Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

World Music at the Kimmel Center in March Includes: Portuguese Fado Singer Mariza, Paddy Moloney with Chieftains and Japanese Kodo Drummers

FEBRUARY 9, 2009

Kimmel Center Presents 2008-09 Season Sponsored by Citi

Kimmel Center turns the spotlight on global rhythms throughout the month of March. World music artists gather in Philadelphia from Portugal's taverns to the streets of Ireland and Japan's exotic Sado Island, bringing a variety of fresh perspectives to music.

  • Reigning Portuguese fado queen Mariza performs selections from her Latin Grammy®-nominated album Terra among other jazz and Latin-inspired hits (Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 7:30pm).

  •  Paddy Moloney with Chieftains and Special Guests celebrate St. Patrick's Day with their own brand of Celtic music and step dancing (Sunday, March, 15, 2009 at 3pm).

  • Kodo Drummers provide a pulse-pounding percussive performance of Japanese folk and contemporary music on the taiko drum (Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 8pm).

Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at, or at the Kimmel Center box office open daily from 10am to 6pm and later on performance evenings. (Additional fees may apply.) For group sales call 215-790-5883.

A limited number of $10 tickets are available for every Kimmel Center Presents performance at the Kimmel Center. Tickets go on sale the day of the event and can be purchased at the Kimmel Center box office beginning at 5:30pm for an evening curtain time and 11:30am for matinees. Limit one ticket per person.

Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 7:30pm
Verizon Hall
Price: $35-$56

"...fine-tuned and intricately detailed, her voice sweeping effortlessly from searing cries to whispered was an evening of defiantly emotional music. And when Mariza unleashed the full power of her was one long, devastating cry from the heart." —Washington Post

From the smoky cafés of Lisbon, fado star Mariza performs Portugal's national treasure of music at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall on Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 7:30pm. Against a lush backdrop of the Portuguese guitar, classical guitar, bass, drums and piano, Mariza's vocal prowess brings to life fado, the centuries-old tradition of "the Portuguese blues." As part of her 47-city tour of North America, her performance in Philadelphia will include selections from the 2008 Latin Grammy® nominated album Terra among other hits. Special guest Ivan Lins will no longer be appearing at the Kimmel Center with Mariza due to travel complications.

Mariza's most recent album, Terra, shows the transformative genesis of the famous singer, who continues to pay homage to her Portuguese roots, while at the same time reinventing the fado genre. Terra is a collaborative work featuring Latin musicians as special guests, such as Sting's long-time guitarist Dominic Miller, Brazilian pianist Ivan Lins and Spanish percussionist Piraña. The resulting sound is an amalgam of flamenco, morna, jazz and folk music with a distinct Portuguese sound. Resonating, lively songs such as "Fronteira" about the real and imagined borders of Portugal and Spain, and "Beijo de Saudade," about a poet's view of his faraway island home from his hospital bed, continue to tell the story of Portuguese fado.

Born in Mozambique, Mariza was greatly inspired by the musical traditions of her father's hometown in Lisbon. Now a fixture on world music stages, she first experienced international stardom when her debut album, Fado Em Mim (Fado in Me) (2001), reached quadruple platinum in Portugal. Additional albums include sophomore release Fado Curvo (Curved Fado) (2003), and the Latin Grammy® Award nominated Concerto Em Lisboa (2006), which captured Mariza's live hometown performance for an audience of 20,000. In 2004, she participated in Unity, the official album of the Olympic Games, on which she sang "A Thousand Years" with Sting.

Mariza's talents have been recognized with numerous awards and honors. In May 2008, the Paris Academy of Arts, Sciences and Letters awarded Mariza the prestigious Medaille de Vermeil, for "her relevant services to the arts and culture." In 2007, Mariza was awarded the BBC World Music Award. That same year, she was nominated for the Finnish "Emma Gaala" Awards for "Best International Artist," together with Robbie Williams, Andrea Bocelli, Basshunter, Iron Maiden and Red Hot Chili Peppers. In 2005, she was elected UNICEF's Goodwill Ambassador for Portugal.

She has performed at sold-out venues worldwide, including the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Belém Cultural Centre in Lisbon and the Théâtre de La Ville in Paris.

"...stunning performance...fully in command of a rich array of vocal timbres and a subtle sense of timing." —Los Angeles Times

Mariza, vocals
Jose Marino Abreu de Freitas, bass
Angelo Braz Freire, Portuguese guitar
Diogo Manuel Dos Reis Clemente, classical guitar
Hugo Antonia E Silva Carreira Marques, drums
Simon James Wadsworth, piano

Sunday, March 1, 2009 | 6pm
Commonwealth Plaza | Free at the Kimmel

Join us for a free performance on the Commonwealth Plaza stage prior to the ticketed performance by Mariza in Verizon Hall.

Paddy Moloney With Chieftains and Special Guests
Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 3pm
Verizon Hall
Price: $39-$79

"The uniquely gifted [ensemble]...successfully wedded the best of the folk and classical traditions. Beneath their virtuosic musicianship and symbiotic interplay were instantly hummable tunes that spoke directly to the heart and soul." —Los Angeles Times

Irish ambassadors to the world, Paddy Moloney with Chieftains and Special Guests evoke the spirit of St. Patrick's Day with an annual brew of Celtic music at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall on Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 3pm. The ensemble will perform selections that span The Chieftains' latest and greatest hits, as well as a preview from a forthcoming album of Celtic works with Mexican influences.

Paddy Moloney, founder and frontman of the six-time Grammy® Award-winning ensemble, joins with fellow Chieftains Matt Molloy and Kevin Conneff to unearth a wealth of Irish folklore with fiddle, flute, tin whistle and bodhrán instruments. Special guests Scottish vocalist Alyth McCormack, Irish harpist Triona Marshall, Nashville's own Jeff White and Deanie Richardson, one of country and bluegrass music's most revered fiddle players, will join the ensemble onstage for a performance of Celtic music and step dancing.

"Ireland's most influential folk ensemble" (New York Times), The Chieftains has entertained audiences with its distinctive blend of music, humor and step dancing in a career that spans 44 years and 43 albums, and continues to inspire interest in Celtic music worldwide. The group of Dublin musicians came together in 1962, and quickly captured a wide audience in collaborations with Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, The Rolling Stones, Sting, Tom Jones, Sinead O'Connor and Los Lobos, among many others. In addition to an extensive discography, The Chieftains' music has appeared on soundtracks for notable films such as Treasure Island, Tristan and Isolde, Far and Away and The Water Horse: Legends of the Deep.

"The Chieftains are virtuosos and historians...moving through jigs loaded with optimism and delight along with more stately, melancholic pieces. [They] mixed a clear melodic beauty with dance rhythms that had members of the audience stomping their feet in time to the music." —New York Times

Paddy Moloney, uilleann pipes, tin whistle

With Chieftains
Matt Molloy
, flute
Kevin Conneff, bodhran, vocals

Special Guests
Jonny Hardie, guitar and fiddle
Brian Mcalpine, vocals and piano
Alyth McCormack, vocals
Triona Marshall, harp
Jeff White, vocals
Deanie Richardson, fiddle
Jon Pilatzke, step dancing and fiddle
Nathan Pilatzke, step dancing
Cara Butler, step dancing

Sunday, March 15, 2009 | 1:30pm and Post-Show (approx. 5:30pm)
Commonwealth Plaza | Free at the Kimmel

Join us for a free performance on the Commonwealth Plaza stage prior to and following the ticketed performance by Paddy Moloney with Chieftains and Special Guests in Verizon Hall.

Kodo Drummers
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 8pm
Verizon Hall
Price: $32-$68

"...With tense, angular postures, with stylized, frozen gestures, and, in one playful piece, with an animal-like scampering and slithering, Kodo reminds its audience that, above all, its music is a matter of flesh and blood, wood and stretched skin. Kodo can raise the roof, but the group can also show extraordinary finesse." —New York Times

Kodo drummers explore the limitless possibilities of the taiko drum onstage in the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 8pm. The 14-member group exhibits visceral skill, dexterity and stamina with instruments ranging from hand-held cymbals to the 800 pound o-daiko, in arrangements of traditional Japanese folk music and original contemporary compositions.

Kodo translates to mean 'heartbeat,' the primal source of all rhythm, and 'children of the drum.' For nearly 30 years, the group has captured and performed the universal spirit and energy of taiko. The group made its first world stage appearance at the Berlin Festival in 1981, and has since delivered over 3,100 performances in more than 45 countries, from war-torn Croatia to New York's Carnegie Hall.

Kodo drummers strive to preserve and re-interpret traditional Japanese performing arts with modern elements. Global influences, including contemporary music from Western classical to jazz, inspire their music. The group has collaborated with artists and composers —from traditional Irish musicians Dónal Lunny and Coolfin, to the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart and avant-funk bassist Bill Laswell—to produce startling new fusions and forms. Other projects include an album of Kodo's music remixed by top DJs; Rockin' Kodo; a video collaboration with group of rock musicians; and participation on the soundtrack for the Chinese film Hero.

More than a performance ensemble, Kodo is a way of life. Since 1988, members have made their home together in Kodo Village on Japan's Sado Island, with communal living, practice, recording and office spaces, farmland and carefully tended forests. The intentional community harvests rice, runs a two-year apprentice program and even crafts eco-friendly Earth Furniture. To support the cultural and environmental preservation of the island, Kodo founded the Kodo Cultural Foundation in 1997. Another Kodo initiative, the Earth Celebration music festival, currently in its 22nd year, attracts artists and fans from around the world to Sado Island every August for three days of original music and cultural events.

"Dynamic, electrifying vision...Nothing will prepare you for the 1,000lb. drum assault, the precise timing or the wall of sound. An essential experience." —Time Out, UK

"By combining peerless showmanship, passionate playing, astounding physical dexterity and a meticulous eye for detail, the young men and women of Kodo have managed to make the rich traditional arts and music of Japan as accessible as they are exciting." —Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 | 6:30pm
Commonwealth Plaza | Free at the Kimmel

Join us for a free performance on the Commonwealth Plaza stage prior to the ticketed performance by the Kodo Drummers in Verizon Hall.

Kimmel Center Presents' 2008/2009 Season is sponsored by Citi. The Great Orchestras on Tour Series is supported by 10 Rittenhouse Square. Additional support is provided by the University of Pennsylvania Health System, American Express, and Interpark. American Airlines is the Official Airline of Kimmel Center Presents. NBC-10 is a media partner for Kimmel Center Presents.

Free in the Plaza programming and subsidized tickets offered to the community and social service groups for $10 are made possible through the Wachovia Gateway to the Arts Community Access Program, supported by a generous grant from the Wachovia Foundation.

The Kimmel Center is the recipient of partnership funding through the nationally recognized PNC "Grow Up Great" initiative, a ten-year, $100 million investment in preparing children for success in school and life. Funding gives support to the Kimmel Center's early childhood program "Bop and Swing," an arts program for children 1-5 years old, designed to promote an appreciation for American culture.

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