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October 19, 2005

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Nipissing University brings world music fusion project to North Bay

North Bay, ON, October 19, 2005 — Nipissing University is hosting a series of concerts, lectures and workshops on October 24 and 25, featuring the music of Winnipeg based world music fusion band Paris to Kyiv.

The events are presented by Routes and Rhythms, a new collective of university faculty and administration and community members. Their mandate includes the promotion of cultural understanding and to further cooperation between the university and the community.

For the past ten years, Paris to Kyiv have been integrating ancient Ukrainian music with the world’s acoustic, electric and classical elements. The trio uses stunning vocals, violins, violas, banduras, and sopilkas to create an engaging and unique sound. Currently on a tour of Ontario, Quebec and Nunavut to promote their fourth studio album Fragmenti, their stop in North Bay will feature opportunities to interact with the band.

On Monday, October 24, the band will perform an abridged concert in the Nipissing University theatre (F213) at noon. The concert is open to the public and is free of charge.

Following Monday’s concert, Julian Kytasty, Paris to Kyiv’s world renowned bandurist and sopilka player, will present a lecture/demonstration entitled A Contemporary Bard and His Musical Tradition. It takes place in Nipissing University’s Vittorio Fedeli Business Centre (F210) from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Kytasty’s lecture is in conjunction with Nipissing’s Music and Cultures course and is open to the public.

On Tuesday, October 25, Paris to Kyiv will lead a Choral workshop in the Nipissing University Theatre (F213). The event is open to the public and is free of charge.

Paris to Kyiv will be performing a full concert in the Galaxy Circle Room at the Capitol Centre (150 Main Street East) on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available at the Capitol Centre box office..

"This is a tremendous opportunity for our students and community to not only experience the music of Paris to Kyiv, but also interact with the musicians and learn from them," said Professor Marcia Ostashewski, who teaches Music and Culture courses and was involved in organizing the series. "Students take these courses because they love music. My job is to get them to think critically about how and why music is important as part of culture more broadly. The Routes and Rhythms events are about fostering cultural understanding through music. We are very pleased to be able to bring in such a well-respected group and are looking forward to more productions in the future."



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