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jazz@riverside presents Jeremy Pelt September 30, 2013 - 7pm at the Riverside Theatre (New York City)

From a release: jazz@riverside presents Jeremy Pelt September 30, 2013 - 7pm at the Riverside Theatre (New York City) • Buy tickets here • Buy Jeremy's latest CD Water And Earth here HARLEM (NEW YORK CITY) - The Riverside Theatre is excited about working with its "Resident Partner: Jazzmobile" in presenting jazz@ riverside. First in the (returning) series is internationally acclaimed and Jazzmobile performer - Jeremy Pelt.  The program starts at 7 and ends at 8:30, 90 minutes of non-stop fabulous music! Jeremy Pelt has become one of the preeminent young trumpeters within the world of jazz. Forging a bond with the Mingus Big Band very early on, as his career progressed, Pelt built upon these relationships and many others which eventually lead to collaborations with some of the genre's greatest masters. These projects include performances and recordings with Cliff Barbaro, Keter Betts, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Ravi Coltrane, Frank Foster, Winard Harper, Jimm

New Work By Three Trailblazing African Choreographers @ New York Live Arts - September 25 -28 2013

From a media release: New Work By Three Trailblazing African Choreographers New York Live Arts - September 25 -28 2013 • Boyzie Cekwana and Panaibra Canda - The Inkomati (dis)cord - Sept 25 – 26 at 7:30pm • Bouchra Ouizguen - Ha! - Sept 27 - 28 at 7:30pm Boyzie Cekwana and Panaibra Canda The Inkomati (dis)cord Sep 25 – 26 at 7:30pm Making its U.S. premiere, The Inkomati (dis)cord is a work made collaboratively by South African artist Boyzie Cekwana and Mozambique artist Panaibra Canda. In 1984, the Mozambique of Samora Machel and the South African apartheid state signed the Nkomati accord, a non-aggression pact. The Inkomati (dis)cord is Cekwana and Canda’s referral to this failed historical agreement, as well as the river that lent its name to it. In an attempt to break through artificial borders and traverse territories, using their own bodies, skins, identities and histories, the choreographers explore the internalized colonial boundaries that still alienate shared historie

Jazz CD Release: Moppa Elliott's Mostly Other People Do the Killing Releases Red Hot on Hot Cup Records September 24 2013

From a media release: Moppa Elliott 's Mostly Other People Do the Killing Releases Sixth Studio Album Red Hot on Hot Cup Records, September 24, 2013 • Buy it here El Intruso Jazz Group of the Year, 2011 DownBeat Critics' Poll Winners: Rising Star Ensemble Featuring: Peter Evans (Rising Star Trumpet), Jon Irabagon (Rising Star Alto Saxophone) Dave Taylor (NARAS MVP Virtuoso), Brandon Seabrook (2012 Best Guitarist, Village Voice), Ron Stabinsky, Moppa Elliott (Rising Star Composer), Kevin Shea (2012 Best Drummer, Village Voice) NEW YORK CITY - On its newest album Red Hot, to be released on Hot Cup Records on September 24, 2013, Mostly Other People Do the Killing (MOPDtK) - a fearless ensemble that is one of the most acclaimed jazz groups working today - draws on the melodies and forms of late 1920s and early 1930s jazz and blues artists in music composed by bassist/bandleader Moppa Elliott. For this project, MOPDtK has expanded its lineup to a 7-piece version which adds

DANCE:Access Presents Da-On Dance 'Thirst' September 26-28 2013 in New York City

From a media release: DANCE:Access Da-On Dance September 26-28, 2013 at Danspace Project St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery (New York City) Thursday-Saturday at 8:00PM $20 General / $15 Danspace members • Buy tickets DANCE: Access is a self-produced series administered by Danspace Project. NEW YORK CITY - Jin Ju Song-Begin is a choreographer, dancer, and dance teacher from Seoul, Korea, whose work has been presented internationally in Korea, Japan, and the U.S. She founded Da-On Dance in 2012. Song strives to create and convey truthful experiences within the performers, through the stage, and into the audience. Her vision is to offer impetus for thought, emotion, and something less definable. This evening marks the premiere of the company's first evening-length work. Thirst is structured on themes drawn from Dante's Inferno, such as desire, greed, punishment, incessant chase, loss of self, suffering, and the nature of hell. As Song and dancers explore the possibilit

Tickets Selling Fast for Robert Lepage's Needles and Opium on Stage November 22 - December 1 2013 in Toronto

From a release: Canadian Stage Presents: Needles and Opium Nov 22 - Dec 1, 2013 Bluma Appel Theatre WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Robert Lepage Starring: Marc Labrèche & Wellesley Robertson III An Ex Machina production presented by Canadian Stage With support from The Power Corporation of Canada TORONTO - One of Canada’s most renowned figures in performing arts, Robert Lepage creates a new production of his acclaimed Needles and Opium. Presented as a hypnotic series of vignettes, this fascinating, introspective show explores the complex relationships between displacement, drug addiction and the creative drive, as revealed through the lives of Parisian poet/filmmaker Jean Cocteau on his way to New York, and American jazz legend Miles Davis during his stay in Paris in 1949. The most startling technical wizardry at the service of a true emotional journey. One night in 1949, on the plane bringing him back to France, Jean Cocteau writes his Lettre aux Américains in which fascination a

Canstage Presents Yukonstyle on Stage October 13-27 2013 in Toronto

From a release: Yukonstyle October 13 - 27, 2013 Berkeley Street Theatre BY Sarah Berthiaume TRANSLATED BY Nadine Desrochers DIRECTED BY Ted Witzel A Canadian Stage production in association with the Theatre Department, Faculty of Fine Arts at York University Toronto, ON – Canadian Stage opens the 2013.2014 theatre season at the Berkeley Street Theatre with two plays by Québécois playwright Sarah Berthiaume, directed by the inaugural graduates of York University’s MFA Program in Theatre - Stage Direction in Collaboration with Canadian Stage, Ker Wells and Ted Witzel. The Flood Thereafter, a twisted fairytale stretching from the historic roots of ancient Greece to a small village in Quebec today is helmed by Wells and is on stage September 22 to October 6. Yukonstyle (directed by Witzel) begins previews October 13. “Sarah Berthiaume is one of the most interesting voices to come out of Quebec these past 20 years. Her writing is startlingly original, incisively poetic and very meaningf

COC Free Concert Series September 26 2013 to June 4 2014 in Toronto

From a media release: COC’S FREE CONCERT SERIES  RETURNS WITH DIVERSE MIX OF INTERNATIONAL TALENT AND RISING STARS FOR 2013/2014 SEASON September 26, 2013 to June 4, 2014     Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company’s Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre kicks off an eighth season of dynamic programming this fall, bringing together established artists and rising young talent from Canada and around the world. In a popular Free Concert Series tradition, the first concert of the 2013/2014 season introduces audiences to the opera stars of tomorrow with a performance by the artists of the COC Ensemble Studio on September 26, 2013 at 12 p.m. The 13/14 season features over 400 artists in 79 concerts and dance performances, including five world premieres featuring Canadian bass Robert Pomakov and the internationally acclaimed Gryphon Trio; the cutting-edge young musicians of The Glenn Gould School New Music Ensemble; young American pianist Kara Huber; percussionist Rick Sa

Small World in the Square September 28 2013 in Toronto (Part of Small World Music Fest Sept 26-Oct 6)

From a media release: S mall World in the Square Saturday, September 28, 2013 - FREE • Part of the Small World Music Festival - September 26 to October 6, 2013 • Info on all events at the link The Line-up: Jamaican Reggae Legends Third World, noori (Pakistan), Briga (Poland), Punk Marching Band What Cheer? Brigade (USA), Kobo Town (Canada/Caribbean Calypso Reinvented), Raging Asian Women Taiko Drumming, Global Bollywood by Bageshree Vaze & Ensemble, Roberto Lopez (Afro-Colombian), Quique Escamilla (Mexican Rock), Afrafranto (West African Highlife) The Beat of the Globe pulses in the heart of Toronto as the 3rd Annual Small World in the Square takes over Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday September 28th from 1 pm on. This free, family-friendly event will showcase internationally renowned musicians who will get the crowd jumping to genres including Balkan, Calypso, Afro-Colombian jazz, Funk, Mexican rock and more. Between main stage performances, the InterAction Stage features ha

Love, Sex and Obsession - Buddies in Bad Tmes Opens 35th Season with Pig - on Stage to October 6 2013 in Toronto

From a media release: BUDDIES OPENS 35TH SEASON WITH A PROVOCATIVE AND HAUNTING NEW PLAY ABOUT LOVE, SEX, AND OBSESSION Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents the World Premiere of PIG by Tim Luscombe SEPTEMBER 14 - OCTOBER 6, 2013 | BUDDIESINBADTIMES.COM TORONTO - How far would you go for love? PIG follows three gay couples as they stretch the boundaries of their relationships in the quest for deeper levels of intimacy. Through acts of emotional domination, sexual submission, compulsion, and violence, these men delve into the space where the lines between shame, hatred, love, and obsession cease to exist. A provocative account of contemporary sexuality told by UK writer Tim Luscombe. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre launches its 35th Anniversary Season with the world premiere of PIG by British playwright Tim Luscombe. Based in Berlin, Luscombe has had a successful and varied career abroad which has included productions of his play The One You Love at The Royal Court and Thomas Osterm

Afropop Celebrates 25 Years On Public Radio with Gala Concert September 19 2013 in New York City

From a media release: AFROPOP CELEBRATES 25 YEARS ON PUBLIC RADIO WITH GALA CONCERT: GRAMMY NOMINEE BASSEKOU KOUYATE, MAMADOU KELLY, OMAR EHSAS & SPECIAL GUESTS, SEPT. 19TH, 2013 - CITY WINERY, NEW YORK CITY HARRY BELAFONTE, HONORARY CHAIR. AFROPOP’S GEORGES COLLINET, MC   “Afropop Worldwide does unique and visionary work in bringing awareness of African and Diaspora musical cultures to Americans and the global online community.” –Harry Belafonte BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - On September 19th at City Winery in New York City, public radio’s Afropop Worldwide celebrates 25 years of introducing Americans—and a global online community—to the most exciting music on the planet. The gala concert features Grammy Award Nominee and ngoni (African lute) virtuoso Bassekou Kouyate from Mali and his electrifying band Ngoni Ba. Special guest artists include Mali’s Mamadou Kelly (pictured below) and Sudanese singing star Omer Ehsas and others. Harry Belafonte is Honorary Chair of the gala. From it

Arabic Jazz: CD Release & Launch Party for Brian Prunka, Nashaz - September 17, 2013 in New York City

From a media release: Brian Prunka, Nashaz Oud Awakening: Nashaz Furthers the Tradition of Blending of Jazz and Arabic Music ( Ziryab, release date September 17, 2013 ) CD Release Party: DROM, New York City - September 17, 2013 A puzzling and intriguing challenge from an Egyptian cab driver in New Orleans inspires an impulse purchase of an alluring album in a used CD store. The album inspires a search for a difficult to find instrument, which in turn takes a jazz player to a radically different approach. Arresting and compelling, Nashaz will immediately engage fans of Arabic music, jazz, and masterful oud playing. Prunka’s 1930s Nahat oud takes center stage, and moments like the declamatory opening phrases of the oud solo on “Hijaz Nashaz”; the mysterious melody of “City of Sand”; and the fiery solo on “Jurjina” reveal a depth of understanding of ornamentation and phrasing that prove Prunka as a serious contender on the instrument. As a composer, Prunka successfully blurs the lines bet

AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize Finalists on View to January 5 2014 in Toronto

From a media release: AIMIA | AGO PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE ANNOUNCES 2013 SHORT LIST Jury selects four outstanding photographer finalists; public vote for $50,000 Prize begins today On view to January 5, 2014 Walker Court, Art Gallery of Ontario 317 Dundas St W., Toronto, ON • Vote for the winner here (Toronto, ON) — Aimia, a global leader in loyalty management, and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) announce the four artists who have been shortlisted for the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, Canada’s leading international contemporary photography award. The winner of the $50,000 Prize is chosen entirely by public vote, and online is open now at and, for the first time, on the Prize’s Facebook page . Visitors to the AGO can also cast a vote inside the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize 2013 Exhibition, on view at the AGO from Sept. 11, 2013 to Jan. 5, 2014. The finalists are: Edgardo Aragón (Mexico), LaToya Ruby Frazier (U.S.A), Chino Otsuka (Japan/U.K) and Erin Shirr

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra Launches 2013/14 Season September 18 2013

From a media release: The TSO Launches the 2013.14 Season and Celebrates Peter Oundjian’s Tenth Season as Music Director September’s programmes include works to celebrate Benjamin Britten’s centenary, performances by Itzhak Perlman and a Gala Evening with Lang Lang • Tickets on sale here TORONTO - Peter Oundjian launches his tenth season as Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, with a feast of rich and powerful music. On September 18 and 19 , the inaugural concerts of the season will feature the first of several works by Benjamin Britten to be performed this season in honour of the revered English composer’s centenary. One of Britten’s best-known pieces, Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell (The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra) is paired with Antonín Dvořák’s lyrical Symphony No. 7. Guest cellist Alisa Weilerstein, who "performs with soulful expression and physical abandon," (The New York Times) will take centre stage for Elgar’s Cello Concert

CaribbeanTales Film Festival Continues to September 14 2013 in Toronto

From a media release: CARIBBEANTALES FILM FESTIVAL AT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE September 4 – 14, 2013 TORONTO, ON – The 8th Annual CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase begins at the CNE with the Gems of the Caribbean screening series from August 17-30. The festival also hosts an intensive five-day Incubator Program (September 3-9), that provides world-class training to filmmakers, and culminates in a “Pitch Breakfast” at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. There will also be special community screenings of selected films over the course of the festival. The Harbourfront Centre leg of the festival takes place from September 4-14, where ten feature-length films and 30 short films will be screened in Official Competition. The diverse selection includes features and documentaries from 25 countries. Directors will be in attendance throughout the duration of the festival, giving the audience a chance to participate in feedback sessions. The full film schedule can be found below. Tickets to Harbourfront C

Van-Anh Vo's Groundbreaking Vision for Vietnamese Tradition Sings on Her Debut CD - Three Mountain Pass (Innova; Release September 24, 2013)

With material from a media release: CD Release The Vivid LIfe of the Left Hand: Van-Anh Vo's Evocative, Groundbreaking Vision for Vietnamese Tradition Sings on Her Debut, Three Mountain Pass ( Innova; Release September 24, 2013 ) It's a shame it took me all summer to have the time to give a proper listen to Three Mountain Pass , the debut release of Vietnamese born/California-based Van-Anh Vanessa Vo. Van-Anh plays traditional instruments like 16-string danTranh—a zither with moveable bridges and the springy, bending tones resembling the koto—and the pitch-bending monochord danBau. She also plays the đàn tam thap luc 36-string hammered dulcimer, the đàn T'rung bamboo xylophone, the klông pút, traditional trong drums, and Chinese guzheng. Her mastery of so many traditional instruments is rare and she truly seems to play from the heart of each instrument. The music is rhythmically compelling - it weaves a story through the notes; a walk in mysterious woods or whatever t