Small Island Big Song

Here you will hear those who sing for the seas.

From Taiwan to Aotearoa/New Zealand – Madagascar to Rapa Nui/Easter Island.

Islanders who share an ancient seafaring ancestry and language.

Over three years, Small Island Big Song evolved from visits to 16 Island Nations, and work with over 100 artists, solo artists, elders, community groups and grassroots musicians, all recorded in their homelands in nature using traditional instruments and languages, with each contributing to each other’s songs. The result is a surprising and stunning musical collaboration reuniting the distant yet interconnected musical traditions of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. In 2018, the collaboration

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Terry Riley

In 1964, California composer, Terry Riley, launched what came to be known as the Minimalist movement, with his revolutionary classic “In C”. This ground-breaking work provided a fresh concept in musical form based on interlocking repetitive patterns “In C” has changed the course of 20th Century music. The composition’s influence is heard in the work of prominent modern composers, including Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams, and in the Rock music of The Who, The Soft Machine, Tangerine Dream, and Curved Air. Terry Riley’s hypnotic, multilevel, poly-metric, brightly orchestrated, eastern-flavored improvisations and compositions, have set the stage for today’s

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Niyaz – The Fourth Light Project

AN IMMERSIVE MULTI-SENSORY EXPERIENCE

Notable electroacoustic group NIYAZ in collaboration with interactive designer/visual artist Jerome Delapierre presents THE FOURTH LIGHT PROJECT… a cutting-edge, immersive, multi-sensory show unlike any other. This groundbreaking multimedia experience combines live music and dance performance with interactive technologies and advanced projection/ body-mapping techniques that respond to sound and movement in real-time. The end result creates a new kind of Digital Scenography musical experience, one in which virtual and real space merge to create an illusionistic three-dimensional environment that eliminates the distance between the audience and performers. This seamless synthesis of sound, space,

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Skerryvore

Twice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music ‘Live Act of the Year’ Award (2016 & 2011), SKERRYVORE create a unique fusion of folk, trad, rock and pop that represents all the different personalities and upbringing of the band members who each hail from different regions of Scotland. 

Take two brothers, Daniel (Accordion) and Martin Gillespie (pipes, whistles and accordion), steeped in the Scottish west coast ceilidh tradition on the Isle of Tiree, and add in friends Fraser West (drums) and Alec Dalglish (guitar and vocals), with a background in brass bands, wind bands, jazz bands, and with blues, folk and country influences,

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Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles

Enriching the medium as America’s first all female mariachi ensemble, Reyna de Los Angeles® bring sensitivity, beauty, warmth and vivacious spirit to the historic art of mariachi.

Reyna has blazed the trail for female mariachi musicians. In a musical landscape where songs are often written by men, from male perspectives, Reyna has created its own history. As such, in 2018 Smithsonian Folkways selected Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles® as the latest artist in its’ Traditions Series of Latino music albums, produced with support from the Smithsonian Latino Center.

Established in 1994, the group had a strong beginning thanks to the mentorship of

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Villalobos Brothers

Acclaimed as one of today’s leading Contemporary Mexican groups, the original compositions and arrangements of The Villalobos Brothers masterfully fuse and celebrate the richness of Mexican folk music with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music.

The ensemble’s virtuosic performances have delighted audiences throughout Latin America, India, Russia, Canada and in more than 30 states across the US. They have performed in historic venues and events including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Latin Grammy Awards, Davies Symphony Hall, Montreal Jazz Festival, the Ford Theatre in Hollywood, the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations, the New Victory Theatre on Broadway, San

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Niyaz featuring Azam Ali

Described by the Huffington Post as, “an evolutionary force in contemporary Middle Eastern music”, NIYAZ has created a 21st century global trance tradition, seamlessly blending poetry and folk songs from their native Iran and surrounding countries, with rich, acoustic instrumentation and state-of-the-art, modern electronics. A sublime, ever-evolving message is delivered through music that is uplifting and metamorphic. Niyaz is led by front woman, AZAM ALI , whose Iranian heritage and Indian upbringing have formed a bewitching singer of richly textured proportions. Still, with all the mysticism and allure of their native lands, Niyaz is not limited by tradition. Their far-reaching repertoire defies most standards of “world

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Mariachi Sol de Mexico

! 2020 US GRAMMY NOMINEE (Best Regional Mexican Music Album) !

! 2020 LATIN GRAMMY NOMINEE (Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album) !

Mariachi Master Jóse Hernàndez and his Sol de Mexico have a history as rich and colorful as Mariachi music itself. A proud fifth-generation Mariachi musician, Maestro Hernàndez’ roots trace back to 1879, to the birthplace of Mariachi, the state of Jalisco, Mexico.

No one else on the Mariachi music scene navigates the warm waters of classical, pop, jazz, swing, and Broadway tunes with such grace. Even to those weaned on traditional Mariachi, Jose’s organic, irreverent renditions have become instant classics.

Under

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Gonzalo Bergara

Gonzalo Bergara has emerged a virtuoso composer and lead guitarist. Mixing a cascade of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina, he has forged his own style of progressive Gypsy Jazz. His music exists in a way that very little music does. He has lavished such care on every phrase, built each arrangement with such lapidary precision and pared away anything extraneous, the music becomes sculpture. It has weight, density, gravity. This is serious….and deeply moving.

Bergara began playing professionally at age 16 in Buenos Aires. By 17 he was already fronting his own blues trio on

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Altan

With a career in Irish music for 35 years, Altan has achieved legendary status in a genre that has been equally shaped by the band’s influence and genius. Audiences from Ireland to Japan to Australia to Europe have embraced their heartwarming, dynamic live performances and their exquisitely produced, award-winning recordings. Over a dozen releases to date, ranging from the most touching old Irish songs to hard-hitting reels and jigs. Altan’s newest release, The Gap Of Dreams (2018 Compass Records), follows their acclaimed 2015 album on the same label, The Widening Gyre.

Adding to their long list of awards

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