Women Of The World - 'Believe in the Power of Music!'
Performing currently in 23 different global languages, Women Of The World comes to the Firehouse Arts Center Theater stage in Pleasanton on Sunday, May 21, at 2:00 p.m. The award-winning international a cappella quartet (plus percussion) delivers original and traditional world folk music with contemporary twists, and often include chants, storytelling, dance, mouth percussion, and improvisation. Mentored by Grammy Award winning maestro Bobby McFerrin, WOTW venues have included Carnegie Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall, Kennedy Center, and eminent Jazz stages across the US. They have even done a TedX Talk and United Nations events. The concerts are an exhilarating experience, note several reviewers, and the group is constantly searching for new genres to explore: they have performed in 31 languages (and counting) including Bulgarian, Cuban, Ladino, Brazilian, Turkish, African, Haitian, Indian, Italian and Japanese. The members happily elaborate that they are bonded by their passion to explore sounds, rhythms, and musical vocabulary from all over the world, and their desire promote peace and harmony in the process. WOTW founder Ayumi Ueda, a Berklee College of Music alumna from Japan, had sought to create "a multicultural ensemble that not only crossed boundaries musically, but also was committed to the daily practice of peace in their interactions." Ayumi joined forces with like-minded vocal artists, Giorgia Renosto from Italy, Annette Philip from India, Deb0rah Pierre from USA/Haiti, and Patrick Simard from Canada (percussion) to manifest this vision, and Women Of The World was launched. Since their beginnings in 2008, the ensemble has toured extensively in North America and Asia, and collaborated with many renowned musicians, including Bobby McFerrin and African vocal icon Angelique Kidjo. Recent recognition includes: 2014 Harmony Sweepstakes National Champions, nominees for both 2013 Boston Music Awards and 2014 Independent Music Awards. Presented by City of Pleasanton Firehouse Arts CenterTickets