Music, dance, drinks and discounts for my friends
At the risk of turning into Flavorpill, there are a bunch of upcoming events that I wanted to spread the news about. These aren’t events that I’m working on, but if you’ve been coming to events like Lincoln Center Out of Doors, globalFEST, or Joe’s Pub, chances are good that you’ll be interested in some of them.
In many cases, the event presenters have offered special discounts to my friends, so read below for information about special codes when available.
For those of you who like to skim, here’s a summary:
- ABAKUÁ Afro-Latin Dance Company – Nov 6 – 7 – Tribeca Performing Arts Center (Discount code below)
- George Clinton & Parliament / Funkadelic – Nov 7 – Lehman Center (Enter to win free tix below)
- Art for Change ARTBEATs 2009 with Slavic Soul Party, Maracatu NY, San Juan Hill – Nov 7 – Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center (open bar!)
- Hafez Nazeri & Shahram Nazeri – Nov 14, 2009 – Carnegie Hall
- Childsplay featuring Aoife O’Donovan – Dec 3 – Symphony Space (Discount code below)
- globalFEST 2010: 12 artists on 3 stages for one low price – Jan 10, 2010 – Webster Hall
Alif Naaba, Cara Dillon, Caravan Palace, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, Federico Aubele, La Cumbiamba eNeYé, La Excelencia, Meta and the Cornerstones, Namgar, Nguyên Lê, Nightlosers, Souad Massi
Here’s more detail on them all:
ABAKUÁ Afro-Latin Dance Company
One of the surprise successes of this summer’s Lincoln Center Out of Doors dance season was the salsa-based modern dance troupe led by choreographer Frankie Martinez, who won a huge standing ovation from a capacity crowd of over 3,000 people. They have been flying someone under the radar of the modern dance world, but probably not for very much longer.
ABAKUÁ Afro-Latin Dance Company
Friday November 6th + Saturday November 7th, 2009
WORLD PREMIERE "The Life & Death of Suzy Q" + “Raices” and “Children of a Groove”
Tribeca Performing Arts Center (TPAC) located at BMCC.
199 Chambers St .
Tickets are $35, $40, and $45. There are $75 VIP tickets available that also permit access to the November 6th opening night post-performance reception.
15 % Off $40 and $45 tickets
“With "The Life and Death of Suzy Q" I wanted to speak to the transformation and evolution of our art form. The personal journey of self discovery and how that changed the entire landscape of Latin dance and its possibilities. The new choreography is a record of where we started, where we are now and where we are going. Suzy Q, a step that is a fundamental element in several dances represents the traditional, the public view of Latin dance and what is expected of those who endeavor to explore it. The piece is our farewell bid to what was, in our pursuit to show the world what can be.” --- Choreographer and Artistic Director Frankie Martinez.
Performance clip http://www.mambonyc.com/category/teams/abakua
Tickets and Information available:
TPAC Box Office: 199 Chambers St. | Telephone: 212-220-1460 | http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=ABA2
George Clinton & Parliament / Funkadelic – Sat – November 7.
The Mothership is landing in the BX for the VERY FIRST TIME. George Clinton & P-Funk @ the Lehman Center – this Saturday night – Nov 7. http://www.lehmancenter.org/shows/clinton.html
I am giving away 1 pair of tickets to someone who ReTweets / posts info on Facebook / forwards to their own list. The drawing will happen on Thursday at noon. Let me know that you’ve shared the info and you’ll be entered into the Randomizer for a chance to win.
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts proudly presents – in his first-ever appearance in the Bronx -- the undisputed King of Funk, GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 8pm. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, George Clinton has been called one of the most important innovators of funk music. With Parliament/Funkadelic, he revolutionized R&B during in the 1970s, capturing 40 R&B hit singles and racking up four #1 hits, “Flashlight,” “One Nation Under a Groove,” “Aqua Boogie” and “(Not Just) Knee Deep,” and recording three platinum albums. The group’s most recent release is 2008’s How Late Do You Have 2 B B 4 U R Absent?
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is on the campus of Lehman College/CUNY at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West , Bronx , NY 10468 . Tickets for GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 8pm, are: $60, $55, $50 and $45 and can be purchased by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718.960.8833 (Mon. through Fri., 10am–5pm, Tues. 10am-7pm, and beginning at 12 noon on the day of the concert), or through 24-hour online access at www.LehmanCenter.org. Lehman Center is accessible by #4 or D train to Bedford Park Blvd. and is off the Saw Mill River Parkway and the Major Deegan Expressway. Free on-site parking is available.
ArtBeats 2009 – Friday, November 6
benefiting art, activism, social justice....and the opening Art for Change’s new gallery artforchange.org
Art for Change is an organization founded by curator Eliana Godoy, who is one of the curatorial team for Lincoln Center Out of Doors’ annual La Casita festival within a festival, and was one of the forces behind East Harlem ’s Carlito’s Café. This Friday, Art for Change celebrates the opening of their new art gallery with a great line-up, PLUS an open bar. And the first 50 people pay only $20!
Benefiting Art, Activism, Social Justice and The Opening of the New Art for Change Gallery
When: Friday, November 6, 2009 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Where: Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center , 1680 Lexington Ave (between 105 and 106 Sts)
All proceeds for this benefit will help support AfC in developing its first gallery called The People's Gallery.
Purchase online through http://www.nycharities.org/BETA/EventLevels.aspx?ETID=630 or call 212-348-7044
After painfully seeing so many community art spaces close in East Harlem , Art for Change (AfC), is having a benefit in support of the opening of our new gallery! Our vision is to build a gallery truly supported by-the-people and for-the-people. The annual benefit and art auction called “Art Beats” will be held in support of the gallery on Friday, November 6th, starting at 7 PM, at the renowned Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center at 1680 Lexington Avenue between 105 St. and 106 St.
Live musical performances will include renowned New York based bands; Slavic Soul Party! http://www.slavicsoulparty.com/main.html, Maracatu NY and San Juan Hill – a true combination of sound and soul that resonates with Art for Change. Dj Comrade of XÃO PRODUCTIONS will spin and artwork created by local artists, which include 35 pieces of photography, paintings and sculptures, will be auctioned off to the attendees in a silent auction.
All proceeds for this benefit will help support AfC in developing its first gallery called The People's Gallery. The gallery will exhibit artworks of emerging and established artists of local and global communities while creating a space to develop collaborations that lead to social justice, encourage diversity, and provide safe and open forums for positive dialogue.
During the evening, AfC will open the gallery's doors to showcase it's permanent collection across the street from the benefit at 1699 Lexington Avenue, Basement South between 106 & 107th Streets. The "sneak peek" will offer the attendees an opportunity to share in the vision of The People's Gallery with the members of the curatorial committee made up of East Harlem community members.
Tickets: $20 if you buy on-line
http://www.nycharities.org/BETA/EventLevels.aspx?ETID=630 or call 212-348-7044
Hafez Nazeri & Shahram Nazeri | Carnegie Hall | Saturday, November 14, 2009
Haale, a regular performer at Joe’s Pub and alum of La Casita at Lincoln Center Out of Doors recently wrote to me about Shahram Nazeri: “Shahram Nazeri is one of most intense and moving Persian vocalists by far, and Hafez's compositions are dope, innovative and wild. This is a rare opportunity to hear Iranian music at the hall like this. Now more than ever it's important for people to see Iranians at their best, tearing roofs off and such. “ The Rumi Symphony Project gives audiences an opportunity to hear one of the world’s great vocalists singing the words of one of the world greatest poets.
RUMI SYMPHONY PROJECT
An East/West Musical Dialogue
IRANIAN SOUNDS OF PEACE
Hafez Nazeri & Shahram Nazeri
Featuring An International All-Star Ensemble Including Artists Of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage At Carnegie Hall
Tickets At CarnegieHall.org: http://tinyurl.com/r8thyt Or CarnegieCharge 212.247.7800 • Box Office 57th St & 7th Ave
Hafez Nazeri, Iran’s most influential young composer, together with his internationally acclaimed father, Shahram Nazeri – dubbed the "Iranian Pavarotti" and the first to set Rumi’s poetry to music over 40 years ago - continue their legacy of expanding the definition of Persian music with a performance entitled "Iranian Sounds of Peace". Premiering in New York City on Saturday, November 14 at Carnegie Hall, this will be the first Iranian headlining event at this revered venue. Not only is Hafez Nazeri the composer of this work but he will also sing and play the new instrument he has created based on the traditional setar. The instrument is named “Hafez,” referring to the composer and his namesake, the great 13th century mystic poet. The “Hafez” extends the range of the setar by incorporating two additional low strings to craft greater melodic and harmonic range – making it the first new Iranian instrument developed in modern times.
Additional information at http://shorefire.com/clients/hnazeri/
Childsplay featuring Aoife O’Donovan celebrate the release of Waiting for the Dawn
globalFEST fans may remember the ethereal singer Aoife O’Donovan of the alt-bluegrass group Crooked Still. She’ll be the guest vocalist with this ensemble of some of the country’s finest fiddlers.
Thursday, December 3, 2009 | 8:00 PM
Peter Norton Symphony Space | New York City
$5 discount on either the $30 seats or the $20 seats
Code: RAC102 (all caps and "zero" two)
On Thursday December 3, 2009 at 8:00pm, the fiddle extravaganza known as Childsplay will bring its celebrated group of fiddlers and other musicians to perform at Peter Norton Symphony Space in their New York debut.
This special evening will feature the singing of Aoife O’Donovan, lead vocalist with the acclaimed band Crooked Still, along with such noted young musicians as Hanneke Cassel, Lissa Schneckenberger, Shannon Heaton and Sam Amidon. The 21-member group features some of the best fiddlers in the nation, from symphony violinists to national fiddling champions.
Childsplay has the distinction of playing violins and violas all made by the same man, Massachusetts violinmaker Bob Childs. The group's special sound lies not only in the skill of the musicians but in the warm familial timbre of their instruments.
globalFEST 2010 12 Artists from Around the World on 3 Stages
For seven years globalFEST has been the springboard festival for world music artists on the brink of North American national mainstage success, performers known in one community but ready to cross into others, and the marquee stars of tomorrow. globalFEST 2010 showcases French Gypsy jazz with breakbeats, cumbia-fied downtempo Argentine club sounds, soul-stirring Afro-Colombian roots, new generation Louisiana fiddling, Africa unplugged, Irish traditional song, Senegalese roots reggae, Central Asian avant rock, Romanian hybrid blues, New York salsa upstarts, and an Algerian songstress all under one roof at New York City’s Webster Hall (125 E. 11th St.) on January 10, 2010 at 7pm.
(Ticketmaster or by phone through World Music Institute box office: 212-545-7536*).
Buy tickets early, as prior globalFEST shows have sold out in advance.
This year’s festival includes:
- Alif Naaba, West African acoustic song ( Burkina Faso )
- Cara Dillon, striking Celtic vocalist ( Ireland )
- Caravan Palace , swingin’ electro manouche jazz ( France )
- Cedric Watson, Creole Zydeco heir from Louisiana (USA)
- Federico Aubele, bolero and cumbia meets electro downtempo (Argentina/USA)
- La Cumbiamba eNeYé, Afro-Colombian roots from NYC (Colombia/USA)
- La Excelencia, old-school salsa dura revivalists ( USA )
- Meta and the Cornerstones, African roots reggae export (Senegal/USA)
- Namgar, Siberian shaman rock from the Central Asian steppes ( Russia )
- Nguyên Lê, acclaimed French-Vietnamese guitarist leads a Pan-Asian jazz trio
- Nightlosers, Transylvanian blues-rock/Gypsy chameleons ( Romania )
- Souad Massi, Algerian folk-rock songstress (Algeria/France)
(full bios to follow soon; artists subject to change)
globalFEST offers different musical styles to suit the variety of people attracted to the event. Traditional music enthusiasts will find appeal in Nightlosers, Cara Dillon, Cedric Watson, La Cumbiamba eNeyé, and La Excelencia. Rock and electronic aficionados will be attracted to Caravan Palace , Namgar, and Federico Aubele. Lovers of singer-songwriters will fast become fans of Souad Massi, Alif Naaba, and Meta and the Cornerstones. The French gateway continues to play an important role in bridging global artists to American stages giving France strong representation on globalFEST’s stages as well.
The festival—which has presented over 75 artists since its inception in 2004—is buoyed by a renewed sense of the United States’ place at the global table in the wake of Barack Obama’s election to president, confirmed by his recent Nobel Peace Prize. “This year’s globalFEST looks towards a new sense of internationalism and accessibility,” says Isabel Soffer of World Music Institute, who along with Bill Bragin of Acidophilus: Live and Active Cultures and Shanta Thake of Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, direct the annual festival. “The U.S. is being re-embraced by the world,” says Bragin. “There is a reinvigorated interest in artists trying to connect with the U.S. market.”
As always, the three festival directors seek out artists that may be discoveries or even revelations for their audience, a mix of music fans, and performing arts professionals—including concert presenters, agents, managers, artists, labels, and press—on the lookout for new talent. “We continue to bring several local U.S. based bands as well as international ones, some smaller bands that may be easier to tour in clubs and cabarets, and other larger groups for major festival markets,” Thake explains.
Webster Hall’s three performance spaces mimic the spectrum of venues that concert presenters use nationwide: a large main stage with balcony, a medium café-style space, and a bar with a packed, standing-room-only dance floor. This environment leads to an unusual night of musical madness.
“Global citizenry continues to be a priority for many nations and particularly France , and what better way to raise awareness of each other’s cultures than through music?” says Emmanuel Morlet, Musical Attaché at the French Embassy, the festival’s founding sponsor. “From increasing understanding to the real economic role the festival plays for emerging French and Francophone performers, now more than ever globalFEST plays a great role in connecting people across political boundaries.”
globalFEST finds the balance between pragmatism and idealism. “Each year we build on previous years’ successes by bringing artists from North America and abroad that we think have the strong potential for viable tours. But we never lose sight that these are representatives of the incredible cultural riches of the world that will likely influence people in ways we can’t even predict,” concludes Thake.
globalFEST is a volunteer-run co-production of World Music Institute, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, and Acidophilus: Live & Active Cultures. Support for all seven editions has been provided by The Cultural Services of the French Embassy with additional support from the French Music Export Office, recognizing France ’s pre-eminent role as a hotbed of global music activity. The globalFEST media sponsor is WNYC Radio. globalFEST is presented in association with Bowery Presents. Visa services are provided courtesy of Tamizdat. Publicity services are provided by rock paper scissors, inc.
Tickets are $40 (www.ticketmaster.com or by phone through World Music Institute box office: 212-545-7536*). Buy tickets early, as prior globalFEST shows have sold out in advance.
* Tickets remain $35 for WMI Friends, Public Theater Patrons, and APAP members by calling the WMI box office: 212-545-7536.
Tickets can be purchased with no service charges, cash only,at the Mercury Lounge 217 East Houston Street, Manhattan, Mondays – Saturdays, 12 noon – 7pm.