Global sounds sweep into 15th annual World Music Festival Chicago


Tal National with Leni Stern African Trio. Based in Niamey, the capital of Niger, Tal National performs original repertoire and fresh arrangements of West African folkloric music. Guitarist-vocalist Stern addresses pop, rock and jazz vocabularies. 7 p.m. at Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave.

Also: Pacific Curls, from New Zealand, with Arifa, from the Netherlands, 8:30 p.m. at the Old Town School of Folk Music's Maurer Hall, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave.


Baladino with Leni Stern African Trio. The Israeli ensemble Baladino embraces a swath of music of the Mediterranean, past and present, as well as currents of Ladino sounds rooted in Judeo-Spanish culture; on a bill with eclectic pop-rock-jazz vocalist-guitarist Stern. 8 p.m. Thursday at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave.

Also: Mono Blanco, of Mexico, 8 p.m. at the Old Town School's Maurer Hall, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. Noura Mint Seymali, of Mauritania, 8 p.m. at Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave.; and Tal National, from Nigeria, with Fatbook, from Chicago, 8 p.m. at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave.

Sept. 20

Dr. L. Subramaniam, Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers and Pejman Hadadi & Imamyar Hasanov. Subramaniam, a revered violinist who has stretched the definition of Indian classical music, will share the stage with singer Bindu Subramaniam, his daughter. Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers, from Karachi, Pakistan, perform qawwali religious music dating back centuries. Pejman Hadadi and Imamyar Hasanov intertwine Persian and Azeri music. 6 p.m. at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street.

Also: Fareed Haque's Hymn of the Ancients. As part of the overlapping Latino Music Festival, Chicago guitarist Haque leads his new ensemble, featuring musicians from Iran, Syria and the United States. 6 p.m. at Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1440 N. Sacramento Ave.,

Sept. 21

Brock McGuire Band. Accordionist Paul Brock and fiddler Manus McGuire bring traditional Irish music into the realm of bluegrass. 8 p.m. at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St.

Also: Bloco Maximo, with music of Brazil, noon at Austin Town Hall Park, 5610 W. Lake St.; Pejman Hadadi and Imamyar Hasanov, with Persian and Azeri music, 7 p.m. at the University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.; and Lulacruza, with music of Columbia and Argentina, 8:30 p.m. at Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave.

Sept. 22

"One World Under One Roof." The grand finale of the World Music Festival features seven hours of continuous music at the Chicago Cultural Center. The lineup: Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers, Brock McGuire Band, Nicolae Feraru & His Gypsy Band, Baba Ken Okulolo & the Nigerian Brothers, 2:30 to 8:45 p.m. in Preston Bradley Hall. DakhaBrakha, Christine Salem and Lulacruza, 4 to 9 p.m. in the Claudia Cassidy Theater. And Janusz Prusinowski Trio, Andreas Kapsalis & Goran Ivanovic and Paulinho Garcia, 2 to 5:45 p.m. at Randolph Square. At the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

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