UnampliFire #2 to Present Folk and World Acts in London

Martin Carthy
Martin Carthy

The Nest Collective has announced the second edition of UnampliFire. The new event, called UnampliFire #2 will take place at St Marks – Dalston in London on November 26th, 2016.

UnampliFire will present the artists with no amplification, no soundchecks, and no waiting around – just pure, unadulterated music. The lineup includes Seckou Keita, Martin Carthy, Green Gartside (of Scritti Politti), Cosmo Sheldrake, London Bulgarian Choir, Men Diamler, The Nightjar, Ríoghnach Connolly (The Breath, Afro Celt Soundsystem), Snufkin, Samantha Whates, Flats & Sharps, and Fran Foote (Stick in the Wheel).

Time: 16:00 – 00:00
St Mark’s Church, E8 2LG

More information:thenestcollective.co.uk/shows/unamplifire-festival-2/


The Breath to Perform in Liverpool

The Breath
The Breath

Contemporary Irish folk music group The Breath is set to perform on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University Creative Campus.

The Breath is Stuart McCallum (former guitarist of The Cinematic Orchestra), Irish singer Rioghnach Connolly, and McCallum’s fellow Cinematic colleague, pianist John Ellis, along with drummer Elliot Bennett.

Born out of Manchester’s fertile music scene, they mix Irish folk influences with mesmerizing guitar riffs, anthemic themes and powerful hooks.

The Breath - Carry Your Kin
The Breath – Carry Your Kin


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WOMEX 2016 Opened Yesterday in Santiago de Compostela with a Tribute to Spanish Music

Carmen Paris at WOMEX 2016 opening ceremony - Photo by Van Nieuwland
Carmen Paris at WOMEX 2016 opening ceremony – Photo by Van Nieuwland

World music expo, WOMEX, opened yesterday in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The trade fair this year includes 291 booths from companies around the world.

The official opening ceremony took place at the filled-to-capacity Auditorio de Galicia. The concert revolved around the theme of ‘Iberians – Music Tapas Menu’, featuring musical appetizers from around Spain’s regions, including Aragon, Catalonia, the Basque Country and the host region Galicia. The performances were directed by Galician musician and producer Pedro Pascual.

Five acts were featured: Carmen París (Aragon), Cuarteto Caramuxo (Galicia), Kepa Junkera (Basque Country), Maria Arnal & Marcel Bagés (Catalonia), and Talabarte (Galicia).

The recently re-elected President of Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo said: “Hosting WOMEX for the second time in three years is a privilege that only the most distinguished cities can enjoy, another opportunity for them to introduce themselves to Europe and to let Europe and the world likewise introduce themselves in those cities“.

The musical discoveries of the Iberian Peninsula, including Galicia, will continue with the Atlantic Connections stage as a part of the WOMEX Showcase Festival running throughout the next three nights in the ancient town of Santiago de Compostela. Overall, the concert program includes more than 60 acts comprising nearly 300 performing artists on 7 stages from 43 countries, as well as the WOMEX Film Nights and daytime screenings.

The WOMEX Awards will take place on Sunday, with Calypso Rose receiving the Artist Award.

More at www.womex.com


La Negra, Radio Cos and Niño de Elche to Perform at WOMEX

Radio Cos
Radio Cos

Spanish artists La Negra, Radio Cos y Niño de Elche are set to perform at world music showcase WOMEX in Santiago de Compostela (Spain), October 19-23. The three acts are presented by Sounds From Spain, a platform designed to promote Spanish music overseas.

About the artists

Flamenco artist Amparo Velasco, known as La Negra, has worked with artists such as José Mercé and Vicente Amigo. She combines jazz, African rhythms and Latin beats with flamenco roots. She recently released an album titled Colore (Colors).

Vocalists and percussionists Xurxo Fernandes and Quique Peón are Radio Cos, a well-known band from Galicia. They reconfigure Galician traditional music, fusing sounds of the countryside with other elements. They wll be joined by Pedro Lamas on bagpipe and soprano sax, Nikolay Velikov on violin and Xan Pampín on accordion.

Francisco Contreras, known as Niño de Elche, is an unconventional singer and multidisciplinary artist. His compositions combine flamenco vocals and guitar with poetry, improvisation, rock and electronics, among others. His new album is titled Voces del Extremo, (Voices of the Far).

La Negra and Radio Cos will play at the official WOMEX stage at Plaza de la Quintana. La Negra is scheduled for October 21 at 21:00. Radio Cos will perform on and October 22 at 21:45.

Meanwhile, Niño de Elche will appear at Atlantic Stage (Teatro Principal) on October 20 at 22:30, sharing the bill with Nakany Kanté, Narf & Timbila Muzimba, Xabier Diaz and Xarnege.


globalFEST Announces 2017 Lineup

World music festival globalFEST announced the lineup of showcase artists scheduled to perform on January 8, 2017 at Webster Hall in New York City.

The artists include Congolese rumba band L’Orchestre Afrisa (D.R. Congo/USA); Afro-Venezuelan artist Betsayda Machado; Washington DC’s go-go band Rare Essence; Ranky Tanky’s Gullah Sea Island music; Cuba’s legendary Septeto Santiaguero; the electro-Angolan roots sound of Batida; Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition; Korea’s SsingSsing; African nu-soul singer Jojo Abot; and the mesmerizing Estonian avant-folk violinist and singer Maarja Nuut.

Additional artists will be announced at a later time.

More at http://globalfest.org

Headline photo: Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo


Bickram Ghosh’s Drums of India to Perform at The Schimmel Center in New York City

Bickram Ghosh
Bickram Ghosh

Indian percussion virtuoso Bickram Ghosh and his Drums of India are set to perform on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at The Schimmel Center in New York City. The band includes Bickram Ghosh on tabla, kanjira, body percussion, and handsonic; Gopal Barman on srikhol; Suresh Vaidyanathan on ghatam and morsing; and Abhisek Mallick on sitar.

Ghosh is one of India’s finest tabla players and a l-known figure in the world of Indo-fusion music. He toured the globe with the legendary Pt. Ravi Shankar. Ghosh later formed his tremendously successful band Rhythmscape.

Bickram Ghosh has over 100 albums to his credit. His most recent is Maya – Bickram Ghosh’s Dedication to Ravi Shankar.

He’s also a prolific film composer and together with Sonu Nigam, received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score for the Bollywood film ‘Jai’. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Banga Bhushan award, the second highest civilian State award , and in 2015 the Maha Sangeet Samman, the highest musical recognition in West Bengal by the Chief Minister of Bengal Smt. Mamata Banerjee.

The Schimmel Center
3 Spruce Street – New York, NY 10038
(Between Gold St and Park Row)


L&T: Juan Gabriel

Juan Gabriel - Con Mariachi Vol. 2
Juan Gabriel – Con Mariachi Vol. 2

I will be writing a column on Length & Time in music, in each presenting an album and its strategies that pertain to addressing Length & Time.

Juan Gabriel’s album Con Mariachi Vol. 2 confers Mexican society a variation of traditional spirit that it delights in, this time made fashionably beautiful.

Juan Gabriel is a product of the 20th century whereas Mariachi style of the 19th century. In the 19th century, only the opera singer or the composer was conferred the titles artist, fashionable, beautiful, and could represent a nation. All others were quite simply entertainers.

With the 20th century came both radio and the idea that crowds could decide on the representation of a nation through song, despite the countless songs of the French, American, Haitian, or Mexican revolutions. Mariachi came to represent identity. The 20th century also brought along both prestige for modern art and creatives at marketing and media companies inspired by modern art in the aesthetics of their communication. Juan Gabriel came to represent fashionable beauty.

Gabriel produces 20th century crowd music, for those obsessed with visual beauty, true to 19th century style of music subservient to rituals of fiesta in a society, as opposed to producing them. He does this through his person. Mariachi is wedding music, event music: Gabriel makes good with the idea that is a traditional fiesta, true to old dreams.

Buy Con Mariachi Vol. 2


La Lucha

Eljuri - La Lucha
Eljuri – La Lucha

Eljuri – La Lucha (Manovill Records, 2016)

La Lucha (the fight) is the new album by Ecuadorian-American guitarist and songwriter Eljuri. Even though she’s described as a skilled rock guitarist, this album is primarily focused on Eljuri’s vocals raher than her guitar-playing ability. And while there are rock, reggae, bachata and dub influences, in essence, this is a pop album with lyrics in Spanish and English featuring pop vocal hooks and rhythms.

Eljuri plays a wide range of instruments including acoustic and electric guitars, electric tres, keyboards and percussion programming.

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Fado Star Mariza to Perform at The Town Hall in New York City



Acclaimed Portuguese vocalist Mariza is set to perform Saturday, October 15, 2016 at The Town Hall in New York City.

The fado singer will be presenting her new album Mundo (World) that features classic songs honoring the late fado legend Amalia Rodrigues and legendary tango singer Carlos Gardel, as well as new songs written for her by the Grammy-winning Spanish producer Javier Limón. On Mundo, Mariza sings in Portuguese and Spanish.



8:00 p.m.
The Town Hall


Sahba Motallebi and T.J. Troy at Music Vault Academy in Laguna Hills

Sahba Motallebi
Sahba Motallebi

Iranian tar and setar maestra Sahba Motallebi and percusionist T.J. Troy are set to perform on Saturday, October 15 at The Music Vault Academy in Laguna Hills, south of Los Angeles.

Sahba Motallebi is one of the leading performers of the tar and setar, lute-style stringed instruments that are fundamental in Persian classical music. For the past years, Sahba has lived near Los Angeles.

T.J. Troy plays percussion from various parts of the world. He is one of the most multidimensional and sought after percussionist in Los Angeles. He is principal percussionist for MESTO, an internationally recognized orchestra specializing in Middle Eastern Classical Music.

Music Vault Academy
25255 Cabot Rd #100, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Tickets are still available at www.musicvaultacademy.eventbrite.com or by calling 949-257-2744.


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