NE Ohio-Based World Music Musicians Hold CD Release party at Little Italy Yoga Studio

Fri 11/24 @ 7PM

Kent-based multi-instrumentalist Mike Hovancsek and Akron violinist Samuel Salsbury have both been making music for many decades, exploring the music of various global cultures.

Hovancsek, who plays guitar, along with such stringed instruments as koto and guzheng and percussion (and is also a visual artist), collaborated for many years with internationally noted Egyptian composer-musician Halim el-Dabh, also a Kent resident, who died in September at the age of 96.

Salsbury, who studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, is known for his kirtan performances and collaboration with other kirtan artists, but his music reach also extends to jazz, blues, rock and even zydeco. He too has a deep grounding in music from various world cultures.

Together they are celebrating the Ohio release of The Market of Kashi, featuring music that blends Native American, Indian, Japanese and other global influences using an array of instruments from those cultures. “This acoustic collaboration moves from joy to reflection to celebration, reflecting the sacred journey toward self-realization,” they say in their press release.

They will mark the release by performing at the Yoga Room in Little Italy where they will be joined by Paul Stranahan, another northeast Ohio musician known for his wide-ranging musical explorations, on gongs, bowls and percussion.

Admission is a suggested donation of $10-$20. There will be light vegan snacks and Salsbury will be setting up a shop of finds from his travels to India. Seating is mostly on the floor with chairs provided for those who can’t sit. Bring your own pillow if you can, although some will be provided.

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