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Songs to inspire social change

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 agosto 2016

songsCHONGON, Ecuador — Near the coast of southeastern Ecuador, which runs along the South Pacific Ocean, lies the town of Chongon. For the past four years, this small locality has brought together young adults from across Latin America for an innovative songwriting workshop.Participants all have an interest and talent in music as well as experience working with young people in Baha’i-inspired educational programs. The aim of the workshop is to produce music on themes relevant to the lives of adolescents, give voice to their noble sentiments, and reinforce standards to which they aspire.”In our work with adolescents, we often help them to reflect on the impact of negative social forces on their lives, including through some popular music. But these conversations can be disheartening if we are not able to offer any positive alternatives, “said Monica Solano, one of the workshop organizers.In this connection, the series of gatherings in Chongon has generated music that provides young people with an alternative to the prevalent messages in much of popular music today.”With each workshop, we are trying more and more to reflect the voice of the youth,” explained Katty Scoggin, another of the workshop organizers. “We aim to create lyrics and melodies touching on concepts that appeal to people’s higher nature and that speak to the reality of the lives of youth at the same time.” (foto: songs)

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Vesuvius Ensemble at ROM

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 11 ottobre 2015

Vesuvius EnsembleRoyal Ontario Museum – Samuel Hall Currelly Gallery Level 1 Tuesday, October 13, 2015 – 7:00 – 9:30 pm Doors open: 6:30 pm Vesuvius Ensemble at ROMOn the occasion of the exhibit Pompeii: In The Shadow of the Volcano, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura is pleased to announce an extraordinary performance of traditional Italian music inspired by the land of Pompeii. La Scala trained tenor Francesco Pellegrino, accompanied by a host of traditional Italian instrumentalists (Vesuvius Ensemble)
Vesuvius Ensemble is dedicated to the musical and cultural heritage from Naples and other parts of southern Italy. The ensemble performs songs in dialect from the Italian countryside which have been passed on orally and in writing over centuries and finally researched and recorded in the twentieth century. The songs are accompanied by Baroque continuo instruments (Baroque guitars, chitarrone) in combination with rustic string, percussion, and wind instruments typical of the region (chitarra battente, colascione, tammorra, ciaramella). The ensemble is led by Francesco Pellegrino and accompanied by guitarist/wind player Marco Cera and lutenist Lucas Harris. The Ensemble has thrilled audiences in both Canada and Italy, performing on its own or with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in the collaborative program Bella Napoli. Vesuvius is also pleased to announce a new recording, La meglio gioventù. (foto: vesuvius ensemble)

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Jewish and Arabic musicians in concert

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 8 luglio 2009

Eliya“When people of various Middle Eastern cultures come together around music, connection and love are fostered,” said Eliyahu Sills, the group’s leader. “I have been in rooms where Lebanese, Israeli, Egyptian, and Iranian people come together through melody and rhythm, all singing the same songs in different languages. This experience creates so much joy and connection that it can serve as a powerful tool for melting the ice of political animosity. We experience this joy and connection often at our concerts, and hope to share it with as many people as we can.” Rachel Valfer, the group’s lead vocalist adds, “its hard to hold a grudge against someone who loves something you love, who sits next to you clapping to the same rhythms and moved at the same shift in the maqam mode. We have entered a tense room and felt hostility melt around this musical experience.” “Eastern Wind” masterfully mixes the sounds of Middle Eastern instruments to create a collection of traditional and original songs that celebrate the shared musical and spiritual heritage of a region now deeply divided by ethnic and religious differences. Featuring folk tunes, improvisations, and songs of love and devotion from the 12th century onward, the eclectic ensemble uses traditional instruments to travel on a musical journey through Arabia, Armenia, Egypt, Israel, Morocco, Turkey and Yemen.
Qadim is a word found in both Arabic and Hebrew meaning ‘ancient’ as well as “that which will come.”  The Qadim ensemble plays music inspired by many traditions of the Near East, in an effort to bring the richness and beauty of these ancient sounds to contemporary audiences. Recognized for their spellbinding performances, Qadim (pronounced ka-deem) is comprised of an ensemble of acclaimed Bay Area musicians. The San Francisco Bay Area-based group has attracted a growing global audience who are responding to their authentic musicianship and timely message. Durme Durme, a track from the group’s debut CD, Songs of Qadim, was recently featured on Mediterraneo by Difference Music, an internationally distributed 4-CD set of 73 traditional and modern Mediterranean songs and 200-page hard-bound book showcasing the region’s history, geography and culture. The track Ya Adili Bilah can be heard on Petrol Records new collector’s edition compilation Arabia: The Greatest Songs Ever. Eliyahu Sills has been studying and performing music for over 20 years on many instruments including upright bass, bansuri (the bamboo flute of India), and the ney (the reed flute of the Middle East.) In the early 1990s, he studied the upright bass at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. Deeply influenced by teachers  Makanda Ken McIntyre, Arnie Lawrence and Reggie Workman (John Coltrane, Art Blakey), Eliyahu began performing as a  sideman and bandleader in renowned jazz clubs such as The Village Gate and Small’s. In the years that followed,  Eliyahu fell in love with the flute and applied the musical theory that he learned through his jazz studies to teach  himself this most ancient of instruments. After falling under the spell of the Sufi music of Turkey, he became a  devoted student of both the ney and the bansuri. He has since continued to study and perform these ancient instruments under the guidance of his teacher, bansuri master  G.S. Sachdev, to whom he is a devoted student. (Eliya)

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