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Award-winning Silk Road Music presents Village Tales, a celebration of Chinese culture, on Sunday, March 12

Toronto, February 27, 2006—Talented and engaging, Vancouver’s Silk Road Music opens our eyes and ears to Chinese music and culture. The ensemble, showcasing a unique world music sound—Asian, jazz, Latin and Celtic music—presents Village Tales.The performance, part of the Music with Bite concert series, takes place on Sunday, March 12, at 1 p.m., at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Admission is free. For information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Village Tales is an extraordinary performance that features traditional Chinese folk songs, arranged for cross-cultural instrumentation and performed in both English and Mandarin by duets. An innovative musical force, Silk Road Music skillfully weaves musical styles from around the world into the exciting new form. The result of this entertaining fusion of western and eastern sounds, melodies and cultures is astonishingly beautiful and highly original.

Established by leader Qiu Xia He in 1991, Silk Road Music performers effortlessly fuse Asian, jazz, Latin and Celtic music with classical Chinese instruments and techniques to create a unique sound. The group features Qiu Xia He (pipa), Zhi Min Yu (ruan), Feng Jun Wang (vocals), Willy Miles (vocals and bass guitar) and Andre Thibault (guitar, oud and percussion). The ensemble’s Cds, Endless and Village Tales, have both won the West Coast Music award for Best World Music Album; in addition Endless earned a 1999 Juno nomination for Best Global Album.

Music with Bite, part of ZOOM! Family Sundays, is a refreshing, interactive experience in which children can sit up close to the artists and, after the concert, ask questions, while enjoying a complimentary Natrel milk beverage and cookies. Music with Bite is a co-production with Jeunesses Musicales Ontario, an organization dedicated to musical excellence and the promotion of young artists and music for young people.

Music with Bite is produced with the support of the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.

BEAUTY
Is beauty defined by personal tastes or perspectives or can we apply some universal standards? From January through May 2006, Harbourfront Centre invites audiences to examine the idea of beauty through various events and programmes. Beauty is part of an ongoing exploration of ideas-based programming at Harbourfront Centre.

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Media Contact:
Linda Liontis, 416-973-4381, lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com
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