The Office of the Master of Winters College is hosting a special holiday concert later today. The concert features current students and grads from York University’s Faculty of Fine Arts presenting traditional and contemporary holiday music. This free concert will take place in 001 Winters College, from 5:30 to 6:30pm. All are welcome to attend.
Featured performers are:
Wibi (left) is an innovative contemporary a cappella ensemble that began in 1988 in Winters College at York University. This student-run group has reveled in exploring a broad range of musical styles that include jazz, pop, funk, gospel and world music. Many of their former members have established successful music careers.
Suba Sankaran (right), a DORA award-winning, twice JUNO-nominated vocalist specializing in world fusion music. She has performed for Peter Gabriel, Nelson Mandela, and Bishop Desmond Tutu, and performed with Bobby McFerrin. Sankaran is in demand as a choral director, arranger, educator and composer. She has composed and produced music for theatre, film, radio and dance. She has collaborated with Deepa Mehta and the CBC. Sankaran is currently artist-in-residence at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts and co-chair of the JUNO world music committee. Joining Sankaran for the Winters College Holiday Concert is guest tabla player, Ed Hanley. Together they perform intimate voice and tabla duo material, providing north- and south-Indian rooted music with a contemporary flair.
Lisa Patterson (left), is an internationally recognized recording artist, producer/engineer and educator, who is a composer and director of the original global roots musical group ROAM. Last month, Patterson and ROAM released their sophomore disc LUMINA. Four songs from ROAM’s debut album Points of Departure (2009) are featured in adventure film satire Awaiting Atwood, which is set to be released later this month. Patterson is the recipient of the York University Department of Music’s Paul Casino Achievement Award for work in world music ensembles. Her global outreach includes producing concerts for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Amnesty International and Alliance Française.
Andrew Craig (right) is a York music alumnus and Bryden Alumni Award winner. Craig creates and performs original music, directs orchestras and musical productions, produces albums, performs on the radio and television, and composes for theatre. He’s worked with artists such as Molly Johnson, Wynton Marsalis, Measha Bruggergosman and Kellylee Evans, directed tributes to Oscar Peterson and Quincy Jones, and performed twice for Nelson Mandela.