Across the world, people have stretched string-like fibers across a sound box and plucked sounds with their fingers or produced it with bows. From cellos to ouds, koras to harps, burus to hurdy gurdys to pipa, quanun to double bass. Most of these derive from ancient instruments, require years of dedicated training to bring out the full range of their sounds, and produce sophisticated music played by highly skilled musicians.
Come explore the dramatically different aural soundscapes created by stringed instruments from across the world, played by virtuosi from home and abroad. Be prepared to open your ears, drop your preconceptions and discover new and ancient heartwarming resonances.
1:30pm – 2:30pm The Traditional Arabic Music Ensemble Featuring George Sawa and Nada El Masriya
2:30pm – 3:30pm Ethiopia: Classical Variations
3:30pm – 4:30pm Lute Legends Ensemble Flowing from the same source, what happened to the pipa, the lute and the oud at intersections along the silk road? Can they speak to each other today?
5:00pm Flames Across the Border Featuring Mike Ford
5:30pm – 6:30pm Indian violin and Ontario folk converge to create brand new musical offerings.
7:30pm Classic turkish melodies energized with contemporary vigour!
8:15pm – 9:15pm Irshad Khan creates ancient melodies in a new context.
9:15pm Classic turkish melodies energized with contemporary vigour!
10:00pm –11:00pm Step into the mind of Deborah Henson-Conant. A mind where watermelons can swing their hips like Elvis, dogs go back to school to get their pedigrees and Jimi Hendrix turns up the distortion on his solid-body electric harp in Heaven.