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Second Flamenco Eñe Showcase Announces Artists Selected

Santiago Lara and Mercedes Ruiz perform Flamenco Tribute to Pat Metheny at the 1st Flamenco Show for International Programmers. Photo by Jesús Domínguez

The SGAE Foundation announced the artists selected to participate in the 2nd Flamenco EÑE Show for International Flamenco Programmers. The event will take place May 18 to 20, 2017 in Malaga, southern Spain.

The initiative, organized by the SGAE Foundation, with the collaboration of the Malaga Picasso Museum and the Andalusian Institute of Flamenco – Andalusian Regional Ministry of Culture, aims to internationalize flamenco.

The artists selected include Angelita Montoya, who will present Versos Perdidos (Forgotten Verses); guitarist Daniel Casares, who will pay homage to the painter Pablo Ruiz Picasso (who was born in Malaga) through his show Picassares; cantaor (singer) David Palomar will present Denominación de origen (Denomination of origin); the latest from brothers David de Jacoba and Carlos de Jacoba; Veteran performer Diego Carrasco will review his 50-year career; Guadiana, who will deliver the show Raíces de mi tierra (Roots of my land); the Jairo León Quartet; José Carlos Gómez, with his new album, Origen; Mixto Lobo, who will present Plugged Flamenco; Naike and Paquete, who will showcase Diez canciones Con nombre de mujer (ten songs with a woman’s name); Raúl Rodríguez, who will perform his latest project, La Raíz Eléctrica; and Rycardo Moreno, with the special collaboration of Sandra Carrasco in the project A Galeano.

Over the course of four days, the participating flamenco artists and groups will perform concerts in showcase format to the attending public, which will include different directors and programmers from European festivals interested in current Spanish flamenco. There will also be networking meetings.

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Nights at the Botanical Gardens in Madrid Reveals 2017 International Lineup

Noches Del Botánico (Nights at the Botanical), Madrid’s increasingly popular summer venue, has announced the impressive lineup for the 2017 edition. The series will run from June 22 to July 29 at the Alfonso XIII Royal Botanical Garden in Madrid’s Complutense University.

The lineup includes world music, jazz, progressive rock, classical music, rock and much more. Highlights include Salif Keita, Tony Bennett, Steve Hackett, Rubén Blades, Buika + Chucho Valdés, Roger Hodgson and UB40.

Current Program (more artists to be announced):

Tony Bennett (June 22)

Il Volo (June 24)

Gipsy Kings – Chico Castillo, Mario Reyes & André Reyes (June 28)

Steve Hackett (June 30)

Buika + Chucho Valdés (1st of July)

Devendra Banhart (July 2)

Anastacia (July 4)

Pablo Milanés (7 of July)

Rototom – Alpha Blondy + Isseo & Dodosound (July 9)

Rosendo (July 10)

Roger Hodgson Of Supertramp (July 11)

John Pizzarelli + Eliane Elias (July 12)

Salif Keïta (13 July)

Madeleine Peyroux (July 14)

Film Symphony Orchestra (July 15)

Rubén Blades (July 17)

Franco Battiato (July 18)

Bryan Ferry (July 19)

Djavan (July 20th)

Orishas (July 21)

Giorgio Moroder (July 22)

UB40 (July 23)

Jamie Cullum (July 26)

Beth Hart (July 27)

La Land In Concert (July 29)

More information at: http://nochesdelbotanico.com

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Orkesta Mendoza to Perform in UK in 2017

Orkesta Mendoza

American band Orkesta Mendoza will be touring the UK in the next weeks. The band is led by multi-faceted artist Sergio Mendoza, who is also a member and co-producer of acclaimed Southwestern music band Calexico, and an arranger and founding member of Mexrrissey.

Orkesta Mendoza plays borderless music that includes the entire Americas (North, Central, South), embracing mambo and cumbia with same interest as psychedelic pop, twang rock and analog electronics.

The band will present its new album ‘¡Vamos A Guarachar!’ (Glitterbeat Records), released at the end of 2016.

UK Tour (La Linea):

Friday, 21 April – Rich Mix, London
Saturday, 22 April – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
Sunday, 23 April – Band On The Wall, Manchester
Monday, 24 April – Sage Two, Gateshead
Tuesday, 25 April – Komedia, Brighton
Wednesday, 26 April – Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge

UK Festival Performances:
Friday, 28 July – WOMAD Charlton Park, Wiltshire
Saturday, 29 July – Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle, Dorset

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Ive Mendes, First of the World Music Stars Set to Perform in Krakow at the 22nd Summer Jazz Festival at Piwnica pod Baranami

Brazilian vocalist Ive Mendes will perform at ICE Kraków with her band and string quartet on June 25, 2017. Mendes combines elements of smooth jazz and Brazilian bossa nova, resulting in an example of really great music. The critics praise Ive’s voice, whose color and warmth lend expression and romanticism to her music. We expect that during the Summer Festival we will hear all the songs from her new album, Bossa Romantica, which actually appeared first in Poland.

Bossa Romantica was recorded by Kevin Armstrong, known for his collaborations with, among others, David Bowie and Iggy Pop. One of the singles from this album, the song ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New’, was mixed by Miles Walker, the legendary winner of several Grammys, in his studio in Atlanta.

The world music accent in the work of Ive Mendes has its source in the singer’s origins. Ive was born in Ceres, Brazil, in a farming family with mixed roots: Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Brazilian. She also mentions her Indian heritage.

The music of Ive Mendes is perfect for a warm evening with a glass of wine or a great late dinner—the point being that it complements the sensual pleasures of life. The sensuality, depth, and moodiness of her voice will lead our thoughts along the paths of Spanish vineyards. We’ll hear the sounds of samba, jazz, soul, and chillout, guaranteed to awaken sensual passion and bring out life’s most delicious flavors.

Ive has the ability to move freely between bossa nova and modern influences, smooth jazz and pop, and her originality ensures that she is appreciated by listeners in the Asian and European markets, where she is known as the “Brazilian queen of smooth jazz.” Ive Mendes is one of very few Brazilian singers representing this cosmopolitan and open attitude to music. Her worldwide success is sustained by renowned, highly esteemed, intimate live performances, during which we are guaranteed to discover her charm, charisma, and hypnotic voice.

Ticket sales locations: eventim.pl, ticketpro.pl, biletywkrakowie, Punkt InfoKraków, ul. Św. Jana 2, and the organizers’ office at ul. Karmelicka 52/1, Kraków.

More information at: www.cracjazz.com

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Vieux Farka Toure to Perform at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts

Vieux Farka Toure

Malian guitar maestro Vieux Farka Toure is set to perform on Friday, April 7, 8:00 pm at the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts in Boston. He will be presenting his new album titled Samba.

Vieux Farka Touré performs Malian blues in the rich Songhai tradition of his late father, celebrated guitarist Ali Farka Touré.

Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
85 W. Newton St., Boston, MA 02118
$28 General Admission, 18+
Tickets: https://tickets.worldmusic.org/TheatreManager/1/online?performance=1692

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Flamenco Singer Argentina Brought by the Wind

Argentina

Flamenco rising star Argentina is set to perform her new show, The Winds That Bring Me Here, on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 at Teatro Central in Seville, Spain.

In past years, Argentina has demonstrated that she is one of the finest new flamenco vocalists. Her discography includes her self-titled solo album Argentina, Las minas de Egipto, Un viaje por el cante, and Sinergia.

The concert lineup includes Argentina on vocals; José Quevedo Bolita and Eugenio Iglesias on guitars; and Torombo and Los Mellis on palmas (handclap percussion) and jaleos (shouts of encouragement).

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Niche-Focused Festival Boomtown Announces Ambitious 2017 Jazz and World Music Program

Boomtown will be showcasing some of the finest jazz and world music crossover acts from the UK. The festival takes place August 10th – 13th, 2017 at Matterley Estate – Winchester. Boomtown offers festivalgoers a fully immersive, theatrically-led experience with hundreds of actors who bring the nine uniquely themed musical districts to life.

The Windmill stage, which is part of the Whistlers Green district, will feature on Thursday one of the most prominent British DJ’s, BBC6 Music’s Gilles Peterson. He will showcase his extensive record collection in a set with selections varying from jazz to world music, afrobeat and beyond.

Remarkable loop pedal act Dub FX will be taking live improvisation to new strengths with a beatboxing, horn layering, vocal enhancing journey to entertain the eyes and ears.

Groundbreaking dub poet, writer, social commentator and music maker Benjamin Zephaniah will be serving a unique blend of truth music along with his Revolutionary Minds band.

Portico Quartet, who have released albums on Real World Records and Ninja Tune, return with their own variety of atmospheric music and experimental sounds as a four string ensemble.

Manchester group GoGo Penguin interconnects minimalist jazz piano riffs with breakbeat basslines.

Soweto Kinch’s carefully arranged horns bridge the gap between jazz and hip hop while The Comet Is Coming incorporate psychedelic rock with infectious jazz riffs and electronica.

All female septet Nérija draws influence from South Africa, West Africa, the Caribbean and UK resulting in a sound that reflects the rich cultural backgrounds on London jazz.

Brazilian Nomad Orchestra brings ten of the country’s most daring musicians to share their aspect of Ethio-groove, afrobeat with hip hop infused dub undertones.

Cuban/Iranian quartet Ariwo create a soundscape of hypnotic polyrhythms crisscrossed with live instrumentation capturing traditional Tehran/Cuban sounds in modern jazz.

Jesse Royal’s authentic sounds of Jamaican folk represent the many strands of reggae revival artists through the festival.

Other stages in the Whistlers Green area include Floating Lotus and Sandcastle Stage. Floating Lotus represents the up and coming talent in R&B, soul and funk. This intimate venue gives artists a space to be known. Artist scheduled include Cardiff harmonisers, Baby Queens; acoustic Bristol trip hop triad Elder Island; and the smooth vocals of Anjelo Disons.

More information and tickets at www.boomtownfair.co.uk.

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Cracovia Music Agency Announces the Stars of 22nd Summer Jazz Festiwal at Piwnicy Pod Baranami

Branford Marsalis and Kurt Elling – Photo by Palma Kolansky

 

On July 11, 2017, the Branford Marsalis Quartet with Kurt Elling will be appearing at Opera Krakowska [the Krakow Opera].

Branford Marsalis has already appeared many times at the Summer Festival in Krakow. The program announced this week by the Cracovia Music Agency combines the famous saxophonist’s quartet with one of the best jazz vocalists on the global music scene today: Kurt Elling. In Krakow, we’re preparing ourselves for revelations, along with top-shelf entertainment.

The Branford Marsalis Quartet consists of experienced musicians with strong personalities, all of whom enjoy undisputed status on the jazz scene, with each adding a distinctive color to the music. Joey Calderazzo, Eric Revis, and Justin Faulkner will grace the Krakow Opera stage.

The appearance of these musicians with Kurt Elling will surely be based on experience drawn from their collaborative disc Upward Spiral, released by Okeh Records in June 2016. Accordingly, we can anticipate full concord on the stage, inspiring musical dialogs, and beautiful free improvisation. On stage, Kurt Elling is not simply one additional voice, but a new space for sounds and phrases which will expand our thinking about and experience of jazz.

 

Branford Marsalis Quartet with Kurt Elling – Upward Spiral

 

On his website, Branford Marsalis reveals his concept of jazz, also expressed on Upward Spiral, writing: “My philosophy of jazz is that it should be about strong melodies and a great beat, and every song here has a melody that you can hold in your mind, that you can sing. This is not jazz as a personal think tank, where people are only concerned with impressing everyone already inside of the tank with deconstruction and reharmonization. This is the kind of music that should expand our base to include people who would like jazz if it were friendlier.

The concert will take place as part of the 22nd Summer Jazz Festival at Piwnica pod Baranami [Cellar under the Rams]. The Festival was organized for the first time in 1996, and thus is already more than twenty years old. Since 2000, the Festival has been held outdoors so as to reach many more jazz lovers. We invite you to New Orleans Sunday and Noc Jazzu [Night of Jazz], both outdoor events.

The Summer Jazz Festival in Krakow will host the cream of Polish popular music as well as many stars from abroad (including Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, Jean-Luc Ponty, Branford Marsalis, Joe Lovano, Maria Schneider, Richard Bona, Candy Dulfer, Greg Osby, and Nigel Kennedy).

For tickets, please visit:
ticketpro.pl
biletywkrakowie.pl
Organizers’ office: Cracovia Music Agency, ul. Karmelicka 52/1, Krakow

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Sarod Virtuoso Alam Khan to Perform in New York

Alam Khan

Sarod master Alam Khan is set to perform on Friday, April 7, 2017, 8:00 p.m. in Manhattan, New York. Alam Khan will celebrate his father, the acclaimed sarod player and teacher Ali Akbar Khan, on what would have been his 95th Birthday. Om Gam Ensemble will be the opening act.
Alam Khan will be joined by Nitin Mitta on tabla. Alam has toured internationally and established himself as Ali Akbar Khan’s genuine heir and the face of a new cohort of sarod players.

Alam Khan is the torch bearer of a very distinguished and important Indian music tradition,” says WMI Artistic Director Par Neiburger. “His father and teacher Ali Akbar Khan was widely regarded as one of the most important and influential Indian musicians of all time. His work popularized the music of India in the West, and the Ali Akbar College—which Alam is now the head teacher of—has had countless students spreading this important tradition around the world.”

Masters of Indian Music
Friday, April 7, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street, Manhattan
Tickets: $25-$35
www.worldmusicinstitute.org

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The Second Edition of ‘Flamenco Eñe’ Showcase to Take Place in Malaga

Ultra High Flamenco, one the acts that showcased at Flamenco Eñe in 2016

The Flamenco Eñe Showcase will take place May 18 through May 21 at the Picasso Museum in Malaga. This showcase, presented by The SGAE Foundation, in collaboration with the Picasso Museum of Malaga and the Regional Ministry of Culture of Andalusia, through the Andalusian Institute of Flamenco, was launched in 2016. Flamenco Eñe has the mission of promoting flamenco internationally.

During four days in May, the selected flamenco artists will present showcases. In addition, meetings will be organized between festival directors, European flamenco programmers and managers of flamenco acts to encourage new forms of collaboration and exchange of experiences among professionals from Spain and the rest of Europe.

In 2016, the musicians selected for Flamenco Eñe were: José Antonio Rodríguez, Babel, Ultra High Flamenco (+ Rosario Toledo), Pedro el Granaíno, Alfonso Aroca Quinteto, Josemi Carmona & Javier Colina, Esperanza Fernández, Dos Cabezas … Pa un Sombrero Dorantes / Pele), Antonio Reyes, Flamencas, Rafael Riqueni and Manuel Valencia.

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