Hailing from Sweden, Awake Love Orchestra has been entertaining international audiences since 2009. Now making their US debut at The Ringling, this unique fusion of folk, choral, and popular music transports the listener from Scandinavia and the Mediterranean to Eastern Europe and the USA.
A leading band in Colombia’s new music scene, Monsieur Periné won the Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist and earned nomination for their album, "Caja de Música." Rooted in gypsy jazz and celebrating the tradition of Django Reinhardt, Monsieur Periné‘s fresh style adds a variety of Latin elements to the mix.
A world premiere by the esteemed string quartet, ETHEL. Created in partnership with The Ringling and designer/director Grant McDonald, "Circus - Wandering City" is multi-media performance program inspired by the heroes behind the magic of the Big Top.
Born to parents from Rwanda and Uganda, Somi is now at home in Harlem’s vibrant immigrant community of “Little Africa.” Petite Afrique: The Other Black in Harlem is a song cycle inspired by that place, its ornate traditional fabrics, Francophone bibles, palm oil and shea butter, and fast-fingered hair braiders.
Winner of five Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards, the Cuban pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader Chucho Valdés has been a key figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz for the past 50 years.
In this high flying program, the two-time GRAMMY® winning Turtle Island Quartet, pays homage to the incandescent visionary brilliance of jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker. The genius of his improvisations almost single handedly catapulted jazz from pop into art, indelibly altering the musical landscape of America.