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globalFEST 2016

The annual NYC world music festival globalFEST returns to Webster Hall on Sunday, January 17 across all three of the venue's stages. 2016 performers -- a few of whom are making their US or NY debuts -- include (descriptions via press release):

Astrid Hadad
Extravagant Mexican cabaret with soulful songs and outrageous visuals

Russian mafia ballads get a New Orleans punk makeover

Masterful dancer Melaku Belay leads Ethiopia's traditional music revival

Vintage Paris chic meets New York cool in swinging electro-beats

Lakou Mizik (NY Debut)
Powerhouse collective invigorating Haitian roots and grooves

Mariana Sadovska
The defiant cry of Ukraine, reinventing traditional songs

Simon Shaheen's Zafir
A reuniting of Arab Andalucian music and fiery flamenco

Stelios Petrakis Quartet
Inimitable virtuosos from Crete weaving melodies across the Greek islands

The Dhol Foundation
UK's leading South Asian bhangra crew

Tribu Baharú (US Debut)
Afro-champeta party from Colombia's Caribbean coast

Lush Afrobeat inspired jazz, soul, and pop

Music Maker Blues Revue
Blues That Made America Famous

Tickets for globalFEST 2016 are on sale and the schedule/set-times are listed, plus a video preview and a Spotify playlist featuring songs by this year's acts, below.

Continue reading "globalFEST 2016 is this month -- listen to a playlist of this year's performers"

photo: Red Baraat at GoogaMooga 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Red Baraat

The annual Winter Jazzfest returns to various NYC venues in 2016 from January 13-17. Since we last spoke, the lineup added a bunch of other artists, including Naytronix, Red Baraat, Sun Ra Arkestra, SK Kakraba (Awesome Tapes from Africa), No BS!, Nublu Orchestra, Forro in the Dark plays Zorn, Pedrito Martinez and many more.

They join previously announced names 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.

More details have already been released about the special celebration of ECM Records:. Here's the label's own announcement:

ECM Records has documented progressive jazz like no other independent label, producing albums that have helped "change the course of recorded art," according to the Wall Street Journal. On January 15-16 at The New School's Tishman Auditorium, Winter Jazzfest 2016 will present two special all-ECM evenings featuring 13 acts. This is an unprecedented label showcase at Winter Jazzfest, which over the past decade has helped epitomize New York City as the place to experience the leading edge of jazz, for musicians, critics and fans alike.

Performing material from their latest ECM releases in this showcase will be the Vijay Iyer Trio, Mark Turner Quartet, pianist David Virelles' ensemble Mbókò, pianist Craig Taborn solo and guitarist David Torn solo. The evenings will also feature artists unveiling material from new and imminent albums on the label, including the trio of Ches Smith, Craig Taborn & Mat Maneri, Avishai Cohen Quartet, Michael Formanek's Ensemble Kolossus and Ralph Alessi Quartet. There will be groups on the bill that have upcoming ECM recording sessions, too, such as the new Chris Potter Quartet, Theo Bleckmann's Elegy and the duo of Ethan Iverson & Mark Turner; and saxophonist Tim Berne will debut a new quintet, Sideshow. See below for the complete lineup.

Founded in Munich by lauded producer Manfred Eicher, ECM has always had a keen connection to the vital currents of jazz emanating from this side of the Atlantic. With the label's characteristically organic interactions and conceptual resonance to the fore, these two unmissable nights of performance at Winter Jazzfest will underscore the ever-robust, trans-Atlantic jazz vision of ECM. "For me, the source of jazz has always ultimately been America - New York City, especially," says Eicher. "Now there's a new generation of musicians in New York that is particularly interesting to me, so I'm happy that I'll be here again to see an exciting program featuring these artists - one that helps mark ECM's long connection to America and New York."
More details on the ECM lineups can be viewed below.

The full festival schedule is still TBA, but tickets for the whole festival and select individual shows are available.

UPDATE: Kamasi Washington was supposed to play Winter Jazzfest, but his show was rescheduled for February. All tickets (including Winter Jazzfest passes) will be honored.

Updated lineup below...

Continue reading "Winter Jazzfest NYC expands 2016 lineup, including A Celebration of ECM Records"

Nels Cline at Winter Jazz Fest 2011 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Nels Cline

As mentioned, Winter Jazz Fest is returning to NYC and it begins today (1/11) and continues through Saturday (1/12) across multiple NYC venues, including Le Poisson Rouge, Sullivan Hall, Zinc Bar, The Bitter End, Culture Project Theater, and The Bowery Electric with many artists including Colin Stetson, Rafiq Bhatia, Nels Cline, Debo Band, Vijay Iyer, Toshi Reagon, and more. Two day passes and single day tickets are on sale now.

Full schedule below...

Continue reading "Winter Jazz Fest kicks off in NYC"

Colin Stetson
Colin Stetson

Sax wizard Colin Stetson is working on his new solo album which will be out at some point in 2013, but before that you'll get a chance to see him at an intimate NYC show with many guests at Zebulon on December 6. The show includes Colin doing a solo set, along with sets by Holly Miranda and her band, Sarah Neufeld on solo violin (Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre), and Lone Wolf (aka Ryan Saywer). Then Colin, Sarah and Ryan will do a collaborative set with Stuart Bogie, Adam Roberts, and Ryan Ferreira. No advance tickets for this show.

Colin Stetson is also part of the lineup for the 2013 Winter Jazz Fest which goes down across multiple venues in NYC on January 11 and 12. Colin will be playing The Bitter End on 1/12. Other artists on this year's tentative lineup include Nels Cline, Rafiq Bhatia, Debo Band, Vijay Iyer, and many many more. The full tentative lineup (with still more TBA) is below.

Continue reading "Colin Stetson playing NYC w/ Holly Miranda, Sarah Neufeld & more before Winter Jazz Fest (lineup)"

photos by Ryan Muir

Ghostface Killah Celebrating Brooklyn
Ghostface Killah

"Although he only had 45 minutes on stage, for which he apologized a few times to the crowd of "10,000" fans, he played hip-hop classics off his solo albums like "Ironman," "Supreme Clientele," a bunch of bangers from Wu-Tang Clan.

But, Ghostface wasn't alone on stage, Cappadonna, the unofficial tenth member of Wu-Tang, took the stage and did a killer rendition of the song "Winter Warz" over Notorious B.I.G.'s "Who Shot Ya" beat.

Sheek Louch also hit the stage and played his verses from The Lox's various albums.

By 8 p.m., the police cut off the crowd, which Ghostface said was about 10,000 deep, from filling the fenced off area in front of the stage. So, as die hard fans still filled the park surrounding the bandshell, they lined up along the fence to dance and rhyme along with the hip-hop MCs. [Patch]

Ghostface Killah played the free Lyricist Lounge anniversary show in Prospect Park on Saturday (6/23) with  Camp LoAstro (who you might know from TV show The X-Factor), Farrah Burns, and Rah Diggah. Lots more great pics from that show below.

Rap continued at Celebrate Brooklyn earlier this week with Danny Brown and Schoolboy Q opening for Childish Gambino (Instagrams here and here). Ghostface plays NYC again as part of Wu-Block (at Highline Ballroom and in NJ at Rock the Bells)

Meanwhile, Celebrate Brooklyn continues in Prospect Park tonight (6/28) with Ballet Hispanico, "the leading representative of Hispanic culture in American dance" (8pm, free). On Friday (6/29) it's Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Brooklyn Steppers, and Dayna Kurtz (7:30pm, free), and Saturday (6/30) it's Angélique Kidjo's Women Waging Peace with Special Guests Laurie Anderson, Sibongile Khumalo, and Somi (7:30pm, free).

More pictures of the Ghostface show below...

Continue reading "Ghostface Killah, Camp Lo & more played Prospect Park (pics); more free Celebrate Brooklyn shows this weekend"

Think About Life @ BV CMJ, 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Think ABout Life

today in NYC
* J&R MusicFest
* Somi @ Joe's Pub
* The Lisps @ Joe's Pub
* Marianne Dissard @ Barbes
* Les Chauds Lapins @ Barbes
* The Ne(x)tworks String Trio @ The Stone
* DJ Rupture, Tanlines @ Whitney Museum
* Solange Knowles (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Morgan O'Kane, Phillip Roebuck @ Zebulon
* RJD2, DJ Ray Roc (Girls & Boys) @ Webster Hall
* Coolrunnings, Slam Donahue, Teams, Y/Y @ Pianos
* The Machine (performs Pink Floyd) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Elk City, Adam's Castle, Animal Hands @ The Rock Shop
* Future Rock @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise - The Temptress
* Ryan Montbleau Band @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise - The Jewel
* Think About Life, Tayisha Busay, Phonetag @ Santos Party House
* Benevento Russo Duo (Highline Piano Series) @ Highline Ballroom
* Xray Eyeballs, Bare Wires, Liquor Store @ Monster Island Basement
* Living Days, Naked Hearts, Teletextile @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Big Terrific comedy w/ special musical guest Islands @ MHOW
* Arms, TV Torso, Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang @ Mercury Lounge
* Chappo, The Sundelles, Steel Phantoms, Motive, Landlady @ Glasslands
* La Otracina, Bezoar, Wizardry, Unstoppable Death Machines @ Union Pool
* Sisters, Girlfriends, Slow Animal, Sweet Bulbs, Candy Hearts @ Cake Shop
* Apollo Sunshine, The Black Hollies @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise (Halfmoon)
* Zulus, ELKS, Yvette, Hunters, Mega Calderos (Showpaper Benefit) @ Silent Barn
* Knight School, Art Department, Ed Shrader, Starring, Cinnamon Band @ DeathByAudio
* Oneohtrix Point Never, ARP, James Ferraro, Future Shuttle, Blondes (DJ set) (ARP record release) @ Coco 66
* Rangda (Sir Richard Bishop, Ben Chasny and Chris Corsano), Major Stars, D. Charles Speer & The Helix @ Knitting Factory

"Having performed to audiences across four continents, Somi has since worked with or performed alongside the likes of Bobby McFerrin, Baaba Maal, Paul Simon, John Legend, Hugh Masekela, Mos Def, Amel Larrieux, Talib Kweli, Roy Hargrove, and Idan Raichel." tonight at Joe's Pub.

Check out This Week in Indie for more detail on some of tonight and tomorrow's shows.

Have you seen the new issue of NY Press? (NSFW)

Did you see any working inmates before or after the show in Coney Island last night?

J&R MusicFest brings free music to City Hall Park today and Saturday.

Saturday is also the the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Marcus Garvey Park which continues in Tompkins Square Park Sunday.

Saturday is also Rock the Bells.

And there's a free show at the Rock Yard on Saturday.

Sunday is also Michael Jackson's birthday party in Prospect Park.

Sunday is also the reinstated final Pool Party.

How was Bill Goffrier last night? How was Martha's Vineyard Ferries? Videos from the latter show below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Friday?"


As part of the 651 Arts series of performance-interviews conducted by artists of artists, world renowned South African horn-player, composer and vocalist Hugh Masekela will interview American-Rwandan and -Ugandan jazz vocalist and songwriter Somi. As a special treat, Masekela will sit in with Somi as she performs her new work If The Rains Come First.
That happens Tuesday, May 11th (tonight) at the Kumble Theater at Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus. Tickets are on sale. Videos of both are below...

Continue reading "651 Arts brings African culture to Brooklyn - hosting Hugh Masekela & Somi (tonight)"

The National @ The Bell House in March (more by Bao Nguyen)
The National

There's still no word on what will be happening at the The National-curated High Violet Annex May 11th-15th. But the band will be playing at another downtown space today at 2pm for WNYC's Soundcheck. Tickets are long sold out, but you can stream the band's performance at the Greene Space online (video and audio) at WNYC.org or listen on the radio at 93.9 FM and AM 820 (DJ Rob Swift performs too.)

The National's new record is still streaming and they've got other shows (NYC and beyond) on the way too.

Also coming up at the Greene Space are the Hold Steady, who's new album is streaming, on May 14th (which is sold out).

Moby and singer-songwriter Somi play the space on May 4th, and tickets are on sale.

Speaking of Moby, his LES vegetarian/vegan cafe Teany is officially reopening today after a being closed since last June because of a fire. Eater says, "The interior has been restored to its former look, and there's been no word of any menu changes."