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$20 at the door
Doors at 9:00 pm, Show at 9:15 pm
Polyphonic Sounds from Either Side of the Black Sea
For the first time ever, two specialized chamber ensembles of traditional music come together to represent the dramatically different sounds on either side of the Black Sea. From the western side, Meden Glas features the Balkan sounds of southeastern Europe and beyond. And from the eastern side, ZARI delivers the unique and diverse vocal polyphony of the mountainous Sakartvelo, otherwise known as the Eurasian country of Georgia.
ZARI (Shalva Makharshvili, Andrea Kuzmich, Reid Robins) is an award winning vocal trio that performs exclusively the millennia-old ...polyphonic singing tradition of Sakartvelo, otherwise known as Georgia – a country situated at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Georgian polyphony, with its close harmonies and untempered scales, was declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2001 and is often described as transformatively visceral. It features 3-part singing in a variety of styles, from hauntingly melismatic lyrical genres in the East to wild and explosive counterpoint in the West. Based in Toronto, ZARI formed in 2003 and has performed from the very eastern tip of Canada to the 2008 fall-out of Gori, the Georgian town that was the epicentre of Russian bombing in the summer of that year. Consistent over all this time, over the many miles travelled and the many venues played, is ZARI's dedication to studying, understanding and feeling the music. To that end, when ZARI performs, they embrace the profundity of Georgia culture: its roots deeply embedded in ancient times, its strength and courage to survive, and its excessively generous and inspiring hospitality. (In Georgian, "zari" means "bell".) For more info see ZARItrio.com
Meden Glas (meaning “sweet as honey” or conversely, “a “silvery, metallic timbre”) is a Toronto-based band and project that joins like-minded singer-instrumentalists who share a passion for ear-bending sounds and grassroots music from the Balkans (Bulgaria, Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Albania, Greece, and Turkey) in addition to peripheral musical cultures (Italian, Russian, Kurdish, Iranian, and Romani ). Drawing from solid musical expertise tied to their own individual ethnicity and a strong commitment to extensive research and intensive study of other musical cultures, Meden Glas members have captivated audiences with their mastery of diverse vocal styles that project with chilling resonance, soulful sweetness, and microtonal affect. Building on a foundation of rural music, the band also presents arranged and more contemporary, and innovative versions of traditional repertoire. The group has performed at Bulgarian art festivals in Ontario, and at Musideum and a Labyrinth Ontario fundraiser in Toronto. Their 2015 CD release concert for the 2014 album Meden Glas took place at the Music Gallery in Toronto.