The Nest Collective Announces the 2019 Season of Campfire Club

The Nest Collective’s Campfire Club

British cross-cultural folk music presenter The Nest Collective has announce the 2019 season of its Campfire Club.  For over 5 years, Campfire Club has been the way for Londoners to gather in beautiful green spaces and listen to great music from artists across the globe. Every week, from May to September, musicians and the audience come together in the simple way that people have done for thousands of years, around the fire with food, drink, music and each other. The performances are unamplified, allowing the audience to get up close and personal and hear the artists’ music in a very intimate way.

This year, Campfire Club is taking place at outdoor spaces in Islington, Peckham, Bermondsey, Bow and Stockwell, with a wide range of artists including Seckou Keita, Alasdair Roberts, Martin Carthy, Marry Waterson & Emily Barker, Samaia and many more.

New this year, The Nest Collective is expanding itsr Campfire Club program in 2019 to include family-focused events and campfire singarounds. Family Campfire Clubs will be taking place from 3pm-6pm on July 27th, August 10th, September 7th, and September 21st September at Culpeper Community Gardens in Islington.

The Nest Collective was founded by folk singer Sam Lee, a leading curator in developing contemporary and cross-cultural folk music in the UK.

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That’s Not Tango – Astor Piazzolla, A Life in Music to Debut at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Left ro right: Brandt Frederiksen, JP Jofre, Lesley Karsten, Nick Danielson – Photo by Mihyun Kang

That’s Not Tango – Astor Piazzolla, A Life In Music is a project imagined by Lesley Karsten and written by Karsten and Stephen Wadsworth. The show will be presented at The Appel Room in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall on July 30 and 31 at 8:00 p.m. (Previous versions of the show have been performed at Joe’s Pub and SubCulture in New York City, as well as in New Orleans, Louisiana and Fort Myers, Florida.)

“The premise is simple,” says Karsten, who gives voice to the great Argentine bandoneon player and composer Astor Piazzolla on stage. “He’s dead, hates it and returns because he has unfinished business – with himself. He has regrets, struggles with isolation, memories of love lost. He gave what he had to give – and the music is astonishing – but he needs to set the record straight. There’s a price to be paid for immortality.”

Staged by Broadway director and co-writer Stephen Wadsworth, That’s Not Tango (the title mocks an old, familiar complaint among tango aficionados about this music) features Karsten and a quartet comprising JP Jofre on bandoneon (button accordion), Piazzolla’s instrument; Nick Danielson on violin; Brandt Fredriksen on piano and music director; and Pablo Aslan on bass.

That’s Not Tango is both drama and chamber concert. “With That’s Not Tango, first and foremost I want the audience to be moved. I want them to have an experience,” says Karsten. “As for Astor, he’s clearly a genius. His music affects people quite profoundly. But as a human being he was flawed – and we’re still accountable for our choices no matter what kind of genius we may possess.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 8pm & Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 8pm
The Appel Room
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall
Broadway at 60th Street
New York, NY 10023
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Artist Profiles: Oumar Konate

Oumar Konate

Virtuoso guitarist and singer-songwriter Oumar Konate was born in Gao, northern Mali. At six, Oumar was leading his first band in the street in front of the family home.

While a student at the National School of Arts (l’Institut National des Arts) in Bamako, Mali’s capital, Oumar recorded his first album Lahidou (The Promise) in 2007. He has since collaborated with many great artists in Malian music; including Vieux Farka Toure, Sidi Toure, Khaira Arby and others.

Oumar was a guest guitarist on Sidi Toure’s 2011 album Sahel Folk. He regularly tours as backing guitarist to Vieux Farka Toure. He leads the house band on the popular monthly television variety show Tounkagouna on Malian National TV ORTM.

In June 2011, Oumar was invited to perform at the Mali Festival in Sweden. He toured the USA with singer Khaira Arby in the spring of 2012 and returned again with his own band in July of that year to perform at Lincoln Center Out of Doors and at the Grassroots Festival near Ithaca, New York.

In January 2012, he appeared at the Festival au Desert, Essakane in Timbuktu, Mali.

“Addoh” (Clermont Music) was Oumar Konaté’s international debut album, released in 2014.

In 2016 he was awarded the Tamani d’Or, the Malian music industry’s leading music award.

“Maya Maya” was released while Mali was in turmoil.

“Live in America” (2017) contains fiery Afro-rock by Oumar Konaté with his power trio on its 2014 tour. The band included Makan Camara and Cheick Siriman Sissoko.

In 2019 Oumar Konate released “I Love You Inna,” recorded in Bamako during the Spring of 2018.


Lahidou – The Promise (2007)
Addoh ‎(Clermont Music, 2014)
Maya Maya (Clermont Music, 2016)
Live in America (Clermont Music, 2017)
Oumar Konaté Live In Bamako ‎(Clermont Music, 2018)
I Love You Inna (Clermont Music, 2019)


A Brilliant Set of Modern Malian Music

Oumar Konate – I Love You Inna

Oumar Konate – I Love You Inna (Clermont Music, 2019)

Oumar Konate, one of the most talented Malian musicians of his generation, has released his fifth album, I Love You Inn. Oumar has appeared on numerous albums in recent years, showcasing his talent as a formidable guitarist. You’ll still find plenty of admirable guitar on I Love You Inna, but there is also his vocalist and songwriter aspect, which is equally gifted.

I Love You Inna contains a mix of delightful love songs and dazzling, finely-crafted contemporray Malian music rooted in tradition.

The lineup includes Oumar Konate on guitars and lead vocals; Dramane Touré on bass; Makan Camara on drums and percussion; Fallou Mbaye on Wolof sabar; Assabe Dramé on kamele ngoni; Adama Sidibé on violin; Alhouseini Yattara on calabass; Moussa Yatara on calabass; Hama Sankaré on calabass; and Yoro Cissé on monochord.

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Artist Profiles: Kaveh Sarvarian

Kaveh Sarvarian

Musician and composer Kaveh Sarvarian was born in Tehran, Iran in 1976. He has a Master of Composition, University of Art of Tehran.

Throughout his long career, he has performed in different countries. In Iran he was a member of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra (transverse flute), Rastak Ensemble (folk wind instruments), Naima Persian Jazz Fusion (flute, ney, tombak).

He was a professor at the University of Art of Tehran, in the Department of Music and Composition. Kaveh moved to Madrid, Spain around 2010. He presently directs the Parsinava ensemble where he delves into jazz sonorities within traditional Persian music.

Kaveh co-directs Kereshmeh, along with dancer Patricia Álvarez. It is a groundbreaking project based on the compositions of his album titled Kereshmeh, where they explore folk languages incorporated into a contemporary scenic concept.

In addition to Parsinava ensemble and Kereshmeh, Kaveh also participates in various other music ensembles and projects: Darawish (Arabic-Mediterranean fusion music), The Silk Road, Capella de Ministrers and Carles Magraner, Eduardo Paniagua.

He also is the author of three instructive books, “The Comprehensive Method of Ney “, ” Persian Music Ornamentation for Ney” , and” Tombak Method “.

Kaveh lives in Madrid, Spain where he gives online Persian music lessons on Skype and works on his musical projects.

His recordings include Parisan (Quartets for Ney), Persian Rug (Flute duo and piano), Avareh (Jazz fusion), Ofogh, Sonido del oriente (Persian music on a trip to Spain) and Kereshmeh (new perspective of Persian music).


Persian Rug, with Hamzeh Yeganeh (2014)
Parisan (2014)
Avareh, with Hamzeh Yeganeh (2014)
Moonlight Sky (2014)
Ofogh (2014)
Sonido del oriente (2015)
Kereshmeh – Nueva perspectiva de música persa (2019)


The Greening of the Rainforest World Music Festival 2019

Rainforest World Music Festival 2009 – Photo by Angel Romero

The Rainforest World Music Festival 2019 intends to further enhance its environmental sustainability, contributing not only to the safeguarding of culture and art but also nature and the environment at the festival grounds. The Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) will take place July 12-14, 2019 at the Sarawak Cultural Village.

Sarawak Cultural Village – – Photo by Angel Romero

In a determined effort to make the festival even more eco-friendly, Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) has been working with various companies and organizations, start-ups and social enterprises to tackle waste and reduce the carbon footprint on the environment in alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Some of the combined efforts include the recently announced #Urbins project as well as the annual tradition of tree planting.

This year, STB will be working with Cuckoo International who will install 20 water stations throughout the Sarawak Cultural Village. The water stations will provide free, clean drinking water. STB recommends festival-goers to bring their own reusable water bottles. RWMF will not be selling bottled water in the RWMF venue to reduce the single-use plastic waste. This will be considered possibly the biggest effect this year at RWMF, as it will greatly reduce the amount of single-use plastic collected at the festival. Festival-goers can purchase limited edition collapsible cups at designated stands, but are still advised to bring their own bottles.

Additionally, the RWMF is cooperating closely with food and drinks vendors to select biodegradable tableware and avoid disposable plates or cutlery made from Styrofoam. STB is working with Canard Media Sdn Bhd to implement a biodegradable solution to waste generation at the Food Mart.

Urbins presentation – Angelina Bateman (Director of Events and Corporate Relations STB), Seph Haini, founder of Spativate; Sharzede Salleh Askor (CEO, Sarawak Tourism Board).

Trienekens will return to RWMF as an indispensable sponsor, providing the festival with bins and bin liners, providing creative signage and posters to help festivalgoers separate out their waste accordingly between recyclables and food waste. Trienekens will also handle the treatment of recyclables and supplies provisions of recycling facilities on-site.

This will be the third year STB will employ the social enterprise Biji-Biji Initiative in the important task of synchronizing waste management across multiple waste stations, enlisting the help of local university students & mobilizing volunteers to carry on this task. The resulting collection of non-biodegradable recyclable materials will be sent to be recycled, while the food waste is used by Worming Up, a local initiative that converts food waste into bio-protein for fertilizer and animal feed for local farmers. The volunteers spread messages on topics related to recycling and food waste composting, raising public awareness among festival-goers.

Another initiative is “Green Warriors” where volunteers will help to leave the festival site exactly how it was before the festival. Here, festival-goers and volunteers work together clear up the festival site.

As it has been implemented in the past few years, shuttle buses will ferry festivalgoers from the city of Kuching and from a nearby location to the festival grounds to alleviate carbon emissions as well as prevent congestion at the site. Other recycling efforts include transforming STB promotional banners from previous years into tote bags to be used as gifts and souvenirs of the festival.

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Marvelous Persian Flute Fusion Works

Kaveh Sarvarian – Kereshmeh  – Nueva perspectiva de música persa (La Cupula Music, 2019)

Iranian multi-instrumentalist Kaveh Sarvarian has released a new album titled Kereshmeh, which is a type of ancient melody in classical Iranian music. Kereshmeh is also an exploration on the opportunities of composing and improvising in less known rhythms and a way of using percussion in a simpler form.

Kaveh Sarvarian – Kereshmeh  – Nueva perspectiva de música persa

Madrid-based Kaveh Sarvarian combines traditional Persian music, jazz fusion, Bakuchi and Armenian folk traditions and contemporary experimental music forms. He uses beautiful layers of various types of flutes, including the ney, accompanied by a wide range of percussion, subtle keyboards such as fascinating electric piano and organ and piano.

Adding different tracks and making a musical loop was something unfamiliar to me,” says Kaveh Sarvarian. “It is an idea that I have been experimenting and learning over the past few years. In Kereshmeh, I have tried to use this technique with the traditional and folkloric music of Iran.”

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Zimbabwe Artist Hope Masike Releases The Exorcism Of A Spinster

Hope Masike – The Exorcism of a Spinster

Hope Masike, a vocalist from Zimbabwe who plays the historically male-dominated mbira (thumb piano) has a new album titled The Exorcism of a Spinster. This is her debut solo international release.

Hope sings heartfelt songs about the country that she loves and the changing roles of women.

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Artist Profiles: Hope Masike

Hope Masike is a Zimbabwean vocalist, mbira player, percussionist, songwriter, fashion designer, painter and dancer. She is known as “The Princess of Mbira” and her music has its roots both in traditional and modern African culture. She is also the lead singer for transnational band Monoswezi.

Hope Masike started performing professionally in 2008 while she was still studying music in Zimbabwe. In the same year she founded her band. She fused Zimbabwean traditional instruments (mbira, marimba, ngoma nehosho) with bass, drums, recorder and guitar.

In May 2009, Hope Masike released her debut album titled ‘Hope.’ In May 2012 she released her second album ‘Mbira, love and chocolate’. Both albums were self-produced. Her song ‘The Land’ (from her first album) became the theme song for the international advert for the All Africa Heads of State summit in 2014.

Hope speaks out about the issues of womanhood in the rapidly changing Zimbabwean culture. “When I was young, my plan was to get married at age 26 and, like my parents, have nine children. When I reached 26, I didn’t even have a boyfriend!.”


Hope (2009)
Mbira, love and chocolate (2012)
The Village (Riverboat Records, 2013)
Monoswezi Yenga (Riverboat Records, 2015)
A Je (Riverboat Records, 2017)
The Exorcism Of A Spinster (Riverboat Records, 2019)


Artist Profiles: Monoswezi

Monoswezi – Photo by Johannes Lovund

Monoswezi is a multinational collective of musicians originally from Mozambique, Norway, Sweden and Zimbabwe. Monoswezi was formed thanks to a cultural exchange program between Africa and Norway in 2008. Hallvard Godal lived in Mozambique and met Calu Tsemane. Soon after, Tsemane and Zimbabwean Hope Masike connected with Godal back in Norway and began making music together.

Monoswezi’s musicians share a passion for traditional African music in general, and specially music from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The music includes traditional and original compositions rooted in traditional African music, jazz and western influences.

Band members include Hope Masike on vocals, mbira, percussion; Calu Tsemane on vocals, percussion; Hallvard Godal on saxophone, clarinet, harmonium; Putte Johander on bass; and Erik Nylander on drums and percussion


The Village (Riverboat Records, 2013)
Monoswezi Yenga (Riverboat Records, 2015)
A Je (Riverboat Records, 2017)


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