12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
- "Russian Unity Choir"
- Irish dancers
- "Shekinah" - Hebrew dance group
- "In2ition" - Norwegian duo
- Aboriginal dancers
Slava Bogu Band
(Russian balaika and gypsy dancing)
"Slava Bogu Band" was formed a few years ago when Svetlana, a vibrant Russian-Gypsy dancer and Alexander (Sasha), an artist, singer and guitar player met Slava Alexandrov who became the leader of the trio.
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Slava Alexandrov was born in Russia. Slava plays a Russian folk instrument called BALALAIKA. He graduated from musical college in the former Soviet Union as a music teacher and conductor of folk orchestras. He played in the Balalaika Orchestra of the Red Army. In Russia, he has performed on ships for the Vladivostok Cruise and Shipping Line Company Folk Ensemble. In Canada since 1992, he has toured widely in the United States, Canada and Japan demonstrating his virtuoso balalaika skills. He also appeared in three television movie episodes. Slava has released his CD called "Russian Passion".
Brisas Del Palmar
(4-piece Cuban Band)
The rich harmonies of Brisas del Palmar have been pleasing crowds in Santiago de Cuba since their inception in 1999, where they perfected the boleros, sons, and guarachas of their island homeland. This family quartet proudly present a varied repertoire of traditional Cuban music and original compositions, reflecting their unique style and interpretation.
They are known in Cuba as one of the leading groups of traditional music. They won special recognition at the 2000 International Festival of Boleros in Santiago de Cuba. They placed second in the 2001 Festival of Singers of the Americas, held in Guantanamo, Cuba. In 2002 at the same festival they were honoured with the award for the best new group in the Americas. This Guantanamo festival is a competition of groups from all over Cuba, Mexico, Central and South America.
"Son" music is to Cuba what "blues" is to the USA. Son originated in the 19th century, in the rural eastern provinces of Cuba. African musical elements were mixed with Hispanic rhythms and the French influence from neighbouring Haiti. The simple and short verses speak of everyday life, with a unique chorus, which takes the form of "question-answer" between the lead singer and the group. The Cuban bolero was also born in the 19th century in the eastern provinces. It has developed into a music and dance style in 2/4 time, with rich poetic lyrics talking of nostalgia and love. During the 1920's a mixture of bolero and son became popular in Cuba and is currently performed by many trios, quartets, and septeros. Guaracha songs developed in the port of Havana during the 18th century. These lively songs are characterized with humorous, satiric lyrics poking fun at everyday situations. Cuba's most famous guaracha composer, Miguel Matamoros, further developed this style of music in the 1930's.
Brisas del Palmar enjoys preserving these old songs by re-energizing them for the pleasure of new generations. They look forward to second tour to Canada in 2004.