Entries tagged with: Kaki King
The fourth and final installment of the October edition of The Hum at Manhattan Inn happened last night. Like at the other Hum shows, it brought together musicians from various corners of the music world for unique collaborations. The venue was packed all night, with the crowd spilling out of the showroom into the hall and sitting on the floor rows deep. Rachael Pazdan, who puts the series together, said it was the most packed she'd seen it.
The first act was a trio with violinist Jeanann Dara, singer Katie Von Schleicher (of Wilder Maker) and Rose Blansnei (of Prima). They sounded like they should be a band themselves, and I would certainly listen if they were. They combined violin, guitar squeals and piano with Katie and Rose both doing vocals at times. Also billed for this one was Rachael Price (of Lake Street Dive and who we caught handling Grace Slick's parts for Hot Tuna's Jefferson Airplane at at Lockn') but she didn't end up playing.
The second trio was Alisha Roney (of Feathers+Eyes), Amy Leon and Bridget Kearney (of Lake Street Dive). Amy did this spoken word piece riffing on the futility of trying to help someone get out of an abusive relationship that was incredibly moving, over really excellent backing by the other two. Amy and Alisha also sang, together and solo, with Bridget trading off between guitar and piano.
The third and last act of the evening was a duo, guitar great Kaki King and Kiran Gandhi (of Madams Gandhi). Their set was mostly entirely instrumental, until Kiran led the crowd in a two part overlapping rhythmic vocal chant that she then beatboxed over. Kaki and Kiran also played drums together at one point.
Kaki King is also part of the just-announced initial lineup for Winter Jazzfest 2016. More pictures of The Hum below...
photo: Kamasi Washington at LPR on 10/16 (more by PSquared)
NYC's annual Winter Jazzfest will return in 2016 from January 13 - 17 at various venues. The initial lineup includes Bill Laswell, Brandon Seabrook Powerplant, Nels Cline, Colin Stetson, Dawn of Midi, Jose James, Kaki King, Kamasi Washington, Matana Roberts, Sarah Neufeld, The Ex and more.
The Kamasi Washington show is the previously-announced Webster Hall show (1/14) (tickets) and The Ex, Bill Laswell, Colin Stetson and Happy Apple all play together at LPR on 1/13 (tickets). Full schedule is still TBA. Festival passes are on sale now.
Kaki King also plays NYC tonight (10/26).
Check out the full initial lineup below...
The collaborative concert series The Hum will continue at Manhattan Inn every Monday in October. Each show starts at 9 PM and admission is free (with a $5-10 suggested donation). The lineup looks like this:
MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 at 9:00 PM (RSVP)--
Nandi Rose Plunkett (Half Waif) & Johanna Cranitch (White Prism)
Alena Spanger (Tiny Hazard) & Adrianne Lenker (Big Thief)
[Third Set TBA]
MONDAY, OCTOBER 12 at 9:00 PM (RSVP)
Tamsin Wilson (Wilsen) & Katrina Cunningham
Tom Tom Magazine Curated Set (all drummers)
Juliana Ronderos (Salt Cathedral), Gabi Jimeno (Balancer) & Kelsey Lu
MONDAY, OCTOBER 19 at 9:00 PM (RSVP)
+ Becca Kauffman (Ava Luna), Angelica Bess (Body Language), Rosana Caban (Psychic Twin) & Kristin Slipp (Cuddle Magic)
+ L.atasha A.lcindor AKA L.A., Hailey Niswanger, Nikara Warren & Katie Jones
+ Emily Wells & Lorna Dune
MONDAY, OCTOBER 26 at 9:00 PM (RSVP)
+ Kaki King, Kiran Gandhi (Madame Gandhi)
+ Rachael Price (Lake Street Dive), Katie Von Schleicher (Wilder Maker), Jeanann Dara & Rose Blanshei (Prima)
+ Bridget Kearney (Lake Street Dive), Alisha Roney (Feathers+Eyes) & Amy Leon
photo: Patti Smith at Tibet House Benefit 2015 (more by Sachyn Mital)
Everest Awakening was founded in light of the recent earthquake to bring together musicians, artists, writers, poets, activists, politicians, and scientists in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Nepal and neighboring territories of the Himalayan region. Using our skills and various platforms, we are doing what we can to spread awareness and hope, using our voices and resources to keep people informed and educated, and to help others to direct their efforts and donations to where they are needed most.Nepal benefit Everest Awakening takes place at City Winery NYC on Sunday, May 17 and runs from noon to 3 PM. The lineup includes Jesse's mother, NYC punk legend Patti Smith, as well as Loudon Wainwright, Kaki King, Nicole Atkins and more, plus "VERY special guests." Tickets are on presale to VinoFile members now. Full lineup below.
The funds generated by all efforts of Everest Awakening will be collected and delivered to a select few organizations, monasteries, and individuals in Nepal, Tibet, India, and Bangladesh who are using the highest amount of donation money to help the people directly. These groups have been suggested by Robert Thurman, Tibet House US, and include our dear friends who are there in Nepal now experiencing the devastation first hand.
Everest Awakening was founded by Jesse Paris Smith. Jesse recently spent time in Nepal, and in light of the recent Earthquake, was inspired to create a community whose goal is to directly give relief to those affected in the region. The name 'Everest Awakening' was chosen by Tenzin Choegyal, Tibetan musician, and a friend and collaborator of Jesse. The name represents a symbol of the issues faced today in the Himalaya. We think of Everest as so firm, untouchable, and almighty, and yet it was fragile, not spared in the face of this disaster. Mother Earth no longer accepts our presence with silence, so we need to rise up to awaken our hearts.
Patti Smith also has other dates, which are listed, along with the Everest Awakening lineup, below...
photos by David Andrako
Kaki King / Kaki, John King & ETHEL @ Ecstatic Music Fest 3/21/2015
Kaki King played the pop/classical cross-pollination wonderland that is the Ecstatic Music Festival over the weekend, where she joined forces with another King (composer/guitarist/violist John King) and string quartet ETHEL. The performance featured a number of world premieres, written both individually and collaboratively, as well as some existing pieces fleshed out further in new ways. Pictures from that show are in this post.
Next up at the EMF is Xiu Xiu & Mantra Percussion at Merkin Concert Hall on April 2. The show feautres the world premiere of premiere "Extinction Meditation":
...a 4-movement piece about the impending environmental apocalypse due to begin in the year 2050. The music, which explores the human response to increasing social, physical and ecological decay and chaos, includes 14 toms, 7 snare drums, 3 vibraphones, 3 gran cassa bass drums, 14 wood blocks, 7 suspended cymbals and 7 hunting calls.Tickets for Xiu Xiu & Mantra Percussion are still available. More pics from Kaki King's EMF performance, below...
photo: Kaki King at Highline Ballroom in January (more by Greg Cristman)
Composer and guitar great Kaki King has added a handful of dates to her upcoming tour schedule. In addition to recently opening Neneh Cherry's NYC debut and to her previously announced Ecstatic Music Festival appearance with ETHEL and John King (tickets), the Brooklyn-based artist will be playing her hometown again on May 21 at Rough Trade. Like she did at the Neneh Cherry show, she'll be performing her new multi-media piece, "The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body," at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/23) at noon.
All of Kaki's dates are below, along with her video for Glow b-side "Tunnel," below...
Photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis
Neneh Cherry @ Highline Ballroom, 1/9/2015
"New York's just like I imagined it. It's got skyscrapers and everything." Neneh Cherry teased the Highline Ballroom crowd on Friday (1/9). She'd been to NYC before, she'd just never played a show here as a solo performer. While much of the audience (which included David Byrne and Hollie Cook, who had played the same room the night before) were old enough to remember her 1989 hit "Buffalo Stance" firsthand, this was not a nostalgia night. Backed by sibling duo RocketNumberNine, Neneh's set was mostly from her recent Four Tet-produced album Blank Project. Even more than on the album, the chilled out vibe of the new songs sounded, live, a bit like the heyday of trip hop which suits Cherry's still-powerful pipes. Of course she did do "Buffalo Stance" for the encore, albiet with a new arrangement suiting her current sound. It was a fun show, Cherry was in great spirits, and let's hope she doesn't wait so long for her next show here.
Opening the night was Sinkane (pics here) and Kaki King, who was doing one of the first performances of her new multi-media show, "The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body" which featured synchronized projections behind her and onto her white guitar. Pictures from her set, and more from Neneh Cherry, below...
photo: Julia Holter at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
NYC's annual Ecstatic Music Festival returns to the Merkin Concert Hall this year with various shows happening from February through April, following the two free concerts at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place in January. As always, it includes collaborations between indie and classical artists, and this year's lineup features Julia Holter, Xiu Xiu, Kaki King, John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Helado Negro, Emily Wells, Bang on a Can All-Stars (premiering works by Glenn Kotche, Jace Clayton and Ben Frost), and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup and schedule below...
2014 saw the release of Blank Space, the first new Neneh Cherry album in 18 years, which she made with Four Tet. Neneh recently made a video for the LP's current single "Spit Three Times." She talked about the personal nature of the song and video with The Fader:
[Director]Bafic picked up on the intimate nature of my lyrics in this song. When I wrote it, I had been through a terrible trauma in my life (my mother passed away suddenly, which literally broke my heart and took me down down down into a huge black hole of despair). I am being very specific when I talk about the 'black dog' which was Winston Churchill's name for his dark depressions. I am a fighter and I fought back from the edge of hell. Bafic captures this fight with his imagery, especially the flowers and the long motorway (freeway) underpass shots. I am very proud of this simple yet effective little short film. It means a heck of a lot to me personally.Check out the video below. Neneh will soon be making her long-time-coming NYC live debut at Highline Ballroom on January 9. Kaki King has been added to the bill that also includes Sinkane and tickets are still available. It's her only North American show scheduled for now but she does have dates in the UK and Australia coming up and all are listed below.
lastly, Neneh also gave us her Top 10 of 2014:
It is always difficult to narrow it down to a top ten anything. There is so much I could include and to be thankful for but I have tried to pick a few standout things from the past few months. It is a mix of good food, music, people, and places, which is basically all you need in life!Check out Neneh's list of 2014 favorites, and that music video, below...
Neneh Cherry at Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James RIchards IV)
Earlier this year, Neneh Cherry put out Blank Space, which was her first solo album in 18 years and featured production entirely by Four Tet and a guest spot from Robyn. Now it's getting a deluxe edition release on December 2 via Smalltown Supersound. That includes a bonus disc of remixes, including a Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) remix of the Robyn collaboration, and DJ Spinn's remix of "Spit Three Times" which you can stream below.
Believe it or not, Cherry has never played a show in NYC. She was set to tour with Fine Young Cannibals in 1989, a tour that included shows at Beacon Theatre in NYC, but cancelled that tour after contracting lyme disease while living on a farm in Westchester. She's finally changing that when she comes here on her 2015 tour to play Highline Ballroom on January 9. That show's being opened by guitar great Kaki King and DFA's multitalented Sinkane, making for an awesome bill all around. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The Highline date is her only currently announced US show, but she's got shows in Europe, New Zealand and Australia too. All dates are listed, with the new remix and deluxe edition tracklist, below...
River to River Festival 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
The free River to River Festival returns in 2014 to various outdoor NYC venues from June 19-29 and includes music, dance, theater, visual art, film and "unique participatory experiences." Some highlights this year include the annual Bang on a Can Marathon happening June 22 at Brookfield Place, Winter Garden (more info), and...
On June 24 at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden, world-renowned string quartet ETHEL is joined by guest guitarist Kaki King to present a special performance of ...And Other Stories. The collaboration is anchored by a re-imagining of Bach's masterful Brandenburg Concerto #6 and includes works from ETHEL's repertoire by Phil Kline and John Zorn, plus original compositions by Kaki King and the world premiere of a work by Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov composed especially for ETHEL and Kaki King.Other notable shows include People Get Ready at North End Way on June 19; Piñata Protest, Kuenta I Tambu (KiT), Helado Negro and SLV at The Uplands, South Street Seaport on June 27; composer/percussionist Susie Ibarra (who just teamed up with Mirah for Ecstatic Music Festival) & Roberto Rodriguez on June 21 at India House (1pm), Peter Minuet Plaza (3pm), and Tear Drop Park (5pm); Sergio Mendoza (Devotchka, Calexico) with La Orkestra and Rey Vellenato Beto Jamiaca on June 29 at The Uplands, South Street Seaport; and more.
Last year's successful partnership with Original Music Workshop, a new music venue set to open in Brooklyn in 2015, continues with three more "Ex-Situ" concerts of contemporary music in site-specific locations. Curated by composer Paola Prestini, this year's series is dedicated to the music and influences of master minimalist composer Terry Riley. It begins on June 20 with "Terry Riley and Friends," a concert featuring works by the composer performed by musicians including his son Gyan Riley, Tracy Silverman and the Young People's Chorus.
Again, all River to River events are free and open to the public. The entire 2014 line-up is listed, with details, below...
San Fermin at LPR in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We just told you about that Milli Vanilli opera that is being staged as a work-in-progress this month at BRIC House, the multipurpose venue/studio/learning center from the folks behind Celebrate Brooklyn! (who just announced their 2014 opening show). BRIC House just announced their spring events lineup and that includes concerts by San Fermin (March 28), Kaki King & Glowing Pictures (March 6), Harriet Tubman & Cassandra Wilson Present: Black Sun (March 16), Joseph Arthur (March 29) and Les Nubians (February 14).
The space will also be hosting "BRIC House Parties," a monthly Saturday series that will be all-day, all-ages events, with free family activities in the day and ticketed dance parties at night. The first one is February 8 with CHERYL / Bushwig, then on March 8 it's with Ralph McDaniels' Video Music Box, Special Ed and special guests; and then April 12 features AndrewAndrew and Neon Indian.
Tickets to all the above concerts and parties are on sale now. BRIC House's full schedule of Spring 2014 events, performances and classes is listed below...
Aesop Rock in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Bang On A Can's David Lang is the 2013-2014 season's holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall, and for the season, he'll be presenting his collected stories series. On the series, David says:
My series--collected stories--divides up the narrative world into topics so we can see how the music changes from subject to subject. Music from different cultures, times, environments, and sound worlds, plus some really exciting commissions, are placed next to each other, highlighting their narrative similarities and telling a larger kind of story about how we listen, experience sound and time, and use music to make sense of the world around us.The series includes a number of shows throughout the year, notably 'collected stories: love/loss' on April 24 with The Uncluded (aka Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson), Sam Amidon, Nico Muhly, Nadia Sirota and others (tickets); 'collected stories: (post)folk' on April 27 with guitar great Kaki King, the Alarm Will Sound ensemble, and others (tickets); and 'collected stories: spirit' on April 23 with Tuvan throat singers Huun-Huur-Tu and others (tickets). Full collected stories schedule below.
Speaking of Kaki King, she also plays the New York Guitar Festival this month.
And speaking of Bang On A Can, BOAC's marching band Asphalt Orchestra is performing the Pixies' Surfer Rosa in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday (1/12). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
collected stories schedule below...
Kaki King at Mercury Lounge in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The New York Guitar Festival is returning to various NYC venues this year from January 10 to January 30. It features a number of shows, including Nels Cline at Drama League Theater Center (1/18), Fred Frith meets Nels Cline at SubCulture (1/18), Ben Monder and others at Drama League Theater Center (1/19), Marc Ribot and Chris Eldridge at Merkin Concert Hall (1/21), Badi Assad and Kaki King at Merkin Concert Hall (1/23), Toubab Krewe and Joseph Arthur at Merkin Concert Hall (1/30), and more. Tickets for each paid show (some are free) are available at venue websites. Head to NY Guitar Fest's site for appropriate links and more details.
Full schedule below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Kaki King, who just busked in a Subway station last Saturday (4/20) (did anyone see her?) came to her old stomping grounds of Mercury Lounge last night (4/25) for two shows. The first was a 10th anniversary show for her debut album, Everybody Loves You, which she first celebrated at Mercury Lounge upon its initial CD release. For that set, Kaki King played entirely solo. But for the second set, she brought out a full band to play stuff from the span of entire career. During the set, Kaki talked about how she used to work the showroom bar at Mercury Lounge, and hinted at some upcoming stuff like a rarities album, a tour with a chamber ensemble, and a commission at Carnegie Hall. We'll keep our eyes peeled for details on all that.
More pictures from the late set last night below...
Kaki King at MoMA in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Kaki King is about to go on a short tour that brings her to NYC for two shows (early and late) on April 25 at Mercury Lounge. For the early show, she'll be performing solo and playing her 2003 debut, Everybody Loves You, in full, and the late show will be a full band show. Tickets for both shows and full night passes are still available.
But even sooner than that, Kaki will celebrate her roots by busking at the 6th Ave & 14th St Subway station on the downtown F line on 3 PM this Saturday (4/20). If for whatever reason the location changes, she will tweet the new spot.
Kaki also recently posted a letter to her facebook about the upcoming Mercury Lounge shows, which is not only where she's celebrating the 10th anniversary of Everybody Loves You, but also where she did the original CD release party for it back in 2002. Kaki also worked there as a waitress that same year. Read the whole letter, along with the list of remaining tour dates, below...
Kaki King at MoMA in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Guitar wizard Kaki King released her newest album, Glow, back in the last quarter of 2012 and toured in support of it through December. Now she's got more tour dates for this year scheduled, including a stop in NYC on April 25 at Mercury Lounge for two shows: an early show which will feature Kaki solo performing her 2003 debut album, Everybody Loves You (almost exactly ten years to the day that it was released), followed by a late full band show. Tickets for the individual shows and passes that get you into both go on sale Friday (3/8) at noon.
All tour dates are listed, along with a stream of the Everybody Loves You title track, below...
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper (aka Aly Spaltro), who we recently caught in a loft, has been (somewhat) quietly making lovely albums since the mid-'00s and has signed with Ba Da Bing Records who will release her new album, Ripely Pine, on February 19, 2013. We've got the premiere of "Rooftop," the first track to be released off the album which you can stream below, where you can also check out the LP artwork and tracklist. Ba Da Bing used to be home to Beirut who Lady Lamb has opened for.
Meanwhile, Aly's on tour with Kaki King which stopped at Glasslands this past Sunday (11/11) and the two play Le Poisson Rouge tonight (11/13). Tickets are still available. All tour dates are listed below.
Make sure to tell Kaki King congratulations when you catch her out on tour this fall.
Kaki King at MoMA in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Last week we mentioned that Kaki King has a new album and tour in the works, and that there would be more details to come. Those details have arrived and we now know that her new album is called Glow and it's due out on October 9 via Velour Music Group. Her tour has now also been announced in full, and in addition to including the previously discussed NYC show on November 11 at Glasslands (tickets), it also includes another NYC show, which happens on November 13 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for the LPR show are on sale now.
An updated dates list of dates is below.
Kaki King at MoMA in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Guitar great Kaki King is working on a new album with producer D. James Goodwin, which will be out this fall. According to Kaki, "It's entirely instrumental, full of beautiful guitar songs accompanied by string quartet, bagpipes, low pillowy bass drum thuds, shakers galore, and a library of unique soundscapes that were created in the studio for each piece." Album title and exact release date TBA.
Kaki King will also be supporting the album with a world tour. That tour hasn't been announced in full yet, but a few dates are starting to roll out, including a NYC show which happens on November 11 at Glasslands. Tickets for that show go on sale Saturday (8/25) at 7 AM.
Kaki is also part of Gap's new "Icons Redefined" campaign that also includes The Avett Brothers, Karmin and others. Video of her ad is below, along with a list of all known tour dates.
Bang on a Can 2011 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
The 2012 River to River Festival kicked off today (6/17) at noon with the Bang on a Can Marathon at the World Financial Center Winter Garden. As mentioned the marathon runs through midnight and features a huge variety of performers including Kaki King, David Longstreth, Steve Reich, and many others.
If you missed it, the full schedule for today's marathon is listed below...
Glenn Branca Ensemble at last year's Marathon (more by Andrew Frisicano)
As previously announced, the 2012 River to River Festival will kick off with the annual 12-hour Bang on a Can Marathon on June 17 from noon to midnight at the World Financial Center Winter Garden:
Some highlights include Bang on a Can All-Stars, astonishing cellist Maya Beiser, Pauline Oliveros' Deep Listening Band, sound pioneer Alvin Lucier, indie guitar sensation Kaki King, jazz genius Matthew Shipp, music by David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Steve Reich, David T Little, Ruby Fulton, Michael Harrison; film by Bill Morrison, and much more. Stay all Day!River to River just released the full Bang on a Can Marathon schedule which is detailed below.
Presented by River To River Festival, Arts Brookfield and Bang on a Can.
Meanwhile, you can also catch Thurston Moore in NYC tonight (5/31) with Bill Nace and Joe McPhee.
Bang on a Can Marathon last year (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Bang on a Can, who recently celebrated their 25th anniversary with a big show at Lincoln Center, bring the annual, free Marathon back to the World Financial Center Winter Garden this year from June 17,12PM - June 18, 12AM...
Bang on a Can brings its 25 Year celebration back downtown with its incomparable 12-hour super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the globe. What started as a scruffy loft concert in Soho back in 1987, now ranks among the iconic annual concert events in NYC. This year's edition features rare performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time side-by-side with some of today's newest music pioneers. Some highlights include Bang on a Can All-Stars, astonishing cellist Maya Beiser, Pauline Oliveros' Deep Listening Band, sound pioneer Alvin Lucier, indie guitar sensation Kaki King, jazz genius Matthew Shipp, music by David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Steve Reich, David T Little, Ruby Fulton, Michael Harrison; film by Bill Morrison, and much more. Stay all Day!Stay tuned for more details.
Presented by River To River Festival, Arts Brookfield and Bang on a Can.
Puss & Boots @ Rockwood in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Monday night at the Bell House:
Sex, love, and Country music! Puss and Boots brings to Brooklyn holiday cheer, many P and B special guests/santa's helpers, and hay stacks...lots of them!I don't know who the "and more" are, but don't forget that Puss n Boots is Sasha Dobson, Catherine Popper, and Norah Jones.
Featuring burlesque by Nasty Canaste, and Minnie Tonka plus Speical guests Teddy Thompson, Kaki King, Seth Herzog, Sonia Brown, Michelle Casillas, Jeff Hill, Harper Blynn and more!
7:30pm Doors / 8pm Show / $15 Advance Tickets
Speaking of Norah Jones and Christmas, did you catch her playing the Ace Hotel on Anthony Bourdain's recently-aired Christmas show? Did you catch Fucked Up at the end of the same show?