Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Theatre20 Presents The Songs of Leonard Cohen February 3 – 21, 2016 in Toronto

From a media release:

Theatre20 Presents
The Songs of Leonard Cohen
February 3 – 21, 2016 in Toronto

“It’s written on the walls of this hotel, you go to heaven, once you’ve been to hell”
– Leonard Cohen 

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Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen comes to Toronto fresh from sold-out national tour

December 28, 2015. Toronto, Ontario… Chelsea Hotel: The Songs Of Leonard Cohen is coming to Toronto. Presented by Theatre 20, with the support of Theatre Passe Muraille, the Firehall Arts Centre production will make its Toronto premiere at Theatre Passe Muraille from February 3-21, 2016.

Fresh from a sold-out national tour, Leonard Cohen’s powerful and inspirational music is the heartbeat of this eclectic cabaret of loves won and lost. With extraordinary arrangements, six performers play seventeen instruments in this rollicking tribute to the remarkable writer. Through Cohen’s transcendent songs and lyrical honesty, you will be transported to New York’s infamous hotel – a place full of music and enchantment, desire and passion.

The show originated in Vancouver:



Chelsea Hotel is directed and conceived by Tracey Power with musical direction and arrangements by Steven Charles.

A recipient of the Sterling Haynes and Jessie Richardson awards for her work, Tracy Power’s work has played in theatres across Canada and Internationally. She recently premiered a new musical Miss Shakespeare at Performance Works in Vancouver, and workshopped a new play, Glory based on the Canadian Women's hockey team, the Preston Rivulettes at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. Tracy also works as an actor, director and choreographer. She recently directed and choreographed Singin' in the Rain for the Chemainus Theatre Festival and choreographed Les Misérables for Western Canada Theatre.

Steven Charles is a musician, composer and performer from Vancouver. He has performed at the Firehall Arts Centre and Arts Club, along with many Folk, Fringe, and Jazz Festivals across Canada, the U.S, and Europe.  With the Escape Artists, Steven co-produced Miss Shakespeare and J. Caesar and he continues to perform in productions of Chelsea Hotel in theatres across Canada. He tours internationally with bands Viper Central, and The Fugitives and is very active in Vancouver's music scene.

The cast will feature Rachel Aberle, Sean Cronin, Christina Cuglietta, Benjamin Elliot, Jonathan Gould, and Tracey Power. The team also includes Marshall McMahen (Set Design), Ted Roberts (Lighting Design), Barbara Clayden (Costume Design), Xavier Berbudeau (Sound Design), James MacDonald (Dramaturg), and Donna Spencer (Artistic Producer).

SHOW DETAILS
Runs: February 3 – 21, 2016
Opening: February 4, 2016
Schedule: Tues-Sat @ 7:30 pm; Sat-Sun @ 2:00 pm
Tickets: $35-$55

Discounted Tickets:
Artsworker with valid I.D. – $30
Under 30 with valid I.D. – $25

Location: Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace, 16 Ryerson Ave, Toronto
Box Office: www.theatre20.com or 416-504-7529
In person: The Arts Box Office, Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue,
Toronto

Monday, December 28, 2015

Aboriginal Travel: Discover Canada's aboriginal roots

With material from a release:

Aboriginal Travel:
Discover Canada's aboriginal roots

Aboriginal travel is a growing industry - comprising travel destinations owned and operated by people of the First Nations, Inuit or Métis - that aims to offer a taste of authentic aboriginal Canada. You can learn traditional fishing methods, go bear watching, shop for unique artisan gifts and items and of course ooh and aaah at countless museum exhibits in stunning surroundings.

Torngat Mountain National Park, Labrador
Aboriginal travel gives you an opportunity to learn, yes, but also to discover the true natural beauty of the land. You'll find everything from museums for an afternoon's exploration to full service resorts - all of them committed to sustainable tourism.

Explore all the options at the link

Here's a small sampling of what is available.

Destination Déline and the Grey Goose Lodge
Filled with crafts from local artisans, a spectacular view from the restaurant and deck - just steps from Great Bear Lake - the Grey Goose Lodge offers a unique getaway spot for small groups and adventurous individuals.

Explore:
  • Ice fishing
  • Guided excursions
  • Interpretive tours
  • Sport fishing
  • Cultural immersion
Destination Déline and the Grey Goose Lodge
The Details:
Location: Deline, Northwest Territories
Website: destinationdeline.com
Call: +1-867-589-5500
Email: info@destinationdeline.com

Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations
The Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations is a place where history and Aboriginal traditions blend in with modern times. Succumb to the charms of a contemporary hotel whose remarkable architecture harmonizes with nature.

Explore:
  • Museum
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
The Details:
Located in Wendake, Québec
Website: www.hotelpremieresnations.com
Call: +1-418-847-2222 /1-866-551-9222
Email: info@hotelpremieresnation.com



Sea Wolf Adventures
Sea Wolf Adventures connects travellers to destinations in the Great Bear Rain Forest and Broughton Archipelago areas for grizzly bear viewing, whale watching, and local First Nations cultural tours. Safe. True. Educational.

Morraine Lake, Alberta
Explore:
  • Bear Watching
  • Marine Wildlife Viewing
  • Whale Watching
  • Cultural Boat Tours
The Details:
Located iin Port McNeill, British Columbia
Website: http://seawolfadventures.ca
Call: +1-250-902-9653
Email: Info@SeaWolfAdventures.ca

Eskasoni Cultural Journeys
Eskasoni First Nation and the Highland Village Museum have collaborated to develop unique multi-cultural tour packages. Learn about the Mi'kmaq culture and heritage, experience storytelling and music or enjoy a traditional feast with cultural performances. Learn traditional fishing aboard a vessel on the beautiful Brs d'Or Lakes. Join us today for an unforgettable cultural experience.

Explore:
  • Learn about Mi'kmaq culture and heritage
  • Experience storytelling and music
  • Enjoy a traditional feast
  • Learn traditional fishing
The Details:
Located in Eskasoni, Nova Scotia
Website: http://eskasoniculturaljourneys.ca/
Call: +1-855-376-2422
Email: info@eskasoniculturaljourneys.ca

Aurora Village
Aurora Village
Open from August to April
The destination of choice for world class aurora-viewing, based in Yellowknife, Canada. Traditional Aboriginal culture blends together with modern amenities for the utmost in comfort, service and a one-of-a kind experience.

Explore:
  • Aurora-viewing tours
  • Dog sledding
  • Snowshoe tours; Snowmobiling
  • City Tours
  • Outdoor Tours - Boat tours, Hiking
The Details:
Open from August to April
Located in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Website: www.auroravillage.com
Call: +1-867-669-0006
Email: info@auroravillage.com

About ATAC
The Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada (ATAC) is a non-profit organization that is committed to growing and promoting a sustainable, culturally rich Aboriginal tourism industry in Canada.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Harbourfront Centre Toronto presents World Stage 2016 GERMINAL January 20 – 23 2016

From a media release:

Harbourfront Centre presents
World Stage 2016 
GERMINAL
January 20 – 23, 2016 at Fleck Dance Theatre

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TORONTO - Harbourfront Centre will launch World Stage 2016 with Germinal, one of the most talked-about pieces in the international performance circuit in recent years. Performing January 20 – 23 at the Fleck Dance Theatre, this unique production from France straddles the playful and the profound.

Using the theatre as a whimsical metaphor for human civilization, Germinal begins with a bare stage and four intrepid adventurers who set out to imagine how they would remake the universe from the beginning. With an approach both giddily charming and deeply philosophical, the performers construct and deconstruct the history of science, technology and societal structures in an experimental way.

“Germinal is a funny, charming, intelligent work that ingeniously holds the mirror up to us by employing the making of theatre as a metaphor for the construction of civilization,” explains Artistic Director Tina Rasmussen. “With World Stage, I always want to provoke a conversation about our active role as citizens of the world and Germinal does indeed do just that.”

Germinal creators Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort are part of L’amicale de production, a French “project cooperative” established in 2010. Taking broad aim at authorship and aesthetics, they move freely between visual art, music and interactive performance, combining their varied interests to create constantly shifting visions of theatre.

Since its 2012 premiere, Germinal has received critical acclaim through its performances across Europe and select North America cities. Special discussions will complement these Germinal performances (free with ticket purchase):

  • January 20: Pre-show Tea on Opening Night with World Stage’s Scholars-in-Residence from the University of Toronto, Denise Cruz and Matthew Sergi.
  • January 21: Post-show “Talkshow” invites the audience to connect with the artists who will answer questions about the performance.

Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage 2016
presents
GERMINAL
by Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort
Performed in French with English surtitles
Fleck Dance Theatre
Wednesday, January 20 – Saturday, January 23, 2016
All performances at 8PM
Tickets: $15 for Youth (up to 29 years) and full-time students / $54 for Adults

To Purchase Tickets:
Phone: 416-973-4000
Online: harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage        
Box Office: 235 Queens Quay West

World Stage Season Pass: Access to all productions including the World Stage Mirror Ball.
Three-Show Flex Pass: Three transferable tickets for any performances during the season.
Both passes provide savings of up to 45%.
The Season Pass is available until January 23 and the Flex Pass is available until February 20.

@WorldStageTO

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Jazz CD Release: Aruán Ortiz - Hidden Voices (January 29, 2016 - Intakt Records)

From a media release:

Jazz CD Release:
Aruán Ortiz - Hidden Voices
(January 29, 2016 - Intakt Records)
featuring Eric Revis and Gerald Cleaver

The Cuban-American pianist and composer Aruán Ortiz has finally arrived on the international jazz scene, following a few earlier releases. His excellent new album "Hidden Voices" recorded as a trio with bass player Eric Revis and drummer Gerald Cleaver is the proof.

Ortiz, who grew up in Santiago de Cuba, has been called the latest Cuban prodigy to arrive in the US. His carefully structured music is an exciting mix of contemporary classical sounds, afro-cuban rhythms and powerful jazz improvi-sation. All these elements are fused to make a very individual sound.

“I was thinking about this album as a circle with no beginning and no end,” says Aruán Ortiz.
After working with seven original works as well as tunes by Ornette Coleman and Thelonious Monk, the 42-year-old has turned to a traditional song “Uno, Dos y Tres, Que Paso Más Chevere,” that “everybody in Cuba knows from festivities and carnivals."

Open and Close & The Sphinx - from the upcoming album:



In naming his exceptional new album Hidden Voices Aruán Oritz, an avatar of creative and progressive improvisation, is referring first and foremost to the sounds that permeated his consciousness during formative years.  "Within a radius of two square miles," the 42-year-old Brooklyn-based pianist-composer recalls of the working-class neighborhood of Santiago de Cuba where he grew up, "anybody could walk on the street and hear groups playing popular music, folkloric dance companies, bembés, comparsas such as 'Los Hoyos' rehearsing their procession, random amateur guitar players and singers jamming and singing old trova songs, choirs performing liturgical songs, rumba percussion groups, Cuban-Haitian folkloric groups playing Tumba Francesa, and so on.  At the same time I was exposed to European classical music from a very early age at the Conservatory of Music. Being exposed to this compilation of styles every day nurtured my ears, and forged a very personal and eclectic understanding of the music."

Ortiz convenes bassist Eric Revis and drummer Gerald Cleaver, who operate synchronously and creatively throughout Hidden Voices. The album comprises seven Ortiz originals, Ornette Coleman's "The Sphinx" and "Open and Close," Thelonious Monk's "Skippy" and, to conclude, a traditional song called "Uno, Dos y Tres, Que Paso Más Chevere" that, Ortiz remarks, "everybody in Cuba knows from festivities and carnivals and so on." In contrast to the bright tempo heard on three separate versions of the song available on YouTube, Ortiz sustains each of the "very recognizable first notes" with calibrated touch and judicious pedaling, transforming it into a stark, legato miniature in the manner of Federico Mompou.

A taste of Aruán Ortiz - live from October 2014:

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Holidays at the Apollo Theater NYC: KWANZAA CELEBRATION: REGENERATION NIGHT Dec 27 2015

From a media release:

Holidays at the Apollo Theater New York City:
KWANZAA CELEBRATION: REGENERATION NIGHT
Two performances: Sunday, Dec 27 at 2PM & 7:30PM 
Featuring Abel R. Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre
With Special Guests Raul Midón and Foday Musa Suso 

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A favorite with New York audiences, the Apollo’s annual Kwanzaa Celebration returns with the renowned and energetic New York-based dance company, Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre.  It is an evening of joyful dance and music, hosted by WBLS personality Imhotep Gary Byrd, that honors the principles of Kwanzaa – family, community and culture. “A fun and affordable Apollo tradition for the entire family,” exclaims Examiner.com.



About Abel R. Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre
Choreographer Abdel Salaam and executive director Dele Husbands founded the FORCES OF NATURE DANCE THEATER COMPANY in 1981. For over twenty years, Forces has produced high quality ballets,conducted dance classes and presented concerts and educational programs in the united States and throughout the world. FORCES' cultural matrix is centered in an African intelligence that is global,ecological and universal in its artistic perspective,empowering and enlightening in its educational mission,visceral and though provoking in its creative context. FORCES' utilizes a unique blend of performing arts, which includes contemporary modern dance,traditional West African dance forms,Ballet,House forms as well as live and recorded music.

Forces of nature's mission is threefold:

1) To develop a choreographic "language" that educates as well as empowers the viewer with a synthetis of the image of the african diasporaand american culture

2) To strive through the creative arts the importance of living with respect and in harmony with nature

3) To use the arts and culture as tools for enhancing human services and social reform.

Tickets: $20; Premium $35
Apollo Advantage: $14
In person at the Apollo Theater Box Office / By phone call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000 /
Online at Ticketmaster.com
For Groups Call (212) 531-5355

BUY TICKETS
Customers who purchase tickets to 2 or more more events for the 2015-16 season as part of the Apollo Advantage loyalty program receive 30% discount off of each show ticket.
From last year's celebrations:

Friday, December 18, 2015

Off Broadway: Maurice Hines TAPPIN' THRU LIFE A Song and Dance Musical - Previews Begin December 23 2015

From a media release:

Off Broadway:
Maurice Hines
TAPPIN' THRU LIFE
A Song and Dance Musical
Directed by Jeff Calhoun

Previews begin December 23, 2015 - Twelve Weeks Only

Get the Deals:
• The discount code TLMPW15 has been extended!
• You can now use the code to purchase tickets at $49 for all performances until Jan. 31.
• The price goes up to $79 with the same code on Feb. 1. In other words, buy early and save more. The regular ticket price is $95.
• Group tickets are just $35 if you book and pay for your group by Jan. 31. The price increases to $49 on Feb. 1.

Get Your Tix

NEW YORK CITY - He's going to put a smile on your face and song in your heart.

Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life is a swinging, song and dance musical that celebrates the astonishing showmanship of one of the last great tap dancers of a bygone era still working today and whose collaborators were a jaw-dropping, who's who of theatre, music, film and television. Co-starring the fierce tap dancing Manzari brothers and the all female vivacious Diva Jazz Orchestra, the show is directed by Jeff Calhoun (Newsies, Deaf West’s Big River, Grease).

• Performances begin Wednesday, December 23rd at New World Stages (340 W. 50th Street), and opening night is Monday, January 11th.

Maurice began working when he was five years old and his brother Gregory was three. He shares funny and heartbreaking experiences about his life with Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, Judy Garland and many others. The show is a tribute to his loving family, both on stage and off. “My interest is in the today and tomorrow of life and popular culture. I love discovering and mentoring new talent as well as performing and telling stories about the greats,"
said Hines.

Maurice Hines with John and Leo Manzari. Photo by Tony Powell
Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life has set design by Tobin Ost (Newsies, Jekyll and Hyde), sound design by Michael Hahn (Two Gentleman of Verona, Hamlet), lighting design by Michael Gilliam (Bonnie and Clyde, Brooklyn), and projection design by Darrel Maloney (Allegiance, On Your Feet!).

Co-starring in the show are two of Maurice's discoveries, John and Leo Manzari, a pair of tap dancing siblings reminiscent of a young Maurice and his brother Gregory. The Diva Jazz Orchestra is led by drummer Sherrie Maricle.

MAURICE HINES 
Star of stage, screen, and television, Maurice Hines commenced his acclaimed career at the age of five, studying tap at the Henry LeTang Dance Studio in New York City. Mr. LeTang recognized his extraordinary talents and was soon choreographing numbers specifically for Maurice and his brother Gregory. Soon the brothers were appearing on  Broadway and touring as the opening act for such headliners as Lionel Hampton and Gypsy Rose Lee.Their father then joined the act and shortly thereafter, "Hines, Hines, & Dad" was performing to rave reviews in New York, Las Vegas and Europe. Mr. Hines has made 35 appearances on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson.

Image by Tony Powell
Mr. Hines pursued a solo career and success soon followed when he was chosen to star as Nathan Detroit in the National Touring Company of Guys and Dolls. After his thrilling performance, Broadway beckoned, and Mr. Hines created a sensation during the 1978-79 season with his singing and dancing in the hit musical Eubie! He followed this performance with celebrated roles co-starring in Bring Back Birdie with Chita Rivera and Donald O'Connor and starring in Charles Randolph Wright’s Sophisticated Ladies.

Next, Mr. Hines made his big screen debut in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Cotton Club." As the film hit theaters across the country, so did Ballet USA, a dance company created by Mr. Hines and Mercedes Ellington. Mr. Hines then conceived, directed, and choreographed the musical Uptown…It’s Hot! which played for 17 sold-out weeks in Atlantic City. He joined the cast when the show moved to Broadway and received a 1986 Tony Award nomination as Best Actor in a Musical. He followed this achievement by codirecting and choreographing the National Tour of the musical Satchmo produced by Kenneth Feld. As one of the few stars who truly loves the road, Mr. Hines then directed, choreographed and starred in the National Tour of the musical Harlem Suite with successive leading ladies Jennifer Holliday, Stephanie Mills and Melba Moore.

With Gregory in Cotton Club:



Mr. Hines turned his attention to direction and choreographing music videos, including “I’ll Be Good To You”, the first release off of Quincy Jones' “Back On The Block” album. Mr. Hines has directed The Radio City Spectacular (the first African-American director for Radio City Music Hall). In the 1994-1995 season, Mr. Hines starred as Jelly Roll Morton in the forty city first-class National Tour of the musical Jelly’s Last Jam.

In 2006, Mr. Hines, collaborating with Maurice White, choreographed and directed the Hip-Hop Broadway musical Hot Feet featuring the music of Earth, Wind, and Fire. Mr. Hines’s latest album on Arbor Records, “To Nat ‘King’ Cole, With Love”, was released to critical acclaim. Recently, Mr. Hines choreographed productions of Hairspray in Santo Domingo, Sophisticated Ladies at The Lincoln Theatre, as well as a new show called Dance, Dance, Dance, Snap. Mr. Hines is the recipient of the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Choreography for Cool Papa’s Party at MetroStage.

Trailer from a previous performance in DC (dates don't apply):

Kitchenband and The Theatre Centre present The Music of BOBLO December 23, 2015 in Toronto


From a media release:

Kitchenband and
The Theatre Centre present
The Music of BOBLO
Concert and Album Release Party • One Night Only!
December 23, 2015

Tickets
Download/buy the album

TORONTO - Kitchenband and The Theatre Centre are proud to celebrate the music from the Dora Award-winning production of BOBLO, with a new album release and concert. The Music of BOBLO concert will include music and visuals from the acclaimed 2012 production of BOBLO. Select original cast members and musicians will return for this one-night-only event at The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West.

Image by Abishek Chandra
"Penner's moving folk- and rock-inspired songs are another highlight. Ranging from haunting ballads to feel-good foot-stompers, they wonderfully evoke the raucous energy of the massive dance hall, the nervous thrill of the flume ride and the bittersweet feeling that comes at the end of a summer day trip (or an era). If the soundtrack were available, I'd have snapped it up on the spot." ~ NOW Magazine, 2012 Critics Pick

The Music of BOBLO album will be available for purchase for $10 at the event, and is also available for download here: www.kitchenband.bandcamp.com/album/boblo

BOBLO was inspired by personal memories and collected stories about Boblo Island Amusement Park, located on an island in the middle of the Detroit River, which operated from 1898-1993. Kitchenband, a collective of theatre creators and musicians, pays a stirring tribute to Boblo, riding the Boblo-Boat ferry one final time to relive the excitement and the danger the theme park once offered. Field recordings, songs, radio waves, family photos, souvenirs and keepsakes fuel this ghost-story-meets-rock-concert celebration of a former childhood destination that now lies in ruins.

Andrew Penner by Abishek Chandra
The Music of BOBLO will feature performances by Andrew Penner (The Sunparlour Players), Anna Atkinson, Gordon Bolan, Erin Brandenburg (Petrichor, Reesor, and Pelee), Steven McCarthy (The ElastoCitizens, Bliss), George Meanwell, Alan Penner, Michael Rosenthal, and Sophia Walker, with text by Erin Brandenburg, and video by multi-media visual artist Elysha Poirier (Seeds).



Kitchenband and
The Theatre Centre present
The Music of BOBLO
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
8pm • Tickets $15
The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. West
Tickets can be purchased online at www.theatrecentre.org/?p=6502
or by calling 416.538.0988, or in person at The Theatre Centre Box Office

For more information visit The Theatre Centre or Kitchenband
FB/TheTheatreCentre • @TheatreCentre • FB/Kitchenband • @Kitchnband

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

intimate electro-Tunisian rock Emel Mathlouthi performs in New York City January 18 2016

From a media release:

intimate electro-Tunisian rock
Emel Mathlouthi performs in New York City January 18, 2016

Get tickets to the Riot Artists APAP Showcase

Tunisian vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist Emel Mathlouthi captivates with her intimate, lyrical style, fierce rock beats, and throbbing trip-hop and north African influences.

globalFEST '15 alumnus Mathlouthi tells the story of HER Tunisia: the dark years as a young rebel and dissenter; the strife of being a female musician; her artistic and ideological struggle after her songs were banned from the radio and TV; the dual love and suffering that came from longing for home while living in a free country.

Her music inspired Tunisia's Arab Spring revolution in 2011 and offers "resolve and passion," writes Jon Pareles. "Each song is a narrative, unfolding in multiple sections, moving between delicacy and fierce tenacity, mourning and defiance."

She stars in the 2014 release No Man's Land, a documentary about the female voice in Iran. She will release her upcoming Iceland-produced album this spring.

  • Showtime 8:15 Jan. 18, Brooklyn Bowl. 61 Whyte Avenue, Brooklyn, NY |  718-963-3369

Also playing at the Riot Artists APAP Showcase:

7:30 Cambalache: A Chicano-Jarocho group based in East Los Angeles, playing and promoting traditional son jarocho through performance, music workshops, and educational demonstrations. In the spirit of the fandango, a traditional celebration of music and dance, Cambalache engages its audience through participatory performances.
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9:00 Maarja Nuut: Maarja Nuut is a fiddler and singer from Northern Estonia. Her music combines traditional dance tunes, songs, and stories with live electronics, creating a space where classical minimalism and experimental music meet the village musical traditions of pre-war Europe.

9:45 DakhaBrakha: a world music quartet from Kiev, Ukraine. Reflecting fundamental elements of sound and soul, Ukrainian "ethno chaos"' band DakhaBrakha creates a world of unexpected new music.

10:30 Battle of Santiago. Toronto-based instrumental ensemble comprises seemingly disparate musical elements, combining in Afro-Cuban Post-Rock,

Check out video of Emel Mathlouthi's performance last week at the 2015 Nobel Prize Ceremony:



Travel/Art - In Search of Bauhaus: Dessau, Berlin & Weimar

Travel/Art
In Search of Bauhaus: Dessau, Berlin & Weimar

The Bauhaus, or Staatliches Bauhaus, was an avant-garde movement in modernism that sprang into being in 1919 in Weimar, Germany, when Walter Gropius founded a school of design with a unique philosophy. It was one of the first academies of design and brought together leading architects and artists of the time. The Bauhaus philosophy synthesized fine arts, architecture, crafts and industrial design in a movement that exerted a huge influence on everything that came after.

The Bauhaus logo
Gropius gathered together a who's who of avant garde artists of the day, including Lyonel Feininger, Johannes Itten, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Oskar Schlemmer and László Moholy-Nagy, assembling them at his school in Weimar.

The school featured innovative teaching methods and workshops and produced work that still influences the world of art, architecture and design today, including the trademark cuboid functionality as an architectural principle.

Tracing the path of Bauhaus from its inception to its folding under threat of the hostile and newly elected National Socialist government in 1933 makes for a fascinating way to explore culture, modernism and early twentieth century German history.

Old map showing the Bauhaus cities
Weimar
Weimar is the birthplace of Bauhaus, where Walter Gropius first founded the school in 1919. Nowadays it is home of the new Bauhaus-Museum, part of the Weimar Classics Foundation. The Bauhaus-Museum features a collection of over 10,000 items in over 200 exhibits, including paintings by Klee and Feininger, household objects and furniture.

The Museum is housed in a former coach house that was rebuilt by Clemens Wenzeslaus Coudray, a neo-classical architect.
Address: Theaterplatz 1, 99423 Weimar, Germany
Phone: +49 3643 545401
Website: http://www.klassik-stiftung.de/en/institutions/museums/bauhaus-museum-weimar/?noMobile=1


Stay Bauhaus
Hotel Elephant
This elegant hotel overlooks the market square, mere minutes walk from the Museum. Expect the ornate ambiance of yesteryear from this establishment that dates back to 1696, featuring a grand spiral staircase. The element of historic opulence combines with Bauhaus influenced interior design, including a sumptuous suite named after Bauhaus master Lyonel Feininger and a brasserie where Goethe once hung out.

Address: Markt 19, 99423 Weimar, Germany
Phone:+49 3643 8020
Website: http://www.hotelelephantweimar.com/en

The Bauhaus School designed by Walter Gropius
Dessau
Driven out of Weimar in 1925, the Bauhaus group re-established itself Dessau in 1926. Here, you can visit the art school that Walter Gropius designed along with the master's houses where the instructors lived. The buildings feature the Bauhaus school's characteristic cuboid forms and are now on the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage sites. The museum features various permanent exhibitions, events, educational opportunities and more.

Address: Ebertallee 59–71, ​06846 Dessau-Roßlau
Phone: +49-340-6611813
Website: http://www.bauhaus-dessau.de/english/home.html

Stay Bauhaus
Sleep like a Bauhausier inside the Studio Building
Completed in 1926, the Studio Building was home to junior masters and the most promising students and counted Josef Albers, Erich Consemüller, Herbert Bayer, Franz Ehrlich, Walter Peterhans, Hannes Meyer, Gertrud Arndt, Marianne Brandt, Gunta Stölzl and Anni Albers among its residents. Now you can join them! One room was accurately reconstructed with original objects and furniture while the others are personalized to reflect a former habitant, beginning with Alfred Arndt, the couple Albers and Franz Ehrlich.

For further information about accommodation and registration please contact  unterkunft@bauhaus-dessau.de or by phone (+49-340-6508-318) or fax (+49-340-6508-226).

Berlin
In 1932, the Bauhaus school relocated a third and final time to Berlin. Closely linked as it was to the Weimar Republic that was established between WWI and WWII, it became an instant target of Nazi aggression - the Nazis accused the school of being a hotbed of communist intellectualism - and folded for good in 1933 with their rise to power. Today, Berlin is home to the world's most extensive collection on the history of the Bauhaus school at The Bauhaus-Archiv.

Bauhaus-Archiv
Address: Klingelhöferstraße 14, 10785 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 2540020
Website: http://www.bauhaus.de/en/

Stay Bauhaus
Hotel Ku' Damm 101
The Hotel Ku' Damm 101 gives you the Bauhaus experience at budget-priced convenience and a great location along famous Kufurstendamm (the "Ku'damm" of the name). Inspired by the work of French architect Le Corbusier, a mentor to the Bauhaus crowd, the interior has a space-age feel with sweeping curved lines and bold colour pops.

Address: Kurfürstendamm 101, D-10711 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49-30-52 00 55-0 / Fax +49-30-52 00 55-555
Email: info@kudamm101.com
Website: http://www.kudamm101.com/en/



Thursday, December 10, 2015

Glam Your New Year's Eve at Drake Properties Toronto & Prince Edward County

From a media release:

All That Glitters: NYE 2016 with Drake
Drake Hotel Properties ring in 2016 with gloss + glam

Find out about NYE packages & accommodations

December 10, 2015 (TORONTO) - Drake Hotel Properties usher in 2016 with typical Drake cultural cachet and renowned hospitality. Live bands, DJs, unbeatable eats and bubbly will be on full display across all locations: Drake Hotel, Drake One Fifty and Drake Devonshire Inn to ring in the New Year right. Whether guests are reveling in the West End, going Motown Downtown or keeping it cozy in the County; celebrating with Drake will make for a sweet two thousand and sixteen.

ll That Glitters NYE 2016 x Drake Hotel | $45 | $75/$125 prix-fixe
Drake Hotel has the golden ticket that'll let party-goers dine, dance and celebrate their way into 2016. With evening options that include delicious bites, multiple seatings, a glass of complimentary chilled Perrier-Jouet champagne and Drake certified hot tunes, guests are sure to get that twinkle in their eye.

Early birds can indulge in a three-course dinner ($75) in our Lounge or Sky Yard at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. with expertly crafted cocktails awaiting at the bar post dinner. Later dining options in our Lounge or Sky Yard are at 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m. or 10 p.m. for a four-course meal ($125) as Oldies 990 serenade diners and DJ Dougie Boom gets revelers moving all night long. Both mouth-watering menus offer choices for each course including a show-stopping seafood platter brimming with marinated spot prawn, smoked mussels and crab claws or our house-made charcuterie board to start, while mains include herb crusted tenderloin with wild mushroom ragout + cured foie gras or lobster pot pie drizzled with cognac. Home-made petits fours will sweetly end both menus. The late-night seating also includes gourmet snacks to tide revelers over between dance moves including caramel popcorn, house-made chips + dip and macarons.

Another great option for party-goers is our famous strolling Underground cocktail party ($75) at 8 p.m. for plenty of good eats and musical treats while DJ Cozmic Cat puts a bounce in your step. This lively event features an array of Drake favourites including an oyster shucking bar and decadent lobster nacho station with mini meals like lamb belly skewers or Swedish meatball sliders and our famous Drake Bake Sale that will keep the countdown to midnight going. Guests can also boost their bling with glitter and metallic body painting by local artist Erin Harris, who will decorate partiers with her glam designs throughout the night.

  • Guests are encouraged to take in the full Drake experience with hotel packages starting at $529, allowing you to celebrate and camp out all under one roof. General admission ($45) and After Midnight ($25) are late night options for music lovers looking to dance the night away at this building wide Drake Hotel NYE take-over.

All That Glitters NYE 2016 x Drake One Fifty | $75/$125 prix-fixe 
Get down with the ultimate glam Throwback Thursday NYE Party. Drake One Fifty has crafted a delicious selection of prix-fixe dinners with a live jazz trio playing from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. providing the perfect early evening soundtrack to kick-start festivities. Diners can choose from a four-course seated dinner ($75) at 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. or a six-course seated dinner ($125) at 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m. or 10 p.m. The expert culinary team, headed by Jon Pong (Chef de Cuisine), is serving old school dishes such as charred vegetable consommé, crab cacio e pepe, lobster thermidor or delectable beef wellington and a rich double-chocolate soufflé for dessert.

As the night rolls on, Drake One Fifty heats up with a Motown Party throw-down for the countdown. Boogie-down to uptown funk classics from the Motown, Stax and Tamla labels plus Northern Soul rarities and remixes of tracks from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and The Temptations by resident Motown Party/Good Kids: DJ Fawn Big Canoe and Steve Rock - can you dig it? Dance machines, food lovers and culture seekers are encouraged to reserve their New Year’s Eve romp early as the stunning Drake One Fifty will be the go-to NYE locale in the financial district.

All That Glitters NYE 2016 x Drake Devonshire | 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. $95| 10 p.m. onward $35
The Drake Devonshire is keeping it cozy in the County with roaring fireplaces, stunning views and county wines flowing. Drake's chic all-season retreat on the Eastern shores of Lake Ontario is going all-out with an inn-wide bash featuring a strolling spread of tempting food stations, live jazz and Brendan Canning on the decks to ring in the New Year.

A jazz trio will perform lively pop + folk instrumentals, providing the perfect backdrop while guests feast on dishes from Chef Matt DeMille including a luxurious seafood bar in the dining room filled to the brim with freshly shucked oysters, prawns, mussels, Albacore tuna and more alongside grazing tables of slow roasted lamb, porchetta and crisped herb potatoes. The Glass Box will feature a spread including house-made charcuterie + dips, pickled vegetables, freshly baked bread and local cheeses. The feast continues with Drake Devonshire favourites such as fresh pickerel po'boy, pork rillettes and mini Devonshire fish tacos that will be passed throughout the night. Gourmands are encouraged to stick around and enjoy nostalgic goodies and sweets at the bake sale to satisfy their sweet-teeth. Late-comers can dance into the wee hours with a complimentary glass of bubbly upon arrival starting from 10 p.m. for $35, as founding member of Broken Social Scene, Brendan Canning, hits the DJ booth. The award winning Canadian musician, who has worked with the likes of Feist, Metric and Stars, will spin 80’s soul, dance and rock tunes to bring down the house.

The Drake Devonshire bar will also be in full swing with exclusive complimentary unfiltered Pilsner Urquell straight from the Czech Republic and our mixologists shaking up winter warmers such as our Winter in Kentucky $14 or The First Frost $14. Guests can get the whole sleepover Devonshire experience by booking an all-access package starting from $529 which includes a stay in one of our award winning guest rooms, yummy party favours + bubbles upon arrival. Cheers to a NYE to remember!

New Single: PalenkeSoultribe And Singer PETRONA MARTINEZ "Las Penas Alegres (Electrochalupa)"

From a media release:

PalenkeSoultribe
And The Legendary Colombian Singer
PETRONA MARTINEZ
Present A Unique Collaboration Featuring Petrona's song
"Las Penas Alegres (Electrochalupa)"

The Song Is The First Single Of The Album:
PETRONICA-Petrona Martinez Electronic Suite Vol.1 (November 15, 2015)

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Los Angeles, CA - December 10, 2015.- LA-based live electronic band Palenke Soultribe and Latin Grammy nominee Petrona Martinez present their latest single "Las Penas Alegres (Electrochalupa)". This is the first single from the Chaco World Music release PETRONICA - Petrona Martínez Electronic Suite Vol.1.

This album is an eclectic journey that takes the listener through a unique tapestry of sound: Electronic beats with native Colombian drums, modern synths with ancestral vocals, traditional grooves with modern production techniques, and the local ethnic culture of Bullerengue of distant Colombia with the global culture of Electronic and Alternative Music.

Petrona Martinez's original music is ancestral, organic and mainly percussive with infectious grooves and outstanding vocal performances. "Petrona's influence has played a major role in the emergence of the current independent music scene, on which, young urban musicians discover and experiment with traditional musics from contemporary settings. This marks the very first time that a selected group of DJs, artists and producers are invited to collaborate with Petrona and her original production team" quotes Manuel Garcia-Orozco, Petrona's music producer and the brains behind the PETRONICA project.

The eclectic Suite offers a tasteful palette of moods and styles including House, Electro, Drum n' Bass, Afro-Beat, Minimal, Tropical Bass, Lounge and Pop among others. More than 500 recording hours were necessary to produce PETRONICA in 20 cities including New York, Los Angeles, London, Bogotá, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Amsterdam and Athens. Besides Palenke Soultribe's contributions, PETRONICA includes collaborations with world-class artists like Aterciopelados, Sidestepper, Uproot Andy, Pernett, Xenia Ghali, King Coya, Chevy One, Martina Camargo and La Bermudez among others.

The album is available in all digital outlets (itunes, amazon, cd baby, spotify, deezer, etc). The video of Las Penas Alegres (Electrochalupa) by Palenke Soultribe & Petrona Martinez, shot at Petrona's home (in Montes de Maria, near Cartagena, Colombia) and produced by Cumbia Films, portrays one day in the life of Petrona and is complemented with footage of Palenke Soultribe producing the track at their studio in Los Angeles, CA.

After touring extensively in Europe and North America with dozens of shows and festivals (including Glastonbury in UK, Ostrava Fest, in CZ Republic, Womex in Budapest, Pan-American games in Toronto and Mundial Fest in Montreal) Palenke Soultribe is preparing their album SANGRE scheduled for Spring 2016.

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Palenke Soultribe y Petrona Martínez presentan el primer sencillo del álbum Petronica-Petrona Martínez

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Palenke Soultribe y la legendaria cantate colombiana Petrona Martínez presentan su nueva producción Las Penas Alegres (Electrochalupa). La canción es incluída en el álbum Petrónica Petrona Martínez Electronic Suite Vol.1, la primera suite electrónica oficial de la cantadora Petrona Martínez creada por artistas de alrededor del mundo. Este ecléctico viaje musical explora la interacción de beats electrónicos con percusión autóctona colombiana, sintetizadores vanguardistas con voces ancestrales, grooves tradicionales con técnicas de producción modernas, es decir, la centenaria tradición del bullerengue con la vanguardia universal de la música electrónica y alternativa.

Ademas de la contribución de Palenke Soultribe el álbum cuenta con al participación de otros artistas de gran reconocimiento como Aterciopelados, Sidestepper, Uproot Andy, Pernett, Martina Camargo y La Bermudez. “Petrona es un emblema de la colombianidad y su influencia ha sido crucial en la escena actual, en la cual músicos jóvenes experimentan con músicas tradicionales y tendencias contemporáneas.” señala Manuel “Chaco” Garcia, productor musical forjador de Petrónica.



El álbum esta disponible en todos los portales digitales (itunes, amazon, spotify, deezer, etc) y el video del tema Las Penas Alegres (Electrochalupa) ya se encuentra en youtube. Este audiovisual, producido por Cumbia Films y dirigido por Felipe Holguín, fue rodado en los montes de María y explora el complemento visual de Petrona en su entorno natural con Palenke Soultribe en su estudio en Los Angeles.

Después de su extensa gira alrededor de Europa y Norte-america con docenas de shows y festivales incluyendo Glastonbury en Inglaterra, Ostrava Festin la República Checa, Womex en Budapest, Juegos Pan-Americanos en Toronto y el Mundial Fest en Montreal) Palenke Soultribe prepara su álbum Sangre con lanzamiento programado para la primavera del 2016.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Reggae at the GRAMMYs: Ghana's Rocky Dawuni Goes for Gold

From a media release:

GHANA'S ROCKY DAWUNI GOES FOR GRAMMY GOLD
Branches of the Same Tree (Cumbancha - March 31, 2015)

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• If you are in Accra - get tickets to his Homecoming Concert December 18, 2015

We are happy to announce that Cumbancha artist Rocky Dawuni's latest album, Branches of the Same Tree, has just been nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Reggae Album category. Dawuni, the only non-Jamaican artist in the running this year and the first Ghanaian to be nominated, is up against some of the heavyweights of modern reggae including Morgan Heritage, Luciano, Jah Cure, and Barrington Levy. It is also marks the first Cumbancha album to receive a GRAMMY nomination.

Reflecting on the prestigious nomination, Dawuni says that he feels, "truly honored and at the same time humbled. I’ve always focused on giving my best in my work and it’s a good feeling to know that it is being appreciated. I am grateful for the recognition. Branches of the Same Tree is about stressing the common roots that we all share in this human family. It inspires the listener to aspire to a place of hope. It’s about having faith in the power of compassion and oneness."

The final ballots to determine the GRAMMY winners are due by January 15th, 2016. If you are a voting member, we encourage you to include Rocky Dawuni on your ballot. The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will broadcast live on CBS on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. 

About the album 'Branches of the Same Tree' 
Influenced by the soulful beats of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, the positive messages and deep grooves of Bob Marley and the infectious, sing-along anthems of Michael Franti, K'naan and Matisyahu, Rocky Dawuni's songs straddle the musical boundaries between Africa, the Caribbean and the US to create a universally appealing sound that unites generations and cultures.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Hot Jazz, Cabaret & More: Town Hall NYC Presents Gotham Holiday Swing December 18 2015

From a media release:

THIRD SMASH YEAR!
Town Hall Presents: Gotham Holiday Swing
featuring Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9 
with LEE FIELDS, MERCURY REV, HAL WILLNER, TERRY REID, Madeleine Peyroux, Raul Midon, Carole Bufford, and Basya Schechter

Hosted by Buster Poindexter

• Friday, December 18,2015 
• Doors 7:30pm / Show 8:00pm
Tickets Start at $45


NEW YORK CITY - Butler, Bernstein & the Hot 9, alongside host Buster Poindexter, celebrate the holiday season with a swingin' program of New York and New Orleans tunes old and new, featuring all-star guest musical appearances and readings by New York personalities including soul singer extraordinaire Lee Fields, alt-rock band Mercury Rev, Brit-rock icon Terry Reid, impresario Hal Willner (reading from W.S. Burroughs' The Junky's Christmas), jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux, guitarist and singer-songwriter Raul Midan, cabaret star Carole Bufford, vocalist and Pharaoh's Daughter leader Basya Schechter, and more to be announced. Now in its third year, previous guests included Ira Glass, Jon Batiste, Nellie McKay, Garrison Keillor, Regina Carter, Sofia Rei, Anat Cohen, Monica Bill Barnes, The Hot Sardines, and many more.

New Orleans singer/pianist Henry Butler and trumpeter/arranger Steven Bernstein are two students of early jazz with decidedly modern voices. Together, with their band The Hot 9, they are setting new standards and writing fresh history. Blind since birth, Butler tells stories through the rise, swing, and rumble of his fingers as they channel sounds as diverse as his Louisiana birthplace: jazz, Caribbean, classical, pop, blues and R&B, among others. A giant among giants, he is a member of a special brotherhood that also includes Professor Longhair, James Booker and Allen Toussaint. His technical ability and expansive repertoire are legendary.

A veteran of New York City's downtown scene and a GRAMMY-winning arranger, Bernstein juggles a forward-looking perspective with a rooted sense of what's come before. Known for his work with The Lounge Lizards and SEXMOB, he's also the leader of the Millennial Territory Orchestra, a nine-piece ensemble that draws tunes and inspiration from the dance orchestras that toured the U.S. before World War II. "Their collaboration is both historically aware and fully prepared to cut loose," remarked The New York Times. (emcee Buster Poindexter pictured left)

The Town Hall is hosting a food drive in conjunction with Gotham Holiday Swing in partnership with City Harvest.  Their organization delivers food to nearly 500 emergency food programs including soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, AIDS care providers, senior centers, and children's daycare centers that serve hungry New Yorkers in all five boroughs.  We are honored to work in tandem to help those in need throughout our city.  On the night of the show we will accept dried food, food in boxes, cans, and bottles.  Patrons can find collection areas as they first enter the lobby.