Various West Coast World

Over two hours of music on two CDs by 33 artists and groups is testimony to the rich multicultural music scene on Canada’s west coast. While this would have made a brilliant single CD, there’s undeniable consistency and quality here ranging from Jewish group Tzimmes, Iranian Amir Koushkani and the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble on CD one, while CD two is even richer, ranging from a Cuban big band to solo shakahuchi. Whether you fancy African high-life, Ukrainian a cappella vocal quartets or the traditional music of Vietnam, this sophisticated collection includes real discoveries with bands like Asza and Olam. (Pacific)