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City Winery: Surabhi Ensemble Global Tour Project with special guest Massamba Diop

  • City Winery Chicago 1200 West Randolph Street Chicago, IL, 60607 United States (map)
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 Massamba Diop - Talking Drum

Massamba Diop - Talking Drum

Surabhi Ensemble Global Tour Project with special guest: Massamba Diop, featured “talking drum” artist from the Black Panther movie soundtrack. October 15th 7:30pm City Winery Chicago

This special performance is presented in support of the upcoming Surabhi Ensemble Global Peace Tour to schools, community centers, and concert venues in Asia, Europe, and Africa in January 2019. World class guest artists and friends will join the ensemble for an evening of great global fusion music and dance from the Indian, Arabic, Spanish and African traditions. The simple message is: “One Stage. One Music. One Community.”

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Presented By: Las Guitarras de España, Intercultural Music Production, Ensemble of Ragas

Sponsored by: City Winery Chicago, Neoteric Nutra, Studio Mangiameli, and V-Dogs Chicago


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Members of the award-winning global fusion group, Surabhi Ensemble are taking their art and positive message to schools, community centers, and concert halls in Vietnam, Portugal, Spain, and Senegal in January 2019 and will collaborate with renowned artists in each country they visit. 

"The world needs the music and message of the Surabhi Ensemble. Their self-titled debut is a cultural touchstone bringing together the music of different global cultures in a free-wheeling folksy, jazzy, jammy good time...the intent is a positive message of togetherness." - Worldbeat Extravaganza

MISSION:

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 performance group also work with schools, hospitals, community organizations, and cultural centers to share this positive message of cultural unity and outreach. 

ABOUT:

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), Bob Garrett (percussion), Kinnari Vora (Indian folk, classical, and modern dance) and special guest Leticia Aravena (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).

Members of the award-winning global fusion group, Surabhi Ensemble are taking their art and positive message to schools, community centers, and concert halls in Vietnam, Portugal, Spain, and Senegal in January 2019 and will collaborate with renowned artists in each country they visit. 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 performance group also work with schools, hospitals, community organizations, and cultural centers to share this positive message of cultural unity and outreach. The group’s founder, Saraswathi Ranganathan (Indian veena artist) was recently named “Best Asian Entertainer of the Year” at the 2018 Chicago Music Awards and directs the Ensemble of Ragas School of music. Ronnie Malley (Oud) has achieved much acclaim for his work with international artists, original music compositions for film and theater, and teaching experience in ethnomusicology. Carlo Basile (Spanish Guitar) brings a percussive global Spanish guitar sound to the ensemble along with original compositions, teaching experience from his world travels to over 30 countries, and background in social work through music. These three artists form the core of the Surabhi Ensemble.