A new commission and appearance by Philip Glass, a bona fide jazz legend, and two American banjo virtuosos stand out amid the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts’ just-announced lineup for its 2013-14 season.
In an event at the UBC facility’s Telus Studio Theatre on June 18, the Chan announced it would kick off the adventurous, globe-trotting lineup with Kronos at 40 on October 19. To mark the leading new-music ensemble Kronos Quartet’s 40th birthday, the Chan has co-commissioned a new string quartet by acclaimed composer Glass, who will give an exclusive lecture to ticketholders before the concert.
Next up is soulful Portuguese chanteuse Mariza (October 27), the magnetic, platinum-cropped performer who’s credited with bringing fado to a hip new generation
Inventive, culture-crossing Malian songstress Rokia Traore returns to the Chan on November 17, with her blend of blues, rock, and pop with traditional African music.
And Montreal choreographer Pierre-Paul Savoie brings his Danse Lhasa Danse to the Chan in the new year. The multimedia, seven-dancer tribute to late, beloved Montreal folk sensation Lhasa makes its local debut on January 18, 2014.
One of the biggest shows follows, on March 1, 2014, with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra pairing up with iconic trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis. The repertoire will span modern twists on jazz standards by the likes of Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock, as well as other new pieces.
South Korean percussion-dance troupe SamulNori appears on March 15, 2014, bringing its theatrical, driving drum work and dancing.
And rounding out the season are banjo masters, and husband and wife, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn (May 10, 2014). Fleck is known for his endless innovation and cross-cultural collaborations on the banjo, while Washburn plays the clawhammer banjo and also sings in both English and Mandarin, integrating Chinese tradition in her playing.
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