The Nobel Peace Prize Concert is a musical tribute held annually on 11 December every year since 1994 to honor the year’s Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

Performers from around the world are proud to join in celebration of this important event, which features music ranging from pop and rock to jazz, classical, blues and country. The special mix of celebrity, celebration and ceremony makes this event a magical night to remember.

This year, one of the recipients is the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, a democracy group, which, according to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, made a “decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy”.

Three of our agents recently traveled to Womex 2015 in Budapest and wandered into what turned out to be a magical daytime showcase by Belem. All of us were instantly mesmerized by their musicianship and artistic vision, so we couldn’t be happier to welcome them to our North American touring roster!

Belem is a duo comprised of Didier Laloy (diatonic accordion) and Kathy Adam (cello). Although they traveled through Europe with the group ‘Panta Rhei’ and shared the stage for Didier’s own projects—Didier Laloy Invites, [Pô-Z]s, Noir’s and Nonsens—we had to wait for 23 years before a direct collaboration emerged.

For decades, Laloy and Adam had been thinking about experimenting with expressive chamber music, and today the duo provide a suite of compositions at the crossroads of their diverse experiences. Belem’s music is strong but simple, subtle and surprising—a music where silence, dynamics, and the most elegant and crazy rhythms are free to intersect. Musical images collide, as this gentle and daring duo lead us on a unique musical journey.

A fantastic New York Times article on the roots of King Sunny Adé:

“From Bhojsons, the musician would stroll down the rail track all the way to his rented room in Mushin, some three miles north. It was the mid-1960s and the young man, Sunday Ishola Adeniyi Adegeye, still an unknown artist, could not afford the cab fare home.

Today, 69 and long known as King Sunny Adé, he is a wealthy man and one of Nigeria’s most famous musicians…”

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Please welcome to our North and South American touring roster the breathtaking Estonian fiddler, singer, and composer Maarja Nuut.

Combining traditional dance tunes, songs, and stories with live electronics, Maarja creates a space where classical minimalism and experimental music meet the village traditions of pre-war Europe.

Recommended if you like: Arvo Part, Philip Glass, La Monte Young, Bon Iver, tune-yards, and Sigur Rós.