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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

From a media release:

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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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

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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…

Choral Evensong with the Riverside Choir feat.Laudes Organi by Zoltán Kodály November 23, 2014 in New York City

From a media release:

CHORAL EVENSONG
with The Riverside Choir
Featured music: Laudes Organi by Zoltán Kodály
November 23, 2014 at 5pm
In the Nave of the Riverside Church
Harlem, New York City

• The concert is free to attend, however free-will offerings benefitting the Riverside Food Pantry will be collected.
• For more information, call 212-870-6722 or email music@theriversidechurchny.org.

NEW YORK CITY -
Sacred music and text will fill the soaring halls of The Riverside Church during its Choral Evensong celebration, an evening service of music and song.  Laudes Organi by Zoltán Kodály will be featured by The Riverside Choir on Sunday, November 23, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the Church’s Nave, 490 Riverside Drive (bet. 120th & 122nd Sts.), Morningside Heights.

In honor of the great traditions of the Riverside Church music program, an evening service of music and word — once a weekly occurrence in the life of the Church’s diverse community of faith — will be shared. The Evensong celebrati…

Check out the video for Rocky Dawuni's African Thriller

Check out the video for Rocky Dawuni's African Thriller
Find out more about Rocky

Cumbancha and Entertainment Weekly have partnered to bring Rocky Dawuni's "African Thriller" video to life. The timing of the video launch occurred just a few days after the 40th anniversary of the legendary "Rumble in the Jungle" boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, and the video draws inspiration from that momentous event. At a time when news about Africa is dominated by the Ebola crisis, "African Thriller" offers a positive message celebrating African strength, unity and indomitable spirit. Follow this link to view the video on Entertainment Weekly.


CD Release: Guitarist Alex Skolnick Rallies a Planetary Coalition (ArtistShare - November 11, 2014)

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One Small Step, One Global Journey: Guitarist Alex Skolnick Rallies a Planetary Coalition to a Fleet and Nimble Guitar
Planetary Coalition (ArtistShare - November 11, 2014)

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For Alex Skolnick, the step from metal and jazz guitar guru to world music instigator has proven remarkably small.

Skolnick had toured the world, connecting with fans and fellow musicians from Argentina to Turkey and beyond. Though he had cut his teeth in rock, he had a restless, passionate ear for other guitar settings, from the globally informed virtuosity of John McLaughlin and Shakti, to Django Reinhardt’s jazz manouche. Skolnick loved the sounds of the world’s buzzing, trembling strings, the sounds of the oud and the kanun, the kora and the pipa.

“A seriously cross-cultural acoustic album has long been on my bucket list,” states Skolnick, who forged a new sound for metal as the lead guitarist in Testament, went on to study jazz at the New School, and is …

CD Review Paul Maged - Diamonds & Demons (Independent - September 23, 2014)

CD Review
Paul Maged - Diamonds & Demons
Independent - September 23, 2014

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If you're looking for intelligent alt rock with a tough edge, then Diamonds & Demons, the sophomore release by New York City based Paul Maged is probably your cup of tea.

Produced by multi-platinum producer Sean Gill, this release follows in the tradition of straight ahead rock from NYC and features high level musicianship in a variety of styles from punk, grunge, classic rock, indie pop to ballads. Maged studied music at the Boston Conservatory and then attended the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York. He has appeared in several independent films including festival award winner “Bobby G. Can’t Swim,” and has performed stand-up comedy throughout the Tri-state.  One of the songs from his debut record, "In My Time" appeared multiple times on MTV's long running show “Think Again Sex Myths Revealed.”

His second release offers a combination of radio friendly tracks an…

CD Review: Cold Blue Water (Independent - September 27, 2014)

CD Review:
Cold Blue Water
Independent - September 27, 2014

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If you like your rock bluesy and authentic, old school, vintage or all of the above, then Cold Blue Water's eponymous release will be a real treat. This is vintage rock blues at its best- with a genuine groove and performed by vets who - you can tell - live the music. They're the kind of musicians who make those endless solos worth listening to.

Cold Blue Water is the brainchild of guitarist/singer/songwriter Andy BS and based in Eureka, Cali. They first performed at Mateel Summer Arts and Music Festival in Benbow, CA in 2013 and it turned into an ongoing collaboration with Doors drummer Ty Dennis and Bassist Steve Carvalho, opening for Everyone Orchestra featuring Steve Kimock, Dan Lebowitz, Sunshine Garcia.

When it came time to record in late 2013, the line-up featured Drummer TY Dennis, bassist Brad Cummings, and Hammond B3 legend Mike Finnigan (Hendrix, CSN, Bonnie Raitt). Other …

Contemporary Shakespeare: The Tragedy of Macbeth December 6 to 20 2014 in Toronto

From a release:

The Tragedy of  Macbeth
December 6 - December 20 - 8:00pm
The Theatre Machine
376 Dufferin Street, Toronto


ONLINE TICKETS
• A limited number of audience members will be part of the show by selecting the $15 INTERACTIVE SEATS


A limited amount of interactive seats are up for grabs. What does this entail? You will need to arrive at the theatre no later than 7.45pm, you will be given something to wear over your clothes and will be ushered in before everyone else. These tickets gets you right in on the action; be prepared to drink, eat and interact with certain characters.

TORONTO - Sterling Theatre Company proudly presents their first show of the 2014/­15 season, now housed at The Theatre Machine: 376 Dufferin St (formerly Unit 102), William Shakespeare’s MACBETH from December 6 – 20, 2014.

When THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH meets Stanley Kubrick's EYES WIDE SHUT you get the inaugural show of the season directed by Sterling’s Founding Artistic Director Sophie Ann Rooney Burn This,…

Soundstreams presents VESPERS November 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre Toronto

From a media release:

Soundstreams presents
VESPERS
November 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre


Monteverdi’s Vespers is paired with Gilles Tremblay’s version in this transcendent evening of choral music featuring soprano Shannon Mercer

Toronto, ON – Soundstreams continues its 2014/2015 season withVespers at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre on November 25 at 8:00 pm. Ancient meets modern in this glorious back-to-back celebration of universal spirituality juxtaposing selections from Claudio Monteverdi’s Renaissance masterpiece Vespro della Beata Vergine with Canadian composer Gilles Tremblay’s recent Les Vêpres de la Vierge. Soprano Shannon Mercer joins Choir 21 and two chamber orchestras (one made up of period instruments, the other contemporary) conducted by the Toronto Consort’s David Fallis.

Nearly four centuries separate Monteverdi’s monumental Vespro della Beata Vergine from Tremblay’s Les Vêpres de la Vierge, commissioned to celebrate the 850th anniversary of France’s Notre Dame …

Dimestore Prophets: Be Yourself (Indie - April 5th 2014)

Dimestore Prophets
Be Yourself
(Indie - April 5th 2014)

Ray Glover: Vocals, Guitar; John Wilson: Drums; Eric Groff: Bass

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With their melodic, catchy pop songs and clever lyrics, it's hard not to like Dimestore Prophets and their avowedly positive take on pop. Their six song EP Be Yourself came out last spring but only recently crossed my inbox.

Based in central Washington. DSP has been bringing "Feel Good Music" to the Pacific Northwest since the end of 2009 playing over 200 shows since then.The band in is made up of guitar player and vocalist Ray Glover, drummer John Wilson, and bassist Eric Groff. Dimestore Prophets came together as band in 2009 after studio collaboration together.

Ray Glover has a flexible, expressive voice with a variety of moods that keeps it interesting. Hey Darlin' has a reggae beat with the energy of the genre, albeit indiefied.

You look pretty in those shoes
But you don't seem so pleased


There's nothing earthshaking here, but t…