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Gotham Dance Festival May 30 - June 10, 2012

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Gotham Dance Festival
May 30 - June 10, 2012

The Festival returns for two weeks with programs featuring cutting-edge artists, world premieres, and Joyce debuts. Week One begins with Brian Brooks Moving Company in the premiere of BIG CITY, a work that examines the concept of rebuilding after a destructive event. The week also highlights choreographer Jodie Gates, who will set work on Ballet X and Colorado Ballet. Sharing the program with Gates will be Peter Quanz, whose Canadian-based company Q Dance/Quanz Danse will perform two works, including In Tandem, set to a score by Steve Reich.

Week Two opens with a special one-night celebration featuring multiple artists (see below) and continues with the Los Angeles-based BODYTRAFFIC performing a world premiere as well as Stijn Celis' Fragile Dwellings, with a light installation by Erwin Redl. The Festival concludes with Gallim Dance, under the direction of Andrea Miller, performing SIT, KNEEL, STAND, an eveni…

CD Release: Jazzanova's Funkhaus Studio Sessions

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Jazzanova takes it to the next stage: The Funkhaus Studio Sessions

Jazzanova producers, Stefan Leisering & Axel Reinemer, went into the studio with their 7 piece live band with Paul Randolph on vocals to record a 14 track set.

Whoever had the chance to see Jazzanova play live during the last three years knows how magical this experience can be. The Berlin based outfit transports the richness and sublimity of their productions (own compositions and remixes) perfectly on stage. And it adds this extra twist to the performance which makes the music even more tangible and human. In last November the 2 producers of Jazzanova, Stefan Leisering & Axel Reinemer & the original Jazzanova touring band (see below for full line up) brought the spirit of their extensive worldwide tour to the studio to record a typical live set – this time with proper recording gear and state-of-art engineerin…

Instrumental Jazz Release: Wadada Leo Smith's Ten Freedom Summers

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Trumpeter/composer/visionary Wadada Leo Smith's civil rights opus Ten Freedom Summers
This 4-CD set of 19 pieces was released May 22, 2012 on Cuneiform.

Recorded shortly after the music's October 2011 world premiere in Los Angeles this project features one of Smith's most significant working groups, The Golden Quintet with the composer on trumpet, pianist Anthony Davis, bassist John Lindberg, and drummers Susie Ibarra and Pheeroan akLaff, as well as the nine-member, Los Angeles-based contemporary classical group, Southwest Chamber Music, under the direction of Grammy-winning conductor Jeff von der Schmidt.  It documents a stunning accomplishment by a musical giant in the midst of an astonishing creative surge.

Triumphant and mournful, visceral and philosophical, searching, scathing and relentlessly humane, Smith's music embraces the civil rights era's milestones while celebrating its heroes and martyrs. Blending improvised and notated music in a…

The Script Tease Project Continues to June 3 in Toronto

From a media release:

May 28 - June 3, 2012


TORONTO, ON – Following the huge success of the inaugural Script-Tease Project in 2011, three-time Canadian Comedy Award-winning improv theatre company The National Theatre of the World, are thrilled to announce The Script Tease Project 2012.

The 2012 participating playwrights are: Maja Ardal, Ins Choi, Sky Gilbert, Michael Healey, Karen Hines, Lee MacDougall, John Murrell, Adam Pettle, Anusree Roy, and Scott Thompson.  The show will run for a week opening Monday, May 28th through Sunday June 3rd, at Theatre Passe Muraille.

Continuing to push the boundaries of what theatre and improvisation can be, notorious crowd pleasers Matt Baram, Naomi Snieckus, and Ron Pederson have invited renowned…

Feminist Ladino Rock: Sarah Aroeste's Gracia - CD Release May 31 in NYC

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Mysterious Hybrid: Sarah Aroeste Unleashes Ladino’s Sensuous Feminist Power in Original Songs on Gracia
CD Release Party May 31, 2012 at Joe's Pub, New York City

That’s right: Feminist rock in Ladino. The Judeo-Spanish language born in the Middle Ages is the perfect vehicle for articulating an utterly contemporary sensuality, defiance, wisdom, and love. It’s a living language,  lively tradition heard in a generation of new voices from New York to Jerusalem.

One voice leads them: American-born Ladino singer and songwriter Sarah Aroeste, who has spent a decade expanding the possibilities of contemporary Ladino song. The classically trained, pop-savvy vocalist channels generations of poets and wild women in a slow-burning, passionately produced original works on Gracia (Aroeste Music; May 22, 2012). Backed by flickers of flamenco and gorgeous pan-Mediterranean melodies, by lush strings and purring guitars, Aroeste’s airy, potent voice and intense engagement with h…

Film News: Syndicado Acquires Kafka's Last Story

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Strange but true
Syndicado acquires Kafka’s Last Story at
Toronto Jewish Film Festival
from Ruth Diskin Films

Even after his death, Franz Kafka’s fate was Kafka-esque. Despite the author’s wish that his remaining unpublished works be burned post-mortem, they survive today after mouldering in a recluse’s apartment in Tel Aviv and a lengthy lawsuit.

But cloudy history has revealed a silver lining for documentarian Sagi Bornstein and distributor Syndicado, who closed a deal to acquire his film, Kafka’s Last Story, at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival.

Not merely one of the most resonant writers of the 20th Century, Kafka was an icon embraced for the Jewish identity perceived in his works.  Syndicado’s Greg Rubidge jumped at the chance to acquire Kafka’s Last Story during its Canadian premiere of the Festival, and signed the deal with distributor Ruth Diskin Films.

"After a number of titles acquired from Ruth Diskin Films over the last few months, I was deli…

CD Release: Chicha Libre's Canabalismo (Barbes Records)

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CD Release: Chicha Libre, Canibalismo (May 8, 2012 - Barbès Records)
Soundeater: Chicha Libre Devours Tropical Sounds, Backroom Beats, and Analog Funk on Canibalismo

“Only Cannibalism unites us. Socially. Economically. Philosophically. The unique law of the world.”—Brazilian poet Oswald de Andrade

It’s no joke: A Venezuelan, Mexican, two Americans, and two French guys walk into a bar. A bar that had been transformed into a control booth, while the backroom turned into a recording studio, with coils of effects pedal lines, quirky vintage electronics and homegrown synthesizers, a nylon-stringed cuatro, congas and a battery of timbales. Chicha Libre had taken over the storied Brooklyn music hub, Barbès (turning ten this year), where the regulars hail from all over the map and have gobbled up everything from Pet Sounds to Os Mutantes, from Willie Colon to Serge Gainsbourg.

From gritty backwaters and backrooms, from retro equipment and deceptive nostalgia, the multinati…

People of Colour: "The Other France" Film Screenings June 1-3 in New York City

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A Film Series about "the Other France"

Fri, June 1 to Sun, June 3, 2012
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street
 Tel: 212-864-1760

Today's France is a multiracial and multicultural space. It is a melting pot where African and Caribbean people and their descendants have lived for centuries - whether they arrived as immigrants or were born in colonies of the French Empire.

The "FRENCH CONNECTION" film series features a selection of films that explore stories of people of color in France. Join us to (re)discover this diverse selection of films presented in ADIFF over the last few years as well as films never shown in ADIFF or in the USA before.


Frantz Fanon, was a psychiatrist, originally from Martinique, who became a spokesman for the Algerian revolution against French colonialism. FREE SCREENIN…

CD Release/Review: Sembeh Ma Fa Fe (June 5 2012 - Stronghold Sound)

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CD Review
Sembeh Ma Fa Fe: Revisits Volume
Release June 5, 2012  - Stronghold Sound

There's a story behind the tracks of Sembeh Ma Fa Fe: Revisits Volume. Stronghold Sound, the innovative San Francisco based global beats label/collective, traveled directly to Conakry, Guinea to record. It's a big deal because it's quite difficult to get music from that nation from the usual channels, but with the West African nation undergoing its first democratic elections since independence in 1958 last year, the time is ripe for its rich musical heritage - past and present - to be shared with the rest of the world.

Dub Snakkr, one of the key djs/producers behind the Stronghold and a long time student of djembe culture, arrived in Conakry with a portable recording rig and a 7” record player. Setting up in his close friend’s hometown of Matoto, word soon spread that a ‘big-time US producer’ was in town and talent lined up to be involved… literally. Though …

Harbourfront Toronto Festivals Summer 2012

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Harbourfront - Toronto
June to October 2012

A Canada Day celebration with The Hidden Cameras, Airplane Boys and more
Afro-funk from Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonoul
Chefs from around the world battle at the International Iron Chef Competition
African string music from Masters of Mali featuring Sidi Touré
Susuriwka – Willow Bridge, a Canadian-Japanese dance and musical collaboration
Theatre Panik’s The Corpse Bride

TORONTO, ON – Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce the first details of the 2012 Summer Festival season, in which over twenty festivals and events bring “The World in One Place.”

Between May and October, hundreds of artists of all stripes unite at more than twenty FREE festivals and events taking place at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront. Join us in celebrating local and international cultural communities through film screenings, art exhibitions, culinary events, live music, theatre and more!

Summer 2012 Festival …

Nacional Records: Ritmo Machine & Ana Tijoux New Videos & July 2012 Dates

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From Nacional Records:
New Videos & Collaboration Between Ritmo Machine & Ana Tijoux
Check them out at the Latin Alternative Music Conference - July 13, 2012 in Brooklyn
Ana Tijoux will be at Harboufront Toronto on July 20, 2012

There’s a new video from Ritmo Machine that we wanted to share with you.  This collaboration fromCYPRESS HILL/BEASTIE BOYS percussionist Eric Bobo and DJ/turntablist Latin Bitman also features guest appearances from Sick Jacken (Psycho Realm) and Ana Tijoux.

Ritmo Machine “La Calle”

Filmed in Los Angeles, the music video features infamous West Coast hip-hop landmarks like Pico-Union, the graffiti of the LA river and the bodegas of Boyle Heights. 

Along with Calle 13, Ritmo Machine and Ana Tijoux will be performing a major show together in New York this summer as part of the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) at Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park on Friday July 13, 2012.

Eric Bobo, the son of Latin jazz legend Willie Bobo,…

CD Release & Party: NYC's Caramelo and Flamenco Soul

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CD Release: Flamenco, Flygirls and Funky Duende:
NYC’s Caramelo Finds the Flamenco Soul of the City on Debut Album, Ride (release May 29, 2012)
CD Release Party: June 2, 2012 at Drom in New York City

- Flamenco. It’s not about performing; it’s about distilling life’s passion, pain, and love into a single ornament, into one potent gesture. From kitchens to street corners, it’s at its most powerful when it entwines with life in cities like Sevilla, Spain.

And cities like New York, home of Caramelo, a crew of top musicians and flamenco dancers with a shared love of soulful R&B, alt rock, and hot Latin grooves. On their debut Ride (release: May 29, 2012), Sara Erde’s sensuous bilingual purr and the gorgeous, gritty voice of flamenco singer Alfonso Cid (“La Luna”) grace the band’s urbane hooks, unexpected instruments, and ear-candy songwriting.

Caramelo revels in a New-World sound and vision for old-school duende, the spirit of expression and energy that…