Festival to Bridge Musical Differences With Culturally Diverse Program

Festival to Bridge Musical Differences With Culturally Diverse Program

  The Austin Troubadours will perform March 29 as part of Musical Bridges Around the World’s sixth annual International Music Festival. Causing heart attacks is not officially in the mission statement of Musical Bridges Around the World (MBAW), but its programming nearly caused a couple of them, according to founder Anya Grokhovski. The occasion was two classically trained musicians confronting their long-held stereotypes during a 2011 MBAW concert that mixed traditional European classical music with traditional Indian classical music. Just that both could be rightly termed “classical” shocked Grokhovski, and her Indian...

Sunday, 31 March/San Fernando Cathedral/7PM Family Affair: Janoska Ensemble from Vienna

Sunday, 31 March/San Fernando Cathedral/7PM Family Affair: Janoska Ensemble from Vienna

Sunday, 31 March/San Fernando Cathedral/7pm Family Affair: Janoska Ensemble from Vienna New directions in music are currently trending under imaginative names, fusion and crossover categories are constantly expanding. But the classically-trained Janoska Ensemble crosses all boundaries with its polyglot musical language. Its debut CD, which climbed to gold within a few months, bears the apt title “Janoska Style” (Deutsche Grammophon 2016). Summing up the special quality of the Janoska arrangements in a few words is no easy task: they are parallel incursions into classical territory and into far distant realms of musical repertoire, in which...

Friday 29 March/San Fernando Cathedral/CHANGED TIME 8PM Enchanted tales of Renaissance: Austin Troubadours, Medieval and Renaissance European Music Ensemble

Friday 29 March/San Fernando Cathedral/CHANGED TIME 8PM Enchanted tales of Renaissance: Austin Troubadours, Medieval and Renaissance European Music Ensemble

Friday, 29 March/San Fernando Cathedral/CHANGED TIME: 8PM Enchanted Tales of Renaissance: Austin Troubadours, Medieval and Renaissance European Music Ensemble The Austin Troubadours is an international group of instrumentalists and singers whose mission is to revive the beauty of musical masterpieces from Medieval and Renaissance Europe.” It is founded in 2008 in Austin, Texas by the award-winning lutenist and early music specialist Slobodan Vujisic. Seven musicians in period costumes with more than 30 authentic period instruments, perform dances and songs of Medieval and Renaissance Europe. A high energy, non-conventional show sets the...

Sunday 24 March/Empire Theater/3PM Kaoru Watanabe’s Trio and Nao Kusuzaki, dance/Japan

Sunday 24 March/Empire Theater/3PM Kaoru Watanabe’s Trio and Nao Kusuzaki, dance/Japan

Kaoru Watanabe Trio:       Kaoru Watanabe (bamboo flute and taiko drumming), Satoshi Takeishi (percussion) and Maeve Gilchrist (Celtic Harp) Brooklyn-based composer and Japanese drum and flute virtuoso Kaoru Watanabe, known for his cross-cultural collaborations with such artists as cellist Yo-Yo Ma, jazz pianist Jason Moran, Japanese National Living Treasure Bando Tamasaburo, flamenco star Eva Yerbabuena and for his work on Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, performs music that takes the sounds of traditional Japan and blends them with dynamic improvisations and global rhythms. A long-time performing member and artistic director of the...

Saturday 23 March/Empire Theater/7PM “Jazz Impressions: Tom Harrell Quintet and Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet”

Saturday 23 March/Empire Theater/7PM “Jazz Impressions: Tom Harrell Quintet and Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet”

Saturday, 23 March/Empire Theatre/7pm Jazz impressions: Tom Harrell Quintet and Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet Tom Harrell, who was acclaimed “2018 Trumpeter of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association, joins his expressive brass brother Ambrose Akinmusire for a one-night-only journey through a wide-ranging musical soundscape, at the Empire Theater, San Antonio TX, March 23, 2019, 7:30 PM. Free admission. With this Quintet, Harrell doubles down to reimagine compositions originally written for his 2016 album, SOMETHING GOLD, SOMETHING BLUE, a two-trumpet experimental group he led featuring Akinmusire and a guitar-based rhythm section....

Friday, 22 March/Empire Theatre/7pm “East meets west”: Kayhan Kalhor (kamancheh or spike-fiddle), Iran and American String Quartet, Brooklyn Rider

Friday, 22 March/Empire Theatre/7pm “East meets west”: Kayhan Kalhor (kamancheh or spike-fiddle), Iran and American String Quartet, Brooklyn Rider

Kayhan Kalhor – kamancheh (spiked fiddle) Johnny Gandelsman – violin Colin Jacobsen – violin Nicholas Cords – viola Michael Nicolas – cello   Silent City, the “stunning collaboration” between Iranian kamancheh, or spike-fiddle, virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor and the adventurous, American string quartet, Brooklyn Rider has been hailed by the critics as “challenging music [that is] a real thrill ride” (Strings Magazine).     “The borough’s chief string quartet teamed up with the Iranian fiddler ­Kayhan Kalhor for one of those cross-cultural evenings that might have made no sense at all but instead displayed a loose, magical logic. One of...

International Music Festival Imports Worldly Talent for Free Concerts at San Antonio Landmarks

International Music Festival Imports Worldly Talent for Free Concerts at San Antonio Landmarks

Armed with three degrees from Moscow’s Russian Academy of Music, concert pianist Anya Grokhovski arrived in the U.S. in 1989 and moved to San Antonio three years later for a position as a staff accompanist at UTSA. After bringing several Russian and European musicians to San Antonio for performances, Grokhovski launched an intimate series of house concerts that evolved into Musical Bridges Around the World (MBAW) — a multicultural arts nonprofit that aims to “unite people one concert at a time.” While possibly best recognized for its genre-spanning series Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral, MBAW also reaches 50,000 students,...

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                      Armed with three degrees from Moscow’s Russian Academy of Music, concert pianist Anya Grokhovski arrived in the U.S. in 1989 and moved to San Antonio three years later for a position as a staff accompanist at UTSA. After bringing several Russian and European musicians to San Antonio for performances, Grokhovski launched an intimate series of house concerts that evolved into Musical Bridges Around the World (MBAW) — a multicultural arts nonprofit that aims to “unite people one concert at a time.” While possibly best recognized for its genre-spanning series Musical...

International Music Festival presented by Musical Bridges Around the World features spectacular performances

International Music Festival presented by Musical Bridges Around the World features spectacular performances

From the music of medieval and Renaissance Europe, to American jazz, to the sounds of Japanese instruments, the 6th annual International Music Festival returns to the Alamo City from March 22 to 31. All performances are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.mbaw.org or call (210) 464-1534. Friday, March 22 7 p.m. Empire Theatre “Persian Delight with an American Twist” Three-time Grammy Award-nominee Kayhan Kalhor, the world’s preeminent master of the kamancheh (four-stringed upright Persian fiddle), performs with Brooklyn Rider, the innovative string quartet praised for its “Beethoven-goes-indie foray into making...

MBAW Featured In SA Current | International Music Festival Imports Worldly Talent for Free Concerts at San Antonio Landmarks

MBAW Featured In SA Current | International Music Festival Imports Worldly Talent for Free Concerts at San Antonio Landmarks

International Music Festival Imports Worldly Talent for Free Concerts at San Antonio Landmarks Written By Bryan Rindfuss on Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 10:18 am from SA Current. Original article can be viewed by clicking here. Courtesy of International Music Festival Kayhan Kalhor Armed with three degrees from Moscow’s Russian Academy of Music, concert pianist Anya Grokhovski arrived in the U.S. in 1989 and moved to San Antonio three years later for a position as a staff accompanist at UTSA. After bringing several Russian and European musicians to San Antonio for performances, Grokhovski launched an intimate series of house concerts that evolved...