Eric Zeemering, an assistant professor of public policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), is currently the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Governance and Public Administration at the University of Ottawa. On Tuesday, April 22nd he’ll be delivering a free public presentation entitled “Collaborative Strategies for Urban Sustainability: Investigations in Canada and the United States”. Click on the image below for complete details!
U.S. Embassy Ottawa and the Embassy of Japan invite you and your family to join us for an afternoon of planet-friendly activities including arts and crafts, snacks, and a screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo (Walt Disney, 2008). Children aged 5-12 are also encouraged to enter the Earth Day art contest by bringing along an original work of art (see rules for details).
The event will take place April 12 at 1:30pm at the Japanese Embassy, 255 Sussex Drive. Seating is limited, so be sure to RSVP, either by phone (613-244-6959) or by email (email@example.com). Click on the poster below for more details!
Tayyibah Taylor was in Ottawa last week on a mission to dispel myths and empower Muslim women. Ms. Taylor, the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Azizah Magazine, spoke to a crowd of fifty in the conference room at the Ottawa Citizen on the evening of February 25th. The event was co-sponsored by the Ottawa Chapter of the Canadian Council for Muslim Women (CCMW) and the Cordova Academy.
Ms. Taylor highlighted the importance of interfaith cooperation to counter negative stereotypes of Muslim women, which includes depictions of them as victims, terrorist, or the exotic “other.” She described her own spiritual and professional path, and using extraordinary Muslim women achievers in the U.S. as examples, she showed that Muslim women need not be defined by others’ negative perceptions, but can chart their own path of excellence.
A lively Q&A followed her presentation, and participants were delighted to have the opportunity to meet Tayyibah as the program concluded.
On Wednesday, Ms. Taylor was the guest speaker for the University of Ottawa’s Religion and Diversity Project‘s lunch and learn program, Building Bridges. She focused on dispelling myths about the role of women in Islam and explaining the rights of the Muslim woman within the fait. The audience of 30 was made up mainly of students and faculty of the university’s Department of Classics and Religious Studies.
Ms. Taylor had a number of interviews while in town. You may have heard Ms. Taylor on your commute home Wednesday evening when she was featured on CBC Radio’s All in a Day with Alan Neal. We look forward to hearing about Ms. Taylor’s impact on our community as print and web articles are published.
Read more about Ms. Taylor and Azizah Magazine at www.azizahmagazine.com.
Podcast interview with Ms. Taylor (6:41, 8.9MB MP3)
Tayyibah Taylor in Ottawa:
Ottawa experienced a bit of a mid-February thaw last week when jazz group Matuto brought its warm Brazilian beats to town.
Based out of New York City, Matuto describes their sound as “Appalachia-gone-Afro-Brazilian.”(It’s not like anything else you’ve heard, but it’s compelling — Hear for yourself!)
The band, whose name comes from Brazilian slang that means a man from the backcountry, is made up of six members who play violin, guitar, accordion, bass, drums, and various Brazilian percussion instruments to produce a unique genre of music.
Funded through a U.S. Embassy grant, the band performed to a receptive young audience at Ridgemont High School on the morning of February 13. They also led a percussion workshop alongside Ridgemont music teacher Kate Dickson. Students clapped, stomped, banged on buckets… and did improvised solos on triangles. They were buzzing with excitement.
Matuto led an advanced lesson on Farro, a form of Brazilian folk music, at Carleton University later that evening. The workshop turned into a workout when the group educated the students in the basics of Samba dancing!
The final Ottawa show for Matuto was its performance at the Mercury Lounge on the night of February 14th as part of the Ottawa Jazz Festival’s winter lineup. Audience members put the wintery weather aside and spent their Valentine’s night sweating it out on the dance floor..
On Tuesday, February 25th, the Embassy, the Ottawa Chapter of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, and the Cordova Academy will be hosting a discussion with Tayyibah Taylor, founding editor-in-chief and publisher of Azizah Magazine, and winner of two Folio Eddie Awards and a New America Media Award. For more details, click on the image below. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot on Eventbrite!
The Ottawa Jazz Festival and the US Embassy present Matuto Workshop at Carleton University
Thursday, February 13, Studio A, 6:00 pm: Jazz / Brazilian Folk Music Workshop with Matuto from NYC!
Music students of all ages are welcome to participate. Please contact Petr Cancura to RSVP, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For directions, visit carleton.ca/music.
With an honest love for roots music, genuine Brazilian styles, and improvisational experimentation, Matuto creates a unique and inspired sound from the heart of New York City’s diverse musical culture. The group combines Brazilian folk music, American Roots music and Jazz in a seamless, virtuosic way. Matuto shares their deep knowledge of these traditions in this workshop.
Clay Ross – guitar, vocals
Rob Curto – accordion
Richie Barshay – drums
Mike Lavalle – bass
Mazz Swift – violin
Clay Ross delivers colorfully satirical lyrics reminiscent of David Byrne, Tom Ze, and Caetano Veloso. A virtuosic guitarist, his unique style combines the flat picking prowess of bluegrass legend Tony Rice with the sonic depth of jazz master Bill Frisell, plucking three chord folk melodies or sophisticated Brazilian Choros with equal ease.
Richie Barshay has established himself as a prominent musical voice of his generation according to JazzTimes magazine. In 2004 he was named an American Musical Envoy by the U.S. State Department for outreach tours in Asia, South America, and Europe. On tour and on recordings, his eclectic resume so includes Herbie Hancock (the work for which he is perhaps best known), Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding, Lee Konitz, The Klezmatics, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, Natalie Merchant, David Krakauer, Fred Wesley, Claudia Acuña and Pete Seeger among others.
Rob Curto is widely regarded as forró’s foremost ambassador in the States. An early devotee of North American swing music, bebop piano, funk, rock, and blues, he has combined these influences with his mastery of their Brazilian counterparts forró, chorinho, samba, maracatu, and frevo to produce stunning new results. He spent years living and playing in Brazil, completely absorbing and interpreting the country’s musical traditions.
Michael Loren Lavalle was raised by his musician parents on all genres of American Music. Now, matched with a profound knowledge of musics from Brazil, he has become an in-demand bassist and percussionist on NYC’s creative music scene. He has worked with a vast and diverse array of artists and co-produced the album Edge of Everything by Greta’s Bakery which was released by Decca/Universal Music Group in 2009.
Mazz Swift is a native New Yorker, who began playing the violin at age 6. She graduated from the High School of the Performing Arts, during which time she made her solo public performance debut on the stage of New York’s Alice Tully Hall, performing alongside members of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. She later attended The Juilliard School of Music, but left in the middle of her 3rd year to pursue a more organic approach to music making. Consequently, she has recorded and performed with a wide variety of artists including Whitney Houston, Perry Farrell, Kanye West, Com¬mon, and Jay-Z.
The U.S. Embassy is partnering with the Ottawa Jazz Festival and Mercury Lounge to bring the American music group Matuto to Ottawa. Based out of New York City, Matuto describes themselves as an experimental Brazilian jazz band producing “Appalachia-gone-Afro-Brazilian sound.” The band, whose name comes from Brazilian slang that means a man from the backcountry, is made up of six members who play violin, guitar, accordion, bass, drums, and various Brazilian percussion instrument to produce a unique genre of music. Last year, Matuto released their second album, The Devil and the Diamond, bringing us more beautiful Appalachian-Brazilian tunes.
Matuto will be playing Friday, February 14, 2014, 10:30 p.m. at Mercury Lounge. Click on the flyer below for ticket info and more details!
Last night in at the City of Ottawa Archives, the Embassy and the City of Ottawa hosted Dr. Lauren Onkey, Vice President of Education and Public Programs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Dr. Onkey was visiting Ottawa to take part in the “Ottawa Rocks!” exhibit. Before speaking at the event, however, she sat down with us to talk about what she does. Watch the video below, or head over to the Embassy’s podcast page to download the full interview!