We look forward to seeing you at the 6th edition of the Festival des musiciens du monde which will take place from June 15 to 18, 2023. Thank you to all of those who participated in last June’s edition. You will find below a brief return in image on some highlights…

Festival des musiciens du monde

June 16 – June 19, 2022

From June 16 to 19, 2022, the Festival des musiciens du monde will be held. This 5th edition will honor the great virtuoso of traditional Afghan music, Homayoun Sakhi, as well as four original creations and the launch of new albums. For four days, come and immerse yourself in worlds where musicians combine the past, the present and the future. It will be an event of unprecedented artistic encounters, and an occasion to celebrate the timeless beauty of music, rooted in  the traditions of the world.


Evening 1 – 2022, June 16, 7.30 p.m.

Opening concert | Homayoun Sakhi & Kiya Tabassian

The great ambassador of Afghan music Homayoun Sakhi, incomparable virtuoso of the rubab lute, is back in Montreal for a memorable concert. Accompanied by his friend and colleague Kiya Tabassian, virtuoso of another emblematic lute, the setar, they will pay tribute to the ancestral cultures of Afghanistan and Persia. In this inspired dialogue will also participate two outstanding percussionists : Jamshid Sahari (tabla) and Hamin Honari (tombak & daf).

Evening 2 – 2022, June 17, 7.30 p.m.

Part 1: Manoel Vieira

Virtuoso pianist Manoel Vieira (Brazil) proposes a project inspired by music from his native country in collaboration with musicians Jean-Pierre Zanella (saxophone and flutes), Juan Cruz (electric bass/double bass) and Olivier Bussières (percussion). The fruits of this residency prefigures an encounter between the typical soundscapes of indigenous Fulni-ô music (northeastern Brazil) and contemporary music, through a series of original compositions.

With :

Manoel Vieira (piano)
Jean-Pierre Zanella (saxophone and flutes)
Juan Cruz (electric bass/double bass)
Olivier Bussières (percussions/drum)

Part 2: Gustavo Beytelmann and Stick&Bow
Piazzolla, Beytelmann: Veni, Vola, Veni | Album launch

Gustavo Beytelmann and Stick&Bow will present their new album Piazzolla, Beytelmann : Veni, Vola, Veni. On the program of this concert, the works of the famous Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla revisited by the original arrangements of Beytelmann. The play of the interpreters and the complicity of the cello, the vibraphone, the piano and the marimba will invite you to fly off to the rhythms of a timeless tango.

Gustave Beytelmann

Recognized in the milieu as being the most important Argentine musician in Europe today, Beytelman is inspired by jazz, particularly in his compositions giving tango a breath of fresh air. With more than 60 years of experience on stage, Beytelmann has marked a whole generation of performers and composers, from Paris to Buenos Aires, and far beyond.


The energetic Montreal duo Stick&Bow brings together marimbist Krystina Marcoux (Quebec) and cellist Juan Sebastián Delgado (Argentina). Classically trained musicians, they present a wide range of musical styles, ranging from rock to gypsy jazz, through baroque and tango. Their eclectic repertoire includes their own arrangements of some of the most famous works in history, showing the full potential of their instruments.

Evening 3 – 2022, June 18, 7.30 p.m.

Part 1: Trio Geremia, Komty et Ricardo
New creation

In this project Komty, Ricardo and Geremia explored the landscapes hidden in their mother tongues: (Maka’a, from the eastern province of Cameroun), Spanish and Italian. The emerging soundscapes are being compared, superimposed, remixed in the effort of retrieving a sense of home through moving in two opposite directions: tracing back to the origins of one’s own language while at the same time generating a new space of encounter with other languages. How, for instance, a Latin jazz groove will metamorphose when superimposed to Pygmy polyphony––the sounds of the deep equatorial forest? How do equatorial polyrhythms encounter the melodic vocation of the Italian language? In this concert, the languages will be used both for their poetic and musical power–original or taken from poems–, in the effort of driving strength from the very lands that generated them.

Geremia Lodi (flutes & voice)
Ricardo Soriano (piano)
Komty Ondoua (voice)

With the collaboration of the Conseil des arts de Montréal

Part 2: Watanabe, Graham and Pagé
Tenjo No Ao – Azure of the Heavens
天 上    の    蒼

Tenjo No Ao, translated from Japanese, means ‘Azure of the Heavens’. This is the title of a bold new project featuring three unique musicians: Kaoru Watanabe, shinobue, ryuteki & Japanese percussion, Sarah Pagé, harp, koto & bass koto, and Patrick Graham, percussion. Tenjo No Ao is a manifestation of sounds alternately celestial and terrestrial, invoking gagaku and other traditional music of Japan, transformed through prisms of original composition, textural improvisation, acoustic spatialization and electronic manipulation. During this concert,, Kaoru Watanabe, Sarah Pagé and Patrick Graham will use the entire space of Église Saint-Enfant-Jésus as their instrument, creating an immersive sound experience that will resound both the ground beneath the audience and the sky above them…

With :
Kaoru Watanabe (shinobue & ryuteki flutes, Japanese percussion)
Sarah Pagé (harp, koto & bass koto)
Patrick Graham (percussion)

Evening 4 – 2022, June 19, 5.30 p.m.

Part 1: ALBUM LAUNCH | Les Arrivants

Home is the story of a luminous encounter between three exceptional musicians from Argentina, Jordan and Iran. Amijai Shalev (bandoneon), Abdul Wahab Kayyali (oud) and Hamin Honari (daf) offer a subtle blend of Argentinean tango, Arabic music and Persian rhythms, inspired by traditional and contemporary music. Written between the fall of 2020 and the spring of 2021 during the pandemic, Home is there first album released with the label Analekta and is a testament to the beauty of the musical bond between the three artists. A work that reflects cosmopolitan Montreal: a playground for exchange, a music that carries love and hope. Welcome Home!

With :

Amijai Shalev (bandoneon)

Abdul Wahab Kayyali (oud)

Hamin Honari (daf et tombak)

Guests : Reza Abaee (gheychak) & Stephane Diamantakiou (double bass)

Part 2:  ALBUM LAUNCH | Ensemble Oraciones
Ottoman Splendours

Ottoman Splendours explores the music shared along an axis that stretches through time and space, linking Asia Minor and the modern-day Balkans to the Medieval Iberian Peninsula. Constantinople/Istanbul, Smyrna/Izmir, Andrinople/Edirne, Thessaloniki/Selanik, Monastir/Bitola, Sarajevo/Saraybosna… these are the principal sources that connect the music of the Ottoman era to Toledo, Cordoba, Granada, and Seville, which the Sephardim were forced to flee following the Reconquista, but whose legacy is preserved through Judeo-Spanish (spoken vernacular), Ladino (semi-sacred language), and related anonymous poetic repertoires or sacred. The repertoire brilliantly performed on this recording by Lamia Yared and the Ensemble Oraciones also reveals another influence in the shared Ottoman musical heritage, one shaped by the daily coexistence of the Greek, Turkish, and Sephardic communities, which, unlike the scholarly repertoires, was essentially transmitted by women.

Lamia Yared (oud & vocal)
Didem Başar (kanun)
Omar Abou-Afach (alto)
Olivier Bussières (percussion)

Guests :
Abdul Wahab Kayyali (oud)
Sheila Hannigan (cello)