Tempest Shapeshifter Summer Tour 2003

Tempest - Shapeshifter
Tempest – Shapeshifter
California, USA – Celtic rock band Tempest will be on tour this summer 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 much more than a folk-rock band. The roots of what they do draw sustenance from traditional folk music, and they rock. The group plays 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.  The musicians take mythology and history, Irish jigs & reels, Norwegian traditional music and Scottish ballads and run it all through the rock &roll art school. 

Tour dates:

July 12 & 13 Oakland, CA DUNSMUIR SCOTTISH
GAMES
Dunsmuir House and Gardens, 2960 Peralta Oaks Ct. 1-5pm (510) 615-5555

Tue. July 22 Palo Alto, CA MITCHELL PARK BOWL
600 East Meadow Dr. 6:30pm (650) 463-4940

Fri. July 25 Reno, NV WINGFIELD PARK
Downtown Reno, 7pm (775) 852-4629
“Rollin’ on the River” kick off show for the Reno Celtic Celebration presented by The News and Review and Reno Celtic Celebration

Sat. July 26 Dixon, CA LAMBTOWN FESTIVAL Fairgrounds, 655 South First St. 4pm (707) 678-9615

Aug. 2, 3 Long Beach, CA LONG BEACH CELTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL
Queen Mary Events Park, 1126 Queens Highway
Sat. 3pm & 7pm, Sun. 3pm (562) 435-3511

Aug. 7, 8 Bethlehem, PA BETHLEHEM MUSIKFEST
Thu. Volsplatz 7pm, Fri. Liederplatz 9pm (610) 861-0678

Sat. Aug. 9 Philadelphia, PA Tin Angel
20 South 2nd St. *early show 7pm (215) 928-0770

Sun. Aug.10 New Hope, PA JOHN & PETER’S
96 South Main St. 9pm (215)862-5981

Wed. Aug.13 Rochester, NY MILESTONES
170 East Ave. 8pm (585)325-6490

Fri. Aug. 15 Saranac Lake, NY Arts Council
& Waterhole Presents
WATERHOLE UPSTAIRS 43 Main St. 9pm (800) 661-4704

Sat. Aug. 16 Bradford, VT, MIDDLE EARTH MUSIC HALL
134 Main St. 9pm (802) 222-4748

Sun. Aug. 17 Quincy, MA BAD ABBOTS
1546 Hancock St. early show 7pm (617) 774-1434

Tue. Aug.19 Vienna, VA JAMMIN’ JAVA
227 Maple Ave. E, 8pm (703)255-1566

Wed. Aug.20 Virginia Beach, VA WHITE HORSE
Pembroke Mall, 8pm (757) 499-7360

Aug. 22-24 Schwenksville, PA PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL
(800) 556-FOLK, Main Stage: Friday night, Camp Stage: Sunday afternoon

Aug.30 & 31 Pleasanton, CA PLEASANTON HIGHLAND GAMES
Alameda County Fairgrounds, 11am – 5pm each day (800) 713-3160

Sat. Sep. 6 Alameda, CA PEANUTBUTTER & JAM FESTIVAL
Webster St. afternoon (510) 523-5955

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Vive La World! Festival Tours North America

Natacha Atlas
Natacha Atlas
Bloomington, Indiana, USA – The 2003 edition of the Vive La World! world music tour will be taking place throughout the month of July. This year’s world music caravan features Natacha Atlas (Belgium/North Africa), Electro Bamako (France/Mali), DuOud (France/Tunisia), and So Kalmery (D. R. Congo).

Born in 1997 in Central Park (New York City),Vive La World! is a nomadic festival designed to introduce North American audiences to the diversity of music produced in France, focusing on world music and electro-world sounds.

Vive La World! helped launch the careers in America of such artists as Cheb Mami, Alabina, Rachid Taha, Orchestre National de Barbés, Amadou et Mariam, and Les Nubians. The VLW artists selected bring new sounds together with older traditional forms of music. This year’s caravan will stop in eight cities and draw a total audience of 100,000 people.

Vive La World!: Tour Schedule

07/09/2003, Wed
Quebec City
Festival d’été de Québec
 

  • Natacha Atlas only
  •   07/10/2003, Thu
    Quebec City
    Festival d’été de Québec
     

  • Natacha Atlas, DuOud, Electro-Bamako,So Kalmery
  •   07/11/2003, Fri
    Montreal, QC
    Nuit d’Afrique
     
      07/12/2003, Sat
    Miami Beach, FL
    Rhythm Foundation
     
      07/13/2003, Sun
    Detroit, MI

    Concert of Colors

     
      07/15/2003, Tue
    Vancouver, BC
    Caravan World Rhythms,
    Richards on Richards
     
      07/17/2003, Thu
    Washington, DC
    Kennedy Center
     

  • Natacha Atlas and DuOud
  •   07/18/2003, Fri
    Washington, DC
    Kennedy Center
     

  • Electro Bamako and So Kalmery
  •   07/19/2003, Sat
    Chicago, IL
    Hothouse
     
      07/20/2003, Sun
    New York, NY
    Central Park SummerStage

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    Updated California Worldfest Program

    California-worldfestChico, California, USA – There have been some changes to the program of the 2003 edition of WorldFest. The festival will take place July 17-20 in the fairgrounds of Grass Valley, California. The festival includes concerts, workshops (vocal, instrumental and percussion), a complete children’s program, and great food.

    Program:

    Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca – Afro Cuban
    Mamadou Diabate Ensemble- Village tunes of Mali
    Robert Cray Band – Blues
    John Cowan Band – New Bluegrass
    Tommy Emmanuel – Guitar Wizard
    Perla Batalla – Mesamerican Chanteuse
    Alasdair Fraser – Scottish Fiddle
    Waifs – Australian Pop
    Obo Addy – Ghana Superstar
    Laura Love Duo with Jen Todd – Afro Celtic
    Inner Visions – Virgin Islands Reggae
    Juan L. Sanchez Ensemble – Cosmopolitan Sounds of Spain
    Mumbo Gumbo – Gulf Coast Boogie
    Vishten – Red Hot Acadian Fiddle & Dance
    the bluehouse – Sassy pop & harmony
    Balkan Cabaret – Old World Standards
    Incendio – Latin Guitar Fusion
    Joaquin Diaz – Caribbean Merengue
    Ancient Future with Habib Khan – Indian Classical
    David Jacobs-Strain – Acoustic Blues
    Gyan Riley – Classical Guitar
    Palm Wine Boys – Highlife & Soukous
    Beolach – Cape Breton Celtic
    Bjarv – Scandinavian Folk
    Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald – Contemporary Folk
    Djunkyard Gypsies – Swing Jazz

    Plus, Troika Folk Dance, Sid Lewis’ Acoustic College, Hogcallers, Fiddle for
    Kids, and Music In The Mountains Competition Winners.

    Vocal, instrumental and percussion workshops, a complete children’s program, great food, and unique artisans. 

    Purchase tickets online at www.worldfest.net
    or call 530-891-4098 You can purchase an advance 4-day camping ticket for $90, a
    3-day camping ticket for $80, and a 2-day camping ticket for $65, all a savings
    of $10 per ticket off the gate price.  Camping ticket includes all music,
    workshops, children’s programs and camping at the festival.  A youth (age 13-16)
    ticket with camping is $35 for the whole festival and a child’s (age 5-12)
    ticket with camping is $15.  Children under 5 are free.

    RV HOOKUPS are available for the whole festival.  Full Hookups = $40.Visit
    www.worldfest.net for complete details. 
    Also, check the website for continuous artist updates.

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    Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul Celebrate Album Release with International Tour

    New York, USA —Featuring a Celtic music infused with a global sound, Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul announced their 2003 spring/summer tour in support of their self-titled release on Koch Records. The tour will include 7 dates as part of the American Fleadh Festival.

    A violin virtuoso who has an amazing array of accomplishments including headline tours, recording credits on over 80 contemporary and traditional albums, numerous movie scores, and affiliations with the London Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony at The Kennedy Center, Boston Pops, the musical star of Riverdance, The Chieftains, Paula Cole, Patti Smith, Hall and Oates, and Cherish the Ladies, nine-time All-Ireland champion Eileen Ivers has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today.In 1999, Ivers formed Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul to present her signature sound, which encompasses Irish instrumentalists, soulful American vocals and a mix of African and Latin percussion and bass. Their heart-pumping, show-stopping live performances continuously receive accolades from audiences of all ages and rave reviews worldwide.

    As part of their 2003 tour, Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul will perform 7 dates for the American Fleadh Festival. These dates showcase the best of contemporary Celtic music. Also appearing on the bill is Black 47, Hothouse Flowers, and Saw Doctors.

    Buy Eileen Ivers’ albums:

    Tour dates:

    July

    (10) Falun, Sweden
    Falun Festival

    (12) Vikedal, Norway Vikedal
    Festival

    (17) Ramapo NJ Ramapo
    College

    (19) Mashpee, MA Boch
    Center

    (21) Ocean City NJ Ocean
    City Music Pier

    (29) Cleveland OH Cain
    Park Summer Arts Series

    August

    (01) Steamboat Springs CO Strings Music
    Tent

    (02) Arvada CO Arvada
    Center Amphitheatre

    (03) Copper Mountain CO Copper
    Mountain Ski Resort

    (04) Santa Fe NM Lensic
    Theater

    (10) Lorient, France
    Festival Interceltique

    (12) Galway, Ireland Town
    Hall Theater

    (13) Dublin, Ireland
    National Concert Hall

    (17) Dundee NY Glenora
    Wine Cellars

    (21) Alexandria VA The
    Birchmere

    (22) Orkney Springs VA Shenandoah
    Valley Music Festival

    (23) Lowell MA
    Boarding House Park

    (25) Lenox MA
    Tanglewood (Boston Pops Orchestra)

    (29) Tonder, Denmark Tonder
    Festival

    (30) Tonder, Denmark Tonder
    Festival

    (31) Tonder, Denmark Tonder
    Festival

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    Tunisian World Music Festival Seeks Island Music

    Tunis, Tunisia – Founoun Online Company is seeking island music for the second edition of Isles Music Festival – Djerba. The festival runs from the 23rd August to the 1st September. 2003.

    The organizers are seeking specifically music of American isles, Australian isles , African isles, Chinese coast isles, Indian isles and Arab isles.

    Besides sending files by e-mail, it’s necessary to send them in original copy by post mail containing cassettes, CDs, press books, video tapes, etc to this address: Founoun on line company, Ibn Tafergine Street 5, Tunis 1002, Tunisia. Fax: +216 71 848 940, Mobile : + 216 98 272 568. E-mail: founoun.online@planet.tn.
    www.mahrajanet.com

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    Bhattacharya Plus Brozman Equals Guitar Greatness

    Debashish Bhattacharya and Bob Brozman – Mahima
    Debashish Bhattacharya and Bob Brozman

    Mahima (Riverboat Records/World Music Network TUGCD1029)

    American acoustic guitarist Bob Brozman certainly has a knack for wonderfully unique collaborations. I’m not sure if he chooses the collaborators or they choose him, but everyone seems to emerge a winner when a Brozman team-up comes to pass. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Brozman is a master musician just as surely as are those he pairs with, but the real secret seems to be just the the right meshing of elements that work culturally as well as sonically. Brozman’s previous discs with Okinawan sanshin player Takashi Hirayasu and Reunion Island accordionist Rene Lacaille just sounded so indefinably right. They were fusions that seemed to presume nothing and thus succeeded at everything.

    Now, Brozman has hooked up with Calcutta-born slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya to simultaneously pay respect to and shake up the richly complex tradition of Indian raga. Paring down the often epic-length aesthetic of raga into more conventional song structures while maintaining a sense of improvisation and adventurous use of ascending and descending scales, the two create pieces that dip, dance and shimmer with exquisite beauty. The guitars slide along like freshly sharpened skates on ice- deft one moment and drenched with emotion the next, playing through and around differences (and more importantly, similarities) in technique, packed with power but never indulgent.

    Bhattacharya and Brozman clearly understand each others’ nuances, and the resulting conversant nature of their playing is a joy to hear. Joining in on percussion is Bhattacharya’s younger brother Subhashis, who likewise bends the rules to good effect by playing not only Indian tablas but a slew of African, Arabic and Celtic instruments.

    Sister Sutapa Bhattacharya makes it even more of a family affair with richly celebratory vocals on some tracks, which, like the instrumentals, are reflective of specific aspects of Indian culture or its interactions with other lands on a musical level.

    The word mahima translates loosely as “divine inspiration through artistic creation,” and Mahima the album is creative and inspired to the point where the title borders on understatement.

    buy Mahima

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    Cuban Musician Compay Segundo Seriously Ill

    Compay Segundo
    Compay Segundo
    (Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – Cuban musician Compay Segundo, who became a worldwide celebrity in his 90s, is now seriously ill, the office in charge of his affairs confirmed to Prensa Latina Tuesday. Less than a month ago this office acknowledge Compay’s ill health, although at that time, his son Salvador Repilado said it was nothing to be worried about and that his doctor recommended he take some rest. However, Compay’s kidney ailments intensified, and the artist had to cancel contracts and presentations abroad. Now he is in his home in Miramar, Havana, scented by the smell of tropical fruits and vegetables coming from the eastern region of Cuba, which he always has at his table.

    In December 2002, a Prensa Latina reporter talked to him in Mexico City, where he spent a little time before heading to the Guadalajara International Book Fair. Later he went back to Mexico in February 2003 and had the National Auditorium at his feet, just as in every other place in the world where he has performed. Máximo Francisco Repilado Muñoz, the birth name of Compay Segundo, displayed his personal humor and the music he wrote on that occasion, and assured he had more songs ready to record in a new album, and that he expected to live for many years, “100 years at least, and then, ask for some extra time.” Maybe to get married again, and between jokes, he assured he was looking for a beautiful woman to seduce.

    In his home in Miramar, he celebrated the triumph for the nomination of his CD Las Flores de la Vida to a Grammy Award in 2002, in the category of Best Tropical Album. He held that CD as particularly intimate, because it constituted a sort of tribute to himself. “Everybody has their special moments in life, but it is important to always be aware of them, so as not to lose them. For instance, mine came when I was in my 90’s.”

    Born in the small mining town of Siboney, in the eastern Province of Santiago de Cuba, he has always preserved his faithfulness to customs and traditions from his birthplace. An addict of Creole dishes, he always celebrates New Year Eve with the traditional pork meat and green banana chips along with a good drink of “aguardiente” liquor and a cigar as a final touch.

    Compay is a nickname taken from the popular greeting among the natives of the eastern part of Cuba, especially those living in Santiago de Cuba. He still keeps his eastern melodic accent with strong reminiscence of the vocabulary inherited from Spain. A tobacco roller himself, but with music still attracting him like a magnet, Compay worked with other famous Cuban musicians such as Ñico Saquito, with whom he formed a quintet, and Miguel Matamoros, who was “a striking mestizo with Carlos Gardel’s looks.” “Matamoros was the king of Cuban son -Compay said recently- and that’s why I joined his group.” In 1995, Compay recorded an anthology of his songs with Spanish producer Santiago Auserón, among them his hits “Macusa” and “Chan Chan.” Later, he took part in the Buena Vista Social Club project, sponsored by Cuban Juan de Marcos Gonzalez and US guitarist and record producer Ry Cooder. His charisma and the quality of songs did the rest. Compay Segundo is an idol, but more important than that, he has never lost his personal modesty.

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    Sierra Maestra US Tour Cancelled, FBI Fails to Process Background Check

    Sierra Maestra
    Kentfield, California, USA – Sasa Music and Ritmo Artists announced today that the planned US performance dates for the traditional Cuban music group Sierra Maestra in June and July of 2003 have been cancelled.

    We are saddened to lose this tour and the wonderful opportunity to hear these great soneros” said David Flower of Sasa Music, the group’s UK-based management agency. “The musicians had their Immigration and Naturalization Service interviews months ago, all the paperwork was filed and in order and the INS was prepared to approve visas for the group. The only item pending was the required Federal Bureau of Investigation background check. For reasons we’re still trying to identify, the background check was not completed by the FBI in a timely manner so that the INS could process the visas required for the tour.” David Gaar of Ritmo Artists, the booking agency responsible for putting together the tour, added: “The group’s I-129 petition was approved by INS on April 9th yet, as of today, there has been no reply back from the FBI on the background checks that are now required due to post 9-11 security regulations…we had enlisted the help of multiple State Representatives who implored that the group’s file be expedited immediately. Those pleas, unfortunately, seem to have fallen upon deaf ears and have been met with no official reply from the FBI.”

    However, representatives from Sasa and UK record label World Music Network confirmed that the group will proceed with their three Canadian dates: two performances at Canada Festival D’Ete International in Quebec City on July 8 and 9 and one at Canada Nuits D’Afrique in Montreal on July 10.

    In the post 9/11 climate, many other international artists have been forced to cancel US tours due to visa-related problems,” said Phil Stanton of the UK’s World Music Network. “Yet despite the inconvenience to the group, its many US fans and all those who laboured to bring Sierra Maestra to the US, we are encouraged by the fact that there was no conditional refusal by the INS for the US dates. We hope that Sierra Maestra will be able to complete the FBI background check and that a new round of dates in the US can be set for later this year or next.”

    The tour would have been Sierra Maestra’s first in four years and their most extensive US run to date.

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    Festival Músicas do Mundo in Sines, Portugal

    Sines, Portugal – The 5th edition of Festival Músicas do Mundo (World Music Festival) 2003, will take place in Sines’ Castle (Portugal) July 24-26. The festival, which takes place since 1999 inside the walls of the old castle, presents on July 26th (Saturday), the Kronos Quartet, the most famous string quartet in the world, commemorating its 30th birthday this year.

    The group has been regarded as revolutionary because of the way it has bridged both the repertoires and audiences of classical and popular music (including jazz and world music). The Kronos Quartet opens the last of the FMM2003 evenings, followed by the French Kad Achouri and The Skatalites, the founders fathers of ska rhythm and of all contemporary Jamaican music. The Skatalites will end the Festival itself, as usual, under an uproar of dazzling fireworks.

    The Festival begins the July 24th (Thursday) with Portugal and Cape Verde. The opening concert will be fulfilled with the harmonic games of Danças Ocultas quartet, which has decided to give a new character to diatonic accordion in the Portuguese modern music production. Simentera, Cape Verde’s most representative group in the international world music circuit nowadays, closes the first night.

    he July 25th (Friday) program includes the performance of Mahwash & Ensemble Kabul (Afghanistan), 2003 winners for Asia / Pacific category in BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards. They will be followed by Mahotella Queens, the historic vocal trio from South Africa, and Totonho & Os Cabra, a Brazilian band that mixes the rural rhythms of “Nordeste” region with hip hop and electronics.

    Festival Músicas do Mundo (World Music Festival) is organized by Sines’ City Hall. The Festival, in its past four years life, has already entertained inside the walls of the old Castle, believed to be the birthplace of navigator Vasco da Gama, more than 40,000 people.

    Official site: www.fmm.com.pt

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    Rough Guide To Scottish Music CD Review

    Various Artists - The Rough Guide To Scottish Music
    Various Artists – The Rough Guide To Scottish Music
    Various Artists

    The Rough Guide To Scottish Music (World Music Network RGNET 1110, 2003)

    In the booklet that comes with this CD it says that Scottish music is…a rich musical heritage rooted, not stuck, in the past…clearly a living tradition…which seems a fair claim to make. For example Emily Smith, who at the time of recording was still studying for a degree in Scottish music, melds a new tune with an old song, Fair Helen Of Kirkconnel. Equally, Deaf Shepherd draw on music from all over the country and join traditional with more contemporary material. They play with verve and invention and in some ways their music sounds timeless and quintessentially Scottish.

    The spare beauty of the solo fiddle is almost caught in the work of Bob Hobkirk though it is, by virtue of technology, joined by accordion. He recorded his track in 1973 and I’m not sure why the second instrument was added. It sounds fine but I would have liked to hear the solo fiddle.

    There are plenty of other instrumentals that are worth hearing, for example, Pete Clark’s stately Coilsfield House with formal and elegant fiddle and cello setting the melody in restrained surroundings. A superb example of a treatment which enhances the traditional tune. One instrumental outing that I can’t really recommend is a grisly mix of calypso rhythms and Scottish reel. I don’t mind fusions but this sounds like a horrible mistake.

    There are a number of winsome ballads here too, my favourite being Fordell Ball sung by Jack Beck. It features a tune I’ve heard many times in both Irish and Scots music and is set to words by Jimmy Dunn. And for those who know Gaelic, Christine Primrose sings, accompanied by harp and whistle. Whether you know the language or not doesn’t matter, as it is still a moving and attractive sound.

    Overall there is plenty to attract a newcomer to the music as well as pleasing anyone with an interest in it already. Just one question – how come there is nothing here by one of Scotland’s greatest singers, Dick Gaughan?

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