Though many musicians have reached out to their fans and the public with some appreciated musical outreaches, at home live shows/series and other distracted, this has been a tough time for them. There are many artists/musicians who have suffered financial instability during this quarantine. They are not able to earn money by playing live.
With that in mind, the National Arts Centre’s #CanadaPerforms initiative, a $700,000 short-term relief fund for Canadian artists and authors through a series of online performances. It was launched by Facebook Canada and the NAC to help ease the financial strain caused by the closure of performance venues related to COVID-19, and to lift the spirits of Canadians during the crisis.
A select number of professional artists are chosen for livestream performances broadcast live on the NAC’s Facebook page and among them is Montreal-based musician Amir Amiri, who was invited to take part and just confirmed his #CanadaPerforms virtual concert for April 30 at 7 p.m. EDT: https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/26267
Amir Amiri is a master of the santur, an ancient Persian instrument that he brings into the musical conversations of our time with dazzling and delicate virtuosity as a world music performer, composer and cultural inventor. He’s studied under some of the greatest musicians of the East (Ravi Shankar, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan), won multiple awards (CBC Artist of the Year, Galaxie/Stingray Rising Stars, The Betty Mitchell Awards) and has been featured in international projects such as the Lord of the Rings films! Originally from Iran, he’s called Canada home since 1996 when he was invited for a residency at the Banff Centre, in Montreal for almost a decade now, and has been an integral part of the city/country’s world music scene ever since. Check out his songs, videos, photos, reviews and more at www.latitude45arts.com/amir-amiri.