Kalifa and KolibaAfropop
Sunday, July 16, 2pm Koliba blends the traditional music of West Africa with the contemporary sounds of America. Bringing together musicians from Africa and America, this Afro-pop band presents a unique blend of traditional and modern styles including West African Rhythms, Hi Life, Reggae, Ska, Zouk and more. Audiences don’t just attend performances of Koliba, they experience Koliba.
Bandleader Mohamed Kalifa Camara is a Professor at Berkley College of Music in Boston and has traveled the world playing Traditional West African and Afro-Pop music. Kalifa takes the audience on a journey from ancient Africa to modern, urban America with a sound and beat that brings the audience to their feet dancing and singing along.
Arco-Mano Guitar Duo
Sunday, July 30, 2pm Violinist Marcio Candido and guitarist Felipe Garibaldi formed Arco-Mano Duo to promote a blend of the classical and popular traditions including the music of Latin America. Their program will include works by Paganini, Mahle, Piazzolla, and Barrios.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Candido is an active performer. He served as concertmaster of the Longy Chamber Orchestra, Boston University Symphony Orchestra, Boston Civic Symphony and the Jamaica National Orchestra. Since 2009, Candido has been a faculty member at Thayer Performing Arts Center, in Lancaster, and more recently was appointed as violin faculty at Boston University for non-major students. Most recently, Candido performed as soloist with the New England Repertory Orchestra.
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Garibaldi was awarded the prize of “Classical Music Interpreter” at the “20th Programa Nascente” of the University of São Paulo. He has made several premiere recordings of guitar works by Brazilian contemporary composers for the Cultura FM de São Paulo Radio, several recordings and arrangements on the Sony Music label, and also national premiere performances on chamber music by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer.
Seele Musicale Chamber Music Ensemble
Sunday, August 6, 2pm Seele Musicale Chamber Ensemble returns to the Tower Hill Botanic Garden with a program of predominantly Baroque music for voice, strings, and flute. The ensemble will perform works by Bach, Vivaldi and Copeland, as well as a premiere of a Concerto Capriccioso by the composer, R.A Moulds. “Seele,” pronounced “Zayla,” is the German word for “souls” and refers to the soul of the music as well as the souls of the composers and the musicians.
George Crotty Trio
Sunday, August 27, 2pm George Crotty is a crossover cellist focused on reimagining the role of the cello. Born in Toronto, Canada, he traces his lineage to Irish fiddlers in Co. Clare, and a family of proud Jewish musicians, traceable back to Felix Mendelssohn. A recent graduate of the Berklee College of Music, he looks to cello pioneers like Eugene Friesen, Mike Block, Natalie Haas, Rushad Eggleston, Jacob Szekeley, Rufus Cappadoccia, Mark Summer, and Erik Friedlander, among others, for inspiration. An active freelancer and performer in Canada and the United States, George aspires to forge a new linguistic path for the cello, integrating elements from Eastern, Celtic, and Jazz traditions.
Reverie Cello Duo
Sunday, September 17, 2pm “Reverie” harmonizes the soulful lyrics of the cello with the angelic voice of the harp. Cellist Christine Tsen and harpist Kathy Burmeister perform classical and Celtic compositions while adding their own signature interpretations.