BD&P World Music Series

With only one show left in our 2017/2018 season, BD&P is excited about the launch of its 2018/2019 BD&P World Music Series in October, 2018. This will be the 19th 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 energizing Celtic Nights to the tender harmonies of I'm With Her, 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. 

I'm With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donnovan) - Tuesday, October 2, 2018

An impromptu show at a Colorado opera house led to the formation of folk music’s most heartfelt modern trio. Aoife O'Donovan, Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz create restless, romantic and emotionally complex narratives with each song, woven together with a tight, family-like chemistry.

Each woman in the trio has won or been part of a Grammy winning troupe in the past, leading many to dub I’m With Her as a new female folk super-group. Hot off their 2017 album See You Around, I’m With Her brings warmth and intimacy to the Jack Singer Concert Hall.

“Together their sound is both ethereal and purposeful, a combination of searing musicianship and tender vocals.” – The Guardian

Click here to visit the Arts Commons site and sample the music of I'm With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donnovan).

Goran Bregović Wedding and Funeral Band - Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The BD&P World Music series starts out with a high-energy trans-Balkan musical extravaganza, Goran Bregović Wedding and Funeral Band. Lauded worldwide for his fusion of rock and Balkan folk music, Bregović has composed over 30 film scores, collaborating with musicians such as Iggy Pop and Gogol Bordello, and performing on the soundtrack for mockumentary film Borat.

The Wedding and Funeral Band combines a Gypsy brass band with Goran Bregović’s Balkan rock star stage presence for an overwhelmingly powerful music experience. Goran Bregović and his band bring a raucous Balkan party that will have you dancing in the aisles!

"Musical spectacle unlike anything else on North American stages” – San Francisco Chronicle

Click here to visit the Arts Commons site and sample the music of Goran Bregović Wedding and Funeral Band.

Celtic Nights – Oceans of Hope - Friday, February 8, 2019

Celtic Nights – Oceans of Hope brings an exhilarating and energizing combination of Celtic music, dance, and powerful storytelling to the Jack Singer Concert Hall stage direct from Ireland. This spectacular night of entertainment tells the story of those who risked everything to travel across oceans to the New World. Casting a hopeful eye to the future, Oceans of Hope celebrates the everyday heroes that leave everything behind for a new life in a new home.

Join Celtic Nights and Arts Commons Presents for a vibrant celebration of Irish history, dance and music, brought to life by some of Ireland’s greatest performers.

“A triumphant display of sight and sound, song and dance, woe and joy.” – Broadway World

Click here to visit the Arts Commons site and sample the music of Celtic Nights – Oceans of Hope.

Habib Koité, Bassekou Kouyate & Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Friday, March 1, 2019

One of Africa’s most recognized musicians, Mali’s pop icon Habib Koité has a deep and varied musical vocabulary, blending Afro-pop with jazz, rock, and even classical. His intimate vocal delivery blends beautifully with both the modern and ancient musical traditions from which he derives his inspiration. With a rich music lineage going back generations, Koité grew up performing alongside his parents and numerous siblings, cultivating his unique guitar style with his griot mother on and off of the stage.

Habib Koité is joined by Malian musician and master of the traditional African lute (the Ngoni), Bassekou Kouyate, as well as multi-GRAMMY Award winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who have won five Grammy Awards and rose to prominence after being featured on Paul Simon’s 1986 album Graceland. Nelson Mandala once hailed them as South Africa’s cultural ambassadors.

“The biggest pop star of the West African nation of Mali” - Rolling Stone

Click here to visit the Arts Commons site and sample the music of Habib Koité, Bassekou Kouyate & Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Cuba Vibra! - Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Cuba Vibra! Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba is a dance party, a tribute to Cuban musical heritage, and a night of pure celebration all rolled into one amazingly immersive performance. One of the most prestigious dance companies in the world, Lizt Alfonso Dance’s honours have included being the first Cuban dance company to perform at the Latin GRAMMY Awards as well as the first to perform a run on Broadway.

Choreographer Lizt Alfonso’s genius lies in her ability to seamlessly fuse the energy and strength of cha-cha, mambo, rumba, conga, and bolero together from 50 years of Cuban dance history, along with the passion of live Cuban music.

“It’s always a hot night in Havana wherever and whenever Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba performs.” – The New York Times

Click here to visit the Arts Commons site and sample the music of Cuba Vibra!

Anoushka Shankar - Friday, April 26, 2019

Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar is a singular figure in the Indian classical and progressive world music scenes. Her dynamic and spiritual musicality has garnered several prestigious accolades including six Grammy® Award nominations. A range of recordings from Indian classical ragas to her more creatively experimental work has already produced 10 highly-acclaimed albums and a DVD film-score to the Indian silent movie epic, Shiraz (1928). In her new programme, Anoushka Shankar reflects on her journey so far; drawing on classical ragas, referencing some of the experiences she’s built along the way and experimenting with new ideas in a cross-cultural dialogue that showcases the versatility of the sitar across musical genres.

“Anoushka Shankar is a virtuoso sitar player” – The Guardian

Click here to visit the Arts Commons site and sample the music of Anoushka Shankar!