A very unique ensemble, Kuné brings together on stage the crème de la crème of Canada’s established musicians from diverse backgrounds. Kuné brings together eleven artists who exchange and merge their different cultures in their work, contributing to...
A very unique ensemble, Kuné brings together on stage the crème de la crème of Canada’s established musicians from diverse backgrounds. Kuné brings together eleven artists who exchange and merge their different cultures in their work, contributing to create a distinctive sound. Through its combined cultural identities, Kuné’s Universal Echoes offers a new and original musical language.
Kuné’s musicians come from the four corners of the world – from Peru, Burkina Faso, Cuba, China and elsewhere – and are based in the Toronto area. The eleven musicians of the ensemble play instruments as diverse as their ethnic backgrounds: from the tar of Iran to the Peul flute of Burkina Faso and the Brazilian percussions. In 2017, the ensemble shared each other’s cultures and musical traditions through rehearsals, compositions, workshops and concerts.
The project was initiated by Mervon Mehta, director of the prestigious Koerner Hall (Toronto) and the group’s first performance was presented there in collaboration with the Aga Khan Museum, the Batuki Music Society, CBC Music, Diaspora Genius, the Lula Music and Arts Centre, Small World Music, the Department of Music at York University and the 918 Bathurst Centre. The ensemble released two albums: the first one in 2018 (Universal Music Canada) and the second one Universal Echoes in 2023 (Lula World Records).
Kuné World – Canada’s Global Orchestra – includes:
Demetri Petsalakis, Musical Director – lyra, guitar & oud
Ahmed Moneka – percussion
Aline Morales – congas, pandeiro, alfaia & zabumba
Alyssa Delbaere-Sawchuk – violin & viola
Dora Wang – dizi, xiao & alto flute
Lasso – djembe, n’goni, peul flute & tama
Luis Deniz – alto saxophone
Matias Recharte – drum, cajón & percussion
Paco Luviano – double bass & electric bass
Padideh Ahrarnejad – tar
Selcuk Suna – clarinet & tenor saxophone
These masters have created music that all of us can relate to, created by instruments that are not often played in an ensemble together. I found the music and the words on this album truly inspiring. Highly recommended.
Kuné have been together for several years, and Universal Echoes is an example of just how tight the ensemble has become. Not only are the song’s lyrics beautiful and intelligent, the music is an incredible mixture of sounds and rhythms. Somehow this melange of sounds and cultures from all over the world creates a language that speaks to all of us. In fact, one could say that Kuné’s performances are a living, breathing example of the spirit of Esperanto. This is an album of glorious music with an impactful message that will speak to people all over the world.
Universal Echoes is a testament to the power of a pluralistic vision of the future, in which innovative, cross-cultural responses come from a deep commitment to traditional culture and an openness to dialog and transformation.
Together, Kuné members compose, arrange and perform music that honors their cultural roots and creates connections with others through curiosity, experimentation and dialogue.
Kune [fuse] eleven musical traditions and twenty-five instruments into an ear-spinning confection of leaping melodies and luscious timbres.
Kuné is a musical journey that takes listeners on a trip around the world…
It doesn’t get any more multicultural than [Kune].