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World Music Series – Meeting Places: Irshad Khan, Terra Lightfoot & Zal Sissokho October 19 2013

World Music Series – Meeting Places:
Irshad Khan, Terra Lightfoot & Zal Sissokho
October 19, 2013

World Music” – what does it mean exactly? Why not just call it music? The next concert in the Matapa Music & Arts World Music Series asks that question with a unique performance.

Three artists from Canada, Senegal and India will meet in a musical exploration of their respective traditions. This project was created specifically for Matapa’s World Music Series. The goal of the concerts called “Meeting Points” is to present audiences with a way of thinking outside the box when it comes to the power of music and the arts to build our diverse community.

“We would like to give our audiences a sense of the similarities across musical genres and also provide a platform for a cultural exchange to enrich our community through the magic of music,” says Executive & Artistic Director Filimone Mabjaia.

Here’s a closer look at the artists:

Irshad Khan (India)
Irshad Khan is considered among the world’s best Sitar players and the leading Surbahar (Bass Sitar) player of his generation. Being recognized as a child prodigy, he has emerged to be among the most sought after and versatile Indian musicians. He has achieved unparalleled mastery over sitar/surbahar technique in different genres of Indian music such as Dhrupad, Khyal, Tappa, and Thumree. His dedication to the subtleties of the raga lies in bringing out its essence; rendering its pure form of feelings and expressions from meditative to playful, serene to heroic, devotional to romantic. He is renowned for his mastery of both the intricate “gayaki-ang” (vocal) and “tantraang” (instrumental) styles.

Terra Lightfoot (Canada – Hamilton!) plays a dreamy, yet gritty interpretation of roots rock. With a voice clearly influenced by blues pioneers like Leadbelly and Robert Johnson as well as more modern vocalists, Lightfoot switches with ease between heartbreaking ballads, energetic rock songs about new love, and country tunes fit for The Carter Family. Her prowess on the guitar takes influence from both glam rock legend Marc Bolan as well as Nick Drake’s expert acoustic finger-picking. Lightfoot signed on with Sonic Unyon Recording Company to release her self-titled debut in September, 2011. After successfully completing three Canadian tours, Terra recently returned from her first foray overseas. This included a special showcase at MIDEM in Nice, France as well as a string of shows in the UK. In 2013, Lightfoot re-forged her live setup into a good, old fashioned rock trio. Her country band, The Dinner Belles, who have played CMJ in New York, Daniel Lanois’ Greenbelt Harvest Picnic and Supercrawl, are also in the midst of recording their next album.

Zal Sissokho (Senegal)
Not all West African musicians are griots, the conveyers of the oral traditions of the Kouyaté, Diabaté and Sissokho clans, the three major family groups that continue to hand down the memory of the Mandingo peoples. Zal Idrissa Sissokho bears not only the name but also the traditions and background of this culture, in addition to an incredible talent for improvisation. Zal plays the kora (a 21-string bridge harp) and sings melodies in both the Malinke and Wolof languages that are inspired by or that borrow from the traditions of West Africa. He arrived in Montreal in 1999 and very quickly established a solid reputation on the Montreal music scene.