Rokia Traore (Mali)
World Music festival program includes extraordinary musicians, vocalists and bands from various countries - true representatives and promoters of their native cultures.
Alim Qasimov Ensemble (Azerbaijan) will open the World Music program. Voronezh audience and guests of the city will discover the beautiful musical genre of mugham – traditional music of Azerbaijan based on ancient Persian and other Middle-East musical traditions – which is included into UNESCO List of Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Performance of mugham demands professional skills of its leading singer and his ensemble, singers of mugham (called 'khanende') passed their skills for centuries from mouth to mouth and every master while improvising added to the leading tune his experience and fantasy. Alim Qasimov Ensemble is well-known in Europe, USA, Canada, Japan and other countries, it is awarded with the most prestigious prizes of the international world music festivals. Thanks to Alim Gasimov, mugham is nowadays widely known throughout the world.
Mostar Sevdah Reunion (Bosnia and Herzegovina) is a world-fusion musical ensemble playing almost exclusively ‘sevdalinka’ - Bosnian traditional songs - fused with contemporary musical styles: jazz and blues. Guests and visitors of the festival will have an opportunity to watch the movie about the band, its roots and the Bosnia city Mostar before MSR performance in Voronezh Concert Hall. The band is composed of experienced musicians and often collaborates with renowned artists in the field of Roma and Balkan music. After 15 years of successful tours in Europe and America the band finally comes to Russia and performs for the first time in Russia on Platonov festival stage.
Alim Qasimov Ensemble (Azerbaijan)
Marlene Dorcena – Haiti singer – will perform in the park "Alye Parusa" as well as on the open stage of Platonovfest Book Fair. Creole love songs and traditional folklore of Haiti Marlene heard from her grandfather being a child. He was a master of making national musical instruments and assistance to a voodoo priest. Touring a lot around the world Marlene does not lose touch with her homeland and actively supports people of Haiti, organizing charity events in order to improve their living standards. The fees raised from her concerts she invests in social projects - for example, the installation of water pumps and mending the roads in the villages of Haiti. Besides music, her second passion is theatre - Marlene participates in theatre productions as a creator, actress and singer.
Loyko (Russia) / Dr. L. Subramaniam (India)
Violin as a musical instrument uniting East and West worlds – that is the concept
of another special Platonovfest-2014 musical event, that will take place in Voronezh Philharmonic Hall. In the 1st part Voronezh audience will have the unique chance to listen to the legendary Dr. Lakshminarayana Subramaniam - an acclaimed Indian violinist, composer and conductor, trained in the classical Carnatic music tradition and Western classical music. Critics called him "Paganini of Indian classical music". His educational, cultural, and international role for the whole India could be hardly overestimated. Maestro Subramaniam will perform with his talented son – Amby, also violinist, and two percussionists. Second part of the concert will be introduced by the gypsy trio Loyko, whose soloist Sergey Erdenko was called in 2006 as one of five best Gypsian musicians (Roma Opre). Together with L. Subramaniam’s group Loyko have already given a few combined concerts in Eastern Europe. Both Dr. Subramaniam and Sergey Erdenko are ranked as the top world music stars, both of them co-worked with the great Yehudi Menuhin and both of them make compositions in orchestral fusion as well as experimenting a lot. Maestro Subramaniam will perform classical Carnatic ragas and Russian Gypsies - a number of national songs, blues, ballads, jazz and rock. At the final part of the concert you will enjoy interesting jam session involving all musicians.
Rokia Traore (Mali)
Another Russian premiere concert of the festival will be the gig of "Malian Princess" - Rokia Traore. Rokia is an incredibly successful and extraordinary artist in the world of ethnic music from Africa. Being both author and performer of her songs based on singing traditions of Bambara folk she gave more than 60 concerts in Rome, Paris, Oslo, Ljubljana, London and other European cities during 2013. She has been toured in the U.S., Australia and Canada, participated in major music festival including Glastonbury and Roskilde. She has toured Britain on the Africa Express train, stopping off around the country for concerts that included collaborations with Paul McCartney, Damon Albarn and John Paul Jones. In 2003, her album Bowmboï included a collaboration with Kronos Quartet and was awarded a prestigious BBC Radio 3 World Music Award and in 2009 the album Tchamantché won a Victoires de la Musique, the French equivalent of a Grammy. Rokia collaborates with the maverick director Peter Sellars and she creates shows and projects herself. Rokia Traore is a very unique and noteworthy artist, and it is difficult to think of anyone else who can switch from ancient Malian culture to acting and then to African rock and roll. Rokia Traore with her band will perform music from her last album “Beautifil Africa” (2013) and other songs in Event-Hall concert venue.
The Tuvan acoustic quartet Huun-Huur-Tu can truly be seen as a leading force in popularizing throat singing or khöömei the past decades. Using traditional instruments and drawing subtly on 20th-century composers, Huun-Huur-Tu transform ancient songs into complex acoustic compositions. Huun-Huur-Tu proves that Tuvan music can take plenty of intelligent innovation. Since 1993, the band has played on almost all major festivals of World Music, jazz and rock music, has given about thousands of concerts on all continents, has made more than 20 tours in the U.S. and Canada, many times performed in Europe, Japan, Australia, Mexico, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. Their collaborations include such starts as Ry Cooder, Frank Zappa, The Chieftains, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Kronos Quartet and L. Shankar and others.
Cristina Branco (Portugal)
World Music program covers all festival stages, including the open air stage next to the beautiful castle, built in the 19th century in the picturesque land of Ramon on Voronezh river. The area hosts around 400 people there and the tickets are not enough for everybody who wants to visit this performance. David Geringas, Aydar Gaynullin and Borislav Strulev, Chamber orchestra of young musicians from Switzerland, Germany and Austria played on this stage. World music program in Ramon castle will be represented by Cristina Branco (Portugal) – one of the finest contemporary performers of fado, "the soul and voice of Portugal". Music "fado" – a special style of traditional Portuguese music, its dominant emotional background is a combination of feelings of loneliness, nostalgia, sadness and longing of love, called in Portuguese “saudade”. Fado genre characterizes by lyrical solo songs with an accompaniment of the Portuguese guitar. Cristina Branco brings into fado traditional forms of jazz, blues and bossa nova and her last album “Alegria” (in English – “joy”) finds in fado inspiration for joy and happiness.