Sunday, March 31, 2013

CD Release/Review: Pavel Koleskinov Live at Honens 2012

CD Release/Review:
Pavel Koleskinov
Live at Honens 2012
Two Disc Set

You can buy the CD here
• You can watch a stream of the Honens competition at this link

Twenty-three year old Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov was named the 2012 Honens Prize Laureate at the Honens Competition Awards Show on 26 October 2012 and this CD, released on Honens' own label, gives you his semi-final and final round performances as they happened live.

It includes solo performances as well as a chamber piece and concerto with a full orchestra. The track list:

BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor Op. 27 No. 2 “Moonlight”
SCHUMANN Kinderszenen Op. 15
CHOPIN Sonata No. 3 in B minor Op. 58
- From the Semifinals: Recital Round - Solo Recital

TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor Op. 23
- From the Finals: Concerto Round (with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Roberto Minczuk)       
MENDELSSOHN Sonata for cello and piano No. 2 in D major Op. 58
- From the Semi-Finals: Collaborative Recital (with Johannes Moser)

The Romantic repertoire is uniquely suited to Pavel's gifts - a style of playing that's both technically clean and emotionally tender, with a playful quality to his performance that illuminates the spirit of the music. The Honens International Piano Competition offers the world's richest prize of it's kind - a cool $100,000 top prize along with a series of prizes for semi-finalists - so it's no surprise that it has attracted the real cream of the crop of young talent in the classical piano field since it's inception in 1992.

The first CD of solo pieces showcases the complete ease with which he tackles the emotional and technical range of the Romantics. His rendering of the familiar Beethoven Moonlight Sonata is full of expression underneath its adroit brilliance. He shifts moods easily and truly dazzles on occasion; the third movement (Presto Agitato) is a stand out. Schumann's Kinderszenen (Op. 15) is a showcase for his mix of skills. He plays them with drama and flair and - with a $100k purse on the line - actually sounds like he's having fun with them. His Chopin is fluid but imbued with just the right shade of gravitas too - above all, you feel the sparkling, lyrical beauty of the piece and that's just the point.

Disk Two features Pavel with other musicians and his gift of sensitivity is no less at work. He plays the Tchaikovsky concerto with a great sense of panache, fully conscious of the power of the music and its theatricality, bringing it to a rousing flourish at the end. He captures the varied moods of Mendelssohn's concerto, performed with cellist Johannes Moser, from its bright and exuberant opening through its more reflective end.

Pavel seems to possess an organic sense of all the music - it lives in him in what must have been remarkable live performances. In fact, you will forget the circumstances of the competition until the wild applause at the end of each piece.

He began music studies with violin and piano at age six, and played both instruments before concentrating solely on piano after ten years.  Pavel currently studies at Moscow State Conservatory with Sergey Dorensky and at London’s Royal College of Music with Norma Fisher and has been playing as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe since his recital debut in 2008. Interestingly, he is also passionate about literature and writes short stories.

About Honens
In 1991, philanthropist Esther Honens established the Honens International Piano Competition Foundation in her hometown of Calgary, Canada with a gift of $5 million CAN.  Her dream was to discover and launch the careers of the world’s most promising pianists—a dream that has become a Canadian success story.  Honens winners are critically acclaimed throughout the world and the triennial Competition awards the largest prize of its kind—$100,000 cash and an artist development program valued at a half million dollars. The Eighth Honens Competition takes place in 2015.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Jason Priestley Stars in David Mamet's RACE April 7 to May 5 2013 in Toronto

From a media release:

Jason Priestley returns to the stage in
David Mamet’s RACE at Canadian Stage

Daniel Brooks directs at the Bluma Appel Theatre
from April 7 to May 5, 2013

Special event - NOW talks to Jason Priestley March 28, 2013

Toronto, ON – Acclaimed actor and international film and television star Jason Priestley (Call me Fitz, Beverly Hills, 90210) returns to the stage in his first live theatre role since 2000 in Canadian Stage’s production of RACE, by award-winning playwright David Mamet. Directed by Daniel Brooks and co-starring Matthew Edison (Murdoch Mysteries, Saving Hope), Cara Ricketts (Stratford Festival, Cruel and Tender) and Nigel Shawn Williams (Topdog/Underdog, Cruel and Tender), the play will be on stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre from April 7 to May 5, 2013 (opening and media night: April 11).

“Performing live on stage is an incredible thrill, especially when given such an exhilarating role,” said Priestley, who will play shrewd lawyer Jack Lawson. “I am very excited to get back on stage with a group of very talented Canadian performers.”

RACE, programmed as part of the theatre company’s 25th anniversary season in a nod to the organization’s roots (the first play featured by the newly amalgamated Canadian Stage 25 years ago was Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross), is a gripping and provocative drama written to spark debate. When the wealthy (and white) Charles Strickland (Edison) is accused of raping a young black woman, he seeks representation from the only lawyers in town willing to take his case – a firm that boasts two ruthless, whip-smart attorneys – one white, one black. With crackling wit and shocking dialogue, Mamet lays bare a corrupt legal system and a simmering sexual and racial rage that permeates North American culture.

“Mamet’s play is loaded with social, racial and gender-based politics that he presents through this script as an addition to our society’s discussion of race,” said Artistic & General Director Matthew Jocelyn. “With the careful, creative guidance of Daniel Brooks and the precise work of an exciting and brilliant Canadian cast, we hope that sharing this tough and compelling piece helps contribute to this important conversation.”

Along with the play itself, Mamet offers specific details outlining production regulations, from guidelines about set pieces, sound cues and lighting to parameters around post-show conversations. Set and costume designer Debra Hanson creates a simple, non-realistic office space that focuses on the rhetorical arguments posed throughout the show.

RACE will be on stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front St. E). Performances run Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. with matinees on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. The performance runs 100 minutes with no intermission. Tickets from $24 to $99 are available online, by phone at 416.368.3110 or in person at the box office. For details visit  

About RACE
A Canadian Stage Production; April 7 to May 5; Opening night: April 11
RACE is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Co-Production Sponsor: TD Bank
Radio Sponsors: AM 740 and Classical 96.3

Jack Lawson - Jason Priestley
Charles Strickland - Matthew Edison
Susan - Cara Ricketts
Henry Brown - Nigel Shawn Williams

Written by David Mamet
Director Daniel Brooks

Shows and Tickets:
Subscriptions and tickets may be purchased by phone at 416.368.3110, in person at Canadian Stage’s Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front St. E.) or Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley St.) or online at

Abigail Washburn Kicks Off New York Voices Series At Joe's Pub March 28-30 2013

From a media release:


New York, NY—Clawhammer banjo player, composer and singer ABIGAIL WASHBURN will debut POST-AMERICAN GIRL at Joe’s Pub at The Public March 28 – 30 as part of NEW YORK VOICES, the popular commission series designed to help musicians make the leap from songwriting and performance to theatrical production. Washburn’s new stage piece is about an American girl coming-of-age in a swiftly changing global order. It features folk arts of China and Appalachia in shadow puppetry, sacred harp song, traditional music as well as new compositions. Tickets are on-sale at

NEW YORK VOICES adds to The Public’s wide range of contemporary stagings at its downtown home at Astor Place. Washburn is the first of three artists to debut a new work-in-progress at Joe’s Pub in 2013 during the NEA-supported program’s second season. Downtown cabaret star BRIDGET EVERETT and the world-renowned dance company NOCHE FLAMENCA will debut work later this year. Previous NEW YORK VOICES artists include ETHAN LIPTON whose 2011 NEW YORK VOICES premiere No Place To Go, an intelligent and hilarious meditation on loss and confusion during the recession, went on to win an Obie Award.

POST-AMERICAN GIRL draws from Washburn’s 17-year relationship with China and addresses themes of expanding identity, cultural relativism, pilgrimage, today’s shifting world order, the universal appeal of music and opening the heart big enough to fold it all in. “I started going back and forth between China and America in 1996 and have hoped for a chance to dive headlong into a fuller expression of this journey and the lessons learned,” said WASHBURN. “My artistry is expanding inexplicably because of New York Voices. Joe's Pub and The Public have created an opportunity to expand my artistic vision by freeing me up to think unabashedly about ways to merge my musical and personal journey with theatrical performance.”

NEW YORK VOICES provides artists with the space, time and financial support needed to develop new work that connects them with their fans and contemporaries. For the 2013 season, Joe’s Pub has expanded the program through the addition of a development workshop with The Public Theater’s artistic staff. POST-AMERICAN GIRL will be directed by MEIYIN WANG, Associate Artistic Producer of The Public’s Under The Radar.

“When it came time to select this year’s commissions, I knew Abigail would be one of them. She is a phenomenal storyteller and musician with a tireless commitment to her work,” said SHANTA THAKE, Director of Joe’s Pub at The Public. “In Post-American Girl, Abigail manages to stitch together the personal and the political in such a beautiful way that you can’t help but understand the urgency and poignancy of this story. No Mandarin required.”

“Joe’s Pub has been one of the most successful ventures The Public has ever undertaken, offering support and a venue to literally thousands of artists over the last 14 years,” said Public Theater Artistic Director OSKAR EUSTIS. “The New York Voices series has also been a triumph, producing in its inaugural season an Obie Award winning show which went into the Public’s mainstage season and is now touring the nation. We expect great things from the second season.”

POST-AMERICAN GIRL explores how a contemporary young American woman brings her conflicted feelings and simultaneous love of a changing China together with similar conflicted feelings and love of her own country's culture. It is the story of an expanding worldview, told through the lens of cross-cultural anecdotes, alongside hope for the future as expressed to her unborn child.

The production will include Chinese Theatre Works' KUANG YU FONG (founder and Master Vocalist); STEPHEN KAPLIN (Puppeteer & Set Design); composer, violinist and violist JEREMY KITTEL; Chinese percussion master TIAN GANG; cellist TRISTAN CLARIDGE, actress JENNIFER LIM and Guzheng master WANG JUNLING. Watch Washburn discuss ongoing efforts to improve US-China relations during the TED Fellow Talk at TED 2012 in Long Beach:

For more information on POST-AMERICAN GIRL, please visit:

Sinister Cinema Series Monthly March 27 - June 19 2013 at a Cineplex Odeon Near You

From a media release:

Cineplex Entertainment and Raven Banner
Launch New Monthly Horror Series

Sinister Cinema brings the best in genre horror to the Canadian big screen
March 27 - June 19, 2013

• Tickets are available now at participating theatre box offices and online at
Check for participating theatres in BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario & Quebec

(Toronto, ON) – Cineplex Entertainment’s Front Row Centre Events and Raven Banner announce the launch of Sinister Cinema, a cutting-edge series of art house quality genre cinema.

Sinister Cinema will bring a series of independent horror films to 25 Cineplex theatres across Canada.  The films will include unique content, and in some cases, special appearances, including live question and answer sessions with directors, pre-recorded interviews and more.

“It’s a real honour for us to work with Cineplex,” said Raven Banner’s Managing Partner, Michael Paszt. “Sinister Cinema will expose Canadians to a different type of horror film – one that falls outside the typical realm of larger distributors.”

“Today’s announcement is a big win for Canadian horror fans,” said Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment.  “We know fans of this genre are going to be incredibly excited about this new series.”

Sinister Cinema – Launch Films

March 27, 2013 - John Dies At The End
In John Dies at the End, it’s all about the soy sauce, a drug that promises an out-of-body experience.  Users drift across time and dimensions. But some come back no longer human. Suddenly, a silent, otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead are John (Rob Mayes) and David (Chase Williamson), a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can they stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can't.  Adapted from David Wong’s audacious horror novel, John Dies at the End is written and directed by Don Coscarelli and also stars Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman and Paul Giamatti.

About the director:  Born in Tripoli in 1954 and raised in Southern California, Coscarelli made his first feature length film, Jim, the World’s Greatest, when he was 19. However, Coscarelli is best known for Phantasm and its successful sequels, which spawned a rabid cult of fans worldwide. With Phantasm, he created one of the most original myths in modern horror, and in 2002, turned Elvis into the protagonist of the fantastic odyssey Bubba Ho-Tep, for which he received the Bram Stoker Award for best screenplay.

May 9, 2013 - The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh (Rue Morgue Cinema)
The feature film directorial debut of Rue Morgue magazine founder and publisher, Rodrigo Gudiño, stars Aaron Poole and Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave.  The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh tells the story of Leon, an antiques collector who inherits a house from his estranged mother, only to discover that she had been living in a shrine devoted to a mysterious cult.

“Magnificent. A whole new direction in which to take the narrative experience in filmmaking.” – Clive Barker

About the director: Rodrigo Gudiño is founding editor and president of the Rue Morgue horror-themed entertainment empire. He has been at the helm of the company since its inception in 1997 and is the publisher of Toronto-based Rue Morgue magazine and senior coordinator of the Rue Morgue Festival of Fear National Horror Expo. Gudiño directed three highly acclaimed short films, including The Facts In the Case of Mister Hollow. His shorts were selected in more than 50 international film festivals, have garnered more than 25 awards, and were nominated at Canada’s Genie Awards.

May 30, 2013 - American Mary
From IndustryWorks Pictures comes one of the year’s most horrific highlights, American Mary tells the story of broke med student Mary Mason (Katharine Isabelle) who grows increasingly disenchanted with medical school and the doctors she once admired. The allure of easy money sends a desperate Mary through the messy world of underground surgeries that leaves more marks on her than her so-called freakish clientele... Smart, sexy, funny and stunning to look at, American Mary features a standout lead performance from horror icon Katharine Isabelle (‘Ginger Snaps’, ‘Insomnia’, ‘Freddy vs. Jason’), and notable performances by Antonio Cupo (‘Bomb Girls’, ‘Dark Angel’, ‘Elegy’), Paula Lindberg (‘Fringe’, ‘Supernatural’, ‘Iron Man the TV series’), David Lovgren (‘Masters of Horror’, ‘Supernatural’, ‘Stargate: Atlantis’) and newcomers Tristen Risk as the disturbingly loveable Beatress and Twan Holliday as Mary’s confidant, protector and bff Lance. A film not to be missed and what and reviewers are calling ‘A true Modern Day Horror’.

About the Directors: Canadian twin sisters, Jen and Sylvia Soska, aka The Twisted Twins, started off studying at a film school where they made a short that would be the embryo of their first feature film ‘Dead Hooker in a Trunk’ which earned the attention of filmmaker Eli Roth. With some insight from IndustryWorks, ‘Dead Hooker in a Trunk’ landed in the worldwide hands of IFC for their IFC Midnight Series. For their follow up film, American Mary, the twins came armed with horror and sci-fi industry talent bringing the most unique characters to life, the undeniably skilled Director of Photography Brian Pearson (‘Drive Angry’, ‘I Robot’, ‘Final Destination 5’, ‘My Bloody Valentine’), and a top notch crew, making American Mary the year’s most talked about horror film.

June 19, 2013- No One Lives
From Pathe and WWE Studios - Fourteen students appear brutally murdered and the crime scene offers no clues as to the whereabouts of the one person who could be the only survivor, a young woman named Emma. Months later, bandits attack a young couple’s car, only to discover the frightened Emma. Rubbing their hands at the prospect of ransom payday, they don’t realize that those who appeared to be prey are far less defenseless than they seem.  Director Ryuhei Kitamura continues his American adventure with No One Lives, a violent and ingenious thriller, manipulating all the genre conventions past and future to his taste.

About the director: Ryuhei Kitamura - Osaka, 1969. One of the cult names in contemporary Japanese cinema, Kitamura drew the attention of genre fans with the ultragore and hyper-kinetic Versus. Other titles in his filmography are Alive, Azumi, Sky High, Godzilla: Final Wars, and The Midnight Meat Train.

Web Series Guidestones Garners International Emmy Nomination

From a media release:

Emmy Nominated GUIDESTONES Transforms Digital Viewing Experience
Web Series Allows Audience to Follow Storyline with Full Interactivity

Toronto, ON- Nominated for an International Emmy, Guidestones is an interactive web series that creates a cutting-edge viewing experience.  The International Emmys, a membership based organization comprised of leading media and entertainment figures from around the world will be presented April 8th in Cannes, France.

Written and directed by Jay Ferguson, Guidestones,  follows journalism students Sandy (Supinder Wraich) and Trevor (Dan Fox) as they plunge into a world of mystery. Inspired by true events, the series begins with the suspicious death of a scientist, as Sandy and Trevor uncover the clues they are lead to the discovery of a global conspiracy surrounding the Georgia Guidestones, a monument nestled in rural Georgia, inscribed with directions for rebuilding civilization after the apocalypse.

Blurring the line between reality and fiction, Guidestones is a fast-paced thriller featuring 50, three-minute visually stunning episodes.  Each episode encourages the audience to engage with the storyline through a variety of clues and hidden messages. When searched online, these clues reveal a vast amount of bonus materials including over three hours of additional videos and 34 original websites, all which allow the audience to solve the mystery along with the protagonists or in some cases ahead of them.  Viewers are offered two ways to engage, push and linear.  The push version allows viewers to sign-up for an e-mail notification, which delivers episodes in “real time” as the story develops. The linear option allows viewers to watch the entire series at once.

Guidestones has received 14 nominations from internationally recognized organizations including the Emmy's, and recently won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Original Program or Series Produced for Digital Media.  The series has also received a “Rockie” Award at the Banff World Media Festival and Digi Award as well as earning five nominations at the International Academy of Web Television Awards at the Consumer Electronics Show.  Shot on location in Canada, India and the United States, Guidestones was released in February 2012 and has since received international recognition and rave-reviews.  The highly anticipated second season is currently in production.

About Jay Ferguson
Jay Ferguson is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker who has contributed as a writer, director, producer and cinematographer to over 15 feature films. He is the President of 3‘, an entertainment production company that focuses on original, high quality, serialized content for distribution via the Internet and mobile devices.

• Journalism student Sandy Rai (Supinder Wraich) discovering clues in India in Guidestones.
• Sandy (Supinder Wraich) and Trevor (Dan Fox) at the site of the Georgia Guidestones in Guidestones.

Toronto Film News: It's A Wrap for Sci-Fi Thriller 'Debug'

From a media release:

Toronto film news:

Toronto. Producer Steve Hoban of Copperheart Entertainment announced that principal photography has wrapped on Debug, a film written and directed by actor David Hewlett (Cube, Rise of the Apes, “Stargate Atlantis”,). Debug, Hewlett’s second feature film, stars Jeananne Goossen (The Vow, “Alcatraz”), Jason Momoa (Conan the Barbarian, Bullet to the Head, “Game of Thrones”), Adam Butcher (Wolves, Mirror, Mirror,), Kjartan Hewitt (Scott Pilgrim vs the World, This Movie is Broken), Sidney Leeder (Goon), Jaydn Wong (Cosmopolis), Adrian Holmes (Elysium, Red Riding Hood) and Kyle Mac (Carrie). Produced by Steven Hoban (Splice, Wolves, Haunter) and executive produced by Mark Smith (Haunter, 388 Arletta Ave.), Jane Loughman (A Dog’s Breakfast, The Trial of Ben Barry) and John Raymonds (Haunter, Trust Me) Debug was filmed at Pinewood Studios in Toronto, with release slated for early 2014.

Deep space. Six young hackers on a grueling work release program attempt to clear out - debug - the computer systems of a massive derelict space freighter. They quickly fall prey to the ship's vengeful artificial intelligence, a program that would kill to be human.  As the fractious team is forced to match wits with this rogue program, they discover that the ship holds a deadly secret, and a fate far worse than death.

David Hewlett says: “My father took me to see Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 for my 10th birthday.  I have been enthralled by Hal, and the possibility of sentient artificial intelligence, ever since. Debug is 2001 from Hal’s perspective.”

Cinematography by Gavin Smith (Wolves, 388 Arletta Avenue), production design by Michelle Lannon (Compulsion), costume design by Patrick Antosh (Wolves, Haunter).

DEBUG is produced with the financial participation of Telefilm Canada and the Ontario Media Development Corporation.

Entertainment One has acquired Canadian rights to the film.

Soup Can Theatre Double Bill: A Hand of Bridge & No Exit March 27 to 30 2013

From a media release:

Samuel Barber's
A Hand of Bridge
(Libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti)


Jean Paul Sartre's
(Translation by Stuart Gilbert)

A Special Double Bill Presentation!
March 27th to 30th 2013
at the Tapestry New Opera Studio in the Historic Distillery District

Tix here

"... Hell is Other People ..."

TORONTO - Soup Can Theatre is proud to present a bold and genre-blending double bill: Celebrated American composer Samuel Barber’s playful, compact, and contemporary opera A Hand of Bridge (libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti), and renowned existential philosopher and Nobel Prize-winning playwright Jean Paul Sartre’s dark and groundbreaking masterpiece No Exit (translation by Stuart Gilbert).

Barber (best known for his stirring Adagio for Strings) premiered this tuneful and bite-sized opera in 1959 in Spoleto, Italy as part of the ‘Festival of New Worlds’. Set in the midst of a game of bridge being played by two emotionally-strained, upper middle-class couples, A Hand of Bridge weaves together quintessential operatic themes, such as jealousy, envy, and unrequited love, with unexpected and unapologetically intimate topics (for the time), such as marital infidelity and bisexuality. Director and Music Director Pratik Gandhi comments, “The music is quite charming and is a great example of mid-20th century eclecticism, bridging centuries-old traditions with new and unconventional ideas - including some drawn from popular music. The approachable nature of Barber's score belies the more poignant and striking moments that form the core of the libretto, giving their delivery a surprisingly strong impact.”

In Sartre’s No Exit, three recently deceased strangers with shadowy pasts find themselves trapped together in a room in Hell with only three chairs and a grotesque bronze sculpture as the sum total of their new existence. The trio quickly realize that torture and eternal torment do not come at the hands of demons with hot pokers, but rather from each other’s words, thoughts, urges, and actions. Even though No Exit was written in 1944, it still manages to reflect present day issues with chilling accuracy. Director Sarah Thorpe elaborates: “With bullying frequently making front page news, and the realm of social media acting as a playground for anonymous harassment, Sartre’s central idea that “Hell is other people” is, sadly, just as true today as it was six decades ago. The psychological universality of this works is a testament to its importance and insight – and one of the reasons we are excited to share it with the public.”

Bringing these classic works to life is a remarkable cast – all rising stars in their respective fields of opera and theatre - backed by a live fourteen piece orchestra. Enhancing the emotionally claustrophobic flavour of the two pieces, Soup Can Theatre’s production will be performed in the round on a custom built stage in the Tapestry New Opera Studio, located in Toronto’s beautiful and historic Distillery District.

Two genres, two classic works, one unforgettable evening.

Performance Details:

Tapestry New Opera Studio
9 Trinity Street, Studio 315
Distillery Historic District
Toronto, Ontario, M5A 3C4

Wednesday March 27th, 7:30 pm
Thursday March 28th, 7:30 pm
Friday March 29th (Good Friday), 2:00 pm*
Friday March 29th, 7:30 pm
Saturday March 30th, 2:00 pm
Saturday March 30th, 7:30 pm

Tickets range from $16 to $25. Student/Senior/Arts Worker discounts are available.
Tickets can be purchased at

*This performance does not include A Hand of Bridge and has been discounted accordingly.

Alvaro Vazquez Robles – ‘Bill’ (A Hand of Bridge)
Carolyn Hall – ‘Estelle’ (No Exit)
Daniel Pagett – ‘Garcin’ (No Exit)
Keith O’Brien* – ‘David’ (A Hand of Bridge)
Ryan Anning – ‘The Valet’ (No Exit)
Shilpa Sharma – ‘Sally’ (A Hand of Bridge)
Taylor Strande – ‘Geraldine’ (A Hand of Bridge)
Tennille Read – ‘Inez’ (No Exit)

*Keith O’Brien appears courtesy of the Canadian Actors' Equity Association

Pratik Gandhi – Director / Music Director (A Hand of Bridge)
Sarah Thorpe – Director (No Exit), Co-Producer
Justin Haigh – Dramaturge / Sound Designer / Set Co-Designer (No Exit), Co-Producer

Friday, March 15, 2013

aluCine Toronto Latin Film+Media Arts Festival Toronto March 21-31 2013

From a media release:

aluCine 2013
March 21-31, 2013 in Toronto

The aluCine Toronto Latin Film+Media Arts Festival is Canada’s longest-running Latin film festival. The festival functions as a vital Canadian outlet for emerging and established Latin filmmakers living in Canada, Latin America and the diaspora, while our year-round screenings, symposiums and workshops promote the development of Latin film and culture in Toronto. In all of its endeavors, aluCine strives to transgress aesthetic, ideological and geographical borders and to transcend pre-established notions of representation as they pertain to Latin American culture in Canada.

The 13th aluCine Toronto Latin Film + Media Arts Festival returns to heat up Toronto from March 21st to 31st. The 10-day festival will feature 77 short and feature films presented at The Jackman Hall within The Art Gallery of Ontario, along with our famous program of family-friendly Shorts for Shorties screenings at The Wychwood Theatre, artist’s talks, workshops, gallery instillations and parties at some of the city’s hottest nightlife venues on Queen West and in Kensington Market. This year, the festival will feature a special focus on AfroLatinidad. Film screenings start with March 27th’s Opening Gala, featuring the Canadian premiere of Juan Andrés Arango’s breathtaking feature debut, La Playa DC, arriving in Toronto from Colombia by way of Cannes.

Trailer (please note it's Vimeo so you may have to refresh the page to see it - I always do):
aluCine Sizzle Reel from aluCine Festival on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

New Single: KAE SUN launching live: Ship and The Globe at the Rivoli Toronto March 14 2013

From a media release:

Batuki Music Society presents KAE SUN launching live: Ship and The Globe, the first single off his upcoming album AFRIYIE
at the Rivoli on Thursday March 14, 2013.

opening: Ayo Leilani and Jamilah (Pan Fried Afrika)

Ghana-born, Toronto-based musician-songwriter Kae Sun launches live in concert the first single "Ship and The Globe" from his next full-length album AFRIYIE, produced by Kae Sun and Science!, and set for release mid-year.

Kae’s latest work explores themes of spiritual growth, fearless exploration, and vulnerability. As the artist explains, "The way I came to music was part of a bigger search. Exploration and fearless expression was a part of a spiritual journey for me and continues to be. It was never initially about a career or a certain style or anything like that. It was about easing anxiety and being closer to God. In that sense I'm always creating to satisfy that part of me. The songs on this record are deeply personal for that very reason."

This new effort by the singer-songwriter builds on the success of his previous releases. For his 2011 EP Outside the Barcode, Kae Sun was inspired by the return to his native homeland Ghana. After nine years of living in Canada, he found a renewed drive for creating the raw and non-commoditized artistic experiences that shaped his passion for music.

2009’s Lion on a Leash, the well-received LP that landed on the iTunes 2009 Rewind List and earned esteemed reviews from Exclaim, The Montreal Gazette, Okayafrica, as well as gaining recognition on many critics' lists for top indie release of the year. The success of Kae’s work has led him to play venues and festivals across Canada, UK, Dubai and Ghana.

AYO LEILANI is a local singer/songwriter and producer. Leilani has successfully carved out a niche in the city’s indie scene. Her musical style ranges from hip hop to soulful house and offers her listeners sweet sounds without all the added preservatives. Leilani speaks to the complexities of life with songs about social justice, power, love and relationships.

KAE SUN with Ayo Leilani and Jamilah (Pan Fried Afrika)
Thursday March 14, 2013
The Rivoli – 334 Queen St. W. Toronto
Doors: 9 PM Show: 10 PM
Tickets: $12 ADV | $15 door

Batuki Music Society gratefully acknowledges the support of Canadian Heritage and the Ontario Arts Council.


From a media release:


SOUTH AFRICA - ZIMSA CULTURAL VIBES is a diverse group of nine artists (five of them musicians) plus guest artists based in South Africa but with ties to Zimbabwe and beyond.

We were brought together by a shared talent for performance and a love of music and began by playing on the street corners of Polokwane, a city in the Limpopo province of, South Africa. We quickly began garnering a following that led to club and stadium performances, including one before thousands of soccer fans at the Peter Mokaba stadium in Limpopo during the Vodacom Challenge Cup Final. Collectively, we offer a vast experience in live performance throughout Southern Africa in Southen African dances, Afro-centric drumming, ethnic music and Afro-ethnic jazz.

We bring a new Afro-centric interpretation of traditional sounds and songs which dates to a time when music was known to have magical properties. ”People sang and had a certain ceremony for rainmaking, appeasing of ancestors, harvesting the crops from the fields - even beer drinking and feasting," says Artistic Director Danmore Kusaya.

Our shows combine entertainment as well as educating the recipients/audience who should feel the goodness of being  under the African Sun and the rich heritage of our diverses cultures.

We bring a dynamic composition of multi-cultural backgrounds to our team and you'll see that in performances that blend various typical African choreography and rhythms. Our members play various instruments including Mbira, hosho, mbira in calabash (to amplify) and deze. Zimsa believes in and promotes cultural exchanges through festivals and other opportunities.

Performances include dance and traditional music along with diverse contemporary interpretations and expressions. Our members include visual artist Tawanda thebrownman Mhandu - shown here in a video live sand sketching on lightbox with Joel Karabo Elliott on live guitar, trombone, voice at the Sustainable Living Festival in Hoedspruit, South Africa, Sept 2011:



 Our Director Danmore Kusaya brings several years of cutting edge experience in Direct Marketing Communications and brand promotions together with his passion for the arts and culture.

Immediate and future plans include more touring farther afield and recording an album.

Email contact

Monday, March 11, 2013

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company Spring 2013 Toronto Performances

From a media release:

The new season brings
Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company
to new heights and new audiences

March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
April 25-28, 2013 - Annual Toronto Season - World Premiere of Portales

TORONTO : Following on the heels of Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company's (EESDC) 30th anniversary year where its production Aguas/Waters was named one of the top five dance shows of 2012 by NOW Magazine, the early months of 2013 are full of excitement and possibility for Esmeralda and the company, which brings the finest flamenco and Spanish Classical Dance to Toronto stages.

March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
Company dancers Esmeralda Enrique and Paloma Cortés perform Spanish Classical dance with the celebrated Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir for A Night in Madrid featuring the Iberian flavoured music of composer Luigi Boccherini who made his home in Spain. His work is infused with the sounds of Spanish and gypsy folk music.

March 20-24 at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M5S 1X7. Performance times: Wed at 7pm; Thurs-Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3:30pm.  For tickets and info visit

April 25-28, 2013 - Annual Toronto Season - World Premiere of Portales
The award-winning Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company never fails to mesmerize while delivering the contagious excitement and full breadth of feelings that flamenco expresses through dance, music and song. Canadian and Spanish dancers and musicians collaborate to create a new world premiere production.

PORTALES - Flamenco opens the door to the most noble of human possibilitiesŠthe ability to dream.
Choreography by: Esmeralda Enrique, El Junco, Juan Ogalla and flamenco master Manuel Betanzos
Company Artists: Esmeralda Enrique (dancer), Pamela Briz (dancer), Paloma Cortés (dancer) Chris Church (violin), El Junco (dancer; from Jerez, Spain) Nicolás Hernández (guitar), Noelia La Morocha (dancer), Oscar Lago (guitar; from Cádiz, Spain), Dora Award-winning Juan Ogalla (dancer; from Cádiz, Spain), Naike Ponce (singer; from Sanlúcar, Spain), Manuel Soto (singer; from Jerez, Spain)

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company presents the world premiere of
Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West, 3rd Floor
Harbourfront Centre's NextSteps Dance Series
April 25-28; Performances Thurs-Sat at 8PM; Sunday 3PM
Tickets: $25-$43 ($21.50-$28.50 students, seniors)
Box Office: 416-973-4000 or

CD Release & U.S. Tour: South Africa's Freshly Ground in New York City March 16 2013

From a media release:

CD Release & U.S. Tour
Pushing the Boundaries: Freshlyground’s Catchy Global Pop Inverts the Remix and Expands Sonic Horizons on
Take Me to the Dance (Word Of Mouth Music)

Live at the Apollo Theater, Harlem - New York City March 16, 2013 (Part of the Africa Now Celebration)
• Other U.S. Dates listed below

From the hot banter of a late-night radio DJ (“Mina noBhiza”) to the blistering bass of kwaito house (“Nomthandazo”), from American country-inspired harmonies to urbane beats, South Africa’s Freshlyground welcome it all. From wildly diverse raw sonic materials, the band crafts catchy, danceable songs that shimmer with layers of guitar, rich strings, and multipart harmonies on Take Me to the Dance (Wommusic; March 12, 2013), produced by Steve Berlin.

Wry and sensual, deeply personal yet taking on political complexity, the music of this seven-member collective has finally embraced every sound the band loves. “We opened up our sound with this record, really tapped into something else and spread our wings a little bit,” recalls violinist Kayla-Rose Smith. “We captured diversity of the band, and found a more global, cosmopolitan feel, while keeping a common thread running through the record.”

Some of the band’s signature elements—outspoken, vivid lyrics; sparkling afropop guitar; irrepressible grooves—unite songs that dance from club anthems (“Take Me to the Dance”) to delightfully quirky Xhosa/Afrikaans rockers (“Party Time”). The band’s looser, upbeat jams have tightened up, finding a taut energy that pushes at but never violates the boundaries of a damn fine pop song.

This energy bursts out of Take Me to the Dance, and will be in full effect at Freshlyground’s live shows, which American audiences in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Northampton MA, and Burlington VT will get to savor this March 2013.

Caught in South Africa’s remote, arid Karoo region, camped out in a small local theater, Freshlyground threw caution to the wind and simply got into the groove. Guided by the low-key, spot-on advice of veteran rock producer and Los Lobos keyboardist and saxophonist Steve Berlin, the band got to places in the studio they’d never quite managed before.

Known for their collaboration with Shakira (the infamous World Cup anthem “Waka Waka”), Freshlyground came together in the bohemian Cape Town music scene, made up of players from different ethnic and musical backgrounds and of different generations. Fronted by a dynamic, big-voiced singer and lyricist of Xhosa heritage, the band hails from across Southern Africa and incorporates instruments that rarely take the lead in pop configurations.

“We’ve always been different from other bands, in part because we have the flute and violin as mainstays,” notes the Zimbabwe-born, classically trained Simon Attwell, who plays flute and mbira (thumb piano) in the group. “That’s always been integral to what we’re about and what people enjoyed: the mix of different influences and instruments.”

But the band’s freewheeling, democratic approach need an injection of new energy. Turning away from their usual open-ended jam sessions, the band had worked separately on material, cutting rough demo tracks on home computers, or working out parts by sending files back and forth. Hunks of this gritty, sometimes lo-fi material made it into Take Me to the Dance’s finished track, adding a fresh dimension to the band’s sounds.

“Some of the songs were in almost finished form, but the setting influenced what came out,” explains lead singer Zolani Mahola. “Even though there was time pressure, there was also a feeling of this generosity of space. It informed the recording. It’s not a tangible thing, but it really lent the whole process an ease that shows.”

The process was eased by Berlin, who flew down to South Africa for a few weeks to record. His guidance proved vital to getting the record done. “Democracy, even with only seven people, is cumbersome, and we needed him to put his foot down, as someone we respected,” says drummer Peter Cohen with a laugh. “We might have needed two years if left to our normal ways.

“With a band of seven brilliant musicians, sometimes you really just need an arbiter who doesn’t have a stake in the game, who doesn’t have an emotional history tied up in the proceedings,” Berlin reflects. “It wasn’t so much a fresh approach, but another voice, someone who wasn’t part of the band.”

Yet Berlin did encourage experimentation that proved both fruitful and fun. “When we were trying to record ‘Party Time,’ we were all in the control room discussing it with Steve and talking about how we’re going to do it. While we did, we started jamming. Peter was playing a box and Simon took up the ukulele. Steve thought it sounded great, so we recorded it, right there.”

“We wanted to make that song work, but we couldn’t really find the way,” Cohen notes. “Steve had us just try it, so casually, and it finally clicked.”

They also tried an innovative approach to collaborating with a dancefloor DJ, South African DJ Headroom, known for his trance tracks. Instead of sending a finished set of tracks for Headroom to remix, the band opted for something different, that lends songs like “Take Me to the Dance” their distinct balance of organic and electronic.

“The band decided we should just send Headroom demos, the cool and not always finished ideas they had,” explains Berlin. “He would send it back to us and we would make songs from the building blocks he had treated. That made it much closer to what the band is. It was a remix inverted.” By turning things on their head, Freshlyground has pushed the boundaries of global pop.

Freshlyground 2013 US Tour
March 16, Sat, New York, NY Apollo Theatre
March 17, Sun, Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
March 19, Tue, Northampton, MA Iron Horse
March 20, Wed, Burlington, VT Higher Ground
March 22, Fri, Philadelphia, PA World Café

Sublime Sufi Strings: Turkish Lute Master Erdal Erzincan March 12 2013 in New York City

From a media release:

Live@365, 2012-2013 Concert Series (NYC) Sublime Sufi Strings:
Turkish Lute Master Erdal Erzincan Plays and Sings Solo for First Time in U.S.

Turkish Sufi Improvisations: Erdal Erzincan
The Graduate Center Elebash Hall, 365 Fifth Avenue (bet. 34th and 35th St)
Tickets $25; $20 for Graduate Center Members and Students (contact 212-817-8215 for discount information)
March 12, 2013 in New York City

Spread by itinerant minstrels across Turkey, the baglama (pear-shaped lute) plays a key part in both folk music and sacred Sufi ceremony, where it is perceived as a powerful way to connect with the divine.

Baglama virtuoso and vocalist Erdal Erzincan, like his favored instrument, bridges these two sides of Turkish musical tradition, making three courses of strings resonate with spiritual meaning and sonic intricacy. A thoughtful Sufi practitioner and subtle player, Erzincan performs Alevi Sufi ceremonial music and song, uniting it with the musicality of a highly trained, widely traveled performer.

On March 12, 2013, in his first solo performance in the U.S. performing Turkish Sufi Improvisations, Erzincan will kick off the spring portion of Live@365, a new world music series produced by Isabel Soffer/Live Sounds (full details at The full range of Erzincan’s playing will be wonderfully audible at Elebash Hall, with its intimate space and excellent acoustics.

Sufi lineages have long used music as a way to bring together the individual and the great mystery of God. Transporting the performer and listener through exquisite sounds and focused trance, the Alevis, like the better-known Melevis, developed musical traditions that have since seeped into secular celebrations, as Alevi song and instrumental pieces have become part of weddings and other parties. The baglama forms the heart of Alevi ceremonies, as the instrument is prized for its expressiveness and loaded with symbolism, right down to the number of its strings.

Erzincan will present both the sinuous vocal lines, and the instrumental renditions of their poetic bases, a fascinating feature of Alevi music, in which instruments effectively recite mystic texts. The bold rhythms, accentuating the baglama’s percussive qualities, and soaring melodies both aim to bring listeners to a different, more meditative, more joyous state.

Erzincan’s ability to harness that joy stems in part from his rigorous training. He hails from East Anatolia, where he grew up hearing the mix of sacred and folk traditions he now engages with on stage. An Alevi Sufi himself and a favorite student of revered master Arif Sag, Erzincan studied music both at the Istanbul Conservatory and at Sag’s specialized baglama school. Though well versed in tradition, Erzincan has an ear for innovation, as his collaborations with artists like Kayhan Kalhour (the duo fascinated the audience at the latest globalFEST) and with Western classical ensembles like the Cologne Philharmonic demonstrate.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Amnesty International Films for Change: Rebelle March 14, 2013

From a media release:

Amnesty International Films for Change
March 14, 2013
in Toronto (details below)

Join Amnesty International Toronto's Reel Awareness/Films for Change and the AI UofT Group  for an inspiring night of film as we present the Oscar-nominated film Rebelle (War Witch). 

The story follows Komona, a 14-year old girl in sub—saharan Africa, who was kidnapped forced into a rebel army. The film is a moving portrait of a child soldier from Canadian director Kim Nguyen. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session focused on endemic issues related to violence against women both in Canada and abroad ( speakers TBA).

Rebelle was written and directed by Canadian Kim Ng and largely filmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Rachel Mwanza won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival and she also won the award for Best Actress at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

The film was Canada's entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 85th Academy Awards and was the top winner at the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards, garnering 10 awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor.

Where: Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue
When: Sunday, March 24, 4:00 PM
Cost: PWYC (minimum suggested $7)

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Royal Shakespeare Company's Electrifying Julius Caesar at BAM (Brooklyn) Apr 10-28 2013

From a release:

Julius Caesar
Apr 10—Apr 28, 2013
BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)
Part of 2013 Winter/Spring Season
BAM, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and The Ohio State University present

Julius Caesar
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Gregory Doran

“Feel the heat. The RSC has just set Julius Caesar thrillingly ablaze.” —The Independent (UK)


BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - The world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company returns to BAM with a new twist on Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Set in present-day Africa and featuring an all-black cast, this visionary production echoes recent regime struggles throughout the continent. The first production from the RSC's newly appointed artistic director Gregory Doran, this staging features sets by Michael Vale and live performances of contemporary West African music, fostering the contemporary resonance of this classic political thriller. According to The Guardian (UK), "...Doran's production gives the play's central debate about the necessary political murder a new immediacy."

The Royal Shakespeare Company has made eight previous appearances at BAM, beginning with a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1971 and most recently in 2007 with King Lear, featuring Ian McKellen, and The Seagull.

Composed by Akintayo Akinbode
Choreographed by Diane Alison-Mitchell
Sets and costumes by Michael Vale
Lighting by Vince Herbert
Sound by Jonathan Ruddick

• To purchase tickets, call BAM Ticket Services at  718-636-4100  or visit the BAM Box Office.

In conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Julius Caesar this season, BAM presents a series of five workshops geared toward young theater professionals interested in various aspects of production. Participants are offered a unique, in-depth, and hands-on look at how a play gets mounted – from budgeting to design to production management – and more. By application only.

The 2012 Backstage Seminar program was centered around The Bridge Project’s production of Richard III. Guest speakers included BAM Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo and Executive Vice President Alice Bernstein, as well as Bruce Guthrie, Catherine Zuber, and other members of The Bridge Project’s production team.

• Contact for additional information.

BAM Harvey Theater
RUN TIME: 2hrs 15min
SEASON TICKET PRICE:  Starts at $20 (Apr 10—19 only)

Jazz Great Matthew Shipp at Lula Lounge Toronto March 10 2013

From a media release:

Rough Idea, The Music Gallery and Lula Music and Arts Centre collaborate for the first time to present jazz giant, Matthew Shipp performing with drummer Whit Dickey and bassist Michael Bisio.
Lula Lounge
March 10, 2013
Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
1585 Dundas Street West, Toronto  416 588 0307
$20  adv @, $25 @ the door, $15 for Music Gallery members.

TORONTO - One of the great exponents of progressive African-American jazz over the last 30 years, Matthew Shipp returns to Toronto with his trio on March 10.

Shipp is an internationally renowned player, improviser and pioneer of new electronic tools with jazz. His vision has uplifted many careers in his work as a curator for one of the great modern-day jazz labels, the eclectic and experimental Thirsty Ear. Simply put, he is one of the first names which comes to mind in any conversation about jazz in the last 20 years.

His recently released "Greatest Hits" was named one of the 15 jazz albums to look out for in 2013 by NPR Jazz.

Shipp moved to New York City from his native Delaware in his early twenties. Gaining prominence for his work with the David S. Ware quartet and Roscoe Mitchell's Note Factory, Shipp quickly became one of the leading lights on the New York free jazz scene.

With an impressive discography spanning two decades, Shipp has worked with modern-day jazz titans such as William Parker, Joe Morris, Darius Jones and Susie Ibarra.

In recent years Shipp's collaboration with DJ Spooky brought his work to the attention of new audiences for hip hop, ambient music and noise.

His current trio features Whit Dickey, his partner in Ware's legendary quartet for many years, and Michael Bisio. Their initial recording was 2011's "The Art Of The Improviser" which was followed up by "Elastic Aspects" (Thirtsty Ear) in 2012.

"A galvanizing force among the heirs to jazz's avant-garde movement of the 1960s [who has done] more than just about any other figure of his generation to uphold and advance a jazz aesthetic built upon free improvisation."  -  Andrew Gilbert, The Boston Globe

"For many years now [Shipp] has been seen as one of the key improvisers taking the music forward by creating a language of his own, at once very abstract yet tender."  Stephen Graham, Jazzwise

Piano Trios don't come any better than this.  - All About Jazz

Recently released: Latin Noir; Melancholic Rarities From the Latin Music World

From a media release:

Recently released:
Latin Noir;
Melancholic Rarities From the Latin Music World

Latin Noir invites the listener to an emotional discovery of melancholic rarities from the modern and traditional world of Latin Music

Latin Noir presents the fifth edition of the exclusively packaged Série Noir by Piranha Musik in reference to an established genre for film and literature, darkly illuminating life's brooding, melancholy landscapes.

This compilation features a selection of happy sad musical treasures from Cuba, Argentina, Colombia, New York and both sides of the Mediterranean Sea. If you are looking for hip shakin‘, hands-in-the-air party music for your next holiday cruise, this album is not for you. Latin Noirmuch rather pays a gloomy homage to a new generation of the wretched of the earth and their Sisyphean journeys between shipwreck and redemption, despair and hope.

The various musical styles on this deeply emotional journey span from the earthy, almost tango-like melancholy of the North-Argentinian Accordion via longing love songs of the Cuban Trovato touching laments about boat-refugees in a modern Latin-Mediterranean tinge.

Accordion master and Latin Grammy nominee Chango Spasiuk opens Latin Noir with a tango-like melancholy of Argentinian Chamamé music that fuses complex rhythms of African and Creole-Spanish immigrants with those of indigenous Mbya-Guaraní Indians and Middle European settlers.

The Cuban Guaracha "La Negra Tomasa“ tells a tale about the haunting powers of the Mandinga culture, a tune that was made popular around the world by the Buena Vista SocialClub under the title "Mandinga“

Bonus track "La Patera“ by Watcha Clan concludes the album's journey with an emotional lament about the boat-refugees who try to break the borders between Africa and Europe

The electro-jazz producer and DJ between Catania and Berlin curated Latin Noir with aparticular sicilian perspective: The sea never reveals all its secrets...

About the tracks:
1. Chango Spasiuk “Tierra Colorada” - Argentinian accordion master and Latin Grammy nominee seeks redemption crossing the red land.
2. Seguidores Del Son “Todo Eso” - In this classic “Son Montuno“ (from the Hinterland) African and Spanish cultural heritage combine to say "That's all folks“ the Latin way.
3. Eddie Bobè feat. Orlando "Puntilla“ Rios “Rumba Para Los Olu Bata”- New York's Central Park has been the meeting place for celebrating the Caribbean rumba tradition despite regular harassments by the authorities. Nuyorican and Cuban musicians come together to remember.
4. Ana Cristina Pozo & Omar Perez “Déjame Me Que Te Lleve” - Let me take you with me on a journey through the kingdom of time and hope. A "Canción“ from the "Trova“ tradition intoned by the Cuban Troubadour Duo.
5. Conjunto Campesino Cuyaguateje “La Cola De Tu Caimán” - The band took its name from a small Cuban river and sing about riding the back of a caimán in "Música Campesina“ (Country Music) style.
6. Estudiantina Invasora “Commandante Che Guevara” - Santiago de Cuba's finest remember the ghost of the revolution between promise, displacement, and t-shirt iconism.
7. Maurice El Médioni meets Roberto Rodriguez “Oh! Ma Belle” - Grandmaster of the pianoriental meets Cuban super drummer. Dreaming together in exile of roots that never were.
8. Son del Mayabeque “Runidera” - The trumpet takes lead when the "Son“ hits town. Ignacio Pineiro, one of the founding fathers of modern Cuban music, composed this song, originally performed by his septeto nacional.
9. Piquete Tipico Las “Alturas De Simpson” - When Miguel Failde premiered "Las Alturas de Simpson“ on Jan 1, 1879, at "El Club“ in the Cuban city of Mantanzas, he established a new popular genre called "Danzón“.
10. Alfredo Gutiérrez “La Distancia” - He is praised as the king of kings in the "Vallenato“ Accordion valleys of Colombia and knows a thing or two about covering distance in good time.
11. Grupo El Organo Pinareno “La Negra Tomasa” - Double Noir is the "Guaracha“ by the group from Pinareno, Cuba. "Everything makes me go wild for black Tomasa“, also recorded by the BVSC under the title Mandinga.
12. Sin Palabras feat. Tambor de Firmin “Por Una Tigresa Que Mira Na Estrella” - 2 Virtuoso Cuban percussionists combine their urban know-how with the ancestral rhythms of Santeria cult tambor for a joint message to travel the world.
13. (Bonus) Watcha Clan “La Patera” - The Marseille-based collective led by the striking sister K. conclude the album's journey with their lament about the boat-refugees who try to break the borders between Africa and Europe