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Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers to Perform Special Concert at Carnegie Hall

Nickel Creek – Photo by Josh Goleman

Chris Thile will conclude his season-long Debs Composer’s Chair residency at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The special one-night-only performance at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, includes his celebrated acoustic groups Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers on the same bill for the first time.

Punch Brothers – Photo by Josh Goleman

Nickel Creek
Chris Thile, mandolin
Sara Watkins, fiddle
Sean Watkins, guitar

Punch Brothers
Chris Eldridge, guitar
Paul Kowert, bass
Noam Pikelny, banjo
Chris Thile, mandolin

Wednesday May 8 at 8:00 PM
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall
57th Street and Seventh Avenue, New York

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Africa Oyé Announces Headliners for 2019 festival

The Garifuna Collective from Belize and celebrated reggae artist Horace Andy will headline the 27th annual Africa Oyé festival this summer in the UK.

Africa Oyé will take place June 22 and 23, 2019 in Liverpool’s Sefton Park.  The festival celebrates the music and culture of Africa and the Diaspora with two free days of live music, DJ sets and multi-arts workshops.

Horace Andy

Jamaican singer-songwriter Horace Andy is well-known as the sweetest voice in reggae and for his long association with British trip-hop forerunners, Massive Attack. Andy has become an persevering voice on the Jamaican music scene. His early 1970s hit, ‘Skylarking’ expressed his ability to deliver songs of Black determination and social commentary that topped the Jamaican charts.

Horace Andy has steadily recorded and performed around the world in his own right with his band Dub Asante, and has remained famous in roots reggae, rocksteady, lovers rock and dancehall.

The Garifuna Collective

Also announced for the 2019 festival is The Garifuna Collective. The group has pushed the boundaries of Garifuna musical traditions. The group went back to the studio last year ro record its new album Hamala (Let Them Fly). It will The Garifuna Collective’s first record since the highly-praised tribute album to fallen bandleader and cultural icon Andy Palacio. The new album experiments with new Garifuna rhythms, recording concepts and even some “organic electronic” music and dub techniques.

The two festival headliners join a line-up that already includes BCUC, Moonlight Benjamin, Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda, Carlou D and OSHUN, as well as Liverpool emerging stars Tabitha Jade and Satin Beige who make up the ‘Oyé Introduces’ program.

Africa Oyé’s Artistic Director said: “It’ll be a real honor to welcome back The Garifuna Collective to headline Oyé in their own right after their amazing performance with the late, great Andy Palacio twelve years ago; their sound and energy is incredible. And Horace Andy is a reggae headliner we’ve always wanted to see on our stage and I just know he’ll close out the Saturday in perfect style.”

For more information on the festival visit africaoye.com.

headline photo Trenchtown by Mark McNulty

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Shubbak Festival to present special tribute concert to the late Rim Banna

Tania Saleh

Shubbak Festival will return to London’s Barbican Hall on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 with a special tribute concert to the late Palestinian singer, songwriter and composer Rim Banna. The show will include musicians who knew her best as well as close peers in the Palestinian music scene.

The performers include Lebanese visual artist and singer-songwriter Tania Saleh, Palestinian composer and pianist Faraj Suleiman and Syrian producer/MC Bu Kolthoum who will be performing newly re-orchestrated versions of Rim Banna’s material, accompanied by a specially assembled band.

The event is called “The Trace of the Butterfly,” which is the name of one of Banna’s songs as well as a poem by Mahmoud Darwish.

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Invoking the Goddess Saraswati in New York at A World in Trance 2019

Jayanthi Kumaresh

Jayanthi Kumaresh is set to perform on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Roulette in new York city. The concert is part of the A World in Trance series.

Jayanthi Kumaresh is one of India’s leading veena (lute) players. She has captivated audiences around the world for over three decades with her entrancing performances.

A sixth generation musician and niece of the legendary violinist Lalgudi Jayaraman, she began playing the veena at the age of three. Jayanthi seeks to express the true voice of the veena, which transcends the boundaries of language and region.

She will open this program with a long solo rendition of tanam, the repetitive pulse that engenders the ancient art of Vedic chant. Since the veena is attributed to Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of music and learning, this part of the program will evoke the feminine principle – Laasya – through an uninterrupted sequence of ragas.

In the second part, Jayanthi will evoke the masculine principle – Thaandava, where she will be joined by renowned percussionists K U Jayachandra Rao (mrdangam) and Pramath Kira (tabla, morching – jaw’s harp).

Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue at 3rd Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn
Box office: 917-267-0363

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The SGAE Foundation to present ‘Flamencos y mestizos’ during April 2019 in Madrid

Flamencos y mestizos – April 2019

The SGAE Foundation is set to present a new edition of the Flamencos y mestizos series from April 11 through April 13 at Sala Berlanga in Madrid. The showcase will feature dance, singing and guitar performances by Encarna Anillo, Mónica Iglesias, ‘El Purili’, Águeda Saavedra, Rafael Riqueni and Avda Yermiyahu.

Flamencos y mestizos will start on Thursday, April 11, with the versatility of Madrid dancer Monica Iglesias (winner of the Desplante Award in La Union 2108) and the voice full of nuances of Cádiz-born Encarna Anillo, veteran cantaora (singer) nicknamed ‘La Gades’.

On April 12, the Sala Berlanga will host the movement art of Malaga dancer Águeda Saavedra, an artist forged in flamenco tablaos (nightclubs), accompanied by “El Purili”, a young rising cantaor from Cádiz.

The series will conclude with a multifaceted show on Saturday, April 13: a pairing of Israeli dancer and choreographer Adva Yermiyahu and one of the finest guitarists in Spain, Rafael Riqueni. The show fuses contemporary flamenco, traditional flamenco, performance and visual theater along with the delightful guitar of Sevillian maestro Riqueni.

Flamencos y mestizos is a showcase where all the expressions that move and thrill have a place. Created in 2015, it has become a window for emerging artists who explore the border between deep flamenco and mestizo flamenco through compositions, dance and song. All the expressions that move and thrill have a place in this encounter. This series is directed by producer, composer and singer Paco Ortega.

Program

Thursday, April 11, 9:00 p.m.
Encarna Anillo (vocals)
Monica Iglesias (dance)

Friday, April 12, 9:00 p.m.
“El Purili” (vocals)
Águeda Saavedra (dance)

Saturday, April 13, 9:00 p.m.
Rafael Riqueni (guitar)
Adva Yermiyahu (dance)

Sala Berlanga, Calle Andrés Mellado,
Price: 5.50 euros. Tickets available at box office and ticketea.com

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Collaboration Between Kronos Quartet and Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat Tops the Transglobal World Music Chart

Placeless, the album featuring renowned American string ensemble Kronos Quartet and acclaimed Iranian singers Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat is the number one album in April 2019 on the Transglobal World Music Chart.

Kronos Quartet, Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat – Placeless

This recording is a milestone for us,” says Mahsa Vahdat. “The wonderful musicians in Kronos Quartet have given our music new dimensions. Our lives are constantly changing in relation to time and place. Our home and where we belong – this is all over the globe. By performing poems from Persia’s classical era, we have been coming closer and closer to finding an organic connection between what we express in our art and the way we live.”

The April 2019 Chart

  1. Kronos Quartet and Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat – Placeless – Kirkelig Kulturverksted
  2. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba – Miri – Outhere
  3. Le Trio Joubran – The Long March – Cooking Vinyl
  4. Waed Bouhassoun – Safar: Les Âmes Retrouvées – Buda Musique
  5. Tartit – Amankor / The Exile – Riverboat / World Music Network
  6. Refugees for Refugees – Amina – Muziekpublique
  7. Kel Assouf – Black Tenere – Glitterbeat
  8. Belonoga – Through the Eyes of the Earth – NarRator Records
  9. Leyla McCalla – The Capitalist Blues – Jazz Village / PIAS
  10. Dhafer Youssef – Sounds of Mirrors – Anteprima
  11. Urna Chahar-Tugchi featuring Kroke – Ser – Urna Chahar-Tugchi / UCT
  12. Oratnitza – Alter Ethno – Fusion Embassy
  13. Vardan Hovanissian & Emre Gültekin – Karin – Muziekpublique
  14. Alim Qasimov and Michel Godard – Awakening – Buda Musique
  15. Olcay Bayır – Rüya: Dream for Anatolia – ARC Music
  16. Las Hermanas Caronni – Santa Plástica – Les Grands Fleuves
  17. Salif Keita – Un Autre Blanc – Naïve
  18. Xiomara Fortuna – Son Verdad – Ileakwa Producciones
  19. Alfredo Rodríguez & Pedrito Martínez – Duologue – Mack Avenue
  20. Adir Jan – Layla – Trikont / BGST
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Sufi Chants of Pakistan at A World in Trance 2019

Hamza Akram Qawwal & Brothers

Pakistani ensemble Hamza Akram Qawwal & Brothers are set to perform on Saturday April 13, 2019 at Roulette in New York City. The concert is part of the A World in Trance series.

Hamza Akram Qawwal & Brothers, grandsons of the revered Munshi Raziuddin, have been acclaimed for their dazzling interpretations of qawwali, the ecstatic improvisational Sufi vocal tradition made famous in the West by the late Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

This award-winning ensemble represents the 26th generation of the seven centuries-old Qawwal Bachon ka Gharana of Delhi founded by Saamat bin Ibrahim, the first qawwal of the subcontinent and principal student of mystic Amir Khusrau.

Hamza has studied with the renowned Naseeruddin Saami, as well as with his uncle, Farid Ayaz Qawwal, with whom he and his brothers have toured.

The ensemble creates a state of ecstasy through rhythmic handclapping, drumming and powerful vocals (in a call-and-response manner), and performs songs that range from 13th century mystical Persian poems to more recent Punjabi poems that speak of the intoxication of divine love.

Recordings include Mere Sarkar Aaye and Sada-E-Sufi.

Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue at 3rd Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn
Box office: 917-267-0363

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The Gloaming Announces USA Tour 2019

Celebrated Irish music ensemble The Gloaming will be touring the United States in April 2019. The Gloaming’s tour begins April 6th April in New York City at a sold out Carnegie Hall.  It’s followed by stops at beautiful theaters in Boston, Durham, Los Angeles and Santa Bárbara. This will be the last opportunity to see the band live before they go on an extended break.

The Gloaming 3

The Gloaming recently released its critically acclaimed album The Gloaming 3.

Tickets for The Gloaming’s 2019 USA Tour

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Andrea Parodi World Music Award Call for Submissions

The “Andrea Parodi Award”, the only Italian world music competition, organized by the Andrea Parodi Foundation, is seeking international submissions for its twelfth edition. Registration is free. Submissions must be sent no later than May 31, 2019, using the format on www.fondazioneandreaparodi.it

Submissions must contain:

  • 2 tracks (2 mp3 files, specimens or live recordings or final realizations; indicate with which of the two tracks you intend to compete);
  • lyrics and any translations into Italian of the two passages;
  • artist biography of the competitor (solo or group)

There are many prizes for the winner, including a series of concerts and participations in some of the most important Italian festivals in 2020, such as “European jazz expo” in Sardinia, Folkest in Friuli, Negro Festival in Pertosa (SA), Mei of Faenza, the Parodi Prize ceremony, and other events that will be announced. In addition to this, the winner will receive a grant of 2,500 euros. The winner of the Critics Award will receive a professional-quality music video of the competing piece, funded the Andrea Parodi Foundation.

The finals will take place in Cagliari October 10-12, 2019.

The Award intends to enhance the new trends in world music, artists who mix the so-called folk or ethnic music with sounds and stylistic models of different origins.

From all the entries, the Artistic Commission established by the Foundation will select, anonymously, eight to twelve finalists. The finalists will perform in Cagliari at the “Premio Andrea Parodi” 2018 festival, before a Technical Jury (experts, authors, musicians, poets, writers and songwriters) and a Critical Jury (journalists). Both juries, as in previous years, will be composed of authoritative exponents of the sector.

The event was born to pay tribute to the late Andrea Parodi, an acclaimed Italian musician in the field of world music.

headline photo: Andrea Parodi

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