Since 2005, this multicultural performance series – a sister to the annual summer Concert of Colors world music festival in Midtown Detroit – has offered high-quality musical presentations for fans of traditional and world music and those with adventurous cultural tastes.
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, 2016
Noura Mint Seymali (Mauritanian)
Reared in a transitive culture where sounds from across the Sahara, the Maghreb, and West Africa coalesce, Noura Mint Seymali – vocalist and master of the ardine, a nine-string harp reserved only for women – is one of Mauritania's most adventurous young artists, emerging at a nexus of a changing Africa. Her band is backed by a declarative, funkspeaking rhythm section, composed of Ousmane Touré and Matthew Tinari.
8 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2016
The Murphy Beds (Irish folk)
Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary present traditional and original folk songs with close harmonies and deft arrangements on bouzouki, guitar and mandolin. O’Leary played Irish music while growing up in Dublin, then relocated to immerse himself in New York City’s traditional music scene. Brooklyn-based guitarist/vocalist Hamer won a 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award with Anais Mitchell for their adaptations of British folk songs.
Ticket holders are invited to attend a free Irish dance workshop at 7 p.m.
8 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2016
Tarek Abdallah & Adel Shams El-Din (Egyptian)
Tarek Abdallah – an Egyptian composer, lutenist and musicologist – draws inspiration from the golden age of the Egyptian oud solo (1910-1930). Egyptian-born and France-based, Adel Shams El-Din is universally acknowledged as being one of the most gifted riqq players and percussionists today. Both are acclaimed around the world for their deep knowledge and performance prowess; united on the concert stage, they offer audience an unparalleled musical experience.website | video | PURCHASE TICKETS
This performance embodies the Yemeni tradition that most often consists of a solo singer with oud accompaniment, highlighting rhythms in subtly expressive ways. Renowned across Yemen as a musician and vocalist, Abdulrahman Al Akhfash has contributed significantly over the past 20 years to the natural development and enrichment of the Sanani repertoire. His delivery is expressive, occasionally euphoric, but ultimately poetic.
The public is welcome to attend a FREE talk by Yemeni jewelry expert and author Marjorie Ransom at 6:30 p.m.