Música en Segura 2017 Program Announced

Música en Segura, a festival dedicated to classical music, Flamenco, jazz and singer-songwriters will take place May 24 to 28, 2017 in Segura de la Sierra (Jaén).
Rocío Bazán, Gabo Fernández, Albert Sanz, Mamie Matsuda, Riot Ensemble, Trio Rodin and Dudok Kwartet are some of the acts scheduled to perform this year.

The venues include historic sites, such as the 15th Century Old Church of the Jesuits, main headquarters of the festival; the Arab bathhouses and the small village of Morajelos, near the Cazorla Nature Park.

In collaboration with Olivar de Segura, the inaugural concert will take place on May 24 at the Orcera oil factory featuring Spanish flamenco vocalist Rocío Bazán and London contemporary music group Riot Ensemble.

The international cast of the festival will also include the Dudok String Quartet of Amsterdam, the Trio Rodin, Japanese soprano Mamie Matsuda, jazz pianist Albert Sanz and Argentine singer-songwriter Gabo Ferro, among others.

In addition to the music events, Música en Segura will also feature regional wine tastings and a musical instrument maker exhibition.

More at www.musicaensegura.com

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Voices of the Ancestors: Mbira Music of Zimbabwe at ‘A World In Trance’ Music Series

Chartwell Dutiro

Traditional mbira maestro is set to perform Friday, April 28, 2017 at 8:00 pm at Roulette in New York City. The concert is part of the A World in Trance music series.

This concert of trance-like mbira music will present acclaimed mbira viertuoso Chartwell Dutiro on mbira, lead vocal, and dance. He played at all-night ritual ceremonies (biras) in his native Zimbabwe from the age of four and is best known for his eight-year period with Zimbabwe’s celebrated Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited. He will be joined by his son Shorai Dutiro (mbira, vocal), Glenn West (mbira, vocal), Nora Balaban (mbira, vocal) and Bill Ruyle (hosho – gourds, tabla – tuned drums, percussion).

His most recent album is Pasichigare (2014).

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Celebrated Zimbabwean Band Mokoomba Reveals American Tour

Mokoomba – Photo by Roel Determeije

Zimrock band Mokoomba will be touring the United States during April and May 2017. The band will present its new album, Luyando. The new recording focuses on the acoustic side of the band from Niagara Falls.

The current lineup includes Mathias Muzaza (lead vocals), Ndaba Coster Moyo (drums, backing vocals), Trustworth Samende (lead guitar, backing vocals), Donald Moyo, (keyboards, backing vocals), Miti Mugande, (percussion & backing vocals) and Abundance Mutori (bass, backing vocals).

Mokoomba 2017 Tour Dates

April 28 – New Orleans, LA: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

April 29-30 – Lafayette, LA: Festival Internationale de Louisiane

May 5 – Baltimore, MD: Patterson Theater

May 6 – Washington, DC: Funk Parade

May 9-14 – Black Mountain NC: The LEAF Festival & residency

May 17 – Marlboro, NY: The Falcon

May 18 – Portsmouth, NH: The Music Hall

May 19 – Boston, MA: Villa Victoria Center f/t Arts

May 21 – Joshua Tree, CA: Joshua Tree Music Festival

May 24 – San Francisco, CA: Freight & Salvage

May 25 – Seattle, WA: The Royal Room

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Artist Profiles: Rodolfo Mederos

Rodolfo Mederos

Argentine bandoneon player, composer and arranger Rodolfo Mederos was born March 25, 1940 in Río de la Plata.

As a composer, Rodolfo Mederos covers a wide spectrum, from traditional tango to symphonic pieces for different instrumental groups. As a performer, he expresses deep-felt musicality. In the 1970s Mederos was one of the few tango musicians who collaborated with progressive rock musicians. Todo Hoy is an example of this kind of work.

Mederos is also a teacher and writer of both bandoneon-related matters as well as tango composition and orchestration.

He lived in Cuba and France and then returned to Argentina, where he founded the influential Generación Cero.

Rodolfo Mederos has collaborated with numerous Argentine artists as well as flamenco vocalists Miguel Poveda and Enrique Morente.

Discography

Buenos Aires…al Rojo! (Producciones Matus, 1966)

Fuera de Broma (Trova Discos, 1976)

De todas Maneras (Trova Discos, 1977)

Todo Hoy (Auris, 1978)

Buenas Noches Paula (Sony Music, 1983)

Verdades y Mentiras (Sony Music, 1984)

Reencuentros (Pentagrama, 1989)

Carlos Gardel por Rodolfo Mederos (Mexico: Pentagrama, 1992. Argentina: M&M, 1994)

Tanguazo (Pentagrama, 1993)

Mi Buenos aires Querido, with Daniel Barnboim (Teldec, 1995)

El dia que Maradona Conoció a Gardel (BMG, 1996)

El Tanguero (Teldec, 1998)

Eterno buenos Aires (Warner Music, 1999)

Las Veredas de Saturno (Acqua, 2000)

Tangos, con Nicolás “Colacho” Brizuela (Warner Music, 2000)

Piazzolla, with Orquesta Sinfónica Ciudad de Oviedo (Nuba Records, 2002)

Comunidad, part of Trilogía Comunidad-Intimidad-Soledad (DBN 51886, 2007)

Intimidad, part of Trilogía Comunidad-Intimidad-Soledad (DBN 51896, 2007)

Soledad, part of Trilogía Comunidad-Intimidad-Soledad (DBN 51916, 2008)

Del Amor, with Juan Gelman (DBN CD 52175, 2011)

Diálogos: De Buenos Aires a Granada, live album with Miguel Poveda (Universal Music Spain, 2013)

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Artist Profiles: Rita Eriksen

Rita Eriksen

Rita Eriksen is one of Norway’s best vocalists. In addition to her own career, she is frequently used by Norwegian musicians.

In 1996 she released the album Tideland with the well-known Irish singer Dolores Keane on the Kirkelig Kulturverksted record label. This was a CD that was very well received and showed that Rita Eriksen is also a master singing Norwegian traditional folk music. Rita is known for her ability to express different directions in her singing.

Rita Eriksen is half of the duo Eriksen, the other half being her brother Frank. Eriksen has released several albums, including Two Blue (MajorStudio MSCD 1113, 1992), The Water Is Wide (MajorStudio MSCD 1118, 1994) and Alt Vende Tebage (BMG Norge 743213281122, 1995) that established themselves amongst Norway’s best selling artists. The record sales in Norway concerning these three records has now passed 125,000.

Eriksen received the Spellemannsprisen (the top Norwegian music award) for Two Blue and was nominated for both The Water is Wide and Alt Vende Tebage. Eriksen is frequently played on Norwegian radio.

In 2001, Eriksen began to tour as guest vocalist with Vamp, one of Norway’s leading folk groups. She also collaborated with the Tramps in 2002.

In 2009 Eriksen released a Christmas album titled Velkommen inn.

Her album Øyeblikk (Moments) came out in 2014. Rita wrote most of the songs and lyrics herself.

Discography

* Two Blue (MajorStudio MSCD 1113, 1992)
* The Water Is Wide (MajorStudio MSCD 1118, 1994)
* Alt Vende Tebage (BMG Norge 743213281122, 1995)
* Tideland, with Dolores Keane (Kirkelig Kulturverksted, 1996)
* Blamandag (MajorStudio MSCD 1142, 1998)
* From the Fountain (Odeon/EMI, 2005)
* Hjerteslag (BigBox, 2008)
* De Aller Beste (Best of..)(Sony/BMG, 2009)
* Velkommen inn (BigBox, 2009)
* Øyeblikk (MayB Records, 2014)

Web Site www.ritaeriksen.no

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Artist Profiles: Ricardo Miño

Ricardo Miño

Ricardo Miño Alvarez was born in 1949 in Sevilla, Spain. He began his remarkable career at 10 in his native Triana, the most Gypsy of Sevilla’s neighborhoods. At twelve, Ricardo began his professional career by touring with Pepe Marchena and La Niña de los Peines in the now legendary tour Asi Canta Andalucia.

At thirteen, Ricardo became a student of acclaimed guitar maestro Niño Ricardo and soon after began to accompany legendary singers and guitarists such as Antonio Mairena, Pepe Pinto, El Fosforito and Paco de Lucia.

He has recorded for various labels in Spain, such as CBS, Hispavox, Columbia, Belter and Dial among others.

His international tours include performances in Japan, Morocco, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, England, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and the United States of America.

Ricardo Miño has recorded several collaborations with sitar player Gualberto, including Puente Mágico and Con Trastes.

His son Pedro Ricardo Miño is an acclaimed flamenco pianist.

Discography:

Flamenco Fury (1976)
Flamenco de Concierto (Claves, 1976)
Puente Mágico (Dial, 1983)
Jacaranda (Senador, 1992)
Puerta De Triana (Senador, 1998)
Con Trastes (Pasarela CDP5/724, 1998)

Bibliography

Ricardo Miño: 50 años caminando juntos by Ángel Vela Nieto, Published by Sevilla: Libros con duende, 2014. ISBN: 9788493988692.

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Artist Profiles: Anita Katakkar

Anita Katakkar

 

Anita Katakkar is a Canadian percussionist who specializes in tabla. Her ancestry is Indian and Scottish. She grew up listening to Indian music through her grandmother.

Anita studied tabla with Ritesh Das in Canada and later in India with Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. She spent 10 years as a member of the Toronto Tabla Ensemble.

In 2009 Anita formed Rakkatak in Toronto. It started as a solo project with Anita on her tabla, a laptop, and a sequencer to create a decidedly personal mix of classical Indian music and electronica. Rakkatak became a band with the addition of bassist Oriana Barbato and sitarist Rex Van der Spuy. Rakkatak’s style changed, concentrating on a less electronic form of Indian fusion.

 

Rakkatak

In addition to her Rakkatak work, Anita teaches tabla, collaborates with yoga instructors and frequently DJs for Yoga classes in Toronto-area studios. She created music to link breath to movement with her Yoga Trax project.

 

 

Discography:

Rakkatak (2010)
Open (2014)
Small Pieces (Rakkatak RA017, 2017)

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Artist Profiles: Reelroad

Reelroad in 2008

Reelroad plays traditional Russian music in an original post-folk style in concert halls and festivals throughout Europe and Russia.

In 2008 the band crossed the Atlantic to perform at world music festivals in Mexico and the United States. In early 2009 Reelroad celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Reelroad’s repertoire favors obscure folk songs from northern Russia and central Siberia, music driven underground for decades. Reelroad has two styles of performing Russian folk music. The first echoes the village with the sound of Russian instruments such as the gusli (zither), zhaleika (fife) and kaljuka.

Traditional vocals are prominent, due in part to Reelroad members Anastasia Karaseva and Aleksandrs Dmitrijevs, founders of the traditional village choir “Dubinushka.” Acoustic guitar, violin, flute and bagpipes round out the sound.

In the second style, developed for the large stage, Reelroad projects and amplifies the village sound with bass guitar and drums. All seven Reelroad members are musicians. Four serve as vocalists as well, singing in traditional Russian village vocal style.

Anastasia Karaseva plays the tin whistle, Spanish pandereta and Irish harp.

Alexey Belkin manages Reelroad and plays Galician and Scottish bagpipes, zhaleika (fife) and winged gusli (dulcimer).

Aleksandrs “Kep” Dmitrijevs plays acoustic guitar, banjo and harmonica.

Natalia Vysokikh is a professional violinist.

Alexey Skosyrev made the fretless bass guitar he plays, as well as Anastasia’s harp.

Svetlana Kondesyuk, a graduate of the Academy of Arts, plays the flute and Galician bagpipes.

Denis Nikiforov learned to play the drums in the army, studied at the Academy of Arts, and works at the famous Hermitage museum.

In addition to concert performances, Reelroad teaches Russian folk dances in clubs and dance schools. The band welcomes dancers of all skill levels and aims to dispel the belief Russian folk dances are boring or difficult.

Discography

Reelroad (2001)
Стрела – Arrow (2003)
Гуляю, гуляю – I Walk I Walk (2007)
Выйду за ворота – Past the gates (2014)
На море орёл (single) (2016)

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Artist Profiles: Ray Abshire

Ray Abshire

 

Ray Abshire plays traditional Cajun dance music, performing regularly at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the Festival International in Lafayette, where he lives. Currently, he leaves home only to play festivals and music camps. Born into a musical family – he is a cousin of Cajun great Nathan Abshire – Ray Abshire grew up during the South Louisiana “Dance Hall” era of the 1950s and 1960s and began playing professionally when he was 14.

He performed with all the well-known Cajun masters whose recordings form the foundation for students of Cajun music today; a highlight of his collaborations is the time he spent as accordion player with the legendary Balfa Brothers Band from 1969 to 1975.

Ray Abshire’s accordion style is traditional and he sings in the classic Cajun tenor high voice. Remaining true to the traditional sound he grew up with, Abshire draws from a large repertoire of songs rarely heard today, as featured on his CD, “For Old Times Sake” with fiddlers Courtney Granger and Kevin Wimmer on Swallow Records, released in 2003.

 

 

Discography

* For Old Times Sake (2004)

* Arrête Pas la Musique (Don’t Stop The Music) (Swallow Records, 2006)

* All night Long (Swallow Records, 2013)

* Cajun Accordion Kings (Valcour Records, 2017)

Web site: rayabshire.com

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Artist Profiles: Plena Libre

Plena Libre in 2009

Puerto Rican ensemble Plena Libre performs a unique mix of Afro-Puerto Rican plena, salsa, bomba, jazz and other Afro-Caribbean genres.

“Más Libre,”(Freer) was released in October 2000 on RykoLatino. Their eighth recording and third for RykoLatino, came a year after their critically acclaimed “Juntos y Revueltos”. Más Libre drew from an even wider sonic vocabulary – jazz, reggae, salsa, samba, songo, bomba, merengue, and cumbia.

Since their inception in 1994, Plena Libre, led by bassist, arranger, composer and producer Gary Núñez, has become a strong force on the musical scene of Puerto Rico.

Plena Libre was born out of plena jam sessions in which Gary Núñez participated. In those sessions Gary began to focus on this rhythm that had been brushed aside by the more popular salsa and merengue. He also decided to break this genre out of its folkloric mold. Since then, Plena Libre band has been expanding the borders of plena music.

“When I was 20 years old,” remembers Gary, “I met Noel Hernandez, who is now my compadre. He opened my eyes to my Puerto Rican heritage, got me into studying my history and my musical roots. I realized then that, as much as Puerto Rican musicians were known worldwide in many fields of music, the music that was truly traditional to Puerto Rico was hardly known. I wanted to change that, to devote myself to the music that is based on our African heritage, the plena and the bomba. Up to then they were relegated to holiday get-togethers and in danger of disappearing entirely. That’s how Plena Libre, or ‘free plena’ was born.”

Plena Libre has performed hundreds of shows in Puerto Rico, and has toured in the U.S., receiving extraordinary reviews for their performances and for their recordings that have generated over 15 hit songs and sold over 150,000 copies in Puerto Rico alone.

Plena Libre became the first group to hit the charts with a plena tune in almost 15 years with “El Party” from their first recording “Juntos y Revueltos” (1994) that was re-released by RykoLatino (RLCD 1005) for the international market .

In May of 1999 Plena Libre became the first plena group to perform at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum with their unique presentation “Puerto Rico Sabe a Plena”. A crowd of over 5,000 and the critics applauded Plena Libre’s performance that was later broadcast on commercial TV.

Plena Libre

Their list of accomplishments includes an award by the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico’s Legislature (1999), “Fundación Rafael Cepeda” (1997), and an award given by Loiza, the town known as the birth place of the bomba y plena, (1995).

Discography

Juntos y Revueltos I (1994)

Cógelo que Ahí Te Va (1995)

Plena Pa’Ti (1996)

De parranda (1997)

Plena Libre Mix (1998)

Plena Libre (1999)

Juntos y Revueltos II

Más Libre (RykoLatino, 2000)

Estamos Gozando! (Times Square, 2004)

Evolucion (Times Square, 2005)

Plena Al Salsero (Times Square, 2008)

Corazón (Gn Musica, 2012)

Web Site: www.plenalibre.com

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