Flamenco Festival 2014, Carmen Souza, Hassan Hakmoun and More Set for Joe's Pub, March-May 2014
Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its World Music lineup, March - May 2014, featuring: BANDA MAGDA STRING ORCHESTRA - LO'JO - FUEL FANDANGO - CARMEN SOUZA - OSEKRE - HASSAN HAKMOUN - FISHTANK ENSEMBLE - ALEXIA BOMTEMPO - SHARON KATZ & THE PEACE TRAIN - ANI CORDERO - AMANDA MARTINEZ - VILLALOBOS BROTHERS - KAVITA SHAH W/ LIONEL LOUEKE - SOFIA REI & ACA SECA TRIO. Details below!
FLAMENCO FESTIVAL 2014 (VARIOUS DATES):
Thursday, March 13 at 9:30 PM
This explosive young dancer presents a tour-de-force exploration of her path to flamenco. Not only is Rosario Toledo a master of the form, she is a performer of star caliber. So much joy comes across in her dancing that it is hard not to love her at once! Toledo will present Pintoresca, a breathtaking show of Nuevo Flamenco in collaboration with guitarist Dani de Morón, a rising new name in flamenco today.
Saturday, March 15 at 9:00 PM
Led by Greece-born singer, film-scorer and composer Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda's songs (sung in five different languages) hearken back to the golden age of Brazilian bossa, the best of cinematic arranging, and the lush chic of vintage French pop, all while drawing on the band's global background. Trained in film scoring at Berklee, Giannikou's film music finesse has won her awards and caught the attention of everyone from Kronos Quartet to Louis C.K. (she sang a duet with CK for the comedian's TV show). Banda Magda bursts with humor and quirky sensibility, powered by a unflagging energy, onstage. At this show, the band will debut an expanded formation - the 8-piece Banda Magda String Orchestra. Players will take on Magda's string arrangements of traditional music from Mexico, Colombia and Greece, as well as songs from their critically acclaimed debut album Amour, t'es là?
Sunday, March 16 at 7:30 PM
Lo'Jo has developed its unique world music profile ever since singer and keyboardist Denis Péan and violinist and kora-player Richard Bourreau first got together 30 years ago in their hometown of Angers, western France. The six-piece band's stated obsession has remained the same - to make music unlike any already in existence. Lo' Jo freely crosses stylistic boundaries, its kaleidoscopic sound bringing together French chanson, elements of jazz and sophisticated pop, reggae and dub, circus and cabaret music, as well as a spectrum of inspirations from klezmer and East European Roma tunes to West African and Maghrebian traditions - not forgetting maloya from the Indian Ocean island of Réunion. And Péan's rough-edged Tom Waits-like voice contrasts beautifully with those of sisters Yamina and Nadia el Mourid, Lo'Jo's compelling fusion of poetic words and imaginative music celebrates a sense of multicultural community beyond and before globalization.
Thursday, March 20 at 9:30 PM
Dancer Sonia Olla has danced with all the big flamenco companies in Spain (Maria Pagés, Canales). Now established in New York, she will present her new show at Joe's Pub. Tiempo al Aire is a soulful performance that captures the emotion and passion of both traditional and innovative Flamenco. The piece explores new concepts while maintaining the essence and integrity of Flamenco.
Saturday, March 22 at 7:30 PM
A captivating singer and performer, Silvia Perez Cruz is a winner of both a Goya Award - Spain´s most prestigious film awards - for best original song in acclaimed film Blancanieves (Snow White), and a recipient of the 2013 Gold Award Disc for her album November 11. With acclaimed guitarist Raúl Fernández Refree, she presents an intimate show that has drawn huge and enthusiastic audiences in Spain. Exciting, sensual, and deeply moving, this concert promises to introduce American audiences to a fiery and unforgettable duo.
Saturday, March 22 at 9:30 PM
Fuel Fandango is a duo formed by Flamenco singer Nita and DJ/producer Ale Acosta (formerly of Mojo Project). Their latest album Trece Lunas, mastered by Simon Daveys (Depeche Mode, Bjork, Chemical Brothers), is 13 songs combining funk, rock, electronic music and touches of Flamenco. Nita's vocals go from English to Spanish seamlessly, the same way she shifts from a soul-inflected sound to flamenco, because as they say, "flamenco does not know about languages." Trece Lunas was recorded in just 15 days to maintain the freshness and personality of each of the songs. On stage, Nita and Acosta, with Carlos Sosa on the drums, bring those elements to life in an infectious way.
Sunday, March 30 at 7:30 PM
Lisbon-born Cape Verdean songstress Carmen Souza has it all: excellent repertoire, a mesmerizing, expressive and versatile voice that glides effortlessly through a huge range of registers, and a spellbinding, charismatic stage presence. Whether she is singing the plaintive morna (the Cape Verdean variation of the blues) or an exuberant batuco, Souza is always convincing owing to her swingy jazz sense of timing and her virtuoso voice full of nuances from the highest to the lowest notes she sings. Singing in her ancestors' Creole language and mixing traditional African and Cape Verde rhythms with contemporary jazz influences she creates a unique sound that is all her own.
Friday, April 11 at Midnight (11:59 PM)
After arriving in New York City to attend college, with only 30 dollars and change in his pocket, Osekre has not looked back. His sound is a combination of lyricism, wit, insight and flow delivered with sweet melodic African hooks. While "Afro Indie" can describe his style, "Jama," is the Ghanaian name for his groove; exciting African hooks are immersed in beats that draw from playing soccer barefooted and selling cold water in plastic bags on the streets of Accra. Osekre is the protege of Kiki Djan, formerly of Osibisa fame. That mentorship has helped him unlock a musical vibe that has a unique local sound regardless of place and space. He performs with his band The Lucky Bastards.
Saturday, April 12 at 7:00 PM
Hassan Hakmoun is one of the most notable figures in contemporary Moroccan music, schooled in the traditional sounds of the Gnawa people in his native Marrakesh. Hakmoun is regarded as a trailblazer for many young Gnawa musicians who have sought out connections with the world beyond their traditional heritage and milieu. Since moving to the U.S. in 1987, his music has absorbed elements of popular styles, from jazz and world music to neo-classical contemporary Western music and cerebral pop, resulting in a diverse, award-winning and critically acclaimed body of work. It has been 23 years since the talented vocalist and sintir player released his first album Gift of the Gnawa, but the time has been spent well. Hakmoun's latest album, Unity, is the finest example of ritual music combined with the heart of American rock, soul and blues ever recorded.