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Alsarah & the Nubatones

January 17, 2019 • 8:00 pm

Port City Music Hall, Portland

“The new princess of Nubian pop” (The Guardian), Alsarah first graced Ovations’ series in 2015 as part of the pan-African music extravaganza, the Nile Project. In 2019, the stunning Sudanese-born singer, songwriter, bandleader and ethnomusicologist returns with her band, the Nubatones. With percussionist Rami El-Aasser, bassist Mawuena Kodjovi, oudist Brandon Terzic, and her sister Nahid…

Niyaz featuring Azam Ali

March 14, 2019 • 8:00 pm

Port City Music Hall, Portland

Captivating and ethereal, Niyaz takes folkloric sounds and poetry from their native Iran and modernizes them through contemporary technologies and ideas to create a 21st century global trance tradition that is hypnotic and ecstatic. Led by frontwoman Azam Ali’s “rich and precise voice” (NPR Music), Niyaz’s masterful blend of lush acoustic instrumentation with state of-the-art…

Dreamers’ Circus

March 28, 2019 • 7:30 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

A chance jam session at a 2009 folk festival in Copenhagen led to the creation of the adventurous and talented Dreamers’ Circus. Featuring Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, violinist for the Danish String Quartet (a frequent collaborator), along with Nikolaj Busk on piano and accordion, and Ale Carr on Nordic cittern, this young trio is a driving…

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