Wednesday, November 16, 2016 ♦ 8:30 PM
4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000
A weekly showcase of world music and dance featuring the best local and touring talent! Most shows are Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM.
Most World Music Wednesday concerts are free with a $10 suggested donation. TO GUARANTEE YOUR ENTRY MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE EITHER ONLINE OR BY CALLING THE BOX OFFICE AT 773.728.6000. Reservations unclaimed 10 minutes before showtime will be released to waiting patrons.
A “breathtakingly beautiful” new voice in contemporary music (Downbeat Magazine), vocalist- composer Kavita Shah has been praised by NPR for her “amazing dexterity for musical languages.” A native New Yorker of Indian origin fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and French, Shah incorporates her in-depth knowledge of diverse cultural traditions into her jazz-based repertoire, placing seemingly eclectic songs, instruments, and artists in dialogue with one another.
Shah grew up next to the United Nations, immersed in her parents' Sinatra and Beatles records, tuned into 90s hip-hop, and in discovery of Afro-Cuban and bossa nova classics. From age 5, she studied classical piano, and from age 10, she performed regularly at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center with the award-winning Young People's Chorus of NYC. It was in the YPC where Shah was frst exposed to jazz, and it stuck. “We sang everything from standards to opera to pop to folk music to contemporary pieces by Meredith Monk,” Shah recalls. “For me, it was normal that all these types of music could co-exist, and I've been trying to replicate that experience ever since.”
“Shah's music reflects the insatiably curious mind of an ethnographer, the soul of a poet, and the eye of a painter.”- Owen McNally, WNPR