Thursday, August 7, 2008

Free

First up, the Shuffle Demons at First Canadian Place. Introduced by Jazz FM's man about town Jaymz Bee, the Demons got off to a great start, playing their way onto the Waterfall stage (concern about the rain today moved the show indoors). As way of nourishment for the lunch crowd of course the Demons offered up "Cheese on Bread" and then the "controversial" tune, Canada's unofficial national anthem, as head demon Richard Underhill opined..."Hockey Night in Canada". He jokingly asked if anyone had a spare 2.5 million after they finished...citing fears of a lawsuit...:) The rousing finale which involved the band once more heading out into the audience, going up one escalator and down another completed the (too short) but energizing performance. It's been too long since I've seen them together!
This fun looking instrument is a Santur or dulcimer
Next...Persian music on offer down at Harbourfront's Music Garden...again the rain held off for an enthusiastic audience to be mesmerized by the sound of the santur (a dulcimer like instrument) and tombak performed by Pirouz Yousefian and Farzad Yousefian . This is the first time I've had the opportunity to hear music in this space but it's a beautiful garden space, based on the movements in ..........filled with native plants. Gorgeous!
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