Portugal – Toumani Diabaté, Thomas Mapfumo, Trilok Gurtu, Värttinä, Vusi Mahlasela, Ivo Papasov, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Tony Allen, Seun Kuti are some of the artists playing in Sines’ Festival Músicas do Mundo 2006.
Festival Músicas do Mundo (FMM Sines), the biggest world music event in Portugal, is back this July. From the 21st to the 25th of July, in Porto Covo village, and from the 26th to the 29th of July, in Sines Town (Castle, Beach Stage and Centro de Artes), the best music of the world in 24 concerts and dozens of side events.
The 2006 program of concerts is the following:
— Porto Covo Village —
July 21st (Friday)
FRANCIS HIME (Brazil), 22h00
MAYRA ANDRADE (Cape Verde), 23h30
July 22nd (Saturday)
BORIS KOVAC & LA CAMPANELLA (Serbia), 22h00
July 23rd (Sunday)
ACTORES ALIDOS (Sardinia, Italy), 22h00
July 24th (Monday)
VAGUEMENT LA JUNGLE (France), 22h00
July 25th (Tuesday)
DAZKARIEH (Portugal), 22h00
ELISEO PARRA (Spain), 23h30
NURU KANE & BAYEFALL GNAWA (Senegal), Beach Stage, 19h00
* THE BAD PLUS (USA), Castle, 21h30
* TRILOK GURTU & THE MISRA BROTHERS (India), Castle, 23h00
* THOMAS MAPFUMO & THE BLACKS UNLIMITED (Zimbabwe), Castle, 00h30
TONY ALLEN (Nigeria), Beach Stage, 02h30
July 29th (Saturday)
MARIEM HASSAN (Western Sahara), Beach Stage, 19h00
* VÄRTTINÄ (Finland), Castle, 21h30
* CORDEL DO FOGO ENCANTADO (Brazil), Castle, 23h00
* SEUN KUTI & EGYPT 80 (Nigeria), Castle, 00h30
IVO PAPASOV & HIS WEDDING BAND (Bulgaria), Beach Stage, 03h00
(* Only the concerts in the Castle are paid – 10 euros / day. The other concerts are free.)
Side events include exhibits, documentary showings, workshops (with Pat Mastelotto, David Murray and Ethan Iverson / Reid Anderson), meetings with the artists (Vusi Mahlasela, Mariem Hassan, Cordel do Fogo Encantado), book and record fairs, showcases, DJ sets every nights, etc.
More information about the festival available at: www.fmm.com.pt/english
Pioneering Producer Chris Blackwell (who helped make an international star of Bob Marley years ago) recently cemented a new partnership between his own Palm Pictures label and Universal Music Enterprises. The resulting collaboration, Palm World Voices, has taken on an ambitious first project- a combination CD and DVD set celebrating the sounds and visions of India. And while such a musically and culturally rich place can hardly be summed up in one neat package, Blackwell and Universal have succeeded in creating something quite stunning here.
Vedic Path (named for the course upon which personal and universal existence move along in a cyclic manner according to Hindu tradition) aims to be both educational and entertaining. To that end, the liner notes are extensive and informational without being stuffy and a detailed illustrated map provided by no less an authority than the National Geographic Society is included.
Not knowing as much as I ought to about India, I found it helpful to bone up with the liner notes and map before moving on to the music. Ah yes, the music- a very strong selection it is, ranging from the traditional stylings of familiar folk like Ravi Shankar to more fusion-minded stuff that brings in non-Indians like Dissidenten and John Wubbenhorst alongside such greats as . R. Rahman, Asha Bhosle and Sheila Chandra.
The DVD includes the same tracks as the CD, only this time with striking visuals of scenic vistas, celebrations on various scales, religious ceremonies, people going about their everyday life and more. A lot of ground is covered, and though it’s clear that no one is looking to ignore the fact that India remains beset by poverty and other ills, this admirable box set triumphs in projecting an uplifting, multifaceted picture of a country with a fascinating past and present that’s reflected in the music and spirit of its people and its influence on the world.
New York City, USA – The 2005 JVC Jazz Festival – New York will be taking over the city June 14 – 25 with over 300 artists in more than 100 concerts (including club nights) at 30 venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Chick Corea & Touchstone, the Wayne Shorter Quartet, Les Paul, Michel Camilo, Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis, Stanley Clarke, Bela Fleck and Jean-Luc Ponty, Cesaria Evora introducing Keren Ann, The Bad Plus, John Pizzarelli and other artists are set to perform. Tickets are now on sale.
“Last year was one of the most exciting years for JVC Jazz Festivals in New York and Newport,” said George Wein, CEO of Festival Productions, Inc., and producer of the JVC Jazz Festival and other events around the world. “We celebrated the 50th anniversary of Newport and 20 years with JVC as sponsor. Now, as we go into the next 50 years, we are pleased to continue in New York with more events and venues than ever, as well as offering great festivals in Newport and other cities around the world.”
On Sunday, June 19, Carnegie Hall hosts All for Paul: Les Paul 90th Birthday Salute, presented by Gibson Guitar, musical instrument manufacturer and lifestyle company, which is best known for its Les Paul model electric guitar that is recognized around the world as an icon for rock and roll music. Hear some of the best from Les Paul and his band John Colliani, Lou Pallo and Nicky Parrott plus tributes from Tommy Emmanuel, José Feliciano, Peter Frampton, Steve Lukather, Pat Martino, Steve Miller, Bucky Pizzarelli, Richie Sambora & John Rzeznik, Neal Schon, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Derek Trucks, Edgar Winter and vocalist Madeleine Peyroux with Will Lee and Omar Hakim. The concert is produced in association with Charles Carlini for Carlini Group. Additional support comes from Dean Markley, maker of the world’s greatest guitar and bass strings.
On Monday, June 20, Rosemary Clooney: An All-Star Remembrance of America’s Girl Singer with Debby Boone, John Pizzarelli, Dianne Reeves, Brian Stokes Mitchell featuring Scott Hamilton, Bucky Pizzarelli, Warren Vaché and John Oddo (Music Director) with Joe Cocuzzo, Jay Leonhart, George Rabbai, Mark Vinci and an appearance by Larry King. Produced by Allen Sviridoff, the concert is a benefit for the Weill Music Institute’s Professional Training Workshops.
Carnegie concerts continue with Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette, Gary Pea*censored* on Wednesday, June 22; Two Times Three featuring Trio! Stanley Clarke, Béla Fleck and Jean-Luc Ponty and Paul Motian, Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano on Thursday, June 23; Always Welcome … starring the Dave Brubeck Quartet with Randy Jones, Bobby Militello and Michael Moore plus John Pizzarelli Quartet with Ray Kennedy, Martin Pizzarelli, Tony Tedesco and guests Larry Goldings, Cesar Camargo Mariano, Grover Kemble, Harry Allen and Jessica Molaskey on Friday, June 24; and Eddie Palmieri y La Perfecta II featuring Herman Olivera plus The 2 Worlds of Ray Barretto featuring Adalberto Santiago with special guest jazz soloists Randy Brecker and Ronnie Cuber on Saturday, June 25.
At Zankel Hall at Carnegie on Saturday, June 25, at 8:30 p.m., Marsalis Music presents music from its latest releases featuring Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis performing Occasion plus Miguel Zenón performing Jíbaro.
The new Frederick P. Rose Hall is the scene of four JVC Jazz Festival concerts including 100 Years and a Day: Doc Cheatham Centennial Jazz Party featuring Nicholas Payton, Clark Terry, Warren Vaché, Randy Sandke, Jimmy Owens, Theodore Croker with Howard Alden, Chuck Folds, Jim Galloway, Jimmy Heath, Earl May, Benny Powell, Catherine Russell, George Wein, Frank Wess, Jackie Williams and host Phil Schaap on Tuesday, June 14.
Concerts at Rose Hall continue on Wednesday, June 15 with Piano Masters Salute Piano Legends: Celebrating Ellington, Evans, Han*censored* & Monk featuring Geri Allen, Kenny Barron, Uri Caine and Randy Weston; Thursday, June 16, Chick Corea & Touchstone featuring Tom Brechtlein, Carles Benavent, Jorge Pardo and Rubem Dantas, members of Paco De Lucia’s Band in another look at the revered Touchstone album of the 1980s; and Michel Camilo: Solo, Duo & Trio featuring Charles Flores and Dafnis Prieto with special guest David Sánchez on Friday, June 17. All concerts are at 8:00 p.m.
JVC Jazz Festival heads to the Beacon Theatre for two nights. On Tuesday, June 21, Cape Verdean singer Cesaria Evor with French vocalist Keren Ann and special guest Lura. Then on Wednesday, June 22, Seven Steps to Jaco with Steps Ahead (2005) featuring Michael Brecker, Mike Mainieri, Steve Smith, Mike Stern and new member, Richard Bona plus Portrait of Jaco: Remembering Jaco Pastorius featuring Steve Bailey, Jeff Berlin, Richard Bona, Oteil Burbridge, Avishai Cohen, Matthew Garrison, Will Lee, Christian McBride, Felix Pastorius, Gerald Veasley with Don Alias, Randy Brecker, Hiram Bullock, Kenwood Dennard, Flux Quartet, Peter Graves, Othello Molineaux, Julius Pastorius and Lenny White. Gil Goldstein is the Musical Director and arranger; Charles Carlini is producer and Bill Milkowski is associate producer. Both concerts are at 8:00 p.m.
See Cyrus Chestnut and John Hicks in the No Minimum series at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufmann Center on Monday, June 20, at 8:00 p.m. The festival travels across town on Tuesday, June 21, to Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College for A Four Score Salute to Barbara Carroll with the venerable pianist/vocalist, Peter Appleyard, Ann Hampton Callaway, Bill Charlap, Joe Cocuzzo, Dick Hyman, Jay Leonhart, Marian McPartland, Ted Rosenthal, Mickey Roker, Daryl Sherman, Dr. Billy Taylor, George Wein and others. Leonhart is the producer and proceeds will benefit the Jazz Foundation of America. Discover Anat Fort Trio at Symphony Space – Thalia Theater on Friday, June 24, at 8:30 p.m.
JVC Jazz Festival presents Joanne Brackeen Quartet with Ravi Coltrane, Rodney Green and Ugonna Okegwo at Studio Museum in Harlem on Thursday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m. Catch Lou Donaldson Quartet with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Randy Johnston and *censored*ushi Tainaka at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on Sunday, June 19, at 3:00 p.m.
The JVC Jazz Festival free concert series includes DownBeat Magazine Presents Jazz Combos featuring Chicago’s Columbia College, Amherst’s University of Massachusetts and the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music at the South Street Seaport on Wednesday, June 15, at 12:30 p.m. Cross the bridge for the festival debut at Prospect Park Bandshell on Friday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. Part of the Celebrate Brooklyn Festival, the concert features The Bad Plus with Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson and David King; Charlie Hunter Trio with John Ellis and Derrek Phillips; and James Carter Organ Trio with Gerard Gibbs and Leonard King. Maria Schneider Orchestra, produced by the Hudson River Festival, performs at the World Financial Center Plaza on Tuesday, June 21, at 7:00 p.m.
The JVC Jazz Festival club series returns to showcase outstanding artists with special programs and unique bands. Jazz Standard presents David Murray & The Gwo-Ka Masters Friday, June 17 – Sunday, June 19 at 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. The Village Vanguard presents the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra with special guest Joe Lovano on Monday, June 20, and Don Byron: Almost Complete Tuesday, June 21 – Saturday, June 25, at 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Byron kicks off with Music for Six Musicians with James Zollar, George Colligan, Leo Traversa, Milton Cardona and Ben Wittman joining him. On June 22, it’s the Don Byron Big Band featuring Abdoulaye Diabate with Robert Debellis, Alex Harding, Ravi Best, Ralph Alessi, Curtis Fowlkes, Alan Ferber plus Zollar, Colligan, Traversa, Cardona and Wittman.
Don Byron Adventurers Orchestra takes the stage on June 23 with David Gilmore, Brad Jones, Rodney Holmes, DK Dyson, Gordon Chambers as well as Zollar, Colligan, Alessi, Debellis and Fowlkes. On June 24 and 25, catch Byron’s Ivey-Divey Trio featuring Jason Moran and Billy Hart with guests Lonnie Plaxico and Ralph Alessi.
Teaming up in a new collaboration with the Knitting Factory, on Saturday, June 25, at 8:00 p.m. JVC Jazz Festival presents New York Now!, a three-stage mini-festival in celebration of the wonderful artistry and diversity of the thriving jazz universe. Bands include Ben Allison’s Kush Trio, Tim Berne’s Hard Cell, Avishai Cohen Trio, Marty Ehrlich Sextet, Robert Glasper Trio with special guest Ledisi, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet, Jean-Michel Pilc Trio, Dafnis Prieto Quintet, Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet, Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra and Min Xiai-Fen’s Blue Pipa Trio.
In addition, the 2-for-1 Club Night series with special discounts to JVC Jazz Festival ticket holders will be offered throughout the festival at The Blue Note, Iridium Jazz Club, Sweet Rhythm, Up Over Jazz Café, Zinc and new additions, Marie’s Jazz Bar for the Performing Arts and Smoke. Artists include Terence Blanchard Sextet & Claudia Acuña at the Blue Note, Frank Zappa Big Band
at Iridium, Kendra Shank Quartet at Marie’s, Lea DeLaria at Smoke, Bertha Hope at Up Over Jazz Café and Eddie Martinez Quartet at Zinc.
Take a trip to the movies at Florence Gould Hall on Monday, June 20, at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. for an exclusive screening of miles electric: a different kind of blue, a look at Miles Davis Live at the Isle of Wight Festival (1970) featuring complete concert footage of Miles Davis with Gary Bartz, Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Keith Jarrett, Airto Moreira plus interviews with
Herbie Han*censored*, Joni Mitchell and Carlos Santana.
JVC Special Events & Educational Programs include Jazz Reflections, visual art celebrations of jazz, presented at galleries throughout Harlem by Incorporation of Artists on the Move, Inc.; Chaka Khan at the Apollo Theater Legends Series on Sunday, June 12, at 7:00 p.m.; the Jazz Journalists Association’s 2005 Jazz Awards at B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill on Tuesday, June 14, at 5:00 p.m.; Dedicated to Louis Armstrong, the story of the trumpet giant in narrative, song and dance, at the Blue Note on Sunday, June 19, at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Paul Winter’s Summer Solstice featuring Winter, Renato Braz and others at Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 4:30 a.m.; and Blue Note Master Classes, Jazz Education Workshops Clinics & Lectures with Pat Martino on Saturday, June 18, and Eddie Gomez on Saturday, June 25, at 2:00 p.m.
Spend the weekend at Freihofer’s Jazz Festival (formerly Newport Jazz Festival) at Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, June 25 –26, starting at noon with a line-up of world-renowned artists including McCoy Tyner, Al Jarreau, Cassandra Wilson, Dave Brubeck, John Pizzarelli, Chris Botti
and Steps Ahead (2005).
JVC Jazz Festival – Newport, now celebrating the 51st anniversary of the famed Newport Jazz Festival, is set for August 12 – 15 at Ft. Adams State Park.
Additional support for the JVC Jazz Festival – New York is provided by NYC & Co, Macy’s and media partners, The Village Voice, BET Jazz and Jazz 88/WBGO-FM.
The Buckingham Hotel, located at 101 West 57th Street at Sixth Avenue, is the official host hotel of the JVC Jazz Festival – New York. For the special rate, call (888) 511-1900 and ask for the JVC Jazz Festival Room Block.
Tickets for JVC Jazz Festival – New York concerts are available at respective box offices or by telephone: Beacon Theatre (212) 307-7171; Carnegie Hall (212) 247-7800; Florence Gould Hall (212) 355-6160; Jazz Standard (212) 576-2232; Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (212) 772-4448; Knitting Factory (212) 219-3132; Merkin Concert Hall (212) 501-3330; Prospect Park Bandshell (718) 855-7882; Frederick P. Rose Hall (212) 721-6500; Schomburg Center (212) 491-2200; South Street Seaport southstreetseaport.com; Studio Museum in Harlem (212) 864-4500; Symphony Space (212) 864-5400; Village Vanguard (212) 255-4037; World Financial Center Plaza (212) 945-0505; Zankel Hall (212) 247-7800. For information and a Festival brochure, call (212) 501-1390 or (212) 501-1393 for Group Sales weekdays from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. or write JVC Jazz Festival – New York, P.O. Box 1169, Ansonia Station, New York, NY 10023.
JVC, sponsor of JVC Jazz Festivals worldwide since 1984, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of high quality audio and video products.
Madrid, Spain – Discópolis 5000 is a new world music compilation produced by Spanish National Radio (Radio 3 – RNE) producer José Miguel López. This is the second of two discs, as Discopolis, the first, was released 2 years ago. While the first volume focused on Spanish or Spain-based artists, Discópolis 5000 centers on collaborations between top Spanish artists and well known international artists. It features
Enrique Morente & Voix Bulgares; Cañaman & Marcia Griffiths; Niña Pastori & Radio Tarifa; Budiño with Julio Pereira & Jacky Molard; Imanol & Georges Moustaki; Berrogüetto & Jivan Gasparyan; and José Antonio Ramos & Bela Fleck.
The Discópolis radio show has been a pioneer in introducing world music rhythms to the Spanish public, while giving the same loving treatment to songwriters, progressive rock, genuine jazz, and all kinds of folk music.
Discópolis was given the Deutsche Welle Award for Best European Music Program in 2002. The repertoire on the Discópolis disc was chosen by José Miguel López, presenter of the program and European World Music Chart Member. It is a trip through the rich cultural crossroads of Spain.
San Francisco, California, USA – In their Six Degrees Records debut, Steve Tibbetts and Chöying Drolma have released a new recording, called Selwa, which expands on the work they began in their first groundbreaking album, Chö.
Selwa (which can mean “luminous,” “clear,” or “awake”) is an album with 11 tracks, but it unfolds as a single, unified expression. Chöying Drolma practices a form of Vajrayana Buddhism that involves cutting through the various physical and spiritual obstacles to enlightenment (the title Chö means “cutting”), and that practice can take the form of a fairly vigorous meditation, often undertaken in provocative settings like graveyards.
Tibbetts approaches this sort of source material with an uncommon humility and a healthy amount of respect.On Selwa, Tibbetts establishes his panorama of sound early on, with the moody, nocturnal instrumentation of “Palden Rangjung.” Its flowing ambient acoustic guitar, drones, effects, and slow, almost tribal hand drumming echo the dark vision of Drolma’s supplication:
Powerful blood drinker, glorious vitality
In the land of Yama, you are Ekajati
Fire eater, blood wearer, wearing the naga emblems
Kali, the Blood Dripper, I praise you.
Chöying Drolma’s singing on the track “Vakritunda” reflects both the sounds of devotional Hindu bhajans and contemporary Hindi pop music. “Vakritunda” is a piece with slightly more Western-sounding percussion and an example of the guitar solos that sneak into much of Steve Tibbetts’ work.
Perhaps the centerpiece of the album is “Song of Realization,” a blend of multiple voices, hand drums, acoustic and electric guitars, and other less easily identified sounds. It is at once a transcendent and grounded work – again, because it follows the text of the aspiration prayer:
I do not recognize this earth as earth
It is an assembly hall adorned by flowers.
I do not recognize me to be me
I am the supreme victor, the wish-fulfilling jewel.
The new album was built around recordings made by Tibbetts and his longtime percussionist Marc Anderson in Boudhanath, a Tibetan enclave in the Himalayan country of Nepal. There, not far from a school for nuns that Chöying Drolma has founded, they recorded her chants, often feeding a drone into her headphones to set the pitch before letting the tape roll. “It seemed like she was singing with four lungs,” Tibbetts recalls. “Some of her takes left Marc and I somewhat stunned. She’d finish the song. I’d quickly save the recording file on the laptop. Chöying would say ‘Tik chha?’ – meaning, ‘it’s okay?’ and Marc and I would slowly nod.”
Back in Minnesota, Tibbetts and Anderson wove together tapestries of acoustic and electric guitars, shifting drones, and subtle hand percussion. They enlisted the support of Lee Townsend, who has produced most of Bill Frisell’s recordings, and created an organic blend of ancient and modern, Eastern and Western.
Perhaps the most impressive thing about Selwa is that the musicians know “why they are doing it.” On the surface, it seems a bizarre collaboration: Why would a pair of American musicians want to spend the time and effort to learn these chants and create a sonic environment that brings them to the West? Again, the answer lies in the text of one of the aspiration prayers. The concluding lines of “Song of Realization” read:
If you understand this song, it will be molasses for
If you cannot understand it, you have no connection with
Selwa is about understanding – not a literal understanding of the Tibetan meditations themselves, but an understanding of the practice of undermining the machinery of conceptualization; creating a space of non-thought, clarity, compassion, and bliss. Selwa offers an unexpected connection to a tradition that’s over a thousand years old.
New York, USA – New York city has a new venue for world music. Satalla is located at 37 West 26th Street (between Broadway & 6th Avenue. Phone: +1 212/567-1155). According to the club’s spokesman, “The new Temple of World Music will dedicate itself to music from around the globe, seven nights a week. Satalla (Arabic for being “high on life” – in our case, music) seats approximately 200 people, offers a full bar, light menu and state of the art sound system.
The acoustics, coupled with its intimate atmosphere, will inspire folks to take in each and every nuance of the music – hopefully “transporting” you into another world. Satalla’s mission is that on any night the Temple is entered, one can hear the best in world music – becoming the place where local and international world music artists/supporters/friends call home.”Some of the talent scheduled for this year, includes; the Mongolian group Hun-Huur-Tu, the virtuoso NY-based trombone salsero Jimmy Bosch, Chilean band Inti Illimani, Haitian vocalist Emeline Michel and the Cape Verdean singer Fantcha.
Mon, 9/8 Viento De Agua (Bomba/Plena)
Tue, 9/9 DJ Neva – Music for the Masses presents “Higher
States of Consciousness” (Soundtracks for a New World)
Madrid, Spain – The 2003 edition of the annual festival Los Veranos de la Villa in Madrid (Spain) is going to feature an impressive line-up of world music and Flamenco acts: Milton Nascimento, Niña Pastori, Caetano Veloso, Rodrigo Leao, José Mercé, Ibrahim Ferrer, El Tiempo De Los Gitanos (Time of the Gypsies), Enrique Morente, Cesaria Evora, Carlinhos Brown, Youssou N’dour, Femi Kuti, Ivan Lins, Nitin Sawhney and Los Tigres Del Norte.
The concerts will take place July 1 through July 30 in the Patio Central at the historical Cuartel del Conde Duque palace.
The complete program, including dates, schedules and ticket prices can be seen at: Conde Duque.
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