Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Nacional Records Celebrates Grammy Nomination for Ana Tijoux

From a media release:

Nacional Records Celebrates Grammy Nomination for Ana Tijoux

Ana Tijoux Nominated for 'Vengo'
'Vengo' Recently Nominated for a Latin Grammy
Ana Tijoux Recently Won "Record of the Year" Latin Grammy for a Collaboration with Jorge Drexler


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LOS ANGELES - Leading independent label Nacional Records is proud to announce a Grammy nomination for Ana Tijoux’s ‘Vengo’ for 'Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album.’

‘Vengo’ debuted #1 on iTunes and has earned strong praise at Newsweek, NPR, Billboard, Spin, Rolling Stone, NY Times and many more outlets around the world.

‘Vengo’ is the follow-up to Ana Tijoux's Grammy and Latin Grammy nominated album 'La Bala,' which was widely celebrated by critics as one of the best albums of the year. The buzz around Ana Tijoux has been steadily building since her Grammy nominated debut ‘1977’ was featured in ‘Breaking Bad,’ ABC’s ‘Dancing With the Stars' and EA Sports’ FIFA video game.  Tijoux is fresh off a Latin Grammy win for a collaboration with Jorge Drexler.

“Tijoux is an artist with the promise to cross borders and genres.” - Billboard

“An arresting and self-possessed performer, an MC with impeccable command and flow,whether she’s urging her now-global audience to speak out against injustice and oppression or riding a languorous, acid-jazz groove…” – Washington Post

Named one of the top indie labels in the U.S. by Billboard, Nacional Records is home to rock, hip-hop and electronic music from across the Americas and around the block.

Ana Tijoux - Somos Sur (Feat. Shadia Mansour)

Christmas at the Riverside Church Harlem NYC - Candlelight Carol Festival December 21 2014

From a media release:

Candlelight Carol Festival
The Riverside Church, an Interdenominational, International and Interracial Congregation
490 Riverside Drive (between 120th & 122nd Streets)
Sunday, December 21 2014
Two Services: 3:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.


Prelude Music:
Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon, 2:30 p.m. and 5:50 p.m.
Handbells, 3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Harp & Organ, 3:25 p.m. & 6:25 p.m.

Tickets - ($25 Adults/$15 Seniors/$10 Students/ Children 14 & Under)
• For more information, call (212) 870-6784.

The Candlelight Carol Festival, one of the long-standing Christmas traditions at The Riverside Church, celebrates the beauty of the season through song.  This service of music of light combines carillon, organ, harp, and all of the choirs of The Riverside Church and culminates in a ritual sharing of candlelight illuminating the Nave. Music will include traditional songs and selections by composers Lee Hoiby, Amanda Singer, John Rutter and Francis Poulenc.

The Festival will also include a rainbow of Christmas music as five choirs—The Riverside Choir, Soloists, and Instrumentalists, The Riverside Chamber Singers, The Riverside Inspirational Choir, The Riverside Ringers and The Riverside Children’s Choir—come together for the program.

The Offering - Lee Hoiby
Away in the Manger - Amanda Singer
What Sweeter Music - John Rutter
O Magnum Mysterium  - Francis Poulenc

From the 2011 Christmas Candlelight Carol Festival:

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Queens Calling a celebration of eight diverse female choreographers February 6 to 7 2015 at Harbourfront Toronto


From a media release:

dance Immersion proudly presents

Queens Calling
a celebration of eight diverse female choreographers
Friday February 6 to Saturday February 7, 2015
at Harbourfront Toronto


TORONTO - Queens Calling is a celebration of sisterhood, kinship and womanhood from eight dynamic and diverse female choreographers from across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. This powerful performance is part of TD Bank’s Then and Now Series for Black History Month and runs February 6 & 7, 2015 at Harbourfront Centre Theatre (formerly Enwave Theatre).

Queens Calling is dedicated to the 219 girls tragically abducted from a boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria. It features an inter-generational cast of female choreographers who will captivate and transport audiences with their electrifying work, bringing positive energy to the challenges that still exist for women around the world. Eight acclaimed diverse choreographers grace the stage with works that range in style from Contemporary African and Lindy Hop to Modern and Caribbean.

A taste of Zab Maboungou



Audiences will be taken on an emotional and searingly honest journey by eight outstanding dance artists. Our goal is to celebrate women and bring positive energy to the challenges that still exist for women around the world. Eight acclaimed choreographers - Alesandra Seutin (UK), Charmaine Headley (Toronto), Ghislaine Doté (Montreal), Jasmyn Fyffe (Toronto), Michèle Moss (Calgary), Paulette Brockington (USA), Sharon Harvey (Toronto), Zab Maboungou (Montreal) - will grace the stage with works that include Contemporary African, Lindy Hop, Modern, Caribbean and more. Audiences will embark on an emotional and honest journey with vibrant expressions that celebrate the power of sisterhood, kinship, and womanhood.

A taste of Jasmyn Fyffe

A Toronto Holiday Tradition: Theatre Columbus Presents The Dog & The Angel December 11 to 30 2014

From a media release:

The Dog & The Angel by Martha Ross,
presented by Theatre Columbus
December 11 - 30, 2014
Showtime 7:30pm
Evergreen Brick Works - Toronto

 
The tradition of outdoor theatre returns this season with The Dog & the Angel by Martha Ross, writer of the Multi Dora Award-nominated The Story. Featuring: Leah Cherniak, Paul Rainville, Michael Rinaldi, Courtenay Stevens, Jennifer Villaverde & Connie Wang

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A play about one family’s annual holiday party run amok; the dog is in a coma, the christmas tree angel is missing and the litigious neighbours threaten to crash the party. Featuring an all star cast, six local choirs and George, the golden doodle.

Written by Martha Ross
Directed by Jennifer Brewin
Music Direction by John Millard

THE TRADITION
Each year, Theatre Columbus produces an outdoor processional plays at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works during the December holidays.

These winter shows explore the role of myths and fables in modern life. Our themes are light and darkness, loneliness and community. We visit old traditions and aim to create news ones, inspired by and about contemporary life. Winter theatre is a combination of cross-country skiing, tobogganing, the sleigh ride, and a hockey game. It is about moving and being together; we march into the darkness and generate light.

Theatre Columbus introduced outdoor winter theatre to Toronto in 2011, at the Evergreen Brick Works. Jennifer had directed, written or produced 12 such shows at the Caravan and for Peter Hinton’s inaugural season at the NAC. Our first show in Toronto was Martha Ross’s The Story, which premiered at the Caravan. It drew strong audiences and garnered great reviews and six Dora nominations, including one award for directing. The Brick Works invited us to present winter shows for the next four years. They provide rehearsal, construction and performance space, as well as limited advertising, and a home-base for the winter show.

THE EXPERIENCE

•Show begins at 7:30pm
•Running time is one hour
•Audiences travel 1km over uneven terrain
•Hot chocolate for sale before the show
•Plenty of bon fires throughout the show
•Heated washrooms are on site
Important Tips!

•Dress warmly, no kidding!
•Wear suitable boots for wet and cold
•Thick socks!
•A good hat that covers the ears
•In the event of rain, the show will be performed indoors

VIDEO: A short story about Theatre Columbus' winter theatre tradition at Toronto's Evergreen Brick Works. Filmed during a performance of Haley McGee's play, "Weather the Weather" in December 2013

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Tix on Sale Now: Sony Centre For The Performing Arts presents the Return of Louise Lecavalier May 29 & 30 2015

From a media release:

Sony Centre For The Performing Arts presents
the Triumphant Return of
Louise Lecavalier in
SO BLUE
After a sold-out run at last summer’s Luminato Festival
Tickets On Sale Now!
Two Performances Only May 29 & 30, 2015


“Lecavalier is arguably Canada’s foremost female contemporary dancer. Now she shows herself to be a formidable choreographer as well.”  Montreal Gazette

TORONTO - The Sony Centre For The Performing Arts is proud to present the return of SO BLUE, choreographed and performed by Louise Lecavalier, joined by Frédéric Tavernini after a highly acclaimed and sold-out run at the Fleck Dance Theatre last summer.

Physically, Louise Lecavalier is an arresting composite of David Bowie and Tilda Swinton, and in the world of contemporary dance, she is as iconic as both. The Montréal native began her career at 18 with Le Groupe Nouvelle Aire, where she met choreographer Édouard Lock. With Lecavalier as his main muse, Lock created La La La Human Steps. Many of the troupe’s seminal works— including Human Sex, New Demons and 2—were defined by her remarkable power and presence. Lecavalier also figured prominently in Lock’s collaborations with Frank Zappa and, fittingly, Bowie with whom she performed a duet at a benefit for the London Institute of Contemporary Art.

SO BLUE, first presented in Düsseldorf in late 2012, marks her volcanic emergence as a choreographer.

The first 30-minutes of SO BLUE features Lecavalier in a perilous solo with a vibrant, swirling soundtrack composed by Turkish-born Montrealer Mercan Dede. Joined by Frédéric Tavernini for the second half, their raw, shared energy reaches dizzying heights.

“An intoxicating marriage of performance brilliance, ritual and feverish musical push . . .  by the end of it we are all in a transcendent state together.  There are few performers who can take an audience on this kind of journey – Lecavalier has proved over and over again, and she does once more with So Blue, that she is one of them.” The Dance Current

Lecavalier joined La La La Human Steps in 1981 to perform in Oranges becoming and remaining the face of the company until 1999. In 1985, Lecavalier was the first Canadian artist to win a Bessie (Dance and Performance) Award in New York.  In 1999, Lecavalier was the first recipient of the Jean A. Chalmers Award, as well as the inaugural Prix de la danse in Montreal in 2011.

In March 2014 Lecavalier’s company, Fou Glorieux, was awarded the 29th Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal, recognizing the achievement of Lecavalier as an ambassadress for Montreal’s artistic vitality, as well as for her legendary contribution to contemporary dance.

Lecavalier was also awarded the highest distinction in the realm of performing arts in Canada as one of 2014’s winners of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, and was praised as “one of this country’s most admired and respected contemporary dancers, who continues to dazzle the public and expand the boundaries of her art.”

Sony Centre For The Performing Arts presents
SO BLUE

Choreography by Louise Lecavalier
Performed by Louise Lecavalier and Frédéric Tavernini
May 29 & 30, 2015 @ 8pm
BLUMA APPEL THEATRE
St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front Street East
All Tickets $75 (Ticket prices do not include service and delivery fees)
Tickets can be can be purchased in person at the Sony Centre Box Office,
1 Front Street East, over the phone at 1-855-872-SONY (7669) or online at www.sonycentre.ca

Kaki King: New Record & Groundbreaking Multimedia Performance - January 9 2015 in New York City

From a media release:

Kaki King Presents Landmark New Work, "The Neck is a Bridge to the Body"

ACCLAIMED GUITARIST/COMPOSER TEAMS WITH GLOWING PICTURES FOR INNOVATIVE MULTI-MEDIA PERFORMANCE

Everybody Glows: B-Sides & Rarities
Short Stuff Records - November 4, 2014

Highline Ballroom, New York City
January 9, 2015

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Kaki King’s groundbreaking new work, The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body, sees the renowned guitarist/composer joining forces with visual performance pioneers Glowing Pictures to construct an innovative multi-media production in which The Guitar itself takes centerstage. The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body debuted at Brooklyn’s BRIC House Ballroom in March 2014, and will tour extensively in 2015. An album featuring the music from the show will also be released in 2015.

The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body lays bare The Guitar’s inner life and protean power, its incalculable possibility and perpetual presence in our deepest unconscious. The hour-long production places the focus directly on The Guitar itself, the Instrument serving as an ontological tabula rasa in a creation myth unlike any other ever presented.

King and Glowing Pictures – known for their work with such artists as Animal Collective, David Byrne & Brian Eno, Beastie Boys, and TV On The Radio – have reconceived The Guitar as a screen for a remarkable range of new digital projections. Luminous visions of genesis and death, unexpected textures and skins, are cast onto a Ovation Adamas 1581-KK Kaki King Signature 6-String Acoustic guitar customized specifically for this production. The Guitar gradually evolves, taking on a living, breathing existence of its own, complete with friends, family, and complex skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. Provocative and moving, surprising and beautiful, The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body is Kaki King at her visionary best, as ever deconstructing and redefining the role of solo instrumental artist though virtuoso technique, outsized imagination, and boundless humanity.

“The Guitar is a shapeshifter,” King says, “something that plays all types of music and really fills all kinds of roles. It’s not always the six-string guitar that we all know and love. I’ve been playing guitar for more than 30 years. It’s who I am and if anything, this project has made me even more familiar with it.”



In other news, Kaki recently released Everybody Glows: B-sides & Rarities, out November 4, featuring a collection of outtakes, demos, covers, live versions and never before heard recordings culled from scratched demo CDs, long forgotten hard drives, and the fuzzier corners of her memory. The collection reveals the evolution of her songwriting while offering a glimpse of a young guitarist doing daring things on her instrument before she grasped the significance of any of it. The album comes with a track-by-track explanation of each song, along with liner notes written by her biggest supporter and fan: her father.

Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” Kaki King is a true iconoclast, a musician/artist whose singular body of work stands tall amongst the easily formatted.  The past decade has seen the Brooklyn-based guitarist/composer record six extraordinarily diverse and distinctive LPs (the most recent being 2012’s Glow), perform with such icons as Foo Fighters, Timbaland, and The Mountain Goats, contribute to a variety of film and TV soundtracks (spanning Golden Globe-nominated work on Sean Penn’s Into The Wild to scoring – and appearing in as guitar-playing hand double – the acclaimed 2007 drama, August Rush), and play to an increasingly fervent fan following on innumerable world tours.

An astonishingly active artist, King has maintained a diverse and busy schedule lately. In addition to The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body, she has been performing nationally accompanied by NYC-based string quartet ETHEL, and performed a Carnegie Hall premiere of a classical piece commissioned by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

Latin Contemporary Dance: Vanguardia Dance Festival December 5-6 2014 in Toronto

From a media release:

Vanguardia Dance Projects
Vanguardia Dance Festival 2014
December 5-6, 2014
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

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Vanguardia Dance Festival 2014, “A View on Latin America,” showcases 9 contemporary dance artists/companies representing different Latin American countries, living in Canada. Co-directed and Curated by Norma Araiza and Olga Barrios.

Program A – December 5
Mateo Galindo (Colombia)
Arsenio Andrade (Cuba)
Mariana Mangevil Alvarez (Mexico)
John Henry Gerena (Colombia)
Alejandro Roncería (Colombia) – Guest Artist

Program B – December 6
Diana López (Mexico)
Victoria Mata (Venezuela)
José Carret(Cuba)
Sur Theatre (Argentina)
Alejandro Roncería (Colombia)- Guest Artist.

Arsenio Andrade / KasheDance
Congo Laye

An invocation and tribute to his ancestors and mother Africa. Congo Laye is a dance work in three parts, with music by Conjunto Folklorico Cutumba. Choreographed using contemporary Afro-Cuban dance techniques, it draws on the African-Cuban Yoruba heritage, drawing on the sensuality and raw primal power of both males and females.

John Henry Gerena
Bermejo

War and violence are present in the everyday world, but despite the desperation, suffering and hopelessness people are still dancing and enjoying life. Bermejo is an abstraction of that: the blood-drenched Earth, the colour of violence nuanced by the will of the people to be happy, and the continued fight for life.

Victoria Mata
Memory Lane

Memory Lane is based on a real-life interpretation of the dancer’s embodiment of cultural memory and migration from South America to Canada. The movement vocabulary is inspired by the lasting sensations of home and the negotiations we undergo to keep cultural memory alive in our day-to-day as culturally hyphenated Canadians.

Diana Lopez Soto
Esencia Humana (Human Essence)

An exploration of dance and performance as a means to connect with inner spirit. In the process, studying forces that complete our human essence. Entities such as desire, anger, loss, passion, envy and others that, although beautiful and necessary, can overcome our conscious and subconscious mind, making spirit blind to its life purpose. This piece focuses on Desire.

Sur Theatre
Diaspora

A commemoration of Argentina’s ‘disappeared.’ During the 1970s in Argentina, the military carried out brutal tortures and thousands of students and dissidents disappeared. To this day, mothers of the Disappeared walk the Plaza de Mayo carrying pictures of their dead in silent protest. This piece uses an empty picture frame as a symbol of those who were made to vanish, while the tango lyrics express the pain and solitude of exile for those who survived.

Mateo Galindo Flores
Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point is a meditation on the things that separate us from world events, and from participating in meaningful discussion. It contemplates the effect of perspective on the dissemination and representation of information, ultimately asking what intervenes or obscures as we try to frame an accurate understanding of what is happening in our world. It is an open invitation for the audience to shape their experience of the performance – to act not only as passive witnesses but creative partners whose perspectives play a vital role in the evolution of the work

Mariana Mangevil Alvarez
Cosmología Azteca

Inspired by the Aztec culture and religion found in the ancient stone codex. This piece represents four deities who are associated to the cardinal points and the seasonal changes. Retracing the footsteps and space formations from pre-Hispanic dances, this dance explores and combines these rhythms with neoclassical and contemporary styles for a touch of a modern perspective. The music and dancers will take us to the pre-Hispanic era and revive our ancestors.

Jose Carret
Evasion sin Limite (Escape without limits)

Relate the search for a way out. Human beings, searching throughout the space for new beginnings, for new hopes, for a better future.

Alejandro Ronceria
My Hundred Years of Solitude

My Hundred Years of Solitude explores history, identity, and the ties that bind land and people. What does it mean to be displaced and how do we interpret it? Is it a state of transition or a permanent space we inhabit? How does it shape a body, a culture? What does it mean to survive, to adapt and is there a process of transformation?

Performer: Mariana Mangevil Alvarez
Artistic Direction: Diana Lopez Soto
Costume: Diana Lopez Soto
Music: 'Waltz' from The Godfather; Nino Rota


Rosy from Diana Lopez Soto on Vimeo.