Babilonia Party

Riserva Moac - Babilonia (Bayla Records BAY011 CD, 2015)
Riserva Moac – Babilonia (Bayla Records BAY011 CD, 2015)

 

Italian band Riserva Moac plays lively music with a party atmosphere, incorporating Balkan brass, Gypsy music, Mediterranean sounds, toe tapping dance beats, ska and more. On the vocal side, the ensemble uses a mix of regular vocals and rapping. Rap is a tired technique that has little new to say so the best moments are the instrumental moments.

Riserva Moac was formed in 2003 with the goal to knock down musical borders as well as geographical and historical fences. The group’s name Moac Moac is an acronym for Molise (a region in southern Italy), Oriente (the East), Africa and Cuba. Previous recordings include “Bienvenido” (2005) and “La musica dei popoli” (2009).

The lineup on Babilonia includes Maya Pavone on vocals; Roberto “Zanna” Napoletano on percussion, accordion and vocals; Patrizio “Basko” Forte on bass; Fabrizio “Pacha Mama” Russo on vocals; Mario Evangelista on electric, cutsic and classical guitar, dobro, mandolin, banjo, steel guitar; Graziano Carbone on drums, Vladimiro D’Amico on saxophone; Alessio Lalli on trumpet; Antonio Sciolli on tuba and helicon; Giuseppe Ferrante on t-bone, euphonium, baritone fluegelhorn,; Mario Cusano on clarinet; Francesco Bruni on guitar; Enrico Greppi on vocals; Master App on vocals; Carla Patullo on vocals; Yam Salia on vocals; and Big Roma on vocals.

 

 

 

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Mauritanian Sensation Noura Mint Seymali to Perform in Dearborn

Noura Mint Seymali
Noura Mint Seymali

Noura Mint Seymali, one of the most respected artists in Mauritania, is st to perform on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 at the Arab American National Museum

The Mauritanian artist was raised in a transitive culture where sounds from across the Sahara, the Maghreb, and West Africa merge. Noura Mint Seymali is a vocalist and master of the ardin, a nine-­string harp reserved only for women. She is one of Mauritania’s most audacious young artists. Her band is backed by a funk­-style rhythm section, composed of Ousmane Touré and Matthew Tinari.

Noura Mint Seymali’s most recent album is the critically acclaimed Tzenni.

Arab American National Museum
13624 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 582-2266
www.accesscommunity.org/events/noura-mint-seymali-mauritanian

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Renowned Irish Band The Gloaming to Perform at Duke University

The Gloaming in New York - Photo by Rich Gilligan
The Gloaming in New York – Photo by Rich Gilligan

The Gloaming, a contemporary Celtic music band, is set to perform at Baldwin Auditorium in Durham, North Carolina on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

The quintet includes some of the world’s greatest Celtic musicians, including vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird (Afro Celt Sound System), fiddle master Martin Hayes, hardanger fiddler Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh, guitarist Dennis Cahill; and Brooklyn-based pianist and producer Thomas Bartlett, also known as Doveman (The National, Grizzly Bear, and Nico Muhly).

The Gloaming released a self-titled 2014 debut album, The Gloaming . The ensemble’s second recording, 2 is scheduled for release later this month.

More details at: dukeperformances.duke.edu/calendar/gloaming

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Ciaran Algar Releases The Final Waltz

Ciaran Algar -  The Final Waltz
Ciaran Algar – The Final Waltz

Multi-instrumentalist Ciaran Algar has a new album titled The Final Waltz (Fellside). Ciaran plays fiddle, guitar, banjo, and percussion and is one of the most highly-regarded young musicians on the Folk circuit today.

In 2015, Ciaran began working on a solo project that resulted in his debut solo album, The Final Waltz. The primary vocalist in the band is emerging singer, Sam Kelly. The majority of the album, nonetheless, is instrumental, and the tunes that are used in the sets are a selection of Ciaran’s favorites that he has learned over the last 11 years of playing Irish fiddle. Rather than recording every tune set with fiddle and guitar, Ciaran has combine traditional tunes with a contemporary-style of accompaniment. The Ciaran Algar band will be touring in 2016.

Ciaran’s musical influences come from deep within the Irish tradition. This Irish connection led to Ciaran taking part in the Fleadhs run by Comhaltas, in which he was really successful. Over 8 years of competing, he won 20 regional titles, 12 British titles and 1 All Ireland title across various categories (fiddle, fiddle slow airs, bodhran) all by the time he was 16 years old.

In late 2011, Ciaran met young singer and guitarist Greg Russell for the first time, and played a few songs with him. The duo has won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (and a third nomination) and released two albums, Call and Queen’s Lover, and a live DVD, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar in Concert.

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Flamenco Guitar Master Vicente Amigo to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Vicente Amigo
Vicente Amigo

Composer, producer, and one of the finest guitarists in the world, Vicente Amigo is set to perform at Carnegie Hall on Friday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. This concert is part of his first major tour of the United States.

Amigo won the Latin Grammy Award in 2001 for his album Ciudad de las Ideas (City of Ideas). The guitarist is known for pushing flamenco’s boundaries, venturing into other cultures. His most recent album, Tierra, combines Spanish and Celtic traditions and debuted at Celtic Connections in Glasgow in 2013.

 

Vicente Amigo - Ciudad de las Ideas
Vicente Amigo – Ciudad de las Ideas

 

Vicente Amigo - Tierra
Vicente Amigo – Tierra

 

I’ve always been interested in mixes,” says Amigo. “We ourselves are products of a mix of our father and our mother, how could we be against it? Besides, one of the wonders in music is that is open-ended, infinite, and in the place you least expect it, you can find something that enriches you as a musician and as a person.”

Amigo’s March 4 concert will focus specifically on flamenco with a few selections from Tierra arranged for Amigo and his fellow musicians: Antonio “Añil” Fernández (second guitar), Francisco “Paquito” González (cajón), Ewen Vernal (bass), and Rafael de Utrera (vocals), along with special guest flamenco dancer Antonio Molina “Choro.”

Amigos’ discography includes De Mi Corazon Al Aire (Sony Music Spain, 1992), Vivencias Imaginadas (Sony Music Spain, 1995), Poeta (Sony, 1997), Ciudad de las Ideas (Europe: BMG Music 74321784952, 2001) / City of Ideas (USA: Windham Hill, 2002), Un Momento En El Sonido (2005), Paseo De Gracia (SonyBMG, 2009), “Vivencias” La Obra Completa de un Genio (2010), and Tierra (2013).

Ticket Information

Tickets, priced $35–$65, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

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Riyaaz Qawwali to Bring the Sufi Music of Pakistan & India to New York City

Riyaaz Qawwali
Riyaaz Qawwali

Riyaaz Qawwali is set to perform on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Zankel Hall in New York City. Riyaaz performs the ecstatic improvisational Sufi vocal tradition made famous in the West by the late Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, enthralling listeners with its lively rhythms, joyous melodies and inspirational poetry.

In addition to celebrating the traditional qawwali that has been in existence for over 700 years, the ensemble also weaves various songs and poetry of South Asia into the qawwali framework, using qawwali as a universal message of oneness that transcends religious boundaries.

Most qawwali troupes are composed of Muslim family members, but Riyaaz Qawwali, which is based in Texas, is composed of musicians who represent the diversity of South and Central Asia; they are of Indian, Pakistani, Afghani, and Bangladeshi descent, and come from various spiritual backgrounds, including Islam, Hinduism, and Sikhism. The ensemble last appeared in New York at globalFEST 2015 and has an album titled Kashti.

Time: 20:00 (8:00 p.m.)
Roulette
509 Atlantic Avenue at 3rd Avenue
Downtown Brooklyn
917-267-0363

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Somaliland Act Sahra Halgan Trio to presents new album “Faransiskiyo Somaliland” at Studio de l’Ermitage

Sahra Halgan
Sahra Halgan

Sahra Halgan Trio is set to perform at Studio L’Ermitage on Wednesday, February 10, 2016as part of the 9th edition of the Festival Au Fil des Voix.

Sahra Halgan Trio is currently the only artist from Somaliland in the field of world music. The trio features Sahra Halgan on vocals, Aymeric Krol on percussion and Maël Salètes on guitar.

The band will present its album, “Faransiskiyo Somaliland” (Buda Music / Universal), released on October 23, 2015.

Studio L’Ermitage is located at 8 Rue de l’Ermitage, 75020 Paris, France.

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Flamenco Meets Cuba: Esperanza Fernández & Gonzalo Rubalcaba to Perform in New York

Esperanza Fernández
Esperanza Fernández

Esperanza Fernández (Spain) and Gonzalo Rubalcaba (Cuba) are set to perform on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Roulette in New York City.

Esperanza Fernández, one of the flamenco world’s leading singers, and Havana-born pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, come together for Oh Vida!, a performance dedicated to two legendary figures: Cuban singer-bandleader Beny Moré, known as El Bárbaro del Ritmo, and the Gypsy flamenco singer Manolo Caracol, known for his passionate voice.

Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Gonzalo Rubalcaba

Fernández, born in Seville into an important Gypsy family of artists, is deeply rooted in the singing traditions of Lebrija and Triana. She worked with such luminaries as Mario Maya, Camarón de la Isla, and Enrique Morente.

Piano maestro Gonzalo Rubalcaba, acclaimed for his solid technique and originality, has developed his own distinctive voice and challenged the traditional musical classifications of the day.

$40; premium seats +reception $60
Time: 20:00 (8:00 p.m.)
Roulette
509 Atlantic Avenue at 3rd Avenue
Downtown Brooklyn
917-267-0363

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Transglobal World Music Chart for February 2016

Senegalese artist Baaba Maal’s new album The Traveller is the number one album of the Transglobal World Music Chart in February 2016. The Traveller was recorded in both London and Senegal and was produced by Johan Hugo from The Very Best. The Traveller features Winston Marshall of Mumford & Sons, who met Baaba Maal at his annual music festival ‘Blues Du Fleuve’ in Fouta, northern Senegal. “Working with Johan, I feel we have achieved a new mix of sensibilities and sounds that can’t be put in a box,” says Baaba Maal about the new album. “The Traveller defines how I feel about the planet, that despite its many problems, there is a lot of inspiration, and hope and beauty.”

Top 20 World Music Albums

1 Baaba Maal – The Traveller (Marathon Artists / Palm Recordings)
2 Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & The Rajasthan Express – Junun (Nonesuch Records)
3 Čači Vorba – Šatrika (Oriente Musik)
4 Lura – Herança (Lusafrica)
5 Sidestepper – Supernatural Love (Real World Records)
6 Dizu Plaatjies and Friends – Ubuntu-The Common String (Mountain Records)
7 Vieux Farka Touré & Julia Easterlin – Touristes (Six Degrees Records)
8 Bixiga 70 – III (Glitterbeat Records)
9 L’Attirail – La Route Interieure (Les Chantiers Sonores)
10 Kreiz Breizh Akademi – 5ed Round (Innacor)
11 Sam Lee & Friends – The Fade in Time (The Nest Collective)
12 Las Hermanas Caronni – Navega Mundos (Les Grands Fleuves)
13 Bareto – Impredecible (World Village)
14 Oratnitza – Folktron (Fusion Embassy)
15 Michael Messer’s Mitra – Call of the Blues (Knife Edge Record)
16 Dimitris Mystakidis – Esperanto (Fishbow)
17 Kandia Kouyaté – Renascence (Sterns Music)
18 Sahra Halgan Trio – Faransiskiyo Somaliland (Buda Musique)
19 Bayarbaatar Davaasuren – The Art of Mongolian Khöömii [Throat Singing] (ARC Music)
20 Zulya and the Children of the Underground – On Love and Science (Zulya and the Children of the Underground)

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Sierra Hull Releases Weighted Mind

Sierra Hull - Weighted Mind
Sierra Hull – Weighted Mind

Mandolinist Sierra Hull has a new album titled Weighted Mind (Rounder Records). Weighted Mind includes folk-pop, bluegrass, and new acoustic music. The instrumentation is comprised largely of mandolin, bass, and vocals.

Béla Fleck produced the album and also appears on two tracks. Weighted Mind also includes special harmony vocal guests Alison Krauss, Abigail Washburn and Rhiannon Giddens.

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