Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Contest: Labyrinth Musical Workshop

Labyrinth Musical Workshop Concert Contest

May 12–June 2, 2018

Inspired by the original Labyrinth Musical Workshop based in Crete, this new initiative from local music stalwarts Araz Salek and Jonathan Adjemian is devoted to exploring the traditions and finding new innovations in global modal musics. To that end, Labyrinth is hosting nearly a dozen workshops with master musicians from around the world. One spin-off from that is that many of them will also be performing in a series of concerts over the next four Saturday nights:

  • This Tale of Ours (Saturday, May 12th), a quartet made up of two Toronto-based musicians (tar player Araz Salek and tombak player Pedram Khavarzamini), and two musicians based in Crete (multi-instrumentalists Ross Daly and Kelly Thoma), playing original and existing compositions drawing on the modal musics of Iran, the former Ottoman empire, and the Balkans.
  • Kurdish tanbur legend Ali Akbar Moradi and Azeri Kemanche virtuoso Imamyar Hasanov each play a solo set on Saturday, May 19th.
  • a rare Toronto presentation of Afghani classical music by Afghan rubab player Qureishi, plus a performance by Toronto/Istanbul master of Turkish folk styles Ahmet Ihvani, performing on baǧlama on Saturday, May 26th.
  • world-renowned Bulgarian vocalist Tzvetanka Varimezova (in concert with local musicians) plus oud master Bassam Bishara on Saturday, June 2nd.


Compared to a $5 DIY show, these tickets are a bit more of an investment, but these are rare opportunities to see musicians that don't often play here. All shows are at Eastminster United Church (310 Danforth Av.), close to Chester Station. You can get information and buy tickets directly from Labyrinth's website.


Thanks to our friends at Labyrinth, I have a pair of tickets to give away to your choice of one of these four concerts.

To enter, shoot me an email to mechanicalforestsound@gmail.com, with "contest" in the title and your name in the body, plus the name or date of which show you're interested in. I'll randomly draw a winner on Friday, May 11th at noon.

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