Out of concern for everyone’s well being, we have decided to cancel this event at Cheeky Monkey.
Currently, the Light of East Ensemble is re-booked to play here for the November 6th First Friday instead.
Cheeky Monkey, Sarnia’s records and more store, is very excited to be hosting a unique musical experience with international flair during the April 3rd First Friday.
Based out of London, Ontario, The Light of East Ensemble has a vibrant repertoire encompassing traditional, folk, Classical Arabic, Sephardic and Greek Rembetika, along with 20th century urban music from regions like Armenia, Greece, Turkey, and their neighbouring countries, including Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Israel. The timeless rhythms and beautiful melodies of the East are nothing less than mesmerizing, and when coloured with tints of Classical, Jazz, Celtic and Folk, they give The Light of East Ensemble a truly interesting and worldly sound. Band members draw on diverse music backgrounds and experiences to offer a shared passion that immediately engages listeners.
The current LoEE lineup spotlights the professional talents of Mary Ashton (violin, harp), Jedd House (contra basso), Tracey Atin (vocals), Jana Starling (clarinet, accordion), Kareem El Tyeb (percussion), Quincy Doenges (percussion) and Panayiotis Giannarapis (oud, bouzouki, baglama, tzoura, nay).
This award-winning ensemble has captivated audiences in a variety of venues from intimate performances to major concert halls like The Aeolian (London) to bustling outdoor events such as Sunfest in London.
The LoEE has three well-received albums to its credit: Beyond Our Shores (2009), Live at The Aeolian (2015) and Sephardic Heart (2019) All are available at Cheeky Monkey, at the Ensemble’s concerts and at www.lightofeast.org
On the walls surrounding Light of East Ensemble will be the art work of W.A. (Bill) Walters. This will be the last month for this show & sale called “Coastal”.
It’s an exhibit highlighting shorelines both local and far away. His use of colour is at the same time soothing and exciting to the senses created in the Plein Air technique. For those not familiar with Plein Air, it means Bill is out in the elements capturing what he sees in the moment and saving it to canvas for all to enjoy.
Cheeky Monkey, located at 130 Christina Street North, April 3rd First Friday starts at 7:00 and ends at 9:00 p.m. Current art show is available to view anytime during regular business hours.