Flavours and Sounds of Beit Zatoun
~Nazar-i Turkwaz (My Turquoise Gaze)
with Maryem Tollar, Jayne Brown Brenna MacCrimmon, Sophia Grigoriadis
~Sharghi Percussion Ensemble
with Naghmeh Farahmand
~and Yvette Tollar
~special guest appearance – Elizabeth Block
Beit Zatoun’s annual open house / anniversary / fundraising concert has become a party and music highlight of the year. Join the Beit Zatoun community for an evening of Middle Eastern sounds and flavours to go along with sharing and warm friendships.
In its 5th year, the story of Beit Zatoun continues thanks to ever-increasing circle of friends, guests and inspiration. Together we are creating a uniquely interesting and relevant space where ideas, culture and activism converge.
~ Flavours at 6:30 pm
Refreshments, savories and desserts.
~ Sounds at 7:30 pm
Amazing performances from very generous friends of Beit Zatoun who have donated their time and talent to create this exciting evening.
This is a major fundraising event to help Beit Zatoun become financially self-sustaining. We need to pay the rent for this warm, beautiful and central place which has become home for so much sharing, learning and solidarity.
Nazar-i Turkwaz (My Turquioise Gaze)
United by long standing friendships and a love of singing, Brenna MacCrimmon, Maryem Tollar, Sophia Grigoriadis and Jayne Brown join forces to celebrate the stories of life through song. Their curiosity and insatiable thirst for musical experience has led to explorations of song traditions from the Middle East and Turkey to Greece and the Balkans. Apart, they have been collecting, performing and recording traditional repertoire – both as solo artists and as members of numerous bands – for over 30 years, lending their voices to films, theatrical productions and multiple Juno-nominated recordings. Together they are exploring this repertoire, creating their own adaptations and cultivating a sweet sonic union that is unstoppable.
Toronto native, Yvette Tollar sings with soul and sincerity. She leads her self-titled, JUNO nominated jazz project, and has leant her lush vocals to a variety of jazz and world music acts such as the Dominic Mancuso Group, Michael Occhipinti’s Shine On – The Universe of John Lennon, The Merlin Factor, Maryem & Ernie Tollar and Jasna Jovicevic. She created the Women In Jazz Music Series where she has self-produced collaborative concerts with the likes of jazz legend, Sheila Jordan, celebrated guitar wild man, Kevin Breit and Canadian pop icon, Mary Margaret O’Hara.
Sharghi Percussion Ensemble
Naghmeh Farahmand is a multi-skilled Iranian percussionist born to master percussionist Mahmoud Farahmand. Naghmeh studied Iranian traditional rhythms on tonbak under supervision of her father while learning Sufi and Kurdish rhythms on daf and dayereh from Bijan Kamkar and Masoud Habibi. In addition,she also studied santoor under the guidance of Faramarz Payvar and Pashang Kamkar. She is also skilled in other percussion such as darbuka, djembe, udu, kanjira, cajon and drumset. While collaborating with Iranian TV for more than a decade, Naghmeh has performed with well-known ensembles in Iran and has toured at festivals in Europe, Asia and North America.
In 2010, Naghmeh moved to Canada and released her solo percussion CD Unbound while collaborating with top performers of world music (Arab, Turkish, Indian, Bulgarian) and jazz musicians. She has vast experience teaching at different institutes of music and has also conducted workshops around the world. She is the founder of Sharghi Percussion Ensemble.
Please be generous – sliding scale ($50 to $20).
Guaranteed to sell out – purchase advance tickets via pingg and PayPal.
Need to know:
- Doors open at 6:15
- Advance Tickers – $50 to $20 donation (sliding scale)
- Champion $50; Sustainer $40; Booster $30; Friend $20
- Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
- Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities
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