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Monday, May 11, 2015

Sat., May 16 in Hamtramck: Free, cool world music festival 'Porous Borders'

Posted By on Mon, May 11, 2015 at 12:45 PM

This Porous Borders fest looks like a well-curated day of free music in Hamtramck! We're especially stoked about oud player Victor Ghannam (below), as well as the junior mariachi orchestra (above).


Saturday, May 16th, 2015
Corner of St. Aubin and Carpenter, Hamtramck, MI
Free - All Ages

12:30pm - 1:00pm Bengla School of Music
1:15pm - 2:00pm - Victor Ghannam
2:15pm - 3:00pm - Lac La Belle
3:15pm - 4:00pm - Mariachi Juvenil Detroit
4:15pm - 5:00pm - Detroit Pleasure Society

About Porous Borders
The Porous Borders Festival (PBF) is a two-day public art festival that will take place along the entire border between Hamtramck and Detroit in May 16-17,2015. Curated by The Hinterlands, PBF will use art installation, performance, spectacle, and public engagement to explore the unique municipal boundary cutting across Michigan’s most internationally diverse zip-code. Visitors and residents alike will viscerally experience this invisible marker between Detroit and Hamtramck through a celebration of the unique spatial and cultural interactions between these two communities. All events will be walk-able, free and family-friendly.

PBF is a 2013 winner of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge (Detroit) and is recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts 2014 Our Town grant.

About Detroit Folk Workshop (Stage sponsor)
Detroit Folk Workshop was founded by local musicians and business owners Nick Schillace and Jennie Knaggs in 2015. With the goal of advocating acoustic music in our region, Detroit Folk Workshop hopes to highlight the multifaceted musical roots of our diverse community, including ethnic musical traditions as well as contemporary music influenced by such traditions. 

About each of the artists:

BANGLA SCHOOL OF MUSIC - 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Bangla School of Music (BSM) was established in 1996 by Akram Hossain to promote Bangla Music in the USA, especially in Michigan. With a very special curriculum for young people, BSM take pride in teaching Bengali culture to our next generation in abroad. Performing music with tabla, harmonium and vocals, this performance features students as well as Akram Hossian, who has had over 45 years of experience as a vocal artist, instrumentalist, music composer and teacher in Bengali music.

VICTOR GHANNAM - 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Victor Ghannam is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist who has performed throughout North, Central and South America, primarily on oud and qanun. A 30-year veteran of the stage, he has toured with many of the leading recording artists of the Arab World and is most recognized for his dazzling improvisations combining passion, technical brilliance, creative adventure and intensity.

LAC LA BELLE — 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Influenced by early Americana, multi-instrumentalists and songwriters Jennie Knaggs & Nick Schillace create music that blend history with the present via accordion, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, harmonizing vocals, and fingerpicking resonator guitar. What sets this acoustic group apart is their utilization of their varied experiences; Schillace has a separate career performing his instrumental guitar pieces, and he wrote the first academic work on the recordings of John Fahey; Knaggs has history with New Music compositions and improvisations, including her vocal work in Matthew Barney’s film “River of Fundament”. This with their separate experiences learning folk and blues in Appalachia, American roots bind Lac La Belle’s compositions with a heavy thread.

This youth mariachi group has been training for many years youth in the area with many names such as Mariachi Juvenil De Mexico, and Mariachi Fiesta Alegre. They boast that they are the original and first youth mariachi ensemble to have ever been formed in Detroit. Under the leadership of Maestro Denis Newhouse, MJD share their talent performing quality mariachi music for the surrounding community.

Before Bebop, before Swing, there was traditional New Orleans jazz. The music of Detroit Pleasure Society easily transports you to this era. With horns, drums, and tenor banjo, this six-piece group performs tunes of times past, from Bix Beiderbecke to Wild Bill Davison, while offering its own modern, high-energy, Midwest interpretation.

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