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Festival MOSAIC 2014 Artists

Our rich mosaic of cultures comes from the four corners of the globe, carried in traditions, cuisine and stories of transition. For its 5th year, Festival MOSAIC returned to transform the Roundhouse’s beautiful Exhibition Hall into an interactive and immersive experience of art, music and authentic food, telling the stories of our diverse cultures.


Performers:




TANGA is a west coast world fusion group delivering new manifestations of groove and going where music has no borders. Cutting latin, jazz and electronic beats with a hip hop kick, they released their second full-length album Havanaelectro in 2013. It’s been called "the most relevant, most refreshingly contemporary expression of latin groove music so far, not just in the Pacific Northwest but in the scope of the global genre" by Cal Koat, WorldBeat International.


Mohamed Asani on sitar



Mohamed Assani is a celebrated sitarist with a unique sound. He is widely known for his authentic raga performances as well as his creative ability to adapt his instrument to different genres, including Western Classical, Jazz and World Fusion. Apart from his Indian Classical work, Mohamed has also worked with some leading Western musicians, including contemporary composer Ian Wilson, the Callino Quartet, the Grand Union Orchestra and the Black Dyke Brass Band. Mohamed began his training on the sitar from Sri Dharambir Singh and later learned from Sri Mehboob Nadeem. Mohamed plays sitar in the emotive style developed by the late Ustad Vilayat Khan, in which the sitar is made to emulate the human voice through bending its strings. Mohamed is also trained in tabla and is an experienced accompanist and performer.


CircusWest - roaming performers



CircusWest is Vancouver’s circus performing arts society – a comprehensive circus arts centre for all ages. Located in the historic Garden Auditorium on the PNE grounds in east Vancouver, CircusWest offers children, teens, and adults an opportunity to explore Circus Arts in an encouraging, non-competitive environment. CircusWest’s programs encourage respect for oneself and others and provide an environment to learn responsible risk-taking. As a collaborative community in which everyone can develop skills, find their artistic voice, and realize their potential, CircusWest is a creative program in which individuals can dream big, push limits, and defy gravity – all while having fun.


Michael Gabriel Rosen of Más Movement



Más Movement is a dance school in Vancouver that specializes in Cuban Style Salsa (Casino) and Rueda de Casino (a group form of salsa danced in a circle) and also teaches other forms of Latin Dance such as Son, Reggaetón, Merengue and Cha, Cha, Cha. Latin Dance has had a profound impact on our lives and we are grateful to be able to share the joy, exhilaration, creativity, learnings and sense of connection that we have experienced through these dances. They strive to be respectful of the cultures that they teach, to be radically inclusive and to promote social and environmental change through activism and education.


Global-inspired cuisine by Chef Dave Ryan



Chef Dave Ryan is a Grand gold medal recipient form the IKA World Culinary Olympics – an award that is among his collection of 26 North American medals in culinary competitions. As a member, captain and manager of Culinary Team Canada, Chef Ryan has earned the highest recognition as a competitor and in his every day restaurant work. With experience ranging from premier French restaurants to Executive Chef at a resort hotel in Kelowna under his belt.


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