By Constantinople (Montreal) and Ablaye Cissoko (Saint Louis, Senegal)
Special guest: Fariba Davody (Halifax)
Double billed with Dinuk Wijeratne & Friends
Presented in partnership with JazzEast

  September 22 | 7:30pm | $18-$25
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium (Dalhousie Arts Centre)

Drawing inspiration from ancient Istanbul, a trailblazing city illuminating East and West, the Constantinople ensemble, founded in 2001 by Kiya and Ziya Tabassian and joined later by Pierre-Yves Martel, is built on fruitful encounters and alliances. Its musicians, an integral part of Montreal's music scene, have constantly replenished their sources of inspiration, seasoned migrants that they are. From mediaeval manuscripts, Mediterranean and Eastern oral traditions to improvisational works and New World baroque, they are unafraid to take risks in their highly imaginative projects. To bring them to life, the trio teams up with other experimenters in sound such as Ablaye Cissko in Jardins Migrateurs.

This meeting between Ablaye and Constantinople, between strings and vocals, goes back in time to evoke the beauty of being. It is a joint passage through the common sites of the imagination, like a long breath before the inexorable march of the world and time.

  Ablaye Cissoko: kora and vocals
Kiya Tabassian: sétar and vocals
Pierre-Yves Martel: viola da gamba
Ziya Tabassian: percussion
Guest musician, Fariba Davody, will also be appearing with Constantinople.

The ensemble is a member of the Conseil Quebecois de la Musique and receives funding from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec, Canada Council for the Arts and from Le Conseil des Arts de Montreal.

  Ablaye Cissoko
  Kimintang Mahamadou Cissoko, aka Ablaye Cissoko, is from a Griot family in Kolda, Senegal; he studied at the Conservatoire de Musique in Dakar. Though based in Saint-Louis, he is an eternal traveler who embodies the crossover between Mandinka traditions and contemporary musical creation. Over the past decade, he has played to audiences around the world and has worked in collaborations with internationally famous world music and jazz artists.

Through his kora and vocal recital, Ablaye Cissoko passes on the traditional values of his culture, offering a sincere song of love and respect. His second solo disc "Mes Racines", will release in France and Germany in Spring 2013.

  Fariba Davody
  Vocalist Fariba Davody studied and taught music, performed and made recordings in Iran before moving to Halifax with her family in 2010. Fariba began her career performing classical Persian songs with a group of musicians and singers in Iran and later established a solo career, becoming a well-known singer of Iranian music in live performances and recordings. Fariba also founded a school of music and art in Iran, "Avaye Mehr". SInce coming to Canada, Fariba has performed in concerts, has led music workshops in Halifax and Toronto and has opened a Canadian branch of Avaye Mehr where she teaches singing and music to children and adults.

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