Welcome to OperaWorld/WorldMusic
-- the future in four corners of the world
The internet, satellite television and cheap travel are turning the world into a global village. As different musical cultures collide and influence each other, the human voice remains a constant of human expression, but the opera of the new century will be refracted through the prism of a multi-cultural world. Where might the new musical hybrids lead? What kinds of music, what kinds of operas might results?
ROH2 and OperaGenesis combine to celebrate the range and diversity of many traditions to pose the question, how will world music change the shape
and sounds of 21st century opera?
Two outstanding performers from Real World are taking part in this series of concerts at the Linbury Theatre which is part of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. On Wednesday 25 January Iarla O Lionaird will be performing with musicians Leo Abrahams and Graham Henderson. On Saturday 28 you can catch Daby Touré.
This will be an fantastic setting for music unexpected in an opera house!
Iarla's latest album has had been this year's critics choice - voted best album (Folk and Traditional Music) by The Irish Times.
On December 14 he recorded three songs for the upcoming series of Other Voices in Daingean, County Kerry along with Asian Dub Foundation, Jape and The Alabama 3. You can catch this on screen in the new year.
You can also catch Iarla on an RTÉ television special - the Cork 2005 Gala Event - sharing the stage with James Galway, Michael O Suilleabhain, Catherine Leonard, Majella Cullagh and others.
And yet another TV appearance will be on the TG4 TV channel 'Ardan' with Grahan Henderson and Leo Abrahams!
Chinese flute player, writer and chinese food specialist Guo Yue will be performing in London on the day that his first book is published. More details about the book and his new Real World CD - both entitled 'Music Food and Love' can be found on Yue's website.
On Wednesay 25 January from 1.05 to 1.55 pm at St Anne and St Agnes, Gresham Street, London EC2V (closest tube: St Pauls) Yue will perform with percussionist Joji Hirota. 'Red Ribbon' is unique Japanese-Chinese partnership which began in the late 1980s. The concert is free and part of the Corporation of London's Winter series.
Afro Celt Sound System's Anatomic was voted number 2 in the 'Best of Echoes' Listeners Poll for 2005. Echoes is the nightly music soundscape heard on over 130 public radio stations across America, on XM satellite radio, Channel 133 on Sundays 3 till 5 pm (ET in the USA) on online via the link below.
The album also came in at number 19 in the '25 Essential Echoes CDs for 2005' as picked by presenter John Dillberto and his staff.
Värttinä are to lauch the opening night of next year's music industry bonanza MIDEM with a performance alongside other Finnish artists. Performance date: Sunday, January 22, 2006
Venue: Palais des Festivals, Salle Ambassadeurs, Cannes France. Doors: 20:00 Showtime: 21:00-21:30.
Värtinnä will be celebrating the worldwide release of their 10th studio album "Miero" on Real World on January 30th and the start of previews of the Lord of the Rings stage production in Toronto on February 2 and the Gala World Premiere on March 23 at Princess of Wales Theatre, featuring music co-composed by Värttinä, Indian composer A.R. Rahman and LOTR music supervisor Chris Nightingale.
You can catch Iarla O Lionnaird both on air and live on Friday 25 November. At 2.45 pm RTÉ radio 1 in Ireland welcomes Iarla as the guest curator of their magazine arts programme Rattlebag. Iarla's chosen theme is "Lift Off - Space, Music and Creativity" and you can hear a collection of music, poetry and spoken word exploring this fascinating idea. Expect the usual measure of ancedote, erudition and wit from Ireland's leading sean-nós singer. Not to be missed for Irish listeners (or log no at the address below).
Later in the evening Iarla will be performing live in a trio with Graham Henderson and Leo Abrams at Cork City Town Hall as part of the celebrations of 2005 City of Culture. The theme of the concert is Music Migrations - North of the River. As the world truly becomes a global village, the Irish music scene has also changed with the times. From the first recordings of music on a wax cylinder to the most sophisticated of digital downloads today, music has mutated and morphed into an attempt to fully embrace these changes, whist still remaining rooted in the oral tradition transmitting its message from person to person. Ireland has also one of the most vibrant contemporary music scenes in the world. This contemporary voice, this 'other' voice if you like, will be an integral part of this final part of the Music Migrations series where we celebrate The Irish Voice from the traditional to the contemporary. A concert not to be missed!
The Blind Boys of Alabama, winners of animpressive four Grammy Awards in the past four years, will be performing their soulful family Christmas tour
Go Tell It On The Mountain all over the country again this year. They will take their annual holiday show to major cities around the country including
Cleveland, San Francisco, Fort Worth, Austin, and end at Los Angeles'prestigious Walt Disney Concert Hall.
While preparing for the holiday tour, the Blind Boys took time out to perform at a heavenly tribute to Sam Cooke at the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame last week. Kicking off the performance with This Little Light of Mine, the Blind Boys joined Aretha Franklin, Elvis Costello, The Dixie
Hummingbirds, Solomon Burke and others on the bill.
The band will also perform on the "Tonight Show" during Christmas week.
Following his highly acclaimed album 'Diam' and his international touring success Daby has been recognised with a nomination in the 'newcomer' section of the prestigious BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards. The winners will be announced at the Awards concert in London on April 7 2006