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Yo - Spirit of Asia Makes Toronto Debut at Small World Music April 17 2015 (Asian Music Series)

From a media release:

SMALL WORLD MUSIC PRESENTS…
YO – SPIRIT OF ASIA MAKES TORONTO DEBUT AT SMALL WORLD MUSIC APRIL 17, 2015
– AS PART OF THE 13TH ANNUAL ASIAN MUSIC SERIES – APRIL / MAY 2015

YO - SPIRIT OF ASIA (Japan / India) - Toronto Debut
Friday, April 17 @ 8 pm / Doors 7:30 pm
Small World Music Centre, 180 Shaw St.Yo

Tickets: $30
Website

TORONTO –
From the heart of Japan and the soul of India, and making their Toronto debut, comes YO – Spirit of Asia, presented by Small World Music as part of The 13th Annual Asian Music Series running April through May. Weaving ancient traditional sounds from both Japan and India, this improvisational trio features world-renowned virtuoso musicians Yutaka Oyama on shamisen, Akihisa Kominato on shakuhachi (bamboo) flute, and Ty Burhoe on tabla. YO is a cutting edge world music experience of gorgeous melodies, sizzling rhythms and riffs and scintillating synergy. Door open at 7:30 pm and music starts at 8:00 pm on Friday, April 17th, at the Small World Music Centre, 180 Shaw Street.

YO is a Tokyo-based trio that entwines two ancient traditions with the music of today, representing the finest of world music aspirations. A collaboration of three internationally renowned musicians, possessing towering talent on their instruments and each boasting dynamic and wide-ranging careers in their respective fields, YO features Yutaka Oyama on shamisen (a plucked, three-stringed instrument), Akihisa Kominato on shakuhachi (a bamboo flute), and tabla player Ty Burhoe. The name YO is particularly fitting - in ancient Japanese it means 'song or melody' and in the modern language, it connotes 'community' and ‘living in the moment’. YO’s music has roots in the traditional sounds of India and Japan, yet it reflects the nature of modern culture and community.

From the classical Indian rhythms and the meditational lyricism of the Zen-informed flute pieces, to the folk melodies from northern Japan, YO creates a confluence of these elements through original works and arrangements of modern and classical compositions, that offers a highly accessible and enjoyable experience for audiences world-wide.



ASIAN MUSIC SERIES AT A GLANCE:

DRONE DOCTOR (Canada)
- pictured below
Sunday, April 12 @ 8 pm / Doors 7:30 pm
Small World Music Centre, 180 Shaw St.
Tickets: $15 Available online / Website: http://www.dronedoctormusic.com/

VOICES OF ASIA (Canada)
Saturday, April 25 @ 8 pm / Doors 7:30 pm
Small World Music Centre, 180 Shaw St.
Tickets: $20 / Website: http://www.subasankaran.com/ - http://www.vandanavishwas.com/ - http://www.spirefusion.com/ - http://singbandanasingh.com/

DORJEE TSERING (Canada)
Saturday, May 2 @ 8 pm / Doors 7:30 pm
Small World Music Centre, 180 Shaw St.
Tickets: $20 / Website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HFPGFAsSug

GURPREET CHANA / SNOWDAY  (Canada / India)
Sunday, May 3 @ Doors 7:30 pm
Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. West
Tickets: $15 / Website: http://exclaim.ca/Music/article/gurpreet_chana - http://snowdaymusic.ca/about.html

FOOTSTEPS OF BABUR (Afghanistan / India)
Saturday, May 8 @ 8 pm
Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr.
Tickets: $35 +
Website: http://www.folkways.si.edu/homayun-sakhi/music-of-central-asia-vol-3-the-art-of-the-afghan-rubab/islamica-world/album/smithsonian

NILADRI KUMAR & ADITYA KALYANPUR (India)
Sunday, May 17 @ 8 pm
Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St. West
Tickets: $30 / $40 / Website: http://www.niladrikumar.com/ - http://www.adityatabla.com/
 
SOUND OF DRAGON (Canada)
Thursday, May 21 @ 8 pm
Small World Centre, 180 Shaw St.
Tickets: $20 / Website: http://www.vi-co.org/

FANNA-FI-ALLAH (USA / Pakistan) - A Tribute to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Sunday, May 31 @ 8 pm
Mississauga Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Dr, Mississauga, ON
Tickets: $30 / $40 / Website: http://www.fanna-fi-allah.com/#!about-qawwali-ffa/c6eq

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