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Imani Uzuri & Nick Rolfe tmw @LCAtrium, Johnny Colon & DJ Turmix Midsummer Night Swing preview at LPR, Mardi Gras benefit globalFEST alums done good, One Note

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  • Bill Bragin
    Hi friends, We have a fantastic double bill for you in the David Rubenstein Atrium this week as part of Target Free Thursdays, the The Nick Rolfe Project and
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      Hi friends,

      We have a fantastic double bill for you in the David Rubenstein Atrium this week as part of Target Free Thursdays, the The Nick Rolfe Project and Imani Uzuri’s new acoustic The Gypsy Diaries project.  Both Nick and Imani have put together all-star bands – can’t wait!  The performance is free and open to the general public. Seating is on a first come first served basis.  We expect it to be crowded – come early, have dinner and drinks at ‘wichcraft café.


      The Nick Rolfe Project featuring Ronny Drayton, guitar; Gene Lake, drums; Daniel Sadownick, percussion; and Chulo Gatewood, bass
      Paying homage to some of his musical influences—think Herbie Hancock meets Sting meets Stevie Wonder meets Jamiroquai—singer/songwriter/keyboardist Nick Rolfe has developed a unique hybrid Jazz, Soul, Rock and Funk sound that defies confining him to a single category. Both as a leader and a sideman, Rolfe has toured extensively and worked with a range of outstanding artists such as Lizz Wright, Amel Larrieux, T.S. Monk, Omar, Russell Gunn, Benny Golson and many others. In addition to his musical work, Rolfe is an accomplished actor appearing on-screen with Academy Award winners Susan Sarandon and Ralph Fiennes in the Emmy Nominated, Golden Globe nominated HBO Film Doris and Bernard directed by Bob Balaban, and with Brooke Shields in the NBC series Lipstick Jungle.

      Imani Uzuri’s The Gypsy Diaries with Marika Hughes, cello; Christian Ver Halen, acoustic guitar; and Kaoru Watanabe, Japanese flute
      Vocalist/composer Imani Uzuri offer selections from her forthcoming new album The Gypsy Diaries, a lyrical spiritual soundscape, featuring vocals, violin, cello, acoustic guitar, Japanese flute, sitar and daf. Recently featured in The New York Times, Uzuri is an eclectic artist who creates and performs across various genres, including concerts, experimental theater, recordings, visual/ performance art and sound installations. Uzuri’s nomadic world travels to places from Morocco to Moscow and her interest in sacred music and experimentation is reflected in her various projects including her critically acclaimed debut album Her Holy Water: A Black Girl’s Rock Opera and in her collaborations with diverse artists such as Herbie Hancock, John Legend, Vijay Iyer, Wangechi Mutu, Sanford Biggers and Robert Ashley. Television appearances include David Letterman, BET and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots. New York Magazine has called her work “stunning.” 

      And check out
      the complete schedule of upcoming free shows in the Atrium including:

      Thu, Feb 23, 2012

      8:30 pm

      Ruth Moody

      Thu, Mar 1, 2012

      8:30 pm

      Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber: Any World I'm Welcome To

      Sex Race Hoodoo & The Steely Dan Conductions: A Hipster Carnivalesque in Post Soul Vernacular Curated by Vernon Reid

      Sat, Mar 3, 2012

      11:00 am

      Story Pirates

      Thu, Mar 8, 2012

      8:30 pm

      Kate McGarry Quartet
      Presented in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center

      Thu, Mar 15, 2012

      8:30 pm

      SpokFrevo Orquestra (US debut!)

      (Just got this great video of Carnaval in Recife/Olinda - and guess who the soundtrack is?

      Spok Frevo! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmggaVx9gYU)

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      We are busy getting ready for the summer…and while we don’t announce the Midsummer Night Swing line-up until mid-April, we wanted to give you a taste of the fun to come, so we’re collaborating with boogaloo DJ Turmix on an upcoming show at LPR featuring the boogaloo legend Johnny Colon.  We’ll be giving away Midsummer Night Swing passes and tickets at the concert…plus it’s a benefit for the East Harlem Music School, which Johnny founded to teach salsa to young musicians.  We encourage you to buy your tickets soon.

      Village Gate Nights presents:
      The Salsa & Boogaloo legend
      Johnny Colon & His Orchestra
      w/ Spanglish Fly , DJ Turmix
      (Benefit concert for The East Harlem Music School)

      Wednesday, April 25, 2012  7pm / (Le) Poisson Rouge / 18+
      Latin music legend-and native New Yorker-Johnny Colon will revisit his salsa and boogaloo roots when he performs with his orchestra at Le Poisson Rouge on Wed. April 25. Taking place at the home of the former famed Village Gate, where Colon and his orchestra used to perform some of the club’s longest-running sets, the evening will also feature Latin boogaloo specialist DJ Turmix spinning vinyl-only sets, and an opening set by NYC's hot young boogaloo band Spanglish Fly, and will benefit the East Harlem Music School. The show will also serve as a preview of Johnny Colon and DJ Turmix's appearance at Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing in July 2012. The evening will include giveaways for Midsummer Night Swing passes and tickets for Johnny Colon and DJ Turmix at Lincoln Center Midsummer Night Swing this summer.

      www.djturmix.com |www.midsummernightswing.org

      For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit http://lepoissonrouge.com/events/view/3116 and RSVP on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/378502595498073/


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      I also want to let you know about the upcoming 3rd Annual Two Boots Mardi Gras Ball, a benefit for the Lower East Side Girls Club next Tuesday, Feb 21, also at Le Poisson Rouge, featuring some faves: including LC Out of Doors alums Raya Brass Band, plus downtown faves Lady Rizo and Mr. Murray Hill, plus (direct from NOLA) Los Po-Boy-Citos.  I went last year, and it’s a great way to celebrate Fat Tuesday for a very worthy cause. http://lepoissonrouge.com/events/view/3079

      The Two Boots Mardi Gras Benefit Ball, hosted by L.E.S. homegirl Rosario Dawson, is the party of the year - with incredible costumes, bands from New Orleans and NYC, the crowning of a celeb Queen and King, live art, DJs and great food and drink. The Girls Club is building their new building on Avenue D and needs your support more than ever! 100% of all proceeds go directly to The Lower Eastside Girls Club! 



      A few artists from previous editions of globalFEST have had some great news recently that we wanted to share.

      Red Baraat on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts:

      All Songs Considered’s Bob Boilen has become a huge champion of globalFEST (http://www.npr.org/2012/01/10/144917135/globalfest-2012-a-world-of-amazing-discoveries) and the band that probably did the most to turn him into a loyal supporter was NY’s own Red Baraat, who played in 2010.  Recently, the band stopped by the NPR offices in DC to perform a Tiny Desk COnsert, and this is what Bob had to say…


      Red Baraat is the best party band I've seen in years. The group plays rollicking funk music steeped in Northern India's wedding celebrations, with a dash of D.C. go-go beats and hip-hop. It's all driven by Sunny Jain's dhol, a double-sided barrel drum that hangs down low around his body.

      If the drum is the messenger, the brass is the message. Uplifting melodies emanate from baritone and soprano saxophones, bass trumpet, trombone and sousaphone. This is a band that jazz lovers can appreciate and rock fans can dance to.

      Red Baraat is based in Brooklyn, and has played the Monterey Jazz Festival and at Lincoln Center. I first saw the group at globalFEST 2011 on a tiny basement stage that barely contained the band physically and overwhelmed the audience emotionally. I heard a dozen bands that night, but Red Baraat was the one that stuck with me.

      After the group's joyously noisy set at the Tiny Desk, a wide array of people — from our youngest interns to some of our oldest journalists — told me how much they loved Red Baraat. Of all the concerts that have come to my desk, this seemed to be the little-known band that won over the most hearts. I get the feeling that, for Red Baraat, 2012 is going to be a big, big year. - Bob Boilen NPR


      A few years ago, we had the pleasure of presenting another NY band who are putting their own unique spin on South Asian music – Brooklyn Qawwali Party.  Along with the aforementioned Red Baraat, and the aforementioned Burnt Sugar, they have been invited to perform at Proctor’s Theater in Schenectady.  We’re very proud that they are one of the first recipients of a grant from the new globalFEST Touring Fund (gFTF), which helped offset their costs to play at Proctor’s and at Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY.  If you know anyone in NY’s capital region, send them along…


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      Hi All,

      This weekend, we've got two big shows in upstate NY.

      Friday, February 17, 2012 - 9 pm
      Helsinki Hudson
      Hudson, NY

      Saturday, February, 18, 2012 - 7:30 pm
      GE Theatre at Proctors in Schenectady NY
      Part of "NYC Party Horns 2" series at Proctors Theatre

      We've received a generous grant from the
      Globalfest touring fund which made this possible. So big thanks to globalfest for helping a big band get on the road!

      We will also have special guests Tony Barba all the way from Chicago back in action, as well as our original harmonium player, Baba Buffalo! PLUS, Mickela Mallozzi will be gracing us with her amazing dancing! Not to be missed.

      If you'll be upstate or know anyone who is, please let them know. Both venues are spectacular.

      If you'd like to hear me talking about these things on the radio, on Friday, I may be on NPR's WAMC 90.3 in Albany at 10:35 am on Roundtable. (IF IF IF they reach their fund drive goal by then!). You can stream here:
      Plus, Friday afternoon at 2:30 I'll be in WBCR 97.7 in Great Barrington. Go to "listen" link here:

      Thanks so much

      The Party:
      Tony Barba - Ben Holmes - Brian Drye - Rob Jost - Mike Gamble - Noah Jarrett
      Conor Elmes - Brook Martinez - Baba Buffalo - Mickela Mallozzi



      Lastly, wanted to pass along info about a residency opportunity available to musicians from the US for One Note, a program that Bang on a Can is overseeing in collaborations


      I hope you can spread the word on this opportunity for international artists between the ages 19 - 35 to apply for a 4 week interactive residency in Sept 2012 - expenses and visas covered - by forwarding this to friends and colleagues in any of the countries listed below.  Deadline for applying is in 2 weeks.


      One Beat is seeking adventurous musicians from an incredible diversity of traditions to seek common ground, creating new musical combinations, pushing the boundaries of music technology, and finding ways to involve all members of society in the process of musical creativity.

      OneBeat is an international music exchange that celebrates musical collaboration and social engagement through innovative people-to-people diplomacy. In September 2012, 30 musicians from around the world will come together in the U.S. for four weeks to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop ways that music can make a positive impact on our local and global communities.

      All costs covered.

      One BeatSM is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation. OneBeat builds on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s vision of “smart power” diplomacy. It embraces the use of a full range of diplomatic tools, including music, to bring people, especially youth, together for greater understanding.

      Details and application here: http://1beat.org/


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