Boston's international women's world music ensemble, Libana, will present a concert at the Smith Opera House in Geneva at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 25, as part of the theatre's Wild Women of the World Music Series. Admission is $10 general admission and $7 for students and senior citizens.
Libana performances open windows into diverse, rarely heard, women¹s musical expressions from around the world. Their music ranges from exquisite Balkan harmonies to the rooted pulses of Latin American rhythms, from hauntingly beautiful sounds of Slav folk tunes from Hungary to a riveting ritual exorcism dance with percussion from Egypt – all woven into a collage of shifting colors and rhythms. Their repertoire of ancient melodies and contemporary tunes is performed a cappella and with a vast array of instruments including guitar, dumbek, accordion, oud, naqqara clarinet and double bass.
Libana takes its name from a 10th century Moorish poet and musician, a symbol of women's creativity throughout time. Founded with the idea of exploring and performing pieces which reflect women's often undocumented musical heritage, for the past 23 years, Libana has taken audiences on many a musical journey, weaving together the songs, dances and instrumental music of the world's cultures, especially as handed down through the artistic traditions of women.
Founded in 1979 by director Susan Robbins, Libana is a seven woman ensemble that has toured extensively throughout North America and Canada, and in 1996, made their European debut at the Varna International Folk Festival in Bulgaria. Other recent festival appearances include the Britt festival in Medford, Oregon, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Coup de Coeur Francophone Festival in Montreal and Clearwater's Hudson River Revival in New York. Go to their Web site www.libana.com for more information.
Tickets to this concert are available at The Smith box office, Area Records & Music, the Hobart and William Smith Colleges bookstore and the Lyons National Bank. The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. Call (315) 781-LIVE or toll-free 866-355-LIVE for more details.