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New Album TERIYA from JOBARTEH KUNDA out now

'Teriya’, Jobarteh Kunda’s fourth studio album is here to celebrate the Afro- Carribean band‘s 20th anniversary. The album’s title ‘Teriya’ means ‘friendship’ in the language of the Mande people of West Africa. This is especially fitting as several longtime friends of the band have been adding their individual talent to several tracks to create an exceptional musical experience.

Alongside the band’s regular members, you’ll be able to experience top-notch musicians like Roman Bunka (Oud), Johann Bengen (Accordion), Sabine Zeh Silva (Percussion) and Sir Lancelot Scott (Steel pan). Over the past 20 years the band has been touring and recording their albums in ever changing line-ups to keep the sound fresh and exciting. The regular members of the band and the protagonists of the album ‘Teriya’ are bandleader Tormenta Jobarteh (Kora, drums, vocals, producer) and from the earliest beginnings Humphrey Cairo (drums, bass, vocals), Gerhard Wagner (Altsax, Flute), Felix Occhionero (bass, guitar, producer). As well as Tormenta Jobarteh’s daughter, Yasmina (background vocals, dancing), who practically grew up in and with the band.

Since their foundation in 1996, Tormenta Jobarteh & Band have given over 1000 concerts all over the globe! Again this year, award-winning storyteller and Kora player Tormenta Jobarteh and his band were very well received by the media. Jobarteh Kunda’s song ‘Djihati Kelo’ for example, came in third at the 2017 international competition of the World Citizen Artist Foundation. The competition’s topic was ‘peace’ and the artistic contributions were judged by a jury consisting of representatives of the Bob Marley Foundation, the Gandhi Foundation and the Playing for Change Foundation. In 2001 an article in ‘Süddeutsche Zeitung’ stated that „Jobarteh Kunda’s mission is making music to connect the world’s people. Jobarteh Kunda offers world music at its best“

Integrating cultures has always been the bands central theme!

The new album ‘Teriya’ is a musical journey into African and Caribbean music that moves the heart... and the legs! Storytelling, Afrobeat, Reggae, and Latin accompanied by beautiful vocal harmonies sung in Mandinka, English, Papiamento and Spanish Languages weave together into a striking tapestry of sound that touches the soul.

 

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Ali Hugo Exclusive Fan Club

The Ali Hugo Exclusive Fan Club Membership is another direct communication channel between Ali Hugo & his fans. For an annual fee of just $25, joining the exclusive membership for the Ali Hugo Fan Club gains you entry to a gateway of information and special opportunities available for members only. Exclusive membership also allows for greater interaction between Ali Hugo and a community of friends and fans worldwide!

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And so much more!

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*Subject to availability and venue/event restrictions. Pre-sale tickets are available on a first come, first served basis and are not guaranteed. Active Members may purchase 1 pair of tickets per membership, per show. Meet & Greet opportunities are limited to one winning draw per membership per year. Due to high demand, we may not be able to grant this opportunity to all of our members annually. Winning a Meet & Greet entitles you to 2 passes (you plus 1 guest) per membership, per year.

Ali Hugo & Mirage Records are working on the publication of the [Time Machine] Lyrics book. This coffee table book will make an excellent addition to collectible memorabilia for Ali Hugo fans. The book will be available in both digital and hard copy formats. Mirage Records is yet to announce the official release date of the book. However, free download of the digital e-book will available to Ali Hugo Exclusive Fan Club members by May 7th, 2018.

 

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Guy Story: The Transition from Tech to Storytown Rock Star
Guy Story may have built his name in the tech world, but it is music where he finds his heart. Along with his band Storytown, he is gearing up to release their long-awaited debut out this year. With elements of southern rock and alternative flare in tow, Storytown have been winning over the ears of all who comes in their path. Their recent single "Run Run," has been garnering critical acclaim throughout, and this is only the beginning. We dive in deep with Guy as he puts the "Story" in Storytown.
 
 
When you are writing music, what comes first, the music or the lyrics?
 
Usually the music comes first.  I typically fool around on guitar until I happen upon a riff or musical figure that “catches my ear”, so to speak, then develop it further, first adding a melody and then the words.  But this isn’t always the way it works.  For example, I have a song called “Caramel and Fleur de Sel” which started as just the title – I thought it would be a cool title for a song.  
 
“Run Run” came about in the more typical process.  One day I was sitting on the steps of a house we were renting in Maine, and the verse’s strumming riff and melody just came out in a matter of minutes.  It took a while longer for me to come up with the chorus and the rest of the song.  The lyrics usually are the hardest part for me, and for “Run Run” the chorus lyric “Run run, run …” popped out of nowhere, as if it had just being hanging around waiting for its song.
 
This all sounds more organized than the process really is.  There’s lots of tweaking, adjusting, refining, and throwing stuff away, until, in the end, I’m usually a bit amazed and unclear about where the song came from.
 
What is the inspiration and aspirations behind the latest single release?
 
As I said before, “Run Run” started as a strumming guitar riff, and somehow, mysteriously, the lyric “Run run” just arrived from out of the ether.  It seemed to fit the driving urgency of the music, and so I conceived a sort of “love story” where the singer both wants to be pursued and is afraid of being “caught”.  The chorus lyric says “run to me”, a kind of demand that the lover should pursue the singer.  And at the same time the music conveys (I hope) a mix of urgency, the excitement of the chase, and the fear of being trapped in the relationship.
 
I hope that listeners respond to the mix of paranoia and excitement in the lyrics, and I hope they also just enjoy the song as a straight-ahead, driving rock song.
 
Can you tell us about the upcoming record? How did the concept come to life?
 
I knew I wanted to record an album to translate fully what was in my head into a finished product.  Plus I just love recording.  Over the course of many gigs we tried out a number of songs.  In the end I wanted an album with plenty of music (thus not an EP) and one that offered a good variety of grooves, feels, textures, and lyric ideas.  And since it will be most folks’ introduction to STORYTOWN, it was important for the album to convey the breadth of musical experiences that the band aspires to create.
 
What is the ultimate inspiration when penning the tracks for singles and for the upcoming release?
 
The singles are – no surprise – meant to be a bit catchy and more up than downbeat.  One of the tracks on the album is called “Sad” – needless to say this will not be one of the singles.  
 
I grew up listening to pop hits and I love catchiness.  But I have to admit that every time I try to write a song according to some kind of “criterion” (I might, for example, say to myself, “Self, write me a ‘hit’!”), at some point early in the process the song takes over, and eventually it ends up being whatever it wants to be, with me having been relegated to a servant in the service of the song.
 
Do you produce and record your own records, or do you head into the studio? 
 
For this first album we headed straight to the studio, although of course much earlier I had come up with “starter arrangements” for the songs at home.  And the band had played and refined all the songs many times, both in rehearsal and in front of live audiences.  But I did take on the role of “producer” for this album.
 
What are your key musical goals for the end of the year?
 
For myself as a performer I want to improve my singing and my live performing.  As for the band, we’d like to play live more, especially to new audiences.  And I’m already writing more songs.  So, I guess, more of everything.  More more more!
 

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CLOUZINE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC AWARDS Fall 2018

Hi friends and alums,

We started to accept registrations for FALL 2018..
You can send an email to Demir at clouzine@yahoo.com showing your interest and you will be added to our mailing list.

Thank you all for your comments, for your supporting public/personal messages, and for sharing yor awards' pics on the Social Media. We try to represent and promote all your achievements on our websites, blogs and social media.
You may also send your ideas, write-ups etc to our blog.
Send your article, review or anything in connection with your works, plans or schedules to Demir at clouzine@yahoo.com

As for Awards 2017 and Spring 2018, there was a big number of submissions worldwide. We hope that 2018 will be a great year for all of us. As you all know we don't limit the submissions to new works only. Any of your works from any year is eligible. So keep this in mind.

Decisions will be made by our Billboard charted team of Clouzine plus some European journalists (they listen to submitted material without being informed about the artist, so only the music counts).
Winners get a framed award sent to their addresses. You may check that on our Facebook sites:
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Winners who were not featured before, have a slot for an interview in one of coming issues of Clouzine Magazine.

Maybe your work gets now the recognition that it had already deserved. Wishing all the best to our alums and all artists who submitted their awesome works.

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Up Close and Personal with Rebecca Haviland
Rising above, Rebecca Haviland has been on our radar for the better half of the past few months. Her infectious indie sound brings doses of artists like Jenny Lewis to the mix, as she croons and entices with her upcoming release in tow. We had the pleasure of chatting with Rebecca Haviland about her upcoming release, as she has just been on tour with the legendary Martin Sexton.
 

When you are writing music, what comes first, the music or the lyrics?

 

For me it’s usually the music.  I like to play around with my pedal board and create a really interesting tone or sit down at the wurlitzer or piano, then l let that steer me in the direction of what the song will be about lyrically, kind of making up words and improvising melodies over the chords.  Then those strange sounds start to shape into actual lyrical phrases.

 

What is the inspiration and aspirations behind the latest single release?

 

The inspiration behind the single “Bright City Lights” is a bit political and feminist.  I know a lot of musicians and songwriters have been moved by the current political and social climate, and I was eager to write my own take on how all these things are making me feel.  “Bright City Lights” is about not assuming anything about someone based on where they are from or their sex, that it is important for everyone to have their own kind of feminism, and for people to speak out about politics in their own way.

 

Can you tell us about the upcoming record? How did the concept come to life?

 

The upcoming record is a 7 song EP. The songs were written over the course of a few months, and were all written by me.  I had been on tour for most of 2015 and 2016 playing keys and guitar for a mainstream pop artist.  While it was a lot of fun and a great experience, it wasn’t the music that was truest to my heart.  So when I get off tour, I spent a lot of time digging around for new, inspiring music.  I found a lot of great songwriters that helped give life to my songwriting again, including The Staves, David Ramirez, and Lisa Leblanc. Conceptually I tried to write songs that really spoke to the emotions of being a touring, female musician- traveling, being away from loved ones, my eagerness to continue making music no matter what, and of course politics and a bit of feminism.

 

What is the ultimate inspiration when penning the tracks, especially on the new record?

 

The songs are about a variety of things, including one inspired by the late, great Sharon Jones, called “This Time Around”.  I had watched an incredible documentary about her struggle with cancer, and how she made music and toured right up until the end.  The song is about a fictional character’s battle with death coming for them on their way to a gig.  There is also another tune on the record called “You and I” that’s about dealing with the loss of my grandfather a few years ago.  The last song I wrote for the record called “57 Chevy” is about growing up on the road, and not feeling like I’ve aged one bit! I think the road keeps you young, and this song talks about my desire to not let time catch up with me, but also to not let things pass me by that are supposed to happen at certain points in my life.

 

 

Do you produce and record your own records, or do you head into the studio? 

 

Our first record that we tracked in 2012 was co-produced by myself and my bass player Chris Anderson.  It was a great learning experience, but also a lot of responsibility to be recording and producing at the same time.  For our new record, we decided to work with producer Don Dilego (Hollis Brown, Jessie Malin).  He really understood the sound we were going for, and hooked us up with Atomic Sound, an incredible studio space in Brooklyn, NY.  We tracked the record to 2” tape, through a vintage Neve console, with a lot of incredible vintage gear.

 

What are your key musical goals for the end of the year?

 

I’m really excited to be releasing the record in April of this year, and I’ll be heading back out on tour with my bass player Chris Anderson opening for Martin Sexton on his winter tour in February and March.  So my goals for the year are really just to keep getting my new music out into the world, and keep playing more shows all over, hopefully a bunch with the full band.

 

Watch Rebecca Haviland's video for "Bright City Lights" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exArhLC0Igw

 

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Ancient Future Times: Building Ancient Future\'s Future

Ancient Future Times

Ancient Future Times: Building Ancient Future's Future

April 2018 Issue:

Building Ancient Future's Future
•Path to Progress for World Fusion Music Seen Ahead

Ancient Future Duet at Watermelon Music in Davis
•World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort with Uzbek Percussion Ambassador Abbos Kosimov

Free Sonoma Library Concert Series Finale
• Matthew Montfort with Indian Tabla Virtuoso Vishal Nagar

A Future for Music Education
•Ancient Traditions Hold the Key


Building Ancient Future's Future

 

InterMusic SF LogoPath to Progress for World Fusion Music Seen Ahead

The previous issue of the Ancient Future Times reported on the challenges facing music in the digital age and Matthew Montfort's efforts with the Content Creators Coalition to make positive change to mitigate the tech industry's "creative disruption" of the music business.

We asked for help, and are happy to report that progress is being made!

Ancient Future Signs Fiscal Sponsorship Deal with InterMusic SF!

Ancient Future has been experiencing a shortfall between the income that comes in from concerts and recordings and what is needed to support our mission. Donations can help make up the difference, and we are proud to announce that Ancient Future has been accepted for fiscal sponsorship with InterMusic SF (formerly San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music). InterMusic SF is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization, and now donations on behalf of Ancient Future are 100% tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

So, Now You Can Make a Tax Deductible Donation to Subsidize Concerts...

Like the symphony, Ancient Future's world music rehearsals and performances cannot be supported by ticket sales alone. Yet arts funding has been cut drastically, especially in the USA and in California, and the advancement and indeed survival of the art of music is at stake.

Your tax deductible contribution can help support Ancient Future's local Northern California concert season, or provide seed money to bring Ancient Future to perform in your area.

Donate to Ancient Future Through InterMusic SF!

Support the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings...

Photo of Bui Huu Nhut Recording A.F.A.R.
Photo by Michael Braden of Bui Huu Nhut Recording A.F.A.R.

In 2017, there were over 1.5 million streams of tracks on Ancient-Future.Com Records. Over 95% of those streams were ad supported, and 89% were on YouTube. Unfortunately, YouTube only paid $0.00006 per stream. Streaming rates were allowed to be set so low partly due to the assertion that free streaming would result in increased sales, but for the year that saw an unprecedented 1.38 million ad supported streams of tracks from Planet Passion, only 233 track downloads from the record were sold.

A music distribution system dominated by ad supported streaming does not support the creation of new recordings, so we have been exploring another way to fund recordings. The concept of the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings (A.F.A.R.) is to involve fans of world fusion music in supporting the production of an archive of live and studio recordings of cross cultural collaborations. The best of these recordings will be selected to be released commercially at a "future" date, at which point they will be on their way to becoming "ancient" recordings, hence the title.

There are already more tracks in the archive than will fit on a CD, and there are three new studio tracks currently in production that will add over 30 more minutes of music to the archive.

There are four supporter thank-you packages available ranging from $15 to $75 offer everything from 128 kbps mp3 downloads all the way up to 96k 24 bit hi-res recordings. Detailed information on the various supporter packages and the benefits included can be found at www.ancient-future.com/afar.html.

And now you can make a tax deductible donation to the project at the Ancient Future donation page on InterMusic SF!

A.F.A.R. Behind the Scenes

Abbos Kosimov records A.F.A.R., 3/7/13
Uzbek Percussionist Abbos Kosimov Recording A.F.A.R. YouTube Video

And Volunteer to Create a World Fusion Support Organization!

InterMusic SF also provides workshops and support to help affiliates grow their organizations and apply for grants. The last issue of the Ancient Future Times asked for volunteers to help with fundraising, promotion, and booking tasks. Since then, there have been meetings to discuss creating a team of volunteers and benefactors. Some work has already been done by a wonderful volunteer who helped with updating Ancient Future's concert presenter database.

The following positions are envisioned:

  1. Director of Solicitations, Begging, and Busking. Duties include raising money for activities, applying for grants, and helping to build a non-profit organization to support world fusion music.
  2. Concert Circuit Creator. Duties include developing a circuit of world fusion friendly presenters and booking concerts.
  3. Anti-Social Media Manager. Duties include supporting and keeping in touch with those who have joined the #DeleteFacebook movement while encouraging cross-cultural pro-social communication on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other social media sites.
  4. Traditional Media Archeologist. Duties include searching through the charred remains of the traditional media to locate the whereabouts of current media contacts to maintain a database of world fusion friendly media.

Anyone interested in stepping forward is encouraged to email info@ancient-future.com. The positions could eventually become paid ones once sufficient financial support is generated by a genius Director of Solicitations, Begging, and Busking.


Ancient Future Duet at Watermelon Music in Davis

Photo of Abbos Kosimov and Matthew Montfort

World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort with Uzbek Percussion Ambassador Abbos Kosimov

One of the variations of the trailblazing world fusion music ensemble, Ancient Future, this duet features world guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort accompanied by Uzbek percussion virtuoso Abbos Kosimov. This improvisatory program focuses on the world music traditions of Central Asia, India, and Europe, renditions of music from Ancient Future's ground breaking world music recordings, and new unreleased works!

Saturday, April 28, 8 PM
Ancient Future Duet
Featuring Matthew Montfort (Scalloped Fretboard Guitar) and Abbos Kosimov (Uzbek Percussion)
Watermelon Music
1970 Lake Blvd., Suite #1
Davis CA 95616
Adm: $15. Tix at watermelonmusic.com. Info: Call 530-758-4010 or email info@watermelonmusic.com. Doors open at 7:30 PM.
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Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard and fretless guitars)

Photo of Matthew Montfort Recording A.F.A.R.

The leader of Ancient Future, Matthew Montfort, released his first solo recording, Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar, in 2009. He is a pioneer among guitarists who have had their fretboards scalloped in order to play various forms of world music that require intricate note-bending ornaments while still being able to play chords. He is recognized as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists by DigitalDreamDoor. He has performed concerts worldwide, from the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra on the golden coast of Spain to the Festival of India in Mumbai, and live on national shows such as the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Montfort wrote the book Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India, which has been used by many musicians to improve their rhythm skills.

Abbos Kosimov (Uzbek percussion)

Photo of Abbos Kosimov Recording A.F.A.R.
Abbos Kosimov with Drums in the Air YouTube Video

International phenomenon Abbos Kosimov is a master of the doyra (a frame drum with metal rings) and an ambassador of Uzbek culture. Abbos is known for taking the doyra to unprecedented new heights. He developed finger tapping techniques inspired by North Indian tabla masters, adding new dimensions to the instrument's sonic capabilities. Abbos also plays qayroqs, darbuka, dof, and riqq.

Abbos was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to a highly musical family. His father played santoor (hammered dulcimer) and his brother played ney (flute), and began studying doyra at age ten. In 1988, Abbos graduated from the College of Culture and Music under dorya master Mamurjon Vahbov. Abbos completed his higher education at the Tashkent State Institute of Culture in 1994, and established his own Abbos school where he taught the most talented youth of his country to play doyra. In honor of the 10th anniversary of Uzbekistan's Independence, Abbos was awarded with a medal and given the illustrious title of Honored Artists of Uzbekistan by the president of Uzbekistan. In 2005, Abbos moved to the United States, leading to performances and recordings with artists such as Steve Wonder, Zakir Hussain, Giovanni Hidalgo, Terry Bozzio, Swapan Chaudhuri, Kronos Quartet, and Omar Sosa.

Abbos released his solo album, Infinite Rhythm, in July 2012. That same year, Abbos met Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort when they were both hired to perform with renowned Indian singer Pandit Binay Pathak. Abbos has since recorded tracks for Ancient Future's fan funded recording project, The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings.


Free Sonoma Library Concert Series Finale

Photo of Matthew Montfort and Vishal Nagar
'Yearning for the Wind' by Ancient Future Ethnocloud Video

Matthew Montfort with Indian Tabla Virtuoso Vishal Nagar

The finale concert of a series of free hour long educational concerts by Ancient Future at Sonoma County libraries will introduce the audience to Indian rhythms and feature scalloped fretboard guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort accompanied by Indian tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar.

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 2 to 3 PM
Ancient Future Guitar and Tabla Duet
Featuring Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar) and Vishal Nagar (tabla)
Sonoma Valley Regional Library
755 West Napa Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
Free. Info: 707-996-5217 or visit www.sonoma.lib.ca.us.
Facebook Event.


A Future for Music Education

Talking Drum, Gamelan, and Tabla

Ancient Traditions Hold the Key

While the musical period that Ancient Future has inhabited has been marked by some wonderful innovations, there have also been declines in the public perception of the value of music and major budget cutbacks to music education in public schools. Raising new generations without exposure to music education cannot be good for the art of music, or society in general.

We need to place more value on music, because it can bring people together in ways that other mediums can't. When President Bush visited Singapore in 2006, their diplomacy efforts included a gamelan performance. Invited to play himself, Bush beat a metalophone with a rubber mallet for a time, and then said: "I'm going to quit while I'm ahead." This is a shame, as he was obviously having fun and his first performance was greeted with applause by the members of the gamelan orchestra, as shown in World Rhythms News Issue 9. Imagine the conflicts that might be avoided if world leaders spent time learning the traditional music of their adversaries.

While heads of state may not yet be studying world music, you can make a difference in your own life by learning the ancient musical traditions of the world. Below are some educational resources available from Ancient Future.

Free Online Lessons at Ancient-Future.Com

The rhythmic and melodic aspects of the musical traditions of the world are a good place to begin one's studies. Timbre or tone color is often one of the first aspects of a musical tradition to be noticed by the uninitiated and many of the instruments in use in world music are very interesting subjects in themselves.

The fundamentals in primary school education are often described as the three R's: Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic. This world music training course concentrates on the three T's: Time, Tune, and Timbre.

The time portion of the training includes introductions to the rhythms of West Africa, home of the astounding art of polyrhythms; Bali, where the interlocking rhythms of gamelan music fill the night air; India, birthplace of tala (rhythmic cycles); the Arab world, home of iqa'at (rhythmic modes); and world fusion rhythms created by combining ideas from many traditions. The tune portion showcases rich melodic content of the ragas of North India and South Indian vina music arranged for guitar. Under timbre there are articles on North Indian sitar, South Indian vina, scalloped fretboard guitar, Andean charango, North Indian tabla, South Indian mridangam, Balinese gamelan, and the percussion of the Ewe orchestra of West Africa.

Workshops and Skype Lessons

30 Minute Skype Lesson.$50. Sale $36. Buy 1 Now. Custom private 30 minute online lesson via Skype or other video conferencing service.

Matthew Montfort offers online lessons in the subjects covered in the educational section of Ancient-Future.Com via Skype; rhythm workshops at conservatories, public schools, and resorts; and instruction for all styles of guitar, ukulele, bass, mandolin, sitar, and other plucked instruments.

Ancient Traditions - Future Possibilities

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Sale Celebrates New Audio Guides and Grooves for Gizmos

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India. By Matthew Montfort. Kentfield: Ancient Future Music, 1985. ISBN 0-937879-00-2. Comb Bound Book- $46.95 (SALE $33.95): Buy 1 Now. Book and Enhanced Audio CD Set with MIDI files- $74.95 (SALE $53.95): Buy 1 Now. New Best Buy! Book & Audio Guide/MIDI Download- $69.95 (SALE $49.95): Buy 1 Now.

This classic "world beat bible" by Matthew Montfort takes the student on a musical voyage through the ancient rhythmic traditions of Africa, Bali, and India with a series of exercises that require no instruments to perform. Interesting, imaginative and fun, these rhythm exercises will be of immense help to all music lovers, not just percussionists.

New Guides and Grooves

A.T.F.P. Audio Guide Tracks

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Audio Guide and MIDI Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (AF-0001, 2005. V 4.0, 2017). New Release! Companion MP3/MIDI Guide Tracks Download Set- $34.95 (SALE 24.95): Buy 1 Now. Companion Audio/MIDI Guide Tracks 2 Volume CD/CD-ROM Set- $39.95 (SALE $29.95): Buy 1 Now.

This new downloadable companion set of MP3 audio guide and MIDI groove tracks of the exercises in the book Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities is set up for playback on Mac and PC computers, tablets, and smartphones. The tracks are also available on a CD/CD-ROM set. The material is presented in two complimentary formats: audio guide tracks and MIDI groove tracks.

Audio Guide Tracks

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: MP3 Audio Guide Tracks. By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (2005). New Release! Companion MP3 Audio Guide Tracks Download- $24.95 (SALE 17.95): Buy 1 Now.

A set of 115 audio guide tracks of the exercises in Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities that enable learning by ear.

MIDI Groove Tracks

Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves: MIDI Percussion Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. Version 4.0. By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (1997. V. 4.0 2017). New Release! MIDI File Download- $24.95 (SALE 17.95): Buy 1 Now.

A complete set of 128 MIDI tracks that playback in Standard MIDI File compatible web browsers. For greater control or for use as rhythm tracks in audio productions, load them into a MIDI sequencer app (Mac, PC, iOS, Android, etc.) to loop tracks, change the tempo, or listen to individual parts. The files come arranged for General MIDI percussion and can be remapped to other instruments using the included MIDI maps.

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"You can view this deceptively slim masterwork from a few different angles: as a friendly yet serious appetizer on three of the most sophisticated rhythm systems on earth; a chance to work on your rhythmic sight reading; a three-culture dip with matching mp3s for your ears; a gateway to exotic spices, complete with MIDI files, for your songwriting or drumming; or a fun way to organically digest complex time signatures. No matter how you slice it, this scholarly labor of love is packed with rich flavors for those patient enough to harvest them." – E.E. Bradman, Bass Player Magazine

 

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FRENCH ACTOR DAVID SERERO TO STAR AS CYRANO DE BERGERAC IN NEW YORK

FRENCH ACTOR DAVID SERERO TO STAR AS CYRANO DE BERGERAC IN NEW YORK

 

French actor and baritone David Serero to star as Cyrano de Bergerac in New York this month.

 

This will be the first time in theater history that a native French actor, David Serero, will play Cyrano de Bergerac’s title role in America in english language. David Serero, born in Paris, has won large success and critical acclaim on New York stages for the last seasons portraying  iconic roles such as Shylock (Merchant of Venice), Othello’s title role, Barabas (Jew of Malta), King Lear (Yiddish King Lear by Jacob Gordin), Nabucco, Don Giovanni and more.

 

“This is a dream come true for me. I remember when I was a child and was reciting the verses of Cyrano (in french at that time) in my school. Many years later, I’m honored to bring this amazing play, which is for me the most beautiful love story ever, to the greatest city in the world for Theater and Entertainment: New York” said Serero.

 

David Serero will be the first French actor to play Cyrano de Bergerac in English in the United States. Originally written in French by Edmond Rostand, the play will be adapted in English by David Serero himself “After reading most of the translations available, I realized that they were all lacking of the French original style of Rostand, deviating more and more from the original one. It became evident for me to write a new adaption closer to the original. As I always do in my shows, I will bring this Classic to modern audiences without losing the eternal modernity of this character and adding my touch of champagne!” added Serero. Besides this fresh take, David Serero will also feature Jazz standards within the play “Cyrano is Jazz! It’s my way to bring both of the French and American cultures together. It’s a marriage that I dearly love, the perfect combination.”

 

2018 is a perfect year to play Cyrano as it is the 150th anniversary of the playwright Edmond Rostand as well as the 100th of his death. Serero will perform in Paris on June 30th for the official Edmond Rostand 2018 celebration and his anniversary. Thomas Sertillanges, founder of cyranodebergerac.fr and president of Festival Edmond Rostand 2018 welcomes the idea that a French actor plays and adapts this French classic to American audience and thus with Jazz standards.

 

For the closing performance of Cyrano of April 22nd, David Serero will celebrate his 37th birthday but also his 20th year on stage as an actor and singer.

 

The cast includes: David Serero (Cyrano), Mary Albert (Roxane), Andrew Erwin (Christian), Cesar Munoz (De Guiche), Gordon Gray (Ragueneau), Bradley Behrmann (Le Bret), Isaac Cruz (Ligniere), Lauren Taylor Berkman (Duenna), Cameron Addicott (Valvert), Elena Du Pisanie, Benjamin Culpepper, Shawn Chang. The production is directed and adapted by David Serero.

 

Cyrano de Bergerac will play April 12th (3pm), 15th (7pm - Premiere), 17th (8pm), 19th (8pm) and 22nd (7pm - Closing night) at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York NY 10011. Presented by the American Sephardi Federation. Tickets: cyranodebergerac.bpt.me or 1.800.838.3006. 

 

About DAVID SERERO

Actor and baritone, David Serero, has received international recognition and critical acclaim from all over the world. At only 36 years old, he has already performed more than 1,200 concerts and performances throughout the world and played in over 100 films and recorded 20 albums. He has given concerts in Paris at the PARIS OPERA GARNIER, OLYMPIA, EIFFEL TOWER; in New York at the LINCOLN CENTER, CARNEGIE HALL, TIMES SQUARE; in London at the ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC, WEMBLEY STADIUM; and in Moscow at the TCHAIKOVSKY HALL; in Amsterdam at the CONCERTGEBOUW, the BUDAPEST OPERA conducted by PLACIDO DOMINGO and more. He made his sold out WEST END debuts at the Dominion Theatre. He has sung more than 30 lead roles in Opera, Operetta and Musical Theater. In 2012, David Serero performed Don Quixote from MAN OF LA MANCHA in Paris and the title role from the revival of Duke Ellington's only musical: BEGGAR'S HOLIDAY and also starred in the cast album recording. In 2013, David performed with JERMAINE JACKSON in YOU ARE NOT ALONE, a musical written, directed and produced by David Serero. He has also produced and arranged I WISH YOU LOVE an album of Jazz standards for Jermaine Jackson. In December 2013, David shared the cover of Theatre & Performances with Barbra Streisand in London, and made his BROADWAY solo debut at the Snapple Theatre in New York and released his first studio album ALL I CARE ABOUT IS LOVE. In 2014, he released The Broadway Baritone featuring Broadway classics and toured in the UK with a performance on WEST END. During the summer 2014, he recorded the entire love letters's correspondence of NAPOLEON to Josephine and released his new studio album THE CROONER BARITONE, The FRANK SINATRA Classics for the 100th anniversary of Sinatra. In 2015 and 2016, he played Off Broadway the lead roles of SHYLOCK (MERCHANT OF VENICE) and OTHELLO's title role with both critical acclaim. In 2015, he performed two open air concerts on TIMES SQUARE (New York) for BEST OF FRANCE with the presence of the French President Mr Francois Hollande. He released SEPHARDI, an album of Sephardic music in Ladino language and records the title role of RICHARD III in French. In 2016, he releases ALL MY LOVE IS FOR YOU, a Pop Rock album, entirely composed, performed, arranged and produced by himself. He also played NABUCCO (Nabucco) in New York; and the title roles of DON GIOVANNI and RIGOLETTO at the CARNEGIE HALL. In 2017, David entered the prestigious WHO'S WHO AMERICA for demonstrating outstanding achievements in the entertainment world and for the betterment of contemporary society. In the summer 2017, he releases BARITONE OPERA ARIAS, singing opera classics such as Toreador (Carmen) and from operas Tosca, Nozze di Figaro, Fanciulla del West and Barbiere di Siviglia.

 

Among his performances in New York for the season 2017/2018 are title roles of CYRANO DE BERGERAC (Rostand), DON GIOVANNI (Mozart), BARABAS (Marlowe's Jew of Malta), Hermann (World Premiere adaptation of the Queen of Spades) and KING LEAR (Jacob Gordin's The YIDDISH KING LEAR).

 

In American Television, he has appeared in: The Hunt with John Walsh (CNN), Mysteries at the Museum (Travel Channel), Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall (NBC), Six Degrees of Murder (Discovery Channel), Checked Out, On The Case with Paula Zhan (Discovery ID), Rabid Beast (Animal Planet TV), Suddenly Rich (TLC TV), Whistleblowers (Spike TV), Blood Feuds - Gangs of New York (Discovery Channel), Pandora’s Box (Discovery ID), We Are New York WANY (New York TV), Quantico (ABC).

 

In American Films he starred in Alice in America, Tango Shalom, Winter Has No Sun, Most Beautiful Island, Paisanos in Paris, Following Phil, Terminal 5, Sheepshead, Again, Overload Rock or Die, The Redemption, Kingdom of the Alley, Ring Ring, Laundry Day, Capicola, Make it Work, There Will Come Soft Rains, Amarena, When I Sing, Hatikvah.

 

He starred in several commercials for Sotheby's & eBay, Bank of America, Don Julio Tequila, Khiel's, Volkswagen, BJ's, Pepsi, Mitsubishi Cars and more. Full biography on www.davidserero.com

 

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Ashta Eez Releases Brilliant New Single \

Ashta Eez is kind of a big deal in the house music world. The girl Ashta from down under has taken dance music by storm with her unbelievable production skills, powerful live sets, and transparency with fans. When it comes to role models in Zim House music almost nobody can beat Ashta Eez. Already have a massively successful 2018, Ashta has stepped things up significantly with her latest release – ‘Jive in Ghetto'. The tune is a bit more chilled out than your average Ashta release, but features silky smooth vocals. Check out the tune on the links below, as we cannot wait to see what comes next from Ashta Eez as 2018 pushes forward.

 

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Music Moja

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Kompoz Music

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Melobee music

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Ashta Eez is kind of a big deal in the house music world. The girl Ashta from down under has taken dance music by storm with her unbelievable production skills, powerful live sets, and transparency with fans. When it comes to role models in Zim House music almost nobody can beat Ashta Eez. Already have a massively successful 2018, Ashta has stepped things up significantly with her latest release – ‘Jive in Ghetto'. The tune is a bit more chilled out than your average Ashta release, but features silky smooth vocals. Check out the tune on the links below, as we cannot wait to see what comes next from Ashta Eez as 2018 pushes forward.

 

★Stream or Download the song on the following platforms★

 

Your listen

https://yourlisten.com/VIP263/ashta-eez-jive-in-ghetto

 

Ethnocloud

https://ethnocloud.com/Ashta_Eez_Music

 

Ampslam

http://www.ampslam.com/A/1169-ashta-eez/1462-ashta-eez/3314-jive-in-ghetto.html

 

Music Moja

https://musicmoja.com/track/905/ashta-eez-jive-in-ghetto

 

Kompoz Music

https://www.kompoz.com/music/collaboration/831443

 

Music Indie

https://www.indiesound.com/index.php?a=track&id=34857

 

Beat100

http://www.beat100.com/watch-video/ashta-eez---jive-in-ghetto_10139246/

 

Melobee music

https://music.melobee.com/share/track/f91dede6-055b-422f-887c-7b910ba4bcd2

 

Mdundo music

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Ashta Eez Hot New Release \

Ashta Eez "Missing You" On Repeat

 

 

Every once in awhile there’s a song that,from it's opening notes, you know is going to be something you play on repeat. Ashta Eez “Missing You” is that,three-fold. "Missing You” is the kind of wistful and bubbling ballad of love that only Ashta Eez could create. Her whispering sweet sultry voice is as delicate as a sob and as intimate and familiar as your own bedroom. The beat has an atmospheric quality to it. It sets you into a late night I'm-about-to-smash mood. Plus, the H.town singer's vocals work well with the tempo of the song.

 

Download the songs on the following links

 

Music indie

https://www.indiesound.com/index.php?a=track&id=34858

 

Ampslam

http://www.ampslam.com/A/1170-ashta-eez/1463-ashta-eez/3315-missing-you.html

 

Beat100

http://www.beat100.com/watch-video/ashta-eez---missing-you-_10139245/

 

2track

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Melobee

https://music.melobee.com/share/track/e8eb0d85-3156-4e0d-a727-3e7afa1fc26f

 

Mdundo

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Ethnocloud

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MEET MISS LENCY

Every year a new set of models rises through the ranks to become superstars, and the new year will have no shortage of promising talent. With the industry expanding to include social influencers, multi-hyphenates, and second-generation stars, there’s no telling where the next top model will come from. Still, there are a few exceptional beauties who are poised to make an impact and Lency is one of them. Valencia Ngwenya populary known as Lency, this model's got the look that makes you wonder why she not an It girl already, with dark hair and bold brows being her most striking features. She is one of the fastest rising model in Zimbabwe with looks you want to see more of, which is likely why she has already been cast in a bunch of shows and campaigns. From onset of her career, she's nailed it all, and we're waiting to see what the future has in store for this young beautiful lady

 

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Queen Astar Random Facts

WHO IS SHE

Astar is a tripple threat, she is a rapper, singer and trapper. Astar is also know as The HHYG QUEEN. HHYG (hipu hopu yeku ghetto) a popular Zimbabwean Music Brand founded by Ti Gonzi .

 

RANDOM FACTS

 

Well, this is something of a Cinderella story. Queen Astar , otherwise known to friends and family as Ester Tendere, has quietly been chipping away at a music career since 2015. Her big break finally came at 24 when “Till i die” exploded in the UK Music Chart Beat100 (it peaked at number 1) and quickly conquered the rest of Europe and Australia, through the VIP MUSIC DISTRIBUTION COMPANY. The powerful track is now finding love at 99.3 local radio. Her velvety vocals, gloomy sensibility and ornate imagery has sparked comparisons with Lil Kim Foxy , but that’s a little lazy. There are similarities, but Astar has a more obvious rap sensibility and appeals to a mature demographic.

 

HER MUSIC LINKS

Mdundo Music

http://mdundo.com/a/103778

 

Ethnocloud

https://ethnocloud.com/HHYG_QUEEN_ASTAR/?pg=about

 

Trippe J Unhearth

https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/vip-263

 

SoundCloud

https://soundcloud.com/user-613675490/astar-iam-the-queen-mp3

 

MN1

https://www.numberonemusic.com/vipmusicdistribution/song/744280-Astar-Cuba

 

Youtube

https://youtu.be/NjpuNHz8SOs

 

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The Canadian Consulate Hosts Northern Beat - A Grammy Week Showcase of Top Talent

Last month, the General Consulate of Canada put on a show for the ages! “Northern Beat”, the  exclusive GRAMMY Week show featured a slew of Canadian artists, including Neon Dreams, Dear Rouge, Iskwé,and double Grammy nominee Daniel Caesar.

Iskwé (which means ‘woman’ in her native language) was up first, coming clad in a white lace outfit and her face painted in the tradition of her Cree people. She blended a unique mixture of music influenced by her Irish and Cree/Métis roots with politically charged lyrics, dark soulful R&B rhythms, electronic flourishes, and trip-hop breakbeats that made for a truly one-of-a-kind set.

“Toronto’s golden child (The FADER)” Daniel Caesar was up next, and drew a sizable crowd all eagerly awaiting his arrival. Taking the stage with just an acoustic guitar and a keyboardist, Caesar showed the crowd exactly why he earned every ounce of those GRAMMY nominations and had his devoted audience enraptured and singing along within seconds.

Neon Dreams bought the energy back up with their signature blend of high-energy electro-pop that had the crowd bouncing around in no time. NYC was just one stop on their 20+ city debut national tour of the US after making an impact on Canadian radio and racking up over 8 million streams on Spotify.

Lastly, Dear Rouge took the stage, with frontwoman Danielle McTaggart absolutely stealing the show with her dynamic stage presence and incredible blue getup. The 2016 JUNO “Breakthrough Band of the Year” tirelessly rocked the stage like a re-energized Metric, keeping a hard-to-impress industry crowd enamored.

Following Dear Rouge, many thought the evening was over, but no- Michael Moore, of all people, made sure to simultaneously entertain and confuse attendees with his special rendition of the Canadian National Anthem. Oh, Canada!

 

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Single release announcement:

Mirage records confirm that " So Much Love" the 2nd single from Ali Hugo's smash hit EP [Time Machine] will be released on May 4th, 2018.

Ali Hugo's Quote:-

"I always believe that credit should be given where it's due, "So Much Love" would not have been born had it not been for the inspiration of the awesome music by Michael Frank"

"Jazz Lives On"

See you on the road,

Love Hugo.

 

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The 21st anniversary edition of the NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival features compelling stories and evocative documentaries about Iraqi, Syrian, Mexican, Egyptian, Israeli, French, Tunisian, Ethiopian, and Greek communities

The 21st anniversary edition of the NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival features compelling stories and evocative documentaries about Iraqi, Syrian, Mexican, Egyptian, Israeli, French, Tunisian, Ethiopian, and Greek communities 

The American Sephardi Federation’s NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival showcases contemporary voices steeped in the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities. The ten-day Festival features premiere film screenings, intriguing stories, evocative documentaries, Q&As with filmmakers, as well as special honorees and guests. The Pomegranate Awards Ceremony on Opening Night celebrates Sephardi excellence in the arts. Past recipients include Senior Counselor to the King of Morocco André Azoulay, French-Algerian recording legend Enrico Macias, Kuwaiti star and human rights activist Ema Shah, and Morocco-Israeli poet Erez Bitton.

Each night of the Festival is a different themed program honoring the rich and diverse communities ASF represents.

“For the NYSJFF 21st Edition, we are proud to present poignant and powerful programs, including a number of New York premieres,” said Sara Nodjoumi, Artistic Director of the New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival. 

“From Stars, Konrad Wolf’s classic, cinematic gem on the Greek Holocaust experience, to Cecile Peck’s Brave Miss World about a Moroccan-Israeli beauty contestant’s struggle against sexual violence, these are universal stories that speak to the issues of our time (discrimination, persecution, immigration, resistance) and all time,” Nodjoumi said.

NYSJFF Artistic Director Sara Nodjoumi produced The Iran Job, and is a programming alumna of the Tribeca Film Festival, where her latest film, When God Sleeps, premiered earlier this year. 

David Serero, the producer of the NYSJFF's star-studded 20th edition, returns to produce this year's Festival. A Moroccan-French opera singer and actor with many credits to his name, Serero previously created and starred in ASF's successful theatrical season (Merchant of Venice, Othello, and Nabucco), and will star in April and June 2018 as Cyrano de Bergerac and Don Giovanni at the ASF.

All films and events are taking place at the Center for Jewish History located at 15 West 16th Street. The complete list of selected NYSJFF films with dates, times, as well as pass and ticket information can be found at www.nysephardifilmfestival.org 

Moroccan Opening Night, Monday, March 5th at 7pm.

On March 5th 2018 at 7pm, the Annual Pomegranate Awards Ceremony will feature a special performance of Sebt Gnawa, the revival of the seldom summoned Moroccan-Jewish spirits, by Grammy-nominated Innov Gnawa with Sephardi Jazz trumpeter Itamar Borochov.

The 21st NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival will commence with an exclusive cultural experience: the summoning of seldom heard Jewish spirits from the Gnawa repertoire.

Gnawa, the traditional, ritual healing music of black communities formed of former soldiers and slaves, who originated in Northern Mali and Mauritanian before being brought to Morocco, has "raw, hypnotic power [that has] fascinated outsiders as diverse as writer/composer Paul Bowles, jazz giant Randy Weston and rock god Jimi Hendrix." Sometimes called "the Moroccan Blues," Gnawa features unique instrumentation "from the lute-like sintir that the Maâlem uses to call the tune, to the metal qarqaba (castinets) with which the kouyos (chorus) keep time and pound out clattering, hypnotic rhythms."

Composed of Moroccan expatriates in America, the Grammy-nominated Innov Gnawa is working with Jaffa-born, Brooklyn-based Bukaharian Jazz trumpeter and composer Itamar Borochov to save the Sebt (in Moroccan Darija) or Shabbat spirits from oblivion. "Music is at the heart of the shared Judeo-Muslim Moroccan heritage. To have Itamar, whose played Jazz at Lincoln Center and whose latest album is a Downbeat Editor's Pick, come together with Innov to preserve and revive Sebt Gnawa is a most meaningful tribute to this legacy, and a wonderful way with which to celebrate the Moroccan culture of coexistence at the NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival," says Jason Guberman, Executive Director of the American Sephardi Federation.

The evening will feature a reception of traditional kosher Moroccan cuisine and presentation of the Pomegranate Awards, designed by Baghdad-born artist and ASF Board Member Oded Halahmy.

 

Tuesday, March 6th at 7pm: The Syrian Sephardic Community

THE SYRIAN JEWISH COMMUNITY: OUR JOURNEY THROUGH HISTORY

THE JEWS OF SYRIA, 1930-1967

Directed by Lisa Ades

Executive Produced by Joseph J. Sitt

Documentary Feature, 90 min, USA, 2014, English

 

From Executive Producer, Joseph J. Sitt, the sixth installment of his multi-part series on the Syrian Sephardi community, is the fascinating story of life in Syria for the Jews who remained there after the massive exodus to the US and other countries in the early 1900s. Weaving together stories of pogroms and fires in Aleppo and Damascus in 1947 and 1948, of repression and heroic escapes as Jews in Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt fled persecution, the mysterious Aleppo Codex (part of which was smuggled to safety in Israel), the courageous Rabbi Abraham Kalmanowitz who helped Syrian boys escape to New York, and the Jewish spy, Elie Cohen, who helped his brothers in Israel win the Six Day War before his capture and execution, this is an incredible film about one of the Jewish People’s oldest and most illustrious communities.

 

Wednesday, March 7th at 7:00pm: Anti-Semitism in France

WHY DO THEY HATE US?

Directed by Alexandre Amiel

Documentary Feature, 81 min, France, 2016, French with English subtitles

NY Premiere

Followed by a Panel discussion

 

In 2015, French and Belgian-born ISIS terrorists massacred civilians in Paris, including at the office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the famed Bataclan Theatre. Motivated by these attacks—the deadliest in France since World War II—and his son’s questions about the murderers, Alexandre Amiel, a French-Moroccan Sephardi filmmaker and veteran reporter, produced a trilogy of documentaries exploring hatred from the perspectives of its primary victims in French society by profiling three representatives: himself, Amelle Chahbi (a comedienne of Moroccan descent), and Lucien Jean-Baptiste (an actor and director who was born in the Caribbean). This NY premiere of the episode relating to anti-Semitism is a must-see in this age of rising religious and racial hatreds, nationalist chauvinism, and violence.

 

Thursday, March 8th at 7pm: Undying Romance in Mexico - Sephardi-style

NORA’S WILL

Directed by Mariana Chenillo

Narrative Feature, 90 min, Mexico, 2010, Spanish with English subtitles

Followed by a Mexican After-Party

 

When his ex-wife Nora dies right before Passover, José is forced to stay with her body until she can be properly put to rest. He soon realizes he is part of Nora’s plan to bring her family back together for one last Passover feast, leading José to rediscover their undying love for each other. A comedy like no other, and directed by Mariana Chenillo, the first female director to win Mexico’s Best Picture Award.

 

Saturday, March 10th at 8:30pm: Classic Movie Night: Greek Sephardim in the Holocaust

STARS

Directed by Konrad Wolf

Narrative Feature, 88 min, East Germany / Bulgaria, 1959, German, Bulgarian, Yiddish, and Ladino with English subtitles

 

A classic film from one of Germany’s greatest filmmakers, Stars won The Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1959. The film exquisitely tells the story of a Nazi officer who falls in love with a Greek-Sephardi Jewish girl while escorting Jewish prisoners through Bulgaria to a concentration camp.

 

Sunday, March 11th at 1:30pm: The Promised Land: Ma’abarot Memories

THE ANCESTRAL SIN 

Directed by David Deri

Documentary Feature, 109 min, Israel, 2017, Hebrew and Darija (Moroccan Arabic) with English subtitles

NY Premiere

 

In the first two decades after the re-establishment of Israel, the director’s family, originally from Morocco, were part of the wave of refugees from Greater Sephardi communities who came to the fledgling Jewish State. 

As other immigrants coming to this Promised but poor land, Deri’s family were taken to a “development town,” Yeruham in the Negev Desert, as part of a population disbursement policy that pushed Sephardim to the country’s periphery. This chilling documentary shares personal stories that reveal the price immigrant-families have paid and the price still being paid by Israeli society for the discriminatory policies of its Ashkenazi-dominated early years.

 

ROCK IN THE RED ZONE (3:30pm)

Directed by Laura Bialis

Documentary Feature, 92 min, Israel, 2014, English & Hebrew with English subtitles

 

Fear and danger are never far for residents of the development town, Sderot, where missiles rain down on civilians routinely from Hamas and other Islamist forces in the nearby Gaza Strip. Despite the almost daily trauma, a community of young artists—Greater Sephardi Jews of mainly Moroccan, Kurdish, and Persian descent—have found an artistic outlet for their anger and hope, creating world-infused music every single day.

 

Sunday, March 11th at 5:30pm: The Egyptian Experience

STARTING OVER AGAIN 

Directed by Ruggero Gabbai

Documentary Feature, 64 min, USA, 2015, English

NY Premiere

 

Filmed in Paris, Milan, New York, London, Washington, Sydney, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem, this personal documentary is the story of Egyptian Jews during 1948-1956. Narrated by twenty witnesses, this NY premiere deftly weaves historical events and archival footage, a powerful film about resilience and reinvention.

 

THE BAND’S VISIT (7:00pm)

Directed by Eran Kolirin

Narrative Feature, 87 min, Israel, 2007, Arabic & Hebrew with English subtitles

 

When a band of eight Egyptian musicians arrive by mistake in a small town in Israel’s Negev Desert, they stop at a restaurant owned by Dina (the late and great ASF Pomegranate Award Honoree, Ronit Elkabetz), who offers them lodging. Now an award-winning Broadway musical, this classic is both a clever, subtle slice-of-life comedy, and poignant cross-cultural exploration.

 

Monday, March 12th at 7:00pm: Young Professionals Night - A Moroccan Israeli’s #MeToo

BRAVE MISS WORLD

Directed by Cecilia Peck

Documentary Feature, 92 min, USA, 2013, English, Hebrew & Italian with English subtitles

Q&A with Filmmaker

Preceded by a Happy Hour

Weeks before winning the 1998 Miss World pageant, Moroccan-Israeli teen Linor Abargil was held captive and raped by her travel agent while heading home from an Italian modeling assignment. Ten years later, she resolved to confront her past and reach out to other rape survivors. An inspiring story about courage and the universal struggle to stop rampant sexual violence against women.

 

Tuesday, March 13th at 7pm: SEPHARDI SHORTS PROGRAM

THE PIRATE CAPTAIN TOLEDANO

Directed by Arnon Shorr

Short Narrative, 10 min, USA, 2017, English

NY Premiere

 

On a 16th century ship, a Jewish stowaway who fled the Inquisition wants to

become a pirate to avenge Spanish persecution. The captain must decide whether to make him a pirate... or make him walk the plank. An imaginary take on the real history of the Sephardi pirates of the Caribbean.

 

SARA LEVY COHEN

Directed by Zohar Melinik

Documentary Short, 13 min, Israel, Ladino & Hebrew with English subtitles

NY Premiere

 

A 96-year old woman has lived in the same apartment for 70 years in Jerusalem. Before immigrating to Israel from Turkey, she sang traditional songs in Ladino, her mother-tongue. While Ladino fades away, it also reveals a story of cultural identity in constant motion.

 

116 CAMERAS

Directed by Davina Pardo

Documentary Short, 16 min, USA, English

 

As the Holocaust survivor community ages, the USC Shoah Foundation has embarked on an ambitious new project to transform survivors into 3D digital projections that will interact with generations to come. Short-listed for a 2018 Academy Award, 116 CAMERAS follows Auschwitz survivor Eva Schloss, as she goes through this unique process and reflects on how her role as a Holocaust speaker has changed over time. 

The film's Emmy Award-winning director, Davina Pardo, received ASF's Ronit Elkabetz "Rising Star" Pomegranate Award at the 20th NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival.

 

KEEP IT COOL

Directed by Na’ama Keha

Narrative Short, 17 min, Israel, Hebrew with English subtitles

Q&A with Filmmaker

 

Tomer, a teenage girl, has an unexpected visit by her older brother Uri, who has been injured during his service in the IDF and is now confined to a wheelchair. Uri is aware of his impotence while Tomer is just discovering her own sexuality and womanhood. 

An uncomfortable first film from this year’s Ronit Elkabetz “Rising Star” Pomegranate Award Recipient.

 

Wednesday, March 14th at 7pm: On the Road to Zion

TWO ZIONS: THE LIVING LEGACY OF THE QUEEN OF SHEBA & KING SOLOMON

Directed by Cheryl Halpern

Documentary Feature, 58 min, USA / Ethiopia / Israel, English, Amharic & Hebrew with English subtitles

Q&A with filmmaker & subject

 

“Two Zions” tells the story of people from two seemingly disparate countries who share a bond originating in biblical times. Focusing on the “Zions” of Jerusalem, Israel and Axum, Ethiopia, and the fascinating history that links these holy places, the film focuses on the relationship between King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.

 

CLOSING NIGHT: Thursday, March 15th at 7pm: Tunisia & Iraqi Closing Night

JOURNEY FROM TUNISIA

Directed by Jonathan Maimon

Short Documentary, 30 min, USA, English, Arabic, & Hebrew with English subtitles

NY Premiere

 

What began as a few simple interviews of his Sephardic grandparents turned into an epic and spell-binding documentary about emigration, immigration, upheaval, disappointment, and adaptation. The film features rare archival footage of the Nazi invasion of Tunisia during World War II, as well as the joyous celebration of its liberation by Allied Forces in May 1943. Journey from Tunisia is a film about the upheaval of centuries-old roots for Jews and their Arab neighbors in North Africa, and the creation of new-old roots in Israel.

 

REMEMBER BAGHDAD

Directed by Fiona Murphy

Feature Documentary, 69 min, UK / USA, English

NY Premiere

Q&A with Filmmaker

 

In this expertly made documentary, using a unique blend of powerful home movies and photos, alongside public source news footage, we meet several storied Baghdadi Jewish families: the Dallals who import tires, the Khalastchis who sell cars, the Shamashes who are property developers and politicians, and the Dangoors who import Coca-Cola - all working in partnerships with their Muslim Iraqi friends and neighbors. The story of Baghdad’s last Jews—from gaiety to revolutions, community celebrations to persecution and public hangings—opens out onto the wider story of the effectual end of Iraq’s Jewish community after 2,500 years.

 

About The American Sephardi Federation

The American Sephardi Federation, a Partner of the landmark Center for Jewish History, proudly preserves and promotes the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities as an integral part of the Jewish experience. ASF hosts high-profile events and exhibitions, produces widely-read online (Sephardi World Weekly and Sephardi Ideas Monthly) and print (The Sephardi Report) publications, supports research, scholarship (see: ASF’s 2018 Broome & Allen Fellowship and Scholarship Recipients), and the National Sephardic Library & Archives, and represents the Sephardi voice in diplomatic and Jewish communal affairs as a member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and World Jewish Congress.

 

 

Media Relations:

THE CULTURE NEWS

news@theculturenews.com

646.724.3129

 

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Emil 13 is On Fire with New Single

Emil 13 is on fire with his new single "Spark It Up" Featuring Gunplay. You could say Emil was predestined to be onstage. While he was a budding rapper in high school messing with rhyming in his buddy’s basement, he attended a concert where he severally injured his thumb after an ambitious crowd-surfing antic where he attempted to mount the stage. Post high school, the pain from the injury truncated his desire to pursue a future in massage therapy, leaving him aimless and career less. With nothing to lose, he turned to thing that gave him the most pleasure: rapping. Hailing from Ontario, the artist is on the rise with a string of successful singles, the most current you can find below.

 

 

Give a listen to "Spark It Up" here: https://soundcloud.com/emil13x/spark-it-up-feat-gunplay

 

 

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Rossemberg Maza Comes Alive with Video in Tow

Rossemberg Maza is a musical delicacey with his new single and video for "A Bad Guy." Infusing elements of EDM, R&B, Pop, Rick, and even Hip Hop, he brings a sound that you will not soon forget. With the video in tow, he draws you in even more so to the song as his artisic vision comes to life from every angle. Taking three years to complete his newest release, "A Bad Guy,"  the first taste of the record is surely a labor of love and devotion. We look forward to hearing more of Maza in the coming months, as he's already starting to take 2018 by storm.

 

Watch "A Bad Guy" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tr7oXI7LOXk

 

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Rebecca Haviland: Be on the Lookout!

Rebecca Haviland is an enchanting artist that will soon be releasing her new record "Bright City Lights." The ambitious musician goes above and beyond to  hone and craft a sound that captivates within every listen. Her songs are filled with mystical lyricism, showing her spirit within all. We had the pleasure of catching up with Rebecca as we enter a new year filled with brilliant new music. Also be sure to catch Rebecca on tour with Martin Sexton this Winter.

 
 

When you are writing music, what comes first, the music or the lyrics?

 

For me it’s usually the music.  I like to play around with my pedal board and create a really interesting tone or sit down at the wurlitzer or piano, then l let that steer me in the direction of what the song will be about lyrically, kind of making up words and improvising melodies over the chords.  Then those strange sounds start to shape into actual lyrical phrases.

 

What is the inspiration and aspirations behind the latest single release?

 

The inspiration behind the single “Bright City Lights” is a bit political and feminist.  I know a lot of musicians and songwriters have been moved by the current political and social climate, and I was eager to write my own take on how all these things are making me feel.  “Bright City Lights” is about not assuming anything about someone based on where they are from or their sex, that it is important for everyone to have their own kind of feminism, and for people to speak out about politics in their own way.

 

Can you tell us about the upcoming record? How did the concept come to life?

 

The upcoming record is a 7 song EP. The songs were written over the course of a few months, and were all written by me.  I had been on tour for most of 2015 and 2016 playing keys and guitar for a mainstream pop artist.  While it was a lot of fun and a great experience, it wasn’t the music that was truest to my heart.  So when I get off tour, I spent a lot of time digging around for new, inspiring music.  I found a lot of great songwriters that helped give life to my songwriting again, including The Staves, David Ramirez, and Lisa Leblanc. Conceptually I tried to write songs that really spoke to the emotions of being a touring, female musician- traveling, being away from loved ones, my eagerness to continue making music no matter what, and of course politics and a bit of feminism.

 

What is the ultimate inspiration when penning the tracks, especially on the new record?

 

The songs are about a variety of things, including one inspired by the late, great Sharon Jones, called “This Time Around”.  I had watched an incredible documentary about her struggle with cancer, and how she made music and toured right up until the end.  The song is about a fictional character’s battle with death coming for them on their way to a gig.  There is also another tune on the record called “You and I” that’s about dealing with the loss of my grandfather a few years ago.  The last song I wrote for the record called “57 Chevy” is about growing up on the road, and not feeling like I’ve aged one bit! I think the road keeps you young, and this song talks about my desire to not let time catch up with me, but also to not let things pass me by that are supposed to happen at certain points in my life.

 

 

Do you produce and record your own records, or do you head into the studio? 

 

Our first record that we tracked in 2012 was co-produced by myself and my bass player Chris Anderson.  It was a great learning experience, but also a lot of responsibility to be recording and producing at the same time.  For our new record, we decided to work with producer Don Dilego (Hollis Brown, Jessie Malin).  He really understood the sound we were going for, and hooked us up with Atomic Sound, an incredible studio space in Brooklyn, NY.  We tracked the record to 2” tape, through a vintage Neve console, with a lot of incredible vintage gear.

 

What are your key musical goals for the end of the year?

 

I’m really excited to be releasing the record in April of this year, and I’ll be heading back out on tour with my bass player Chris Anderson opening for Martin Sexton on his winter tour in February and March.  So my goals for the year are really just to keep getting my new music out into the world, and keep playing more shows all over, hopefully a bunch with the full band.

 

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Eli Lev Is a Standout Name with New Single

Washington D.C.-based artist Eli Lev, is a musician who crafts potent soundscapes from decades of traveling the world. "When I've been on the road and can't speak the language, I've always been able to play a song and suddenly everyone's singing and dancing. There's a connection there, and, in that instant, there is a community," he marvels. Lev's new single "Go Down," off his forthcoming album All Roads East, is inspired by a series of baptisms that he witnessed on the Jordan River.

 

Eli has built a robust profile through wowing audiences whenever he picks up a guitar. Select highlights from his national and international performances include appearing at Burning Man in Black Rock City, Nevada; Music on the Mall Festival in Washington DC; Kennedy Center Millennium Stage for the METRO Performs Series; and playing at the US Capitol building at the invitation of DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.

 

 

Listen to his new single on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/elilevmusic/go-down-1

 

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INTERNATIONAL GEM. RUSSIAN ARTIST JULIANA SINGS LATIN MUSIC

When you first start listening to an artist, there's an in-between period of them sharing and impacting your memory. You're searching for something familiar in their lyrics, their tone, ot their expressions: it's during that time, that the artist is most magical. Juliana is that magical moment. The internationally renowned Russian-American singer and actress she is remarkable talent: poised to leave her impact on the entertainment industry.

LOS ROMANCES DEL MUNDO (ROMANCES OF THE WORLD). MUSIC:

Rarely do artist completely change the direction of sound and do it so effortlessly as world music singer Juliana (Julia Polanskaya) does. Her latest music project showcased in Los Angeles, CA called "Los Romances Del Mundo" is so much more then average collection of musical recordings. It's a diverse fusion project that sends you on a roller coaster of feeling and to hear Juliana's voice is to be thrust headlong into climatic musical interlude.

"Historia Un Amor", enters with quant flamenco isntrumentation folloed by Juliana's impassioned vocal presence coupled with a solid music score this track is nothing short of amazing. "Si Nos Dejan" and "Fina Estampa", are both surprisingly beautiful tributes with well-timed drum cadences and a perfect amalgam of rich instrumentation. While "Nostalgias" Argentinian tango, is a genre shattering fusio of Latin Jazz with a little bit of pop (and I do mean little). Juliana's vocals are full of delightcreating melodic stories while simultaneousely drawing the listener into a musical trance.

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"Los Romances Del Mundo" - is the perfect combination of musical stories of love and passion coupled with pure artistic talent of Juliana. Its a solid work of art from beginning to end: in an age where music is coming to be more and more refined by one dimensional labels, Juliana's music timeless, genre defiant, and destined to be around for years to come.

 

 

 

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Kirstin Rebecca Gets \

Combining voice, harp, guitar, and songwriting, Kristin has developed her original performance style and sound. Kristin Rebecca successfully launched her solo career as a Modern Folk artist while she was in college. She combines the timeless nature of the folk genre with the modern feel of today’s music. She has written, composed and/or arranged all the songs she performs. Over the years, she has also had the pleasure of opening for national and regional touring artists.Her new single "Can I Be Honest," is delightful from start to finish. Her heavenly voice combines with the dreamy instrumentation to create a sound and single you will not soon forget.

 

Listen in here: https://soundcloud.com/krharp/can-i-be-honest

 

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Asha Pieper Is Lovely on \

Asha composes a singular adult contemporary pop that encompasses jazz harmony, smoldering torch singer vocals, and adventurous musical textures. The result is a cinematic aesthetic that entrances the listener with surprise twists in arrangement and instrumentation.Asha draws inspiration from artistic entities such as Stax Records, Motown, Impulse! Records, doo-wop, oldies radio, Phil Spector, and the world of musical theater.

Pieper states of the track:

“There was a period of time, that many of the relationships I held as secure and sacred, exploded. It took me a long time to realize, and to accept, that the world is heedy, and complex, and even if it doesn’t end with a happy ending, at least it’s over. And that can be something good.”  

 

Check out the video and socials at the following links:

"Voices" 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/AshaPieperMusic

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/ashapieper

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/ashapieper/ 

 

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GON BOPS and BRENDA NAVARRETE sign artist endorsement deal

Montreal, QC – April 4, 2016 - Brenda Navarrete is pleased to announce that she has signed an artist endorsement deal with the Gon Bops percussion company. The 26-year old singer, percussionist, composer and arranger from Havana, Cuba, will join the company’s elite lineup of top percussion professionals.

Brenda Navarrete’s percussion expertise first earned her an artist endorsement contract in 2013 with Canadian company Sabian, joining their roster of some of the world’s most talented percussionists. Brenda now takes the stage as a Gon Bops endorsed artist and will continue to dazzle audiences with her live performances on Alex Acuna Special Edition congas.

In March 2017, she signed a multi-release recording deal with Toronto-based ALMA Records and her solo debut, MI MUNDO, was released worldwide in January 2018. Recorded in Havana and Toronto with producer Peter Cardinali (ALMA's founder), award-winning engineer John “Beetle” Bailey and an all-star cast of Cuban instrumentalists, the stylistically-eclectic album delivers a fresh and unique interpretation of contemporary World and Jazz music, while shining light on Brenda’s rare skills and musical originality.

 

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MI MUNDO released worldwide

Latin Jazz Network calls Brenda Navarrete "one of the best-kept secrets of her generation", and her highly anticipated debut album, MI MUNDO, is now available worldwide! Reviews have been great, so follow the buzz and get your copy today!

"I really like to mix genres and sounds, and that's where MI MUNDO comes from," says Brenda, who's Afro-Cuban and Jazz foundations collide with world music on her new release. The multi-talented singer, percussionist, composer and arranger's skills on Bata drums and congas are also highlighted on MI MUNDO, which features an array of Cuba's hottest musical talent. Those recording on the album include Cuban-Canadian piano master Hilario Durán, Rolando Luna, Alain Pérez, Munir Hossn, Melvis Santa, Adonis Panter and Osaín del Monte, drummers Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernández and Rodney Barreto and more!

Watch for Brenda appearing on a stage near you as she brings her world to yours!

 

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SYBS Release New Video for \

"Motivation" by SYBS features "Coss Marte of ConBody fame- at 19, he was arrested and charged as a kingpin for a drug empire worth over $2 million a year and sentenced to seven years behind bars. While in prison, he lost 70 lbs in six months using only what was in his 9x6 cell and began training other inmates. After his release, he started ConBody, hiring ex-cons to deliver his prison style workout in his NY gym while livestreaming the classes." A brother-sister duo of Ugonna and Dobi Onyekwe, the two have taken the music world by storm in 2017, leaving us eager to hear what their 2018 endeavors bring. Be sure to watch the video from the eclectic group which you will find below.

 

"Motivation" by SYBS" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlFek6AYhQ8

 

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Winky D In Early Album Release | Gombwe

BY WINSTONE ANTONIO

WHILE basking in the glory 
of his victory as the Coca
-Cola ZBC- TV Coke Top 50 
Videos ultimate winner, 
dancehall sensation Winky D
 will on February 2 present
 an early present to his fans in
 form of an album (Gombwe)at 
Harare International
 Conference Center.Winky D
 has partnered with award-
winning music promoter 2
Kings Entertainment for the
 launch.It will be a two in one
 event that will also serve as 
a birthday bash for the Ninja 
President.In an interview
 with Standard Style, one of
 the event organisers Dee
 Nosh of 2 Kings Entertainment said
 preparations for the launch
 are already in motion.
“Winky D is a man of class, 
so we aredoing our best to 
make sure we maintain that 
and that is why we have 
decided to start preparations
 for the launch earlier so that 
we present a faultless event
 to the paymasters, who are 
the fans,” he said.“This is 
going to be a big launch not 
to be
 missed as it will be graced by some surprise guest
 artistes among other friends 
of Winky D who has grown a
 good fan base that has seen
 his shows attracting full
 houses.”He said the pricing
 of the launch tickets was
 favourable as they wanted fans 
to come in their numbers. He
 urged show-goers to buy their 
tickets selling at $7
 (ordinary) and $15 (VIP),
 thorough cash, swipe and 
ecocash in advance.The man
 himself, Ninja President has 
also started promoting the
 album launchto his fans 
(Magafa) through his official
 Facebook page, Winky D 
DiBigman.“It is with great 
pleasure that I hereby
 congratulate all Gafas who 
madeit into this New Year in
 Gafaful style, the long 
awaited new album titled
 Gombwe, will be released and
 launched on February 2 at the
 HICC. Itcarries my
 sensations, perceptions
 and prescribed actions for
 past, present and future Gafa life,
” he posted on his
 Facebook page.“I wish all of 
you a Gafaful new year with
 bigger and better energies to
 conquer the challenges of the
 past, present and future.
”Winky D’s lyrical prowess 
has gotten rich over the years
 that he has distinguished
 himself as a prolific social 
commentator who combines
 unparalleled lyrical prowess
 and engaging poetry.With his
 last year’s album Gafa Futi;
 Chi Extraterrestrial, he takes
 the crown for what can be 
undoubtedly themost versatile
 and mature local dancehall
 production.The popular chanter who describes himself as the Bill Gates of Zimdancehall, 
is also rated by music 
promoters among the 
country’s big five musicians in terms of crowd-pulling
 capacity.

 

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I do not fit in a box...
When I am asked, “What is it that you do?” and I reply that I compose music, the almost obligatory response is “What kind of music do you write?”
The Music Industry is largely to blame for the cultural categorization of music and the mental programming of listeners to choose which predetermined classification fits in best with their social mask. It is certainly more difficult to seek out obscure music that might be a revelation to the listener than it is to be a consumer of highly profitable, predictable product that is spoon-fed to your specified demographic.
This is not the exclusive practice of the commercial realm. Prominent music education organizations regulate that some pieces of music performed for competition must be by a composer not of American birth. This perpetuates the arcane notion that only European institutions can produce composers of any serious merit.
The Arts do not require categorization. There are as many types of music as there are those who create it. And more.
 

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The Yiddish King Lear by Jacob Gordin - Starring David Serero as King Lear

The YIDDISH KING LEAR by Jacob Gordin, one of the most famous Yiddish plays of all time, to be performed in New York at the Orensanz Foundation, starring David Serero as King Lear.

 

The YIDDISH KING LEAR, written by Jacob Gordin (aka the Jewish Shakespeare), is without a doubt one of the most famous Yiddish plays of all time. Starring David Serero in the title role of King Lear, this unique play will be performed on January 30th and February 1st 2018 at 8pm at the Orensanz Foundation located in the heart of the Lower East Side, New York.

 

This revival will be starring opera star and actor David Serero as Reb Dovidl Moysheles (King Lear). The rest of the cast will include Arielle Beth Klein (Taybele), Alexander Chilton (Yaffe), Ross Kugman (Treytel), Sarah Feinmark (Gitele), and more, as well as Shawn Chang on the piano. 

 

This staged-reading is adapted in English, featuring classic Yiddish songs. World premiere adaptation by David Serero. 

 

The Angel Orensanz Foundation is one of the most prestigious venues in New York. Notable artists have performed there such as Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and John Legend. The objective of David Serero is to bring Yiddish Theater back to the Lower East Side (which was the center of New York City's Yiddish theatre scene in the early 20th century) and the Orensanz Foundation is the ideal venue since it was formerly a synagogue.

 

This production is made in partnership with the YIVO foundation, home of the Yiddish culture which holds the original script of the Yiddish King Lear.

 

Beth Kaplan, great-granddaughter of Jacob Gordin and author of “Finding the Jewish Shakespeare - The life and legacy of Jacob Gordin” will attend both performances and will talk after the performances about Gordin’s life and the play.

 

Written in 1892, Jacob Gordin's the Yiddish King Lear is a legend of the Yiddish theater. It was the signature role of the great actor Jacob Adler (father of Stella Adler). Gordin’s groundbreaking opus was a fresh interpretation of the story of a patriarch with three daughters who are unkind and disloyal to him. In Gordin’s retelling, the hero is Reb Dovidl Moysheles, a Russian-Jewish merchant whose daughters abandon their filial love and duty towards him. Only one will show him her true love. In David Serero’s adaptation, classic Yiddish songs of the era are added to the play, making it a classic Yiddish Musical!

 

About the YIDDISH KING LEAR

A wealthy Russian Jew prepares to celebrate Purim with his three daughters. The eldest is married to an intelligent, orthodox student of religion. The middle daughter is married to a lively young Hassid. And the youngest is married to a nice bright graduate student who has no particular use for Jewish observance at all. As you can imagine, this leads to lively discussion around the table. And when the old man announces that he's going to divide his business interests among the children and go to live in Israel, one immediately exclaims: "King Lear!" It's not a translation or an adaptation: it's the whole postmodern twist, transposed in a 1892 shtetl. This play changed Yiddish theater by bringing realism to the genre.

 

About YIVO

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is dedicated to the preservation and study of the history and culture of East European Jewry worldwide. For nearly a century, YIVO has pioneered new forms of Jewish scholarship, research, education, and cultural expression. Our public programs and exhibitions, as well as online and on-site courses, extend our global outreach and enable us to share our vast resources. The YIVO Archives contains more than 23 million original items and YIVO’s Library has over 400,000 volumes—the single largest resource for such study in the world. www.yivo.org

 

About the ORENSANZ FOUNDATION

The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts was established in 1992 as an artistic and cultural resource open to artists, writers, thinkers and leaders from all over the world, and to the community around us. Over the years we have welcomed and been inspired by Philip Glass and Spike Lee; Arthur Miller, Alexander McQueen, Salman Rushdie, Maya Angelou and Alexander Borovsky; Elie Wiesel and Chuck Close.

We cooperate with PS1/MoMA; The Goethe Institute and the Whitney Museum, New York; the Italian Cultural Institute, New York University; Columbia University and Princeton University; the National Russian Museum of St. Petersburg and the Royal Shakespeare Company of London; The World Council of Peoples for the UN, the United Jewish Council and the American Academy in Rome. We work with independent artists from all over the world to develop here educational and artistic projects. The Foundation has just opened a digital department of cultural and artistic projects with a strong educational basis in the community.

We publish a quarterly magazine, Artscape; a weekly TV program on MNN, and maintain an archive of 50,000 pictures of the work of Angel Orensanz. We run a library of social and cultural history as well as a collection of thousands of digital files and video of Angel Orensanz.

The Foundation prides itself in maintaining the building at 172 Norfolk St., the former Ansche Chesed Synagogue (1849), in its architectural integrity and in the tradition of the German Reform Movement of the mid 19th century. www.orensanzevents.com 

 

About DAVID SERERO

Actor and baritone, David Serero, has received international recognition and critical acclaim from all over the world. At only 36 years old, he has already performed more than 1,200 concerts and performances throughout the world and played in over 100 films and recorded 20 albums. He has given concerts in Paris at the PARIS OPERA GARNIER, OLYMPIA, EIFFEL TOWER; in New York at the LINCOLN CENTER, CARNEGIE HALL, TIMES SQUARE; in London at the ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC, WEMBLEY STADIUM; and in Moscow at the TCHAIKOVSKY HALL; in Amsterdam at the CONCERTGEBOUW, the BUDAPEST OPERA conducted by PLACIDO DOMINGO and more. He made his sold out WEST END debuts at the Dominion Theatre. He has sung more than 30 lead roles in Opera, Operetta and Musical Theater. In 2012, David Serero performed Don Quixote from MAN OF LA MANCHA in Paris and the title role from the revival of Duke Ellington's only musical: BEGGAR'S HOLIDAY and also starred in the cast album recording. In 2013, David performed with JERMAINE JACKSON in YOU ARE NOT ALONE, a musical written, directed and produced by David Serero. He has also produced and arranged I WISH YOU LOVE an album of Jazz standards for Jermaine Jackson. In December 2013, David shared the cover of Theatre & Performances with Barbra Streisand in London, and made his BROADWAY solo debut at the Snapple Theatre in New York and released his first studio album ALL I CARE ABOUT IS LOVE. In 2014, he released The Broadway Baritone featuring Broadway classics and toured in the UK with a performance on WEST END. During the summer 2014, he recorded the entire love letters's correspondence of NAPOLEON to Josephine and released his new studio album THE CROONER BARITONE, The FRANK SINATRA Classics for the 100th anniversary of Sinatra. In 2015 and 2016, he played Off Broadway the lead roles of SHYLOCK (MERCHANT OF VENICE) and OTHELLO's title role with both critical acclaim. In 2015, he performed two open air concerts on TIMES SQUARE (New York) for BEST OF FRANCE with the presence of the French President Mr Francois Hollande. He released SEPHARDI, an album of Sephardic music in Ladino language and records the title role of RICHARD III in French. In 2016, he releases ALL MY LOVE IS FOR YOU, a Pop Rock album, entirely composed, performed, arranged and produced by himself. He also played NABUCCO (Nabucco) in New York; and the title roles of DON GIOVANNI and RIGOLETTO at the CARNEGIE HALL. In 2017, David entered the prestigious WHO'S WHO AMERICA for demonstrating outstanding achievements in the entertainment world and for the betterment of contemporary society. 

In the summer 2017, he releases BARITONE OPERA ARIAS, singing opera classics such as Toreador (Carmen) and from operas Tosca, Nozze di Figaro, Fanciulla del West and Barbiere di Siviglia.

 

Among his next performances in New York for 2017/2018 are the title roles of CYRANO OF BERGERAC (Rostand), DON GIOVANNI (Mozart), BARABAS (Marlowe's Jew of Malta), Hermann (World Premiere adaptation of the Queen of Spades) and KING LEAR (Jacob Gordin's The YIDDISH KING LEAR).

 

In American Television, he has appeared in: The Hunt with John Walsh (CNN), Mysteries at the Museum (Travel Channel), Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall (NBC), Six Degrees of Murder (Discovery Channel), Checked Out, On The Case with Paula Zhan (Discovery ID), Rabid Beast (Animal Planet TV), Suddenly Rich (TLC TV), Whistleblowers (Spike TV), Blood Feuds - Gangs of New York (Discovery Channel), We Are New York WANY (New York TV).

 

In American Films he starred in Alice in America, Tango Shalom, Winter Has No Sun, Most Beautiful Island, Paisanos in Paris, Following Phil, Terminal 5, Sheepshead, Again, Overload Rock or Die, The Redemption, Kingdom of the Alley, Ring Ring, Laundry Day, Capicola, Make it Work, There Will Come Soft Rains, Amarena, When I Sing, Hatikvah.

 

He starred in several commercials for Sotheby's & eBay, Bank of America, Don Julio Tequila, Khiel's, Volkswagen, BJ's, Pepsi, Mitsubishi Cars and more.

 

Full biography on www.davidserero.com

 

 

About BETH KAPLAN

Born in Manhattan and raised in Canada, Beth Kaplan, an actress turned writer, is the author of three books: the Sixties memoir All My Loving; True to Life, a textbook about creative writing; and Finding the Jewish Shakespeare: the Life and Legacy of Jacob Gordin, the biography of her great-grandfather, reissued in paperback in 2012 and described by playwright Tony Kushner as “a witty, shrewd, elegant book that tells a story of vital importance.” Beth has lectured on Gordin, among many other places, at Oxford University, in French at the Medem Yiddish Library of Paris, and at the 92nd Street Y and the Stella Adler Studio in New York. In 2008, she delivered the Wexler Lecture in Jewish History in Washington, D.C. She has taught non-fiction writing at the University of Toronto and at Ryerson University for many years and is the winner of U of T’s Excellence in Teaching award.

After the performance, Beth will speak about her ancestor’s extraordinary life. Finding the Jewish Shakespeare will be available for sale and signing. The book is also available on-line. Purchase Finding the Jewish Shakespeare Online

 

WHAT: The Yiddish King Lear by Jacob Gordin.

WHEN: January 30th and February 1st 2018 at 8pm.

WHERE: The Orensanz Foundation, 172 Norfolk Street, New York, NY 10002.

 

Tickets: yiddishkinglear.bpt.me or 1.800.838.3006

Tickets are from $10 to $36.

 

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Do The Dance Of Your Soul

Nicole Beachy

“Always remember why you got into
the music business in the first place. It’s about
expressing yourself and speaking from the
heart and hopefully touching someone else’s
heart. It’s the dance of the soul. When it stops
being that, and thing aren’t happening for you,
go back to that truth. No matter what
ultimately happens, you will be happier if you
stay true to yourself.” 
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L\'École Anémochore - Trad Music School in Nouméa, New Calédonia

L'École Anémochore - Trad Music School in Nouméa, New Calédonia

Anemochore - a plant in which the fruits or seeds are dispersed by wind

New Caledonia is located in the southwest Pacific Ocean east of Australia. The archipelago, part of the Melanesia subregion, includes the main island of Grande Terre, the Loyalty Islands, the Chesterfield Islands, the Belep archipelago, the Isle of Pines, and a few remote islets.

L'École Anémochore ("The Anemochorous School") is a trad music school in New Caledonia focusing on oral transmission through traditional music from Europe (Ireland, France, Scandinavia) and Polynesia.

  • Flute lessons with flute player Lucie Périer
  • Irish Music workshop
  • Breton Music workshop
  • Trad music initiation workshop

http://www.ecole-anemochore.com

http://www.lucieperier.com

Irish music sessions in Nouméa

1st & 3rd Wednesdays at La Fiesta

Traditional Music in New Caledonia

The French took formal possesion of New Caledonia in 1853 and made the country a penal colony. The indigenous poulation, The Kanak, were excluded from the French economy and relegated to reservations and their culture was lost and traditions forbidden...

A huge work on the Kanak cultural heritage has been carried out for over two decade and kanak traditional music is taught again in music schools. The Kanak flute, one of the oldest and most sacred instrument in New Caledonia, has been re-invented, for it had been lost due to the French occupation.

 

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#RKC - Radio Kaos Caribou
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Itamar Borochov Quartet Featuring Innov Gnawa to perform at the Winter Jazz Festival on January 12th 2018

Itamar Borochov Quartet Featuring Innov Gnawa to perform at the Winter Jazz Festival on January 12th 2018

 

On January 12th 2018 at 6:40pm, world renowned Jazz trumpet player Itamar Borochov will perform with his quartet, featuring Innov Gnawa (Grammy nominated), during the Winter Jazz Festival at Nublu (151 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009).

 

Itamar Borochov’s band will include Rob Clearfield (e.piano), Tal Mashiach (bass) and Jay Sawyer (drums), joining Innov Gnawa are Maâlem Hassan Ben Jaafer (sintir, vocals), Samir LanGus (chorus, qraqeb) and Amino Belyamani (chorus, qraqeb).

 

Innov Gnawa just got a Grammy Nomination: BONOBO’S BAMBRO KOYO GANDA FT. INNOV GNAWA NOMINATED FOR BEST DANCE RECORDING. 

About Itamar Borochov

Israeli-born, Brooklyn-based trumpeter & composer Itamar Borochov connects lower Manhattan to North Africa, modern Israel and ancient Bukhara, celebrating traces of the divine that he finds in elegant sophistication, Middle Eastern tradition and downhome blues. Borochov brings a unique sound with him wherever he goes. Deeply immersed in the jazz tradition, Borochovʼs search for his personal roots resulted in an ever-expanding love for Arab and Pan-African musical sensibilities – a natural palette for a trumpeter-composer raised in Jaffa, an integrated Muslim-Jewish-Christian city.

After working with such legendary artists as Curtis Fuller and Candido Camero, and having served as arranger and co-producer for acclaimed world music sensation Yemen Blues, Borochov set out on his own path. His critically acclaimed debut recording Outset (2014) was included in the New York City Jazz Record’s Best of 2014 List, and his forthcoming album Boomerang was chosen as "revelation of the month" on Jazz Magazine. Audiences worldwide are falling for his enchanting sound and virtuosic expression.

Borochov has performed internationally at such prestigious venues and festivals as Lincoln Center (NY), The Kennedy Center, (Washington DC), SummerStage at Central Park (NY), Roskilde Festival (Denmark), Ethno Port Festival (Poland), Montreal Jazz Festival, Moscow Jazz Festival, and more. He has performed showcases at such important conventions as APAP, Babel Med, Womex, and Jazzahead.

Itamar Borochov, quickly gaining international recognition as a jazz innovator, continues  his musical quest, offering on Boomerang a music that reflects a rich global landscape seen firsthand, through the jazz tradition.

 

Mr Borochov has recently released in the U.S his critically acclaimed album “Boomerang” including his own compositions: https://goo.gl/7ob4tD

 

 

 

About Innov Gnawa

Innov Gnawa is a young musical collective dedicated to exploring Morocco’s venerable gnawa music tradition in the heart of New York City. Formed in the summer of 2014 by Moroccan expat Samir LanGus, the group draws on the considerable talents and expertise of Hassan Ben Jaafer, a Maâlem, or master gnawa musician, originally from Fes, Morocco. Under the guidance of Ben Jaafer, Innov has delved deep into the roots and rituals of gnawa music, and made a big splash in NYC, playing some of the city’s most prestigious rooms including Lincoln Center, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bowl and the storied backroom of Brooklyn’s Barbès.


For the uninitiated, gnawa music is the ritual trance music of Morocco’s black communities, originally descended from slaves and soldiers once brought to Morocco from Northern Mali and Mauritania. Often called “The Moroccan Blues”, gnawa music has a raw, hypnotic power that’s fascinated outsiders as diverse as writer/composer Paul Bowles, jazz giant Randy Weston and rock god Jimi Hendrix. The music is utterly singular, played on an array of unique instruments — from the lute-like sintir that the Maâlem uses to call the tune, to the metal qarqaba (castinets) with which the kouyos (chorus) keep time and pound out clattering, hypnotic rhythms.

 

Hailed by Brooklyn Magazine as one of the "5 Bands You Need to Know in Brooklyn's Arabic Music Scene", Innov Gnawa make great use of this traditional repertoire, and add their own, contemporary spin with additional African and Latin percussion. Taken as a whole, this exciting new outfit works hard to fuse a centuries old North African tradition with the pulse and attitude of New York City now.

 

Link to purchase tickets: https://venuepilot.co/events/15543/orders/new

 

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Back in the Recording Studio

The Kindred Spirit Band are back in the wonderful Skyline recording studio in February 2018, where they recorded their previous album, "Phoenix Rising"! Among the numbers they will be recording, they have dark songs about daemons and revelations one about the early maritime explorers and a special project song about overpopulation

 

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World Music Star GERARD EDERY releases his critically acclaimed double album “Best of Gerard Edery” in America.

World Music Star GERARD EDERY releases his critically acclaimed double album “Best of Gerard Edery” in America.

 

The “Best of Gerard Edery” features one of the world’s most renowned musical polyculturalists’ music. He uncovers the synergistic and haunting dimensions of a broad repertoire of traditional music imaginatively arranged for contemporary audiences. 

By weaving folk songs, chants, and prayers from across centuries and across Europe and the Middle East, he shows that the human need for a spiritual dimension defies all boundaries of time and place. This ecumenical program uncovers the surprising synergies between Eastern-European (Jewish and Christian) and Middle Eastern (Jewish and Arabic) musical faiths. Join him for a unifying experience as his voice blend in devotional and secular songs from the far-reaching Sephardic Diaspora and Eastern Europe. 

 

Download  or purchase Best of Gerard Edery on: 

Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Best-Gerard-Edery/dp/B006LNLAGS

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/best-of-gerard-edery/518839206

 

GERARD EDERY (Vocals/Guitar) has at his command a remarkable range of ethnic folk styles and traditions. He regularly uncovers and preserves songs, stories and melodies from Europe and the Middle East, and energizes these repertoires by interpreting them for contemporary audiences. One of the world’s foremost experts in the wide-ranging music of the Sephardic Diaspora, he is a recipient of the Sephardic Musical Heritage Award and a Meet the Composer grant for his original songs. A performer in great demand throughout the US, Canada and Europe, he has performed at prestigious venues and festivals throughout the world. In addition to his busy concert schedule, he has released 17 CDs on the Sefarad Records label as well as a much-acclaimed Sephardic Songbook. www.gerardedery.com 

 

REVIEWS:

"An ecumenical celebration that honours both Christianity and Judaism!" The editors, MANN ABOUT TOWN

 

"'Two Faiths, One Voice' just might be the most culturally eclectic item in Edery's already diverse catalog."  Alexander Gelfand, THE FORWARD 

 

"A very exciting recording… remarkable material!" Irene Backalenick, ALL ABOUT JEWISH THEATRE, JEWISH POST & OPINION 

 

"The music was haunting, always in a minor key, and indeed it was difficult to determine whether the melodies came from Jewish or Christian sources. Both Edery and Krupoves are compelling performers and accomplished musicians." Irene Backalenick, ALL ABOUT JEWISH THEATRE, JEWISH POST & OPINION 

 

"With the great Lithuanian ethnomusicologist, Yiddishist and singer Maria Krupoves, Edery embarked on a global series of concerts.  (…) If audience reaction is any indicator, the musical collaborators have succeeded in this endeavor, with huge ovations after every song." George Robinson, JEWISH WEEK 

 

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Tribes of Asaph Band Story

The Tribes Of Asaph brings your mind and soul on an emotional journey through acoustic guitar driven original compositions. With songs about riding the tunnels in the world's biggest city to catching waves out on the ocean to the pure feelings of happiness and joy, it's music best enjoyed outdoors on a beautiful summer day.

With a perfect circle of people from all corners of the Earth, the Tribes Of Asaph brings you great feel good organic acoustic music.

 

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World Rhythms 15: We Have the Beats!

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Issue 15, Dec. 2017: We Have the Beats!

The World Rhythms News is an infrequent newsletter dedicated to world music education brought to you by the band Ancient Future. Subscribe at Ancient-Future.Com.

In this issue:


Future Possibilities
World Fusion Exercises

When musicians are exposed to the musical knowledge developed by traditions that are not native to their upbringing, new traditions are created. This process is normally an organic one. The more musical knowledge you have, the more that knowledge comes through in the music you create.

But it can be fun to make exercises bringing ideas from different traditions together. The book Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India includes an entire chapter on world fusion exercises. But rather than including a large set of exercises, just a few key examples are presented to inspire you to create your own.

We begin with a world fusion exercise, and then delve into the traditions it is based on.

Tihai Kotèkan

This exercise combines Balinese and North Indian rhythmic concepts. This intermediate level example from Chapter 4, Exercise I, page 127 of Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities is in a 15 beat rhythmic cycle. Recite the drum syllables of the tihai (North Indian rhythmic phrase that repeats three times and lands on the first beat of the rhythm cycle), starting first with the bottom part of the kotèkan (Balinese interlocking rhythm), and then proceeding to the top and more offbeat part. For an explanation of the notation below, see the North Indian Tala page. Also see the Pronunciation Guide to Indian Drum Syllables.

Play Tihai Kotèkan

    + (hand clap on sam)
15 |dhin * dha ge *   na ge *  ki ta *  ka dhin *   dha ge
4  |dhin * dha *  dhi na *  na ki *  ta ka *    kre dha * 
    1             2            3           4
2 (hand clap on 2nd tali, or section marker of the tala)
dhin * * *  * * dhin * dha ge *   na ge * ki ta
dhin * * *  * * dhin * dha *  dhi na * na ki *
    5           6          7             8
0 (hand wave on khali, or empty beat of the tala)
*  ka dhin *   dha ge dhin *  * * * *  dhin * dha ge
ta ka *    kre dha *  dhin *  * * * *  dhin * dha * 
9              10             11       12
3 (hand clap on 3rd tali)                 +
*   na ge *  ki ta *  ka dhin *   dha ge |dhin
dhi na *  na ki *  ta ka *    kre dha *  |dhin
13           14          15               1
Key: Each syllable is a quarter of a beat, or 16th note. An * signifies a rest.

Ancient Traditions

Here we will explain the two traditions behind the above fusion exercise.

Tihai

A tihai is a common North Indian cadential pattern repeated three times in succession. The last note of the cadence is timed to fall either on the sam, the first beat of the tala (rhythmic cycle), or on the the beginning note of a main musical phrase. One repetition of the pattern is known as a pala. Musicians become skilled at fashioning tihais on the spur of the moment to create a cadence, and must continually be aware of where they are in the rhythmic cycle and consequently how many counts are left in which to play a tihai.

In North Indian music, the term laya refers to both the main tempo of the beats in the tala and the relative speed of the notes played during each beat of the tala. Another way to look at the later meaning is that the number of divisions per beat is referred to as the laya. Instead of looking at four notes per beat in 4/4 time as sixteenth notes, the speed of the notes relative to the beats is considered a laya of four, or chaugun laya. Of course, the laya used is an important part of calculating the tihai math.

Tihai Math

Does math make your brain hurt? Then skip to next part. But you will become a better musician if you embrace math.

While North Indian musicians create tihais by a more or less intuitive process gained through years of practice and familiarization with the elements of tala, it is helpful to know mathematical formulas for arriving at tihais, of which there are many. The math behind the above tihai could be expressed using the following formula, which works for all tihais that start on the sam:

G = [(CTL +1) - 3P] ÷ 2, where C = the number of repetitions of the rhythmic cycle required to bring the tihai to sam, T = the number of beats in the tala (rhythmic cycle), L = the number of laya divisions, P = the length of one pala of the tihai expressed in laya divisions, and G = the gap or breath between pala repetitions expressed in laya divisions.

The tihai formula is used to figure out what the the gap or rest between the palas of the tihai needs to be to make the tihai land on sam given the length of the pala, the number of divisions in the laya, and the number of beats in the tala. Here's how the math works for the tihai in the world fusion exercise above:

The tihai takes only 1 cycle of 15 beats with a laya division of 4 notes per beat, so CTL = 1 x 15 x 4, or 60. Therefore, CTL + 1 = 61. One pala of the tihai takes up 17 laya divisions of 4 notes per beat, so 3P = 3 x 17, or 51. Therefore [(CTL +1) - 3P] = 61 - 51, or 10. 10 ÷ 2 = 5, so the gap is equal to 5 laya divisions of 4 notes per beat, or 5 16th note rests.

Try making your own tihai using the G = [(CTL +1) - 3P] ÷ 2 formula!

Kotèkan

A gamelan is an ensemble normally composed primarily of percussion. In Bali, orchestras of tuned gongs, bronze kettles, bronze metallophones, bamboo xylophones, drums, cymbals and flutes fill the night air with animated music. Melodic parts interlock, divided in such a way that musicians play alternate notes to form the melody line. These interlocking parts, known as kotèkan, require cooperation and a keen sense of rhythm to perform. The two parts of a kotèkan, which are thought of as male and female, are known as nyangsih and polos. The main accents of the nyangsih part are usually on the offbeat, while the main accents of the polos part are usually on the beat.

Knowledge of kotèkan can be extremely valuable. These interlocking rhythms have a unique way of bringing people together in cooperation towards a common goal, and there are many creative possibilities for applying them to contemporary music.

Here is an example of a traditional kotèkan. The bottom part is the polos, and the top part is the nyangsih.

Play Kotèkan

Ochetan Music Notation

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities includes a set of cards representing all 26 mathematically possible one beat kotèkan patterns without rests. They are very useful for creating your own kotèkan patterns for pre-existing or yet to be written melodies.

Create Your Own Tihai Kotèkan

Using the tihai formulas and kotèkan cards in Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities, you can create your own tihai kotèkan. You might even come up with something that will become part of one of your compositions. Tihai kotèkans make for intriguing endings such as the final tihai kotèkan employed on a track released by the band Ancient Future:

"Nyo Nyo Gde"by Matthew Montfort from World Without Walls by Ancient Future: Play on Ethnocloud. Play on Spotify. Play on iTunes.

Where's the Beat?

  Talking Drum, Gamelan, and Tabla

A. West Africa, Bali, and India, birthplaces of polyrhythm, gamelan, and tala.
B. Within every performer, where musical dreams are made.
C. In a rhythm training manual by Matthew Montfort called Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities.
D. In the new companion set from Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Audio Guide and MIDI Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India.
E. Through world rhythm workshops and Skype study with Matthew Montfort.
F. All of the above.

The Answer

If you answered "all of the above," you are well on your way to finding the beat! Read on to find out how a training manual on the rhythms of Africa, Bali and India can help performers of all types reach their musical dreams, enable listeners to get more out of music, and is now bringing these ancient rhythms into the grooves of the future with the release of an audio companion edition for digital audio workstations, sequencers, computers, tablets, smartphones, CD players and other gizmos!

The Beginning, the Beat, the Book

Book Cover

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India. By Matthew Montfort. Mill Valley: Panoramic Press, 1985. ISBN 0-937879-00-2. Comb Bound Book- $46.95 (SALE $33.95). Book and Enhanced Audio CD Set with MIDI files- $74.95 (SALE $53.95). New Best Buy! Book & Audio Guide/MIDI Download- $69.95 (SALE $49.95).

This classic "world beat bible" by Matthew Montfort takes the student on a musical voyage through the ancient rhythmic traditions of Africa, Bali, and India with a series of exercises that require no instruments to perform. Interesting, imaginative and fun, these rhythm exercises will be of immense help to all music lovers, not just percussionists. Indeed, Matthew Montfort, leader of the trailblazing world fusion music group Ancient Future, was inspired to write the book because it was difficult for him to find musicians who had the skills to perform multi-cultural music. By enabling home study of non-Western rhythms with enough material for years of practice for most students, the training develops refined rhythmic skills, promotes multi-cultural musicianship, stimulates new ideas for composers and improvisers, and fosters cross-cultural music appreciation.

The New Audio Guides and Grooves

A.T.F.P. Audio Guide Tracks

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Audio Guide and MIDI Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (AF-0001, 2005. V 4.0, 2017). New Preview Release! Companion MP3/MIDI Guide Tracks Download Set- $34.95 (SALE 24.95). Companion Audio/MIDI Guide Tracks 2 Volume CD/CD-ROM Set- $39.95 (SALE $29.95).

A new downloadable companion set of MP3 audio guide and MIDI groove tracks of the exercises in the book Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities will be released in fall 2017. The preview beta release is on sale now at Ancient-Future.Com. The downloads are set up for playback on Mac and PC computers, tablets, and smartphones. The tracks are also available on a CD/CD-ROM set.

West African drum music, Balinese gamelan, and Indian tala are oral traditions, and the new downloadable files make it very convenient to integrate the tradition of learning by ear into the rhythm studies. The material is presented in two complimentary formats: audio guide tracks and MIDI groove tracks, which are also available separately as downloads.

The Audio Guide Tracks

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: MP3 Audio Guide Tracks. By Matthew Montfort. Kentfield: Ancient Future Music (2005). New Preview Release! Companion MP3 Audio Guide Tracks Download- $24.95 (SALE 17.95).

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Audio Guide Tracks is a set of 115 audio guide tracks of the exercises in Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities that help facilitate correct practice habits. The download version is divided into three zipped folders of MP3 files. Volume I covers the exercises in Chapter 1, West Africa, and Chapter 2, Bali. Volume II A covers the South Indian exercises in Chapter 3, India. Volume II B covers the North Indian exercises in Chapter 3, India, and Chapter 4, Future Possibilities. Two printable .pdf booklets are included: the A.T.F.P Audio Guide Tracks CD Booklet, a wrap around CD booklet with instructions for burning CDs if desired, and the A.T.F.P Audio Guide Track List, which includes the names, durations, tempo settings, and book page numbers for all 115 audio guide tracks.

The MIDI Groove Tracks

Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves: MIDI Percussion Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. Version 4.0. By Matthew Montfort. Kentfield: Ancient Future Music (1997. V. 4.0 2017). New Preview Release! MIDI File Download- $24.95 (SALE 17.95).

Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves: MIDI Percussion Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India is a complete set of 128 MIDI tracks that playback in Standard MIDI File compatible web browsers. For greater control or for use as rhythm tracks in audio productions, load them into a MIDI sequencer app (Mac, PC, iOS, Android, etc.) to loop tracks, change the tempo, or listen to individual parts. The files come arranged for General MIDI percussion and can be remapped to other instruments using the included MIDI maps with explanations of the sounds of West African drums, Balinese gamelan, South Indian mridangam, and North Indian tabla. A full set of tabla samples is included along with supporting files for using them with VSTi instruments (PC) and GarageBand (Mac).

The Beat The Eve Orchestra of West Africa

The Eve people of the island town of Anyako off the coast of Southeastern Ghana have developed a music rich in polyrhythmic interplay, such as in the drum music of takada, a dance and drumming club developed by the Eve women. The instruments of their percussion orchestra are detailed in the West African section of Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves. The exercises are arranged for General MIDI agogo, bongo, conga and maracas. MIDI maps of the Eve instruments are included for those who want to experiment with different drum sounds.

The Interlocking Rhythms of Balinese Gamelan

A gamelan is an ensemble normally composed primarily of percussion. In Bali, orchestras of tuned gongs, bronze kettles, bronze metallophones, bamboo xylophones, drums, cymbals, and flutes fill the night air with animated music. Melodic parts interlock, divided in such a way that musicians play alternate notes to form the melody line. These interlocking parts, known as kotèkan, require cooperation and a keen sense of rhythm to perform. The Balinese section of Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves details the music and instruments of the Gamelan Semar Pegulingan and other ensembles.

The Rhythmic Cycles of India

The perception of the cyclic nature of life is reflected in Indian classical music through the device oftala,a recurring time-measure or rhythmic cycle. There are two different traditions in Indian classical music, the Carnatic music of South India and the Hindustani music of North India.

The tabla is a North Indian drum set comprised of two drums with goat-skin heads. For every sound on the drum there is a corresponding syllable. These syllables are known as bols. Each North Indian tala has a theka, a standard set of bols that identify the rhythmic cycle. The MIDI files of these thekas are arranged for General MIDI conga and bongo, and make excellent groove tracks for creating compositions or practicing. The North Indian section of Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves features a full explanation of the tabla bols complete with audio links to tabla samples of each bol, and files for VSTi instruments and GarageBand that remap the MIDI files to the included tabla samples.

The mridangam is a South Indian two-headed barrel drum made of jackwood with goatskin heads. South Indian drumming has a language all of its own known as solkattu. For the sounds produced by the mridangam, there are corresponding syllables known as konokol. The South Indian section of Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves features an explanation of the konokol syllables used in the solkattu compositions that are presented. The South Indian rhythm exercises have been arranged for General MIDI conga and bongo. Instructions and sequencer files are included to help in remapping the MIDI files to tabla or mridangam samples.

The Author

Matthew Montfort

Scalloped fretboard guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort has devoted his life to cross-cultural music through his role as the leader of the world music group Ancient Future. He spent years of study with some of the world's best musicians, such as gamelan director K.R.T. Wasitodipuro, North Indian sarod master Ali Akbar Khan, and vina master K.S. Subramanian, with whom he did an intensive study of South Indian note-bending techniques. He has recorded with legendary world music figures ranging from Bolivian panpipe master Gonzalo Vargas to tabla maestros Swapan Chaudhuri and Zakir Hussain, and performed concerts worldwide, from the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra on the golden coast of Spain to the Festival of India in Mumbai. He has taught masterclasses at prestigious universities, schools, camps, museums, and resorts, and has over four decades of teaching experience, including two on the faculty of Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco. He is recognized as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists by DigitalDreamDoor.com, a curated "best of" site, along with such luminaries as Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke, Merle Travis, John Renbourn, Tommy Emmanuel, and Alex De Grassi. He was interviewed in the December 2009 Les Paul issue of Guitar Player Magazine about the scalloped fretboard guitar and the application of the rules of Indian raga to the music of Jimi Hendrix as exemplified by "Purple Raga" from his debut solo recording, Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar.

The Workshops and Skype Lessons

Matthew Montfort offers instruction based on Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities through online lessons via Skype and rhythm workshops at conservatories, public schools, and resorts.

The Quotes

"You can view this deceptively slim masterwork from a few different angles: as a friendly yet serious appetizer on three of the most sophisticated rhythm systems on earth; a chance to work on your rhythmic sight reading; a three-culture dip with matching mp3s for your ears; a gateway to exotic spices, complete with MIDI files, for your songwriting or drumming; or a fun way to organically digest complex time signatures. No matter how you slice it, this scholarly labor of love is packed with rich flavors for those patient enough to harvest them." – E.E. Bradman, Bass Player Magazine

"You've heard Afro-Pop, sitar, gamelan and world music for years. But do you know what they are and how they work? Better yet, would you like to play those twisted cross-rhythms and melodies? In Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities, Matthew Montfort, a founding member of the world music band Ancient Future, has put together the book for people who want to dig into world music with both hands. The first section of the book covers traditional music of West Africa, Bali and India with theories and exercises. Wherever possible, Montfort has provided beat counts alongside the standard musical notation so even if you can't read music, you can still learn the rhythms. The last section of the book mixes patterns from different cultures, demonstrating the powerful music these simple exercises can generate." – Richard Kadrey, San Francisco Chronicle

"A hands-on exploration of Balinese, African, and Indian rhythms that should appeal to all musicians. One needn't play percussion instruments, or any instruments at all, for that matter, to use and benefit from the book." Drums and Drumming

"A very practical manual. There is enough material to keep interested musicians busy for years. Montfort has done a great service for western musicians interested in world music. A pleasure to work with."Option

"Very highly recommended for any instrumentalists hoping to expand their rhythmic horizons. If you've never investigated the beautiful clash of African polyrhythm, the incredible interlocking textures of Balinese music, or the complex metric structure of Indian classical music, check out Ancient Traditions – it will blow your mind and deepen your groove."Guitar Player

"If you're tired of programming your drum machine with the same old 4/4 back-beat, or you want to sharpen your rhythmic chops, this book is highly recommended."Electronic Musician

The Performers

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities has been used and admired by many teachers and musicians around the world.

Lou Harrison (1917-2003), prominent composer and founder of the American gamelan movement, called the work "a very useful contribution to musical scholarship."

Reinhard Flatischler, founder of the TaKeTiNa rhythm training process, was an early enthusiast of the method book.

John Bergamo (1940-2013), composer and coordinator of the percussion department at the California Institute of the Arts, found a copy of Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities when he cleaned out his desk at retirement. As he finally had the time available, he worked his way through it, after which he called the author to thank him for writing it, and encouraged him to write more world music training manuals. One is in the works.

Steve Smith, stellar jazz and rock drummer of Journey fame, went through the book in preparation for a percussion summit with tabla master Zakir Hussain.

Start your own journey to musical excellence with Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities!

 

All compositions, recordings, video, and text in this article © 2017 Ancient Future Music. All rights reserved.

 

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Boi Tunna New Release |A New Zimbabwe

Where is Boi Tunna from? Well, he
was born by God's dear grace in an
extraordinary place, where the stars
and stripes and the birds  fly. He's
Zimbabwean, of course, and in this song,
which dropped a week ago, he puts a
positive spin on the turmoil Zimbabwe
overcame a couple of weeks back. Boi Tunna
appreciates the land where he can
live to do as he pleases, though he'll
never forget the price paid for his
precious freedom.

 

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Team Samps & Madallion Drops a Controversial Song \

Team Samps and MC Madallion
 collaborated on a single debut "
 Ndatsikwa Musoro" .The
 talented  Glen View upcoming 
hip hop artists recorded the song
 after a fight which had occured
 between Team Samps's friends
 and other Glen View ghetto 
youths. Team Samps witnessed
 the fight , the main motive of the
 song  was because one of their 
friends was stoned on  his head
 though he suffered a minor
 injury. What happened to the
 Team Samps friend angered
 them so as they were going 
home Madeira (Team Samps's
 member ) played a beat on his
 phone and his fellow members
 started freestlying on the 
beat .As they were doing this 
they realised that it would be a 
great idea if they did a song 
about the fight. They dedicated
 their song to be indirect not
 pointing to anyone regardless of 
the fight .The song was recorded
 the day after the fight , Team 
Samps featured MC Madallion
 because he was once involved in 
a violent fight with that same
 group which stoned Team
 Samps's friend so he hated them 
and he also wanted to feature on
 the track.

Stream or Download the track here....http://www.ampslam.com/1/1100-/1385-team-samps-ft-madallion/3204-ndatsikwa-musoro.html

 

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Her rise to fame has been
 described as both a modern
 fairytale and the millennial
 manifestation of the African
 dream. This week Mel C social
 media star turned viral. Mel C
 becomes the 2nd Zimbabwean
 female rapper to top the
 Beat100 World Wide Music Chart
 without the assistance of any
 other credited artists ,as her
 debut single "Zvipande" rises
 from number 6 to number 1 on 
the latest charts ( dated Dec 5 ).
 Vibrant, witty and infectiously 
funky -star Mel C is a breath of
 fresh air in the world of Rnb/
Rap . The H-town rapper is busy
 carving her own path with killer
 lyrics and some serious
 confidence. Mel C has already
 achieved huge success with her
 hit single 'Zvipande

 

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Congratulations To Mel C Rap Queen For Topping The Beat100 Music Chart

Her rise to fame has been
 described as both a modern
 fairytale and the millennial
 manifestation of the African
 dream. This week Mel C social
 media star turned viral. Mel C
 becomes the 2nd Zimbabwean
 female rapper to top the
 Beat100 World Wide Music Chart
 without the assistance of any
 other credited artists ,as her
 debut single "Zvipande" rises
 from number 6 to number 1 on 
the latest charts ( dated Dec 5 ).
 Vibrant, witty and infectiously 
funky -star Mel C is a breath of
 fresh air in the world of Rnb/
Rap . The H-town rapper is busy
 carving her own path with killer
 lyrics and some serious
 confidence. Mel C has already
 achieved huge success with her
 hit single 'Zvipande

 

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Ali Hugo was recently interviewed by "Exposed Vocals", the hottest music exposure site on the web today. In the Interview, Ali shares valuable advice for artists trying to make it in the music business today. Ali also hints at a possible North American/Western Europe tour sponsorship by Mirage Records. Click below to start reading and get the inside scoop:-
 
 

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Rock Mandingue by Hadja Fanta Diabaté

Young and very talented artist, singer and guitar player, Hadja Fanta Diabaté has unique rock voice and plays modern and emancipated African music.

Her two first Single (Toubanu and Kanou) were launched in June 2016 and she is now finishing her first Album !

Visit youtube page at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYMJxyQvTM3Zy5kmbLoCclA

to discover a TV interview from her music tour in Haiti in october 2017 you can visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7qsdCJlY7w&t=6s

if you like Hadja's music and increadible voice you can support her simply by sharing it and make your friends discovering .....

Thanks!

music lover and manager by heart !

 

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Be Fearless Enough to Stay The Course

Nicole Beachy. “When building a
business you have to think in the present
moment and of the future. You need to pace
yourself to create your big picture and long
term vision. Simultaneously, you have to work
with a sense of urgency and pound the
pavement to swiftly close deals. Along the way,
be kind to those on the same path; your
competitors are also your peers. In this
journey, it is not about being #1; it is about
being persistent and fearless enough to stay
the course, not quit, and accomplish your
goals without compromise. 
VIP ENTERTAINMENT
PRESIDENT

 

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Under a Spell with Rehya Stevens

One of the most alluring singles of the year, Rehya Stevens shares with us the hypnotic "Abracadabra." Collaborating with musical partner Jon Kubis, a noteworthy arranger and keyboardist for Dancing with the Stars, the combination of the group bring an intriguing and sultry song to the table. With noteworthy hooks that blend a bit of rock, pop, indie and a dash of subtle R&B, the piece speaks volumes for both as songwriters and performers. The gorgeous craftsmanship brings the song to life as Stevens and Kubis take us away one note at a time. Bound to be one of your favorite songs as we head into the new year, we are excited to hear what magic the duo hold into 2018. My ears are eager and waiting!

 

Be sure to give a listen to the new track, here: https://www.rehyastevens.com/

 

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Focus On Creators

Ali Hugo has joined A growing list of more than 3,000 musicians, authors, songwriters, composers, music producers, poets, playwrights, film composers, actors, directors and other members of the creative class who have signed a joint letter addressed to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, urging the Canadian Government to put creators at the heart of our cultural policy.

 

https://focusoncreators.ca/ourletter/

 

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Lauren Waller Delights on \

Los Angeles native, Lauren Waller, has us head over heels for her newest single, "What If."  Taken from her new EP, "No Name Here," released late this year, the songstress impresses with doses of pop and indie. As she sings straight from the heart, her sound is bold, vibrant, and filled with catchy hooks. Her latest release, "No Name Here," is described as "the inner-workings of every relationship, questioning loyalty, love, and trust." Are you intrigued yet? You definitely should be. Open your ears and mind to her latest single, "What If," and get ready to discover your favorite gem of 2017.

 

"What If" is available to listen to, here: 

https://soundcloud.com/lwallermusic/what-if

 

 

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Daemonia Nymphe Macbeth release party @ number 177 4/11/2017

What a great release party we had @ number 177 4/11/2017 ! Thank you so much for attending!! Special thanks to the amazing performers Matthew Wade, Denise Moreno and Lauren Taylor!! This was the press release: We celebrate the release of the new album “Macbeth”, the music that Daemonia Nymphe composed for the play that was performed at the National Theatre of Northern Greece last year. The event will occur at the ‘Number 177’ in the heart of London’s East End or as we call it the “San Francisco” of London. Theatrical performances, dance, music and visual art in front of your eyes. But mainly, you will have the chance to meet the musicians behind the band as well as the artists who worked together with Daemonia Nymphe for the play. And the new album will be available for the first time in London. Free entrance! Doors open at 19:30

 

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ARFANA , Short stories from Anatolia…

ARFANA

Short stories from Anatolia…

Cenk Güray

 

Jazz and folk music are two genres that carry a great amount of similarities in between. The characteristic of ‘spontaneous composition’ is the concept that is lying beneath both of these musical styles. Folk music is produced depending on the common melodic and rhythmic structures that has been transmitted for centuries through the memories of the people living in the same cultural borders; whereas jazz – having its roots in the African-American-European folk music – built her own tradition on a memory shaped by a specific harmonic-rhythmic-melodic form of musical creation.

Anatolian folk music depends on one of the world’s oldest sound civilizations, having its roots in the musical cultures of Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Greece, Ancient Middle East, Ancient Central Asia, Hittite, Phrygia, Rome, Byzantine, Selchuk and Ottoman lands and people and thus travelling back to 3000 years B.C.. The Turkish-Anatolian folk music stands as a very delightful combination of the multi-cultural characteristic of Turkey unified with the rural and urban life experiences of Anatolian people. This historical depth and cultural variety introduces a very complex musical background for this music, unified with a high aesthetic view and a profound sense of eternal love directed to the nature and the human beings.  

Remembering that the Turkish folk songs have been carrying the true life stories of Anatolian people to the current time, Arfana seems to unify these stories with the jazz-influenced musical dreams in the minds of the talented musicians of the band performed in the CD.

It is very interesting that the uniqueness of the CD does not lie in the idea of the combination of jazz with Turkish folk music – which has been experienced many times, not in the repertoire, and even not in the instrumental combination. The unique and the unexpected sound in the CD directly arouse from a virtue of arrangements, thanks to Kaan Bıyıkoğlu. This CD seems to be one of the few occurrences that we face a folk-jazz CD in Turkey which is not trapped in a narrow corridor of circular harmonics altered from classical combinations directing the musicians to a monotonous atmosphere of melody improvisation over a repeating cycle of sounds. Both in rhythmic and melodic terms, the arrangements compel all the musicians to a more complex challenge for melodic creation; both creating a form that is being rhythmically supported from the Afro-American history of jazz and traditional sense of jazz harmony combined with modal contrapoint embellishing the traditional melodies in a sensitive way.

The musical team works in a perfect harmony all within the recording. Kaan Bıyıkoğlu lets us to hear the footsteps of an elegant piano-master bringing a new breath to narrowing European jazz scene. İsmet Aydın, creates a balance between the folk music and jazz with his clear intonation and catchy style. For sure, Elif Canfeza Gündüz is an upcoming brilliance in classical kemenche performance scene in Turkey. Matthew Hall and Ekin Cengizkan are the two heroes that are bringing the complex arrangement idea of Kaan Bıyıkoğlu to the current-audible life with their compact sound and impressive rhythmic variability. Serhan Erkol, with his pure alto sax tone, performs effectively as a soloist and accompanier in four pieces with his pure sound, rhythmic flexibility and functional improvisations.

By opening a corridor between the memories of the jazz world and old stories of the people lived in Anatolian land, Arfana is laying the stones to carry the sounds of old Anatolia to the mind of the European Jazz scene which already feels the need of a memory refreshment. An exhilarative fusion and a promising experience is waiting in front of us. Thanks to all the musicians, the successful sound engineers and the producers.  

  

      

 

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