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A Brazilian Legend, Russian Art-Rock, Reich's 'Drumming' & The Best in Modern Dance

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  • Bill Bragin
    Well then, It was quite a week last week - I had the privilege of djing the after-party for the incredible Theater for The New Ear performance at St. Ann s
    Message 1 of 1 , May 5, 2005
      Well then,
      It was quite a week last week - I had the privilege of djing the after-party for the incredible Theater for The New Ear performance at St. Ann's Warehouse, featuring music by Carter Burwell and plays by The Coen Brothers and Charlie Kaufman, with casts that included Meryl Streep, Hope Davis, Peter Dinklage, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and others, got to see King Sunny Ade turn it out at the Great African Ball at Roseland, and then turn it out further at Joe's Pub, where they ended up doing a two-hour set, filled with full-on juju as well as intimate acoustic Palm Wine music set. One of the highlights of Joe's Pub recent memory.
      Don't forget - tix are still available for the 9:30 pm gala benefit for Joe's Pub starting Renee Fleming and Fred Hersch on May 19, including a reception with the artists.  And if you want to support Joe's Pub but can't attend the performance, please make a secure on-line tax-deductible donation by clicking here:
      We have some friggin' amazing shows this weekend that you should come see.
      Tonight's show, the NY debut of the Brazilian composer/guitarist Guinga has been getting much props everywhere - from Time Out NY to Newsday to the Voice to The New Yorker, to WKCR radio - come see why he's one of the most lauded composers since Hermeto Pascoal.  Also read the review of his recent LA performance at the end of this email.
      Every month we present DancemOpolitan, our collaboration with DanceNow NYC, I talk about what a great chance it is for dance fans and newbies alike to see a thrilling cross-section of NY choreographers - from kinetic pure movement, to intimately sexy duets to funny comic turns.  This month's installment, hosted by the always funny and inventive David Parker & The Bang Group, promises to be all of these things.  These are some of my favorite nights at Joe's Pub, and I always enjoy seeing how performers take advantage of or work around the confines of what's been called our "mattress-sized" stage. (It's bigger than that, I swear).    And there's few places where you can be so close to the dance action, and still have the production look so good
      Dance fans will also come out to Butter, just down the block from Joe's Pub on Sunday night, for Cluster in 360° , a sexy, new-style evening of dance, theatre and music, in collaboration with some ofNew York ’s most exciting young artists to benefit Dance AnonymousI will be spinning at along with my GlobeSonic partner Derek Beres.   Ayelen Liberona, who is putting together the event, has been a part of Bessie winner Noemie Lafrance's acclaimed Clock Tower piece and Noemie will be one of the myriad performers at this event, which is sure to be a happening.
       Cluster in 360° @ BUTTER

      Sunday May 8th, 2005

      Exclusive Gala 5:00pm & Open D oor 7:00pm

      415 Lafayette Street (between East 4th St. & Astor Place)

      Info/Reservations: (917) 913-7490  or  danceanonymous@...

      More details at the end of this email.


      On Saturday we also have the incredible new music ensemble So Percussion celebrating their recording of Steve Reich's seminal work Drumming  See this week's NY Press for a nice preview.  Drumming is a remarkable piece that drew from traditional drumming styles from Ghana to create a new kind of polyrhythmic concert music, and when played as expertly as the guys in So Percussion play it, it is simultaneously hypnotic and invigorating.
      Sunday night (Happy Mother's Day!), those of you into Eastern European avant-rock weirdness will wanna check out Russian art-rockers Auktyon, called perhaps the greatest Russian rock band ever.  It's on the verge of being sold out, but don't let the Russians who are coming in from all over the region have all the fun. 
      The show should be a blast - from what I gather, could have a Gogol Bordello kind-of energy to it.   I've been comparing them to a Russian Remain in Light-era Talking Heads, but you decide - www.auktyon.com has some good music clips.and see below for a great article from the Northwest or click here: http://www.wweek.com/story.php?story=6252
      Eastern European avant-rock weirdness fans also won't wanna miss Vaclav Havel's favorite band, the legendary Plastic People of the Universe, two weeks later at Joe's Pub, on May 22, with 2 sets. More info below.
      Other highlights this week include the acclaimed Boradway singer Norm Lewis, in a show benefiting The Actor's Fund, entitled Just Chillin', Pub favorite Raul Midon - whose long-awaited CD release is finally around the corner, with one more pre-release show, this time joined by a special warm-up set by acclaimed up and coming black rocker Danielia Cotton, and the later that night, a CD release show by the pop rocker Jim Boggia, who shares a penchant for smart, well-constructed songs with Michael Penn. who he opened for recently, Aimee Mann, and Jill Sobule.  Wednesday, two CD re-release celebrations as the Choro Ensemble and Jose Conde & Ola y Fresca celebrate their originally self-released albums stepping up to into national release. 
      More tuneful well constructed songs on Thurs with a double bill with Kenny White and Heather Greene, quickly becoming an artist to watch, and then later Grace Potter & the Nocturnals.  And then on the pivotal alt-rock pioneer Chris Stamey, of the dB's, makes his Joe's Pub debut.
      Next Friday, the legendary jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette, unveils his new label with two projects, featuring the griot and kora master Foday Musa Suso, guitarist Jerome Harris and percussionist Don Alias.  Not to be missed.
      Lots more great shows, but you can keep reading below for those.  Note new shows added with Rachid (now Rasalus) and Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez - both replacing Melba Moore, which is unfortunately cancelled, Apollo Heights and the Phoenix & The Shadow , Kiran Ahluwalia, Kahil El Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble with Joe Bowie and Ernest Dawkins plus DJ Josh Deep, another night of Heeb Storytelling,Toshi Reagon & Catherine Russell feat. Big Lovely, Mark DeClive-Lowe, Vanessa Carlton goes on sale: Mon, May 9 at 1pm, Juan Carlos Formell - solo acoustic, Contramano, the NY debut of Las Ondas Marteles with Las Rubias del Norte, Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell, Balkan Beat Box, DK Dyson, The October Project, the romanian gypsy brass madness of Fanfare Ciocarlia, Yasmin Levy, Donna McKechnie in a tribute the The Public, Kate Clinton and more. Remember, you hear about these shows here first, so you can buy tix early and not have to ask for special help at the last minute when the show is sold out!  Tix avail through www.telecharge.com or call 2120-539-8778 for table reservations. 
      For those of you who have been coming out to GlobeSonic regularly, the next session at Nublu is one week from Saturday, on May 14 - I will be out of town at a wedding, But Derek and Fabian will be holding it down with special guest Nat Rahav aka Busquelo.  Check www.globesonic.com and www.nublu.net for more info.
      One other dj gig that I just added to my schedule is on Tuesday, June 7 at the Lion's Den, spinning before and after the Australian band The Cat Empire, who are huge stars in their home country, and poised to make a huge splash in the US.  I've seen a live DVD, and they probably most remind me of Ozomatli in their ability to fuse global beats with hip-hop and rock, with a compelling party energy, and should be a perfect fit for my own global dance beats.  More info about them at the end of this email as well. www.thecatempre.com to check out their music and video online.
      Time to stop typing and hit send.  Keep reading below and hope to see you soon.
      Thursday, May 5 - 7:30 & 9:30pm
      The long-overdue NY debut of legendary Brazilian composer Guinga. Guinga established his reputation on his unique sound. Like Weill & Rota -- 2 other composers instantly recognizable by their sound -- he straddles an indefinable line between pop and 'serious' music. His songs songs have been recorded by some of the most important names in Brazilian music, such as Elis Regina, Sérgio Mendes, Chico Buarque. "Synthesizing numerous sources, including Impressionist music, opera, older popular songs & jazz, he distills an intoxicating brew all his own...When people talk of innovative Brazilian music, [Guinga's] name is often the first to be mentioned. He's someone who appears only once in a hundred years." -Brazzil.com Get your Guinga tickets here!

      Choro Ensemble
      Wednesday, May 11 - 7:30pm
      Choro Ensemble captures the authentic, swinging sounds of Choro music with dazzling instrumental virtuosity, celebrating the release of their newest release. Choro originated in Rio in the 19th century, evolving from a blend of European styles like fado, polka, waltz, and mazurka and the emerging Afro-Brazilian samba, with arrangements that are typically rich and lush, moving easily from haunting melancholy to sheer joy. New York's only group dedicated exclusively to the preservation and perpetuation of this once-endangered musical form best identified with the celebrated composer Pixinguinha, Choro Ensemble play with a charming sound that moves from earthiness to elegance, with its own original contemporary Choros as well along with pearls of the repertoire. www.choroensemble.com Get your Choro Ensemble tickets here!

      ...and don't forget...
      Haunted Heart: An Evening with RENEE FLEMING & FRED HERSCH to Benefit Joe's Pub at The Public Theater
      Thursday, May 19 - 7pm performance & 9:30pm gala performance (feat. reception with the artists)
      tickets on sale now by clicking here, by calling Telecharge at 212.239.6200, or at The Public Theater box office.
      Joe's Pub at The Public Theater
      Schedule of Events

      Visit our website at: www.JoesPub.com
      425 Lafayette Street bet. East 4th St. & Astor Place.
      Take N train to Broadway & 8th St. or 6 train to Astor Place.
      For information & reservations: 212.539.8778
      or, for Telecharge listed events: 212.239.6200.

      For the upcoming show descriptions see below, and for weekly late night events, see below.

      Newly-added shows in black.
      Guinga / Thurs, May 5

      The Charles Mingus Orchestra / every Thursday

      Dancenow/NYC: Dance-mOpolitan / Fri & Sat, May 6 & 7, hosted by David Parker & The Bang Group, feat. Clare Byrne, Daniel Charon, Mary Cochran, John Heginbotham, Laurie McCleod, Christopher Morgan, Jennifer Nugent of Nugent+Matteson, Mary Suk, SarahVan't Hul, Ellis Wood Dance & much more

      Fri, May 6 / The Circuit Songtasters feat. Crystal Johnson, Chloe and Route 13 + DJ Moni (Ubiquita, NYC)

      So Percussion: Drumming CD Release / Sat, May 7

      Mother Inc. / Sun, May 8

      Auktyon / Sun, May 8

      Just Chillin': An Evening with Norm Lewis, A Benefit for The Actor's Fund of America / Mon, May 9

      BQEZ w/ DJ Synapse / Mon, May 9

      Raul Midón w/ special guest Danielia Cotton / Tues, May 10

      Jim Boggia: Safe In Sound CD Release / Tues, May 10

      Choro Ensemble: CD Release / Wed, May 11

      Jose Conde y Ola Fresca / Wed, May 11

      Noble Society & special guests / Wed, May 11

      Kenny White / Heather Greene CD Release / Thurs, May 12

      Grace Potter and the Nocturnals: CD Release / Thur, May 12

      Jack DeJohnette w/ Foday Musa Suso & Jerome Harris & Don Alias / Fri, May 13

      Chris Stamey / Sat, May 14

      Benny Lackner Trio/Mike Moreno / Sat, May 14

      Ann Rabson - solo (from Saffire - The Uppity Blues
      Women) w/ special guest David Olney / Sun, May 15

      Bohemia Suburbana / Sun, May 15

      Willy Porter / Monday, May 16

      The Greg Proops Chat Show w/ guests Jeff Goldblum, Lewis Black, musical direction by Lypsinka / Mon, May 16

      The Sharp Things: Foxes & Hounds CD Release / Tues, May 17

      Paulette McWilliams feat. Vincent Herring, Nat Addreley Jr., Richie Goods & E.J. Strickland / Tues, May 17

      Rebecca Martin/Erin Bode / Wed, May 18

      Isabel Rose: J.A.P. Chronicles -- The Musical / Wed, May 18

      Apollo Heights, Phoenix and the Shadow, Brian J and the Pimps of Joy Time / Wed, May 18

      Haunted Heart: An Evening With Renee Fleming and Fred Hersch to benefit Joe's Pub at The Public Theater / Thurs, May 19

      Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble / Fri, May 20

      Asylum Street Spankers / Sat, May 21

      Rachael Yamagata / Sat, May 21

      Plastic People of the Universe / Sun, May 22

      The Music of Neil Berg: BroadwayWorld.com's Front and Center Concert Series / Mon, May 23

      Michael Weber / Mon, May 23

      Leron's Other Music / Mon, May 23

      Melba Moore: Back for Moore / Tues, May 24 & Wed, May 25 [CANCELLED]

      Rachid becomes Rasalus / Tues, May 24

      Omar / Tues, May 24

      Steve Forbert / Wed, May 25

      Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez: Red Dog Tracks CD Release / Wed, May 25

      DJ Battle 2005 / Wed, May 25

      Paula Morelenbaum / Thurs, May 26

      Julian Velard w/ special guest Josh Fix / Fri, May 27

      Girlyman: Little Star CD Release / Fri, May 27

      The Strawbs - Acoustic / Sat, May 28

      Children On The Corner feat. Michael Henderson, Sam Morrison, Billy "Spaceman" Patterson, Victor Jones, Badal Roy & MasaBumi Kikuchi / Sat, May 28

      Kendall Payne / Sun, May 29

      Soukous Stars / Sun, May 29

      The Leading Men Concert: A Benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS / Monday, May 30

      Lance Horne: The Way Love Goes / Monday, May 30

      One Ring Zero feat. Jonathan Ames & Rick Moody / Barbez / Tues, May 31

      A Rendez-vous with "Osmoses" - Carole Alexis & Gino Sitson / Tues, May 31

      The Nields / Wed, June 1

      Oojami / Wed, June 1

      Dub Gabriel Bass Jihad CD Release feat. Dr. Israel's Brooklyn Jungle Soundsystem, Desmond Williams, Digital Tubby & special guest Dub Poet Infinity / Wed, June 1

      Dayna Kurtz w/ special guest Tarantula / Thurs, June 2

      Maria McKee / Thurs, June 2

      Ursula Rucker / Fri, June 3

      Ernesto Villa-lobos & Bamba NY / Sat, June 4

      Brady Rymer (of From Good Homes) and his Little Band That Could - family matinee / Sun, June 5

      Latin Funk Music Festival Preshow Party feat. MIMA / Mon, June 6

      Raul Midon: State of Mind CD Release / Tue, June 7

      Jackie Greene: Sweet Somewhere Bound CD Release / Tues, June 7

      David Poe w/ special guest Kevin Devine / Wed, June 8

      Chuck Prophet: Age of Miracles / Wed, June 8

      A Mobius Collective, feat. A Bomba presentation and MIMA w/ DJ Nature / Wed, June 8

      Kiran Ahluwalia - CD Release / Thurs, June 9

      Juana Molina / Thurs, June 9

      Lina Koutrakos / Fri, June 10

      Martha Redbone / Fri, June 10

      Slaid Cleaves / Sat, June 11

      Tammy Faye Starlite: Born Again, Again / Sat, June 11

      Heeb Storytelling / Sun, June 12

      John Tartaglia: AD-LIBerty / Mondays, June 13, June 20 & July 4

      Jesse Tyler Ferguson in Adios Pantalones / Mondays, June 13, June 20 & July 4

      Thug Mansion: A Tribute to 2 Pac Shakur feat. Jeru the Damaja, Treach (Naughty by Nature) & more / Mon, June 13

      East Village Opera Company / Tues, June 14

      Ethnic Heritage Ensemble feat. Kahil El Zabar, Joe Bowie & Ernest Dawkins w/ special guest DJ Josh Deep / Tues, June 14

      Lizz Wright / Wed & Thurs, June 15 & 16

      Fri, June 17 / Mark Mulcahy

      Imani Uzuri: Her Holy Water: A Black Girl's Rock Opera / Fri, June 17

      Elysian Fields / Sat, June 18

      Toshi Reagon & Catherine Russell feat. Big Lovely: Sacred Music show / Sun, June 19

      ABB Soul presents: Mark DeClive-Lowe Album Release / Mon, June 20

      Derek Beres: Global Beat Fusion Book Release feat. Haale, Vishal Vaid, Basya Schechter & Anthony Mills / Tuesday, June 21

      Vanessa Carlton / Tues & Thurs, June 21 & 23 [ON SALE: Mon, May 9 at 1pm]

      Emiliana Torrini / Wed & Thurs, June 22 & 23

      Juan Carlos Formell - solo acoustic / Wed, June 22

      Rene Risque & The Art Lovers / Fri, June 24

      Ella Leya / Sat, June 25

      Sam Harris / Mon, June 27

      DJ Panko (Ojos de Brujo) / Mon, June 27

      Lesley Gore / Tuesdays, June 28, July 19 & 26

      Kelli Sae: Naked / Tues, June 28

      Michelle Shocked's Threesome: 3 CD Release -- Got No Strings Family Matinee / Don't Ask Don't Tell / Mexican Standoff / Wed, June 29

      Rough Stars, Parlor Scouts & Bellflur w/ DJ Handler / Wed, June 29

      Renee Cologne w/ special guest Essie Jain / Thurs, June 30

      Haale / Thurs, June 30

      The Kinsey Sicks: I Wanna Be A Republican / Wed, July 6

      Jazzinho / Thurs, July 7

      Contramano: CD Release / Fri, July 8

      Las Ondas Marteles/Las Rubias del Norte / Mon, July 11

      Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell / Tues, July 12

      Balkan Beat Box / Wed, July 13

      Jim White: Alone with Machines / Thurs, July 14

      Morley / Saturday, July 16

      Tinariwen / Wednesday, July 20

      Marlon Saunders: A Groove So Deep CD Release w/ special guests Monet & April Hill / Tues, July 26

      Charanga Cakewalk / Thurs, July 28

      John Jorgenson Quintet / Sat, July 30

      DK Dyson / Sat, July 30

      Richard Thompson, solo: Front Parlour Ballads CD Release / Mon, August 8 [SOLD OUT]

      October Project / Tues, August 9

      Raul Malo - acoustic / Wednesdays, August 10, 17, 24 & 31

      Lonnie Liston Smith / Thurs, August 11

      Marta Gomez / Sat, August 20

      Fanfare Ciocarlia / Thurs, August 25

      Yasmin Levy / Thurs, September 1

      Old Blind Dogs / Teada / Thurs, September 15

      Marion LoGuidice / Sat, September 24

      Donna McKechnie: Here's to the Public!: The Music of Joe Papp's Public Theater / Mondays, October 3, 10, 17 & 24

      Badi Assad / Sun, October 9

      Pierce Turner / Sat, October 15

      Kate Clinton / Tues, October 25

      BETTY: Snowbiz / Thurs - Sat, December 8 - 10

      Thurs, May 5
      The long-overdue NY debut of legendary Brazilian composer, guitarist and vocalist, Guinga (pron. Geen-ga). While most popular composers are usually associated with specific songs, Guinga established his reputation primarily on his unique sound. Regardless of the genre in which he works-canção, choro, frevo, waltz, bolero, samba, coco, baião, modinha, foxtrot, or jazz, vocal or instrumental-the outcome is unmistakably his. Like Kurt Weill and Nino Rota-two other composers who are instantly recognizable by their sound-Guinga straddles an indefinable line between pop and serious music. "Synthesizing numerous sources, including Impressionist music, opera, older popular songs, and jazz, he distills an intoxicating brew all his own, enriched with audacious lyrics by a handful of partners past and present." (Brazzil.com). Born Carlos Althier de Souza Lemos Escobar in Rio de Janeiro, Guinga began composing music when he was 16 years old and by age 17 he had already qualified one of his compositions for the Festival Internacional da Canção (International Festival of Song). By the time he became a professional musician, Guinga was already accompaining famous Brazilian artists such as Clara Nunes and Beth Carvalho. He composes constantly and his songs songs have been recorded by some of the most important names in Brazilian music, including Elis Regina, Michel Legrand, Sérgio Mendes, Leila Pinheiro, Chico Buarque, Clara Nunes and Ivan Lins. Guinga has received four Premio Sharp awards (Brazilian equivalent to the Grammy). In '00, his fourth CD, Suíte Leopoldina, was elected, unanimously, by the music critics of O Globo (Brazil's newspaper), the best CD of Brazilian popular music and his '01 release, Cine Baronesa, was nominated for a Latin Grammy for that same year, in the category of Best Brazilian Popular Music (MPB) Album. His latest CD, Noturno Copacabana has also been nominated for a '04 Grammy in the same category. Guinga will be joined by Lula Galvao, guitar; Paulo Sergio, clarinet and Jesse Sadoc, trumpet. "When people talk of innovative Brazilian music, [Guinga's] name is often the first to be mentioned. Hermeto Pascoal said about him, "He's someone who appears only once in a hundred years." -Brazzil.com www.guinga.com.br 7:30 & 9:30pm, $20 Get your GUINGA tickets now!

      every Thursday
      see full info above.
      11:30pm ($20) & 1:30am ($10); cash at door; 50% off for students and musicians w/ valid ID

      Fri & Sat, May 6 & 7
      DANCENOW/NYC: Dance-mOpolitan
      hosted by David Parker & The Bang Group, feat. Clare Byrne, Daniel Charon, Mary Cochran, John Heginbotham, Laurie Mc Cleod, Christopher Morgan, Jennifer Nugent of Nugent+Matteson, Mary Suk, SarahVan't Hul, Ellis Wood Dance and much more.
      Dancenow/NYC's year-round dancemOpolitan returns to Joe's Pub in 2005 with more artists, more performances and more fun.  The hip new series, where you can get a cocktail and hang out on velvet couches, "mixes cognac quality dancing" (The New York Sun) by more than 50 of today's hottest city-based choreographers and performers. Produced in partnership with Joe's Pub, Dancenow/NYC's critically acclaimed new cabaret series encompasses the untraditional, the unconventional and the unknown, offering a unique, up-close and personal experience. The 2005 season, scheduled for the first Friday and Saturday of February, March, May and June at 9:30pm is being hosted by several of today's hottest dance makers and performers, including Doug Elkins, Sybil Bruncheon, David Parker and The Bang Group and Azsure Barton and Robert Battle. Each month features 8-10 different guest artists, along with a surprise guest - a potent blend of what's nOw in dance. www.dancenownyc.org 9:30pm, $15
      Get your DANCENOW/NYC tickets now!

      Sat, May 7

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