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Volume 13 - Issue 1 - September 2007

World Viewby Karen

World Viewby Karen AgesAfter all, it's a small world ...Where did the summer go? I hope you all had a fine one, whetherevent-filled or quiet and relaxing. As I write this, I am counting mymosquito bites and catching up on sleep, after eight days deep in theHaliburton Forest as a participant in R. Murray Schafer's "and WolfShall Inherit the Moon" , commonly known as the Wolf Project, theepilogue to his Patria series of large-scale site-specific environmentalmusic-theatre productions. In fact, I could still be up there inHaliburton, rehearsing as a canoeist for "Princess of the Stars", thisyear's Patria production open to a paying audience, but alas, I amback here in the WholeNote office, processing advertising requests,membership enrollments, and yes, gathering info for this column.Perhaps next summer I will extend my stay in the forest, whenPatria presents a proposed new Schafer work, "The Death ofShalana"; but for now, on to matters closer to home ... .The event that dominates the world music scene this month isSmall World Music's 6th annual fall festival, featuring 15 differentacts on 6 stages throughout the city, September 20 to October 5.The indefatigable organizer, Alan Davis, is putting together finalarrangements as I write. Not only has he brought in performersfrom every corner of the globe, but the venues range from theintimate Lula Lounge to the grandeur of Massey Hall, making this acity-wide event. Here are some of the highlights: the festival kicksoff September 20 with two concerts: Cuban vocalist Estrella Acostaand her band perform country songs, combining traditional styleswith contemporary arrangements (Lula Lounge); and MamakKhadem (USA/Iran) sings Persian music at Harbourfront's EnwaveTheatre. Back for their second (to my knowledge) engagement withSmall World, the Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan, from the regionnear India's Thar desert, bring colourful costumes, music and danceto two performances at the Enwave on September 22; the sameevening, the Montreal-based ensemble Constantinople, whospecialize in medieval and Renaissance music of the Mediterranean,join forces with Afghani musician Homayun Sakhi, at the TorontoCentre for the Arts. Not to be missed, Amazones, consisting ofnine women drummer-dancers from Guinea, break their culturaltradition of men-drummers-only! They pound out their rhythmsSeptember 23 at the Lula Lounge. The same afternoon (3pm), theywill lead a drum and dance workshop, also at Lula. Italian singerand guitarist Carmen Consoli brings her mix of rock influences,bossa nova and jazz to the Enwave Theatre, September 27.Sometimes referred to as "the Bob Dylan of the Middle East",virtuoso oud player and composer, Marcel Khalif of Lebanon andhis Al Mayadine Ensemble perform at the Toronto Centre for theArts on September 30. Internationally acclaimed Portuguese Factosinger Mariza performs at Massey Hall on October 3; and thefestival concludes October 5 at Jeff Healey's Roadhouse, withZimbawean musician Oliver Mtukudzi whose music is influencedby mbira, and other Southern African traditional styles. Forinformation on other performers, venues and times,, as well as our daily listings.Another mini festival, presented by Bhakti Music (co-foundersJustin Gray and Jonathan Kay), the first Toronto Internationallndo-Jazz Festival brings together musicians from India, NewYork and Toronto, September 11 and 13 at Hugh's Room. Allprofits from the festival will fund a scholarship to aidunderprivileged music students in India. Performers include classicalvocalist Shantanu Bhattacharyya from Calcutta, accompanied byToronto's Ravi Naimpally on tabla; Naimpally's band Tasa willalso be featured, as well as Toronto band Monsoon. The festivalconcludes with New York's lndo-Pak Coalition. There will alsobe couple of afternoon clinics: Guru Tulsi Sen will lead a discussionon the spirituality of music; and Bhattacharyya will lead a workshopon the fundamentals of Indian classical music. Please for complete schedule.Members of Amazones: the 9-woman ensemble comes to Lula Lounge Sept 23And there is a significant number of one-off events this month. TheRaag-Mala Musical Society presents a concert of Indian music forflute and tabla, with Rakesh Chaurasia and Subrata Bhattacharji, atthe Medical Sciences Auditorium, September 8. The Association ofSound Healing Technologies and Research presents a WorldMusic Peace Concert, September 9 at the Village Healing Centre(240 Roncesvalles). Performers are (Ashtar) Ron Allen on Indianbamboo flute and the Whole Wide World Music Ensemble (see RonAllen's page on My Space for a taste ... ). The COC's RichardBradshaw Amphitheatre continues with its free noon-hourconcerts; the OnnanoKo Japanese Taiko drumming ensembleperforms September 25, and Ustad Ilmas Hussain Khan gives a solotabla recital on October 3. The same evening at Mezzetta Restauranton St. Clair at Christie, the "Yiddish Swingtet" of JonnoLightstone (clarinet), Jordan Clapman (keyboard) and TonyQuarrington (guitar) is featured. October 6, Klezmer en BuenosAires (Cesar Lerner: piano, accordion, percussion; and MarceloMoguilevsky: clarinets, flutes, voice), with actor/singer MitchSmolkin perform at the Al Green Theatre. And, slightly beyond theGT A, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society presentsIrshad Khan, sitar, with Sri Hindol Majumdar of Calcutta, on tablas,September 30.Karen Ages is a freelance oboist who has also been a member ofseveral world music ensembles. 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