Music without Borders


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395 Mulock Drive P.O. Box 328 Station Main, Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 4X7

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Thursday, June 27, 2024 | 7 to 9:30 p.m. with a 30 minute intermission

Doors at 6 p.m.

NewRoads Performing Arts Centre (505 Pickering Crescent), Newmarket

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As rapid globalization has resulted in division, there are extraordinary possibilities for working together with an aim for a cross-cultural creative collaboration – for the exchange of ideas, tradition, and innovation across borders.Seeking to understand, this project will act as a model for cultural collaboration – seeking to build bridges through the language of music, one founded in difference with the benefits of a more connected community.

In answer to the question: "What happens when beautifully diverse artists meet?" Showcasing four unique artist ensemble culturally rich performances each 25 minutes in length with featured multi-national folk artists and performers.Through their creativity, artists will contribute to a musical dialogue that will underscore our collective potential to shape a more inclusive, empathetic and just world.

Music Without Borders will provide a unique opportunity for world class musicians to perform and collaborate, sparking radical cultural collaboration and passion-driven learning for a more hopeful and inclusive world. Music Without Borders will result in:

  • Creation of new music — Music without Borders will seize upon a musical language founded in difference and collaboration that will draw on the rich tapestry of world traditions that make up our many-layered contemporary identities.
  • Social impact initiatives — Music Without Borders will bring music, hope, and healing to the community of Newmarket, present a reflection of artistic traditions, and demonstrate how great beauty can emerge from great difference.

Our Performers

Pari Maleki

Pari Maleki.jpgPari Maleki, is a musician and singer and is widely accredited as Iran's 'Lady of Classical music'. She is a Persian singer and vocalist and Head of 'Khonya' (meaning song and music in Persian) as a vocalist and instructor and has been teaching traditional music from 1986.

Pari has been trained by Great musicians like Nasrollah Nasehpour, Mahmoud Karimi, Ali Jahandar, Amir Payvar and also various other instructors of traditional Persian music.

From 1994 with the formation of Khonya she had various performances in Iran, France, Germany, U.K., Austria, Switzerland and Belgium. She had also performed in 3 Documentaries, recorded more than 9 CD's directed by Khosrow Sinaei and has teaching music with Kiomars Pourahmadhe and co-operated in Shabe Yalda (an Iranian movie – telecasted in Cinema).

Amin Aghaie Koohi

Amin Aghaie Koohi.jpgAmin is PHD candidate in Ethnomusicology at Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music in Kiev (Ukraine) and alumnus MA of Violin pedagogy from Zhytomyr Ivan Franko State University (Ukraine).

A versatile musician, Amin is an ethnomusicologist, and educator known for his mastery of multiple instruments, particularly the violin. With over 25 years of professional experience, Amin has dedicated his life to the study, performance, and teaching of music.

As a violinist, Amin possesses a remarkable ability for improvisation, infusing his performances with creativity and spontaneity. His dynamic playing style captivates audiences and showcases his deep understanding of musical expression.

In addition to his work as an educator, Amin has been extensively involved in concert performances, research projects, and music festivals. His diverse repertoire spans classical, folk, and contemporary genres, reflecting his eclectic musical interests and influences.

Galyna Omelchenko-Aghaie Koohi

Galina – копія.jpgGalyna Omelchenko-Aghaie Koohi is an accomplished musician, educator, and composer with a rich background in musical arts. She currently serves as a Voice and Piano Teacher at Inspire Music Academy in Markham and Aurora, Ontario.

Galyna's artistic prowess extends to composing, arranging, and conducting. She has contributed significantly as Composer, Arranger, and Conductor for the Shiraz Chamber Orchestra "Chanli Kyuch" in Iran from 2018 to 2021, where she created compositions based on Qashqai folk melodies. Her collaboration with orchestras and choirs, both in rehearsal and studio settings, culminated in the creation of a CD featuring her original works.

As a Soloist (soprano) in the Chamber Ensemble Named After I. F. Dobzhinsky in Ukraine since 2002, Galyna has graced concert halls, exhibitions, and conferences with her captivating performances

Bamdad Maleki
Bamdad Maleki.jpgIranian percussionist Bamdad Maleki is an accomplished Iranian percussionist with a rich and diverse musical background. He honed his skills in Tombak under the tutelage of Mahmoud Farahmand Bafi and mastered the art of playing Oud with guidance from Mohammad Firouzi. Maleki expanded his repertoire by acquiring various techniques from renowned musicians such as Pazhham Akhavass, Pajman Haddadi, and Pedram Khavarzamini. Complementing his instrumental proficiency, he delved into the theoretical aspects of music under the mentorship of Kamran Omid. Bamdad has 20 years of experience in performing and collaborating with various musical groups, and teaching.
Alona Mylanych

Alona Mylanych.jpgAlona Mylanych is a pianist, composer, arranger, and educator with over 15 years of teaching experience.

In 2022, Alona emigrated to Toronto, Canada. There, she has continued to expand her performance repertoire, collaborating with the France Choir, Ensemble Vocal Les Voix du Coeur, and performing at various events. Alongside her performance career, she continues to offer private piano instruction, enriching the musical lives of her students.

In 2021-2022, Alona's professional journey led her to Dubai, where she performed with DS2DIO, while continuing to teach. She holds a Bachelor's, Master's, and Specialist degree in Music Art, Ethics, and Aesthetics from Ukraine, specializing as a Piano Teacher, Concertmaster, and in Ensemble Performance.

Amely Zhou

Amely Zhou.jpgAmely Zhou is an erhu performer, a guzheng performer, a Chinese music specialist, is an adjudicator and a conductor. Amely's music has been featured on TVO, Fairchild TV and CNTV. Amely is currently the music director of the Canadian Chinese Orchestra.

Under the baton of Amely Zhou, the orchestra has toured in China and performed at the Markham Theatre, the Sony Centre, and the Mississauga Living Art Centre. Amely Zhou's diverse talents and dedication to promoting Chinese music and cultural exchange have made her a prominent figure in the Canadian music scene, leaving a lasting impact through her performances, leadership, and collaborations and holds a B.A. Mus, MA (York University).

Di Zhang
Di Zhang.jpegDr. Di Zhang is an improvisor, ethnomusicologist, composer, and a yangqin virtuoso active in Toronto's music scene. She is especially interested in improvisation pedagogy, contemporary musicianship and composition, and ethnomusicology. Tours have led her to performances in Vancouver, Montreal, Regina, Prince Edward Island, Saskatoon, Macau, Mainland China, and Portugal. Her research thus far has revolved around the cultural study of the instruments, Chinese music notation, improvisation pedagogy, improvisation in both Chinese and Western music and holds a B. A. Mus (Beijing Minzu University), MA, PhD (York University).

Herman (Huiming) Li

Herman Li.jpgHerman (Huiming) Li was born in Shaanxi Yu Lin, China, under the influence of his father, began to play Suona and studied northern Shaanxi traditional music since he was eight years of age. In 2004, he graduated from the Hongkong Asia School of Music. He furthered his studies at China's first contemporary music school, the Beijing Midi Music School and the Jazz department of Nmit Academy, Melbourne, Australia. From 1998 to 2003, he served as a Suona performer at the Shenzhen (Jinxiu Zhonghua Development Co., Ltd.).

In 2016, Huiming immigrated to Toronto and joined the Canadian Chinese Orchestra as a music instructor.

Li Huiming has performed at the China and Ger-many Extemporaneous Jazz Music Festival, Shenzhen Pengcheng Ge Feiyang Original Music Festival, Hong Kong International Poetry Festival, 'Soho' Poetry Festival, China and Germany Electronic Experimental Music Festival, Toronto Xing (The Nutcracker Doll) Ballet, has acted as Music Director at the 2006 Toronto Xing (soul dance) Ballet, was the original music arranger and director for the debut performance of the Shenzhen 'Heart' Orchestra and has composed and produced music for the Little Pear Garden Dance Company.  

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