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Chicago Flamenco Festival 2019 to Present Diego Guerrero

Diego Guerrero

Singer, composer and guitarist Diego Guerrero is set to perform on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at the Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall at Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. This concert is part of the Flamenco Eñe series, Chicago Flamenco Festival 2019.

Diego Guerrero is an acclaimed flamenco singer, prolific musical producer, arranger, composer and guitarist. He studied in the conservatories of Seville, Granada, and Cordoba. By day he worked on majoring in composition and orchestral music, and by night, he immersed himself in the oral tradition of Flamenco, gathered around a fire with a guitar coupled with the characteristic sounds of the palmas (handclap percussion) and Flamenco singing. This duality marked the birth of his daring proposal to bring Flamenco closer to other musical styles.

His debut album, “Vengo Caminando“, is an eclectic work rooted in Flamenco, yet tastefully opens doors into other styles of music. Its release immediately achieved him status as one of the most important artists of the genre and received international recognition being nominated for the Latin Grammy Awards in the category of “Best Flamenco Album”. After 60 concerts in Spain in the last 12 months, he will be touring the USA for the first time, with performances at festivals in New York, Miami, Chicago and Austin.

4544 N Lincoln Ave
Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall at Old Town School of Folk Music , 773-728-6000.

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CRASHfest 2019 to bring the Best of World Music to Boston

CRASHfest will transform the House of Blues in Boston into an indoor global music festival on Saturday, February 23, 2019. With more than ten world music bands playing on three stages, CRASHfest will feature an expansive dance floor and seated balcony overlooking the main stage, the Foundation Room, and the restaurant.

CRASHfest 2019 Lineup:

Angeliqué Kidjo performing the Talking Heads iconic album Remain in Light
Bhangra party band RED Baraat
Tribu Baharú Afro-Colombian champeta band
M.A.K.U Soundsystem Afro-Colombian rhythms
Afro-ska dance band Kotoko Brass
Billy Wylder American folk meets desert blues
Veronica Robles and Her Female Mariachi Band
Traditional Balkan brass band Sarma Brass Band
Soulsha Afro-Celtic funk
French-fusion group The Blue Dahlia
Tap dancers Subject:Matter
Flamenco dancers Isaac & Nino De Los Reyes
Moroccan dancer Soumaya Marose
Malian drummer Moussa Traore

Global street food will be for sale from seven of Boston’s best food trucks.

More at https://crashfest.org

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Ibero-American Showcase and Conference EXIB Música 2019 to be Held in Portugal

The 5th edition of EXIB Música will take place in Setúbal, Portugal during June 13-15, 2019. The event celebrates the musical diversity of Ibero-America (Spain, Portugal and the Spanish and Portuguese countries of the Americas).

EXIB Música includes international showcases, conferences and workshops.

More information at www.exibmusica.com

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Chicago flamenco Festival 2019 Kick off with Guitarist Antonia Jiménez

Antonia Jiménez

Spanish flamenco guitarist Antonia Jiménez is set to perform on Friday, February 15, 2019 at Instituto Cervantes in Chicago. This concert is part of the Chicago Flamenco Festival 2019.

This concert is the result of Antonia Jiménez´s long career as a composer and flamenco guitarist to the best of today’s flamenco dance stars (Olga Pericet, Marco Flores, Manuel Liñán). Many of these compositions have been heard in venues such as the famous Villamarta Theater at the Jerez Festival and the prestigious Teatro Lope de Vega during the Flamenco Bienal in Seville.

Antonia Jiménez’s program includes the following flamenco styles: taranta, guajira, tanguillo, seguiriya, alegría, petenera, tangos, soleá and romance.

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Mundial Montréal to present showcases at Folk Alliance international Conference 2019

Next week, world music showcase Mundial Montréal will be at the 31st edition of Folk Alliance international, February 13-17, 2019. This year, the Folk Alliance international conference will take place in Montreal.

Mundial Montréal’s Official Showcase – Friday, Feb 15 featuring:

4:00 p.m. Nick Sherman
4:45 p.m. Pierre Kwenders
5:30 p.m. Nomadic Massive
6:15 p.m. Kiran Ahluwalia
7:00 p.m. Alex Cuba
7:45 p.m. Vox Sambou

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Jajouka Meets New York at A World in Trance 2019

Master Musicians of Jakouka

The concert Jajouka Meets New York will take place Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Roulette in New York City. This concert is part of the A World in Trance series.

Inspired by the captivating sounds of the legendary Master Musicians of Jakouka, this ensemble of musicians from both sides of the Atlantic – Morocco and the US – explore the potential for sound to trigger a state of ecstasy.

Bachir Attar is a multi-instrumentalist well-known for his mastery of the ghaita, a double reed oboe-like instrument that is essential to the sound of the Master Musicians of Jajouka, the group that he leads. His brother, Mustapha Attar, also a member of the group, plays drums as well as ghaita.

Saxophonist and clarinetist Ned Rothenberg, acclaimed throughout the world for his solo concerts and collaborations with diverse musicians, is particularly noted for his virtuosity of multiphonics and circular breathing.

Arrington de Dionysio, a saxophonist, vocalist and visual artist who has collaborated recently with Attar and Mustapha, draws on a variety of traditions, including Tuvan throat singing and Indonesian trance music, for inspiration. Innovative percussionist Ben Bennett has developed a commanding synthesis of extended and traditional techniques on the drums, and worked with cutting-edge improvisers around the world.

The Master Musicians of Jajouka, from the Rif mountains of Morocco, are noted for their trance-inducing ceremony that predates Islam and is thought to evoke the ancient rites of Pan, the goat-legged fertility god of ancient Greece. Embraced in the 1950s by artist Brion Gysin and writer Paul Bowles, the village of Jajouka became a popular spot in the 1960s and ‘70s for celebrities such as the Rolling Stones, Ornette Coleman, and Timothy Leary.

Recordings available include Brian Jones Plays With The Pipes Of Pan At Joujouka (1971), The Primal Energy That Is The Music And Ritual Of Jajouka, Morocco ( 1974), Tribe Ahl Serif: Master Musicians Of Jajouka ‎(1975), Apocalypse Across The Sky (1992),
Jajouka Between The Mountains (1995), Master Musicians Of Jajouka (2000), Boujeloud’s Cave – 1974 ‎(2002), Live Volume 1 ‎(2009), The Source ‎(2010), The Road to Jajouka ( 2013) and Apocalypse Live ‎(2017).

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

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Anouar Brahem to Perform Blue Maqams in London

Anouar Brahem

Tunisian composer and oud maestro is set to perform on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Barbican Hall in London. The concert draws together Brahem’s profound insight into Arab music alongside his fascination with a broader canvas. Here he will present material from his latest recording Blue Maqams (ECM), alongside pianist Django Bates, drummer Nasheet Waits and virtuoso bassist Dave Holland.

Pianist Kit Downes will present the opening set with music from his upcoming ECM album, Obsidian, in duo with saxophonist Tom Challenger, linking into the 50th anniversary of ECM Records. Downes has developed a fascinating approach to music for solo pipe organ and solo piano. His current work includes collaborations with cellist Lucy Railton, composer Shiva Feshareki, the band ‘ENEMY’, and violinist Aidan O’Rourke.

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Tuareg guitar Hero Mdou Moctar to Perform at Gramps in Miami

Mdou Moctar

One of the rising stars of Tuareg desert blues, Mdou Moctar, is set to perform on Friday, January 18, 2019 at Gramps in Miami.

Nigerien Mdou Moctar is in position to become the next big guitar hero in Saharan Tuareg music, following in the footsteps of Tinariwen and Bombino. His discography includes Sousoume Tamachek and Afelan.

This concert is a part of Rhythm Foundation’s Festival in the Desert Caravan concert series.
10:00 pm – 11:59 pm

Gramps
Doors Open: 9pm, Show Time: 10pm– Free with RSVP

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A celebration of the Divine Feminine in Song This Friday in San Francisco

Sixteen of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most captivating voices in early, ethnic, and new music will gather together to celebrate nearly 1000 years of female creativity in San Francisco’s majestic Grace Cathedral. The concert will take place Friday, January 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm, on the Eve of the 2019 Women’s March!

Kitka

This contemplative, immersive program showcases Vajra Voices and Kitka singing works by the 12th century mystic Hildegard von Bingen, alongside traditional and contemporary settings of melodies in praise of the divine feminine from Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, and Russia. Kitka recently released Evening Star.

Vajra Voices

The show will also unveil new works inspired by the writings of the 12th century Taoist woman poet Sun Bu’er and Hildegard by Bay Area composer-performers Theresa Wong and Shira Kammen.

Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com

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