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First five Fest AT THE AGA KHAN MUSEUM

Saturday, August 31 | 12 –10 pm & Sunday, September 1 | 12– 6 pm

You're invited! We’re throwing a party to mark five years since we opened our doors and began our quest to connect cultures. In the spirit of that mission, we proudly bring you an exciting range of cross-cultural music including Persian jazz, Filipina hip-hop, and Bhangra dance classes. Check out the full lineup below.

Dang Show

August 31 | 8:45 pm

Famous for their fusion of Persian classical music and jazz, Dang Show features piano, saxophone, Persian poetry, and percussion. Their melodies transport listeners to a world of wonder, romance, and disorienting dreams, putting them on the forefront of Iranian lyric-based music, and making them an inspiration to a new generation of Persian musicians.

Moskitto Bar

August 31 | 6:30 pm

Toronto band Moskitto Bar combines a beautiful and original mix of Ukrainian, Balkan, Iraqi Middle-Eastern, North African/Algerian and French Celtic music. Like their namesake bug — but nicer — Ahmed Moneka, Yura Rafaliuk, Tangi Ropars, Majd Sukar, and Fethi Nadjem feed off each other musically and gain inspiration through sharing.

Amely Zhou

August 31 & September 1 | 12, 1, and 3 pm

Amely Zhou is an award-winning erhu player trained in both the Eastern and Western traditions. She studied at the Shenzhen Arts School, and after immigrating to Canada joined the Toronto Chinese Orchestra. Founder of the fusion instrumental band Spire, she also creates erhu music for television and theatre.

Kathak Dance with Bageshree Vaze

August 31 | 2 pm

Dance artist Bageshree Vaze performs Kathak, the North Indian classical dance style famous for its chakkars (spins) and fast footwork. Trained by some of India's foremost classical dancers, Vaze is now the artistic director of Toronto's Pratibha Arts. As a vocalist, she has released five albums and was named a rising star by MTV India. At our festival, Vaze will be accompanied by Vineet Vyas on the tabla.

Fethi Nadjem Ensemble

August 31 | 2:45 pm

Algerian-Canadian musician Fethi Nadjem leads a diverse quartet of musicians who draw on their roots to create alluring cross-cultural melodies. Nadjem plays the mandole, violin, and gumbri with Peruvian cajon player Matias Recharte, Syrian clarinetist Majd Sekkar, and Canadian guitarist Eric St. Laurent.

Han Han

August 31 | 4 pm

Filipina-Canadian emcee Han Han combines contemporary hip-hop beats with traditional Filipino rhythms to create a fresh danceable sound. Singing in Tagalog and Cebuano about social issues, her performances are kinetic and not be missed. Han Han's single "World Gong Crazy" was nominated for Best Song in the Berlin Music Video Awards in 2017, leading to a deal with label EMI.

TEKE::TEKE

August 31 | 5:15 pm

Montreal-based band TEKE::TEKE blends 1960's Japanese Eleki surf-rock with the modern sound of shoegaze and post-rock, taking listeners on a psychedelic journey into the future. The seven musicians, known for their work in Montreal projects, originally came together in homage to the legendary Japanese guitarist Takeshi ‘Terry’ Terauchi, but quickly began creating their own eclectic music.

Sanskriti Arts: Bhangra Dance

August 31 | 7:30 pm

Sing, dance, and laugh as you pick up a few Bhangra moves that will have you feeling like a star. Bhangra is a traditional Punjabi dance. This class is presented by Sanskriti Arts Ensemble and is choreographed by Puja Amin, with accompaniment from Mandeep Gandhi on the dhol drum.

Kamancello & Gros Morne House Band

September 1 | 4 pm

East-meets-West duo Kamancello returns to the Museum by popular demand. Their evocative fusion of the Kurdish kamanche and classical cello has made waves across the country and in Europe. Comprised of Shahriyar Jamshidi and Raphael Weinroth-Browne, they will be joined by Gros Morne Summer Music's house musicians Bert Power and Matt Glover.

Labyrinth Ontario Showcase

September 1 | 2 pm

An enchanting showcase featuring singer and oud player Lamia Yared, accompanied by Naeem Shanwar on qanun and Ziya Tabassian on percussion. This trio of Montreal-based musicians will perform interpretations of classical Arabic songs, presented by Labyrinth Ontario, an organization dedicated to sharing the modal music traditions of Asia, Europe, and Africa.

Sina Bathaie Ensemble

September 1 | 5:15 pm

Composer and santur player Sina Bathaie is known for his contemporary sound and hypnotic performances that have garnered him fans across the globe. This Iranian-born and Toronto-based musician has carved out a space for himself in the world music scene with two albums that feature his unique mix of traditional Persian melodies and santur with Western instrumentation (guitar, bass guitar, cello, percussion).

With this stellar lineup of talent, you won't want to miss our First Five Fest. We hope to see you here!

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Credits

© The Aga Khan Museum, 2019. Images from top to bottom: hero image by Tihmily Li; Dang Show image courtesy of the artist; Moskitto Bar image by Zahra Salek; Amely Zhou image courtesy of the artist; Bageshree Vaze image courtesy of the artist; Fethi Nadjem Ensemble image courtesy of the artist; Han Han image courtesy of the artist; Teke Teke image courtesy of the artist; Kamancello and Gros Morne image courtesy of Charity Chan; Labyrinth Ontario Showcase image courtesy of the artist; Sina Bathaie Ensemble image courtesy of the artist.

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