Jack Singer Concert Hall
EPCOR CENTRE’s BD&P World Music Series
Fatoumata Diawara & Bassekou Kouyate
Messages from Mali
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Pre-show 6pm - DJ Tom Mannix
EPCOR CENTRE’s Jack Singer Concert Hall
"A must for anyone seeking new musical adventures." ~Dee Dee Bridgewater
Fatoumata Diawara & Bassekou Kouyate visit Calgary for a special engagement that will take you away with sounds from the Sahara. Experience the ngoni, a lute-like instrument from the 1300s which is central to the griot (historian or storyteller) culture of Mali. Kouyate picked up the instrument at the age of 12 and has now established himself as a master of the ngoni, performing internationally. Kouyaté also fronts his own band, Ngoni Ba, Mali’s first ngoni quartet, with a recent album Jama ko.
At the heart of Diawara’s music is her warm voice and understated guitar that tell powerful stories of her own troubled life. Her performances are intelligent and embody rich Malian music traditions but with a contemporary twist. Diawara has become an advocate for peace in her home country, assembling over 40 of Mali’s most renowned musicians to record "Mali-ko (Peace / La Paix)”. Be mesmerized by the music of Mali with this unique double-bill of rising stars from West Africa.
Pre-show and intermission entertainment provided by DJ Tom Mannix.
To subscribe for the entire BD&P World Music Series and save, call 403.294.9494.
Part of the BD&P World Music Series.
Capacity: up to 1797
Ideal for: Concerts; Performances; Film Premieres; Large Meetings; Convocations
The Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons is described as one of the most beautiful and acoustically acclaimed venues in North America.
As the home of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the BD&P World Music Series, and the TD Jazz Series, audiences are treated to some of the world's finest musical events. Through rentals to outside promoters and the community, the Jack Singer hosts a wide variety of performances year-round.
Special features incorporated into the hall design allow it to host a spectrum of entertainment, with a stage measuring up to 86' wide and nearly 38' deep. Suspended high above the stage is an 185,000-pound (90-ton) laminated sprucewood acoustical canopy that can be raised or lowered to tune the hall according to the specific needs of each performer.
Named after Mr. Jack Singer ($1.5M contribution from his sons, Alan and Stephen Singer), the concert hall is also the home of the Carthy Organ donated by the Carthy Foundation in the amount of $750,000 in memory of Mrs. Margaret Mannix.
In August 2004, the Jack Singer Concert Hall was upgraded with a new million dollar sound system, including a state-of-the-art hearing assistance system. The main level of the concert hall is fully wheelchair accessible with flexible seating options.
Arts Commons gratefully acknowledges the support of