Grammy award-winning jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater and iconic African singer Youssou N'Dour perform as part of the 2015/2016 Chan Centre season
Grammy award-winning jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater and iconic African singer Youssou N'Dour perform as part of the 2015/2016 Chan Centre season

The Chan Centre announced another eclectic mix of concerts for its 2015/2016 season. From flamenco to American folk, from West African pop to Indian sitar music, the coming season’s schedule once again transcends genres.

“The 2015/16 Chan Centre Presents series features names that have reigned over the music world for decades, such as Marsalis, Shankar, and Guthrie,” says Joyce Hinton, Co-Managing Director and curator of the Chan Centre Presents series.

The season opens with the legendary Cuban ensemble, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club who make a stop in Vancouver as part of their farewell tour. That same month, master flamenco guitarist, Paco Peña, is joined by a troupe of vocalists, guitarists, and dancers for “Flamencura”, a tribute to the musical tradition of his native Andalusia.

In November one of Africa’s most iconic singers, Youssou N’Dour, returns to Vancouver for the first time since appearing at Expo ’86, and two of Portugal’s most adored female artists, Carminho and Sara Tavares, take to the stage in a double-bill.

In 2016 the Chan Centre year gets underway in February with Branford Marsalis, appearing in Vancouver for the first time. The Grammy award-winning artist will be accompanied by an ensemble of musicians for an evening of new works and jazz standards. Also in February, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra is joined by vocailist Dee Dee Bridgewater.

In April, the spring season gets underway with a sitar concert by Anoushka Shankar, and folk artist Arlo Guthrie performs from his prolific songbook, including a performance of “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree”,  a piece that is only performed on its ten-year anniversaries.

The season closes in May with a return engagement of Cecile McLorin Salvant, whose one-of-a-kind interpretations of jazz standards and blues compositions have garnered her wide critical acclaim.

Other highlights in the season include the return of the outreach series Chan Centre Connects and Beyond Words, an exploration of the power of words in performance.  In addition, the Nu:BC Collective and Turning Point Ensemble partner with the Chan Centre for “Superimposition” in April, that will feature a new concerto commissioned from composer Aaron Gervais.

“Full of rich musical heritage and artistic lineages, our upcoming season bridges both continents and generations in an enchanting reminder of music’s universal value,” says Hinton. “These artists are a testament to the fact that in any place, in any time, music has the power to move minds, connect communities, and ignite passions.”

For subscriptions, tickets and more information on the Chan Centre Presents 2015/2016 season visit http://chancentre.com.