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July 2011 Archives

Cinq à Six in the Summer -- July 23, 2011

chiwoniso1.jpgThis week on Cinq à Six in the Summer, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Nuits D'Afrique festival.

Chiwoniso Maraire's musical influences range from soul and R&B to reggae and rock. Chiwoniso plays the mbira, also known as a thumb piano. It is an instrument that women in her native Zimbabwe are forbidden to play.

"I am like a mirror," declares Chiwoniso, "I basically sing about what I see happening in the world. If someone comes up to me in the street to ask for money I'll sing about that. If people are jumping borders because their economic situation is too difficult, I'll sing about that. If the police are beating people up and intimidating them, I'll sing about that."

The concert was recorded by CBC Radio 2 at Le Cabaret du Mile End in Montreal.

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In the second part of the show, we have music from Habana Café. The group, which plays traditional Cuban music, is made up of three Cubans, one Dominican and five Québécois musicians.  

In the last few years, Habana Café has played at numerous events, including the Quebec City Summer Festival, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Fête du Lac des Nations in Sherbrooke, and the Festival international des rythmes du monde in Chicoutimi, making them a key element of Cuban culture in Quebec.

The concert was recorded at the closing night of the 2010 Festival Nuits D'Afrique in Montreal held at Parc Emilie-Gamelin in the heart of the downtown core.

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Concerts featured on Cinq à Six in the Summer are all available on the CBC Radio 2 Concerts on Demand Web site.

You can find the schedule for all episodes of Cinq à Six in the summer on the CBC Montreal Community Web page

Cinq à Six in the Summer -- July 16, 2011

rommel1.jpgComposer and guitarist Roberto Lopez takes you on a musical journey as he revisits a series of Colombian classics. Inspired by big band jazz, each piece is newly arranged and infused with the sounds of soul, jazz and funk. Rounding off the concert are a series of Roberto Lopez's most recent compositions.

To create this performance López spent two months in Colombia studying and researching its musical traditions.

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Brazilian-born young musician Rômmel Ribeiro (pictured) combines Brazilian music, Afro, reggae, jazz, funk, and hip-hop. Born in São Luís, Brazil and raised in a family of musicians, Rômmel now lives in Montreal working on a number of projects, including live performances and recordings, song writing, and musical research.

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Concerts featured on Cinq à Six in the Summer are all available on the CBC Radio 2 Concerts on Demand Web site.

You can find the schedule for all episodes of Cinq à Six in the summer on the CBC Montreal Community Web page.

 

Cinq à Six in the Summer -- July 9, 2011


vent.jpgFor over 200 years, Scotland has provided Quebec a steady and generous flow of immigrants.

This concert explores the affinities between the two cultures in music, showcasing the similarities and differences between their repertoires and styles.

Le Vent du Nord performs tracks from their new show La part du feu, while Breabach features their new album The Desperate Battle of the Birds.

If any more evidence is needed that music can unite the world, the combined might of Breabach and Le Vent du Nord is it!

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Concerts featured on Cinq à Six in the Summer are all available on the CBC Radio 2 Concerts on Demand Web site.

You can find the schedule for all episodes of Cinq à Six in the summer on the CBC Montreal Community Web page.

Cinq à Six in the Summer -- July 2, 2011

bill evans project.JPGOn the first edition of Cinq à Six in the Summer, we feature excerpts from two jazz concerts recorded in Montreal.

First, highlights from an evening of music written or played by legendary jazz pianist Bill Evans, on the 30th anniversary of Evans' death. The concert was recorded at L'Astral on October 22, 2010.

Frank Lozano on tenor sax leads a quartet featuring Francois Bourassa on piano, Michel Donato on bass, and Pierre Tanguay on drums.

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In the second part of the show we feature a collaboration between saxaphonist and composer Joel Miller and the all-female choir Concerto della Donna, conducted by Iwan Edwards. 

The concert was part of the Off Festival de jazz, recorded at Salle Le Gésù on October 21, 2010.

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Concerts featured on Cinq à Six in the Summer are all available on the CBC Radio 2 Concerts on Demand Web site.