African Chamber Music:
Zimbabwean and Ghanaian Traditions Meet a String Quartet
Annex (823 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC)
This exciting new project aims to recontextualize African traditional and Western chamber instruments presenting traditional mbira music of Zimbabwe and Ewe vocal music of Ghana music in a “chamber” setting, utilizing a string quartet as accompanying instruments, and highlighting the voice to expand the notion of African music and how it can be perceived.
Kofi Gbolonyo: voice, percussion/Ghana
Kurai Mubaiwa: voice, mbira, percussion/Zimbabwe
Curtis Andrews: voice, percussion, arrangements
Meredith Bates: violin
Sarah Kwok: viola
Peggy Lee: cello
Joshua Zubot: violin
Sankaran @ 80: A Carnatic Recital Celebrating
Sri Trichy Sankaran’s 80th Birthda
Main Stage @ Surrey Arts Centre (13750 88 Avenue, Surrey, BC)
The world-renowned mridangam maestro Trichy Sankaran turned 80 in 2022 and this is concert will feature him in a Carnatic (South Indian classical) recital with India’s brightest crop of Carnatic musicians. Vancouver audiences may be familiar with Sankaran’s intercultural collaborations, but this is a rare chance to see him shine in his element in a kutcheri: a traditional Carnatic performance.
Trichy Sankaran: mridangam
Sandeep Narayan: voice
V.V.S. Murari: violin
K.V. Gopalakrishnan: kanjira
Time Will Tell Arts Society (TWTAS) is registered a not-for-profit performing arts society, dedicated to promoting multicultural artistic expression from traditional, neo-traditional and original sources.
Our work takes many shapes, including supporting and producing concerts, workshops, lecture-demonstrations and collaborations with other artists and organizations, locally and internationally. We have been in existence since 2013 and produce events yearly, featuring a broad cross-section of artists, cultures, ensembles, partners, and interests.
We have been fortunate to have regularly received funding from the City of Vancouver, the BC Arts Council, SOCAN Foundation, BC Gaming, Metro Vancouver, the Canada Council for the Arts and TD Then and Now.
We live, work, and play on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, also known as Vancouver, BC.
A sample of some of our major events since inception is below. Beyond these concerts, we also work with master artists to offer workshops for the general public, as well as for institutions and other community organizations, such as the Vancouver School Board, New Works Dance, and City of Vancouver.