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Musicport Festival Announces 2017 Program


British world music festival Musicport has announced its 2017 lineup. The festival takes place October 20th – 22nd, 2017 at Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby.

This year’s program includes:

Afro Celt Sound System: masters of Celtic fusion.

Benjamin Zephaniah & The Revolutionary Minds: Pioneering dub reggae poet, writer, social commentator and music maker with new album “Revolutionary Minds.

Trio Da Kali (Mali): A Malian super group with an impressive roster. Singer Hawa is the daughter of the great Kass Mady Diabaté, still one of West Africa’s great voices. Lassana Diabaté, formerly with Toumani Diabaté’s Symmetric Orchestra, is a master of the ancient West African wooden xylophone, the balafon, while ngoni player Mamadou Kouyaté is the eldest son of the instrument’s greatest exponent, Bassekou Kouyaté.

Tcha Limberger’s Kalotaszeg Trio (Hungary): A trio showcasing specifically the folk music played by Gypsies in a small region of Transylvania with a universally respected cultural heritage. The three main repertoires played are Hungarian, Romanian, and Gypsy. Led by the remarkable fiddler Tcha.

Kefaya: Ecstatic Indo-prog led by the virtuoso talents of Giuliano Moderelli & Al McSween both who trained at Leeds College Of Music. Winner of Songlines 2017 Newcomer Award.

Maia Barou (Japan/France): The daughter of a Japanese painter and a French author/producer, the flute is her first instrument but she sings using a special technique from a small island in the South of Japan, mixing it with modern and electric sounds.
Maarja Nuut (Estonia): Charismatic fiddler and singer from Northern Estonia. Her music combines traditional dance tunes, songs and stories with live electronics to create an intricate layered soundscape in a space where minimalism and experimental music meet the village musical traditions of pre-war Europe.

Joanne Harris & Storytime Band: The internationally acclaimed author of Chocolat brings a new live show to the festival, featuring dark tales from her forthcoming collection and projections, original music and song from the band she has been a member of since college.

Amaraterra: A London-based group of expatriates from Salento in southern Italy, whose songs in the pizzica dance style speak of love, longing and passion.
Andy Kershaw: A late night DJ set from the broadcaster journalist and foremost advocate of the type of music Musicport promotes.

Maya Youssef

Maya Youssef Trio (Syria): Virtuoso Syrian kanun player Maya whose virtuosity and unique innovative approach to playing the kanun, originally a traditional instrument, have expanded her audiences to international platforms.

Rafiki Jazz: A UK ensemble spanning four continents with refugee artists at its heart.

Jamie Smith’s Mabon (Wales): One of the UK’s finest Celtic music acts.

Omar Puente’s Cuban Sextet: Omar is a Cuban-born violinist and jazz musician, currently living in England.
Fistful of Spookies: UK contingent of the phenomenon that is the Spooky Men’s Chorale. The Spooky Men’s Chorale emerged the Blue Mountains of NSW fifteen years ago and armed with no more than their impressively cavernous vocal chords, a nice line in deadpan, improbable facial hair and an ill-matched set of hats, have been gleefully wooing audiences throughout Australia, NZ and the UK ever since.

Himmerland (Denmark): A group of five travelling musicians who come from Denmark, Poland and Ghana, in West Africa who met in beautiful wide-skied northern part of Jutland called Himmerland. They compose their own music and infuse it with all the different traditions that run in their blood and travel the world performing it.
Bollywood Jazz Project: A joyous collision of styles as virtuoso jazz musicianship meets the technicolor drama of Bollywood for a journey through cinematic sound and created developed here in Yorkshire.

Orchestra of Samples Addictive TV perform their latest audio visual. The duo has won international acclaim for the project described as “a glimpse into the very essence of music” and “ingenious and compelling”. 200 musicians from more than 25 different countries are sampled, combined and reimagined into extraordinary unique fusions that cross multiple styles and cultures alongside live musicians.

Pete Williams & His Band: Founding member of Dexys Midnight Runners, Pete with his band of merry Midlanders deliver songs of mystery, imagination, love, loss, joy and memory that come down on you like a ton of feathers.

Ian Prowse: All-Liverpudlian musical hero and frontman of both Pele & Amsterdam and a solo artist of renown who has worked with Elvis Costello, John Peel & Christy Moore amongst many others in his long career.

Rory McLeod & The Familiar Strangers present internationally popular performer Rory’s songs in a fresh and exciting new musical environment and bring a musical depth and range to compliment Rory’s outstanding talents as wordsmith his engaging and earthy performing qualities.

Kathakali Theatre Company: (India) Drama, dance, music and ritual are combined in the classical Indian art form kathakali. Featuring eminent artists from Kerala, South India. Stunning both visually and aurally this sacred theatre erupts on stage with striking images that expose the magical world of South India.

O’Hooley & Tidow: A West Yorkshire duo who we have seen develop from the start and who have now become one of the must-see acts on the circuit.

Hardeep Singh Kohli: Comedian, broadcaster, journalist, and chef. In addition to being a BBC Radio 4 favorite, Hardeep’s broadcast credits include shows ranging from Celebrity Masterchef & The One Show to Question Time & This Week. He has also won a BAFTA for his work as director. Here he’ll run cookery stage and DJ.

Bob’s Blundabus: The double decker bar & venue home to clowns, storytellers and comedians and our onsite fringe venue.

Grace Petrie: Folk singer, songwriter, and activist from Leicester who first exploded on to the national protest scene in 2010 with the emotive anthem Farewell to Welfare, which captured perfectly the spirit of the new wave of dissent in austerity Britain.

Bar Steward Sons Of Val Doonican

Hattie Hatstar: Acoustic-comedy-punk-folk-cabaret

Leasungspell: Teesside poet Bob Beagrie’s epic poem set in the wilds of Northumbria in the year 657 AD.

More information at Tel: 01947 603475 to book or visit: www.musicportfestival.com
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/musicport-festival

headline photo: Trio Da Kali

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An Evening with Carlinhos Brown in New York City

Carlinhos Brown

Brazilian star and innovator Carlinhos Brown is set to perform on Saturday, July 15 at 8:00 pm at David Geffen Hall in New York City.

Carlinhos Brown is an acclaimed songwriter, percussionist, and record producer from Salvador, Bahia. He mixes Brazilian and African rhythms with rock, folk music and pop. His shows feature spectacular percussion, a full band that includes electric guitars and brass, colorful costumes, and non-stop dance.

His most recent albums are Marabó, Vibraaasil and Sarau du Brown.

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Timple Virtuoso Germán López to Present Canela y Limón in Madrid

Germán López

Timple maestro Germán López is set to perform on July 1st at Sala Berlanga in Madrid. The artist from the Canary Islands (Spain) will present his new album titled Canela y Limón (cinnamon and lemon), recorded together with the prestigious guitarist Antonio Toledo from Cadiz.

Both musicians have toured together, showcasing the timple (small Spanish guitar) in the United States, Canada, Europe and China, an international tour that was forged after showcasing at the influential World Music Expo Womex 2014, with the support of the SGAE Foundation.

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Third Week of Suma Flamenca 2017

Arcángel

The final week of Madrid’s acclaimed flamenco festival Suma Flamenca will feature renowned acts along with, free concerts.

The artists set to perform this week include Rocío Márquez, Carlos de Jacoba, María Moreno and Pepe Torres at El Pavón Teatro Kamikaze; Ultra High Flamenco at the Museo del Traje (Costume Museum); Maria Terremoto at Residencia de Estudiantes; Jesús de Rosario at the Casa Museo Lope de Vega (Lope de Vega House Museum) and Arcángel at the Lázaro Galdiano Museum Gardens. These last four concerts are also free and open to the public until full capacity.

additionally, the festival will feature a series of improvisations and master classes led by Mercedes Ruiz, Javier Barón, Juana Amaya and Olga Pericet, as well as a dialogue and illustrated lecture titled ‘How New York Snatched from Paris the Modern Idea of Flamenco.’

Upcoming events:

Rocío Márquez
June 22 at 8:30 pm at El Pavón Teatro Kamikaze

Carlos de Jacoba
June 23 at 8:30 pm at El Pavón Teatro Kamikaze

Ultra High Flamenco
June 23 at 10pm at the Costume Museum, free concert

Mary Terremoto
June 24 at 10:30 pm at the Residencia de Estudiantes, free concert

María Moreno
June 24 at 8:30 pm at El Pavón Teatro Kamikaze

Jesus de Rosario
June 24 at 10:00 pm at Casa Museo Lope de Vega, free concert

Arcángel
June 24 at 10:00 pm at Lázaro Galdiano Museum Gardens, free concert

Pepe Torres
June 25th at 7:30 pm at El Pavón Teatro Kamikaze

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One Beat Russia in Moscow This Weekend

Alexander Arkhincheev

OneBeat Russia will arrive to Moscow this weekend. The event brings together nine socially engaged musicians from Russia and the United States to compose, create and perform original music, and explore ways that music-making can build community across cultural and geographic divides.

OneBeat Russia is comprised of three one-week residencies, starting in the medieval city of Suzdal, continuing to Sviyazhsk Island and Kazan in Tatarstan, and ending with a week in Moscow, co-organized by Ground Khodynka.

Our one-of-a-kind ensemble will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Stravinsky’s ‘L’Histoire du Soldat,’ reimagining the work entirely while drawing inspiration from its original intent to use the power of myth and folk tales to bring art and music to people from all walks of life. Conversely, OneBeat Russia draws the sounds and stories of the public into the art world. In addition to performances and workshops, OneBeat Russia fellows and staff will produce original recordings, music videos, photos and social media to share the experience with wider audiences.

In times of challenged US-Russia relations, this program emphasizes the creative connections and enduring good will between the people and artistic communities of the United States and Russia.

Moscow

Saturday, June 24: Powerhouse Moscow — 8pm — Free admission
Sunday, June 25: Ground Khodynka — 4pm/8pm — 100 Rubles

Participants:

Alexander Arkhincheev – morin huur, vocalist
Alexander Serechenko – electronic musician, saxophonist
Marina Vishnyakova – composer, violinist
Daryana Antipova – drummer, vocalist
Diana Burkot – drummer, sound artist
Andrey Dolgov – balalaika, domra player
Aquil Charlton – electronic musician, rapper
Eduardo Valencia – percussionist
Aurora Nealand – clarinetist, saxophonist, singer

More at 1beat.org

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Arangetram Featuring Jvalita Krishan in Pune

Jvalita Krishan

Jvalita Krishan, student of Smt. Charanya Gurusathya from Natyashala-School of Bharatanatyam, is set to perform on Sunday, June 18th, 2017 at Symbiosis Vishwabhavan in Pune, India. She will present her Bharatanatyam arangetram.

Arangetram, or ascending the stage, marks the culmination of comprehensive education in dance and the beginning of a dance career of an aspiring artist.

The theme of the Bharatanatyam margam will be on the different aspects of Sringaram, meaning Love:

Bhakti: Love between devotee and God

Vatsalyam: Love between mother and child

Sambhoga: Love between man and woman

Date: Sunday 18th June, 2017 at 6.05 pm
Venue: Symbiosis Vishwabhavan,
Senapati Bapat Road,
Pune, Maharashtra.

All are Cordially Invited.

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Nigel Kennedy to Perform Pieces from his Album “My World” at the 22nd Summer Jazz Festival on July 12 in Cracow

 

One could say both: Poland is lucky to be loved by Nigel Kennedy and Nigel Kennedy is lucky to be loved by Poland. Polish audiences are particularly fond of the artist, and his fans are not limited to regular jazz listeners, a lot of them being also recipients of widely understood popular music and even World Music. Let us recall his joint album with Kroke “East Meets East” from 2003, which Poland simply fell for in seconds.

 


Nigel Kennedy with Kroke – East Meets East

 

Kennedy possesses the Slavic spirit and understands Slavic musical aesthetics, further even – he understands, or is somehow able to aesthetically sense, the tangled combination of cultural inspirations at work in Eastern and Central Europe. The album “East Meets East” is remembered chiefly as a journey into the cultural tradition of Polish Jews, especially those from pre-war generations. This is not a record about the Israelites, nor is it a record of American Jews or Jews in general – it is the spirit of Polish Jewish culture before the war, brought back by means of being sung out.

But the Polish have yet another reason for their appreciation of Nigel Kennedy – his fabulous and passionate rendition of the csárdás. He yet again proves himself to be nothing short of comfortable in European musical tradition, rooted in folk and though originally Hungarian, popularized by the Gypsies and presently an integral part of national identity in many European countries.

Kennedy has tied his life to Poland and Cracow for good a while back. This world-famous artist lives in the very center of the “City of the Kings of Poland”, often performs at the Cracow Philharmonic, and in 2002 assumed the artistic direction of the Polish Chamber Orchestra. Kennedy can then be said to have become another strong point on the long list of incentives for those leaning towards the idea of choosing Poland as their next destination.

On July 12, 2017, we will host Nigel Kennedy at the Jagiellonian University’s Auditorium Maximum during the celebrations of the 22nd Summer Jazz Festival in Cracow. This concert will undoubtedly be an opportunity to admire the talent, charisma and virtuosity of the artist, all of which have been admired both in the field of contemporary interpretations of classical music and in the mainstream of jazz worldwide. Let us recall that the album released in 1989 containing a rendition of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” has sold over two million copies and is by far the best-selling classical music record in the world.

 

Nigel Kennedy

 

The magnificent success of classical music in Kennedy’s artistic life contrasts with his inspirations drawn from – among others – the works of Jimmy Hendrix and The Doors, the influence of which has often been referred to by the artist himself. Kennedy doesn’t seem to notice these contrasts as clearly as an average recipient of music – he is a firm believer in the notion common among musicians that music should not be categorized and such action does not serve any compelling purpose in world of music and its creators.

About his work and passion, he says: “I love getting up in the morning and playing. It’s almost like meditation. Through music I get to communicate with other musicians and the audience. This contact is the real reason for playing. … Bringing down the barriers, connecting with people on one common level, the level of music, is my reward. Music occurs within the framework of time, it’s here and now. What do we have here on the wall? A mirror? Wallpaper? Someone once made these and now we can look at them. Music is the only art that happens at a given time and then disappears. That’s the way it is during concerts. It’s fantastic. That is what I love about music.”

 

Nigel Kennedy

 

As has been announced by the organizers, the concert program will mostly include works dedicated to Kennedy’s most important mentors, namely Yehudi Menuhin, Stephane Grappelli and Isaac Stern, immortalized on the artist’s latest album “My World”. The Concert in the Auditorium Maximum will be enriched by the results of the musician’s last project, an interpretation of Krzysztof Komeda’s works, the spirit of which Nigel Kennedy has managed to capture brilliantly, reaffirming his strong emotional bond with Poland. The author of “Polish Spirit” comments on his attitude to what Polishness is in one of his interviews: “The Polish spirit is … this rare extraordinary ability to express emotions, your contagious sentimentality you infect the rest of the world with.”

 

 

The Summer Jazz Festival in Piwnica pod Baranami was first organized in 1996 alongside the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the venue. Year after year, the Festival expanded both its repertoire and its scope by moving beyond the scene of Piwnica pod Baranami to concerts at the Philharmonic, the Cracow Opera, Radio Kraków, the Manggha Center, ICE Kraków, Kijów Centrum and every jazz club in Cracow, rounding up to almost 100 concerts every year.

Since the year 2000, Cracow has seen many sizable outdoor concerts and events, such as the New Orleans Sunday and the Jazz Night. In recent years, both the leading Polish jazz stars and many foreign stars (including Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, Jean Luc Ponty, Branford Marsalis, Joe Lovano, Maria Schneider, Richard Bona, Al Jarreau) have graced these events with their presence and artistry.

Tickets can be acquired at: ticketpro.pl, InfoKraków at Św. Jana Street 2 and the organizer’s office at Karmelicka Street 52/1, Cracow.
www.cracjazz.com/pl/program

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Delgres to Perform in Los Angeles

Delgres

French act Delgres is set to perform on Thursday, August 10, 2017 in Los Angeles. This concert is part of the Skirball Cultural Center’s summer concerts. Admission is free.

Named after slave rebellion hero Louis Delgrès, French band Delgres features Caribbean-Frechman Pascal Danaë on dobro and vocals, sousaphone player Rafgee, and drummer Baptiste Brondy. Desgres performs Caribbean roots music mixed with blues, inspired by Guadeloupe slaves who settled in New Orleans after fleeing from their French slave masters.

Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N. Sepúlveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90049. Phone: (310) 440-4500.

More info at: skirball.org

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