FRIDAY JUNE 07
Celebrating Resilience: Music from the Unvanquished Baha’i University of Iran at International House FREE
The event features composers and performers who received their musical training at the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE), a unique, grassroots university created in response to Iran’s systematic persecution of adherents of the Baha’i faith. Like all Iranian Baha’is, these musicians were denied access to higher education in Iran. The event will be a first-ever celebration of the resilient journeys of these young composers and performers and will share their music, rich in both Western and Persian influences.
The program will begin with compositions telling stories of loss, resilience, and transcendence, including the mournful “Elgie” for violin and piano by a composer remaining anonymous for his family’s safety, and the US premiere of Parisa Sabet’s “Geyrani” for violin solo, which tells a story of survival in the metaphor of a deer, first calm, then out-running danger. Also presented will be Sabet’s “Qaasedak” (“Dandelion”), a setting for tenor and vibraphone of 20th century Persian poetry about separation from one’s homeland and loved ones, and the anonymous composer’s “Potter and Clay,” a setting for tenor and piano of 12th century Persian poems meditation on creation and Creator. Lastly, Nikan Milani’s “Scherzo” for solo piano – literally a “joke” – encapsulates in the composer’s dedication the struggle’s of the present and hope a brighter future.
Assembly Hall 7.30pm FREE
1414 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637 Contact us: phone (773) 753-2270
The annual Eye on India festival (June 7-July 14)
In its second year the Festival will showcase a rich blend of Indian classical and world music along with an interesting mix of Indian art and culture from the fields of literature, film, cuisine and dance. The festival is produced in partnership with Columbia College, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Old Town School of Folk Music and the Goodman Theater.
SATURDAY JUNE 08
Noite Brasileira feat. Swing Brasileiro – 2×1 tickets with code FORRO
The night will feature local Brazilian super group SWING BRASILEIRO which combines some of the area’s most accomplished Brazilian musicians playing Samba and Forro with free dance lessons.
Mayne Stage 10pm $12 Adv. | $20 Reserved Seating | 18+
1328 W. Morse Ave. Chicago
Czech That Film (June 9-July 3)
Gene Siskel Film Center presents Czech That Film, presented by Staropramen in cooperation with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago. Provocative premieres and prizewinners make up this series of eight recent films, which opens on June 9 with an appearance by director David Ondricek with IN THE SHADOW, this year’s Oscar submission from the Czech Republic.
Tuareg guitarist and singer Omara “Bombino” Moctar is a star guitarist and singer from the Sahara desert on a meteoric rise. His new album, Nomad is called ,”The year’s most exciting blues album….A perfect match of sound and soul [that] introduces a new guitar hero.” His dazzling live performance and virtuosity on the guitar have earned him comparisons amongst notable music critics to Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Neil Yong and Jerry Garcia ~ Rolling Stone
Martyr’s 8pm $16
Shubha Mudgal at Logan Center, Performance Hall 074
The performance by Shubha Mudgal explores the Hindustani Classical style of music through the khayal and thumri genres.
Shubha Mudgal will be accompanied on the tabla by Aneesh Pradhan, a disciple of the tabla maestro Pt. Nikhil Ghosh. An accomplished soloist, and accompanist to vocal and instrumental music, as well as dance,
Also by Sudhir Nayak, who provides harmonium accompaniment, is a disciple of veteran harmonium player Pt. Tulsidas Borkar.
Logan Center for Performing Arts 2pm VIP Admission: $50 donation, Free General Admission
915 E 60th Street, Chicago
Coup D’etat Al-Bohème: The Third World Music Show w/Karpah (Flamenco fusion) & Bad Mashadi (Persian/Balkan/Electronica) | Musicians from Poland and Iran to Mexico and France and America and Argentina will play and play and play…
Harana at 2013 International Screenings Program (ADMISSION IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)
After 12 years of absence, guitarist Florante returns to the Philippines and rediscovers the music of harana–a long forgotten tradition of romantic serenading when men crooned under windows at night. Intent on unearthing these unheralded songs, Florante travels to the remote provinces to meet three of the last surviving practitioners–a farmer, a fisherman, and a tricycle driver. A stirring celebration of music, tradition and passion, this documentary breathes new life into a disappearing Filipino art form. 104 minutes. English, Filipino, Tagalog with subtitles. *post-screening discussion
Claudia Cassidy Theater 6.30pm ADMISSION IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, 2nd floor
Ensemble Espanol’s American Spanish Dance & Music Festival Opening Concert at World Music Wednesday
Now in its 37th season, the Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater and Center will present its highly anticipated summer event of the year, Duende Flamenco Music & Dance Concert. Guest artists and musicians from Spain join Ensemble Español for a passionate evening of Flamenco dance and music from Andalucia. “Exciting, Sensual and Breathtaking” Sid Smith – Chicago Tribune
Old Town School of Folk Music 8.30pm FREE ( ($10 suggested donation)
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago 773.728.6000
A spellbinding performer with a powerhouse voice, Buika was born on the Spanish island of Majorca to Ecuato-Guinean parents and surrounded by the flamenco music found in the Roma Gypsy neighborhood where she grew up. “Buika’s voice has an intensity and a power that’s hard to define. And it’s there whether she’s singing flamenco or soul or electronica or the blues.” – NPR
Old Town School Of Folk Music 8pm $40