Jamey Haddad’s Under One Sun & Cyro Baptista’s Vira Loucos

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Photo of Jamey Haddad "Under One Sun" Ensemble by Atael Weissman
Photo of Jamey Haddad “Under One Sun” Ensemble by Atael Weissman

Two of the world’s greatest percussionists, Jamey Haddad and Cyro Baptista, are joined by other stellar improvisers in this double-bill of global music.

WHEN: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2018 AT 8:00 pm
WHERE: KOERNER HALL – TELUS CENTRE
ADDRESS: 273 BLOOR STREET WEST – TORONTO
COST: STARTING AT $35 – BUY TICKETS
THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY WORLD MUSIC CONCERT SERIES

Local guitar master Kevin Breit joins Cyro Baptista’s tribute to Brasil’s great composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos. “Highly recommended.” (AllMusic)

Jamey Haddad met saxophone player Billy Drewes when both were music students in Boston. Nearly 45 years later, the longtime friends recorded nine tunes written by Drewes and performed by Under One Sun, eight musicians who represent five countries and whose ages span five decades. “As my musical journey led me from one continent to another, and as I experienced a planet crying out for understanding, this team of players cosmically came forward,” says Haddad. “The sheer joy of every member experiencing their bandmates’ artistry truly exemplifies the human capacity to celebrate what makes us unique.”

Baptista’s program pays tribute to Brasil’s great composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos. “Baptista has assembled a group (Vira Loucos) both light on its feet and capable of negotiating the trickiest of rhythmic passages and deliriously romantic melodies with wit, enthusiasm, and grace. (AllMusic)


Jamey Haddad, drum & percussion
Billy Drewes, tenor & soprano saxophone, bass clarinet & flute
Salar Nader, tabla
Ali Paris, qanun & vocals
Leo Blanco, piano
Michael Ward-Bergman, hyper accordion
Roberto Occhipinti, bass
Luisito Quintero, congas, timbales & percussion

Cyro Baptista, percussion & vocals
Romero Lubambo, guitar
Kevin Breit, guitar & banjo
Michael Ward-Bergeman, hyper accordion
Shanir Blumenkranz, bass
Tim Keiper, drums
Vanessa Falabella, vocals
John Zorn, saxophone

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