3 Free Concerts in April

Carnatica Brothers

This April, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs presents three concerts as part of the Chicago Cultural Center Presents series, an ongoing showcase series that highlights critically acclaimed national and international musicians who are rarely seen by Chicago audiences in mainstream venues.

Where:  Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street , Chicago, IL
Free

The Carnatica Brothers
Wednesday April 8, 7 pm | Preston Bradley Hall

K.N. Shashikiran, who plays ghatam (a South Indian musical clay pot) and C.P. Ganesh, who plays Chitravina (a twenty-one stringed fretless Indian lute) are cousins who perform as a vocal duo under the name the Carnatica Brothers. They have become leading figures of South Indian classical (Carnatic) vocal music over their young career. They will be accompanied by percussionist Tanjore Murugabhoopathi on Mridangam (a barrel shaped traditional South Indian drum) and child prodigy musician Sandeep N. Bharadwaj on violin. For more information on these artists, visit http://www.carnatica.net/brothers/

Julie Fowlis
Saturday, April 25, 7 pm | Claudia Cassidy Theater

Singing in Scottish Gaelic, Julie Fowlis tours around the world bringing ancient songs form the Hebridean Islands to new audiences. Mark Radcliffe of the BBC radio hailed her voice and songs as “enchanting, beguiling and as fascinating as songs by Kate Bush and Björk” and KT Tunstall described her voice as “formidable and amazingly rhythmic.” Fowlis is the BBC Radio 2 “Folk Singer of the Year 2008” and in a few short years she has taken the music scene by storm, gathering a small army of fans around the world including an impressive list of celebrities including actor Ricky Gervais and Phil Selway from Radiohead. She was publicly voted Gaelic Singer of the Year 2007 and 2005 at the Scots Trad Music Awards, the only singer to have won this prestigious award twice. For more information on this artist, visit http://www.juliefowlis.com/

Carmen Souza

Carmen Souza

Monday, April 27, 7 pm | Preston Bradley Hall
Capeverdean songstress Carmen Souza (27) was born in Lisbon, Portugal, but was always surrounded by the tradition, music and costumes of Cape Verde. Souza has a sweet and versatile smooth voice that fits well in these mellifluous, airy tunes which bear a just a hint of the sodade of Cape Verde – the longing that comes from exile, and a light percussive touch and brightness that recalls the music of those other lusaphone countries, Brazil and Guinea-Bissau. Souza has been carving out her own Afro-European jazz niche with the release of her latest album Verdade (Truth). For more information on this artist, visit http://www.carmensouza-uk.blogspot.com or www.myspace.com/carmensouza

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