Mar Aberto Christmas Classic

Mar Aberto Christmas ClassicMaracatu Mar Aberto & Uma Nota Culture present a stellar holiday party:The Mar Aberto Christmas ClassicBring your cheer and raise a glass to celebrate a time of renewal and another year gone by!Come early wine & dine, or come late party and dance. Or both.Everyone is welcome!featuringMaracatu Mar AbertoDance Migration CompanyLuanda JonesMar Aberto SoundSystemDJ General EclecticSpecial guest: Lady SonLula Lounge1585 Dundas Street WestThursday December 19th7:30 p.m.$10 at the door -- $35 with dinnerMore info on the Lula Lounge website here.Facebook event page here.Mar Aberto Christmas Classic

Brazilian showcase at Lulaworld: Benjamim Taubkin and Luanda Jones

One of the artists participating in a first-time collaboration at Lulaworld 2013 is our friend and Brazilian muse Luanda Jones.Luanda JonesShe's been developing her repertoire with a number of new sounds, and some of that work will be showcased.Benjamin TaubkinJones' concert at this year's festival, however, sees her share the stage with the formidable São Paulo pianist Benjamim Taubkin, who'll perform his own compositions along with his takes on Brazilian and other pieces. (The new piano Lula Lounge brought in a couple of months ago is proving a worthwhile in-house investment!)2010.11.06 Benjamin Taubkin @ LIFEM 2010 (Kings Place) from Tim Ferguson on Vimeo.It's a solo concert by the internationally acclaimed Taubkin, featuring his compositions as well as his takes on great Brazilian and international composers, all based on work originally recorded live at New York’s renowned Fazioli Salon.Taubkin, who has worked with Rafael Rabello, Paulo Moura, Joao Bosco and The Brazilian Jazz Symphony Orchestra, is considered a top collaborator; Jones will sit in on one tune.For her set, Jones brings nine new originals to perform with a band that includes, for the night, composer Gordon Sheard of Jones' Brazilian jazz project Sinal Aberto.Ian de Souza, Gordon Sheard, Marito Marques, Luanda JonesThey'll play one of Sheard's own tunes, Forrocatu (a portmanteau of the northeastern Brazilian musical styles forró and maracatu). And Taubkin will reciprocate by joining in on a tune or two during her set, which includes new departures touching on Afrobeat, bossa and other, more experimental sounds.Later, the night transitions to a party vibe with DJ General Eclectic and featuring Colombian-born, Toronto-based Lido Pimienta, the visual artist and curator behind Lula's innovative Bridges series. Expect all the good Afro-Brazilian, Latin and funk goodness (and it's a holiday Monday the next day so no excuses!). Plus there will be a photo exhibition of images from Colombia in the lounge, provided by Amnesty International's Toronto chapter as part of their Week of Action for the Rights and Survival of Indigenous Peoples in Colombia.More event info on Lula's site here and on Facebook here. Hosted by Uma Nota, Dos Mundos Arts and Media and aluCine.More on Lulaworld 2013 in our previous post here.Lulaworld 2013: Benjamin Taubkin - Luanda Jones - Uma Nota & Dos Mundos