif Bullard (Costume Design).

Tickets for the production ($32.00 - $132.00), featuring an all-star cast that includes Paul Rudd and Academy Award® nominee Michael Shannon, with Kate Arrington and seven-time Emmy Award®-winner Ed Asner, go on sale via American Express Exclusive Pre-Sale on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 and will be available to the public beginning Friday, July 20, 2012 via or by calling (212) 239-6200.  For Group Bookings visit or call Telecharge Group Sales at 800-432-7780. The Grace box office will open at The Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street) on Thursday, August 23, 2012.

The performance schedule for Grace is as follows:  Preview performances: Monday – Saturday at 8:00 PM, with 2:00 PM matinees on Wednesday and Saturday (no matinee on 9/26); Post-opening performances: Tuesday – Thursday at 7 PM, Friday – Saturday at 8 PM, matinees on Wednesday & Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM. 

A thrilling cast combines with one of theater's truly original voices, in this gripping dark comedy that asks: are we in control of our lives or is there something else at work? With scenes that careen from the serene to the suspenseful, Grace follows a wide-eyed young couple (Rudd & Arrington) as they start a new life in sunny, promise-filled Florida, with big plans to open a chain of Gospel themed motels. An agitated neighbor (Shannon) and a caustic exterminator (Asner) complete the eclectic foursome as destinies collide in this intensely entertaining and suspenseful journey to the edge of your seat.

Grace first premiered to critical acclaim at The Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, DC in 2004, and was subsequently seen in a celebrated production at Northlight Theater in Chicago, and at the Pasadena Playhouse in Los Angeles (where it received 3 LA Drama Critics Circle Awards including Best Play).

Paul Rudd made his Broadway debut in Tony Award-winning The Last Night of Ballyhoo in 1997 and has since starred in Twelfth Night (1998), Three Days of Rain (2006)and Off Broadway in The Shape of Things (2001), among many other stage productions.  Kate Arrington, who was critically praised for her recent performance at the Goodman Theatre in Iceman Cometh opposite Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy, is a Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member, whose productions there include The Hot L Baltimore, The Well-Appointed Room, The Pain and the Itch and The Violet Hour.  Ed Asner last appeared on Broadway in 1989, opposite Madeline Kahn in Born Yesterday.  This production of Grace marks its New York Premiere (in an updated script) and the Broadway debuts of playwright Craig Wright, director Dexter Bullard, and Michael Shannon, who have a fifteen-plus year history of collaboration in the theater, including the recent production of Mistakes Were Made.

Cort Theatre
138 West 48th St.
(between 6th & 7th Ave.)
Box Office Opens Aug. 23
, 2012

CD Release & Free MP3: Andra Kouyaté and Sèkè Chi's 'Saro' (Studio Mali - July 31, 2012)

From a media release:

CD Release: Saro (Studio Mali; July 31, 2012)
Traditional Inventiveness: Andra Kouyaté and Sèkè Chi Reveal the Innovative Spirit and Polyglot Funk in Mali’s Deepest Roots

Download Aye Anfle from the CD free

In some musically vibrant corners of the world, innovation is the tradition.

So it is in Mali, where the sounds of the Saharan north have mingled with an array of West African traditions in the south. Musicians like Andra Kouyaté show how his homeland’s deep and diverse roots are a constant source of innovative inspiration.

The young scion of a profoundly respected griot family, Kouyaté has invented instruments, transformed Malian standards into fresh new pieces, and taken a contemporary ear to traditional sounds, incorporating pop and reggae with the effortless aplomb that has put Mali on the world’s musical map.

On his first major international release, Andra and his youthful ensemble Sèkè Chi bring a wide-ranging, aesthetically linked set of songs on Saro (Studio Mali; July 31, 2012). Saro features contributions by Amadou and Mariam; by wife and local star Mah Bara Soumano; by older brother Bassekou Kouyaté; by respected Malian singer Ami Sacko; by Harouna Samake the kamele n’goni player for Salif Keita; and by balafon whiz Lassana Diabaté of the Grammy-winning project AfroCubism. The album reveals Andra’s stunning ability to embrace not only all the musical possibilities of Mali’s many traditions, but also a relentless drive to create and re-imagine the music he loves.

“I am always searching and listening and trying to understand more music. If I only played traditional music in the same way, it would simply be too limiting for me. I want to expand. It’s what I was meant to do.”

Kouyaté’s life may seem to straddle two worlds, but in Mali, in his circle of hereditary musicians and oral historians (jeli or griots), it’s all part of one all-embracing creative effort. From a long-standing, very prominent family of griots, Kouyaté has followed in the footsteps of his forbearers (the meaning of the group’s name, Sèkè Chi). Andra performs a beloved cannon of traditional songs and pieces at weddings, social events, and other major secular and religious celebrations in his community.

Andra’s central role in this community is woven throughout his songs and music. “In ‘Lagaré,’ for example, I mention other griots, and I praise them and acknowledge their significance in our culture, in life in general. I thank them for what they do in life and in society,” Kouyaté explains. “The role of the griot is to bring back to life things that are broken between people, between family members, villages, even countries. And to resolve conflicts.”

And like griots before him, he has kept his musical work all in the family. To build Sèkè Chi, he travelled back to one of his ancestral villages and recruited several young relatives to play with him. His wife, a well-loved griot in her own right, adds her nimble, passionate vocals to tracks like “Den Massa Lou.” Songs praise Andra’s father and his elder brother (“Bassekou”) and memorialize his young, bright brother who recently passed away tragically (“Saro”).

“I was born with music, and my life is music,” reflects Kouyaté. “This is what we do in my family. If I don’t make music, I am nothing.”

At the same time, Andra’s part in the long chain of tradition and family is marked by a restless, joyful creativity and innovation. He’s a master of incorporating new elements and sounds into songs he has heard and played his entire life, including the northern Malian sounds made famous by bands like Tinariwen and singers like Khaira Arby. Tracks like “Ya Baba” feature the kind of desert-blues string work that drives many Western music fans wild.

Andra has toured the world with Grammy-nominated global indie favorites, Bassekou Kouyaté and Ngoni Ba; spent almost a decade with Rokia Traore; and most recently has been playing and touring with African reggae legend Tiken Jah Fakoly.

Inventing a new version of the ngoni — the precursor to the banjo that can render lightning-fast melodies in skilled hands — Andra took a fresh approach to the traditional instrument, adding the bass sounds he missed to the mix by carefully modifying the n’goni until it achieved a deeper, richer resonance and found the new expressive quality he craved. A relentless rehearser, arranger, and stickler for detail, he thoughtfully incorporates subtle reggae vibes (“Saro,“ “Yereko”) or funk flourishes (“Aye Anflé”) to his deep roots.

“Music is something that has no borders. Music is something that speaks all languages. It has no limits and crosses all cultures,” notes Kouyaté “It’s all the blues, all jazz. It can be Malian, Ethiopian, anything. Everyone can understand it and play together.”

The band members are:
Baïny Diabaté, guitar
Mamadou Kouyaté, bass n'goni
Mouctar Kouyaté, calabash
Lassine Kouyaté, tamani
Andra Kouyaté, n'goni and voice.

Urban Tango Trio at Joe's Pub NYC July 30 2012

From a media release:

Urban Tango Trio
July 30, 2012 at Joe's Pub, New York City

Price: $15 in Advance; $20 at Door
7:30 PM

Formed by Violinist Machiko Ozawa in New York City in 2008, Urban Tango Trio is made up of three talented virtuoso musicians: Machiko Ozawa, former concert master of Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de Las Artes, on violin; Latin-Grammy winner Octavio Brunetti on piano; and acclaimed composer/arranger Pedro Giraudo on bass. Together they capture the passion and excitement of Argentine tango in a repertoire ranging from traditional favorites to contemporary interpretations.

Their first album “Urban Tango Trio” was released by PLATONIC RECORD in Japan in 2011.

They have dazzled audiences in New York, Washington DC, South Carolina, Virginia, and in Tokyo, Japan, with an upcoming tour to Japan this August.  This appearance at Joe’s Pub will debut their new repertoire, which they will feature on their tour and will be the basis of their next CD.

Machiko Ozawa is the former concertmaster of Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de Las Artesdo. In addition, she also has performed with renowned tango players, such as Pablo Ziegler, Hector Del Curto’s Eternal Tango, Fernando Otero, and Polly Ferman’s Gramour Tango at Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Winter Garden at Financial Center, Joe's Pub, and Highline Ballroom.

Octavio Brunetti
With his main ensemble, OCTAVIO BRUNETTI TANGO QUINTET, he has appeared at the Kaufmann Hall, Jamaica Center for the Arts and the NY City Center.

Mr. Brunetti’s recordings include “Soledad” by Astor Piazzolla with world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma (“Appassionato” by Sony BMG-Classical), Grammy Award Winning CD “Te Amo Tango” with Raul Jaurena and the original soundtrack, composed by Osvaldo Golijov, for Francis Ford Coppola’s movie “Tetro” (Deutsche Grammophon) and “Twixt”.

Mr. Brunetti is considered one of the most sought after tango pianists of our times.

Pedro Giraudo
As a composer and arranger, Giraudo leads the critically acclaimed Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra, which boasts some of New York's finest jazz musicians and performs regularly in the most prestigious jazz clubs in New York City. His compositions combine his love of classical forms, Argentine tango and folk music, and the spontaneity of jazz improvisation. The Orchestra has recorded five CDs and has won several Latin Corner Awards

New Video Single: What A Life by Bom Sone (Sembeh Ma Fe Fe)

New Video from the CD Sembeh Ma Fa Fe: Revisits Volume
Stronghold Sound - June 2012

Check out my earlier post for story of the album

This album introduces some great new talent from Guinea Conakry (West Africa). Here's the latest video from this release (I love this song!) - What A Life by Bom Sone:

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Roots Afropop: Elikeh CD Release Aug 23 & Live Dates July 28 & Aug 24 2012

From a media release:

Elikeh, Between 2 Worlds (Azalea City Recordings)
August 23, 2012 Release
On Tour Now

July 28, 2012 - Joe's Pub New York City
August 24, 2012 - Black Cat, Washington, DC

“Let’s go under the tree; the drums are already beating. Hey! Wow! Look at how people are shaking their things already!” cries bandleader and songwriter Massama Dogo of Washington DC’s cross-cultural Afropop party, Elikeh. “In Togo, when people are drumming, people say the drummer is burning. Let’s go! He’s on fire.”

Massama Dogo and Elikeh have long been striving to get people under that tree, shaking it to those drums.

Dogo’s original impetus for starting a band began back home in Togo, a place that still inspires and distresses him. He longed to hear more of the music rooted in local traditions, in a scene dominated by rap, synths, and playback. Dogo himself had cut his teeth playing with a variety of reggae and pop bands around Lomé, Togo’s biggest city and capital.

But Dogo wants to do more than incorporate tradition into well-arranged pop. He wants to change his compatriots’ minds. In songs like “No Vision” and “Foot Soldier,” Dogo calls for people in his homeland and across Africa to see what he feels is the true source of the poverty and inequality that haunts Dogo every time he returns home.

“When I’ve gone to Togo, I’ve gone to touch base with my country and ancestors, and really see what’s going on there,” Dogo explains, describing a recent trip home. “People need to defend themselves. It’s not the West that’s the main problem; it’s the leaders,” leaders Dogo repeatedly takes to task for their greed and unwillingness to serve the people.

But Dogo and Elikeh inhabit another world beyond West Africa and its joys and struggles. Winding up as an immigrant in Washington DC in 2000, Dogo unknowingly landed in an unlikely African music pop hotspot. Home to musicians from across Africa—as well as skilled and versatile musicians from jazz, funk, and classical backgrounds—Dogo soon gathered a crack team of diverse, Afropop-loving players. Many of them, including Nigerian lead guitarist Frank Martins, knew how closely politics and music are entwined: Martins was arrested when authorities heard that his upcoming record had political leanings. Once freed, he fled for London and eventually landed in the U.S.

Over time, Elikeh became more than a simple vehicle for Dogo’s vision; it became a tight musical collective with a seasoned sound and distinct sensibility, a band that united two worlds. That’s why Dogo and the band decided to record their next album in Togo, Mali, and DC, bringing in both current bellwethers of African popular music (Vieux Farka Toure’s dazzling Malian blues guitar work) and musicians drawing on American rock roots (Kadlecik’s vocal and instrumental response to Dogo’s urgent calls in Togo’s Mina language).

These sonic conversations lie at the heart of the album. With an almost delicate, vintage sound, Toure strikes up a conversation with Dogo, and Malian master Mamadou Cherif Soumano’s sparkling kora contrasts with Kadlecik’s rock lines. The back-and-forth echoes both traditional call-and-response and the complexities of the immigrant experience Dogo explores and breaks down in his songs.

The two worlds Elikeh operates in are audible in other ways, as well. “Eh Wee” rips from a rock start to a steady groove, and tracks inspired by UK-Ghanaian funk band Osibisa capture some of the band’s genre-hopping vintage glitz (“Olesafrica”). Though Fela is the best known Afrobeat patriarch, Elikeh rethinks the Sierra Leonean Afro-soul legend Geraldo Pino’s hit, “Let Them Talk.” Pino blew Fela’s mind back when he was finding his musical way, and has been rediscovered in the wake of Fela’s own revival.

“This song made the album because it really echoes our experience,” Dogo notes with a smile. “If in your heart you know what you are doing is right, go for it , and don't listen to what people are saying.”

Photo Credits: Lisa A. Walker

Dusk Dances Returns to Toronto - Various Locations July 26 - August 19 2012

From a media release:

DUSK DANCES is back in Toronto for an 18th Season!
Highly physical, gently magical, charmingly fun...

Where/When - Où/Quand
Neilson Park (Finch and Neilson Road) - July 26 - 28, 2012
Withrow Park (South of Danforth between Logan and Carlaw) - July 31 - Aug 5, 2012
Earlscourt Park (St. Clair Ave West and Caledonia Road) - August 16 - 19, 2012

LES SPECTACLES ont lieu tous les soirs à 19h00.

Admission is PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN - $10 suggested donation
Contribution Volontaire - Montant suggéré: $10 par personne

Dusk Dances, one of Toronto’s most vibrant and popular cultural events, returns for its 18th season, with 3 weeks of exciting dance performances at Neilson Park, Withrow Park and Earlscourt Park.

Dusk Dances is an outdoor dance festival that brings high quality contemporary and traditional dance to public parks.  As dusk descends, a theatrical host leads the audience - which invariably includes children, dog walkers and local residents - to a range of eclectic dance pieces that unfold in different areas of the park.  Choreographers from various backgrounds are invited to perform a ten-minute piece inspired by the park’s natural environment.  Audiences are invited on a pay-what-you-can basis to an innovative site-specific festival, which is not only an artistic event but a social and cultural one as well.

From July 31 - August 5, 2012 at our flagship location, Withrow Park, our host Dan Watson will introduce you to four new works from Zata Omm Dance Projects, Bageshree Vaze, Lua Shayenne & Co., and tiger princess dance projects with Julia Aplin; as well as a performance by Vancouver-based The 605 Collective. Join us for the event that the Toronto Star ranked last year as “one of the top ten dance events to hit the GTA”.

With the past success of its GTA Initiative, the festival continues its dedication to animate communities and urban parks throughout Toronto. This season Dusk Dancesreturns to Neilson Park (July 26 - 28, 2012) and in the West-End at Earlscourt Park (August 16 - 19, 2012).

Featured artists include:
Neilson Park: BoucharDanse, La Otra Orilla, Tamla Matthews, and Allen Kaeja & Troy Feldman with a Special Youth Commission involving 12 youth participants from various GTA neighborhoods.
Earlscourt Park: BoucharDanse, La Otra Orilla, Throwdown Collective, and Allen Kaeja & Troy Feldman with a Special Youth Commission.

Image credits:
Photographer: Ken Ewen; Piece Title: Flock of Flyers: Remix; Company/Choreographers: BoucharDanse
Performers on the photo: Marie-Josée Chartier, Mairéad Filgate, Meredith Thompson, Zhenya Cerneacov and Irvin Chow
Park where performed: Neilson Park and Earlscourt Park

DUSK DANCES 2012, Festival Director Sylvie Bouchard

Neilson Park (Finch and Neilson Road) - July 26 - 28
Withrow Park (South of Danforth between Logan and Carlaw) - July 31 - Aug 5
Earlscourt Park (St. Clair Ave West and Caledonia Road) - August 16 - 19
Performances nightly at 7:00 PM
Admission is PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN - $10 suggested donation
Visit for information on our out-of-town events (Ottawa, Peterborough, Flesherton and Haliburton) and one-day-only festivals in the GTA (Chalkfarm and Agincourt)

PAM (Performing Arts Marathon) Festival 2012: July 26 - Aug 12 in New York City

From a release:

PAM Festival 2012
IATI Theater Presents 11-Ground Breaking Performances as part of its 2012 Performing Arts Marathon


In 21 days of pure unfiltered vanguardia, the festival will showcase avant-garde dance, theater, and music for all audiences

Performances will be held at: Baruch Performing Arts Center & IRT Theater

The Shows:

Luz de Manana en un Traje Marrón (Dawn in a Brown Suit)

Tragedy is a rosary of small woes that unravel on the sheets of a couple’s bed.
Physical theater by Void Theater Company
by Daniel Veronese / directed by Leni Mendez / performed by Patricia Becker & Pablo Pereyra
Spanish with English Supertitles
Friday August 10, 10pm & Saturday August 11, 10pm

“I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural and integral things that money can buy.” — Tom Clancy Any street in the world could be Montera.
Physical theater piece written and performed by Loren Escandon / directed by Marisol Rozo
Spanish with English supertitles
Saturday July 28, 7pm & Sunday August 5, 7pm

Reincarnations portrays pre-Hispanic mythology alongside Mexican cultural icons and traditions to explore ideas of destiny and life after death.
aerial and dance performance by Dzul Dance
choreographed by Javier Dzul / composed by Sergio Reyes
Friday August 3, 7pm & Saturday August 4, 10pm

A painted picture of the metropolitan subways as a young woman experiences the throes of a relationship.
Multimedia dance performance by Janusphere Dance Company
Choreographed by Darion Smith / Music by Jonathan Melville Pratt
Thursday August 2, 7pm; Friday August 3, 10pm & Saturday August 4, 3pm

the Whistling Mortician
When the powers of death crop up at every turn, what else can one do…but whistle?
Physical theater by Cloud of Fools Theater
Company / directed by Jon Froehlich / written and choreographed by Jon Froehlich and ensemble
Saturday July 28, 10 pm; Sunday August 5, 3pm & Thursday August 9, 7pm

An Encounter with El Duende
Federico García Lorca’s eerie, passionate and extraordinary world comes to life through poems, writings, and collected songs.
Multidisciplinary music performance
composed and performed by Sabrina Lastman
Friday July 27, 7pm & Wednesday August 1, 7pm

la quinta luna (fifth moon)
An emotional journey though the art form of Flamenco and the power of the moon, the light in the darkness.
Flamenco performance by Flamenco y Sol
directed & choreographed by Sol Koeraus,“La Argentinita” / composed by Cristian Puig
Saturday August 11, 7pm & Sunday August 12, 7pm

Nella Foresta (In The Forest)
Through theater and puppetry, a man finds answers to life’s questions through a fairytale forest in his mind.
Puppetry theater performance by j33tre
written and directed by Giles Smith
Italian with English supertitles
Friday August 10, 7pm & Sunday August 12, 3pm

Decime que escuchas (face the music)
A contemporary play about how Heavy Metal was transformed into a weapon of fire for psychoanalysis.
A comedy of mad-manners by Sol Pereyra
directed by Gerardo Gudino
Spanish with English Supertitles
Friday July 27, 10pm & Sunday July 29, 7pm

Taal Se Taal (Match your Rhythm to Mine)
Through Indian film songs, Kathak dance and English dialogue, stories of exotic romance, humorous liaisons and irresistible entanglements unfold.
Dance performance by The Kathak Ensemble
& Friends / choreographed by Janaki Patrik and dancers
Saturday July 28, 3pm & Sunday July 29, 3pm

El Correo de la Noche (Night Delivery)
Visiting and revisiting our fear of the unknown, we build this multidisciplinary performance on our experiences and fantasies of foreign cities at night.
Multidisciplinary performance by Caborca Theatre
created by the company of actors / directed by Javierantonio Gonzalez & Eloisa Jaramillo
Thursday August 2 — Sunday August 5, 7pm
IRT Theater 154 Christopher Street

All of IATI’s shows at Baruch College are located in the Nagelberg Theater, which is part of 55 Lexington Avenue. The theater can be accessed via an entrance on 25th street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues. The box office is immediately inside the entrance; to get to the theater, take the stairs or the elevator down to the third basement level. Nearby subway lines include the 6, F, M, N, and R to 23rd Street.

What is a PAM Pass and how does it work?
PAM passes are package deals that allow you to see multiple shows at a discount. There are four different PAM Passes available: the 3-show pass allows you to see three shows for a total of $82, which is 22% off the total value. The 4-show pass gives you tickets to four shows for $106, or 24% off. The 5-show pass buys you admission to five shows for $132, or 25% off. There is also a full PAM pass, which will grant you admission to one performance each of all eleven shows for $220--a total of 43% off the list price. The PAM Pass can only be used to see three distinct shows--you cannot use it to see multiple performances of the same show or to buy multiple tickets of the same performance

• Montera by Juan Fernando
• Reincarnations by Rojelio Rodriguez
• Taal Se Taal (Match your Rhythm to Mine) by Michael Palma 

• Luz de mañana en un traje marrón (Dawn in a Brown Suit) by Leni Mendes