Chicago Folklore Ensemble is releasing it’s first album, entitled The World in Chicago! Please join us as we celebrate with an afternoon performance of songs and stories of Chicago immigrants, followed by a feast with food from each country!
The World in Chicago is a delightful fusion of classical and world music! Original arrangements of traditional folk songs are played by string quartet featuring soloists from each country represented: master musicians Baha’a Abu-Taha, oud player from Jordan; Abee Mensah, keyboard player from Ghana; Alba Guerra, singer from Argentina; Phiwan Phonwiang, khaen player from Thailand; and Jovan Mihailović, violinist from Serbia.
Embark on a journey of melody, laughter, tears, and joy, we realize together the human behind each story, the worlds contained in each song. A feast with food from each represented country will follow!
Chicago Folklore Ensemble performs songs and stories gathered from Chicago immigrants. They will be joined by master musicians hailing from Jordan, Ghana, Thailand, Argentina, and Serbia. From the Serbian mountains of blood and honey to the passionate coasts of Argentina, rattling buses tearing through Thai countryside and back to sweet home Chicago, embark on a journey around the world atop a carpet of music and story. String quartet and storyteller come together to narrate the sounds, tastes, emotions stored in the memories of Chicago immigrant musicians.