Lautari’s Avant-Garde Folk Music

Lautari - Vol. 67 Live 2014
Lautari – Vol. 67 Live 2014

Lautari – Vol. 67 Live 2014 (Wodzirej, 2015)

Polish chamber ensemble Lautari recreates folk music traditions using contemporary music techniques. The album title Vol.67 refers to the significant ethnographic work of Oskar Kolberg. He wrote about Polish folk traditions, including song and dance.

While other artists combine folk music with rock, jazz and electronica, Lautari look at folk music under the prism of contemporary classical music, using avant-garde arrangements and adding freeform improvisation.

The lineup on Vol. 67 Live 2014 includes Maciej Filipczuk on fiddle; Jacek Hałas on prepared piano and accordion; and Michał Żak on clarinet, flute and shawm. Guests: Marcin Pospieszalski and Marcin Lamch on double bass.

Vol. 67 Live 2014 was recorded at Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Lodz, Poland. It comes packaged in hard cover book with extensive notes in Polish and English, vintage photos and illustrations.

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Manara’s Superbly-Crafted Sudanese Essence

Alsarah & The Nubatones – Manara (Wonderwheel Recordings, 2016)

Manara is the new album by an American world music band called Alsarah & The Nubatones. The group is led by Sudanese-American vocalist and songwriter Sarah Mohamed Abunama-Elgadi, better known professionally as Alsarah.

Alsarah & The Nubatones’ music is deeply influenced by Sudanese and Nubian music, featuring vocals in Arabic intertwined with irresistible North African percussion and the mesmerizing sound of the ‘ud.

Manara was sequenced to be listened to from the opening to the end, as it intertwines through various instrumental interludes and songs. Sudan is a musical crossroads of musical influences so you’ll hear a mix of influences that range from high-speed -paced percussion to slow cadence songs that connect with the desert blues that has become so popular in recent years. The group describes its sound as East African Retropop.

After ‘ud player Haig Manoukian passed away, Alsarah & The Nubatones recruited two new members, Brandon Terzic on ‘ud and Nahid on additional vocals.

The lineup on Manara includes Alsarah on vocals; Rami El Aasser on percussion and backing vocals; Mawuena Kodjovi on bass and trumpet; Brandon Terzic on ‘ud and ngoni; and Nahid Elgadi on backing vocals. Guests: Yusuke Yamamoto on keyboards; Marie Abe on accordion; and Marandi Hostetter on violin.



Manara is a finely-crafted album that captures the essence of modern Sudanese music.

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Rokia Traoré to Perform at Symphony Space

Rokia Traoré
Rokia Traoré


Acclaimed Malian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rokia Traoré is set to perform on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at Symphony Space in New York City.

Rokia Traoré mixes the sounds of Mali with desert blues, folk, and other musical traditions. On her 2016 album, Né So, Rokia invited John Parish (PJ Harvey, Eels), John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), and Devendra Banhart to help her communicate her deep sorrow at the state of chaos in her native Mali.


Rokia Traoré - "Né So" (Nonesuch Records, 2016)
Rokia Traoré – “Né So” (Nonesuch Records, 2016)


Rokia continues the strong modern legacy of female singer-songwriters from Mali such as Oumou Sangare and Fatomatou Diawara, and takes the desert blues and folk traditions of her homeland to new realms,” says World Music Institute artistic director Par Neiburger, “Rokia’s style is distinct, and her vocals and musicianship make her a singular artist who appeals to even those not familiar with or previously exposed to African music.”



Sunday, October 30, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
Tickets: $35 / $45 / $55


Elza Soares Announces European Tour in November 2016

Elza Soares
Elza Soares

Iconic Brazilian vocalist Elza Soares will be touring Europe in November 2016. Her most recent album is the critically acclaimed The Woman at the End of the World.

Tour Dates:

10/11 Berlin, Germany at Huxleys
12/11 Utrecht, Netherlands at Le Guess Who
13/11 London, UK at London Jazz Festiva, Barbican
24/11 Porto, Portugal at Casa Da Música
26/11 Lisbon, Portugal at Vodafone Mexefest


Joe Bonamassa Live at the Greek Theatre

Joe Bonamassa - Joe Bonamassa Live at the Greek Theatre
Joe Bonamassa – Joe Bonamassa Live at the Greek Theatre


Joe Bonamassa – Joe Bonamassa Live at the Greek Theatre (J & R Adventures, 2016)

Badass rocker and blues man Joe Bonamassa is back. This time the Grammy-nominated guitarist has hit the sound streets with the double live album Joe Bonamassa Live at the Greek Theatre out on the J & R Adventures label. If you are looking to get a peek of the action there is also the CD/DVD/Blu-ray available. With 22 fiery, kickass, rabble rousing, rocking blues numbers, Joe Bonamassa Live at the Greek Theatre is staggering roundhouse antidote to any blues deficiency fans might be suffering from amidst this silly election season.

So if you’re Joe Bonamassa and you’ve opened for the revered B.B. King at the age of twelve; have more than a dozen records to your name including Blues of Desperation (2016), Joe Bonamassa Live from the Royal Albert Hall (2009), Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks (2015) and Different Shades of Blue (2014); play with groups like Black Country Communion and Rock Candy Funk Party and earned a Grammy nomination and won a Blues Music Award what do you do? Well, you pay it forward by paying homage backwards to those of your roots. And that’s where Live at the Greek Theatre comes in.

Paying homage to the music of Albert King, B.B. King and Freddie King by way of the 2015 Three Kings tour that resulted in the concert at the Greek Theatre, Mr. Bonamassa pulls out all the stops to these three revered blues masters with a bevy of beauties like “See See Baby,” “Going Down,” “I’ll Play the Blues for You,” “Hummingbird” and “The Thrill Is Gone.”

Backed by a seriously group of badass musicians and singers that include drummer Anton Fig, rhythm guitarist Kirk Fletcher, bassist Michael Rhodes, pianist and Hammond organist Reese Wynans, trumpeter Lee Thornburg, tenor and baritone saxophonist Paulie Cerra, tenor saxophonist Ron Dziubla, trombonist Nick Lane and backing singers Mahalia Barnes, Jade MacRae, and Juanita Tippins with Mr. Bonamassa’s signature guitar playing and vocals up front Live at the Greek Theatre is just a whole bunch of goodness that goes down smooth and sweet.

Digging into the musical wealth of the Three Kings of Blues Guitar with the musical legacies of Albert King (“Born Under a Bad Sign” and “I’ll Play the Blues for You”), B.B. King (“Let the Good Times Roll” and “The Thrill is Gone”) and Freddie King (“Have You Ever Loved a Woman” and “Hide Away”) might seem like a daunting task on the surface, but Mr. Bonamassa and company pull it off with polish and pure class with tracks like “Some Other Day, Some Other Time,” “Lonesome Whistle Blues,” “You’ve Got to Love Her With a Feeling” and “Cadillac Assembly Line.” And, that’s just the first disc.



Disc two has got the goods with “Oh, Pretty Woman,” “Let the Good Times Roll,” “Nobody Loves Me But My Mother,” “Born Under a Bad Sign” and “Riding with the Kings.”



All listeners need to do is let Live at the Greek Theatre show you the way – where paying homage never sounded so good.

Buy the Joe Bonamassa Live at the Greek Theatre 2-CD set or 4-LP set in the Americas

Buy the Joe Bonamassa Live at the Greek Theatre Blu-Ray or DVD set.

Buy Joe Bonamassa Live at the Greek Theatre in Europe


L&T: Brad Mehldau

Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau - Nearness
Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau – Nearness

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. 

Vocal music has surpassed instrumental music in popularity despite the advent of electronica music and its subgenres. It’s a sign of deep cultural change, as the change in importance from the cantanta to that of the sonata with the advent of classical music also was.

Brad Mehldau records instrumental music that could be more popular as vocal music: romantic songs, blues, ballads, and even an album named Ode (as in the genre of poetry.) He seems to feel a particular conviction about instrumental music.

He has just released an album with Joshua Redman, Nearness. Featuring songs with titles such as “The Nearness of You,” but also “Old West,” the album seems to explore a theme beyond the grasp of its listener. Redman’s playing and sharp and sober and so is Mehldau’s for all 6 rhythmic and romantic compositions. Like for classical music, the birth of instrumental music’s hegemony, this sort of music is made to be appreciated and deciphered and even patroned as Jazz often is in present day.

Buy Nearness


KCRW 89.9 FM & Afro Funke’ to Present “Africa Rising” in Los Angeles


Radio station KCRW 89.9 FM and Afro Funke’ will present the African world music showcase “Africa Rising” Saturday, October 15, 2016 at The Ford Theatres in Los Angeles.

Ghanaian-born Rocky Dawuni will present his Afro Roots combination of reggae, Afrobeat, highlife and soul, along with special guests. Dawuni’s most recent album is “Branches of the Same Tree.”

WONDEM, an Ethiopian influenced music ensemble led by Los Angeles native Dexter Story will be joined by Congolese-Belgian vocalist Marie Daulne of Afropop group Zap Mama.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 7pm
Ford Theatres
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Hollywood, CA 90068
(just off the 101, between Hollywood and Universal Studios in the Cahuenga Pass)


Indian Maestros Zakir Hussain and Niladri Kumar at Duke Performances October 8

Zakir Hussain
Zakir Hussain

Indian classical music masters Zakir Hussain and Niladri Kumar are set to perform at Duke University’s Page Auditorium on Saturday, October 8th.

Zakir Hussain is one of the great maestros of the Indian tabla. He’s an acclaimed performer of indian classical music and world music fusion as well. He will play with prestigious sitar player Niladri Kumar, an eclectic musician who performs classical Indian music as well as pop, rock, and electronic music.

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Six Latin Music Acts at Fall Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance 2016

Mariachi Flor de Toloache
Mariachi Flor de Toloache

Six Latin music acts are scheduled to perform at the Fall Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance. The festival takes place on Thursday, October 6 to Sunday, October 9.

This fall we’re excited to have so many Latin bands,” says Sara Waters, Festival Co-Coordinator. “Many of them are our great friends we’ve met through the Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival in Miami. We have also invited Texas conjunto band, Los Texmaniacs, to bring some music from the Texas/Mexico border that we don’t get much in North Carolina and a female mariachi band called Mariachi Flor de Toloache, which I’m particularly excited about!

The Latin bands include Los Texmaniacs, Mariachi Flor de Toloache, Electric Piquete, Cortadito, and Elastic Bond. The festival will also feature a variety of roots music from over 40 bands and performers, a variety of food vendors, dance and music workshops, and a healing area designed to give festivalgoers the treatment their bodies deserve.

Festival tickets are on sale now and available by phone (919- 542-8142) and at

Shakori Hills is located at: 1439 Henderson Tanyard Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312.


Mundial Montreal Announces 2016 Program

Mundial Montreal world music market, a showcase and conference held in Montreal, revealed the Mundial Montreal “Music Without Borders” 2016 program.

The festival will open with the folk-inspired, contemporary sounds of the South Korean band Coreyah. Other international artists include Trad.Attack!, 9Bach, Frigg, and Ellika, Solo & Rafael.

The Aboriginal Sounds Series will showcase Canadian acts IsKwé, Nick Sherman, Logan Staats, The Jerry Cans, and Moe Clark.

Official Showcase Selection – List of artists

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

April Verch Band
Pembroke, Ontario, Canada

Seoul, Korea

David Greely
Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, USA

Helsinki, Finland

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

La Yegros
Montpellier, France

Las Cafeteras
Los Angeles, California, USA

Lenka Lichtenberg & Fray
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Logan Staats
Brantford Six Nations, Ontario, Canada

Miguel de Armas Quarter
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Moe Clark
Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Moody Amiri
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Nick Sherman
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Paulo Ramos
Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Poirier Migration Soundsystem
Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Proyecto Iré
Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Sonido Pesao
Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Stella Gonis
Fort de France, Martinique

The Jerry Cans
Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada

Tallinn, Estonia

Villalobos Brothers
New York, USA

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Opening Night presented by KAMS 15 Nov – 9:00 p.m. – Cabaret Lion d’Or

Wednesday Night Music Without Borders Showcase 16 Nov – 8:30 p.m. – Café/Petit Campus

Thursday Back And Forth Night 17 Nov – 8:00 p.m. – Divan Orange/Club Balattou

Niyaz – The Fourth Light Project 18 Nov – 8:00 p.m. – Theatre Outremont

La Yegros/Las Cafeteras presented by Nuits d’Afrique 18 Nov – 9 p.m. – Le National

Poirier Migration Sound System 18 Nov – 10:00 p.m. – Club Soda

Free Afternoon Showcases
16 Nov – 3:30 p.m. – Café/Petit Campus
17 Nov – 3:30 p.m. – Divan Orange
18 Nov – 2:30 p.m. – St. John the Evangelist (Red Roof)

After party Sonora Mundial! – 19 Nov – 9:00 p.m. – Groove Nation


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