Lincoln Center Announces January-March TARGET FREE THURSDAYS Lineup

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An exciting range of performances including a post-modern variety show, a contemporary psychedelic funk opera, a celebration for the acclaimed Apollo Theater in conjunction with its 75th anniversary exhibition, and the U.S. debut of Daorum, an innovative collaboration between Korean and Australian jazz musicians highlight the next three months of TARGET® FREE THURSDAYS at the David Rubenstein Atrium.

Program details for TARGET® FREE THURSDAYS performances for January through March 2011 follow. All performances start at 8:30 p.m. at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets. Admission is free. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The ‘wichcraft cafe, serving food and drinks, is open before and the performance. The Atrium closes at 10 p.m.

For more information, visit www.LincolnCenter.org/Atrium.

The January-March 2011 schedule is as follows (programs and artists subject to change):

Thursday, January 6 at 8:30 pm - A Special HOLIDAYS @ THE ATRIUM presentation

SXIP'S HOUR OF CHARM hosted and curated by Sxip Shirey

Composer, circus-performer, story-teller Sxip Shirey brings his wacky, traveling variety show featuring some of New York City's most intriguing and unusual performing artists to the Atrium. On the bill are Butoh-trained dancer and contortionist Jonathan Nosan; Samurai Sword Soul, choreographed Japanese sword fighters; the raunchy, funny and loveable comedian/story-teller Greg Walloch; Butt Kapinski (the clown alter-ego of improv performer Deanna Fleysher) and violinist Sarah "Snaps" Alden performing A Clown Noir; and blues and jazz-inflected singer-songwriter Dayna Kurtz. Bid "ta-ta" (or maybe "good riddance") to the 2010 holiday season with a zany Twelfth Night extravaganza of a show. For more information visit: http://www.sxipshirey.com

Thursday, January 13 at 8:30 pm - SILVER ROOTS: ANCIENT DANCES

Presented in collaboration with the Irish Arts Center

Silver Roots-Maria Millar, violin, Shawn Wyckoff, flute and Michael Haas, cello-explore the intersection of classical music and the traditional music and dances of Europe in their compelling new program Ancient Dances. Drawing from classical and world music sources, improvisation and original material, the program is a journey of sonic discovery. The world premiere of a work by Norwegian composer Otto Martin Christensen highlights the evening. Also on the program: a piece juxtaposing works by English Baroque composer Matthew Locke, alongside those of 20th-century master Henry Cowell, and a compendium of up-tempo dance tunes from Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany and England. The musicians of Silver Roots, all graduates of Juilliard, were recently awarded a Chamber Music America ResidenCy Grant. Since 2008, the trio has presented concerts, workshops, masterclasses and outreach programs across the country and in Canada. They have appeared at Lincoln Center as part of MEE THE ARTISTS series. For more information about the artists, and to hear a sample of their work, visit www.silverrootsmusic.com, www.youtube.com, or www.irishartscenter.org.

January 20 at 8:30 pm - Gordon Voidwell

An intoxicating mix of 80's new wave, funk, and R&B, with a dash of hip-hop swagger and the DIY spirit of indie culture Gordon Voidwell is the alter-ego of Will Johnson, a Bronx-born ex-chorister turned rap geek. A multi-instrumentalist, trained vocalist and a published fashion writer, his music is subversive pop and funk, along the lines of Tom Tom Club, Madonna, Prince, David Bowie, and George Clinton. Voidwell uses analog synthesizers and chunky drum machines as the backdrop for silky, reverb-drenched vocals-also reminiscent of Cameo, New Edition and other noted 80s R&B crooners. Blending old sounds with updated lexicon, Voidwell creates a sonic collage-one that is oh so familiar but at once strange and unusual. This is the point; to embrace the immense void that exists between seemingly opposite ideas of past and future, hip and dorky, pop and indie etc. etc.. That void is the well from which Gordon drinks and he invites you to do the same. Follow, learn and hear more about the artist, at www.myspace.com/gordonvoidwell; www.twitter.com/gvoidwell; http://www.facebook.com/people/Gordon-Voidwell/1037634511; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqYOawwOAow; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK-dqm2fT24; and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZnJSYiPs4I

January 27 at 8:30 pm - Apollo Theatre: A CELEBRATION

Presented in collaboration with the Apollo Theater

The world famous Apollo Theater is so much more than a historic landmark-it is a source of pride and a symbol of the brilliance of American artistic accomplishment. Known as the 'Soul of American Culture', this iconic New York institution recently celebrated its 75th anniversary and now returns to Lincoln Center bringing a new act to the Atrium as it kicks off a nationwide museum tour that showcases the Apollo's incredible history. From performers such as Duke Ellington and Luther Vandross to Mo'Nique and Dave Chappelle, the Apollo has had legendary artists grace its stage and has been the jumping off point for many storied careers with its Amateur Night at the Apollo to It's Showtime at The Apollo. Honoring the artists of Apollo's past and previewing the Apollo's future, current Apollo favorites will take the stage for an evening of great music, laughter, and memories. For more information visit www.apollotheater.org.

February 3 at 8:30 pm - Michael Leonhart & Avramina 7

SEAHORSE AND THE STORYTELLER

Trumpet player, producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and singer-songwriter Michael Leonhart imagined a concept album that would meld the styles of Bollywood funk scores, Afrobeat, 1960's psychedelic rock, and the fantastical storytelling of artists such as The Beatles, Donovan and The Byrds. With Seahorse and The Storyteller he has created a modern kaleidoscopic opera that in Leonhart's words, "tells the story of two mythical creatures that meet, fall in love and begin piecing together the mysteries of each other's past." The Avramina 7 is made up of musicians who have helped to build the New York/Brooklyn funk and soul scene. The 16-piece collective features members of The Dap-Kings, Plastic Ono Band, The Phenomenal Handclap Band, Budos Band, Menahan Street Band, El Michels Affair, and Antibalas, among others. In short, pretty much the go-to soul/funk musicians working in New York City today. For more information about Michael Leonhart, samples of his work and behind-the-scenes footage go to http://www.michaelleonhart.com/bio.shtml, http://www.myspace.com/michaelleonhart; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1SPr-JP5gM; and http://vimeo.com/10983863 and http://vimeo.com/11023306 (the making of Seahorse and The Storyteller)

March 3 at 8:30 pm - The Sweet Remains

The Sweet Remains is headed by Rich Price, Greg Naughton, and Brian Chartrand, three gifted and charismatic singer-songwriters, each of whom contributes to the writing and three-part harmonies that define the band's sound. "It's been a long time since 3-part harmonies this lush were yoked to songs this melodically gorgeous," is what the Boston Herald said about The Sweet Remains. Their songs easily appeal to fans of modern folk-rockers such as Jason Mraz, Ray Lamontagne, and John Mayer. However, it is their rich layered harmonies that distinguish The Sweet Remains from the throngs of guitar-toting troubadours. The trio harkens back to super-groups of the 60's and 70's such as CSN, the Eagles, Simon & Garfunkel. To learn more about the artists' go to www.thesweetremains.com, http://www.myspace.com/thesweetremains, and http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=38554549088#!/group.php?gid=38554549088&v=info and to sample their work, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xNu1UiMAd4 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmoghaRX0M8&playnext=1&list=PL9E4E815A02A6807C&index=15.

March 10 at 8:30 pm - Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber present Ziggy and the Berlin Trilogy

World Premiere Performance

Featuring Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber (David Bowie mash-up edition)

Greg Tate - conduction/guitar/laptop, Karma Mayet Johnson - vocals, Luqman Brown - vocals, Shelley Nicole - vocals/percussion, Mazz Swift - vocals/violin, Mikel Banks - vocals/flute/freak-a-phone/conduction, Latasha Nevada N. Diggs - live dub efx, Lewis "Flip" Barnes Jr. - trumpet, Micah Gaugh - alto sax/vocals, V. Jeffery Smith - tenor sax/vocals, Paula Henderson - bari sax, Andre Lassalle - guitar, Asim Barnes - guitar, Bruce Mack - keyboards, Jared Michael Nickerson - electric bass, Meret Koehler - drums




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