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Sep
21
Fri
Burlington Taiko Group Performance @ West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts
Sep 21 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Burlington Taiko Group Performance @ West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts | Claremont | NH | US

Join us in the field at Union Church for our Annual Japanese Taiko Drumming performance! This year will feature participants in the taiko drumming workshops, and a performance by a Burlington Taiko Group Trio. You won’t want to miss this annual event. Admission for this event is by freewill donation, suggested at $15 for Adults and $25 for families, or pay what you can. WCCMA is committed to making music and art accessible to everyone in our community, and so we invite you to attend regardless of financial situation.

 

Burlington Taiko Drumming Residency

September 19 – 21 @ CSB Community Center

Learn to play the taiko drum in this fun and informative multi-day workshop. Afternoon Workshop: Wednesday – Thursday 3:00pm – 4:30pm. Evening Workshop: Wednesday and Friday at 6:00 – 8:00pm. Freewill suggested donation $25. Friday 5pm rehearsal for all drummers who plan to participate in the performance.

For information about the Taiko Drumming Workshops held Sept 19-21 please contact melissa@wcc-ma.org.

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Since 1987, Burlington Taiko has been mesmerizing audiences with the powerful, spellbinding and propulsive sounds of the taiko.

Burlington Taiko Group estimates it has introduced over half a million people to the power of taiko via public performances including feature performances at the 100th running of the Boston Marathon, annual performances at Burlington’s First Night, the Joseph Campbell – Keepers of the Lore festival, the Black Ships Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, and over 200 corporate, collegiate and public performances.

In 2001, Burlington Taiko received First Night International’s Prism Award, first place recognition for Most Creative Programming.

In 2002 Burlington Taiko participated in its first tour of Japan, performing a series of concerts in the prefecture of Tottori at the Gaina Matsuri in Yonago.

The group has been honored 3 times by the International Taiko community having been selected as a feature performer at the 2008 40th International Taiko Festival in San Francisco, the 1999 North American Taiko Conference in Los Angeles, and the 1998 30th International Taiko Festival in San Francisco.

Burlington Taiko is the performance arm of our non-profit entity, Taiko AikoKai New England (TANE). Our mission: to promote the performance and practice of Taiko and provide education about Taiko and Japanese culture.

Sep
22
Sat
HopStop: Mouli Pal and Friends – Dance from India @ CSB Community Center: City of Claremont
Sep 22 @ 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
HopStop: Mouli Pal and Friends – Dance from India @ CSB Community Center: City of Claremont | Claremont | New Hampshire | United States

World dance at its best! Assisted by her students, professional performer and educator Mouli Pal introduces the grace and intricacy of classical Indian dances like Bharatanatyam and Odissi. These ancient dance forms are infused with moods and emotions inspired by stories, songs and art from India. Audience members will have the chance to learn and try some simple movement.

Programmed in conjunction with Ragamala Dance Company “Written in Water” performing at the Hop on Sep 18 & 19.

These free performances are designed to entertain and introduce children ages 3 and up to the world of dance, music, theater and storytelling. The performances are participatory, so come ready to sing, dance and clap along—and bring the whole family!

Sep
26
Wed
Mohamed Abozekry & Karkadé @ West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts @ Union Church
Sep 26 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Mohamed Abozekry & Karkadé @ West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts @ Union Church | Claremont | NH | US

With his group, Karkadé, Mohamed Abozekry fuses Egypt’s popular and classical music traditions with virtuosity and mystique. This performance is a part of WCCMA’s fall season of live performances and education, we are committed to barriers free access to great music. Admission is by freewill donation. For this concert we suggest a donation of $20 Adults, $30 for families, or “pay what you can.” For more information visit wcc-ma.org.

Mohamed Abozekry has that rare gift of combining limitless virtuosity with an unbridled imagination. An oud master still in his mid-twenties, Abozerky’s ambitions – to musically interpret the world around him and de-exoticize his instrument – mark him as a polymath of forms. “I never move backwards, but in a circular motion and return to the place I started with more experience.”

With Karkadé, Abozekry evokes the hibiscus tea found everywhere in Cairo, and the eponymous French café at which this project was born. He convenes Egypt’s popular and classical music traditions, her Sufi calls, and secular poetry, to musically describe a path to an Arab world at peace with its history and turned towards the future.

Abozekry “has a stunning command of his instrument, as well as an open ear for other forms.” (PASTE MAGAZINE)

The presentation of Mohamed Abozekry & Karkadé is part of Center Stage, a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. General management is provided by Lisa Booth Management, Inc.

Oct
8
Mon
Youssra El Hawary Performance @ West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts
Oct 8 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Youssra El Hawary Performance @ West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts | Claremont | NH | US

This performance is a part of WCCMA’s fall season of live performances and education, we are committed to barriers free access to great music. Admission is by freewill donation. For this concert we suggest a donation of $20 Adults, $30 for families, or “pay what you can.” For more information visit wcc-ma.org.

Youssra El Hawary’s socially-aware, personal, and original music innovates as much in content as it does in style. In the half-decade since she became a slyly defiant sensation in the aftermath of the Egyptian revolution, El Hawary continues to be a bellwether of everyday life. With charismatic charm, her lithe compositions capture the stories of Cairo, and the charged alchemy of the Mediterranean basin that fuels her distinctive and soulful sound.

Perfect, easy magic. I’m totally hooked on music by this folkie-ish, indie-ish, chanson-ish singer/songwriter from Egypt armed not with a guitar, but … an accordion.” (NPR’s All Songs Considered)

The presentation of Youssra El Hawary is part of Center Stage, a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. General management is provided by Lisa Booth Management, Inc.

 

Oct
12
Fri
Dinuk Wijeratne Trio @ West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts
Oct 12 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Dinuk Wijeratne Trio @ West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts | Claremont | NH | US

The Dinuk Wijeratne Trio performs globally-inspired music effortlessly blending Classical, World, and Jazz. Compositions by Dinuk Wijeratne for piano, upright bass, and percussion. This performance is a part of the Bach Tree Residency program, and is funded in part by a donation from the Byrne Foundation, and by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.

WCCMA is committed to barriers free access to great music. Admission is by donation, the suggested freewill contribution is $20 for Adults, $30 for Families, or pay what you can. For more information about WCCMA visit wcc-ma.org.