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Ernán López-Nussa and Habana Project in Madrid

Ernán López-Nussa - From Havana to Rio
Ernán López-Nussa – From Havana to Rio
(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana.- Cuban pianist Ernán López-Nussa will perform next Friday in Madrid’s Calle 54 Club, whose name inspired moviemaker Fernando Trueba for a documentary. The Cuban musician will be accompanied by Habana Project, made up of renowned musicians from the Caribbean Island, including Changuito, Tata Güines, Pancho Terry and Oliver Valdés. The presence of Terry and Güines shows that López-Nussa grants great importance to percussion, which he places at the same level of the piano: “It has to do with the way I feel jazz,” he said.

Previously, he and his quartet were very successful at the Vancouver Festival, in Canada, where he recorded his first CD. From Canada, he traveled to Sao Paulo, where he gave two concerts accompanied by drummer Edu Riberio and bass player Sizao Machado. He won the Grand Prix at Cubadisco’2002 for his album “From Havana to Rio“, which was initially recorded by the Brazilian record company Velas. López-Nussa said: “I believe in daily study and a greater opening of the spirit“.


MerleFest 2004 Announces Stellar Line-Up

merlefest_large-250Wilkesboro, North Carolina, USA – Ticket sales for MerleFest 2004 will begin on Tuesday, November 11, 2003 at 2:00 PM EST. Wilkes Community College will present MerleFest 2004, the 17th
annual festival in celebration of the music of the late Merle Watson and his father Doc Watson, on its campus in Wilkesboro, NC on April 29 May 2, 2004.

Those joining Doc Watson and Merle’s son Richard Watson for MerleFest 2004 will include the Sam Bush Band, Roseanne Cash, John Cowan Band, the Derailers, Donna the Buffalo, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Béla Fleck & Edgar Meyer, Vince Gill, the Gourds, David Grisman Quintet, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Hot Tuna, Jeannie Kendall, the Kruger Brothers, Patty Loveless, Natalie MacMaster, Nickel Creek, Tim O’Brien, Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing Trio, Old Crow Medicine Show, Reeltime Travelers, Tony Rice Unit, Savoy Doucet Cajun Band, Earl Scruggs with Family & Friends, the Waifs, Gillian Welch, Lucinda Williams, and Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison. Starting on November 11th, those with Internet access may acquire their tickets easily by visiting and, if purchasing assigned seats at the Watson Stage, actually pick their seat location on line. Those without Internet access may purchase tickets by calling 1-800-343-7857 (US only) or 336-838-6267 (non-US) from 10 AM through 4 PM, EST, weekdays. Tickets may also be ordered by fax (336-838-6263) and mail (MerleFest;
P.O. Box 120; Wilkesboro, NC 28697). Those interested in volunteering for MerleFest should call 336-838-6292. Vendor info: 336-838-6291. Sponsorship inquiries: 919-542-3997.

MerleFest 2004 has also confirmed appearances by R.G. Absher & Extra Measure, Alberti Flea Circus, Darol Anger, Lloyd Arneach, the Avett Brothers, Etta Baker, Russ Barenberg, Barenburg, Douglas & Meyer, Bering Straight, Big Country Bluegrass, Roy Book Binder, Laura Boosinger & Timmy Abell, the Alison Brown Quartet, T. Michael Coleman, the Deer Clan Singers, Dixie Dawn, the Jerry Douglas Band, the Gospel Jubilators, Mark Graham, Mitch Greenhill, Ernie Hawkins, Violet Hensley, Bob Hill, Clint, Clarence, & Garet Howard, Billy Jonas, Carol Elizabeth Jones & Laurel Bliss, Catfish Keith, Spider John Koerner, Kim & Jim Lansford, Jim Lauderdale, Jack Lawrence, the Lazybirds, Brad Leftwich, Brack
Llewellyn, the Local Boys, Mike Marshall, Bill Mathis, Andy May, Nashville Bluegrass Band, Pine Mountain Railroad, Ann Rabson, Reckless Kelly, Peter Rowan & Crucial Reggae, Shana Banana, Bob Sinclair, Mindy Smith, Joe Smothers, Tut Taylor, Joe Thompson, Tom, Brad & Alice, Two High String Band, Charles Welch, Pete Wernick, Wise Child, Adrienne Young & Little Sadie, and Zoe Speaks. All
bookings are subject to change without notice due to circumstances beyond our control.

Finals of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest for 2004 will take place at MerleFest on April 30th. Entries must be received by March 18, 2004. For more entry information, please call 800-799-3838 or visit the MerleFest web site ( MerleFest also hosts instrument contests for Mandolin (4/29), Guitar (4/30), and Banjo (4/30). Registration for 20 entrants these will take place on site at the festival approximately 90 minutes before the start of each contest. The popular Songwriters’ Coffeehouse again happens on Friday evening. Songwriters selected from registrants on site will share the stage with singer-songwriters performing at MerleFest.

MerleFest 2003 almost established new records for participation. Overall festival participation, including ticketed participants, artists, volunteers, children admitted free and community outreach, totaled 77,359 for MerleFest 2003, less than 1000 short of the record. Some fifty non-profit civic and college organizations earned $308,513 in net revenue on gross receipts of $489,458 through their participation in MerleFest 2003. Proceeds from MerleFest, meanwhile, have permitted the college to make numerous capital improvements, including the Eddy Merle Watson Memorial Garden for the Senses, the Doc & Merle Watson Theatre, fiber-optic wiring for the campus, and the endowment of scholarships for its students. These funds supplement the college’s state and local budget. This year, funds generated by the festival will enable Wilkes Community College to contribute $654,988 toward scholarships, salaries, program enhancements and capital improvements.

Over its 16-year history, MerleFest has contributed more than $4.4 million to the college. At MerleFest 2003 3,113 volunteers contributed some 37,429 hours. Total MerleFest 2003 gross revenue exceeded $2.26 million. Using guidelines recommended by the College of Business at Appalachian State University, the total regional economic impact of MerleFest 2003 is estimated at $12,286,799. The direct economic impact on Wilkes County alone from the festival is estimated at $6.5 million, according to the MerleFest 2003 Economic Impact Report and Financial Statement, released on June 27. MerleFest 2004 will take place on April 29 May 2 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

MerleFest has continued to evolve, grow, and improve since 1988, becoming one of the most important annual events in the Southeast. In so doing MerleFest has defined and led the way for the emerging field called Americana music. MerleFest offers a generation and genre crossing mix of traditional and contemporary roots music, bringing together the very best of bluegrass, contemporary acoustic,
Celtic, blues, folk, old-time, Cajun, jazz, and singer-songwriter musics, along with traditional dance and crafts.


Celebration of the "Tres," the Seed of "Son" in Cuba

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – The “tres” guitar present in the origins of “son,” will star in the Plectrohabana 2003 Festival, to take place November 20 through 23, which will welcome acts of the lute and other string instruments. In press conference, Cuban musician Efraín Amador commented on several concerts and lectures to take place by famous Cuban tres player “Pancho” Amat, and the Assai trio from Alcalá de Henares, Spain. The event is aimed to acknowledge the “tres” guitar as a national heritage, he stated, and recalled that it is the only string instrument created in Cuba. It is said that the oldest “tres” was produced with codfish boxes, probably brought by dock workers, and was played with a pick or plectrum. Later it lost its rustic mandolin shape and developed into a refined object of craftsmanship. Some of the great “tres” musicians in history are Arsenio Rodriguez and Isaac “Papi” Oviedo.


Festival Ethnoambient Salona 2004, Croatia, Invites Mediterranean Musicians

Zagreb, Croatia – The 2004 edition of Ethnoambient Salona will focus on the Mediterranean and the organizers would like to invite all those musicians from the Mediterranean who didn’t have a chance to perform in the past and whose work is based on the tradition of their own culture. Artists or agents should

Ethnoambient Salona is the oldest world music festival in Croatia and tends to promote different cultures through fusion of the traditional and contemporary music.

Since 1998 this festival welcomed artists from Israel, Italy, Mongolia, Canadian aboriginals, England, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Catalonia (Spain), Ireland, Pakistan, Hungary, Australian aboriginals, Iran, Bulgaria, France and Croatia. This open air festival is held at the magical ancient Roman archeological site of Salona which is situated in Solin, near Split at the
Adriatic Coast.

Music is the main focus, but visitors also get a chance to explore the fair of organic/eco farming & traditional crafts and souvenirs and also to enjoy the natural beauty of the area – the rivers, the mountains, the Adriatic sea and beautiful Mediterranean atmosphere.


The Largest WOMEX Ever

womex-250Sevilla, Spain – WOMEX 2003 opens its doors in Sevilla October 22 through 26 October. With
over 2000 registrations and more than 300 exhibitors at more than 200 stands, it will be the biggest world music networking session ever.

For a first impression on the WOMEX Showcase Selection click here.

For more information on WOMEX in Spanish you should surf to Portalatino.

WOMEX for the first time officially starts on Wednesday afternoon. From 17:00 – 20:30 all early birds can pick up their registration badge.After the welcoming speech by the mayor of Seville, Alfredo Sánchez Monteseirín, on October 22nd, there will be a concert at 8 p.m. at the Auditorium Al-Andalus in the Palace with pianist Dorantes and the Indian group Musafir. Both artists will perform separataly at the beginning and will later play together.

The Worldwide Music Expo WOMEX is the largest international gathering for world music professionals. It is a great networking point exclusively dedicatedto world, roots, folk, ethnic, traditional and local music of all kinds.


Folk Alliance Late-Night World Music Showcases

Silver Spring, MD , USDA – The Folk Alliance has announced three late-night showcases at the 16th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference in San Diego.

Thursday February 26, 2004, 10:45pm
Cascada De Flores
Conjunto Jardín
Ramón Romero and Cuerdas de Fuego

Friday February 27, 2004, 10:45pm
Details to be announced soonSaturday February 28, 2004, 10:45pm
George Kahumoku (12 string slack key guitar, vocals and story telling)
Keoki Kahumoku (6 string slack key guitar, ukulele, vocals)
Dennis Kamakahi (6 string slack key guitar, vocals)
David (Kawika) Kamakahi (ukulele, vocals)
Patrick Landeza (6 string slack key guitar, vocals)
Herb Ohta Jr. (ukulele, vocals)
And hula dancers to be announced.

The San Diego conference will also feature workshops on classical Cambodian dance, Iranian santuri, Hawaiian Music and Corridos, The Mexican Narrative Ballad.

The conference brochure is going out this week via bulk mail but it is already on our website as a pdf file at


Everything Ready for Cuban Culture Week in Argentina

Chucho Valdes
Chucho Valdes
(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Buenos Aires, Argentina – An exquisite and varied program including performances by the famous pianist Chucho Valdés at the legendary Colón Theater in Buenos Aires will form part of the Cuban Culture Week in Argentina this year. The traditional celebration, which lasts almost two months, will open Saturday with a performance by the group Clave Cubana, as in previous years, at the prestigious cultural center La Recoleta.

Chucho Valdés, founder and director of Irakere and one of the best jazz musicians in the world, will give the first of three performances scheduled for Buenos Aires (two at the Colón Theater and one at the Opera) on October 20, Cuba’s Culture Day. According to Valdes’s statement recently in the Dominican Republic, where he was taking part in the 5th Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, he will play with a symphony orchestra and will repeat the solo concert, which already earned him praise in Los Angeles, United States. At the Colón Theater, one of the most important theaters in Latin America, Valdés will perform with the orchestra led by Milen Nachev, in a program mixing Cuban percussionists and symphonic musicians. He will play works by the Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona and the French musician Héctor Berlioz, to commemorate the latter’s 200th birthday.


WOMEX 2003 Inaugural Concert

Seville, Spain – Flamenco pianist David Peña Dorantes, from Lebrija (Seville), has a new show, with new pieces, which will be presented at WOMEX 2003. He will share the stage with Indian group Musafir on October 22nd to mark the opening of WOMEX 2003 and 3rd Flamenco World Fair.

On October 22nd, the Palace of Exhibitions and Congresses of Seville will become the international capital of world music with the inauguration of WOMEX 2003 and the 3rd Flamenco World Fair. Hundreds of artists and proposals will be exposed commercially for agents and presenters from many countries. One of the highlights is expected to be the inaugural event for both trade shows.

After the welcoming speech by the mayor of Seville, Alfredo Sánchez Monteseirín, on October 22nd, there will be a concert at 8 p.m. at the Auditorium Al-Andalus in the Palace with pianist Dorantes and the Indian group Musafir. Both artists will perform separately at the beginning and will later play together.


The San Francisco Jazz Festival Features World Music

omara_portuondo_9San Francisco, USA (PRWEB) — SFJAZZ is proud to announce the line-up for the 21st Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival presented by Target Stores, a two-and-a-half-week extravaganza featuring the best in jazz today, from October 23 through November 9, 2003.  The Festival presents a phenomenal array of concerts: legendary masters alongside groundbreaking newcomers, time-honored traditions mixed with bold exploration, and players and sounds from around the globe as well as from our own Bay Area backyard.

Featuring concert hall shows at Masonic Auditorium and Oakland’s Calvin Simmons Theatre, intimate performances at Herbst Theatre and Florence Gould Theatre at the Palace of the Legion of Honor, a swinging Bay cruise, and a rousing tribute at Grace Cathedral, the 2003 Festival continues its tradition. As always, proceeds from the festival will benefit SFJAZZ’s music education programs in Bay Area schools.This year, the Festival kicks off with a very special evening with McCoy Tyner, a member of John Coltrane’s “classic quartet” of the 1960’s, in a rare solo piano engagement at the Herbst. Also at the Herbst, hot young piano star Peter Cincotti makes his Festival debut and soul-stirring singer Mavis Staples presents a tribute to gospel great Mahalia Jackson at the Festival’s annual Sacred Space concert at Grace Cathedral.       

Other Festival highlights include world music singing sensations Omara Portuondo (Cuba) and Virginia Rodrigues (Brazil) at the Masonic; “A Taste of Umbria”: a series of intimate concerts with some of the brightest new talents and forward-looking figures in Italian jazz; the long-awaited return of R&B great Ruth Brown; an evening with jazz great Dave Holland and his Quintet at the Palace of Fine Arts; legendary piano master Cecil Taylor in a solo performance, also at the Palace of Fine Arts; powerhouse singer Etta James and her Roots Band at the Masonic Auditorium; local legends Maria Muldaur and Dan Hicks share a double-bill at the Palace of Fine Arts; and the Bay Area jazz scene comes together to celebrate the life and work of esteemed jazz critic Phil Elwood in the annual SFJAZZ Beacon Award celebration.

The Festival’s extraordinary lineup continues with Spanish flamenco piano phenomenon Chano Dominguez; the “Rematch” of Hammond B-3 icons Jimmy Smith and Joey DeFrancesco at Bimbo’s 365 Club; guitar master Bill Frisell and his Intercontinentals, sharing a bill with innovator Marc Ribot; a members-only
concert with Marian McPartland; an elegant evening with Nancy Wilson and Ramsey Lewis at the Masonic; the 20th anniversary celebration of the Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette trio; the ever-popular Bay Cruise, and much more.


October 23 – November 9, 2003
Thursday, October 23, noon
Union Square
Youth in Jazz
SFJAZZ All-Star High School Ensemble

Thursday, October 23, 7:30pm
Herbst Theatre, Van Ness & McAllister Streets, SF
Solo Piano: McCoy Tyner
McCoy Tyner

Friday, October 24, 8pm
Herbst Theatre, Van Ness & McAllister Streets, SF
New Sensation: Peter Cincotti
Peter Cincotti;
Julian Lage

Friday, October 24, 8pm
Grace Cathedral, California & Taylor Streets, SF
Sacred Space
Mavis Staples Sings Mahalia Jackson

Friday & Saturday, October 24 & 25, 8pm
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, Lyon & Bay Streets, SF
Sun Rings
Kronos Quartet

Saturday October 25, 2pm
Florence Gould Theatre, Palace of the Legion of Honor, SF
Best of Italy I
Gabriele Mirabassi/Luciano Biondini Duo;
Gianluigi Trovesi/Gianni Coscia Duo

Saturday, October 25, 8pm
Masonic Auditorium, California & Taylor Streets, SF
Buena Vista Social Club presents
Omara Portuondo;
Virginia Rodrigues

Saturday, October 25, 8pm
Herbst Theatre, Van Ness & McAllister Streets, SF
From Broadway to the Bay
Ann Hampton Callaway

Sunday, October 26, 7pm
Herbst Theatre, Van Ness & McAllister Streets, SF
Miss Brown Comes to Town
Ruth Brown
Joe Louis Walker

Sunday, October 26, 7pm & Family Matinee 3pm
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, Lyon & Bay Streets, SF
An Evening with
Dave Holland Quintet

Thursday, October 30, 7:30pm
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, Lyon & Bay Streets, SF
Solo Piano II
Cecil Taylor, solo

Friday, October 31, 8pm
Herbst Theatre, Van Ness & McAllister Streets, SF
Best of Italy II
Enrico Rava & Paolo Fresu “Play Miles Davis”;
Doctor 3

Saturday, November 1, 2pm
Florence Gould Theatre, Palace of the Legion of Honor, SF
Best of Italy III
Enrico Rava/Stefano Bollani Duo;
Danilo Rea/Stefano Di Battista Duo

Saturday, November 1, 8pm
Masonic Auditorium, California & Taylor Streets, SF
Let’s Roll
Etta James & the Roots Band

Sunday, November 2, 2pm
Florence Gould Theatre, Palace of the Legion of Honor, SF
Singing On Sunday I
René Marie

Sunday, November 2, 7pm
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, Lyon & Bay Streets, SF
Local Legends Sing All-Time Favorite Classics
Maria Muldaur “Remembering Peggy Lee”;
Dan Hicks & Jazztet Noir

Monday, November 3, 7:30pm
Herbst Theatre, Van Ness & McAllister Streets, SF
SFJAZZ Beacon Award: A Salute to Phil Elwood   
Mel Martin’s Bebop & Beyond Quartet; Kim Nalley; Leon Oakley’s Friends of Jazz;
Denise Perrier; Larry Vuckovich’s Young at Heart Band; Denny Zeitlin Trio with
Mel Graves & George Marsh; (more TBA)

Wednesday, November 5, 7:30pm
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, Lyon & Bay Streets, SF
Flamenco Jazz
Chano Domínguez
With special guest Jerry Gonzales

Thursday, November 6, 7:30 & 10pm
Bimbo’s 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave., SF
B-3 Summit: The Rematch
The Jimmy Smith Group
The Joey DeFrancesco Trio

Friday, November 7, 8pm
Calvin Simmons Theatre, Ten 10th St., Oakland
Intercontinental Guitar
Bill Frisell & The Intercontinentals
Marc Ribot y los Cubanos Postizos

Friday, November 7, 8pm
Herbst Theatre, Van Ness & McAllister
SFJAZZ Members Only Concert: Piano Jazz…Live!
Marian McPartland

Saturday, November 8, 8pm
Masonic Auditorium, California & Taylor Streets, SF
Simple Pleasures
Nancy Wilson & Ramsey Lewis

Sunday, November 9, 11am
Signature Yacht Events’ San Francisco Spirit; Pier 9
Swingin’ on the Bay
Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
Swing Fever featuring Denise Perrier

Sunday, November 9, 2pm
Florence Gould Theatre, Palace of the Legion of Honor, SF
Singing on Sunday II
Kitty Margolis

Sunday, November 9, 7pm
Masonic Auditorium, California & Taylor Streets, SF
The Trio at 20
Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette

TICKETS:    (FREE to $75) On sale now to SFJAZZ members, on sale to the public August 3, 2003; available in person (without service charge) at the SFJAZZ Box Office, 3 Embarcadero Center, Lobby Level, SF; on SFJAZZ’s web site, (service charge applied); and via (service charge applied) by phone at 415/776-1999 [outside CA
800/225-2277]. Tickets for Herbst Theatre concerts are only available by calling City Box Office at 415/392-4400

INFO:    415/788-SFJF (7353) [outside CA 800/850-SFJF (7353)] or


International Ney Meeting

Greece – On Saturday the 11thth, Sunday the 12th and Monday the 13th of October 2003, the Cultural Organization En Chordais – Musical Traditions of the Mediterranean – is organizing an International Ney Meeting in Istanbul.

The International Ney Meeting is taking place within the framework of the MediMuses project, whose field of action includes research, educational and artistic activities in countries of the Mediterranean. The International Meetings are considered to be of the most significant activities of the project, as they focus on the musical instruments of the Mediterranean.

MediMuses project, which is part of the broader European Union supported Euromed Heritage II program, aims to research and recompose the elements of the common Mediterranean Music Heritage.

During the International Ney Meeting nine of the most distinguished Mediterranean ney (or nay) performers will teach and present their style, technique and repertoire, by giving master classes and recitals. As side events, lectures on the historical evolution of the instrument will be given by researchers and musicologists (Dr. Cem Behar, Dr. Mahmoud Guettat, Dr. Walter Feldman, Mr. Fikret Karakaya and Mr. Hossein Omoumi).

The selection of the performers ensures that all the different schools that have flourished around the Mediterranean will be presented with their different style, technique, and repertoires.

Timetable of the International Ney Meeting

Saturday 11th of October 2003

15:00 – 16:30 p.m. Master Class – Ali Tufecsi

16:30 – 18:00 p.m. Master Class – Haris Lambrakis

18:00 – 19:30 p.m. Master Class – Slah El Manaa

19:30 – 21:00 p.m. Master Class – Samir Siblini

Sunday 12th of October 2003

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Kyriakos Kalaitzides opens the lectures.

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Lecture by Fikret Karakaya: “The Ney in the history of Turkish music and the role of Niyazi Sayin”

11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Lecture by Mahmoud Guettat: “The Ney in the Arabic musical tradition”

11:30 – 12:00 a.m. Lecture by Walter Feldman: “Sufi and seculars in the history of the performance of the ney in the Ottoman Turkey””

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Lecture by Cem Behar: “The Ney in Ottoman Turkey”

12:30-13:00 p.m. Lecture by Hossein Omoumi: “Ney in Persian Music: from past till nowadays.”

13:00 – 14:00 p.m. Intermission

14:00 – 17:00 p.m. Open Stage

19:30 – 20:00 p.m. Concert – Ahmed Sahin

20:00 – 20:30 p.m. Concert – Haris Lambrakis

20:30 – 21:00 p.m. Intermission

21:00 – 21:30 p.m. Concert – Rachid Zeroual

21:30 – 22:00 p.m. Concert – Samir Siblini

Monday 13th of October 2003

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Master Class – Hassan Faqir

11:30 – 13:00 p.m. Master Class – Ahmed Sahin

13:00 – 14:30 p.m. Master Class – Hossein Omoumi

14:30 – 16:00 p.m. Master Class – Rachid Zeroual

19:30 – 20:00 p.m. Concert – Ali Tufekci

20:00 – 20:30 p.m. Concert – Slah Eddine Manaa

20:30 – 21:00 p.m. Intermission

21:00 – 21:30 p.m. Concert – Hassan Faqir

21:30 – 22:00 p.m. Concert – Hossein Omoumi

22:00 – 22:30 p.m. Concert – Suleyman Erguner