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Friday, January 21, 2011

The Marco Polo Project: Part 2

The Marco Polo Project: Part 2

February 18 & 19

with guests Suba Sankaran and Sampradaya Dance Creations

Toronto, January 21, 2011 … What tunes would Marco Polo have had on his iPod? The Toronto Consort answers that question on February 18 and 19 with the sequel to its 2008 The Marco Polo Project — the ultimate east-meets-west jam session. The Toronto Consort is thrilled to welcome back choreographer Lata Pada and members of her company Sampradaya Dance Creations. Joining them are vocalist extraordinaire Suba Sankaran and tabla player Ed Hanley (co-artistic directors of Indo-fusion ensemble Autorickshaw). For tickets and information, call the box office at (416) 964-6337 or visit www.torontoconsort.org.

Together, the Consort and their special guests will cross musical and cultural borders to create an imaginary musical diary of the sounds Marco Polo might have encountered on his travels in the 14th century up the coast of India and back to his native Venice. The European selections on the program will focus on music which Marco Polo might have heard during his lifetime, including Italian dances, Italian songs of praise called laude, and motets from the Montpellier Codex.

Sankaran and Hanley join the Consort in performing three cantigas, which will provide the aural backdrop for Lata Pada’s remount of Labyrinth Mandala — a work she created for the Consort’sMusic for A Medieval Labyrinth program in 2008. In turn, the Consort performs some solkatta, the characteristic Indian rhythm syllables, as well as an arrangement for mixed voices under Sankaran’s guidance. Sankaran and Hanley also perform songs from south India, ranging from folk to classical, Hindu to Christian to secular, involving several languages (Tamil, Telugu, Sanskrit).

DORA Award-winning, JUNO-nominated world/fusion vocalist Suba Sankaran has effortlessly combined musical worlds, performing across North America, Europe, UK and Asia with Autorickshaw, Trichy Sankaran, FreePlay Duo (with Dylan Bell) and Retrocity. She is in demand as a choral director, arranger, educator and composer. She has composed and produced music for theatre, film, radio and dance. Highlights include collaborations with Deepa Mehta and the CBC. Suba is currently artist-in-residence at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts and co-chair of the JUNO world music committee. Performance highlights include performing for Peter Gabriel, Nelson Mandela and Bishop Tutu.

Sampradaya Dance is also featured in a new work choreographed by Lata Pada, who founded the company in 1990. Sampradaya Dance Creations is internationally recognized for forging new paradigms in Canada’s dance milieu. In 2009, Pada was appointed as a new member of the Order of Canada — the first South Asian artist to receive this award. Her daring and innovative works have been critically acclaimed, in particular the inter-disciplinary production Revealed by Fire, which dance critic Michael Crabb declared to be the “most important dance production of 2001”. The Company was also acknowledged by the New York Times as “… a company of rare dance vitality…”

The Marco Polo Project: Part 2

8:00 pm, February 18 & 19, 2011

Trinity St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor St. W.

Tickets: $21 to $50 Regular/$17 to $43 for 65+

Club Consort tickets: $10 for 30 & under with valid photo ID.

Box Office: (416) 964-6337/ Online tickets and information: www.torontoconsort.org

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