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Prix de la diversté

Ayrad (Montréal)

January 25 and 26, 2013

January 25 and 26, 2013

Both concerts by Ayrad are being presented in collaboration with

The recipient of the 2012 Diversity Award, Ayrad explores a range of musical styles through festive pieces that draw their vitality from the sounds of Andalusian, Berber and flamenco rhythms joined with reggae, Latin and Moroccan chaabi grooves. This sextet stands out for its poetry and inspirational melodies in which improvisation plays a large role. The collective plays original material and standards from the Maghreb, Arabic Andalusian and Jewish Moroccan repertoire. Ayrad is the brainchild of composer / singer Hanza Abouabelmaij and oboist Annick Beauvais, who are joined by four multi-instrumentalists – Anit Ghost, Kattam Laraki-Côté, Bertil Schulrabe and Cédric Dind-Lavoie – known for their perfect mastery of Eastern-inspired and hybrid world music. A finalist in the 2012 Mon accès à la scène competition, the group has performed in Montreal, most notably at the Plaza theatre as the opening act for the group Bambara Trans.

The Diversity Award is awarded to an artist or a collective working within the parameters of world music and who are a part or many of Montreal’s cultural communities. This annual award is presented in partnership with the Conseil des arts de Montréal, CBC Music, Place des Arts and Vision Diversité.

Broadcast/podcast of AYRAD concerts on CBC Music

The concert on January 26th will be recorded and broadcast on Tuesday, March 19 on Canada Live , heard Monday through Thursday at 7 pm on CBC Radio 2 in Montreal at 93.5 FM and hosted by Andrew Craig. The concert will also be available on podcast at CBC Music.ca throughout the month of April.

CBC Music is Canada’s free digital music service. Simple and easy to navigate, CBC Music gives Canadians access to 50 web radio stations, distinct genre-based music communities, plus CBC Radio 2 and CBC Radio 3, content from the most knowledgeable music personalities and programmers from across the country, hundreds of concerts, playlists and more. Experience CBC Music online at CBC Music.ca

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Diversity Award in partnership with

Press release


January 25 and 26, 2013

8 p.m.


$22 Regular
$18 Discount (Professionnal artists– Seniors 65 years and older – Accès Montréal cardholders)
$15 Student
$14 Group (10 persons and more)
$12 Student Group

For more detailed information, please visit the Box office page

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