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SGAE Foundation and Flamenco Festival to Present FlamencoEñe and JazzEñe Rising Talent in London

Guitarist David Carmona at the most recent edition of ‘FlamencoEñe’. Photo by Jesús Domínguez / Fundación SGAE

The SGAE Foundation continues to collaborate with Flamenco Festival London as part of its FlamencoEñe and JazzEñe programs to internationalize Spanish music. Specifically, the Foundation will present performances by Spanish artists Kiki Morente and
David Carmona (July 12), participants in the most recent edition of FlamencoEñe; and Antonio Lizana (July 11), who was selected in the 4th JazzEñe showcase in 2017. Both showcases brought together a series of foreign performing arts presenters and promoters with a selection of flamenco musicians from Spain.

The initiative of the SGAE Foundation has opened the doors of the international circuit to these three artists who will export their talent within the official program of the Flamenco Festival London 2019, which will be held in London from July 2 to 14. Antonio Lizana, Kiki Morente and David Carmona will be part of the roster that the Flamenco Festival has designed for different stages throughout London. This is a privilege for these rising artists as they will perform alongside veteran and renowned artists such as Sara Baras, Miguel Poveda, Rocío Molina, Olga Pericet, Jesus Carmona and Maria Terremoto.

Renowned saxophonist and singer Antonio Lizana will open JazzEñe’s program in London on July 11 (8:00 pm) at the Cervantes Theater, 229 Union St, London. Lizana will present to the British public the songs of his most recent album: Oriente.

The FlamencoEñe showcase in London will begin on July 12, at 6:00 pm, at the Lilian Baylis Studio (183 Rosebery Ave, Clerkenwell, London) will be the debut of flamenco guitar virtuoso David Carmona and his show Un sueño de locura (A Dream of Madness).

Two hours later (8:30 pm) the youngest of the Morente dynasty, Kiki Morente will perform in the same space to present the Albayzín show, a tribute to his father, Enrique Morente, and the neighborhood of Granada where he grew up, in which he will be accompanied by dancer Irene Rueda.

More about the SGAE Foundation and Flamenco Festival London.

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International Songwriting Competition Announces Judges for the 2019 Edition

Komal Rizvi, winner of the 2018 world music category

The US-based International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has announced the judges for the 2019 competition. The competition includes a world music category.

The judging panel will be tasked with listening to and selecting the winners in the competition. In 2018, ISC received nearly 19,000 entries from more than 140 countries worldwide.

ISC, established in 2002, is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters of all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting. It is open to both professional and amateur songwriters and artists in 23 genre categories. The competition gives away more than $150,000 in cash and merchandise split among 71 winners, with the Grand Prize comprised of $25,000 in cash plus additional prizes. Past winners have included Vance Joy, Illenium, R.LUM.R., Gotye, Bastille, The Band Perry, Kehlani, Kimbra, and Lindsey Stirling, among others.

We are extremely honored and appreciative to have so many renowned artists and industry executives included as judges this year,” said Candace Avery, the competition’s Founder and Director. “The participation of these judges is what sets ISC apart from other music competitions and is what makes ISC so special.

The list of 2019 judges includes:

Amadou & Mariam, one of the judges of the 2019 ISC edition

Recording Artists:

Coldplay; Dua Lipa; Tom Waits; Danilo Perez; James McNally (Afro Celt Sound System); Mandolin Orange; Amadou & Mariam; Kaskade; Fleet Foxes; American Authors; The Script; Nancy Wilson (Heart); Tanya Tucker; Kevin Gates; Cam; Kristian Bush (Sugarland); Sara Evans; Bastille; Keane; Gloria Trevi; Walker Hayes; Jeremih; Sidewalk Prophets; Lukas Nelson; Krewella; Kari Jobe; Rakim (Eric B. & Rakim); Camila; Peter Erskine; Matthew West; Robert Randolph (Robert Randolph & The Family Band); DJ Shadow; Nervo; Easton Corbin; John Mayall; Ted Nash; Joe Louis Walker; Gordon Goodwin; Nicholas Gunn; Ashwin Batish; Lonnie Liston Smith; Walter Trout; Micah Tyler; Aparna Nancheris; Jimmy Pardo; John Tibbs; and more to be announced.

Industry Executives:

Avery Lipman (Founder/President, Republic Records); Sylvia Rhone (Chairman/CEO, Epic Records); Daniel Glass (President, Glassnote Records); Jo Charrington (Co-President, Capitol Music Group UK); Nick Burgess (Co-President, Parlophone Records); Mark Mitchell (Co-President, Parlophone Records); Mike Easterlin (Co-President, Elektra Music Group); John Burk (President, Concord Label Group); Ed Vetri (President, Wind-Up Records); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Kate Craig (VP of A&R, Warner Records); Nate Albert (EVP of A&R, Capitol Records); Jacob Edgar (Founder, Cumbancha); Josh Bailey (Senior VP of A&R, Word Entertainment); Gordon Kerr (CEO, Black River Entertainment); Richard Stumpf (CEO, Atlas Publishing); Kim Buie (VP of A&R, New West Records); AJ Tobey (Head of A&R, Rough Trade Publishing); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Julie Kertes (Editor/Manager, Hot Diggity Media); Carletta Higginson (Global Head of Music Publishing, YouTube); Laura Margolin (Publishing, Glassnote Records); Leib Ostrow (Founder/CEO, Music For Little People); Katherine Dines (Co-President, The Children’s Music Network); Claire S. Green (President, Parent’s Choice Foundation); Benjamin Groff (Founder, The Brill Building); Golnar Khosrowshahi (President, Reservoir Media Management); Tamara Conniff (EVP, Roc Nation); Carl Caprioglio (Founder/CEO, Oglio Entertainment); and more to be announced.

ISC is sponsored by Celebrity Access, Eventric, Lurssen Mastering, Merch Cat, Musicians Institute, PreSonus, SongU, Sweetwater, and TuneCore.

More at songwritingcompetition.com

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AKA Trio Tops the July 2019 Transglobal World MusiC Chart

The album Joy y by AKA Trio is the number one recording in July at the Transglobal World Music Chart. AKA Trio is a collaboration between guitar virtuoso Antonio Forcione (Italy), kora master Seckou Keita (Senegal) and skilled percussionist Adriano Adewale.

AKA Trio – Joy

The complete list:

  1. AKA Trio – Joy – Bendigedig
  2. Minyo Crusaders – Echoes of Japan – Mais Um
  3. Mara Aranda – Sefarad en el corazón de Turquía – Mara Aranda
  4. Kronos Quartet, Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat – Placeless – Kirkelig Kulturverksted
  5. Angelique Kidjo – Celia – Verve / Universal Music France
  6. Altın Gün – Gece – Glitterbeat
  7. Refugees for Refugees – Amina – Muziekpublique
  8. The Gloaming – 3 – Real World
  9. Gaiteiros de Lisboa – Bestiário – Uguru
  10. Dizzy Mandjeku & Alé Kumá – De Palenque à Matongé – Zephyrus
  11. Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa – Poetic Trance – PIAS
  12. Vassvik – Gákti – Heilo / Grappa Musikkforlag
  13. Mísia – Pura Vida (Banda Sonora) – Galileo Music Communication
  14. Las Hermanas Caronni – Santa Plástica – Les Grands Fleuves
  15. Söndörgő – Nyolc 8 Nyolc – SNDRG Music
  16. Park Jiha – Philos – Tak:til / Glitterbeat
  17. Oumar Konate – I Love You Inna – Clermont Music
  18. Yapunto – Yapunto – Yapunto
  19. Alim Qasimov and Michel Godard – Awakening – Buda Musique
  20. Black Flower – Future Flora – Sdban Ultra

More at www.transglobalwmc.com

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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.

More information at: thenestcollective.co.uk/show-category/campfire-club

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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
Event link: www.thatsnottango.com/jalc

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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.

More about the festival: https://rwmf.net

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WOMEX 2019 Announces Opening Show: Arctic Fire – Pohjoiset tulet

Pauanne – Photo by Aki Ppekka Sinikoski

The World Music Expo, WOMEX, has announced the artists set to perform during the opening ceremony. This year’s opening show is titled Arctic Fire – Pohjoiset tulet. WOMEX 2019 will take place October 23 – 27, 2019 in Tampere, Finland.

The artists featured include Pauanne, a power trio described as folk fiction, who incorporate archive recordings from the last 100 years into their new folk sound; Pekko Käppi, a Finnish folk music composer, singer and juhikko (ancient Finnish bowed lyre) player who has revolutionized the standards of playing this iconic instrument; Suistamon Sähkö, a folktronica act with a bit of folk poetry, rap and manic dance moves; and Vildá, a duo that is a blend of indigenous Sámi yoik, detailed rhythms and improvisation.

The concert is staged and directed by celebrated choreographer and dancer Kaari Martin, together with composer, musician, and producer Roni Martin, renowned for their ensemble Compañía Kaari & Roni Martin. Kaari Martin and Roni Martin said: “It is a pleasure to work with the selected Finnish artists for the WOMEX 19 Opening – Arctic Fire – Pohjoiset tulet. It represents some of the finest artists we have in the Finnish folk scene. You might think that Finland is on the edge of the world, and to be honest, it is, but for centuries it has also been a melting pot for different cultures from east and west. And, we are happy that there is also dance involved because dance is an organic part of folk music“.

More at www.womex.com

headline photo: Vilda by Joanna Suomalainen and Jimmy Traskelin

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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.

Preorder The Exorcism of a Spinster

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Carnegie Hall Announces Free World Music and Classical Concerts at Bryant Park in New York

Cha Wa

Carnegie Hall has announced a series of free concerts on Fridays at Bryant Park, July 12 – August 9, 2019. The five concerts will present outstanding artists in the areas of roots and classical music.

For more than four decades, Carnegie Hall has partnered with community organizations in all five boroughs, offering free performances by renowned mainstage artists and rising musical stars in New York City neighborhoods, bringing together local residents and people from all over to share in great music,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director. “As part of this commitment to community, we are thrilled to return to Bryant Park this summer, presenting five fantastic concerts, kicking off next season’s Carnegie Hall Citywide series.”

This year’s concerts include renowned Canadian Quebecois act Le Vent du Nord (July 12); Ray and Vivian Chew’s Night of Inspiration, featuring Anthony Brown & group therAPy and The String Queens (July 19); funk-fueled New Orleans brass Cha Wa (July 26); classical music and dazzling virtuosity from Harlem Quartet (August 2); and, the finalé of the series, Carnegie Hall Citywide Night, with Matuto, Eileen Ivers, and Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas (August 9).

Bryant Park is situated behind the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Take the B, D, F, or M train to 42nd Street/Bryant Park; or, take the 7 train to 5th Avenue.

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Joe’s Pub in New York City Reveals Upcoming World Music Concerts

New York City venue Joe’s Pub will be presenting a diverse set of world music and jazz in the next weeks.

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino

Highlights include: Nnenna Ogwo & Sterling Strings’ annual Juneteenth Celebration (June 19); Jorge Glem & César Orozco’s album release party for their newest album, Stringwise (June 21); Afro-Cuban jazz from Dayramir González (June 22); traditional Italian music from Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (June 23); Eastern European folk with Barbez, as well as a solo piano improvisation from opener Ka Baird (June 23); genre-hopping music from legendary Russian artist Leonid Fedorov (June 29).

July concerts include Canada Day at Joe’s Pub, a 17-year tradition of rocking out the Great Canadian Songbook, emceed by Jeff Breithaupt (July 1); Afro-fusion from Ghanaian drummer Paa Kow (July 2); percussive ensemble Yemen Blues (July 3); Calypso legend Mighty Sparrow (July 6); Elba Ramalho, Latin Grammy-winner and master of Brazilian rhythms (July 10); South Korean jazz veteran Woong San (July 20); and Floxy Bee, the Queen of Nigerian Hikosso music (July 25).

More at publictheater.org.

headline photo: Barbez

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