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LIBANA! 35th Anniversary Celebration Concert!
November 14, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Internationally renowned world music & dance ensemble Libana returns to Harvard Square to celebrate this monumental 35th anniversary season. This beloved group of six multi-talented women illuminates the creativity, vision and spirit of women worldwide. Riveting, transformational and soul stirring, Libana takes audiences on a musical journey reflecting the universal human experience uniting us all.
In 1979, a group of women sharing a passion for international music, dance, and women’s issues formed the global music ensemble Libana. Inspired by Judy Chicago’s groundbreaking exhibit “The Dinner Party,” Libana took their name from a woman honored by the artist—a 10th century Moorish poet, philosopher, and musician—symbolizing women’s creativity, vision and spirit throughout time.
Over the 35 years since that time, Libana has traversed the globe from Maine to California, Wyoming to Florida, Ontario to Nova Scotia—and from Bulgaria to Greece to India to Morocco! – celebrating and honoring the world’s women.
From ancient traditions to contemporary creations, from the political to the spiritual, Libana’s global repertoire covers a vast musical spectrum expressed with stunning close a cappella vocals and an impressive palette of instruments including oud, charango, guitar, hammered dulcimer, panpipes, bendirs, dumbek, djembe, frame drum, dholak, riqq, tapan, and clarinet.
Interweaving music, dance and story from such divergent cultures as the Balkans, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, South America and Europe, Libana’s artistry inspires audiences with wonder at the beauty, breadth and wisdom of our world’s cultural diversity and common humanity.
Comprised of four founding members, another who joined just two years later in 1981, and the newest who has performed with Libana for 25 years, the six women of Libana share a profound dedication to their artistic mission. In many ways, the intentionality of Libana’s own longterm creative community mirrors the experience of communities of women everywhere on Earth who share music, dance, celebration, life-cycle ritual, food, laughter, and spiritual practice to create deep moments of unity and transcendence in their collective life.
Libana’s nine recordings and three songbooks have inspired the formation and the repertoires of songcircles and choruses of all ages around the globe, and their music and performances have kindled a sense of joy, strength, healing and empowerment in several generations of listeners.
Libana believes deeply in the power of song, the rhythm of the drum, and the spirit of dance to connect people across vast cultural difference. Their commitment to the artistic expression of the global community has inspired dynamic cross-cultural understanding, profound healing, and widespread peacebuilding.
In advance: Adult $20 Special 35th Anniversary Gift-Giver Price $35 Kids 12+under $10
At door: Adult $25 Special 35th Anniversary Gift-Giver Price $35 Kids 12+under $12
Advance tickets may be purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2215248
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