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"The theatre was so beautiful it made me catch my breathÖEveryone was friendly and welcomingÖ [and] the evening was unforgettable.Ē Ė Audience Comment (Trip Advisor)
"a stand-out with a unique sound at the melting point of new composition and instrumental abundance..." - Algerie Presse Service
On tour as part of Center Stage Algerian Ifrikya Spirit stakes its expansive musical tent where West African instruments are welcomed and enjoined with global sensibilities. Eclectic and elemental, Ifrikya Spirit is fronted by a transfixing, gritty vocalist, and grounded by two guimbri (three-stringed, skin-covered basses). The bandís multi-instrumentalists play with the nimbleness of a jazz ensemble and the earthy passion of a hard-hitting roots group, as funky, upbeat anthems to Africa alternate with bass-studded, swirling invocations. Artists will be in residence in Red Wing for two days leading up to performance.
No showings for this event.Tickets $13 - $20 Buy 7 days or more in advance of the performance, and get $3 off the ticket price.
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The presentation of Ifrikya Spirit is part of Center Stage, a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. with support from Phillip S. Duff Endowment Fund
The Sheldon is proud to host the Algerian music ensemble, Ifrikya Spirit, for a 3 day residency as part of Center Stage, a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Four public events offer fun, diverse opportunities for cultural exchange:
TRADITION AND INNOVATION CONVERGE: LUNCH AND LEARN
Discover how the plucked thump of tradition moves in counterpoint to the smooth thrum of metal strings, as Ifrikya Spirit introduces their unique blend of musical tradition and innovation. Bring a lunch.
October 13, 12:00 Ė 1:15 PM
St. James Hotel 406 Main St
Mike Arturi (of The Loviní Spoonful and Universal Music Center) hosts a musical jam session across cultures with Ifrikya Spirit and local musicians. Improvised program. Limited number of musicians may sign-up to join the jam that night. ALL welcome to listen.
October 13, 7:00 PM Ė 9:00 PM
Sheldon Theatre, 443 W 3rd Street
DIWAN POTLUCK: FOOD AND FELLOWSHIP
Diwan is food, fellowship, song, and the spiritual core of the music. Members of the Red Wing community are invited to share American food traditions with our Algerian guests at this potluck style meal, for an evening of cross-cultural food and fellowship.
October 14,6:00 Ė 7:30 PM
Christ Church Fellowship Hall, 321 West Avenue
MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI KAYAK ADVENTURE
Pair up with a member of Ifrikya Spirit on a fall kayak tour of the Mississippi, guided by the Environmental Learning Center.