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2011 NYC Winter Jazzfest - January 7 & 8

From a media release:

Boom Co proudly announces:::
Friday, January 7th & Saturday, January 8th

New York, November 3, 2010Brice Rosenbloom of BOOM Collective (formerly boomBOOM Presents) is proud to announce the 2011 NYC WINTER JAZZFEST lineup.  The festival is to be held on January 7th & 8th, 2011 in New York City.

The NYC Winter Jazzfest will take over threeWest Village venues:
(le) Poisson Rouge
Kenny's Castaway
Zinc Baron Friday January 7th

And five venues:
(le) Poisson Rouge
Kenny's Castaways
Zinc Bar
Sullivan Hall
Bitter End
on Saturday January 8th.

This marks the seventh year of the annual NYC WINTER JAZZFEST, and our continued mission to showcase top quality jazz and experimental music.

The 2011 NYC WINTER JAZZFEST will feature over 60 different jazz groups at the same time that over 5000 arts professionals will be in New York City for the annual Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference.  Similar to past years the festival will …

Christopher Plummer Reprises Tony Award Winning Barrymore in Toronto

From a media release - I'd get my tickets now if you can:


TD presents William Luce's Acclaimed Broadway Play for a strictly limited engagement of 30 performances only January 27 to March 9, 2011 at Toronto's Elgin Theatre

TORONTO:CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, the two-time Tony and two-time Emmy Award winning actor and a 2009 Academy Award® nominee ("The Last Station"), will reprise his Tony Award-winning
portrayal of the legendary actor, John Barrymore, in William Luce's acclaimed Broadway play, BARRYMORE, for a strictly limited engagement of thirty performances at Toronto's historic Elgin Theatre from January 27 - March 9, 2011.

Having premiered at Canada's Stratford Festival in September 1996, BARRYMORE subsequently toured several US cities, and opened at Broadway's Music Box Theatre in March 1997.  For his indelible portrayal, Plummer won the 1997 T…

Canadian Opera Company Opens Season with Magic Flute

From a media release:

COC’s Winter 2010/2011 season launches with playful new production of Mozart’s beloved masterpiece The magic flute

Toronto, Ontario – The Canadian Opera Company’s 61st season continues this winter with a new COC production of Mozart’s mystical and beloved fairytale, The Magic Flute.  COC Music Director Johannes Debus conducts this timeless masterpiece and Tony Award®-nominated director Diane Paulus makes her COC debut with this playful production for all ages.  The Magic Flute also features Canadian opera stars Michael Schade and Isabel Bayrakdarian, singing together at the COC for the first time, in the roles of Mozart’s star-crossed lovers Tamino and Pamina.

• The Magic Flute is sung in German with English SURTITLES™
• The production runs for 12 performances on Jan. 29, Feb. 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 20, 23, and 25, 2011.

A humorous, sometimes profound, exploration of the trials of growing up, seeking ideals and finding love, The Magic Flute follows the adventure…

Next Stage Theatre Fest January 5 - 16 Toronto

At this price - with a heated beer tent too! - Next Stage is a hot ticket for theatre in Toronto later this month. From a media release:

Next Stage Festival
Factory Theatre Mainspace & Studio Theatres
January 5-16

Here's a peek at the line up of plays, and if last year was any indication, it'll be hard to choose what to see.

Created & performed by Nicola Gunn (Melbourne, Australia)
Sound Designer: Luke Paulding / Production Manager: Jason Golinsky
Original Production Design by: Nicola Gunn, Rebecca Etchell and Gwendolyna Holmberg-Gilchrist
A psychological detective story, told with delicacy and subversive humour, about a woman in a bathtub in a hotel in a desert who plunges into the case of a mysterious, disappearing German Woman. It’s about the terror of loneliness, confusion and indecision. And a French woman called Sophie who works in a community centre.

True Edge Productions
By Kristin Grundlack Levinson, Denis McGrath, Mike McPhaden, Micha…

Pianist Stephen Clarke CD Release Jan 3 at (le) poisson rouge NYC

With material from various sources:

Stephen Clarke CD Release
January 3 at (le) poisson rouge, New York
Mode Records "Giacinto Scelsi: The Piano Works"
with music of Scelsi, Radelescu, and Sorabji

Canadian pianist Stephen Clarke has a fondness for new music and Giacinto Scelsi: The Piano Works (No. 4) is his second recording of the eccentric Italian composer's works for keyboard. He'll be launching the CD with a concert at (le) poisson rouge in New York on January 3.

Giacinto Scelsi (1905 - 1988) was born in southern Italy, near Naples to an aristocratic family on an old country estate. He was mostly self taught as a composer, with little formal training, although he did study with a pupil of Berg in Vienna, and with a follower of Scriabin in Switzerland, influences which can be heard in his earlier works. He is perhaps his best known work is the Quattro Pezzi per Orchestra, each on a single note - the concentration on single notes being a frequent element of his later co…

Obsidian/Nightwood Production brings Pulitzer Winning Ruined to Toronto

From a media release:

Obsidian Theatre Company in association with
Nightwood Theatre presents the Toronto premiere of
the Pulitzer-Prize-winning play, RUINED

January 16 to February 12, 2011 at the Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs

Toronto, ON… Obsidian Theatre Company in association with Nightwood Theatre is thrilled to present the Toronto premiere of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize award-winning play Ruined. Written by Lynn Nottage and starring theatre and film veterans, Yanna McIntosh and Sterling Jarvis, the story is set in a small mining town in the civil war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo. Ruined follows a young woman’s path to Mama Nadi, a savvy businesswoman who, in the midst of a complex civil war, both protects and profits from the women whose bodies have become battlegrounds. At once heartbreaking and captivating, Ruined pays homage to the courageous and resilient women who must piece themselves together after the ruin.

Philip Akin, Obsidian Theatre Company Artistic Director and d…

Birdman -The Brute Chorus Single Release

One of the great things about having this blog is that people have introduced me to so many interesting artists. From a media release - and especially  recommended if you like Nick Cave, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, and the Arctic Monkeys:

Birdman - The Brute Chorus Single Release

London's eight legged rockers The Brute Chorus celebrate the festive winter spirit with Birdman, their third release from their sophomore album How The Caged Bird Sings. The single will be released on Jan 16th, 2011 via The MuseBox/EMI Distribution.

Birdman is a voodoo-infused rockabilly gem with a frenetic atmosphere that embodies the rock n roll spirit of Jerry Lee Lewis. The undeniable sense of urgency is what makes The Brute Chorus such a compelling live act, and the attention they've received, both in their native UK and internationally, lies in their ability to also reflect this so intensely on record.

The Brute Chorus - Could This Be Love? from XXXVIII on Vimeo.

• The single Birdman can …

Brighter at Night - Ash Koley Single Release

From a media release - this is brand new music from fast rising Canadian pop duo Ash Koley. It's catchy, cute and upbeat, and they get extra points for employing Canadian dancers in their videos.

Ash Koley - actually consisting of Ash Koley and Phil Deschambault.

This is their second single, Brighter At Night from their debut album, Inventions.

I also likeDon't Let Your Feet Touch Ground.

CD Review: Chamber Music by Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal

CD Review: Chamber Music
by Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal
Six Degree Records - for release January 11, 2011

You can catch up on the background of both performers in an earlier post - and listen to the CD via streaming at the link in the title. And, if you're lucky enough to be in NYC January 9, you can catch them live at GlobalFEST.

Much is made in the media of "global fusion" and collaborations and the politics thereof. This coming together of musical minds is more the result of a natural synergy between two virtuosi whose understanding of each others' art simply transcends all boundaries.

Notes of the kora fall like drops of silver over the moodier strains of the cello as the instruments dance around and with each other. The first impression of the CD is one of an overriding beauty, pure and simple, and you can see the close musical relationship between the two artists in this clip, which is Chamber Music, the title track:

It's this piece in particular that I&#…

Free Screening of Monty Python's The Holy Grail at The Royal Toronto

From a release - the Royal Cinema Toronto presents the perfect après Christmas treat - FREE of charge:

The Royal presents a FREE holiday treat
* 2 screenings of MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL
Directors Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam
Starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin
1975, 91 minutes

• Sunday December 26th @ 4:30pm
• Monday December 27th @ 7pm

Sets The Cinema Back 900 Years!

...“Silly, sophomoric, and slapped together, but would you want it any other way? ” - Chicago Reader

“Has been so quoted and requoted that the scenes and words feel tattooed onto the psychic membrane.” - Globe and Mail

This classic Monty Python comedy, directed by Pythons Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, is a hilarious send-up of the grim circumstances of the Middle Ages as told through the story of King Arthur and framed by a modern-day murder investigation. When the mythical king of the Britons leads his knights on a quest for the Holy Grail, they face a wide ar…

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye & other shows at the Studio Museum Harlem

Any Number of Preoccupations
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and other current shows
at the Studio Museum, Harlem

on view to March 13, 2011

Any Number of Preoccupations is artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye's first solo museum show, and takes up the main space of the Studio Museum. Born in Britain of Ghanaian descent, Lynette's work is exclusively portraiture and figurative, but taken into a kind of conceptual realm.

The show includes works completed between 2003 and 2010, with many large canvases in the main area, and smaller pieces in the smaller room to the side. Her subjects are also of African descent, and I walked through the whole show before reading that they were actually fictional characters. I was quite amazed - they come across as so fully realized, people with histories and personalities. I wasn't surprised to find that she's also a writer of short stories that often have inconclusive, open endings.

The portraits are remarkably individual. Lynette works quickly, often finishin…

Global is Over: Here Comes Trouble Music Minifest in NYC Jan 7

From a media release - I've seen Razia Said live - a high energy show - and the rest of the line up looks great:

Here Comes Trouble:
Six Acts Let Tradition Run Wild on January 7, 2011 at 92YTribeca

“Global is over. Long live the local!” declares Olivier Conan, musician and mastermind of New York’s Barbès Records. Local traditions—when channeled by hip, skilled artists drawing on close personal connections—become the freshest, coolest of sounds, taking both upscale arts centers and down-and-dirty dance floors by storm.

A confident burst of cutting-edge tradition will strike at “Here Comes Trouble”—presented by Trouble Worldwide and Barbès Records.

The details:
• January 7, 2011 at 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson St. (intersection of Canal)
• Tickets are $15. Doors open at 7 pm for an 8 pm show.
• Ticket info is available at this link or 212.601.1000.

Tradition can make plenty of trouble, as this year’s artists prove: Human beat boxes boom and bap next to Quebec-style kitchen clogging. Roots-drive…