One of early music’s living legends, Spanish viol master Jordi Savall, leads his ensemble Hespèrion XXI and Carlos Núñez in a special program titled “Celtic Universe.” The evening will be a musical dialogue between ancient, historical, and modern traditions of north and south Europe: Ireland, Scotland, the French Brittany, Galicia, and the Basque Country.
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American and Indian jazz meet as legendary tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain and jazz bassist Dave Holland are joined by saxophonist Chris Potter, Bollywood playback vocalist Shankar Mahadevan, one of India’s finest pianists Louis Banks, and renowned guitarist Sanjay Divecha.“[Hussain’s] virtuosity is barely to be believed.” (The Washington Post) “Holland is a master bassist and bandleader, one of the most sophisticated composers and arrangers in the jazz world.” (The Boston Globe)
French cellist Gautier Capuçon is a true 21st century ambassador for the cello. He is acclaimed internationally for his deeply expressive musicianship and exuberant virtuosity, as well as for the glorious sonority of his 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello, which showcases his phenomenal technical skills.
The Amici Chamber Ensemble celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special concert featuring exquisite soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian and Friends.
Grammy Award-winning Canadian baritone “[Gerald] Finley possesses a warm, glowing baritone with a generous low range and silken top notes, as well as a knack for spinning out long and smooth legato lines. But just as important, he is an intelligent and committed actor.” (The New York Times)
Having received multiple Gramophone Awards with British pianist Julius Drake for their recordings, the artists return to Koerner Hall to perform works by Schubert, Rachmaninov, Beethoven, as well as American and English folk songs.
Iconic South African jazz instrumentalists reunite and perform on the same stage after almost 60 years – they last appeared together in 1960 at the State Theatre in Pretoria during the country’s first Freedom Day celebrations.
Dashing, dapper, and debonair, Max Raabe might have walked straight out of the Golden Age of Berlin in the 1920s. With his elegant poise, suave sophistication, and silky-smooth baritone voice, he brings to life the songs and style of a bygone age. “The appeal is the timeless quality in the music, but also the humour,” he says. He meticulously recreates standards as they used to be sung – in formal evening wear, with an orchestra, giving proper credits to the composers – and his deadpan jokes show that Raabe is not only a unique talent but also a very funny man.
Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a Fats Waller-style stride-piano virtuoso, and tie the whole thing together with singer “Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol, a magnetic, one-of-the-boys frontwoman whose voice recalls another era, and you have the Hot Sardines.
Ukrainian “ethnic chaos” band DakhaBrakha’s concerts are truly a one of a kind experience, blending Ukrainian harmonies, surprising instrumentation, and theatrical flourishes. “The creative quartet from Kiev, Ukraine, makes music that sounds like nothing I’ve ever heard, with strands of everything I’ve ever heard... they play tight-knit tunes featuring accordion, drums, reeds and shakers while wearing tall, Marge Simpson looking wool hats that made me jealous.” (NPR)
Fatoumata Diawara draws elements of jazz and funk into an exquisitely contemporary folk sound – refracting the rocking rhythms and plaintive melodies of her ancestral Wassoulou tradition through an instinctive pop sensibility. Fatou’s warm voice and rhythmical guitar playing is centre stage following a set by 2017 Juno Award-winning group Okavango.