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Neruda Productions’ Show the World Fall Festival

Neruda’s Show the World festivalNeruda’s Show the World festival will warm the cockles of your heart before the deep freeze really sets in!

A weekend pass for this festival is only $20 and allows you to experience two nights of fantastic music and dance performances at the Chrysalids Theatre where you will enjoy live pre-show music in the lounge, henna hand-painting and some of Ontario’s finest craft beer and non-alcoholic refreshments.

Tickets can be purchased at Wordsworth Books and at the Serrinia Café in the Kitchener Farmers Market.

Both nights doors open at 7pm and show begins at 8pm.

FESTIVAL AT-A-GLANCE

FRIDAY NOV 30

  • Steel Drum in the Lounge
  • Nii Addico – African Drummer
  • Samba Squad

SATURDAY DEC 1

  • Henna Hand Painting in the Lounge
  • Aditi Date – Indian Classical Dance
  • Jorge Miguel’s FlamenKathak

Before Samba Squad takes to the stage, local African drummer, drum maker and instructor, Nii Addico will warm you up with some of his favorite Ghanaian rhythms.

Fresh from their appearance with the over 300 performers in Jade’s Hip Hop Academy at the Air Canada Centre this summer, Toronto’s Samba Squad will energize the opening night of Neruda’s Show the World festival on November 30th.

Founded by award-winning percussionist Rick Shadrach Lazar, Samba Squad, drums up some powerful world rhythms and mixes them with the street style and intensity of the Afro-Brazillian Samba tradition. Samba Squad is an exhilarating musical experience for audiences and for its 16 members who are drawn to the Squad for its energy, diversity, Afro and global grooves, and Urban Funk and Hip-hop beats.

Samba Squad’s rhythms are complemented by powerful vocal harmonies and riveting dance performances. You’ll hear them coming! Their original compositions and eclectic arrangements make Samba Squad an experience you won’t forget.

Samba Squad has appeared at the, Beaches Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, Ottawa Jazz Festival, London’s Sun Festival, on CBC TV for the Governor General Awards, on City TV New Year’s Eve Live TV Gala in Toronto and, they have opened for Sarah McLachlan. CDs includeSamba Squad and Batuque and a 3rd CD is due out soon!

Aditi Date will set the stage for FlamenKathak with a performance of the ancient classical Indian dance known as bharatnatyam. Aditi runs the Nritya Prerana School of Dance in Waterloo.

When Indian Kathak and Spanish Flamenco traditions are reunited once again after so many centuries it’s a beautiful thing to behold. Exquisite flamenco guitar, combined with the fluttering heartbeats of tabla drumming, accompanied by the passionate performances of professional Kathak and Flamenco dancers—FlamenKathak IS poetry in motion.

The musical component of FlamenKathak is made up of the classically trained flamenco guitarist and composer, Jorge Miguel, and the amazingly versatile tabla player Ravi Naimpally. Jorge Miguel’s Flamenco Ensemble was nominated for Touring Artist of the Year at CAPACOA in 2011.

For the past eight years Ravi Naimpally has led Canada’s premier world jazz ensemble, Tasa, while also teaching in the music department at York University and Humber College.

The dance that sets the music of FlamenKathak in motion features Lisa La Mantia, first place winner of the Toronto International Flamenco Festival’s Canadian National Showcase in July 2010 and Tamanna Koovarjee who has studied Kathak dance for over 16 years and performed across North America.

The artists in FlamenKathak share a love and respect for traditional forms and have spent years honing their craft through study, and by passing on their artistic expertise as teachers and as performers.

From the wildly exuberant Samba Squad to the exquisitely restrained passion of FlamenKathak, Neruda aims to keep your finger on the pulse of world music phenomena.

For more about performers in Neruda’s Show the World fall festival visit our website.

Where: 137 Ontario Street North, Kitchener

When: November 30 & December 1, 2012

Time: 8:00-11:59pm

For more information please visit website

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