Belgium – Easter Island group Matato’a will be touring Europe June 3 through September 15.
This unique group will attract special attention because it’s the first time a group from Easter Island will be touring Europe.
The musicians promote and preserve the ancestral traditions, the dances, the costumes, and the body paintings of Easter Island through traditional and modern music. Acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards and bass are mixed with traditional percussion, ukulele, harmonica, and traditional instruments such as stones, horse jaws, big drums, etc. For more information you can contact the tour organization ‘The World Festival of Folklore Schoten – Belgium.’ Patrick Beauquesne. Phone: +32 479 47 24 20.
Tbilisi, Georgia – The Rustavi Choir, one of the finest folk choirs in the world will be touring several European countries in the next months.
The Rustavi Company was founded in 1968. Art of Rustavi has roots in the past of Georgia’s folk music and folk performing arts. It is the product of Georgia’s musical Rustavi incorporates representatives from different parts of Georgia; the timbre of each singer’s voice bears a specific national coloring. The members of the company infuse its repertory the unique vocal traditions of their native parts as well as with their songs and the deep knowledge of their performing style.
Several concerts in Germany and The Netherlands have yet to be confirmed. The confirmed tour schedule is:April
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Mestre Ambrosio, founders of Pernambuco’s new music groove will begin a spring European tour in April.
Mestre Ambrósio masters a breathtaking show mixing the finest musical performance with irresistible rhythms and outstanding dance steps.Mestre Ambrósio’s six members graduated in modern and classical music. They are: Siba (fiddle, guitar and voice), Helder Vasconcelos (fole, percussion and voice) Mazinho Lima (bass, triangle and voice) Sergio Cassiano (percussion and voice) Mauricio Alves and Eder Rocha (percussion).
19.04 The Moods-Zurich (CH)
21.04 Alien Bar – Orleans (F)
23.04 Botanique-Brussels (B)
24.04 Melkweg-Amsterdam (NL)
26,27.04 Bordeaux (F) show + Masterclasses Maracatu & Cavalo Marinho
29.04 “Roda de Coco”; Favela Chic (Paris-F)
30.04 New Morning; Paris (F)
01.05 Orleans (F) Masterclasses Maracatu & Cavalo Marinho
02.05 Astrolabe; Toulouse (F)
04.05 Serpa (P)
Paris, France – If you’re in the UK this month you can feast your ears on two leading French world music groups. Lo’Jo and DuOud will be touring together, supported by the French Music Export Office.
Tour info:Friday April 4th, Queens Theatre, Edinburgh.
Saturday April 5th, Lakeside, Nottingham – Lo’Jo only.
Sunday April 6th, Roadmender, Northampton.
Wednesday April 9th, Fiddlers, Bristol.
Thursday April 10th, Ocean, London – with guest Talvin Singh.
Friday April 11th, Southport Arts Centre.
Saturday April 12th, Tolbooth, Stirling.
Sunday April 13th, The Arches, Glasgow.
Monday April 14th, The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen.
Both groups have recently released albums…
Lo’Jo released “L’une des siens” in March 2002 with international releases following according to tour dates. The album is distributed in the UK by Discovery Records. The album was released last summer in the United States under the title “Au cabaret sauvage” (World Village/Harmonia Mundi).
DuOud released their debut album “Wild Serenade” in November, the acoustic/electronic mix of classic Arab tracks and new compositions features guest artists Pierre Fruchard, Nedim and the members of Bum Cello.
Vancouver, Canada – From Cuba, Valentin y los del Caribe has been entertaining tourists for almost a decade. Now ready to embark on their first Canadian tour in July 2003, this lively 14-piece Cuban Salsa orchestra is geared to shake up any party scene. A brilliant combination of spicy vocals, tropical percussions, intense trumpets and dynamic trombones, Valentin y los del Caribe is one of Cuba’s top three orchestras currently performing the Varadero tourist circuit.Led by Rene Valentin Campos Santiesteban and his son Rene Amet Campos Artigas, Valentin y los del Caribe incorporates son, smooth salsa, sassy merengue, energizing cha cha, powerful timba, flamboyant bolero, cumbia,bachata and high-energy rhythms into its repertoire of over 100 musical compositions.
Valentin y los del Caribe’s newest CD- Para Bailar Mi Tumbao – on the EGREM label has just been released in time for their Canadian summer tour.
San Francisco, USA- Clarinet maestro Barbaros Erkose will be leaving Istanbul with his ensemble for an extensive concert tour of Sweden and Denmark, performing 11 concerts in 12 days.
Live, whether sharing the stage with American jazz or traditional Turkish musicians, Barbaros Erkose embraces and incites the audience with the vitality and passion of Turkish and Gypsy music. He balances out the great celebratory joy of Gypsy music with the melancholy of jazz, euphoria with a touch of the blues.
While his passion makes his performances more than energetic enough to keep hips swaying in bacchanalian celebration, his finesse and subtlety makes him capable of holding a concert hall enthralled. Though his roots are Turkish and Rom, Erkose is a citizen of the world and his music speaks a language that captivates people of all cultures.
Concert Dates & Locations:
April 2 – Malmo, Sweden
April 3 – Aalborg, Denmark
April 4 – Copenhagen, Denmark
April 5 – Lund, Sweden
April 6 – Helsingborg, Sweden
April 9 – Norrkoping, Sweden
April 10 – Gavle, Sweden
April 11 – Vasteras, Sweden
April 12 – Grebbestad, Sweden
April 13 – Stockholm, Sweden
April 14 – Oxelosund, Sweden
California, USA – Celtic rock band Tempest will be on tour to promote its new album, Shapeshifter.
Tempest has been recording and performing since 1988, has played more than 1000 performances and has released 9 CDs. Tempest is so much more than a folk-rock band. The roots of what they do draw sustenance from traditional folk music, and they rock like wild things, but that tag is far from succinct. What precisely would one call Celtic and European themes artfully sculpted by a Norwegian lead singer and double-necked mandolin player, a Cuban drummer, a crazy fiddle virtuoso, a sophisticated yet funky American bassist and a guitar player with a penchant for heavy rock guitar? Tempest is the only definition of the aforementioned to date. These guys take mythology and history, Irish jigs & reels, Norwegian traditional music and Scottish ballads and run it all through the rock &roll art school to produce a colorful and shapely soundscape that is fresh, irreverent and always a delight.
Fri. Mar. 28 Berkeley, CA STARRY PLOUGH
3101 Shattuck Ave. 9:30pm (510)841-2072
with special guests Brazen Hussey
Sat. Mar. 29 Modesto, CA BROWN BAG PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
924 15th Street, 8pm (209) 521-3053 http://www.brownbag.net
Sat. Apr. 5 Calistoga, CA NAPA VALLEY RENAISSANCE. Benefit for the River School
Villa Amorosa, 4045 Hwy 29, 7:30pm (707) 258-0664
Bloomington, USA – Tuareg ensemble Tartit will begin its US tour March 29 in New York city. The members of Tartit play the instruments of their Tuareg—or Kel Tamashek, as they prefer to be called—heritage. The tinde, played exclusively by women, is made from a small wooden mortar that the women use to grind grains, and which is covered with a goatskin.
Only women of the noble or the vassal tribes were once permitted to play the imzad, the small one-stringed gourd-fiddle that is the symbol of Kel Tamashek society. Both instruments are easily disassembled for use in other daily activities. But their most important instrument is also the most portable one of all: the human voice.
Tour dates:03/29/2003, New York City, NY
04/01/2003, Boston, MA
04/05/2003, Stone Ridge, NY
04/07/2003, Washington, DC
04/11/2003, Chicago, IL
04/12/2003, Minneapolis, MN
04/14/2003, Oakland, CA
04/15/2003, Santa Cruz, CA
04/16/2003, Oakland, CA
04/17/2003, Palo Alto, CA
04/18/2003, Stanford, CA
04/26/2003, Seattle, WA
Berkeley, USA – Flamenco guitar master Paco de Lucía will be performing in the San Francisco Bay Area in January. One of the world’s greatest living guitarists of any genre, Paco de Lucía is a hero of modern flamenco, having created a fusion style influenced by jazz, stretching and embellishing flamenco’s strict structure, but remaining true to the soul of its Gypsy, Spanish and Muslim roots.
His phenomenal technique—diamond sharp with lightening velocity—has astounded audiences for decades. The performances will feature selections from de Lucía’s original flamenco guitar canon and jazz repertoire, and include new works from his upcoming CD, Cositas Buenas, his first release in nearly five years. Joining him on stage will be percussionist Israel Suarez Escobar, bassist Alain Perez Rodríguez, flamenco cantaor Enrique Heredia Carbonell, and vocalists Herminia Borjas Gabarra and Victoria Santiago Borja.
Tickets for the Saturday, January 24 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. in Zellerbach Hall are priced at $24.00, $36.00 and $48.00 and are available through the Cal Performances Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall at (510) 642-9988 to charge by phone; at http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu and at the door. Half-price tickets are available for purchase by UC Berkeley students. UC faculty and staff, senior citizens and other students receive a $2 discount, and UC Alumni Association members receive a $3 discount (Special Events excluded). For more information, call Cal Performances at (510) 642-9988, or visit the Cal Performances web site at http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu.
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