Mbira Plus - Special Array Session #17

Saturday, June 1, 2013 @8pm
The Array Space, 155 Walnut Street. second floor, M6J 3W3
416 532 3019

UnknownJames Pugliese joins the Array Session musicians in a concert based on the this master's performance on the Mbira. The afternoon workshop will focus on singing while learning poly rhythmic structure of the songs. Open to all musicians and the general public. The concert will begin with an mbira solo then some tunes together with Session #17 musicians. This is followed by improvisations based on the vibe the mbira sets up. Audience will participate......Everyone should drink, eat and sing during the concert!

Shona Mbira Music From Zimbabwe is one of the most soulful sounds on the African continent Originally used in spirit possession ceremonies, the iron-pronged mbira produces music beautiful enough to attract spirits and rhythmically energized enough to keep people dancing and singing through all-night ceremonies.

Jim Pugliese will conduct an afternoon workshop where he will speak about the history and culture of the Shona people of Zimbabwe and conduct a singing and rhythm workshop that will include teaching the participants to sing an eight-part poly-rhythmic traditional mbira song. The workshop is open to all singers, instrumentalists and the general public. If you love music join us.

The workshop will be followed by an 8pm interactive Zimbabwe style evening concert/party featuring the traditional songs that have been handed down through scores of generations and taught by the master mbira players of Zimbabwe. The concert will also include some improvisations inspired by the mbira with some of Toronto’s leading musician/improvisers. Come listen, clap, sing and if the spirit moves you, dance!

Each Session, Artistic Director Rick Sacks hosts special guests in experiments and interactions.
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