Women of the World is an international world music ensemble currently based in Boston. What started out as a dream four years ago, has become a real musical force. Ayumi Ueda, a Berklee College of Music alumna from Japan, sought to create an ensemble of...
Women of the World is an international world music ensemble currently based in Boston. What started out as a dream four years ago, has become a real musical force. Ayumi Ueda, a Berklee College of Music alumna from Japan, sought to create an ensemble of artists from all over the world to create music for peace. In 2008, Ayumi joined forces with like-minded musicians, Giorgia Renosto from Italy, Annette Philip from India, and Débòrah Pierre from USA/Haiti in order to manifest this vision.
Complemented by an eclectic band currently featuring Hinako Sato (piano) from Japan, Milena Jancuric (flute) from Serbia, Sue Buzzard (violin) from United States of Amercia, Sara Cristal Peña Coffin (bass) from Mexico, Negah Santos (percussion) from Brazil, and Patrick Simard (drums) from Canada, this unique ensemble of musicians delighted in sharing the beauty of different cultures and what that cross-pollination sounded like in music.
Each of the ten musicians has a strong artistic identity shaped by the culture in which they grew up, and each finds endless excitement in learning and exploring the many cultures of the world. The unique music which stems forth from this mixture of artistry has created for a sound which is all its own - borderless, spirited, and carrying the undeniable message of unity.
The Women of the World repertoire is thus, vast and varied. Constantly searching for new genres to explore, the group has performed in over 23 of the world's languages. From Bulgarian, Cuban, Ladino, Brazilian, African, Indian and Japanese music to spontaneous improvisation and a-cappella interludes, the sound created by this unique group has grown to have a power that moves not only the members, but huger and huger audiences, as it spreads awareness of different cultures, music, and philosophies.
Through their work, Women of the World created a stir in the community, receiving support from renowned artists such as Grammy-award winning maestro, Bobby McFerrin. They went on to share the stage with African vocal icon, Angelique Kidjo; Greek classical artist, Mario Frangoulis; and the Boston Pops Orchestra led by maestro conductor Keith Lockhart. They were also nominated for various awards, including the Boston Music Awards, Independent Music Awards, and were recently named 2014 National Level champions of the Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival, the longest running a cappella competition in United States with a 30-year history.
Women of the World has also supported various causes including fundraisers for victims of natural disasters in Haiti, Pakistan, and most recently, Japan. With tours in Japan and the North American region, including performances at the Blue Note Jazz Club, Carnegie Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall, and features at the Beantown Jazz Festival, TEDxBoston and United Nations events, Women of the World continues to spread the message of peace and unity through music.