BD&P World Music Series

BD&P is excited about the launch of its 2017/2018 BD&P World Music Series in October, 2017. This will be the 18th season of BD&P partnership with The Arts Commons in  facilitating performances of exciting musical talent from around the world for the benefit of the music lovers of Calgary. From the life and music of the legendary Edith Piaf to the drumming and percussive dancing of CHE MALAMBO, there is bound to be something for everyone. BD&P is proud to support arts and culture, and the inspiration that unites us through a universal language of music. As has become the signature of the BD&P World Music Series, it will be full of interesting and artistic collaborations across cultures and musical genres.  

Our BD&P guests will regularly be provided with detailed information about each concert, all held in the Jack Singer Concert Hall at Arts Commons, along with information on how to RSVP to desired concerts. 

Piaf! The Show - Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The powerful and moving celebration of the life and music of legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf comes to Arts Commons. Starring Anne Carrere who has been hailed as “Edith Piaf’s legitimate musical heiress,” Piaf!, The Show has received rave reviews in over 30 countries around the globe.

The music tells it all, weaving together Edith Piaf’s rags to riches story with the grande dame’s signature sound, bringing to life famous songs such as L’Hymne à L’Amour and Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien. Her story comes to a powerful climax with Piaf’s triumphant performance at Carnegie Hall. Featuring never before seen images of Piaf, this multi-media concert tribute celebrates of one of music’s greatest performers with absolutely no regrets

The Sachal Ensemble - Song of Lahore - Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A perfect symbiosis of jazz and traditional Pakistani music, The Sachal Ensemble performs Song of Lahore – inspired by the acclaimed documentary film of the same name. The cross-cultural music features iconic songs by Duke Ellington, The Beatles, Dave Brubeck, Henry Mancini, and Richard Rodgers as well as traditional Pakistani folk songs.

The Sachal Ensemble sprung from the city of Lahore, a city with a rich cultural history and thriving mecca for the arts for over 100 years. In 1977, the establishment of a conservative Islamic regime and Sharia law in Pakistan created an unwelcome atmosphere for all but religious music, forcing respected musicians to hide their instruments, and turn away from their livelihood. The Sachal Ensemble tells this story as it is best told, through the powerful and uniquely beautiful music of multicultural collaboration.

Marc Cohn with The Blind Boys of Alabama - Thursday, February 1,  2018

Celebrating 25 years since the debut of his platinum-selling record, Marc Cohn performs his GRAMMY Award winning album as it has always been meant to be played – from start to finish in its entirety. Featuring photographs and video from Marc's personal archives, this is a once in a lifetime must-see experience for fans of the iconic singer/songwriter. Joined by the legendary gospel group, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Cohn performs with what TIME Magazine called "one of the honest, emotional voices we need in this decade." Arts Commons Presents Marc Cohen as he demonstrates why classics like Walking in Memphis have stood the test of time.

Click here to visit the Arts Commons site and sample the music of Marc Cohn and The Blind Boys of Alabama.

Lila Downs - Thursday, March 8, 2018

A wildly engaging performer, Lila Downs returns to Calgary with her newest album Salón Deseos y Lagrimas. Lauded in both of her home countries of Mexico and the United States, with multiple GRAMMY Awards under her belt, Lila Downs uses her multicultural vision and her remarkable voice and seamlessly blends blues, jazz, rock, soul and even rap with traditional Mexican music for a truly singular sound.

Daughter of a Mixtec Indian woman and University of Minnesota professor, Downs is inspired by both sides of her heritage making it difficult to categorize her music except to say that it is an exciting fusion of international sounds and musical genres.

“Mexican-American singer wows the crowd with a uniquely entertaining show” – The Guardian

CHE MALAMBO - Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A blend of drumming and percussive dance, the all-male Argentinian dance company, Che Malambo, builds energy and excitement in an avalanche of high energy sound and movement. Inspired by the South American gaucho tradition, renowned choreographer Gilles Brinas created Che Malambo to share the powerful and passionate art form of Malambo with international audiences. Malambo began in the 17th century as tests of agility, strength, and dexterity among the gaucho. Today this art form includes zapateo, fast-paced footwork inspired by galloping horses, whirling boleadoras, a throwing weapon made of cording and weighted stones, and the drumming of traditional Argentine bombos. Combined, these art forms make for a wildly energetic and powerful live performance you won’t want to miss.

Click here to visit the Arts Commons site and sample the creative genius of CHE MALAMBO.