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Contemporary Polish Folk Music Band Lautari to Perform in New York City


Contemporary Polish folk music ensemble Lautari is set to perform on Friday, September 23, 2016 at Subrosa in New York City.

Members of the band Lautari met in 2000 and performed together until 2008, playing modern world jazz rooted in the traditions of Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe and Caucasus. During that time they produced two well-received albums Azaran and Muzica Lautareasca Nova.

Lautari’s latest album, released in the summer of 2015, is Lautari: Vol. 67 Live 2014. At this point, Lautari is reunited after several years to produce their first project fully dedicated to Polish folk music.

Lautari has long been dedicated to restoring the magnificence of Polish folk music: from playing in crudo, to accompanying dancing as their rural predecessors did, to participation in avant-garde music projects.

The group has performed at barn dances, in jazz clubs, and in large concert halls in Poland and abroad. Firmly believing musical notation to be a totally ineffective means of recording folk music, they have made a point of learning their repertoire directly from village musicians.

During this musical research, Lautari have often turned to the work of Oskar Kolberg.

Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort Street, NYC
Doors for first set at 6:30pm, second set at 9:00pm – $15 per set
Presented in Partnership with The Polish Cultural Institute of New York


Carnatic Violin Maestro Ganesh Rajagopalan to Perform in New York City

Ganesh Rajagopalan
Ganesh Rajagopalan

South Indian classical violin master Ganesh Rajagopalan (of Ganesh-Kumaresh duo fame) is set to perform on October 7th at Roulette in New York City. This concert is part of the Carnatic Masters series, featuring leading musicians in South Indian music, produced by Robert Browning Associates.

Ganesh Rajagopalan has toured the globe, appearing with a wide range of classical, jazz and world music artists, including Zakir Hussain. He has composed numerous ragas, varnams and thillanas, as well as music for dance ballets, theatre, and films.

In this program, Ganesh Rajagopalan will explore the divine and healing through music. He will perform on violin and sing, and also lead an interactive meditation of chanting with the audience. He will be accompanied by Akshay Ganesh on violin, Abhinav Seetharaman on mridangam (double-headed barrel drum), and Sriram Ramesh on kanjira (frame drum).

Ganesh Rajagopalan’s discography includes Carnatic Chills, Ragapravaham, Colours Of India, Shadjam, and Spark.

Friday, October 7, 8:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave at 3rd Ave (near BAM & Barclays Center) Brooklyn, New York City
Tickets: $30; seniors, students $26
Tel: 917-267-0363



Elza Soares to Perform at Barbican Hall in November 2016

Elza Soares
Elza Soares


Vocalist and samba star Elza Soares is set to perform on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Barbican Hall in London. The concert is part of this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival. The show will include special guest Eska.

Known for her husky vocals, Elza Soares has been a defining presence in Brazilian music since the 1950s. She has appeared on over 50 albums and has worked with significant Brazilian artists such as Caetano Veloso, Chico Barque and Jorge Ben Jor.


Elza Soares - The Woman at the End of the World
Elza Soares – The Woman at the End of the World


Elza Soares’ latest album, The Woman at the End of the World (Mais Um Discos), released in June 2016 includes a set of experimental samba sujo (‘dirty samba’) where samba is with rock, free-jazz, noise and other experimental music forms, created with São Paulo’s underground musicians.



Soares will be joined on stage by special guest artist, singer-songwriter Eska, who will be performing with her band.

Barbican Hall
Tickets £17.50 – 25 plus booking fee


Carnatic Masters R. Kumaresh & Jayanthi Kumaresh to Perform in New York City

R. Kumaresh and Jayanthi Kumaresh
R. Kumaresh and Jayanthi Kumaresh

The husband-wife duo of violin maestro R. Kumaresh and veena virtuoso (lute) player Jayanthi Kumaresh are set to perform on October 1st at the Thalia at Symphony Space in New York City. This concert is part of the Carnatic Masters series, featuring leading figures in South Indian music, presented by Robert Browning Associates.

R. Kumaresh and Jayanthi Kumaresh are two of the leading instrumentalists in their respective fields. The duo will perform solos and duets accompanied by R. Sankaranarayanan on mridangam (double-headed barrel drum) and S. Krishnaswamy on ghatam (clay pot drum).

R. Kumaresh has 40 years of concert experience and is internationally renowned both as a soloist and for his duets with his brother, Ganesh Rajagopalan.

Jayanthi Kumaresh traces her musical heritage back six generations. She has captivated audiences around the world for 30 years and collaborated with many of India’s major artists.

8:30 p.m.
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York City
Tickets: $28; seniors, students $24; day of show $32
Tel: 212-864-5400


Bella Ciao to Showcase at WOMEX 2016 in Spain

Bella Ciao – Photo by Nico López Bruchi
Bella Ciao – Photo by Nico López Bruchi

Italian act Bella Ciao is set to perform on October 21, 2016 at WOMEX in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

The project revisits an influential 1964 show called Bella Ciao at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto. The concert caused much controversy while effectively marking the beginning of the Italian folk revival. About 50 years later, a prestigious cast has come together to restage this significant show that celebrates the values of liberty, peace and civil rights. They released an album titled Bella Ciao.

Riccardo Tesi, Lucilla Galeazzi, Elena Ledda, Ginevra di Marco, Gigi Biolcati, Andrea Salvadori, Alessio Lega - Bella Ciao
Riccardo Tesi, Lucilla Galeazzi, Elena Ledda, Ginevra di Marco, Gigi Biolcati, Andrea Salvadori, Alessio Lega – Bella Ciao

The songs have been updated and rearranged by admired bandoneon master Riccardo Tesi and are performed by three of the most outstanding voices of Italian folk and social singing over the last 30 years: Ginevra Di Marco, Lucilla Galeazzi and Sardinia’s Elena Ledda.

The lineup includes Riccardo Tesi on diatonic accordion and arrangements; Elena Ledda on vocals; Lucilla Galeazzi on vocals, guitar; Luisa Cottifogli on vocals; Alessio Lega on vocals, guitar; Maurizio Geri on vocals, guitar; and Luigi Biolcati on percussion.

Time: 21:30 – 22:15
Venue: Auditorio Abanca


Boreal International Festival Reveals 2016 Program


The Festival Internacional Boreal (Boreal International Festival) 2016 will take place September 14-17 in Los Silos (Tenerife, Canary Islands). The motto of this Spanish environmentally-conscious festival is “An Ocean of Cultures”, a journey through the cultures of the planet with Mozambique as guest country this year.

Confirmed artists are Batida (Angola / Portugal), Matthew Logan Vásquez (USA), Maarja Nuut (Estonia), Vox Sambou (Haiti), Mu Mbana (Guinea-Bissau), Kim Sawol X Haewon Kim (South Korea), Fajardo (Canary Islands, Spain), La Dame Blanche (Cuba), The Conquer Project & Don Virgilio (Canary Islands, Spain), Anna Trea (Brazil), Luiz Caracol (Portugal), Simbeque (Canary Islands, Spain), Jose Mucavele (Mozambique), Dj Kali (Canary Islands, Spain).

Boreal 2016 will combine live world music and other arts, as well as a craft fair and Ecomarket, workshops, a food market, a playground, documentary films, exhibitions, recycling and street parades, etc.

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Jazz Innovator John Scofield to Perform at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro

John Scofield
John Scofield

Jazz guitar maestro John Scofield is set to perform at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina, on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017.

Scofield is a jazz guitar modernizer, who has recorded over 40 albums. He has produced and performed bebop, blues, jazz-funk, organ jazz, acoustic chamber jazz, electronically tinged groove music, jam band style and orchestral music with ease and passion.

In his latest project, “Country for Old Men”, Scofield reinterprets classic country melodies, performing with several of his closest musical colleagues from the Jazz community – Steve Swallow, Bill Stewart and Larry Goldings.

We’re going to turn ‘outlaw’ country tunes into Jazz vehicles,” says Scofield. “Rather than go to Nashville and record with ‘real’ country players in a country style, I’m joining forces with my jazz cronies to play the songs with our jazz approach. We improvise while keeping the integrity, character and twang of this wonderful American music. I’ve always loved Country music and am super excited to put my treatment of them into play.”

John Scofield - Country for Old Men
John Scofield – Country for Old Men

Scofield and his bandmates will perform jazz renditions of classic tunes by George Jones, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Bob Wills, Patti Page and even Shania Twain.

Doors: 7:00 p.m.
Show: 8:00 p.m.
Earl & Rhoda Wynn Theater
The ArtsCenter
300-G E Main st.
Carrboro, NC 27510


Inauguration of the 19th Bienal de Flamenco in Seville


The 19th Bienal de Flamenco begins today, Thursday, September 8, 2016. The events will begin at 8:00 p.m. at the Plaza del Triunfo de Sevilla with the launch of Carmen and Melquiades, flamenco rhythm machines produced and marketed in Seville. These machines work as automatic percussion instruments capable of reproducing the rhythms of flamenco.

The machines will be operating during the Biennial at different stages of the festival, and during this opening day the creator of the machines, Ignacio Rodriguez and guitarist and musical director José Torres will be available.

At 8:40 p.m., right around sunset, singer José de la Tomasa will perform a toná from the Lion’s Gate of the Alcazar of Seville, calling all fans and visitors of the city to share and enjoy the Biennial.

Later, at 9:00 p.m. (21:00) in the Plaza del Triunfo, dancer Farruquito will lead the #flashmobflamenco that has been scheduled at this time and place, based on his own choreography. This event will be lived and enjoyed collectively in the city of Seville and throughout the world as well, in more than 30 locations around the world, thanks to the live connection offered by the Twitter tool called Periscope. The countries include Costa Rica, Venezuela, Mexico, Peru, Kazakhstan, Argentina, Japan, Turkey, Poland, Chile, Russia, South Korea, Ecuador, Uruguay, Belarus, Holland, Brazil, Czech Republic, Canada, the United States, Italy and Germany.

At 10:00 p.m. at Espacio Santa Clara, the National Poetry Prize and Gold Medal of Andalucía, Antonio Hernandez, will read the Literary Proclamation of the Biennale, an event that is after twelve years of absence.

The Triana district will also experience its particular opening of the Biennale at 7:00 p.m. on Calle San Jacinto. It is the place chosen for the beginning of educational activities related to the reuse and recycling of waste designed by Lipassam coinciding with the celebration of the Bienal de Flamenco in different locations in the city during the month of September and the first week of October. This initiative, open to the participation of all citizens, includes workshops, construction of musical instruments and flamenco accessories as well as an exhibition.

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Dafnis Prieto’s Si o Si Quartet to Perform at Arab American National Museum

Dafnis Prieto
Dafnis Prieto

Award-winning Cuban jazz master is set to perform on Friday, September 16 at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. This concert is part of the Global Fridays series.

Prieto’s innovative drumming techniques and compositions have had powerful effect on the global Latin and jazz scene. Also a gifted educator, Prieto has worked with bands led by Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman and Eddie Palmieri, among others.

His discography includes About the Monks (2005), Absolute Quintet (2006), Taking the Soul for a Walk (2008), Live at the Jazz Standard (2009), Proverb Trio (2012) and Triangles and Circles (2015)

8:00 p.m.
Arab American National Museum
13624 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.


The 2016 Edition of the Madison World Music Festival Program Revealed

The Dhol Foundation
The Dhol Foundation

The 2016 Madison World Music Festival will take place September 13-17 and September 29, 2016 at various stages in Madison, Wisconsin.

The festival, sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Theater, begins on September 13 with a mandala construction by the monks of the Mystical Arts of Tibet, who will also perform on Saturday, September 17 at Shannon Hall; continue with performances at the Memorial Union Terrace and Fredric March Play Circle as well as the large stage in the Willy Street Fair, and a second installment on the Terrace on September 29. The concerts and workshops are all free and open to the public.

Madison World Music Festival Schedule

Tuesday, September 13, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Mandala Opening Ceremony
1:30p.m. – 4:30p.m., drawing of the lines

Wednesday – Thursday, September 14 – September 15, 9am – 6:00 p.m., Mandala Construction

Friday, September 16, 9am – 3:00 p.m., Mandala Construction
3:30p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Closing Ceremony and Dispersal of the Sand

Thursday, September 15, Memorial Union:

Fredric March Play Circle:

5:30p.m., Film: Life is Waiting: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara, directed by Iara Lee

6:45p.m.: Enyedi-Salamon Ensemble, Hungary, dancing workshop (Rain: Festival Room)
8:15p.m.: Enyedi-Salamon Ensemble, Hungary, performance (Rain: Play Circle)

Friday, September 16, Memorial Union Terrace:

3:30p.m. – 5:00p.m., The Mystical Arts of Tibet – Sand Mandala, Closing Ceremony and Dispersal of the Sand
5:30p.m., Rajab Suleiman & Kithara, Zanzibar (rain: Shannon Hall)
7:30p.m., Alsarah & the Nubatones, Sudan/USA (rain: Shannon Hall)
9:30p.m., The Dhol Foundation, India/England (rain: Shannon Hall)

Saturday, September 17

Willy St. Fair, Large Stage:
2:30p.m., Femina, Argentina
4:45p.m., A-Wa, Israel/Yemen
7:00 p.m., Otimo, Brazil/Madison

7:30p.m., The Villalobos Brothers, Mexico

Shannon Hall:

8:00 p.m.: The Mystical Arts of Tibet
Terrace (Rain: Shannon Hall):
9:30p.m.: A-Wa, Israel

Thursday, September 29, Memorial Union Terrace (rain: Shannon Hall):
7:00 p.m.: Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Italy
9:00 p.m.: Troker, Mexico