Ahmed Hamad and Turath Ensemble present: Dabke is Life
Spirit of Music Garden
601 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
Dance Lesson: 6–7pm
Music & Dancing: 7:30–9:30pm
Spirit of Music Garden
601 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
Dance Lesson: 6–7pm
Music & Dancing: 7:30–9:30pm
Our Director Ronnie Malley will represent Intercultural Music at the 2018 Arts Midwest Conference. Come visit our booth.
World-class entertainment with international artists for events large and small. Whether you are looking for a solo artist, ensemble, or themed event, we can provide all aspects of programming from performance to production. Read More →
Professional instruction in musical traditions from cultures around the world. We offer group and private instruction, workshops and assemblies, artist residencies, lectures, and professional development. Read More →
Intercultural Music Production provides music composition, recording, and production at our professional studio. Our team of artists produce albums and create original music scores for film and theater, motion jingles, and sample packs for music producers. Read More →
Committed to presenting world-class entertainment with international artists, Intercultural Music promotes an understanding of global cultures through the performing arts. Our artists specialize in a variety of styles including Middle Eastern, North African, Andalusian, Greek, Turkish, South Asian music and more. Our Intercultural Music team can provide all aspects of programming from performance to production, including referrals and consultation for world music education and cultural events. Contact us for more information about one of our groups or any specific requests for a group from the genres listed. Artist Roster →
Founded by Chicago musicians, performers, producers, and educators in 2007, Intercultural Music Production is a cultural arts organization committed to empowering a global community through performance, education, and production.
The partners and artists at Intercultural Music Production have worked with organizations and musicians from around the world and specialize in Middle Eastern, North African, Balkan, South Asian music and more.
INTERCULTURAL MUSIC PRODUCTION
1644 N. HONORE, SUITE 302, CHICAGO, IL 60622, USA
ARTS MIDWEST: The preeminent booking and education conference for the Midwest performing arts industry will take place Wednesday, September 5–Saturday, September 8 at the Indiana Convention Center.
Each year the Arts Midwest Conference brings together a community of arts professionals who create, present, and tour performances to audiences across the Midwest. It’s a must-attend event for anyone looking to deepen their connections with colleagues and bolster their work, including:
– Performing artists
– Artist managers and booking agents
– Representatives from performing arts presenting organizations
– Administrators from service or other arts organizations
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Vernon Area Public Library: 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, IL 60069
DOORS: library opens at noon, performance space seating begins 12:30 PM
PERFORMANCE: 1-2 PM
An ensemble without borders, Lamajamal performs classical, folk, and sacred music from around the world. With each member in the trio trained in various musical traditions, the group has an extensive repertoire from the Middle East, North Africa, Balkans, Turkey, Greece, and South Asia. Lamajamal concerts explore the historical and social commonalities among musical styles, cultures, and religions to foster a sense of global citizenry.
REGISTER. This program is free and open to all. Registration is required. Register online here, by telephone at 224-543-1485, or in person at any public service desk in the library.
Presented by the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace
Saturday, March 10, 6:30pm
Canterbury High School
3210 Smith Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804
Please join us as we host nationally-acclaimed, Chicago-based Surabhi Ensemble performing "The Andalusian Trail - Music and Dance from India, North Africa, and the Middle East."
The Andalusian Trail celebrates the shared cultural history of medieval Andalusia (southern Spain), the civilizations – India, Middle East, North Africa – that nurtured the coexistence of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, a rich exchange of music, culture, and science. Surabhi Ensemble performs original, traditional, and modern music and dance with original Indo-European instruments. With an Arts United “Amply Arts” Matching Grant
PURCHASE TICKETS: $25 adult, $5 student
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2018 @ 11-11:30 AM and 1:30-2:00 PM
Join us at The Field Museum this Saturday Feb 17th from 11am-2pm for a family-friendly musical performance by Lamajamal, performing music inspired by the exhibit Ancient Mediterranean Cultures in Contact. Free admission in February for Illinois residents!
The Crown Family PlayLab invites you to join us for Art and Science Spotlight, a special program that brings storytellers, musicians, painters, and other performers to the Museum to meet you and your little one!
What happens when cultures collide and people are able to trade, interact, and influence each other like never before? Ancient Mediterranean Cultures in Contact will feature an impressive array of Roman, Egyptian, Greek, and Etruscan objects and dives into a time when borders opened and civilizations began to interact. This unprecedented movement led to trade, travel, and the exchange of ideas across seas and continents, fueling innovation and adoption in the arts, religion, language, and writing.
Showcasing more than 100 objects from The Field Museum collections, Ancient Mediterranean includes Etruscan gold jewelry, a mummy from Egypt, and a bronze bathtub from Pompeii.
Each individual piece in the exhibition has a much larger story to tell: a Roman Period mummy from Egypt, an Etruscan vase made in the Greek style, and the crowning of Greek and Roman leaders as pharaohs challenge what we’ve come to believe about these ancient nations and the world we live in today.
Field Museum's Art&Science Spotlight Event!
Field Museum's Play Lab -1400 S Lake Shore Dr - Chicago, IL
Join Indo/Afro/Arabo/Flamenco group Surabhi at the Acorn Theatre in Three Oaks, MI as they celebrate the release of their new album.
Surabhi features artists who have performed with Las Guitarras de España, Ensemble of Ragas, as well as Lookingglass and the Goodman Theater productions. Surabhi most recently performed a successful concert in Michigan City for the relief of Syrian refugees. The ensemble returns to the Acorn Theater for a 3rd year in a row to release a new CD. The ensemble will feature an outstanding line-up from Chicago’s musical theater scene, including Ronnie Malley, Arabic oud ("The White Snake"), Sara Ranganathan, veena ("The Jungle Book"), Bob Garrett, percussion (Sting’s "The Last Ship") and Carlo Basile, Spanish guitar ("Cascabel with chef Rick Bayless"). South Indian Tabla master, Dhanajay Kunte and Senegalese percussionist, Mamadou Tama will add stunning percussion elements to the performance with flamenco dancer, Marisela Tapia and South Indian dancer, Kinnari Vora adding movement to the mix!
The Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, Michigan, is located approximately 70 miles from downtown Chicago and 60 miles from Kalamazoo. It’s an intimate and eclectic non-profit performance space featuring rock, folk, indie, jazz, opera, open mics, drama, and comedy. Housed in a turn of the century former corset stay factory, this beautiful building is now a venue to many performers of incomparable talent who delight in the proximity to the audience and outstanding acoustics. The Acorn produces approximately 80 shows a year in its 250-seat house. The full bar offers local brews, wine, and mixed drinks.
Surabhi Ensemble is a global music and dance collective representing different cultures. The group was founded by Indian veena artist Saraswathi Ranganathan in 2010 and is based in Chicago. The ensemble began with the intention of producing cross-cultural music influenced by Indian raga. It has grown to include Arab Maqam music from North Africa, the Middle East as well as Spanish flamenco, with Andalusia, Spain (Al-Andalus in Arabic) being the natural end point to the journey of the many cultures represented within the Surabhi Ensemble.
The mission of the Surabhi Ensemble is to demonstrate the connections between cultures and to teach a positive message of togetherness in creating, performing, and demonstrating new works of music and dance. Members of the group work in many settings such as schools, hospitals, theaters, concert halls, festivals, refugee organizations, neighborhood parks, and cultural centers to bring this positive message of cultural unity and outreach.
The artists in the Surabhi Ensemble are dynamic individuals who have traveled the world to study, teach, perform and to gather materials in an effort to create new music with a diverse and rich palette. The group has taken extra time and care to absorb and integrate the rhythms, melodies, and musical structures of the various cultures represented. Some of this work has now been recorded and released on the self-titled debut from the Surabhi Ensemble. In addition to Saraswathi Ranganathan on veena, the ensemble features Ronnie Malley (Arab oud and vocals), Carlo Basile (Spanish guitar), Dhananjay Kunte (tabla), Ganapathi Ranganathan (Mridangam), Bob Garrett (percussion), Kinnari Vora (Indian folk, classical, and modern dance) and Marisela Tapia (Spanish flamenco and Arab dance). The ensemble has also enjoyed collaborating with many guest artists including Mamadou Tama (African “talking” drums), Greg Nergaard (bass), Kinan Abou-afach (cello), Chihsuan Yang (violin and erhu), and Morikeba Kouyate (kora).
Surabhi has enjoyed many positive reviews of its work and currently has an ongoing residency at the prestigious Instituto Cervantes Chicago. To quote the words of Teresa Hernando, the Cultural Program Coordinator of the Instituto Cervantes, "Surabhi Ensemble is a perfect combination of musicians and storytellers, blending wonderful music with humor and memoir." The current CD release was made possible by a recent grant from the City of Chicago. The group is excited to be presenting their CD release concert on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at 7PM CST the Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio Street, Chicago.
Join us at the Navy Pier Beer garden for a global music dance party featuring Lamajamal's infectious Balkan, Middle Eastern and Turkish grooves! Booty Movement Collective opens the show starting at 2pm!
2:00pm-3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm: Booty Movement Coalition
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm: Lamajamal
Director Wanees Zarour leads the 45+ piece ensemble, composed of university students and community members, through the music of Persia. Guest vocalists and instrumentalists infuse the stage with a feast for ears and eyes at this standing-room-only event. (it's actually a seated event - come early to get a seat!)
Doors open at 6:30pm, music from 7-9pm
Free, donations requested: $10 general, $5 UChicago students and children
915 E 60th St, Chicago, Illinois 60637
More info about this concert and MEME on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/meme.uchicago
Loyola University, Piper Hall, 1032 W. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL
Chicago Flamenco Festival Kick Off Concert.
Join world music group Surabhi for the return of: "The Andalusian Trail: Roots of Flamenco." We will be opening the 2017 Chicago Flamenco Festival at the City Winery Chicago. The concert will be a one-evening reprise of our previous sold out shows at the Instituto Cervantes Chicago in October of 2016. Please join us in celebrating the diversity of cultures that make up Chicago and this world.
From Rajasthan to the Middle East to North Africa and across the Mediterranean into Andalusia, musical ideas and instruments were exchanged and have contributed to the foundation of flamenco music. Members of the ensemble Surabhi will present an evening of music featuring the shared cultural history of medieval Andalusia to the present. The performance will include original and traditional repertoire with Spanish guitar, Arabo-Andalusian poetry and music by Ronnie Malley on oud and harmonium, as well as Rajasthani folk dance by Kinnari Vora and flamenco and Mid-Eastern dance by Marisela Tapia. The evening will also feature Saraswathi Ranganathan (veena), Carlo Basile (guitar), Dhananjay Kunte (tabla), Diego Alonso (guitar), Greg Nergaard (bass), and Bob Garrett (percussion).
CITY WINERY CHICAGO 1200 W. Randolph St. Chicago, IL
From Rajasthan to the Middle East to North Africa and across the Mediterranean into Andalusia, musical ideas and instruments were exchanged and have contributed to the foundation of flamenco music. Over the course of two evenings, Las Guitarras de Espana will present an ensemble of international guest artists celebrating music from the shared cultural history of medieval Andalusia to the present. The performances will feature original and traditional repertoire with Spanish guitar, Arabo-Andalusian poetry and music by Ronnie Malley on oud and harmonium, as well as Rajasthani folk dance by Kinnari Vora and flamenco and Mid-Eastern dance by Marisela Tapia. This special program will include music from the ensemble Surabhi featuring Saraswathi Ranganathan (veena), Carlo Basile (guitar), Dhananjay Kunte (tabla), Diego Alonso (guitar), Greg Nergaard (bass), and Bob Garrett (percussion).
Note: The music and dance material will vary over both evenings featuring "Indian flamenco roots" in Part 1 and “Arab flamenco roots” in Part 2.
Las Guitarras de España founder/guitarist, Carlo Basile along with vocalist/oud player, Ronnie Malley and Indian veena artist, Saraswathi Ranganathan are happy to announce a partnership in residency with the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago. The goal is to present works which showcase arts and artists from cultures which are linked to Spanish flamenco music such as those of the Indian, Arabic and African traditions. As part of this collaborative residency, the performances described here will be included as part of the Chicago Flamenco Festival 2016 presented by the Instituto Cervantes, the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Flamenco Arts Center.
Ronnie Malley is a musician, theatrical performer, producer, and educator. He has collaborated with artists internationally and has composed and consulted on many cultural projects in music, theater, and film. His recent credits include: author and composer of the original play Ziryab, The Songbird of Andalusia (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Chicago Cultural Center, Silk Road Rising), musician in The Secret Garden (Court Theatre), musician in The Jungle Book (Goodman, Huntington Theater), associate producer, composer, and actor in The Sultan's Dilemma (International Voices Project), co-composer/musician in The White Snake (Wuzhen Festival China, Old Globe, Guthrie, Goodman, McCarter, Berkeley Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival), and composer for the films At the Gate, Modou: The Hang Player, and Jon and Davy. He performs with the music groups Allos Musica, Duzan Ensemble, Lamajamal, and Surabhi. Ronnie is also a faculty member at the Old Town School of Folk Music, the Chicago Academy for the Arts, and an artist/researcher with Chicago Arts Partnership in Education.
Las Guitarras de España is a Spanish guitar-influenced world music ensemble founded by guitarist Carlo Basile. The ensemble has released 5 CDs to critical acclaim and has performed throughout the US for concerts, universities and major festivals such as SXSW. The Chicago Tribune has recently dubbed the ensemble’s new work as “brilliant.” Basile’s guitar work has been featured in various commercial radio and television spots. Most recently, Basile has composed and performed music for theater including Steppenwolf and Lookingglass Theaters. He was the featured musician in the Lookingglass Theater production of Rick Bayless in Cascabel, in which the Chicago Sun-Times called him a “masterful guitarist.” Las Guitarras percussionist Bob Garrett has also recently performed in the new musical by Sting, The Last Ship.
City Made Fest exclusively features Chicago craft beers, Chicago music, Chicago food, and Chicago artisans in a weekend-long celebration of all things local, in keeping with Andersonville’s reputation as “Chicago’s local-first capital.”Located on Clark Street between Argyle and Carmen (5000-5100N), this year’s event will take place September 17 & 18, 2016. City Made offers patrons the City of Chicago’s ONLY local-only craft brew festival, highlighting our commitment to crafters and producers working within the Chicago city limits. Unlike other craft brew festivals, this event showcases even the smallest scale brewers and makers on a grand stage.
Featuring a revolving line-up of local brews on tap, one stage of live music, and dozens of vendors, Andersonville City Made Fest invites participants from across Chicago to celebrate its exceptional artisan community and the breweries that are making some of the nation’s best beers right in our own backyards.
The event is open to the public (suggested $5 donation at gate benefits the Andersonville Sustainable Community Alliance, a 501c3 nonprofit, and its acclaimed environmental program Eco Andersonville)
WHEN: Saturday (12-9pm) and Sunday (12-9pm) September 17 & 18, 2016
WHERE: Located on Clark Street between Argyle and Carmen (5000-5100N).
WHY: All proceeds support the Eco-Andersonville programsof the Andersonville Sustainable Community Alliance, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.