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Unveiling of the programming and opening of the Asian Heritage Month celebrations

Tuesday, May 2nd
5 pm to 7 pm
Free admission

 Lion d’Or
1676 Ontario E.
Metro Papineau

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You are cordially invited to celebrate the 22nd Edition of Festival Accès Asie.

In league with launching this year`s Festival, we will also celebrate the beginning of Canada’s Asian Heritage Month which takes place each May. This 5 à 7 will offer you a welcome message from our guest of honour, Nadine St-Louis, General Manager of Sacred Fire Productions, a colourful overview of the programming accompanied by delicacies which we encourage you to enjoy without moderation.

Japan born pianist Kimihiro Yasaka will join us and present an excerpt from his piano concert Sous la pluie, featuring works by Japanese composers inspired by the rain. Also honouring us with their presence this year will be Bollywood Blast, the famous Bollywood dance troupe, performing an extract from their festive and colourful Indian repertoire. A preview of the photo exhibit, Smile of Afghanistan, by Iranian photographer Hamed Tabein will be on display throughout the evening.

To top off the evening, DJ and VJ Interstellaire II and Me Float will entertain you with their exciting sounds and images.

Khosro Berahmandi, General Manager and Artistic Director, and his team are delighted to invite you to the unveiling of the 22nd Edition of Festival Accès Asie packed full of exciting events sure to be full of discoveries and surprises for all.

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©Nadya Kwandibens, Redworks PhotographyNadine St-Louis – Guest of honour

Nadine St-Louis is a Metis entrepreneur with Algonquin roots and Acadian and Scottish family origins. She has more than 25 years of experience in development and community management. She’s also a member of the committee for cultural renewal in Quebec to the Minister of Culture. Over the years, she has become an important figure in the development of the native economy in arts and the culture in Quebec, Canada, and internationally, through cultural events and innovative business models. Entrepreneur, speaker and trainer, Nadine St-Louis manages Sacred Fire Productions and the Ashukan Cultural Space (permanent infrastructure located in the historic district of Montreal) dedicated to allow aboriginal artists to have access to the art market and to become known beyond Canada.

©Alexandre PaskanoiKimihiro Yasaka - Pianist

Born in Japan, Kimihiro Yasaka began his piano studies at the age of twelve with Reiko Mizutani. Yasaka earned a master’s degree in Solo Piano Performance from the McGill Schulich School of Music (Montreal) under the supervision of Professor Kyoko Hashimoto. Yasaka has received a number of awards throughout his music career (Yamaha Canada scholarship, the Ellen Ballon Piano Scholarship, Schulich School of Music Award in Memory of Jeffrey Campbell, Lubka Kolessa Award, and Vivacité Montréal grants from Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec). Yasaka has participated in concerts and festivals all over Canada, Japan, thie United States, and Europe, including the Toronto Summer Music Festival, ISME World Conference and Festival, MusiMarsFestival, Chosen Vale Festival. He has also begun a successful recording career. As an artist and member of Odradek Artists and ISME (International Society for Music Education), one of Yasaka’s missions is to introduce Japanese piano repertoire to audiences in Canada and internationally. (www.kimihiroyasaka.com)

13077076_1050333015023002_6846096015125855914_nBollywood Blast - Dance troupe

Bollywood Blast is Montreal’s premiere and only authentic professional Indian Bollywood cultural and entertainment group specializing in presenting Indian art and culture to the public. Founded in 2005 by dancer/choreographer Ina B, Bollywood Blast not only entertains audiences, it also promotes well-being preserving and sharing the beauty of ancient Indian traditions and the evolution of its culture. It is known for taking Indian dance to new and exciting levels. Bollywood Blast has performed at Montreal Fashion Week, Fashion Mode & Design, Fierte Festivals, Toronto’s ‘Masala! Mehndi! Masti!’, ImaginAsian in Calgary, Festival Traditions de Monde in Sherbrooke, Miss Global International Pageant in Jamaica, Art Saves Lives in St. Maarten, Festival Holi Peninsula in Mexico and the list goes on. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can even be seen in a viral video joining in their fun! Bollywood Blast is currently giving workshops and performances worldwide. (www.facebook.com/bollywoodblast)

©Parisa RajabiyanHamed Tabein

Iranian born Hamed Tabein has been involved in the world of photography for twenty years. Tabein is an artist and teacher as well as exhibitions’ executive director and general manager of photography festivals. His work has been exhibited all over the world and published in National Geographic. He has also written on photography for various magazines. Tabein is currently taking part in the Residency Project of the Maison de la photo de Montreal with exhibits in several Canadian cities. Tabein is currently studying photography at Concordia University and taking professional photography courses at The Museum of Modern Arts in New York. Tabein is a member of the Fédération Professionnelle des Journalistes du Québec, the Canadian Association for Photographic Art, and Photographes Sans Frontières. (www.hamedtabein.com)

©Julien ChampagneInterstellaire II and Me Float – Duo DJ and VJ

Interstellaire II and Me Float is a sound and visual project created by two artists represented by the record label Jeunesse Cosmique. The duo, always reaching for the stars, is also at the helm of CISM Radio’s show, also called Jeunesse Cosmiqu, where they devote themselves to discovering lost treasures and the future of music. They also present the PITCH DOWN – MTL evenings and know how to heat up the dance floor with their experimental and cosmic music.


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©Hamed Tabein

Opening Cocktail

Friday, May 5th
5 pm to 7 pm
Free admission
Exhibition from May 6th to June 11th

Gesù – Centre de créativité
1200 rue de Bleury
Metro Place-des-Arts or Place-d’armes

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Festival Accès Asie  presents Smile of Afghanistan, an exhibition of recent work by Iranian photographer Hamed Tabein. The public is invited to attend the opening on Friday, May 5th from 5 to 7 pm. The event will be preceded by a presentation of Afghan dance by the troupe Golestan.

Smile of Afghanistan is a documentary photography project that began in 2013 reflecting the life of the Afghan people full of hope and happiness. With this photo exhibition, Tabein wants to portray Afghanistan in a new light, different from the one we see most often, tarnished by years of war and suffering. Instead, Tabein’s photos reveal the hope of a people’s hard work reconstructing their country, and of the happiness that prevails despite their difficulties.

This project has benefited from the support of numerous Canadian and Afghan institutions, such as the Afghan Embassy in Ottawa, The Afghan Women’s Association in Toronto, The Afghan Women’s Association in Montreal, the Afghan-Canadienne Maison, Zarnegar Magazine, and Hafteh newspaper.

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©Parisa RajabiyanHamed Tabein – Photographer

Iranian born Hamed Tabein has been involved in the world of photography for twenty years. Tabein is an artist and a teacher as well as exhibitions’ executive director and general manager of photography festivals. His work has been exhibited all over the world and published in National Geographic. He has written on photography for various magazines. Tabein is currently taking part in the Residency Project of the Maison de la photo de Montreal which exhibits in several Canadian cities. At the moment, Tabein is studying photography at Concordia University and taking professional photography courses at The Museum of Modern Arts in New York. Tabein is a member of the Fédération Professionnelle des Journalistes du Québec, the Canadian Association for Photographic Art, and Photographes Sans Frontières. (www.hamedtabein.com)

©Simon R. NoiseuxGolestan – Afghan dance troupe

Golestan troupe is composed of three young women with varied backgrounds, but with the same desire to promote and discover the dances and culture of the East, especially those of Afghanistan. While Valeska, Sandra and Mariyam all have a background in different dance styles, they each have their own unique style. Indeed, Valeska’s dance is tinged with flamenco and belly dance, Sandra’s with tribal-fusion and bharata natyam, and Mariyam’s with Afghan and Bollywood dance. Today, they continue their training and nourish their passion for the dances of the Orient.

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©Yoko Murata

Sous la pluie

Saturday,May 6th
8 pm
20 $

 Gesù – Centre de créativité
1200 rue de Bleury
Metro Place-des-Arts or Place-d’armes

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In collaboration with Le Vivier, Festival Accès Asie is proud to present a very special piano recital, Sous la pluie, featuring Japanese pianist Kimihiro Yasaka.

Sous la pluie will be presented in two parts. First, Kimohiro Yasaka will perform works for piano solo composed by Japanese artists inspired by the rain along with other works by a Catalan composer influenced by Japanese culture. In the second part, Yasaka will perform several pieces in tribute of composers, people or events who marked him.

The composer Hideki Kozakura will come especially from Japan to attend to this evening’s. He received the support of STIM (Svenska Tonsättares Internationella Musikbyrå).

Program (subject to change)
Takashi Yoshimatsu: Canticle of quiet rain from Pleiades Dances IV, Op. 50 (1992)
Yuji Takahashi: Cold Rain from bachiana afroasiatica (2007)
Katsuhiro Oguri: Hydrangea swaying in the rain (2003)
Toru Tokenise: Rain Tree Sketch I (1982) & II (1992)
Ryo Dainobu: Syurinsyo (2013)
Josep Maria Guix: Drizzle Draft (2007)
Yoshinao Nakada: On a Rainy Night (1948)
Hisatada Odaka: Matsuri from Japanese Suite (1936)
Toshi Ichiyanagi: In Memory of John Cage (1992)
Toshio Hosokawa: Nacht Klänge (1994/1996)
Katsuhiro Oguri: Scenes Coloured by Water Book II – in memoriam of victims of Great East Japan Earthquake (Excerpt) (2012)
Hideki Kozakura: Reine Liebe (2015, Canadian Premiere) - In memory of Robert Schumann and Mr Kozakura’s beloved mother

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©Alexandre PaskanoiKimihiro Yasaka - Pianist

Born in Japan, Kimihiro Yasaka began his piano studies at the age of twelve with Reiko Mizutani. Yasaka earned a master’s degree in Solo Piano Performance from the McGill Schulich School of Music (Montreal) under the supervision of Professor Kyoko Hashimoto. Yasaka has received a number of awards throughout his music career (Yamaha Canada scholarship, the Ellen Ballon Piano Scholarship, Schulich School of Music Award in Memory of Jeffrey Campbell, Lubka Kolessa Award, and Vivacité Montréal grants from Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec). Yasaka has participated in concerts and festivals all over Canada, Japan, thie United States, and Europe, including Toronto Summer Music Festival, ISME World Conference and Festival, MusiMarsFestival, Chosen Vale Festival. He has also begun a successful recording career. As an artist and member of Odradek Artists and ISME (International Society for Music Education. One of Yasaka's missions is to introduce Japanese piano repertoire to audiences in Canada and internationally. (www.kimihiroyasaka.com)

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Afghanistan & Culture Shock

Sunday,May 7th
2 pm to 4 pm
Free admission

Salle d’Auteuil
Gesù – Centre de créativité
1200 rue de Bleury
Metro Place-des-Arts or Place-d’armes

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Following the launch of the photo exhibition, Smile of Afghanistan, we invite you to learn more about Afghanistan and its turbulent history. This conference features Afghan speaker Zabi Enâyat-Zâda.

The afternoon will open with a musical introduction by rabab player Behnaz Sohrabi. Author Zabi Enâyat-Zâda will give us insight into his country of origin through its history, culture, and the relations of men and women. He will share with the audience his own experience as an Afghan, the challenges imposed by culture shock, and the resulting and gradual acclimatization to Quebec culture. We invite everyone to participate in the closing question and answer period.

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Zabi Enâyat-Zâda – Author and public speaker

Zabi Enâyat-Zâda was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and left his native country at seventeen to flee the war between the Russians and the mujahedeen. Zabi arrived in Quebec as a refugee where he learned French. He began his university studies in Montreal. The privilege of being both Afghan and Quebecois has allowed Enâyat-Zâda to see the world through two points of view, opposing at times but harmonizing over the years. The richness of the Afghan culture of the 1960s and 1970s along with the open-mindedness of Montreal forged a new reality for him. The story of Enâyat-Zâda`s journey is told in the book, Afghan et musulman, le Québec m’a conquis.

©Nirvan Fadaee MoghaddamBehnaz Sohrabi – Rabab player

Behnaz Sohrabi was born in Tehran, where she spent much of her youth studying the tar (a long-necked Persian lute). Sohrabi received a master’s degree in art research from the Tehran University of Art, writing her thesis on the comparative study of Torbat-e Jam regional music and Persian classical music (Dastgah). She specialized in Persian modal systems (Radif and Dastgah) and the folk music of Iran, studying under the tutelage of Ostad Lotfi, a grand master of classical Persian music. Sohrabi is passionate about music education, especially early childhood art education and has contributed to the field for over a decade. She has performed with various ensembles including Torgheh, Chakavak and Javanan Ensemble. Since arriving in Canada in 2014, she has been playing the rabab with the Montreal-based Ensemble Kamaan.

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Du 2 au 28 mai 2017