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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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Celtic Connections 2019 Opens January 17

Acclaimed music festival Celtic Connections begins this Thursday, January 17, 2019. The eclectic Celtic and world music event will feature around 100 young musicians from across Scotland and Showcase Scotland partner-country Galicia (Spain) taking to the stage of the Main Auditorium at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, together with some of the utmost well-respected Scottish musicians to have emerged since the festival first began in 1994.

folk orchestra SonDeSeu

Syne of the Times will star young musical talent from the 45 Fèisean (Scottish Gaelic Arts Youth Tuition Festivals) now held annually around Scotland, the Orcadian youth music project Hadhirgaan and Galician folk orchestra SonDeSeu. Artists including Julie Fowlis, Duncan Chisholm, Lauren MacColl, Michael McGoldrick, Donald Shaw, Aidan O’Rourke, Brighde Chaimbeul and recently crowned Trad Awards ‘Folk band of the Year’ Daimh will be among a set of other special guests performing as part of the Celtic Connections Opening Concert for 2019. This very special show will celebrate the passing on of the tradition through generations.  

It will be the first of over 300 events featuring more than 2,000 musicians from around the world, taking place in venues across Glasgow until Sunday, February 3rd.

The packed program features a host of concerts including one-off musical collaborations and special commissions alongside talks, workshops, film screenings, theater productions, ceilidhs, exhibitions, free events and late-night sessions.

In a program rich with Audio-Visual shows, highlights include the world premieres of Brave in Concert and The Bard’s Tale.

The immensely popular Disney movie Brave will be screened with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra performing the music from the film live, alongside solo performances from artists who appeared on the original soundtrack. The score was written by award winning Glasgow-born composer Patrick Doyle, who the festival will also be celebrating with a special one-off show to mark his 65th birthday.

Fiona Hunter

For the first time Gaelic culture and the gaming world collide with The Bard’s Tale. Featuring the uplifting voices of Kathleen MacInnes, Fiona Hunter, Eilidh Cormack, Kim Carnie and Mackenzie, Simple Minds bassist Ged Grimes, who has also composed all of the live music, will lead a stellar backing line-up of Gregor Philp, Ali Hutton, Innes White, Màiri Chaimbeul, Martin O’NeillEwen Henderson and Brian McAlpine. This show will be a virtual quest through 18th century Scotland incorporating synchronized video, gameplay, drama, and live music that was originally composed for the computer game The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep.

Experience a sonic encounter of voice, guitar, gamelan, percussion and strings in singer and composer Susheela Raman’s performance with contemporary Indonesian gamelan players, Ghost Gamelan.  Opening will be a creative new project by Tom Bancroft that focuses on the common ground between Scottish music, jazz, Indian music and electronica.  

Other world music highlights include Malian quartet Songhoy Blues and Fado star Mariza.

Sona Jobarteh at the Arts Center in Carrboro, 2018 – Photo by Angel Romero

Born into one of West Africa’s principal griot families, multi-talented Gambian/British artist Sona Jobarteh is the first woman of such lineage to attain virtuoso status on the kora, interrupting seven centuries of exclusively male tradition. Sona will play the Queen Margaret Union over the first weekend, with 2019 marking the first year the festival will be using the West End venue.

Also taking place in the Queen Margaret Union will be Baile air Bhoil. Following previous joint promotions by Glasgow University, Ceòl ’s Craic and An Lòchran, Gaelic club night Baile air Bhoil makes its Celtic Connections debut, headlined by two of Gaelic music’s most innovative acts. Now expanded to a five piece, including Josie Duncan’s transcendent vocals, Inyal craft boldly panoramic soundscapes, alternately epic and ethereal, fusing fiddles, uilleann pipes, whistle and guitar with synth, electronics and drums. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Griogair’s current project sees him fusing original spoken-word poetry with hiphop production, also incorporating jazz, soul and African sounds. Special guests include inspirational Jamaican singer Brina, Malian percussionist and kora player Kalifa Kone and Skye DJ/producer Jamie Shaka.

Music created at song writing workshops run by Glasgow’s Vox Liminis Distant Voices organization, which brought together Scottish musicians with people affected by criminal justice issues and featured on the 2018 album Not Known at This Address, will be performed live by co-writers Kris Drever, C Duncan, Emma Pollock, Admiral Fallow, Rachel Sermanni, Pronto Mama, Fiskur and Donna Maciocia. The Distant Voices project will also be explored in a talk and discussion.

Musicians from Celtic Connections 2019 international partner, Galicia, will perform a series of shows, and music industry delegates will attend Showcase Scotland, which provides a platform for Scottish musicians to develop their careers.

11,000 school children will learn about, enjoy and be inspired by Celtic music through a series of free morning concerts and workshops as part of the Celtic Connections Education Programme.

Donald Shaw, Creative Producer for Celtic Connections, said: “With each new Celtic Connections we look to bring together artists, ideas and unique collaborations that create powerful and moving work that can be enjoyed by audiences and musicians alike. Each year we present a selection of the best music and musicians you can see anywhere in the world and through all this we remain true to our Celtic roots – roots that began with a journey of discovery by a nation that is always searching.  Celtic Connections will also once again be at its heart a celebration – a coming together of people from across the world to enjoy live music and, as always, it is that I am most looking forward to.”   

Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life, stated: “It’s time to banish the winter blues as we get set to embark on the incredible musical journey that is Celtic Connections. As a UNESCO City of Music Glasgow is the place to be for lovers of live music. This brilliant festival brings the best of our home grown talent and artists from across the world to stages across the city, with world leading musicianship and inspiration and shows that capture the unique spirit of Celtic Connections – a festival that unites artists and styles and cultures to create something truly new, truly special. We hope very much you can join us at Celtic Connections 2019.”

Alan Morrison, Head of Music, Creative Scotland expressed: “Since its launch in 1994, Celtic Connections has pushed back the boundaries of Scottish culture while never losing sight of the traditions at its core. In 2019, that’s as true of the young musicians filling the opening night stage for Syne Of The Times as it is of the videogame technology behind The Bard’s Tale concert. This is a finger-on-the-pulse festival where respect for Scotland’s heritage is woven through the program and artists are encouraged to collaborate and experiment, taking that heritage to the next level. Once again it’s time to throw our doors wide open so that musicians from near and far can come in and brighten our winter nights.”

To see the full program for Celtic Connections 2019 and buy tickets visit: www.celticconnections.com

Headline photo: Folk band of the Year Daimh

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Nitin Sawhney to Present Brexit – A rational anthem for a national tantrum in London

Nitin Sawhney

The debut of Nitin Sawhney’s ‘Brexit’ – A rational anthem for a national tantrum, is scheduled for Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Barbican in London. Admission is free.

The show reflects the highs and lows of ‘Brexit Britain’, composed and performed by British Indian musician and composer Nitin Sawhney, members of his band, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO) and London Community Voices, conducted by Jonathon Heyward. 

In this new commission, Sawhney considers the state of the nation, focusing on its modern-day elements of multiculturalism, diversity and people. Using his findings from a tour of UK towns and cities, Sawhney will showcase a new ‘anthem’ that he has devised to look away from the past and truly reflect our current society – both in its lyrics and music. Sawhney decided that the piece would be brought to life by the teenage musicians of the NYO – who represent those who will shape the society of tomorrow.

The performance will also feature material from Nitin Sawhney’s back catalogue of 11 solo studio albums: Spirit Dance (1994), Migration (1995), Displacing the Priest (1996), Beyond Skin (1999), Prophesy, Human, Philtre (2005), London Undersound (2008), Last Days of Meaning (2011), OneZero (2013), and Dystopian Dream (2015).

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The 10th Annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival Releases Final Artist Lineup

The 10th annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival has announced the final round of artists for its milestone 2019 event. Cali Roots X will take place at the historic Monterey County Fair and Event Center from May 24-26, 2019. Adding to the already anounced lineup is Slightly Stoopid and Friends, Atmosphere, SOJA, Tash Sultana, Citizen Cope, Steel Pulse, The Movement, Jesse Royal, Ballyhoo!, Ocean Alley and For Peace Band.

Cali Roots has become a leading reggae and roots music festival in the U.S. “When programming our ten year lineup, I knew I had to deliver the best representation of what embodies the event and couldn’t be happier with the results,” says festival co-producer Dan Sheehan. He adds, “The music is just the beginning. We are working with our visual artists for fresh art installations and our greening team to bring even more environmental initiatives.”

The 2019 festival will also feature a diverse lineup of the best food Monterey has to offer. Between sets, attendees can take in and enjoy pop up performances, DJ sets, and unique art installations.

Friday, May 24

Stick Figure
Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals
Atmosphere
Citizen Cope
Steel Pulse
The Green
Common Kings
Fiji
The Skints
Don Carlos
Ballyhoo
For Peace Band

Saturday, May 25

Slightly Stoopid and Friends
Dirty Heads
Tash Sultana
Pepper
Protoje
The Expendables
G Love and Special Sauce
The Movement
Iya Terra
Jo Mersa Marley
Ocean Alley
Roots Of Rebellion

Sunday, May 26

Rebelution
SOJA
UB40 feat Ali, Astro
Nahko
Cypress Hill (performing Black Sunday)
Collie Buddz
Matisyahu (Performing songs from Live at Stubbs)
Alborosie
Dread Mar I
Jesse Royal
Kabaka Pyramid
Xiuhtezcatl
The Elovators

The 10th Annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival
Dates: Friday, May 24, 2019 – Sunday May 26, 2019
Monterey County Fair and Event Center
Address: 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, CA 93940
More at californiarootsfestival.com

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