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Coming Soon from Nacional Records: Santé Les Amis and Sudamericana (May 27 2014)

From my friends at Nacional Records: After Opening For Foals & Franz Ferdinand, Santé Les Amis Announce USA Debut - Sudamericana ( Nacional Records - May 27, 2014) Album And Performance at LAMC Rolling Stone (Argentina) Names Santé Les Amis a ‘New Band to Watch’ “Electro rock that you can’t help but dance to, full of cowbell, infectious drumbeats, and all-around fun” Indie Shuffle “Funky, dance-floor-igniting goodness” Remezcla With a catchy fusion of rock and electronica, 'Sudamericana' is the debut album from acclaimed indie band Santé Les Amis, which will be released May 27th by Nacional Records. Santé Les Amis has toured with Franz Ferdinand, Foals and Calle 13, making the band a fan favorite among indie rock fans. With tracks in English and Spanish, 'Sudamericana' has won praise from Indie Shuffle and Remezcla, who celebrated their “funky, dance-floor-igniting goodness.” Santé Les Amis music will make their U.S. debut at the Latin Alternative Music C

Off Broadway Smash Hit Here Lies Love - Performances Begin April 14 2014 / Opening Night Set for May 1 2014

From a media release: *LOVE IS IN THE AIR* SMASH HIT H E R E   L I E S   L O V E SETS CAST AND DATES FOR ITS RETURN TO NEW YORK CITY • TICKETS ON SALE NOW • PERFORMANCES BEGIN APRIL 14th • OPENING NIGHT SET FOR MAY 1st New York, NY – Joey Parnes Productions and EMURSIVE (Jonathan Hochwald, Arthur Karpati, and Randy Weiner, principals) have announced casting and dates for The Public Theater's production of David Byrne and Alex Timbers' smash hit musical, Here Lies Love.  Performances will begin on April 14th with an opening night set for May 1st at The Public Theater's LuEsther Hall (425 Lafayette Street, New York City) for an open-ended commercial run.  The principal cast from the 2013 world premiere of Here Lies Lovereturns, including Ruthie Ann Miles and Jose Llana as Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos, and Conrad Ricamora as Ninoy Aquino. Under the direction of Alex Timbers, Here Lies Love played a critically raved-about, sold-out run last year at the same space, which was

Performance Art: Etobicoke Grannies tweet their #legacy April 12, 2014 – #HatchTO Harbourfront, Toronto

From a media release: Performance Art: Etobicoke Grannies tweet their #legacy in opening HATCH performance – April 12, 2014 – #HatchTO Harbourfront, Toronto TORONTO, ON – Featuring three women over 65, Grandma meets the Twitterverse in this performance project, which examines what is left behind and why we look to leave a legacy. Harbourfront Centre is pleased to present #legacy as the first project of the HATCH 2014 season. The piece is co-created and directed by Rob Kempson, a theatre artist who regularly works in arts education and applied theatre. Equal parts community arts project and interactive stage piece, #legacy promises to ask provocative questions about how we define others and ourselves by what we share both in person and online. When three women over 65 get on stage to share their thoughts on legacy, it’s bound to be poignant; when they are asked to tweet about it, anything can happen. Joan, Judith and Donna are new to social media and do not consider themselves ‘artists

Montreal Premiere: Theatre 317 Presents The Memory of Water April 8 to 12 2014

From a media release: OLIVIER AWARD-WINNING COMEDY HAS MONTREAL PREMIERE Theatre 317 Presents The Memory of Water Written by Shelagh Stephenson Directed by Corey Castle Tuesday, April 8 - Saturday, April 12, 2014 • Achetez vos billets en ligne / Buy your tickets online • Réservations / Reservations: (514) 989-1336 (514) 989-1336 The funniest drama you’ll ever see… Montreal – Theater 317 proudly presents the Montreal premiere of The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson, directed by Corey Castle, from April 8th - 12th at Theatre La Chapelle. In The Memory of Water, three sisters, each haunted by their own demons, gather in a highly charged atmosphere on the eve of their mother's funeral. With a storm raging outside, they laugh, cry, rage and bicker as the conflicts of the past and their hold on the present are mercilessly exposed. Complicating their interactions is the fragile nature of memory; no two sisters remember their childhood experiences in the same way. Yet, they

Small World Music Toronto Presents: the 12th Annual Asian Music Series April 5 to May 31, 2014

From a media release: Small World Music Presents: the 12th Annual Asian Music Series April 5 to May 31, 2014 • Tickets & info for all shows TORONTO - We're delighted to announce the lineup for the 12th Annual Asian Music Series. From April 5th through May 31st, we present ten events embracing the scope of music, new and old, from across the Asian cultural landscape. The series celebrates Asian and South Asian Heritage Month, bringing together emerging local artists with legendary figures and communities from across the GTA to celebrate musical heritage. The series is generously supported by TD Bank. As announced previously, it all starts with the great  Zakir Hussain and his Masters of Percussion project that hits the stage at Roy Thomson Hall on April 5th. It's coming up soon and tickets are moving, so now would be a good time to visit here to secure your seats. Those of you who were there for Zakir's last appearance in town with Shivkumar Sharma during last year&

Unsound Festival New York City: German Dub Techno Legends Porter Ricks & More at The Bunker April 5 2014

From a media release: Part of the Unsound Festival New York City April 5, 2014 at The Bunker NEW YORK CITY - On Saturday night of Unsound Festival New York, The Bunker, who has partnered with the festival since its inception, will present an evening including a long overdue live appearance of the phenomenal dub techno duo Porter Ricks (Thomas Köner / Andy Mellwig). The duo were been brought back into the spotlight following the reissue of their rare but acclaimed 1996 debut album "Biokinetics" (a Techno classic if there ever were one) on the Type label as their 100th release in late 2011 (the record was originally released on Basic Channel's Chain Reaction imprint). Porter Ricks came out of retirement especially to perform at Unsound Festival Krakow last October, so it seemed only fitting to bring them to New York this spring. Appearing in place of Vladislav Delay, who cancelled his US tour, is acclaimed New York based electronic, drone, experimental producer Rober

Recently Released: Nils Bultmann - Troubadour Blue (innova Recordings - 25 February 2014)

From a media release: Recently Released: Nils Bultmann - Troubadour Blue (innova Recordings - 25 February 2014) Composers: Nils Bultmann Performers: Nils Bultmann, Hank Dutt, Stephen Kent, Parry Karp • Check It Out & Buy It Here Nils Bultmann wears a lot of hats: violist, improviser, composer, collaborator. But Bultmann’s innova Recordings debut, Troubadour Blue, reveals that he’s been hard at work stitching all those hats together into one big enough to encompass all of his diverse interests. Falling into a luminous space between through-composition and improvisation, the music here proudly shows its roots in process. “Ten Viola Duets” evolved organically over years, built from bits and pieces of solo improvisations and drawn out from sketches into complete works. Working with Kronos Quartet violist Hank Dutt helped Bultmann solidify and complete the collection of pieces. Elsewhere, Bultmann explores the timbral relationship between the viola and the didjeridu in “From th

Tarragon Theatre Toronto presents Soliciting Temptation on stage April 1 - May 4 2014

From a media release: Tarragon Theatre proudly presents the world premiere of Soliciting Temptation By Governor General Award winner Erin Shields written by Erin Shields directed by Andrea Donaldson starring Derek Boyes & Miriam Fernandes In the Extra Space April 1 – May 4, 2014 Opens Wednesday, April 9, 2014 PREVIEW AND FEEDBACK SESSION Tuesday 1 – Tuesday 8 April TALKBACKS Tuesday 15 – Sunday 20 April • Buy tickets TORONTO - Tarragon Theatre, under the artistic direction of Richard Rose, proudly presents the world premiere of Soliciting Temptation by Governor General Award winner and Tarragon playwright-in-residence Erin Shields. Directed by Tarragon's Assistant Artistic Director Andrea Donaldson, this compelling drama shines a light on the complexities of sex tourism and our preconceptions about love. Starring Soulpepper stalwart Derek Boyes and emerging artist Miriam Fernandes, Soliciting Temptation opens Wednesday, April 9 and runs to May 4 (with previews from April 1)

Major Exhibition of Plains Indians Art Opens in Paris April 7 2014, then Travels to Kansas City & the Met NYC

From a media release - it's funny, here in Canada we don't use the word 'Indian' anymore to describe First Nations/indigenous/Aboriginal people so it sounds a bit odd to my ears; it's the name of the show, however. Major Plains Indian Exhibition Opens in Paris, Propels Nelson-Atkins Into International Arena Travels to Kansas City for Fall Opening, then to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York Kansas City, MO. March 25, 2014– A groundbreaking exhibition of Plains Indian masterworks, The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky, opens in Paris at musée du quai Branly on April 7. It was organized by quai Branly in partnership with the Nelson-Atkins, and in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. It is curated by Gaylord Torrence, one of the nation’s leading scholars of Plains Indian art and the Fred and Virginia Merrill Senior Curator of American Indian Art at the Nelson-Atkins. The Plains Indians will be on view at •  quai Branly April 7

Just Before They Set Off - Artistic Duo, Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky on Their Way to Glenfiddich Residency

More on the 2014 Canadian Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize Winner - Artistic Duo, Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky TORONTO - The people at Glenfiddich know how to throw a party and a bunch of us recently feted the Canadian Artists in Residence Prize Winners at Toronto's Spoke Club. Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky are actually the first Canadian artistic duo to take advantage of the chance to spend three months in the storied Valley of the Deer in Dufftown, Scotland making art. You can check out more on the background of the competition in a previous post. The pair leave on May 1 and I got a chance to talk to them before the endless round of cocktails, smoked salmon, lamb chops and other distractions began. They've been working together since 2004. "We were shortlisted last year," says Trevor, "this year we went for it again." There was a small display of their work on view along with videos showing previous projects. "A smorgasbord of

Recently Released - From Hungarian Soul to Houston Symphony: Classical Violinist Ferenc Illyeni Cuts Loose and Captures The Gypsy Dream

From a media release: I was happy to get this CD in the mail - it's playfully sensual and the tone runs from passionate gypsy jazz to nimble avant garde. CD Release From Hungarian Soul to Houston Symphony: Classical Violinist Ferenc Illyeni Cuts Loose and Captures The Gypsy Dream (Mesa/Bluemoon Records - March 11, 2014) • Buy the CD here A melody with a wicked glint that sets the pulses racing...a single note that captures and age of heartbreak and sorrow...Gypsy music is unmistakeable. The violin soars and dances, playful and inviting, then turns to a sweet, loving ache. It’s pure passion, and that is what Hungarian-born violinist Ferenc Illenyi (pronounced "Fair-ense") mines on his album Gypsy Dream (Mesa/Bluemoon Records; Release: March 11, 2014). A first violinist in the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Illenyi is a lauded figure in the classical world. But on this recording, he delves into his past, to the music that lives inside his soul. “I was classically tr

acclaimed director peter sellars, all-star cast and renowned conductor for coc premiere of handel’s hercules april 5 to 30 2014

From a media release: acclaimed director peter sellars, all-star cast and renowned conductor propel myth into the modern day for coc premiere of handel’s hercules • Get Tickets Toronto – Internationally renowned director Peter Sellars returns to the Canadian Opera Company this spring with a new company production of Handel’s Hercules that propels the Greek myth into the modern day, giving voice to the untold horrors of war and the unspoken complications faced by veterans returning home. The COC premiere of Hercules reunites Sellars with celebrated conductor Harry Bicket and the all-star cast that presented this co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago to unequivocal praise at its debut in Chicago in 2011. Hercules is sung in English with English SURTITLES™ and runs for seven performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on April 5, 11, 15, 19, 24, 27, 30, 2014. One of the most powerful forces in the performing arts world today, director Peter Sellars (Tristan

CD Release Concert: Turkish-Born Jazz Pianist and Composer Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol April 5 2014 in New York City

From a media release: Round Trip for Big Band: Turkish-Born Jazz Pianist and Composer Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol Comes Full Circle with Makam and Swing, Ney and Noir on whatsnext? Release celebrations in Boston April 3 and New York City April 5 2014 At age 16, musician, composer, and ethnomusicologist Mehmet Sanlıkol dropped a hand-written letter in the mail in his hometown of Bursa, Turkey, addressed to the admissions department at Berklee College of Music. It was the first big move in his love affair with jazz, in particular with the sound and compositional possibilities of the big jazz band. Yet it took more than two decades for Sanlikol to realize his dream and record his wide-ranging, sonically diverse compositions. Along the way, he absorbed the musical lessons of mentors from Aydin Esen to Bob Brookmeyer, and delved into his roots, both Cypriot and Turkish. On whatsnext? (release: April 3, 2014) Sanlikol closes this circle, returning to the jazz-framed beginning of his musical life, vi

At le poisson rouge nyc: Metropolis Ensemble: Cymbeline April 4 & 5 2014

From a release: at le poisson rouge nyc: Metropolis Ensemble: Cymbeline with Andrew Cyr, conductor, Avi Avital, solo mandolin, Bridget Kibbey, solo harp,    Mattias Jacobsson, solo guitar and Quartet Senza Mizura New Music by David Bruce, Chris Cerrone, Jakub Ciupinski, Vivian Fung • April 6 2014 • April 7 2014 Seated: $20 advance, $25 day of show Standing: $15 advance, $20 day of show VIP Opera Box: $75 PROGRAM: Cymbeline — David Bruce — For solo mandolin and string ensemble (World premiere) Concerto for Harp — Vivian Fung — For solo harp, strings, and percussion (NY premiere) Concerto for Guitar — Jakub Ciupinski — For guitar, strings, and electronics (World premiere) High Windows — Chris Cerrone — For solo string quartet and string ensemble About the Artists: Metropolis Ensemble is a New York–based chamber orchestra dedicated to making classical music in its most contemporary forms. Founded in 2006 by conductor Andrew Cyr, Metropolis Ensemble has commissioned 96 works

April 2014 Concerts at the Royal Conservatory Toronto

From a media release: APRIL CONCERTS AT THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY TORONTO Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili makes her Koerner Hall debut and South Africa’s Johnny Clegg returns TD Jazz: Celebrating Dinah & Sarah concert series continues with Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project Classical Concerts Invesco Piano Concerts closes out with The Royal Conservatory debut by the Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili on April 6. Buniatishvili’s warm, sometimes sorrowful playing may reflect a close proximity to Georgian folk music, which, she attests, has greatly influenced her musicality. In this concert, she presents Franz Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B Minor, Maurice Ravel’s  La valse, Fryderyk Chopin’s  Piano Sonata No. 2, and Igor Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petrushka (Russian Dance, Chez Petrushka, and The Shrove-Tide Fair). Royal Conservatory students get one last chance this season to present one of their own concerts, as the Royal Conservatory Orchestra is conducted by Uri Mayer

South African DJs Hit New York City April 2, 2014 - GOLDFISH with special guests TBA

From a media release: South African DJs Hit New York City Wednesday, April 2, 2014 GOLDFISH with special guests TBA at Stage 48 - 605 West 48th Street, NYC • Buy the CD Three Second Memory NEW YORK CITY - "Goldfish are all about the collision of Analogue and Digital, the excitement of live instruments vs machines...a lot of electronic music is very bright and sterile but we like to rub a bit of dirt back in. We want to make Dance Music come alive again." In a scene saturated with premixes, and mysterious button pressing, Goldfish are a breath of fresh air - two multi-instrumentalists who are re-inventing the concept of a DJ and taking live performance excitement to a whole new level. Their genre-defying live mix of sax, double bass, keyboards and pounding house beats has touched a nerve with audiences across the world, from impromtu jams in a tiny beach club in their home town of Cape Town to selling out Amsterdam's Heineken Music Hall and curating their own sold out

dance Immersion Toronto Presents Azaguno & KasheDance April 4 & 5 2014

From a media release: dance Immersion Presents Expressions...Now  - April 4-5, 2014 Friday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday matinee at 1pm Both shows part of Harbourfront Centre's NextSteps series at Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay West, Toronto Tickets: $25-$30 (Students/Seniors/CADA $18-$20) Group Rates Available TORONTO - dance Immersion’s 2014 showcase features two breathtaking companies presenting a myriad dance expressions informed by their own personal evolvement in dance. This presentation features Ohio’s critically acclaimed Azaguno and Toronto’s KasheDance. Azaguno founder/dance director and choreographer, Zelma Badu-Younge, and founder/executive and music director, Paschal Yao Younge, bring to stage the world premiere of Africa Meets Asia. The performance will explore the fusion, juxtaposition and similarities of African and Asian dance and music. Azaguno, a multi-ethnic international touring group based in Athens, Ohio, focuses on performance of traditional and contemporary