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  • Bill Bragin
    Dec 19, 2002

      Hi all,


      Happy Holidays everyone!


      First off, here’s info about two upcoming dj gigs:


      Tomorrow night I am spinning at Galapagos in Williamsburg on a Bill With Burnt Sugar and Moisturizer – the show got a Short List mention in the Voice this week – my first appearance there – very exciting.  And my old colleague from SummerStage, DJ Rubrica aka Erica Ruben has a weekly gig in the front room there too, so good sounds will be happening throughout the ArtSpace.  For this set I’ll focus on Afro-tech, electro-Brazilian, maybe some nu-jazz, and whatever else the evening inspires…and knowing Burnt Sugar, it could inspire all kinds of different directions.I haven’t djed in New York for a few months – it would be great to see ya’ll there.




      and DJ ACIDOPHILUS (that’s me)


      Friday, December 20

      9 pm


      Afro-futurist all-star big band BURNT SUGAR draw the sublime out of what seems like a chaotic freak-out. Shepherded by journo Greg Tate and inspired by electric Miles, BURNT SUGAR imaginatively trip through the black diaspora of the last 30 years." (Village Voice) With the live and active cultures of DJ ACIDOPHILUS aka Joe's Pub's Bill Bragin. 9pm $7


      Galapagos Art Space

      70 N 6th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211




      DJ Rekha of Basement Banghra/Mutiny/Bollywood Disco fame has started a new weekly party at Joe’s Pub on Wednesday nights called Beat Bazaar, and she has invited me to spin on the best night of the year – New Years’ Day, Jan 1 at 11 pm.  So shake off that hangover, and keep the party going with Acidophilus and DJ Rekha


      Lastly, those of you who have been on my list for a while may remember that I did music supervision for choreographer Wally Cardona on a piece called Trance Territories, featuring music provided by DJ $mall Change, which was part of the Joyce Theater’s Altogether Different festival a few years back.  Wally is an amazing choreographer who has been challenging the boundaries between the dance and the club world, and I am on the benefit committee for an upcoming run of his latest piece Morph: Live Remix at the Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church.  Please consider buying a ticket – hope to see you there!


      Wally Cardona Quartet

      and the 2003 Benefit Committee invite you to a benefit performance of


      MORPH: Live Remix


      Sunday, January 5, 2003 at 7:30pm

      with reception immediately following the performance


      Tickets $50


      Danspace Project

      St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery

      10th Sreet and Second Avenue


      RSVP by December 30 to JM at 212-375-8283 or



      make checks payable to WCV, Inc. and mail to


      140 Second Ave #501

      New York, NY 1003


      or purchase with credit card on line:  www.wcvismorphing.org


      Tickets will be held at the door.


      2003 Benefit Committee


      Michael J. Amador, Bill Bragin and Lisa Philp, Christina D. Burnett*, Penelope Dannenberg, Greg Fuchs, Olga Garay, Hugh and Alissa Hsu Lynch*, Natasha Kaiser, Chris Klatell, Ralph Lemon, Yail Lustmann, Kate Mattingly, Michelle Moskowitz, Renata Petroni, Peter J. Pih, Florentino G. Reyes, Laurie Uprichard, Joan Voltz*, Martin Weschsler


      *WCV Board of Directors


      Holiday time means family reunions for many of us, and this week at Joe's Pub there were some extraordinary reunions: on Sunday, actor/director James Naughton (Our Town) turned up to sing Love Me Tender with his daughter Keira at The Peterson's show.  (Keira's brother Greg Naughton will play this Sunday, on a bill with Julia Greenberg of People Are Wrong)
      And then last night, on the early show, Martha Wainwright was joined by her brother Rufus Wainwright and her mother Kate McGarrigle for some beautiful collaborations.  Later that night, the legendary Nona Hendryx capped an already unbelievable show by bringing out Patti Labelle, following their Labelle reunion at Madison Square Garden earlier in the evening!  All kinds of magic. 

      We have more incredible shows coming up including the first live shows since the summer by one of the biggest buzz bands of the year, Metro Area, the pioneering political humorist Mort Sahl (last time he performed at Joe's Pub, Woody Allen came to introduce him), the long-awaited New York return of another funky soul sister Sandra St. Victor (of The Family Stand), and New Years' Eve with the one and only Eartha Kitt.  And on New Year's Day, you can start 2003 off right when Joe's Pub's own Bill Bragin wears his DJ hat as Acidophilus joining DJ Rekha at her hot new global diaspora party, Beat Bazaar on Wednesday, Jan 1 at 11. 

      Loads of exciting shows have been added for January (Roy Ayers, Ute Lemper, Syd Straw added to the bill with Jill Sobule, Rosey, Colin Quinn, The Sea & Cake, Noche Flamenca) - April that are announced below, and won't be hitting ads for a while, so get a jump on things, and mark your calendars and buy your tickets now.

      Have a great holiday season!

      *********************Joe's Pub Schedule of Events****************
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      425 Lafayette Street between East 4th St. & Astor Place .
      Take N train to Broadway & 8th St. or 6 train to Astor Place .
      For information & reservations please call 212-539-8778,
      or, for Telecharge listed events you can call 212-239-6200.
      Questions or comments please email us: schedule@...

      New Year's Eve at Joe's Pub...
      The Legendary Eartha Kitt

      One show only!
      Concert Tickets are $125
      A pre-fixe menu is available.
      Beginning at
      10:00pm bring in the New Year with friends and family and enjoy and open bar for one hour.
      Vibes brought to you by DJ Scram - spinning classics and hip-hop. Tickets are $75.
      VIP tickets are available for $135 a person and include an hour of open bar as well as a bottle of Veuve Clicquot for parties of three or more and you are guaranteed a table for the evening.
      Call us at 212-539-8778 to purchase tickets!

       Thursday, Dec 19 * Kate's Chink-O-Rama: Featuring The Chink-O-Rama Dancers *
      Show(s) at 9:30 Pm , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $17
      Join MC Chink Daddy (Dave Jung), cultural terrorist Kate Rigg and the super-fly Chink-o-Rama dancer girls for

      a holiday pu-pu platter of brand new songs and sketches (like "The Charlie Chaniels Band" previewing from their new show Chink-o-Rama 2: Year of the Chink Daddy), alongside Chink-o-Rama classics enjoyed by irreverently rabid fans of all chink all the time. Special guest appearance by trip-hop/spoken word duo "Slanty Eyed Mama."

      Friday, Dec 20 * Jungli/Shrine for the Black Madonna *
      Show(s) at 7:00 Pm , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $12
      Black Tea: A Concert in Tongues presents a new live music showcase honoring forces passionate, compelling and eternal with two of New York 's most captivating bands.

      Rocker-rapper-activist Tasneem A. Nanji is Jungli, "the health food of the music industry."  Destined to leave her mark on the world through a love for music and art, Jungli is original in thought, creativity and sound.  Her live show has been heralded "a precious gem." www.junglimusic.com
      Shrine for the Black Madonna creates magic-apocalypse love songs: eerie, explosive and shimmering with melodies.  Invokes elements of acid-pop, dub, African metal and Latin percussion.  "Atomic weight between 186.2 and 190.2...soars like lark's tongue." - Village Voice

      Friday, Dec 20 * Imani Uzuri Featuring Marvin Sewell with Special Guest Graham Haynes *
      Show(s) at 9:30 pm , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Celebrate the winter soul-stice and holiday season with underground phenomenon Imani Uzuri, a spiritual, soulful vocalist, reminiscent of Nina Simone for the age of electronica. Blues meats broken beat, with a band that includes guitarist Marvin Sewell (Cassandra Wilson), cornetist Graham Haynes, Dj Val Jeanty and cellist Nioka Workman. Imani has collaborated with the likes of keyboard legend Herbie Hancock, rapper Talib Kweli, drum-n-bass pioneers 4-Hero, Philly-based producer/Dj King Britt and London producer Tony Wah-Chu-Ku of Attica Blues. "Local drum n soul sensation Imani Uzuri [is] a commanding singer who performs soulful electronica...[she] never fails to mesmerize audiences with her narcotic blend of...ethereal sounds." - Time Out New York

      Saturday, Dec 21 * Antony and the Johnsons *
      Show(s) at 7:30 PM , Tickets by: Reso/Cash, Price $20
      Antony and the Johnsons present chamber cabaret in darkest blue, creating music that is highly dramatic, emotional, and lyrical. Compared to everyone from Nina Simone to Lotte Lenya, Antony 's voice is hauntingly evocative. The Johnsons, an ensemble featuring a string trio, piano, bass and drums, lay a foundation of lush yet minimal orchestral arrangements. "Listening to Antony 's voice is like hearing Elvis for the first time, two words and he has broken your heart, it is the most exquisite thing that you will hear in your life." Laurie Anderson

      Saturday, Dec 21 * The Glamazons: Jiggle Belles *
      Show(s) at 9:30 Pm , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      'Tis the season, and what better way to celebrate than with THE GLAMAZONS?

      Big, Beautiful, Bodacious, Bountiful, Bawdy Burlesque Babes Burst into Joe's Pub with their holiday show JIGGLE BELLES. You'll hear their naughty versions of Christmas classics as they rock, tap, hula and shake the night away. You won't be able to get enough of these holiday presents, unwrapped just for you! www.glamazongirls.com

      Sunday, Dec 22 *
      Greg Naughton & the Stark Naked Sole / Julia Greenberg *
      Show(s) at 7:00 Pm , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $12 advance/$15 at door
      Up-and-coming NY singer-songwriter Greg Naughton plays his soul-infused, roots-rock pop songs in an act that the New York Resident called one of the "Best 10 Shows of 2001. . . and one of New York 's best kept secrets." But don't expect the secret to last, as Greg's debut CD is attracting attention far from New York: "This season's strongest contender for rookie of the year" -Canada's 'National Post' ;"A rough-and-tumble folk-rock gem...Naughton is a magnetic writer & performer."-Performing Songwriter. www.gregnaughton.com  Julia Greenberg, most recently seen at Joe's Pub in "People Are Wrong", the quirkily brilliant musical she co-wrote, can trace her musical roots back to her grandfather Leo, who was a singer for the Ziegfeld Follies, and who married Esther to form a husband and wife vaudeville act. Born and raised on the then still pure Avenue A, Julia soaked in the music around her: from her grandparent's nightclub jazz to her older sister's Cars and Blondie albums to the labor union anthems her hippie counselors at her lefty summer camp used to teach her how to play guitar. "Her roots pop style is similar to Sheryl Crow, but with a more accessible and witty edge. When she plays with a band its all out rock...Like Shelby Lynne's her music has a slight country flavor and a lot of attitude."-New York Times
      www.peoplearewrong.net www.cropduster.com/juliagreenberg

      Sunday, Dec 22 * Emeline Michel *
      Show(s) at 9:30 Pm , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Celebrate a Kreyol Christmas with lush, sophisticated, modern Haitian music from Emeline Michel, the nation's leading female singer, songwriter, record producer and bandleader. Emphasizing conscious lyrics and a broad palette of musical influences, including the Haitian compas, twoubadou and rara styles along with jazz, rock, bossa nova and samba, Emeline will play selections from her latest CD "Cordes et Ame" (Strings and Soul), which received Haiti's "Musique En Folie" awards for Best Haitian Album and Best Production for the year 2000. emelinemichel.homestead.com/home.html

      Monday, Dec 23 * Metropolitan Klezmer *
      Show(s) at 7:30 , Tickets by: Reso/Cash, Price $12
      Formed in 1994 as a collaborative adventure bringing together World Music and downtown virtuosos exploring Yiddish music with roots from all over the map, the vibrant Metropolitan Klezmer updates source material ranging from vintage soundtracks to underworld ditties to tenement wedding traditionals.

      These "modern-day purveyors of time-honored traditions" will perform old faves as well as previews from their upcoming third CD. "With influences that range from old school Arabic music to Latin jazz to Motown, Metropolitan Klezmer interprets aged Yiddish favorites with a mixture of tradition and irreverence... Led by percussionist Eve Sicular, the NYC-based eight-piece produces a sound that is not only exuberantly eclectic but also very danceable." -- flavorpill.net

      Monday, Dec 23 * Earthdriver *
      Show(s) at 9:30 PM , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $12
      Earthdriver is a union of countless influences and philosophies. Anything
      passionate is welcome into the crucible - from West African rhythms, to four on the floor funk grooves, to North African style chants in Spanish, to distorted rock, to campfire folk, to bubble gum pop, to Anthony Braxton inspired feedback. Earthdriver's music is the soundtrack to a growing social movement that is both political and highly personal. Featuring Jeremiah Hosea Landes (James Blood Ulmer/Gigi) - bass, Swiss Chris (Mos Def/Slick Rick) - drums, Ryan Waters (Sade), Kirk Douglass (Burnt Sugar/Imani Uzuri) - guitars, Mark Lesero and Bemshe - vocals, Oja - turntables/samples, Blu - painting, and special guests. www.earthdriver.org

      Thursday, Dec 26 * Common Rotation *
      Show(s) at 7:30 PM , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $12
      Common Rotation is a pop folk band with an alternative to the perpetual boredom.

      Combined with a theatrical stage show, their brand of intelligent eclectic acoustic guitar-driven pop music is enough to throw the forces of nature in reverse and gather a devoted audience. Fronted by Eric Kufs and Adam Busch (perhaps better known as " Warren " from TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), the group channel Simon & Garfunkel for a new era. Although they now reside in Los Angeles , they paid their dues honing their craft in the thriving New York folk scene. Anyone that has been fortunate enough to spend time with Common Rotation will attest to the band's enormously energetic live show. "...a lyric-driven, Barenaked-Ladies-meets-Phish vibe with fast-moving songs..." --Newsday www.commonrotation.com

      Thursday, Dec 26 * Groove Collective *
      Show(s) at 9:30 pM , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Part social experiment, part musical experience, Groove Collective has been transcending categories for nearly a decade, with one goal in mind: to move listeners' minds and feet. Long before the term "jam band" hit the scene, this crew of New York City-based stylistic adventurers was laying down grooves that buzzed with funk, jazz, house, Latin and every party-inducing sound in between. Jam? These guys helped shape the modern definition. Come check out the streamlined collective: Jay Rodriquez - saxes and flutes, Barney McCall - keyboards, Jonathan Maron - bass, Genji Siraisi - drums, Chris Theberge - percussion. www.groovecollective.com

      Friday, Dec 27 * Metro Area-Live *
      Show(s) at 7:30 Pm 9:30 Pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $12 advance $15 at door
      Hot on the heels of their new album, Metro Area makes their first live NYC performances since their memorable summer debut at PS1/MoMA.

      Metro Area's Morgan Geist and Darshan Jesrani sum their myriad influences into a dynamic, vibrant dance music mix that All Music calls "some of the most colorful, deep-feeling, melodic and simplistic-yet-full-sounding dance music of the time that will no doubt translate decades ahead...pays tribute to the bygone glory days of '70s and '80s boogie, old-school R&B, disco and house; all the while keeping this timeless melting pot fresh with a modern edge that has skillfully avoided any trends that have coincided with the duo's existence."  "[Not just danceable and listenable; it's instructive too...[they give] listeners old sounds and a new way to hear them." - New York Times www.environrecords.com

      Saturday, Dec 28 * Mort Sahl *
      Show(s) at 7:30 Pm 9:30 Pm , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $25
      If ever there was a call for a true American original, that time is now. Lauded for his fearless brand of political
      satire and incisive view of the human condition, Mort Sahl makes a return appearance to Joe's Pub. As George Bush Sr. once projected 'Mort's the thinking man's comedy' worldly wise and witty and always on the mark, Mort Sahl is not to be missed.

      Sunday, Dec 29 * John Moran with Eva Müller *
      Show(s) at 9:30 Pm , Tickets by:Box Office and Telecharge, Price $12
      John Moran, author/composer such music-theater works as "Jack Benny", "The Manson Family" (w/ Iggy Pop), and "Book of the Dead/2nd Ave " (w/ Uma Thurman, at The Public Theater) teams up with German born actress and dancer Eva Müller to present an evening of excerpts from many of his works.

      A protégé of Philip Glass, Moran earns ecstatic accolades from the press, including the NY Times:  "Phenomenally imaginative!" and the Boston Globe: "Moran is a modern day Mozart."  Following recent smash performances in Brooklyn , which inspired Time Out to rave "This one-hour show reaffirms Moran's reputation as one of the most important figures in the avant-garde scene," Moran and Müller promise new and different material as a treat for their devoted fans. 

      Monday, Dec 30 * Sandra St. Victor: 2nd Annual Pre-New Years Eve Bash *
      Show(s) at 7:30 Pm 9:30 Pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15 advance, $18 at door
      Sandra St. Victor, one of New York's favorite 'sanging sistas' returns for her first NYC show after a year working in Europe, to perform at one of her favorite haunts. Known for her work with rock soul group The Family Stand, as well as with such luminaries as Chaka Khan, Prince & Curtis Mayfield, Sandra's powerful live unit features Booker King, Scoota Warner, Albert
      Menendez and Danny Sadownick. Not to be missed! "The earthy soul vocalist/songwriter/producer...draws on her Ella Fitzgerald/Sarah Vaughan meets the Ohio Players/Sly Stone persona, to produce a moving, don't-categorize-me mix of R&B, jazz, gospel, pop, funk and rock." --Billboard Magazine www.sandrastvictor.com Presented in association with Sista Factory. www.sistafactory.com

      Tuesday, Dec 31 * Eartha Kitt *
      Show(s) at 8:00pm , Tickets by: Call 212-539-8778, Price $125
      What better way to celebrate New Year's Eve than with a true legend of the stage and screen: the incomparable Eartha Kitt, in an intimate one-show-only appearance, with musical direction by Darryl Waters.

      "Now in her fifth decade of making men nervous, Eartha Kitt still electrifies audiences with her one of a kind persona, peppering her flirty set with gold-digging songs about champagne, stretch limos, and pearls," said the Associated Press.   "In an era when cabaret is mostly musty theater, Kitt's shows are fresh and vibrant - and increasingly being embraced by Gen-Xers."

      Thursday, Jan 2 * Compulsary Reading: Four new York Writers Bring in the New Year *
      Show(s) at 7:30 PM , Tickets by: Reso/ cash, Price Free
      Peter Nolan Smith, founder of the Trashy Intellectualism, reads about the Quincy Quarries, Destruction for the Sake of Fat People in Big Cars. Stefanie Fumo Classical explores modernism in this 3rd-class babylon . Bruce Benderson, author of User, Pretending to Say No, and Toward the New Decancence joyifies finding someplace like the old Times Square out in the Pacific Northwest of today. Jocko Weyland, skateboarding legend of the Answer is Never Tell a Tender Tale of Hard Rock Road Trips.

      Thursday, Jan 2 * Jolie FUEGO *
      Show(s) at 9:30 PM , Tickets by: Reso/ cash, Price $10
      Vocalist Alice Smith and bassist/producer Maximina Juson are one of the most unique bands to come out of the downtown scene. Jolie FUEGO deliver a pretty fire that erupts into an inferno of 'Globetronic Soul' that brings an eclectic dynamism of original songs reflecting hip-hop, Far Eastern, reggae, rock, jazz and world beat rhythms. FEUGO not only impresses with the star talent of their vocalist and bassist but also moves people in a way that rocks and paves the way for a new generation.

      Friday, Jan 3 * Lil' Johnny Rivero & Pedro "Pedrito" Martinez with the LP Rumba Ensemble *
      Show(s) at 7:30 Pm , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      An evening of intoxicating Rumba and hot Latin music celebrating the release of Montvale Rumba, the first production in 20 years by Latin Percussion founder Martin Cohen, with some of the world's most formidable master percussionists joining forces in the LP Rumba Ensemble.

      Conguero Lil' Johnny Rivero (one of the essential ingredients for the legendary Salsa band, La Sonora Pocena), and percussionist extraordinaire/singer/dancer Pedro "Pedrito" Martinez (winner of the prestigious International Thelonius Monk competition and member of Yerba Buena) capture the true essence of Afro-Cuban rumba, and give it a twist by invoking other intoxicating Latin folkloric rhythms from Puerto Rico, Venzeuela, Colombia and Brazil. The result are slow and steady burners, full of call/response, joyful choruses suggestive of African tribal culture, and explosive percussive exclamations. www.lpmusic.com

      Friday, Jan 3 * Hamell on Trial *
      Show(s) at 9:30 Pm , Tickets by: Reso/Cash, Price $12
      Singer-songwriter, joke telling Hamell on Trial defies all musical categories. However, punk acoustic and anti-folk come close. With raw bold energy, Hamell on Trial, is a one man show that checks the pulse of the nation and gives out his rock-n-roll folk music straight to the heart.

      Saturday, Jan 4 * Roy Ayers *
      Show(s) at 7:30 Pm 9:30 Pm , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $22
      Simply put...one of the greatest soul jazz artists ever makes his debut Joe's appearance. Roy Ayers and his vibes will take you on a journey through his classics which include 'Everybody Loves the Sunshine', 'Running Away', 'Love Will Bring Us Back Together' and 'Searching'.

      Sunday, Jan 5 * Dave's True Story / The Lascivious Biddies *
      Show(s) at 7:00 Pm , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $12
      Best described as jazz-lounge with pop overtones, Dave's True Story (Dave Cantor, songwriter/guitarist and Kelly Flint, vocals) has built an impressive body of accomplishments since their formation in 1993. With two songs featured in the hit film Kissing Jessica Stein, this NYC-based indie band's 3 albums have sold over 50,000 copies, and counting. Flint uses her voice as a fine instrument and the result is a liquid, moody vocal flavor that transforms a room into a dreamlike state. She doesn't look or sound like anybody else. "A little disturbing, a little unnerving: Postmodern Lounge" --The New York Times www.davestruestory.com

      Sunday, Jan 5 * Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley*
      Show(s) at 9:30 Pm , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $25
      Married for five years, Broadway stars Marin Mazzie (three-time Tony nominee for Kiss Me, Kate, Passion and Ragtime) and Jason Danieley (Candide, The Full Monty) sing an evening of theatrical duets that depict wedlock and its challenges. "The couple's highly disciplined voices blend together beautifully, with Ms. Mazzie's ripened glamour sharpened by Mr. Danieley's tauter sound... [on their Sondheim medley] the singers' vocal stamina and theatrical prowess melded into a sustained dramatic statement about love and loss." - The New York Times

      Wednesday, Jan 8 * Kenny Vance and The Planotones *
      Show(s) at 9:30 Pm , Tickets by: Reso/ cash, Price $15
      Among today's great vocal pop musicians, Kenny Vance and The Planotones have voices of original and inviting dimension. The group, Kenny Vance, Murray Weinstock, Angel Rissoff, Frenchy Fedieu and Johnny Gale redefine oldies with vocal authority and freshness. Their material is influenced by the music of the 50's and 60's, but they consistently bring a unique and musically sophisticated point of view. In this sense they are classicists, opening the eyes of a new generation to a rich historical musical style. With their cool and sultry musical approach, filtered
      through a Brooklyn vibe, they give a gift to those who are discovering them for the first time.

      Thursday, Jan 9 * Tutu *
      Show(s) at 7:00 pm , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $12 advance, $15 at door
      If you thirst for a straight-up shot of righteous soul music, then let Tutu fill your cup.

      This fresh-on-the-scene R&B singer recorded her songs this year with producer Lee Stone (Scarface, Pharoahe Monch) with a serious lineup of musicians that deliver a heavy dose of electric soul.  Tutu is also featured on 2 cuts on Pharaohe Monch's upcoming album for Rawkus/MCA Records.

      Thursday, Jan 9 *
      Gokh-Bi-System with Special Guest Toni Blackman/Opus Akoben *
      Show(s) at 9:00 Pm , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Gokh-bi System ("The Neighborhood System"), from Dakar , Senegal are part of a new wave of musicians and singers who are reclaiming the African roots of rap and hip-hop. Featured on the acclaimed "Africa Raps" compilation (Trikont) these urban griots blend traditional instrumentation with unique multi-language rhymes, addressing contemporary social issues, and have collaborated with Michael Franti (Spearhead), Tony Vacca and The Last Poets. They will be joined by the acclaimed freestyler Toni Blackman. "The voices knit as tightly as in a cappella singing. They are charismatic beyond belief..." - Daily Hampshire Gazette
      Hip-Hop scientists Opus Akoben's aim is experimentation; their music is a statement of sincerity in sound, content and performance. Veterans of Washington DC 's legendary Freestyle Union (co-founded by Toni Blackman), emcees Kokayi and Sub-Z elevate the rhyme with inventiveness and freedom, joined by DJ Ayce International. The emcees' innovative approach has led them to collaborations with progressive instrumentalists such as saxophonist Steve Coleman (in his Metrics ensemble) and pianists Omar Sosa and Andy Milne.  Their latest record Raw Life (Label Bleu) has been riding at the top of the French r&b/hip-hop charts with kindred true schoolers Blackalicious and J-Live. www.opusakoben.com

      Jan 10th, 11th and 12th * Habib Koite *
      Show(s) at 9:30 PM ( 7:00 and 9:30 on the 10th), Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $20
      Malian guitar virtuoso Habib Koite has grown from being one of Africa 's best kept secrets to become one of the leading figures in contemporary world music. With one foot in the past and the other in the future, Habib Koite is an artist for a generation that has witnessed the breaking down of cultural barriers.

        Habib's deeply moving album Baro (Putumayo)  is filled with haunting melodies and virtuoso guitar playing swinging from Cuban-influenced grooves to ethereal and entrancing subtle Western influences. "His reputation as a guitar player has become almost mythical, combining rock and classical techniques with Malian tunings that make the guitar sound like a kora or ngoni." - New York Times

      Saturday, Jan 11 * An Evening of Sacred Music: Hassan Hakmoun and The Campbell Brothers *
      Show(s) at 7:00 PM , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $20
      Two traditions of sacred music come together in one inspirational evening.

      Drawing on an intensely spiritual and ancient tradition of trance and purification via rhythm and movement, Hassan Hakmoun, the master Gnawa musician from Morocco , infuses an Arabic influence with a West African sensibility. The driving, ecstasy-inducing rhythms of Hakmoun's sintir (a 3-stringed bass lute) and his soaring call-and-response vocals have been featured in collaboration with such artists as Peter Gabriel, Paula Cole, Don Cherry, Kronos Quartet and Pharaoh Sanders.  Masters of Sacred Steel, The Campbell Brothers have dazzled secular audiences playing incendiary and soul-stirring material from the African-American Holiness-Pentecostal repertoire with a new twist: the growling, wailing, shouting, singing and swinging voice of the steel guitar. "Truly magnificent and moving. ...[Pedal steel guitarist Chuck] is the Jimi Hendrix and the Django Reinhardt of the steel guitar..." raves Real Blues.   www.hassanhakmoun.com www.campbellbrothers.com

      Sunday, Jan 12 * Ethel & Burnt Sugar *
      Show(s) at 7:00 PM , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      This special shared bill for the Arts Presenters conference features two adventurous groups recently awarded prestigious DNA Project grants from Arts International, made possible through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Ethel has taken the new music world by storm with their 21st-century realization of the classical string quartet, featuring uptown and downtown performing stalwarts Ralph Farris, Dorothy Lawson, Todd Reynolds, and Mary Rowell. The powerhouse ensemble, whose sizzling technique and top-flight classical training has been tapped by a who's who of music, from Steve Reich to Joe Jackson, have been acclaimed as "...a mighty amplified force, with style, breadth, power, chops, and rock 'n roll spirit." - Andante.com
      Burnt Sugar: The Arkestra Chamber is "the world's second fully improvisational acid funk band," bringing together a bevy of guitarists, keyboardists, percussionists and vocalists for exploratory groove-based group improvisations ranging from jazz-rock fusion to trip-hop, jungle and ambient house music. "Under the direction of guitarist, and bandleader ... Greg Tate, Burnt Sugar aptly summoned the spirits of chaos and order to sublime effect, unleashing a ferocious performance that left many listeners speechless and others cheering for more." -JazzTimes

        www.ethelcentral.com www.artsinternational.org

      Monday, Jan 13 * Simon Shaheen: Qantara & The Near Eastern Music Ensemble Plays the Music of Mohammad Abdel Wahab and Umm Kalthoum *
      Show(s) at 7:00 Pm , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $30
      Simon Shaheen, the premier Arab lute virtuoso in this country, has mastered the musical traditions of two worlds, the Maiddle East and the West. In the first half of the program he will be joined by his ensemble Qantara which blends the music of the Middle East with Spanish and jazz influences.

      In the second half he and the Near Eastern Music Ensemble will perform Shaheen's arrangements from the repertoire of the most celebrated musical figures in the Arab world, Mohammad Abdel Wahab and Umm Kalthoum.  "He has coaxed the oud's elastic, syncopated sound across musica

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