Opening night of the Women in 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 / $20 at the door / $10 students and seniors
Dinner reservations guarantee seating. Call 416 588 0307 to reserve your table!
Having released their third album “Small Pieces” earlier this year, Rakkatak merges classical Indian rhythms and melodies with a pop music aesthetic. Featuring tabla player Anita Katakkar, bassist Oriana Barbato and sitarist Rex Van der Spuy, Rakkatak's multi-faceted creativity and eclectic musicianship combust on stage to create a unique, coloured and intoxicating vibe.
With Indian/Scottish roots in multicultural Toronto, Anita Katakkar‘s music represents a link between her heritage and community. In Toronto, she studied tabla with composer and musician Ritesh Das and in California and Kolkata with the pre-eminent exponent of the Lucknow style tabla, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. Anita has performed, toured internationally and recorded with the Toronto Tabla Ensemble and Jeff Martin and has toured nationally with The Tea Party. She has shared the stage with legendary Kathak dancer Chitresh Das, flamenco dancer Esmeralda Enrique, sitar virtuoso Anwar Khurshid, Canadian/Armenian guitarist Levon Ichkhanian and Paris based singer/songwriter Melissa Laveaux.
Rex van der Spuy has been playing sitar since 1989, and has studied John Campana, Irshad Khan and Sahana Banerjee. He performs a style Indian Classical music which is deeply rooted in tradition while featuring a contemporary and personal approach. Rex has performed and given lecture demonstrations in Canada, Brazil, South Africa, and India and makes occasional radio appearances. He produced the 2007 CD Valley of Dreams, a CD of original compositions, and his sitar playing has been featured on Firefly’s CD Someday (2007) and Zaria’s In The Garden (2008). Rex currently divides his time between Toronto, Cape Town and India.
Oriana Barbato‘s signature style doesn’t come from market trends. This Chilean bassist goes well beyond pop by adding her knowledge of world music and downright technique to her bass playing. Oriana’s versatility, work ethic, and stage presence have brought her to venues across North America and Europe, where she was last seen opening with Latin/flamenco fusion act TaKiLo for La Troba Kung Fu. She has also shared the stage with world-renowned musicians such as Qawwali master Shahid Ali Khan and Warwick endorsed bass prodigy Jorge Campos as well as opening for Canadian acts Bif Naked and Nomadic Massive. Oriana is also a sound artist and has composed music for short films. Her work has been exhibited at various art galleries in North, South America and Europe.
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.
The Women in Percussion Festival runs Oct 11 to 15th and is make possible by the Toronto Arts Council, The Ontario Arts Council, Heritage Canada and the Government of Ontario. The five day celebration of Canadian women in world percussion has been co-programmed by Olga Dominguez and Mabinti Sylla and features workshops, a panel discussion and international guests with roots in Brazil, Cuba and Guinea.
Enjoy Dinner Before The Show!
Dinner reservations guarantee seating and a great start to the evening. Check out our menu here.
On weeknights, Lula offers our delicious tropical fusion dinner menu à la carte, with appetizers and mains ranging in price from $8 - $38, and each of our house-made desserts priced at $8. Reservations are accepted for those looking to dine with us via the OPENTABLE widget or by calling in to Lula - 416.588.0307. Admission to the show is additional. Lula's culinary team has created a distinctive menu that like Lula itself, is decidedly international with a Latin soul that shines through in everything we do.
Women in Percussion is a five-day festival celebrating Canadian women percussionists featuring concerts, workshops and international guests. The festival is made possible by support from Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canadian Heritage, the Government of Ontario and Yamaha Canada.