Taiko Returns this week; Sept/Oct’s world of music – right in Claremont!

Burlington Taiko Group Performance

September 21, 2018 @ 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts

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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HopStop: Mouli Pal and Friends – Dance from India

September 22, 2018 @ 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at CSB Community Center: City of Claremont

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!

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Mohamed Abozekry & Karkadé

September 26, 2018 @ 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts @ Union Church

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.

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Youssra El Hawary Performance

October 8, 2018 @ 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts

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.

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Dinuk Wijeratne Trio

October 12, 2018 @ 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts

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.

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The Bach Tree returns!

October 12 – 14

Step far beyond the musical page to develop your creative and collaborative skills and amplify your craft. work with internationally acclaimed and well-travelled musicians Dinuk Wijeratne and Nick Halley. An intensive workshop using the extraordinary Bach Canons as a foundation for performance, composition and improvisation, with an aim to broaden the skill set and imaginations of all participants.

October 12th: Participant Introduction and Meet and Greet

October 13 and 14 Workshops Sessions and Showcase. Participates will be placed in groups based on their topic interests and availability.

For more information on this very special workshops, visit: wcc-ma.org/bachtree.

Friday at 6:30: Kinan Azmeh and Dinuk Wijeratne bring a New Sonic World

Internationally Acclaimed Duo Celebrate 10 Years in Claremont

Kinan Azmeh, clarinet and Dinuk Wijeratne, piano celebrate 10 years at WCCMA with new works by the acclaimed duo. The Duo creates a new sonic world through their unique fusion of Arabic and south-Asian vocabulary with classical and jazz idioms. Audiences are moved by their expressive performances and the stories that inspired them. Despite their high demand as world-class composers and performers with engagements across the world Azmeh and Wijeratne consider Claremont to be one of their homes, and make time to return at least once per year for performances, education programs, and collaboration. 

This performance is a part of WCCMA’s Summer Concert Series at Union Church, a music series committed to barriers free access to great music. Admission is by donation. For this concert we suggest a donation of $25 or $40 for families, or “pay what you can.” For more information visit wcc-ma.org.

Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh is hailed as a “Virtuoso” and “Intensely Soulful” by the New York Times, “Spellbinding”  by the New Yorker, and “Incredibly Rich Sound” by the CBC.  Kinan has been touring the world as soloist, composer and improviser. His utterly distinctive sound across different musical genres has gained him international recognition as clarinetist and composer. Kinan was recently named composer-in-residence with Classical Movements for the 2017-2018 season, and he is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble with whom he was awarded a Grammy in 2017.

Sri Lankan-born Canadian Dinuk Wijeratne is a JUNO award-winning composer, conductor, and pianist who has been described by the Toronto Star as ‘an artist who reflects a positive vision of our cultural future’, and by the New York Times as ‘exuberantly creative’. His boundary-crossing work sees him equally at home in collaborations with symphony orchestras and string quartets, tabla players and DJs, and takes him to international venues as poles apart as the Berlin Philharmonie and the North Sea Jazz Festival.

Wednesday: Bassel and the Supernaturals return to Claremont

Chicago indie-funk band bring some soul to summer

On Wednesday August 8th at 6:30 Bassel and the Supernaturals will perform an outdoor concert at Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH, rain location inside the church building. Bring a chair or blanket and all your friends and family for this great family friendly concert. We suggest a freewill donation of $15 each, or $30 for families at the event. This performance is a part of WCCMA’s Summer Concert Series at Union Church, a music series committed to barriers free access to great music.

Also coming up: Kinan Azmeh and Dinuk Wijeratne Friday August 10

Bassel & The Supernaturals is an eclectic ensemble based in Chicago, IL led by the soulful vocals of Syrian-American songwriter Bassel Almadani. Their music combines soul, jazz, and funk with captivating lyrics about love, loss, corporate life, and a war in Syria that has directly affected Bassel’s family along with over 10,000,000 others.

The soulful Syrian-American vocalist and his ensemble raised over $11,000 during the preorder campaign for their full-length album, Elements (2017), with over $3,000 in donations for humanitarian aid in Syria. They were also featured in the nationally-acclaimed SXSW showcase ContraBanned: #MusicUnites featuring artists from the diaspora of the countries targeted by the travel ban.

In addition to performing in clubs and festivals across the nation, Bassel partners with universities and charity organizations nationwide to host seminars, workshops, and benefit concerts drawing attention to the crisis in Syria.