Women in Percussion Festival (Opening Night): Rakkatak Trio + Baobá + Sarah Thawer

Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 7pm

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Opening night of the Women in Percussion Festival

Presented by Lula Music and Arts Centre & NAC Presents Across Canada

Doors Open: 6:30pm / Show Starts: 7:30pm

Admission: $18 advance (without fees + taxes) / $20 at the door / $10 students and seniors.

Dinner reservations guarantee seating. Call 416 588 0307 to reserve your table!


Rakkatak Trio

Having released their third album “Small Pieces” earlier this year, Rakkatak merges classical Indian rhythms and melodies with a pop music aesthetic. Rakkatak's multi-faceted creativity and eclectic musicianship combust on stage to create a unique, coloured and intoxicating vibe. Rakkatak is tabla player Anita Katakkar and bassist Oriana Barbato. The performance will also feature guest artist Sina Momtahan.


Baobá is a Latin percussive trio formed in 2015 by some of Toronto’s top female percussionists - taking traditional beats to the next level. Empowered by the natural musicality that flows from South American bodies. Anita Graciano, Y Josephine, Mari Palhares representing Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil respectively, demonstrate and ideal balance of voice, melody and instrumentation. The group performs mostly original songs, as well as old school latin cover hits of Cumbia, Salsa, Funk, AfroBrazilian/Colombian/Venezuelan and many other latin inspired rhythms.

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Sarah Thawer

Fusing Latin, Indian, world jazz and funk influences Sarah Thawer presents her dynamic project at Lula for the first time.

As a student of jazz and world music at York University Sarah was the recipient of the prestigious Oscar Peterson Scholarship. She is currently freelancing, collaborating, doing session work and performing with international artists playing jazz, Latin, gospel, hip hop, funk, r&b/soul, flamenco, fusion, Indian and world music.
Drummer for the internationally renowned Cuban fusion rock group Battle of Santiago,
Sarah has had the opportunity to work with the likes of AR Rahman, Del Hartley, D’bi and the 333, Re.verse, Salim-Sulaiman, Benny Dayal and Funktuation, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, Mitch Frohman, Thompson Egbo-Egbo, Maria Mulata, Grisha Goryachev, Roger and Sam Grandinson, S S Thaman, Steve Koven and Vijay Prakash, to name a few.

Lula Music and Arts Centre celebrates women in world and Latin percussion with five days of concerts, workshops and drumming-focussed conversations featuring leading local artists and international guests. While highlighting the work of top-calibre and groundbreaking percussionists with roots in Venezuela, Colombia, Cuba, India, Brazil, Guinea, and the Anishinaabe Nation, Women in Percussion will explore the challenges faced by women drummers as well as the the role of drumming in various cultural and spiritual traditions.

Inspired by women musicians who pursue their artistic vision in the male-dominated world of drumming, contributing programmers Olga Dominguez and Mabinty Sylla have guided the curation of the festival which has been made possible by Ontario150, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Canadian Heritage.

Lula Lounge

1585 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON

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