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The Journey Charts The Remarkable Musical Voyage Of Saxophone Bebop Legend Charles McPherson (Capri Records Feb 17 2015)

From a media release:

The Journey Charts The Remarkable Musical Voyage Of Saxophone Bebop Legend Charles McPherson

• CD to be released February 17, 2015 on Capri Records
Pre-order on iTunes


"Bebop, sharp and driving." - Nate Chinen, The New York Times

"Alto saxophonist/composer Charles McPherson has been playing masterful bop and its extensions for several decades." -Michael G. Nastos, AllMusic


One of the last authentic practitioners of bebop saxophone, Charles McPherson remains at the top of his game. On his new album The Journey, McPherson demonstrates all the vigor, inventiveness, technical dexterity and expressive warmth that drew attention to this brilliant alto stylist during his formative associations with Charles Mingus, Barry Harris, Pat Martino and Art Farmer. The vitality, wit and sheer power of his playing on The Journey belie the fact that McPherson has been in the public eye since the early 1960s. His lyrical and virile improvising throughout the recordin…

Upcoming Release: CommonUnion59 - Heartbeat Serenade (Independent: February 11, 2015)

Alt-Country/Folk/Pop - Upcoming Release:
CommonUnion59 - Heartbeat Serenade
(Independent: February 11, 2015)


• To be available from their website & on CDBaby

If there's one thing I love, it's sweet harmonies and track #1 on Heartbeat Serenade - It's Alright - begins with the intertwined voices of Steve McKenzie and Laura Malasig in a song with twangy alt-country hooks.

It's one aspect of a kind of dual nature to this upcoming release, the third full-length album by San Francisco based CommonUnion59, with Steve McKenzie on vocals, guitar and banjo)and Laura Malasig on vocals, piano and glockenspiel. Other musicians on the album include Kevin Hayes (drums, percussion) and Jake Leckie (bass). It's coming out on February 11 2015.

In that alt-country mode their lyrics cover the usual romance/Americana beat straight up in country storytelling style - no post-modern irony allowed. There are some clever flashes,

It's a long way back to the stars
From where we are


(fro…

Violinist Jennifer Koh Performs Final Installment Of Bach And Beyond At 92nd Street Y NYC On January 31 2015

From a media release:

VIOLINIST JENNIFER KOH PERFORMS THE FINAL INSTALLMENT
OF HER BACH AND BEYOND SOLO VIOLIN PROJECT
AT 92ND STREET Y ON JANUARY 31 2015

Tickets


Program to include the world premiere of a new work commissioned from John Harbison
Bach’s Sonatas Nos. 2 and 3 and Berio’s Sequenza VIII also to be performed


NEW YORK, NY—Violinist Jennifer Koh returns to 92nd Street Y to perform Bach and Beyond Part 3, the last program of her three-part recital series exploring the history of solo violin repertoire by pairing Bach’s Six Sonatas and Partitas with modern-day works and new commissions. Ms. Koh debuted Bach and Beyond in 2009 to commemorate the 325th anniversary of Bach’s birth. At this recital, Ms. Koh gives the world premiere of a new Bach-inspired work by American composer John Harbison in their first collaboration together. Mr. Harbison’s work, titled For Violin Alone, was co-commissioned by 92nd Street Y, Cal Performances, and the University Musical Society for the Bach and Be…

Nightwood Theatre Presents: HER2 January 13 to February 1 2015 in Toronto

From a media release:

HER2
By Maja Ardal
Directed by Kim Blackwell


World premiere

January 13-February 1, 2015
Tues-Sat at 8:00 pm, Sat/Sun at 2:00 pm
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St


TORONTO - An all-star cast features in a probing, heart-wrenching examination of the uneasy relationship between medical science and the human spirit.

Seven women with one thing in common—a highly aggressive form of breast cancer—are recruited for a clinical trial of a new drug. While the researcher measures its progress in terms of blood counts and tumour sizes, the subjects of her experiment, struggle to deal with the renewed dread that paradoxically accompanies this sudden glimmer of hope in their lives. As the group under goes the treatment they bond together into a community characterized not by medical statistics but by their human qualities of courage, humour, and wisdom.

TICKETS:
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Playwright Maja Ardal talks about the piece

Canadian Premiere: Sharr White's psychological thriller The Other Place January. 18 to February 8, 2015 in Toronto

From a media release:

Canadian Stage announces casting for the Canadian premiere of Sharr White’s psychological thriller The Other Place
Daniel Brooks directs with a brilliant ensemble cast at the Bluma Appel Theatre Jan. 18 to Feb. 8, 2015

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Toronto, ON –
Canadian Stage presents the Canadian premiere of The Other Place, a darkly comedic and emotional thriller by Sharr White, nominated for outstanding new off-Broadway play by the 2010-11 Outer Critics Circle Awards. Helmed by award-winning director Daniel Brooks (RACE), The Other Place is brought to life by a talented ensemble cast featuring, Joe Cobden (Tarragon Theatre’s An Enemy of the People), Tamsin Kelsey (Pietá at Summerworks), Haley McGee (Helen Lawrence) and Jim Mezon (Red) – on stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front St. E) from Jan. 18 to Feb. 8, 2015.

“A wonderfully unorthodox American playwright, Sharr White's newest play deals with a subject that concerns us to an ever-increasing degree: mental incapacitation …

Saxophonist/Composer Rudresh Mahanthappa Previews Upcoming CD Bird Calls Saturday, January 10 2015 at Winter Jazzfest - New York City

From a media release:

Saxophonist/Composer Rudresh Mahanthappa Previews Upcoming CD Bird Calls
Saturday, January 10 2015 at Winter Jazzfest - New York City
10:00 p.m. at Minetta Lane Theatre, 18-22 Minetta Lane, NYC

Bird Calls examines the influence of Charlie Parker through a 21st century jazz lens
The CD is out February 10, 2015 on ACT
Check out more about the Winter Jazz Festival


“To observe that Mahanthappa fused the incantatory phrase-making and exotic scales of Indian music with the free-wheeling improvisational spirit of American jazz would be an understatement. He's so thoroughly immersed in both worlds that he conjured up a startlingly original merger of the two.” “• Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

“An itchy, ambitious, often molten mosaic of styles and cultures.” ⎯ Britt Robson, JazzTimes


Saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa previews his new Charlie Parker-inspired CD Bird Calls on January 10 as part of the Winter Jazzfest Saturday Marathon. He performs at 10:00 p.m. a…

Recently Released: Argentina's Panda Elliott - Forastera (Independent)

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Recently Released:
Argentina's Panda Elliott - Forastera (Independent)

Buy it now and name your price


Panda Elliot is 3 in 1: woman, band and producer. A fresh new face in the music scene, she recently launched her second album “Forastera”. She is a restless, young Argentine artist who participated in numerous bands across the world (Venezuela, UK, Argentina) before starting her own project in 2011. Composer and guitarist, she consolidated her solo career with “Es mi nombre”, her first album.

After a successful 2014 in which she performed at SXSW, Forastera now reveals a more confident Elliot, well established in her own developing style. A personal evolution from her previous recordings is evident. Elliot perfectly balances her urge to create danceable beats and rhythms with her passion for rock music.

“Forastera” shows a more confident Panda Elliot, well established in her own style. A personal evolution with clear goals: lots of dancing, sensuality and rock &…

Alt/Indie Rock Recently Released: The Torn Images - Reviver (Independent - November 19, 2014)

Recently Released: The Torn Images - Reviver
(Independent - November 19, 2014)

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Alt/indie rock with a splash of neo-grunge - The Torn Images offer an interesting collection of songs on his latest full-length release, Reviver. Torn Images is the altar ego of Briand Arabaca (vocals/guitar) and he's joined on the release by other artists from his native Orange County, California, including Jonathan O’Brien - bass/guitar/keyboard/percussion (the producer in this project, member of indie rock band Workfriend), Andy Hernandez - guitar (audio monitor/engineer of LA indie rockers Grouplove; past: work with Young The Giant) and Tyler De Young - drums. The album was recorded in August 2014.

Stylistically, the album covers a range of modern rock influences with a retro edge to it. I do hear Blur, Nirvana, and Muse but the vocals owe more than a nod of recognition to the late Layne Staley (Alice in Chains). It works well when it's emotive but risks becoming mannered at times. M…

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 g…

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.

Th…

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…

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

Tickets & Show Schedule
Directions & Shuttle Schedule


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…

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…

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…

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

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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 heritag…

Off Broadway: Our Lady of Kibeho Now Extended Through December 14, 2014!

From a release:

Off Broadway:
Our Lady of Kibeho
Now Extended Through December 14, 2014!

by Katori Hall; directed by Michael Greif

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DO YOU BELIEVE?

In 1981, a village girl in Rwanda claims to see the Virgin Mary. Ostracized by her schoolmates and labeled disturbed, everyone refuses to believe, until the impossible starts happening again and again. Skepticism gives way to fear, faith, and fate, causing upheaval in the school community and beyond. Based on real events, Our Lady of Kibeho is the second production of Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall’s Residency at Signature. (Image: Nneka Okafor in Our Lady of Kibeho. Photo by Joan Marcus.)

Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes, with one intermission
Our Lady of Kibeho contains use of a strobe light as well as smoke, fog, and haze effects
Tickets: 212-244-7529
Signature Theatre Company
The Pershing Square Signature Center
480 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

OUR LADY OF KIBEHO Trailer from Signature Theatre on Vimeo.

The Nile Project Collective: Aswan CD & U.S. Tour Through Spring 2015

From a media release:

Loving Listening, Subtle Flow: The Nile Project Meshes the River’s Many Sounds, Calls for New River-Based Conversation

• Tour begins January 15, 2015 in Gainesville, FLA, including
• March 19, 2015 New York, NY, Rubenstein Atrium - Lincoln Center,
• March 20, 2104 New York, NY, Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts - Pace University with LiveSounds
For additional dates, check their website


“Music is a language,” exclaims Ethiopian sax player and Nile Project musician Jorga Mesfin, “and in the Nile Project, the conversation is about love.” The love of craft, of place, of the river that connects eleven countries and millions of people.

The passion and affection spring forth via one of the tightest cross-cultural collaborations in history. Forged over weeks of carefully calibrated workshops and participatory composition, the Nile Project Collective members hail from all along the great river, from its sources beyond Lake Victoria to its delta in Egypt.

They have learned …

Single Release: Alice Sungurov - "Broke My Heart" (HitPlay Records - Oct 1, 2014)

Single Release: Alice Sungurov - "Broke My Heart"
(HitPlay Records - Oct 1, 2014)

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The latest single from New York based singer/songwriter Alice Sungurov is called Broke My Heart, a pop song with a nice rhythmic complexity and some tasty melodic changes to complement her strong voice - strong and sweet at the same time. The chorus rocks out and the track lights up with an impressive drummer who switches convincingly from rock bombast to thoughtful intricacy on the bridges.

My beef with most contemporary pop - my most common beef - is that they take a great voice and add cheesy technology instead of real music to back it up. That's not the case here, and although Alice is just 16 and a sophomore at high school, hers is a voice she's come to honestly, as the saying goes. Alice was diagnosed at age four with Auditory Processing Disorder. Her mother founded a specialized arts school for children using creativity to enhance learning and life skills. A…

Glenfiddich Issues Call for Canadian Artists to Enter Competition for the Coveted 2015 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize

From a media release:

Glenfiddich
Issues Call for Canadian Artists to Enter Competition for the Coveted
2015 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize

• To apply and for more information, applicants are asked to visit www.glenfiddich.com/ca/artistsinresidence


Toronto, November 26, 2014 –
Glenfiddich is issuing a “Call to Artists” currently living and creating art in Canada to enter the internationally renowned competition for the prestigious 2015 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize. The Canadian “Call to Artists” opens today, Wednesday November 26, 2014 and closes midnight eastern time, Friday January 30, 2015.

The Canadian winner will be one of a small and distinguished group around the world to be awarded the art community’s coveted prize to live and work at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. It’s only fitting that the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky honours distinction. The three-month residency valued at $20,000 per artist represents the Glenfiddich commit…

Listen & Shop: New Single from 1700 Monkey Ninjas & Ed Purchla Online Shop

Listen & Shop:
New Single from 1700 Monkey Ninjas &
Ed Purchla Online Shop

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Check out the clothes


If you'd like some eye popping designs to go with your techno, then we've got you covered in this one post.

The song is amarrikuh (flaccid penises & assault rifles) a not-so-subtle attack on America's gun culture. It cleverly mixes spoken word snippets with an array of noise effects. It's quite effective at getting the message across with superlative editing especially at the end to reinforce the idea.

He manages to mix a little political satire into a heavy message... and you can dance to it too.

On the sartorial side, you can now get your basic leggings and skirts with Ed Purchla's (aka 1700MN alter ego) arresting graphic designs at his online store. He's also a digital abstract artist and you will certainly never go unnoticed in one of his pieces - perfect for clubbing or just making your mark in the everyday world.


Free Electroni…

Highlights from the African Diaspora International Film Festival New York City November 28 to December 14 2014

From a media release:

Highlights from the African Diaspora International Film Festival New York City
November 28 to December 14, 2014

Check out all the films
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Various locations in Manhattan, NYC including  The Thalia Cinema at Symphony Space, Quad Cinema, The Cowin Center and Chapel at Teachers College, Columbia University and the Riverside Theater.

NEW YORK CITY - The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) is proud of its 22-year history of firsts in presenting, interpreting and educating about films from throughout the world that depict the lives of people from Africa and the African Diaspora. The festival features world and US premieres, recent popular titles, classic movies, foreign and independent releases. Post-screening question-and-answer sessions and panel discussions that include filmmakers, critics, academics, and audiences present the most current discourse on filmmaking in Africa and the African Diaspora.

The festival begins every year on the last F…