Boundary-breaking Portuguese guitar player Marta Pereira da Costa will be touring North America in March 2019, with a monthlong, five city tour, that includes stops at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. This tour is a rare opportunity to catch the world’s first and, so far, only woman to play the Portuguese guitar professionally.
Marta is bringing her unique take on contemporary Portuguese sounds to North America, along with her band: António Pinto on classical guitar, Miguel Amado on contrabass, Alexandre Diniz on piano, and André Sousa Machado on percussion. Together they’ll perform both Marta’s original repertoire from her self-titled album, Marta Pereira da Costa, as well as their own takes on Portuguese classics from the artists that have influenced her, including Variações Carlos Paredes and Mário Pacheco.
“Last year we played more than 30 concerts, so I’m very happy with this opportunity to take my voice, which is my Portuguese guitar, and my project and band to perform in the US”, says Marta.
Marta Pereira da Costa 2019 U.S. Tour Dates:
March 7th – Five Wounds Portuguese National Church, San Jose, California
March 8th – Portuguese Embassy, Washington DC
March 9th – Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, Washington DC
March 13th – Victorian Room, Driskill Hotel SXSW Festival, Austin, Texas
March 14th – Lincoln Center, David Rubenstein Atrium, New York
March 15th – DROM, New York
March 16th – Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA
Acclaimed Malian band Songhoy Blues, has announced a short run of U.K. dates in January 2019.
Currently in the process of writing and recording their new album, their upcoming live dates follow their much talked about U.K. shows in2017 including a formidable set on the Park Stage at Glastonbury, a sold out headline show as part of the Summer Series at Somerset House in London, a tremendous success at the Liverpool Festival of Psychedelia and a performance at the Royal Albert Hall.
One of the rising stars in the world music scene, Congolese musician Jupiter Bokondji and his band Okwess will be touring the United States and Mexico in September and October 2018.
The Congolese artists will be presenting their second album Kin Sonic. The album includes contributions from Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz, violinist Warren Ellis of Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds and Robert del Naja, aka ‘3D’, of Massive Attack.
2018 Tour Dates:
September 21 – Albuquerque, NM – Globalquerque Festival
September 22 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
September 23 – Chicago, IL – Navy Pier IMAX
September 25 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
September 26 – Guanajuato, Mexico – Festival Cervantino
September 28 – Bloomington, IN – Lotus Festival
September 29 – Bloomington, IN – Lotus Festival
October 2 – Philadelphia, PA – MilkBoy
October 3 – Brooklyn, NY – Littlefield
October05 – Boston, MA – Boston University
October 7 – Joshua Tree, CA – Joshua Tree Music Festival
October 8 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
October 9 – Los Angeles, CA – Zebulon Cafe Concert
October 11 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
October 12 – Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Club Casino
October 16 – Seattle, WA – Nectar Lounge
October 18 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s
October 20 – Black Mountain, NC – LEAF Community Arts Festival
October 26 – Guanajuato, Mexico – Explanada de la Alhóndiga de Granaditas
October 27 – Mérida, Mexico – Teatro Armando Manzanero
Aynur, one of the great voices of the eastern Mediterranean, will be touring the United States and Canada in September 2018. Her ensemble includes Salman Gambarov on piano and Cemil Qoçgîrî on tenbur. Clarinetist Kinan Azmeh will be a special guest at New York concert.
Aynur is one of the leading musicians in Turkey. Her music is based on traditional Kurdish folk music, which she combines with Western music. Her lyrics often describe the life and struggles of Kurdish people, specially women. Her recordings include Hawniyaz, Hevra (Together), Rewend and Keçe Kurdan.
Aynur has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Kayhan Kalhor, Javier Limón, Kinan Azmeh, and appeared in the documentary film “The Music of Strangers” about Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.
The Chano Domínguez Quintent will be touring the West coast of the United. Acclaimed flamenco jazz pianist Chano Dominguez will be joined by bassist and composer Alexis Cuadrado, and drummer/percussionist Henry Cole, along with two renowned Spanish artists, singer Blas Cordoba an National Flamenco Contest winning dancer Daniel Navarro.
The quintet will revisit the music of Miles Davis through the prism of flamenco with selections from Domínguez’s Flamenco Sketches album that pays homage to Miles Davis through interpretations of his classic 1959 album Kind of Blue.
In addition to the West Coast dates, Chano will be performing with his trio at New York City’s High Line Ballroom as part of Blue Note Festival on June 26h. This lineup consists of Dominguez, Alexis Cuadrado and Henry Cole; and at the Montreal International Jazz Festival on June 28th, with Cuadrado, Cole, and New York City-based flamenco duo Ismael Fernandez (vocals) and Sonia Olla (dance).
Lastly, Domínguez will be releasing Chano & Colina, his latest recording for the Sunnyside label, on June 1st, 2018. The album captures Chano and his old friend and collaborator, Spanish bass virtuoso Javier Colina, live at the Sala de Camara del Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid in January 2017. It’s an intimate and beautiful record that invites the audience to listen in on the duo’s extraordinary, decades-long musical rapport.
Chano Dominguez Summer 2018 U.S. Tour Dates:
May 25: SFJazz, San Francisco, CA
May 26: The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), Phoenix, AZ
May 29: The Athenaeum, San Diego, CA
June 1: The Ford, Los Angeles, CA
June 2: Stanford Live, Stanford, CA
June 3: Winningstead Theater, Portland OR
June 4: Triple Door, Seattle, WA
June 6: Chateau des Fleurs, Boise, ID
June 26th, The Blue Note Festival at The Highline Ballroom, NY *With Chano Dominguez Trio featuring Alexis Cuadrado and Henry Cole
June 28th, Montreal International Jazz Festival *With Quintet, featuring Ismael Fernandez and Sonia Olla
Zimbabwean sensation Mokoomba will be back in the United States this summer for a summer too. The band made its SXSW debut in March 2018 and was inducted into the Afropop Worldwide Hall of Fame on May 3rd.
This five week tour starts in June and will go across the continent, making stops from the Midwest to Los Angeles and the California desert to Washington DC, and New England.
The band’s discography includes Kweseka (Zig Zag World, 2009), Rising Tide (Zig Zag Word / Igloo Mondo, 2012) and Luyando (Outhere Records, 2017)
Mokoomba Summer 2018 Tour Dates:
6/1 North St Cabaret, Madison, WI
6/3 Central Park Sessions, Madison, WI
6/6 The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN
6/8 Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA
6/9 Miracle Theater, Los Angeles, CA
6/13 Arroyo Seco Live Series, Taos, NM
6/22 Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD
6/23 World Refugee Day Event, Creative Alliance, Baltimore
6/25 African American Civil War Museum, Washington DC
6/28 Fine Arts Council, Warren, OH
6/29 Fine Arts Council, Warren, OH
7/1 Shadyside Nursery, Pittsburgh, PA
7/3 The State House, New Haven, CT
7/4 Feast & Field, Barnard, VT
7/6 The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH
7/7 EarthSkyTime Farm, Manchester, VT
7/8 Middlebury Festival on the Green, Middlebury, VT
Genre-defying band Jenny and the Mexicats has announced its return to the United States with a new tour that will take them to 19 cities starting on February 28. The first stop will be in Washington, D.C. and the dates will intertwine with their European tour where the quartet’s growth and popularity has intensified in the last year, forcing them to extend their tours and their stay.
Jenny and the Mexicats combines jazz, rockabilly, folk, flamenco, reggae, “veracruzano” music, country and cumbia.
Jenny and the Mexicats was formed by an English woman, two Mexicans and a Spaniard. Originally based in Madrid (Spain), the group later moved to Mexico in 2012.
The band released the bilingual album ‘Jenny And The Mexicats‘ (2011). In 2014 they released their second album ‘Ome.’ Their latest recording is Mar Abierto (Mexicat Records, 2017).
Zimbabwean band Mokoomba, an increasingly popular world music act, will be touring the United States in February and March 2018 in support of its 2017 album, Luyando.
The tour will include Mokoomba’s debut at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas and a week-long residency at the Zimbabwe Cultural Center of Detroit.
Winter 2018 United States Tour Dates:
February 22: BRIC House, Brooklyn, NY
February 24: House of Blues, Boston, MA
February 28 – March 7: Residency: Zimbabwe Cultural Center of Detroit, Detroit, MI
March 9: Taos Brewing Co, Taos, NM
March 11: The Dirty Bourbon Saloon, Albuquerque NM
March 14: SXSW: Russian House, Austin, TX
March 15: SXSW: Flamingo Cantina, Austin, TX
March 16: Freedom Hall, Forest Park IL
American world music showcase producers globalFEST have announced a tour featuring some of the finest young Latin music artists based in the United States. The tour, called globalFEST: The New Golden Age of Latin Music is part of globalFest On The Road’s productions. The artists featured include Las Cafeteras from East Los Angeles (California), Orkesta Mendoza from Tucson (Arizona) and Flor de Toloache from Brooklyn (New York).
The tour is divided into two sections: February 1 – March 3 concerts will feature a double bill with Las Cafeteras and Orkesta Mendoza; and March 7 – March 15 shows will include a double bill with Las Cafeteras and Mariachi Flor de Toloache.
The six-member ensemble Las Cafeteras began as a group of students at Eastside Cafe, a community space in East Los Angeles, where they learned to play son jarocho, a traditional music style from Veracruz rooted in Spanish, African and indigenous traditions. Veracruz is a state in the Gulf of Mexico. All of the band’s members are children of immigrants.
Las Cafeteras features traditional Mexican folk instruments including the jarana, an 8-string guitar; the quijada, a donkey jawbone (which serves as a percussive scraper) and a tarima, a wooden platform for dancing. While rooted in son jarocho, Las Cafeteras incorporate other music elements. It’s a combination of styles and sources that serves to deliver socially conscious lyrics, in both English and Spanish.
“We’re organizers. We’re movement kids,” said band member David Flores in a recent interview. “But we don’t say we’re political. We say we’re storytellers. It’s just not the mainstream story.”
They have released two recordings. Their song “La Bamba Rebelde”, a politically-charged remake of “La Bamba” (perhaps the most famous son jarocho) from their CD It’s Time (2012) became a theme song for the telenovela Bajo El Mismo Cielo on the Telemundo network. Las Cafeteras’ second album, Tastes Like LA, featuring the song “If I Was President”, was released in April 2016.
Las Cafeteras includes Daniel French on vocals, jarana; Enrique Chi on guitar; Denise Carlos on vocals, jarana, zapateado; José Cano on drums, cajón; Hector Flores on vocals, jarana, zapateado; Gloria Estrada on bass. From 2/11 through 2/18 concerts, Enrique Chi will be replaced by Chrisol Lomeli (vocals) and Xocoyotzin Moraza (requinto). For the 3/15 concert, Enrique Chi will be replaced by Jorge Mijangos (requinto, vocals).
Orkesta Mendoza, originally founded by singer and guitarist Sergio Mendoza in 2009 to play a 20-minute tribute set honoring Cuban mambo king, Dámaso Perez Prado, is an elegant sextet that plays a high-energy combination of mambo, cumbia, psychedelia and rock. The Orkesta´s music, arranged to suggest a big band with a touch of lo-fi electronics, speaks of a borderless world in which US culture and Hispanic traditions come together.
“I think it has to do with being near the border,” explained Mendoza, who also toured and recorded with Calexico, in an interview with the online magazine Rhythm Passport. “I grew up in Nogales, Sonora. Living in Mexico exposed me to cumbia and many regional styles of Mexico, such as mariachi and norteño. When I was 7, I moved to Nogales, Arizona. I started getting into American music and that is where the mixture of cultures begins.”
“From about 12 to 24 I completely forgot about Latin music. I studied a bit of many styles of music during that time. A little jazz, salsa, ska and a lot of classic rock and roll. I took a little bit from all the styles I had played and that’s how I started Orkesta Mendoza. Today we just want to rock more. Of course, it is Latin-based, but we like turning up our amps and consider ourselves a rock band.”
¡Vamos a Guarachar! (Let’s Party!) is the band’s most recent release and an invitation to dance with a mix of styles that goes from surf rock to mambo and pop rock.
Orkesta Mendoza includes Sergio Mendoza on vocals, guitar, keyboards; Brian López on vocals, electric guitar; Sean Rogers on bass, vocals; Marco Rosano on trombone, clarinet, accordion, keyboards; Quetzal Guerrero on violin, electric guitar, vocals; Jaime Peters on drums, programming.
Flor de Toloache
Winners of a 2017 Latin GRAMMY for their album Las Caras Lindas (The Pretty Faces), the all-female Flor de Toloache will partner with Las Cafeteras for the final segment of the tour, beginning March 7th in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The band was founded in 2008 by Mexican-Dominican violinist, vocalist, composer and arranger Mireya Ramos, who grew up in Puerto Rico listening to her father’s mariachi records, and Cuban-American vocalist and vihuela-player Shae Fiol. It started as a trio featuring harp, violin and vihuela (a small guitar-like instrument) before becoming a full ensemble. The members hail from diverse cultural backgrounds including Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Italy and the United States.
In 2015, they were nominated for a Latin GRAMMY for their self-titled debut, which paid their respects to traditional mariachi music while also adding their own R&B influences. The name Flor de Toloache, (toloache flower) alludes to the white flower of the Datura, a toxic plant known as a love potion in Mexican folk legend.
Flor de Toloache includes Mireya Ramos on violin, vocals; Shae Fiol on vihuela, vocals; Julie Acosta on trumpet, vocals; TBC on guitarrón, vocals.
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