El festival anual Lulaworld, que se celebrará en Toronto del 10 al 31 de mayo, reunirá a 120 artistas procedentes de más de una docena de países diferentes para ofrecer un total de 16 conciertos en tres semanas en las que también se presentarán cinco discos nuevos de algunos de los artistas participantes.
Este año el festival lo abrirá una velada de jazz de Etiopía y se cerrará con una noche dedicada a la historia de la samba brasileña con un coreógrafo brasileño especialmente invitado para la ocasión. Entre medias habrá noches con estilos variados de música, desde un concierto que mezcla el soul con influencias de otras partes del mundo hasta una colaboración entre músicos ucranianos internacionales y artistas visuales locales.
Sin embargo es innegable que este certamen nació con una esencia latina y por ello esta vez llegarán a los escenarios del Lulaworld los proyectos de los últimos artistas latinos residentes en esta ciudad, con una profunda variedad y tesitura de trabajos. La música latina sonará así en diversos lenguajes y fusiones que mezclarán los ritmos tropicales con la música clásica, el hip hop, el reggae, el afrobreat, la música judía y también el jazz.
Toronto Hispano es patrocinador oficial de este festival que se celebra anualmente en mayo, presentado por el Lula Music Arts Centre y que también cuenta con el apoyo de la ciudad de Toronto a través del Toronto Arts Council y del Ontario Arts Council, entre otras entidades.
PRESS AND ARTIST RECEPTION
FRIDAY APRIL 26 - 6 to 8 PM
Members of the press are invited to join us to meet LULAWORLD artists and programers and to learn more about the sixteen great events that make up this year's festival. Those attending the reception are welcome to stay and enjoy the Daniel Barnes Trio at 8pm. Please rsvp to [email protected] by April 22.
All Lulaworld events will take place at
1585 Dundas Street West, Toronto
(one and a half blocks west of Dufferin)
More info at lula.ca and lulaworld.ca
Dinner Reservations Guarantee Seating. Doors at 7pm, show times vary. See individual listings.
Reserve through lula.ca or call 416 588 0307
Friday, May 10 (8pm, $15)
Jay Danely Ethio Jazz Project & Fantahun Shewanochew
Co-presented with Batuki Music Society
Opening night of LULAWORLD 2013!
Jay Danley's compositions combine Ethiojazz with influences from Latin, modern jazz, ambient and progressive music. Inspired by Ethiopian- born percussionist Mulatu Astatke of the popular Les Ethiopiques recording series, Danley creatively explores the deep beauty of Ethiopian music.
A master in the unique tunings of Ethiopian music, Shewankochew is an acoustic krar player, multi instrumentalist, composer, arranger and vocalist who has performed throughout the world.
Saturday, May 11 (10:30pm, $15 ADV/ $20)
Conjunto Lacalu With Jimmy Bosch
Lula is proud to present one of the most creative forces in contemporary salsa - trombonist Jimmy Bosch. Of Puerto Rican descent and raised in New Jersey, Jimmy has performed and recorded with a who's who of salsa and Latin jazz including Andy Gonzalez, Eddie Palmieri, Ray Barreto, Ruben Blades, Willie Colon and Ocar D'Leon.
Rooted in the Cuban sonora tradition, Conjunto Lacalu is one of Toronto's leading salsa ensembles. Founded and directed by pianist Sean Bellaviti, this group has been singled out for their unique repertoire and outstanding musicianship.
Monday, May 13 (8pm, $10)
Euphonia Classical Composers Of Mexico, Argentina And Cuba
euphonia will present work by celebrated Latin American composers Manuel Ponce, Arturo Márquez, Astor Piazzola, Roberto Valera, Carlos Farinas and Jose Maria Vitier.
Conductor Simon Capet describes euphonia as "a community of musicians, a new orchestra for a new generation, a ground-breaking ensemble of dynamic artists." Playing classical music with remarkable energy and beauty, euphonia makes each performance a unique and dramatic spectacle to engage the audience through both their eyes and their ears.
Wednesday, May 15 (8pm, $15)
Eliana Cuevas CD Release - Espejo
Long-celebrated for her sophisticated Latin jazz compositions and impressive vocal acrobatics, "Canada's emerging Latin music queen" reveals new artistic dimensions with the release of her fourth CD, Espejo.
Espejo is a true testament to Cuevas' growth as an artist. Shaped by her international performances, work with acclaimed artists and newfound motherhood, Espejo seamlessly blends genres from blues to pop with Cuevas' signature soaring vocals and Latin jazz sound.
Thursday, May 16 (8pm, $20)
Everton 'Pablo' Paul & La Academia
CD Release - Remembrance
The distance between Kingston, Jamaica and Havana, Cuba is a short 812 kilometres made even shorter through the music of native Jamaican Everton "Pablo" Paul.
Recorded at the Nelson Studio in Havana Cuba, Remembrance is an amazing recast of Bob Marley's music featuring Everton 'Pablo' Paul and a choice group of Havana-based musicians - La Academia - led by Ruy Lopez Nussa and arranged by musical director Roberto Garcia Lopez.
With opening set by Jay Douglas and the All Stars.
Friday, May 17 (8pm $15)
Amhed Mitchel - CD Release With Pat LaBarbara And Alexander Brown
As part of his Breath of Life Project, Cuban-Canadian drummer Amhed Mitchel launches his debut CD Path to Heaven.
Mitchel's octet, comprised of some the city's most stellar jazz and Latin players including Elmer Ferrer, Stan Fomin, Roberto Riveron, Jorge Luis Papiosco, Luis Denis, Pablosky Rosales and Dave Restivo, will be joined by two very special guests - Robi Botos and Cuban trumpet virtuoso, Alexander Brown.
Friday, May 17 (10:30 pm, $15)
Yani Borrel CD Release
One of Toronto's best-loved salsa singers, Yani launches his first CD. His debut (self-titled) solo release is destined to become a classic for salsa dancers, both locally and internationally.
Recorded in Colombia and produced and arranged by Toronto's Roberto Linares Brown, the album has unique harmonic qualities that show off Yani's distinctive vocals. Fans of artists such as Victor Manuelle, Gilberto Santa Rosa or Marc Anthony will love this accessible and irresistible new recording.
Saturday, May 18 (10:30pm, $15)
The Lula All Stars
Featuring top vocalists from Toronto's vibrant salsa scene and backed by cream of the crop musicians, the Lula All Stars showcase original Canadian compositions, many of which are included on the 2012 Lula Lounge Essential Tracks CD which was recently profiled on NPR's popular show "All Things Considered."
Most of the band members also lead their own musical projects and each contributes their unique style to create this Toronto salsa super group. Featuring Lady Son, Roberto Linares Brown, Luisito Orbegoso and Ricky Franco!
Sunday, May 19 (8pm, $15 ADV / $20)
Benjamin Taubkin & Luanda Jones
Internationally-acclaimed Brazilian jazz pianist Benjamim Taubkin joins us direct from Sao Paulo, Brazil to perform a solo concert. Brazilian Canadian composer and vocalist Luanda Jones received rave reviews for her 2009 release Aquarela.
Followed by an Uma Nota After Party
In collaboration with Dos Mundos Arts and Media and aluCine, Colombian-born vocalist, visual artist and Bridges series curator Lido Pimienta joins Uma Nota DJs laying down Afro-Brazilian, funk and Latin grooves and a live performance by Pimienta. ($5 after 10pm)
Thursday, May 23 (8pm, $20 ADV / $25)
Sacha Williamson with Josh Milan + DJs Groove Institute and Dave Campbell, hosted by Kwame Younge
By way of her warm lush harmonies, strong melodic hooks and engaging lyrics, Sacha Williamson leads us through a musical landscape of jazz, soul, electronica and Latin influences. Pennsylvania-based Josh Milan is known for his solo work as a soul/house vocalist and songwriter as well as for his recordings with the legendary house group Blaze.
Friday, May 24
Kervin Barreto With Special Guest Jane Bunnett
Before coming to Canada, Cuban-born trumpeter Kervin Barreto recorded and toured with the legendary Giraldo Piloto and Klimax. In Toronto, he has worked Toronto's top jazz artists including Pat Labarbara, Hilario Durán, and Archie Alleyne. Most recently, Kervin toured internationally with the multiple Grammy award-winning Calle 13.
The hugely influential, multiple Juno Award-winner and Grammy-nominee, Jane Bunnett is celebrated for her groundbreaking exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies, rhythms and musical culture.
Friday, May 24 (10:30pm, $15)
Telmary + Ogguere
Co-presented with Dos Mundos Arts And Media.
Two pioneers of Cuban alternative music, each known for their groundbreaking genre fusions, join forces for the first time.
Havana-born "rapera" Telmary Diaz is much loved by Cuban and international audiences for her mesmerizing blend of poetry, rap, jazz and Cuban rhythms.
Ogguere (aka Edrey Riveri) is recognized for his masterful fusions of traditional Cuban rumba and son with African rhythms, jazz, funk, rap and rock. He has toured Europe with Gilles Peterson and Havana Cultura projects and recently released his critically-acclaimed full-length album, Solar.
Saturday, May 25 (10:30pm, $15ADV / $20)
Adonis Puentes Sabor A Cafe CD Release
Like his fraternal twin Alexis, now better known as Alex Cuba, Adonis Puentes was destined to become a music star. Sabor a Café, his latest CD and first collection of original compositions, fulfills the Cuban-Canadian singer's destiny.
"The new work from Adonis Puentes will surprise many. The variety of the songs, excellent and original arrangements, and the superlative quality of the musicians, produce a record that I consider one of the best I have listened to in some time...I recommend [it] with all my heart." - Ruben Blades
Sunday, May 26 (8pm, $20ADV / $25DOOR)
Jaffa Road + David Buchbinder's Odessa/Havana
Co-presented with Jewish Music Week in Toronto.
Toronto-based, Juno Award-nominee Jaffa Road has created a unique sonic landscape that draws organically from the worlds of sacred and secular Jewish songs, Arabic and Indian music, modern jazz, rock and dub, creating a union between acoustic and electronic, secular and sacred, ancient and modern.
David Buchbinder's Odessa/Havana is a high-powered collision of two great musical styles, both with roots in Andalusia, that builds an original sound from their natural connection. Following up on the success of their debut release, National Jazz Award-winning trumpeter and composer David Buchbinder teams up with JUNO-winning, pianist and composer, Hilario Durán and a crew of Canada's top jazz and world musicians, add Ladino-infected songs and instrumentals from their second CD to be released in June on John Zorn's Tzadik label.
Tuesday, May 28 (8pm, $20 ADV/ $25)
Co-presented with Small World Music
Canadian painter Ihor Polishchuk and the legendary Ukrainian duo, collaborate to create a unique synthesis of evocative poetry, song and visual art.
Critics have described the work of Halyna and Lesia Telnyuk as "a breath of fresh air," "a tonic against despair," and "the last bastion of true poetry and music in the domain of the contemporary Ukrainian song."
Featuring vocalist Stacey Yerofeyeva, DoVira fuses the roots Ukrainian musical heritage with western styles such as jazz, rock, and electronic music.
Friday, May 31
Toronto-based Brazilian dance ensemble Dance Migration is joined by special guest, Brazilian choreographer, instructor and dancer Rosangela Silvestre, direct from Brazil.
A native of Bahia, Silvestre studied and researched the art of dance in Brazil, India Egypt, Senegal and Cuba. The collaborative project, Faces of Samba, is an exploration of samba from the past, the present and the future.
Batucada Carioca, led by percussionist Maninho Costa, performs traditional and rhythms from the samba schools of Rio de Janeiro bringing to Toronto the joy, the fidelity and the soul of true Samba.