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Flamenco Guitar Virtuoso José Antonio Rodríguez Returns to New York City

José Antonio Rodríguez – Photo by Athena Salvador

José Antonio Rodríguez, one the leading flamenco guitarists of his generation, is set to perform Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Roulette in Downtown Brooklyn.

A significant guitarist, renowned for his powerful and evocative renditions of contemporary flamenco, José Antonio Rodríguez has composed music for orchestras, dance companies, and film, participated in major projects with Paco de Lucía and Alejandro Sanz, and appeared in Carlos Saura’s Flamenco. For this show, he will be accompanied by Patricio Cámara “Pachi” on percussion, vocal and Paco Peña on bass.

José Antonio Rodríguez – Adiós Muchachos… (2016)

José Antonio Rodríguez’s most recent album is the critically acclaimed Adiós Muchachos.

This concert is part of The Flamenco Festival.

Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue at 3rd Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn

Tickets available at www.robertbrowningassociates.com

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Fifth Edition of the Flamenco Contest “Alcobendas Flamenca Nuevos Talentos” Seeking Entries

Within the framework of flamenco festival Alcobendas Flamenca 2018, the fifth edition of the Flamenco New Talent contest for young people between 14 and 30 years old is now open. The prize includes three modalities: Song, Dance and Guitar. There will also be three categories: National-International (2,000 euros prize per modality), Local (500 euros of prize per modality) and Public Award (accrediting diploma). The registration period is open until March 15, 2018

The information and videos of the participants will be published on the web where the general public will be able to vote by clicking on the Facebook button that will appear under each of their favorite artists.

A jury composed of renowned personalities in the flamenco scene will choose the rest of the winners

The winners will perform at the Awards Gala that will take place on Friday, May 25, 2018 at the Paco de Lucía Auditorium in the Alcobendas Art Center, along with one of the winning artists of the 2017 edition.

Guitarists Javier Conde and David Caro, singers Pepe el Boleco, Rafael del Zambo, Rocio Luna and Cristina Soler, as well as dancers Macarena Ramírez, Palmira Durán and Cristian Pérez are some of the winners of Alcobendas Flamenca Nuevos Talentos in previous editions.

More information at alcobendasflamencanuevostalentos.org

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Wu Man & Huayin Shadow Puppet Band to Perform at New York Society for Ethical Culture

Wu Man

Pipa master Wu Man and Huayin Shadow Puppet Band are set to perform on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at New York Society for Ethical Culture in Manhattan. The show is presented by World Music Institute.

Recognized as one of the world’s leading performers, Wu Man has developed a career as a soloist, educator and composer who has given her lute-like instrument (which has a history of over 2,000 years in China) a new role in both traditional and contemporary music.

Wu Man’s work as a member of Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and her prevalent role in the recent documentary on the ensemble titled The Music of Strangers has brought her work to the attention of larger audiences.

Wu Man is collaborating with the remarkable Huayin Shadow Puppet Band (formerly known as the Zhang Family Band) for performances of old tune traditional music with shadow puppetry. Along with vocal performances, the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band uses the yueqin, banhu, erhu, lute, fiddle and a variety of percussion instruments (including clappers, gongs, cymbals and a wood bench) to tell lively stories of rural life in remote China and draw the audience into places and sounds rarely heard in the West.

Starting in 2007, as part of her planning for the “Ancient Paths, Modern Voices” Festival at Carnegie Hall, Wu Man began traveling regularly to China’s remote regions to uncover the country’s ancient musical traditions that are in danger of being lost, including the traditions of the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band, seen in her 2012 documentary Discovering a Musical Heartland. The Band comprises farmers from Shaanxi Province’s Huayin County in a rural village at the foot of Mount Hua in northwest China. For more than 300 years the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band has toured the countryside, bringing its rugged shadow puppet plays that call to life the mythical heroes and gods of the oral folk culture of Shaanxi, often evoking famous battles of the Tang dynasty (618-907), to temple fairs and rituals.

Wu Man is bringing the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band to the United States for only the second time in an effort to not only preserve this traditional art form, but also show its relevance in our 21st century.

The program features Wu Man performing both solo and with the Band.

Saturday, March 17, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Wu Man & Huayin Shadow Puppet Band
New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 W. 64th St, Manhattan

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The Apollo Theater and World Music Institute to Present Africa Now!

Black Coffee

The Apollo Theater in partnership with World Music Institute will present its annual festival Africa Now! on Saturday, March 3. The show presents emerging and established artists of today’s African music scene.

This year’s edition will showcase the continent’s current trends in electronic music and will feature South Africa’s megastar DJ and electronic music producer Black Coffee, and the U.S. debut of Afrobeat/techno duo Tony Allen & Jeff Mills.

Additional events include Apollo Music Café performances by Meklit on March 2 at 10pm and an after-party performance by Afrotronix on March 3.

Every year in partnership with Apollo Theater we proudly present the best in contemporary African music with this unique event. This year we focus on the continent’s current trends in Afrofuturism and the contemporary movements in African electronic music,” says Par Neiburger, Artistic Director of World Music Institute. “Africa Now! is all about what is happening now in African music, and it’s a thrill to bring over some of the most forward thinking artists from the continent.”

More at www.worldmusicinstitute.org

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Madison Celtic Festival 2018 Program Announced

Lúnasa

Madison Celtic Festival will take place during the weekend of March 9th-10th, 2018. The two headliners this year are Lúnasa and We Banjo 3. The festival also includes free dance, music and travel workshops.

Lúnasa is an acclaimed traditional Irish acoustic band featuring Kevin Crawford on flutes, low whistles and tin whistles; Trevor Hutchinson on double bass; Ed Boyd on guitar; Seán Smyth on fiddle and low whistle; and Cillian Vallely on uilleann pipes and low whistles.

We Banjo

We Banjo 3 is made up of two pairs of gifted siblings from Galway, Ireland: brothers Enda Scahill on tenor banjo, vocals and Fergal Scahill on fiddle, viola, dobro, percussion, guitar, mandolin, vocals; and brothers Martin Howley on tenor banjo, mandolin, vocals and David Howley on lead vocals, guitar. The group has created a new genre of music that combines traditional Irish music with American bluegrass music to form “Celtgrass.”

Since the band of brothers came together in 2011, they have released four albums. Their most recent album is String Theory.

More details at union.wisc.edu

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WOMAD Cáceres Announces Additional Acts, Including Oumou Sangaré

World music festival WOMAD Cáceres will be celebrating its 27th edition from Thursday, May 10 through Sunday, May 13, 2018. In addition to previously announced artists chk chk chk (United States), Canal de Timbiquí (Colombia) and The Gramophone Allstars Big Band (Spain), WOMAD Cáceres has revealed four additional acts: Oumou Sangaré (Mali), Red Baraat (United States), Elemotho Gaalelekwe (Namibia) and Papaya (Spain).

WOMAD Cáceres is held in historic Cáceres in western Spain. The festival is supported by the Junta de Extremadura (regional government), the Diputación de Cáceres (provincial government) and the City Council of Caceres through the Gran Teatro Consortium. In addition to concerts, the program includes a wide variety of activities: cinema, poetry, gastronomy, crafts, exhibitions, etc.

Oumou Sangaré, the voice of African women

Stylish, elegant, determined and charismatic, with a moving and powerful voice, Malian singer Oumou Sangaré has become a symbol for African femininity and a reference for millions of women. Throughout her long career she has used her songs to denounce without fear the position of women in Mali and to oppose polygamy, child marriage and a system that defines a “good wife” as a submissive woman. “Since I was a child, I promised myself that one day I would shout to the world about this problem,” she asserts. “Women have difficulties in Africa, we have no voice, our husbands speak for us,” she continues. “My role is to speak directly with women through my songs, giving them an example and showing them that they can make their own decisions,” she adds.

Oumou Sangaré will present her latest album, Mogoya along with some of her classics.

Elemotho Gaalelekwe, the new sound of the Kalahari

Elemotho Gaalelekwe – Photo by Silvia Sala

Namibian musician Elemotho Gaalelekwe acknowledges that his songs are inspired by life, family, childhood in the Kalahari, pain or tribulations, because music is also everywhere, in the songs of birds or in the struggle for survival in the wilderness. He defines himself as a modern nomad influenced by the stories of his grandmother – perhaps the most important person in his life – and by the traditional music Setswana, as well as South African pop and the sounds of Zimbabwe, reggae, jazz, rock and R & B.

Elemotho Gaalelekwe will present his fourth studio album, Beautiful World, which he says is like the soundtrack of a new dawn: positive, hopeful, free and optimistic. In Spain he has collaborated with Los Delinqüentes and the duo Fetén Fetén. Two of his songs, La vida and Neo, appear in the 2nd season of Grace & Frankie of Netflix.

American band Red Baraat combines bhangra, funk and hip hop. Spanish band Papaya features Yanara Espinoza, Miguel Aguas and Sebastián Litmanovich. They perform pop with exotic rhythms and party sounds.

More information: womad.org/festival/womad-caceres/

headline photo: Oumou Sangaré by Benoit Peverelli

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Welcome to a Grand Vocal Concert by Shubashree Ramachandran

Shubashree Ramachandran

 

Just because December is done and the ensuing months have come doesn’t mean Music Academy is on hibernation till the next December to come. Madras Music Academy is one of the earliest established music academies in South India. Before the concept of infrastructure was introduced to India in the early 1920s, it was a gathering for elite musicians simply called (and is still more commonly referred to as) Music Academy

Lovers of music and other well-wishers wanted to stimulate interest in Carnatic music in the South and develop a rich culture. The academy had sound planning from the start with an expert committee consisting of some of the leading musicians and scholars to advise the academy on all technical matters. The SPIRIT is still sustained in a very visible and commendable way.

Annual music conferences are held every December to collect all information regarding music, maintain the library and publish a journal. They also help to bring to public notice aspiring musicians and scholars by conducting competitions and other presentations and Great Concerts.

Round the year there are positive activities in sustaining this effort and always significantly innovative and productive.

In this streak of activity comes a nice thematic vocal concert by Ms. Shubashree Ramachandran.

 

Shubashree Ramachandran

 

Daughter of Padmabushan awardee Trichur Ramachandran and Kalaimamani Charumathi Ramachandran both illustrious Carnatic Vocalists Shubashree is also a solo vocalist in her own right.

Shubashree gave her first concert at age fourteen for YACM. To date she has sung for Madras Music Academy, Indian fine arts, Kartik Fine Arts, Krishna Gana Sabha, Bharat Kalachar, Mylapore Fine Arts, Narada Gana Sabha , Sabhas in Delhi, Bombay, Bangalore, Hyderabad and other centers.

She has given vocal support for her mother Charumathi in Australia, USA, and London. Shubashree is a graded artiste of All India Radio and TV. She has sung for Sun TV, Star plus TV, Doordarshan and Bharathi TV.

Shubashree has won many awards and laurels and had performed at the Theatre de la Ville, Paris.

She is a Yuva Kala Bharathi awardee, a Bhavan Excellence and Yagnaraman Excellence awardee. She is also a graded Radio Artist and the student of the world famous vocalist D.K.Pattammal. She has received the Best Junior Musician Award from Music Academy in 2003, from Indian Fine Arts Society in 1998-2000, and from Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha in 2003.

Shubashree had a fair chance of vocal concerts in the just concluded Chennai December Music festival also.

All are welcome to her forthcoming concert at the Music Academy:

“Sundara Narayana” songs about Lord Guruvayurappan
Time: 07:00 PM
Date: 15th February 2018
Venue: Music Academy Hall,
TTK Road, Chennai

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Flamenco Festival New York 2018 Program Revealed

José Antonio Rodríguez

Flamenco Festival USA will celebrate the art of flamenco in the United States showcasing top artists in the current flamenco scene and new visions flamenco combined with other arts and disciplines such as jazz and world music. Carnegie Hall, the New York City Center, the Olympia Theater and the Lincoln Center will host these shows.

The festival starts March 2, with the National Ballet of Spain, led by Antonio Najarro, who returns to New York with Suite Sevilla that will be staged March 2, 3 and 4 at the New York City Center.
On Saturday, March 3rd, guitar maestro José Antonio Rodríguez will perform his latest work at Roulette.

New York City Center will also present the Eva Yerbabuena Company’s Carne y hueso show on March 9 and 10. The Flamenco Ballet of Jesús Carmona will showcase Ímpetus during the weekend.
The show Tempo de Luz at Carnegie Hall will present three of the finest flamenco vocalists, Carmen Linares, Arcángel and Marina Heredia.

On March 24, the Town Hall will host the unique encounter of the Habichuela Family, with Pepe Habichuela and Josemi Carmona at the front, with another great dynasty of musicians, the O’Farrills, Arturo and Adam.

Jazz at Lincoln Center has scheduled the show Rags, Strides, & Habaneras featuring Chano Dominguez, Dick Hyman, Sullivan Fortner and Joey Alexander on March 2 and 3. Lovers of flamenco and jazz encounters will also be able to enjoy the virtuosity of Flamenco Meets Jazz during March 22-24, a meeting gestated by the veteran pianist Dorantes, Israeli double bass player Adam Ben Erza and the Rolling Stones’ saxophonist Tim Ries as guest artist.

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Towersey Festival Reveals 2018 Line-Up

Reid Bros, Richard Thompson, Beth Orton, Big Country and Sharon Shannon

British folk music festival Towersey has revealed the artists scheduled to perform this year. The festival will take place August 24-27, 2018 in Thame, Oxfordshire.

Headliners include The Proclaimers, Richard Thompson Electric Trio, Beth Orton, Big Country and Sharon Shannon Band.

Other artists include Daphne & co, Martin, Blair & a Blackbeard, Fisherman’s Friends, Daphane’s Flight, Martyn Joseph, Martin Simpson, Peter Knight & John Spiers, Wildwood Kin, Faustus, Blair Dunlop, Brighouse and Rastrick Band, Blackbeard’s Tea Party, and Blowzabella.

Towersey also includes workshops, creative quarter, all about children, youth activities, street theater, ceilidh, real ale bar, street food, spoken word & storytelling, films, free parking, camping.

Additional information: www.towerseyfestival.com

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Flamenco Festival London Announces 2018 Program

Flamenco Festival London is set to open on February 14th. Mujer y Creación (Women and Creativity) is the motto of the 15th anniversary of Flamenco Festival London that goes beyond the classical image of the flamenco dancer, to reclaim the stories of women, in their tireless search to make tangible their own realities. They are creators of today who use flamenco art to break barriers and move forward towards the freedom that art gives them.

The program opens on Wednesday, February 14, with Tempo de Luz by acclaimed singer Carmen Linares, plus two of the essential vocalists of the scene, Arcángel and Marina Heredia. They will be accompanied in this Flamenco Festival production by the versatile dancer Ana Morales and the virtuoso accompaniment on guitar by Miguel Ángel Cortés, José Quevedo “Bolita”, and the percussion of Paquito González, presenting the fire and passion of flamenco in an evening of incomparable art that ranges from its gypsy roots to the most modern innovations.

The leading performer of modern flamenco dance María Pagés Compañía will perform Yo Carmen, from Thursday 15 to Saturday 17.

Dancers Úrsula López, Tamara López and Leonor Leal are set to perform on Sunday, February 18.

In what is an extraordinary collaboration with the avant-garde dancer and choreographer Israel Galván, the classical dancer Isabel Bayón reinvents herself and explores the demons and superstitions of the flamenco world with her show Dju-Dju on Tuesday, February 20.

From 21 and until Friday 23, the London theater hosts the Flamenco Gala La Chana, Goddess of Compas (the beat), where tribute is paid to a great dance teacher, La Chana, accompanied by one of the most renowned dancers in history , Antonio Canales; a visceral talent, El Farru; and a young representative of the legendary Moneo family, Gem Moneo.

The last Saturday of February, the 24th, the Flamenco Ballet of Jesús Carmona will present Ímpetus, a work full of emotion that interprets in an irresistible way some of the most famous compositions of Spanish authors through its impressive taconeo (heel rhythmic stomping) and its movements influenced by ballet.

The Rafaela Carrasco Dance Company will perform on Sunday, February 25th its show Nacida sombra that vindicates the great creators of the Golden Age, reinterpreting Baroque music through the rhythms and echoes of flamenco.

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