Women of the World

Women of the World

BandWorldFolk

(Bobby McFerrin)
(Larry Bethune)

Biography

Women of the World is an ensemble of musicians from different corners of the globe.
By making music together, we have made beautiful friendship.
In this spirit, we celebrate the beauty of diversity.
We sing for not just tolerance, but wisdom, respect, and joy.
We, as Women of the World, believe in the power of music.
We believe in our bond.
We believe in peace.

Women of the World is an international world music ensemble currently based in Boston. What started out as a dream four years ago, has become a real musical force. Ayumi Ueda, a Berklee College of Music alumnus from Japan, sought to create an ensemble of women from all over the world to create music for peace. In 2008, Ayumi joined forces with like-minded musicians, Giorgia Renosto from Italy, Annette Philip from India, and Débòrah Pierre from USA/Haiti in order to manifest this vision.

Complemented by an eclectic band currently featuring Hinako Sato (piano), Noriko Terada (percussion) and Kazuyo Kuriya (flute) from Japan, Sara Cristal Peña Coffin (bass) from Mexico, and Sue Buzzard (violin) and Shirazette Tinnin (drums) from the United States of America, this unique ensemble of women musicians delighted in sharing the beauty of different cultures and what that cross-pollination sounded like in music.

Each of the eight women has a strong artistic identity shaped by the culture in which she grew up, and each finds endless excitement in learning and exploring the many cultures of the world. The unique music which stems forth from this mixture of artistry has created for a sound which is all its own - borderless, spirited, and carrying the undeniable message of unity.

The Women of the World repertoire is thus, vast and varied. Constantly searching for new genres to explore, the group has performed in over a dozen of the world’s languages. From Bulgarian, Cuban, Ladino, Brazilian, African, Indian and Japanese music to spontaneous improvisation and a-cappella interludes, the sound created by this unique group has grown to have a power that moves not only the members, but huger and huger audiences, as it spreads awareness of different cultures, music, and philosophies.

Through their work, Women of the World created a stir in the community, receiving support from renowned artists such as Grammy-award winning maestro, Bobby McFerrin. They went on to share the stage with African vocal icon, Angelique Kidjo; Greek classical artist, Mario Frangoulis; and the Boston Pops Orchestra led by maestro conductor Keith Lockhart. The group has also supported various causes including fundraisers for victims of natural disasters in Haiti, Pakistan, and most recently, Japan.

With performances at Carnegie Hall and Blue Note Jazz Club, New York, Symphony Hall and Agganis Arena, Boston, presentations at TEDx Boston, and collaborations with the United Nations, Women of the World continues to spread the message of peace and unity through music.

They are now gearing up for the release of their debut EP, "Koloro" during their first international tour to Japan in August 2012. Next stop: India, Kenya, Italy, Hawaii.

Lyrics

Dere Na

Written By: Annette Philip

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The song features Konokol and Tabla Bols (Vocal percussion using Indian rhythmic solfege)

Discography

Koloro
Women of the World was created to bring women musicians from across the globe onto a common
creative platform. Women who not only work and perform together, but who learn from each other,
exploring each other’s culture, language, food, and traditions by interacting closely on a daily basis.
Four years after their first concert, the time to document this sisterhood has arrived.
With music from Brazil, India, Africa, the Middle East, and the Appalachian mountains,
‘Koloro’ is a glimpse into the everyday experiences of a family of musicians from around the world.
Ten women. Six countries. One voice.

Set List

1.Tata Engenho Novo -Brazilian
2.Mi Dimandas - A Capella
3.Erghen Dedo - Bulgarian Folk, A Capella
4.My Africa (Original)
5.Vocal Improvisation
6.Nil Na La- Irish Dance Song
7.Lioness Hunt -A Capella
8.African Dream (Original)
9.Svatba - Bulgarian Folk, A Capella
10.Vijag - Almenian song , A Capella
11.Afirika, (Cover of Angelique Kidjo)
12.Yatra Medley- Indian Song
13.World in Union
14. Wings to Fly - Japanese
15. Tales from the Sky (Original) - Japanese