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Polaris Prize Winner Tanya Tagaq November 15, 2014 at Molson Canadian Studio at Hamilton Place

From a media release:

Hamilton World Music Series #2

Polaris Prize Winner Tanya Tagaq
November 15, 2014
at Molson Canadian Studio at Hamilton Place

• Tickets: $30 regular / $25 seniors & students / $20 members
Buy them online
• In person at Bryan Prince Booksellers (1060 King Street West)
• Email info@matapa.ca


“… [Tagaq] made it (Inuit throat singing) sound fiercely contemporary, futuristic even. Recalling animal noises and various other nature sounds, she was a dynamo, delivering a sort of gothic sound art while she stalked the small basement stage with feral energy.” —Jon Caramanica, The New York Times

Check out her electrifying performance at the Polaris Prize Gala:



What do free improvisation, Inuit throat singing, and hair-raising passion have in common? Add descriptors like mesmerizing, intimate and ‘pushing the edge’ and you begin to understand the endlessly inventive quality of Tanya Tagaq’s sonic equation.

Born and raised in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut in Canada’s high arctic, Tanya …

GRAMMY-WINNING COMPOSER MARIA SCHNEIDER AND HER ORCHESTRA NOVEMBER 25 - 30 2014 in 10th ANNUAL THANKSGIVING WEEK PERFORMANCES AT THE JAZZ STANDARD NEW YORK CITY

From a media release:

GRAMMY-WINNING COMPOSER MARIA SCHNEIDER AND HER ORCHESTRA
NOVEMBER 25 - 30 2014 in 10th ANNUAL THANKSGIVING WEEK PERFORMANCES
AT THE JAZZ STANDARD NEW YORK CITY


Maria Schneider's Collaboration with David Bowie
Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) - To Be Released November 17, 2014

The Thompson Fields, the First CD in Seven Years from the Maria Schneider Orchestra, to be released April 21, 2015


You can participate here


The Grammy-winning composer Maria Schneider and her Orchestra perform Tuesday, November 25 to Sunday, November 30, 2014 at The Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, NYC. Sets nightly at 7:30 and 10 p.m. with an 11:45 p.m. set on Friday and Saturday. 

• Tickets are $35. 
• Call 212-576-2232 or log on to http://jazzstandard.net/


In addition to composing for and recording The Thompson Fields, the first CD in seven years from the Maria Schneider Orchestra (to be released April 21, 2015 via ArtistShare), Schneider has been involved in a myriad of activities. In …

CD Release: Federico Parra - CD: Descending (Independent - Nov 1, 2014)

CD Release:
Federico Parra - CD: Descending
(Independent - Nov 1, 2014)

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From the first spacey, spiritual, celestial notes of One Taste, the first track on Descending, the new release by Federico Parra, you can tell this is no lightweight pop album. The music is challenging at times - not really meant for light listening, yet not inaccessible.

The track is also cinematic and symphonic in its effect. Federico achieves a great deal of expression with his unique method of singing and he uses the bells and smashing cymbals we'd associate with Buddhist music and tradion combined with a Western harmonic sensibility and symphonic passages - the Western melodic idioms of rising and falling phrases ends with a children's chorus and a kind of joyous abandon.

And that's just the first track.

Federico is a composer and multi-instrumentist who practices what is called contemplative music and harmonic singing expert. Originally from Argentina, in 2014 Federico receive…

Sex. Death. Bananas. CIRCLE JERK November 6 to 23, 2014 - Toronto

From a media release:

Soup Can Theatre, safeword, and Aim for the Tangent Theatre proudly present

CIRCLE JERK
Sex. Death. Bananas.
November 6 to 23, 2014
lemontree studio - Toronto

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Concept by Justin Haigh.  Written by Justin Haigh, Scott Dermody, Brandon Crone, and Wesley J. Colford. 

TORONTO - Soup Can Theatre, safeword, and Aim for the Tangent Theatre are proud to present Circle Jerk; one production, four new and provocative short plays written under unique constraints. This past summer, members of the public were invited to submit original snippets of dialogue that the participating playwrights would have to use as the opening and closing lines of their new creations. After receiving almost 300 submissions, four intriguing lines were selected and assigned to the writers:

“Subtlety is not your specialty.”
“What’s Bulgarian for slut?”
“I think it’s time we talked about your filthy rituals.”
“I fucking hate potatoes.”

As an added twist, each of the lines of dialogue were as…

Recently Released: The Great Escape (Independent - Oct 17, 2014)

Recently Released:
The Great Escape
(Independent - Oct 17, 2014)

Amie Miriello - Vocals
Malte Hagemeister - Guitar
Kristian Nord - Drums

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Art rock? Eclectic pop? Venice, CA trio The Great Escape defy categorization on their eponymous debut release. After honing their sound - anchored by strong vocals from Amie Miriello and a deft musical versatility from Malte Hagemeister (guitar) and Kristian Nord (drums).

Amie's got a voice that can be sweet or strident and she wields with a playful sense of inventiveness. The musicians are equally as tight.

Having first met while songwriting for other artists, the three L.A. transplants quickly realized they had a shared vision: Together, they wanted to create an update to that 60s, 70s sound when rock and pop music was still raw and unpolished.

The album kicks off with an inventive arrangement including a horn section on I'm a Rebel.

I wash my hair with champagne
I don't care - I'm a rebel

The world won't change
If you stay t…

National Dance Theatre of Jamaica (NDTC) in Toronto - November 4 2014

From a release:

National Dance Theatre of Jamaica (NDTC)
at the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, Toronto
 – one performance only – November 4, 2014, 7:30PM

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The National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) of Jamaica proves that emancipation is the genesis of creativity. This creative force, birthed in 1962-the year Jamaica gained independence from Great Britain-will grace Toronto with one performance only on November 4th at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.

NDTC's "Tribute to Rex" is an ode to its co-founder, Ralston Milton "Rex" Nettleford, Rhodes Scholar, OM, FIJ, OCC, who died in 2010. Nettleford was a Jamaican scholar, activist, dance aficionado, Professor and Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies. NDTC has been lauded for its ability to fuse "The lore, music and dance traditions of Jamaica, Africa and the American South, with both modern and classical ballet."

Under the legendary and seasoned leadership of artistic dir…

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival October 22 - 26, 2014 in Toronto

From a media release:

imagineNATIVE
Film + Media Arts Festival
Presenting Sponsor: Bell Media
October 22 - 26, 2014

TORONTO
- The 15th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival begins in days, running October 22-26, 2014 with the most compelling and distinctive Indigenous works from around the globe. Festival highlights include: 130 films and videos; nine Radio Works; seven multi-platform New Media works; four art exhibitions featuring 19 media artists; 11 industry panels and public workshops; and 17 commissions. This year, imagineNATIVE will feature 175 artists representing more than 70 distinct Indigenous nations from 12 countries, including a special International Spotlight.

Kicking off the 15th anniversary Festival, on Wednesday, October 22, will be the Opening Night Gala film, What We Do In The Shadows presented by NBC Universal at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Immediately following the Opening Night Gala will be the Opening Night Party at the Everleigh, presented by RBC Royal Ban…

Out Today: CD Release - Tomás Doncker Band - Big Apple Blues (True Groove Records - Oct 21, 2014)

CD Release: Tomás Doncker Band - Big Apple Blues
(True Groove Records - Oct 21, 2014)
Songs by Yusef Komunyakaa & Tomás Doncker


Tomás Doncker-Lead Vocals,Guitars; David Barnes-Harmonica, vocals; Nick Rolfe-Keyboards,Vocals; Josh David-Bass,vocals; James Dellatacoma-Guitar; Mike Faulkner-Drums; Mac Gollehon-Horns; Alan Grubner-Strings

Websites:
Official: TomasDoncker.net
Twitter: @tomasdoncker  @truegroove1
FB: https://www.facebook.com/TomasDonckerMusic
https://www.facebook.com/TrueGrooveGlobalSoulMusic

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Hot on the heels of Moanin' at Midnight, his acclaimed Howlin' Wolf tribute just released in July of this year, Big Apple Blues is a collaborative effort between blues stalwart Tomás Doncker and Pulitzer Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa. The pair will officially introduce Big Apple Blues during the Dodge Poetry Festival (October 23-26), the largest poetry event in North America, sponsored by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

Along with the accolades, Moanin' at Mi…

CD Release: Michael Cullen - True Believer (Independent - 1st October 2014)

CD Release:
Michael Cullen - True Believer
(Independent - 1st October 2014)
Features: Michael Cullen plus timEbandit Powles (Tim Powles
of The Church)

Website: www.michalecullen.info
Facebook Page

Buy the album & download Cha Cha Cha D'Amour Free


I asked Leonard Cohen, how lonely does it get?

Now that's lonely... With his distinctive baritone and dark indie rock sound, Michael Cullen is often compared to Nick Cave and Tom Waits but it's Leonard Cohen he evokes on the first track of his new release, True Believer. The song is called Black Dog and features his typically literate take on life and love.

In my own way, stylish in the face of my disruption...

he sings while a girl chorus sweetly contrasts his gravelly baritone. It's romance in a gothy mode - Michael's mood of choice.

True Believer is the second solo release from Australia's Michael Cullen with his favourite collaborator Tim Powles (the Divinyls, the Venetians, The Church) and comes as a highly anticipa…

Documentary Film: The NFB Returns to IDFA November 19 to 30 2014

From a media release:

Documentary film: 
NFB returns to IDFA with international premiere of Patricio Henríquez’s new film, acclaimed interactive productions in official selection

October 10, 2014 - Toronto, Ontario National Film Board Canada -
A world leader in film and interactive documentary, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is back at the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), taking place from November 19 to 30, with four major new projects in the official selection.

Acclaimed Chilean-born filmmaker Patricio Henríquez debuts his Macumba Media/NFB documentary Uyghurs: Prisoners of the Absurd. Making its international premiere in the feature-length competition at IDFA, the film exposes the human drama of a group of men from China’s persecuted Uyghur minority of Turkic-speaking Muslims, sold to the United States, then detained in Guantánamo as terrorists.

IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Documentary Storytelling hosts the launch of In Limbo (NFB…

Ben Vereen Directs Singer Nita Whitaker October 20 2014 at Joe's Pub New York City

From a media release:

Nita is today’s Lena Horne. Our classy songstress. And it is wonderful working with her. I am honored to be working with her." Ben Vereen, Tony Award Winner

Please join me in welcoming NITA WHITAKER
To Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater
in New York City on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 7:30 pm

I invite you to witness the presence, power, and vocal prowess of Nita. directed by BEN VEREEN.

Tickets
$25 General Admission
$20 Students with code "Nita"

To purchase tickets:
Online: Click here
By Phone: Call 212.967.7555
In Person: Visit The Public Theater Box Office, 425 Lafayette Street, NYC

NEW YORK CITY - Talent the thing. If that were all there was, then Nita Whitaker would be singing for the kings and queens because her talent defies description. Richly trained with essences of soul, sprinkled with pop, jazz and gospel flavoring it is difficult to put Nita into one category. Having performed on stage as well as big and small screen, her expansive talent and humor…

Free Concert: The New American Quartet October 19 2014 at the Riverside Church New York City

From a release:

FREE CONCERT
CHRIST CHAPEL CHAMBER SERIES
The New American Quartet
Featured music: works by composer-pianist Mitchell Schechter

Free - October 19, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Christ Chapel at the Church, 91 Claremont Ave. (bet. 120th & 122nd Sts.), Morningside Heights.

• For more information, the public can call 212-870-6722 or email music@theriversidechurchny.org.


NEW YORK CITY - As part of its popular Christ Chapel Chamber Series, The Riverside Church will feature The New American Quartet for “Mystic Autumn,” a program of jazz inspired by the Kabbalah, Judaism’s book of mysticism on Sunday, October 19, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Christ Chapel at the Church, 91 Claremont Ave. (bet. 120th & 122nd Sts.), Morningside Heights.

The concert is free to attend and features the contemplative music of composer-pianist Mitchell Schechter.  Borrowing familiar tunes from Jewish liturgical music, the quartet offers a fresh take on the sounds of an ancient tradition. 

ABOUT THE NEW AMER…

Canadian Stage brings the cutting edge production Helen Lawrence to Toronto October 12 to November 2, 2014

From a media release:

Canadian Stage brings the cutting edge production Helen Lawrence to Toronto
October 12 to November 2, 2014

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After opening in Vancouver and traveling to Munich and Edinburgh, international tour of new Canadian production comes home

Toronto, ON – After opening in Vancouver in March 2014, and setting off on an international tour with stops in Germany and Scotland, Helen Lawrence lands at Canadian Stage with performances at the Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front St. E), Oct. 12 to Nov. 2. The theatrical debut for world-renowned visual artist Stan Douglas and award-winning screenwriter Chris Haddock, Helen Lawrence is produced by Canadian Stage with co-producers Arts Club Theatre Company (Vancouver) and The Banff Centre (Alberta). Set in 1948 Vancouver, this ground-breaking work intertwines theatre, visual art and film and mixed-media, to create a production at the frontier of new media use in performance.

“It is exhilarating to be involved of such a special, large…

Celebrate Mexico Now Festival - October 28 to November 1 2014 in New York City

From a media release

New York, NY: October 28-November 1 2014:
Celebrate Mexico Now Festival


Schedule:

10/28/14, 7:00 PM - LA TACOPEDIA, Book signing
10/29/14, 7:30 PM - DEL SALÓN AL DANZÓN!, Concert
10/30/14, 6:00 PM - XIMENA PEREZ GROBET, Artist Books (Art Exhibit)
10/31/14,  7:00 PM - 11th MORELIA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS
11/01/14,  8:00 PM - ALONDRA DE LA PARRA, Concert

• More at http://mexiconowfestival.org/

The young female conductor who brought some of the America’s forgotten orchestral gems to the world. A historian who knows all the ins and outs of the humble taco. A book artist, who turned the act of printing and creating into a powerful visual and conceptual statement.

There are all Mexican artists, and their contemporary visions honor roots while leaping into the world conversation in their creative fields.

Now in its second decade, Celebrate Mexico Now brings together the performers and creators, the makers and chroniclers to show how vibrant and thrilling the country’s art…

Drink with Death A Morbid Cabaret October 23 to 30, 2014 in Toronto

From a media release:

Romana Soutus and Christopher Weatherstone present
Drink with Death
A Morbid Cabaret
October 23 to 30, 2014
The Cameron House - Toronto

• For tickets, visit drinkwithdeath.com

Toronto, October 2, 2014 -
Following a wildly successful run at the renowned La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in New York City in February, director Romana Soutus is teaming up with Juno-nominated musician Christopher Weatherstone to present Drink With Death, a morbid cabaret where the dead rise again to tell the stories of their untimely ends through song. Featuring the best and brightest of Toronto's vibrant indie folk scene, this unexpectedly humorous and beautiful show runs October 23-30 (Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8pm) at the legendary downtown Toronto venue, The Cameron House.

In Drink with Death, see how the other side lives as the Back Room of The Cameron House becomes a portal into the afterlife, a speakeasy in purgatory. There will be no boundary between performers and patrons as the ca…