Thur, Sep 20, 2018 - Sat, Dec 01, 2018
Price: Various prices
The Other Side of Fear is the theme of our fall’s performances which explore how we define, confront, and conquer fear in ourselves and others. We begin with soulful vocalist Aynur who celebrates the traditions of the Kurdish diaspora.
Thursday, September 20, 8 pm
Aynur Doğan knows what it means to take risks for her art. Now living in exile in Holland, she is a voice for Kurdish people and is devoted to preserving their musical traditions through modern interpretations. Her soulful performances have inspired Yo-Yo Ma to describe her as “unforgettable.”
Live rehearsals: October 2–11
Performances: October 13–21
Step inside our Mongolian yurt and experience Noor, a Rumi-inspired play that follows a young woman’s complex journey — through issues of identity, belonging, and displacement — to adulthood. Written by Erum Khan, directed by Erin Brubacher, and performed by a Toronto group of interdisciplinary artists.
Sunday, October 7, 7 pm
Experience one of the world’s greatest tabla players, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, who has performed for U.S. President Barack Obama. Joined by his son, Anubrata, the duo will summon centuries of their musical lineage, which dates back to the Mughal era.
Opening the evening is Near East, a local trio that explores genres including maqam, raags, and jazz to create their own unique form. The trio, led by Pandit Anindo’s student, Ravi Naimpally, is joined by special guest vocalist Shirshendu Mukherjee.
YAZZ AHMED WITH SPECIAL GUEST KAMANCELLO
Saturday, October 13, 8 pm
Join us this fall for the Canadian debut of fearless young jazz musician, Yazz Ahmed. The British-Bahraini trumpet player and composer has released two celebrated albums and has collaborated with Radiohead. She combines electronic effects with music from her mixed heritage to create intoxicating Arabic psychedelic jazz.
Special guest Kamancello opens the evening with an improvised performance rooted in traditional cello and kamancheh music.
EVERGREEN CLUB CONTEMPORARY GAMELAN
Sunday, November 25, 3 pm
Experience gamelan — an ensemble of Indonesian instruments — taken to new heights by Toronto’s ECCG. Celebrating 35 years of expanding the limits of gamelan music through interpretation and collaboration. In this unique performance, they will be joined by special Sundanese guests: composer Ade Suparman and dancer Nurrika.
THE WORLD OF JAHANARA
Saturday, December 1, 8 pm
The World of Jahanara explores the inner life of Jahanara Akhlaq, a 24-year-old Kathak dancer, who, in her brief life, had fearlessly begun to make her mark in the dance world and envisioned a career in Canada. Choreographed and performed by Bageshree Vaze, this dance-theatre work interweaves Kathak dance, music, text, and visuals to re-imagine Jahanara’s world on the morning of January 18, 1999, in the hours before her tragic death.