A single world music concert might expose listeners to the mariachi horns of Mexico, the thumb pianos of Africa, and postmodern compositions for the howling emptiness of Antarctica. Sample cosmopolitan sounds with this GrouponLive deal to see Strunz & Farah at Aeolian Hall. For $30, you get one ticket for general-admission seating on Saturday, March 17, at 8 p.m. (a $54 value).
Costa Rican Jorge Strunz and Iranian Ardeshir Farah first united their guitars and their surnames into an improvisation-flecked duo in 1980, blending Afro-Latin, Middle Eastern, and jazz styles. Their 1992 album Américas vaulted to international attention with its infectious Afrocuban, Gypsy, and pre-Columbian rhythms, collecting both Billboard's World Music Album of the Year award and a Grammy nomination. With the assistance of Leah Zeger on violin and Majeed Ghorbani on percussion, Strunz & Farah's melodies vault up and down exotically modulated scales. Though their fingers are fluent in flamenco, the duo's signature style is saturated with international influences sharing only a common disregard for speed limits.
Aeolian Hall, designated a Heritage Site by Canada's Historic Places, exudes a rich history that bounds off its vaulted ceilings, baroque shutters, and raised stage with proscenium arch. While preserving the High Victorian and Italianate architecture of the former 19th-century town hall, Aeolian's dedicated corps of some 100 volunteers work to keep sharp both its ambience and acoustics. In 2009, CBC Radio 3 named it a Top 10 Live Venue, narrowly beating out a record mogul's crawlspace insulated with platinum albums.
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