Aga Khan Museum hosting first-ever virtual music festival this week

Apr 20 2020, 12:05 pm

Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum is hosting its first-ever virtual online music festival this week.

The event, titled remixTOGETHER, presents “10 ground-breaking Ontario-based acts” and will be hosted on their website this Wednesday, April 22.

According to the museum, each artist on the diverse bill takes a deeply rooted musical tradition and infuses it with surprising sonic flavours and fresh ideas.

“Our season of physical distancing has bred in us a deep longing for connection and joyful experiences celebrating human creativity, diversity, and resilience,” says the museum on its website.

“The remixTOGETHER Festival will tap into art’s power to create community and lift people’s spirits. It is also an important opportunity to support diverse Ontario artists whose gigs have dried up as a result of COVID-19.”

The music festival is presented in partnership with MusicTogether, a living-room concert series that supports Ontario artists in need.

The full performance schedule includes:

• 2:30 pm – Maneli Jamal: jaw-dropping solo acoustic guitar
• 3 pm – Bageshree Vaze and Vineet Vyas: South Asian vocals, kathak dance, & tabla drumming
• 3:30 pm – Demetrios Petsalakis: oud
• 4 pm – Lex Junior aka Alex Punzalan from DATU: kulintang, synthesizers, and live looping
• 4:30 pm – Raphael Weinroth-Brown of Kamancello: cello and improvisation; and Shahriyar Jamshidi of Kamancello: kamanche and improvisation
• 5:30 pm – Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne of OKAN: Afro-Cuban jazz
• 6 pm – Shirlita Pili and Mark Rainey: flamenco vocals and guitar
• 6:30 pm – Alanna Stuart of BONJAY: R ‘n’ B vocals and electronics
• 7 pm – Sina Bathaie: santur

remixTOGETHER

When: Wednesday, April 22, 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm ET
Where: Online via the Aga Khan Museum website