Performing Arts Season
Browse the roster of 2015-16 Performing Arts events hosted by CIIS Public Programs & Performances.
The following is a list of our 2015-2016 slate of Performing Arts events.
The Tunisian singer, guitarist, and composer, Emel Mathlouthi, sings mainly in classical Arabic or Tunisian dialects. Her self-produced album marries a lyrical purity of voice with western strings, Maghrebi percussion and electronica. On her debut album, she inhabits, and makes her own, elements from rock and folk, fado and flamenco, Celtic and Tzigane, north African gnawa and rai.
Photo By Ghaith Ghoufa
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of his breakthrough album, Live at Stubb's, Matisyahu has taken a new look at the music that first made his reputation in Live at Stubb's III: A 10-Year Journey. In two stripped-back sit-down shows in March of 2015, Matisyahu performed new arrangements of his early reggae hits from the original album, along with a selection of later favorites up through Akeda. This tour reconnects Matisyahu with long-time musical collaborators and friends from his early touring days, including Live at Stubb's guitarist Aaron Dugan.
Photo By DNP
Kayhan Kalhor, Iranian kamancheh master, and Erdal Erzincan, renowned Turkish baglama player, have entwined Persian classical and Turkish Sufi music since the mid-2000's. Their CD, The Wind, was released in 2006 and their collaboration has remained vibrant ever since. Instruments similar to the violin-like kamancheh are found in musical ensembles throughout the Middle East and South Asia, and the modern violin derives from them. The baglama is used in traditional Anatolian folk music and religious ceremonies of the Alevi Sufis, a Turkish mystical order.
Don't miss Matisyahu: Friday, November 20, 2015.
Experience the rhythmic power of the voice and the mysterious melodic expressions of frame drums, a drum with an unbroken history dating back to ancient Egypt and ancient Mesopotamia. Velez creates new music reflecting our universal search for enchantment as frame drum mastery meets rhythm voice wizardry in a spellbinding pulsing alchemy inspired by synchronized wings, beating hearts and the miracle of flight. Loire Colter will perform with Glen Velez.
Don't miss Glen Velez: Friday, February 5, 2016
After worldwide critical and commercial success in 2006, 2011 and 2013, the fourth installment of Acoustic Africa's exhilarating journey focuses on the richness of the African traditions of voice and song. Acoustic Africa will feature two beloved singers, Habib Koite and Vusi Mahlasela.
Don't miss Acoustic Africa: Saturday, March 19, 2016.
Anoushka Shankar is a true cross-cultural musician. Her interest in multi-genre and modern forms of music is illustrated by her previous Grammy-nominated albums Rise, Traveller and Traces of You. However the ancient Indian classical form she was handed down from her father Ravi Shankar is always the central current running through her work. With the aim of bringing together a variety of cultural experiences and attitudes as organically as possible, Anoushka fuses Eastern influences with electronica mixed with traditional acoustic performance and supported by an ensemble of Western and Eastern musicians, Anoushka will again explore this fascinating world.
Don't miss Anoushka Shankar: Friday, April 15, 2016
Photo By Yuval Hen/Deutsche Grammophon
There is no other voice in Fado quite like that of Ana Moura. She strolls freely through tradition but flirts elegantly with pop music, broadening the spectrum of Fado, so typical of Lisbon, in a very personal way. But what sets her apart is not only the low-pitched and sensual tone, so unique - Ana Moura instantaneously transforms any melody to which she lends her voice, into Fado. It's an immediate spark, an emotional explosion aimed ruthlessly at the listener's heart.
Don't miss Ana Moura: Friday, April 22, 2015
Photo By Isabel Pinto