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TARGET FREE THURSDAYS Line-up Announced for David Rubenstein Atrium

TARGET FREE THURSDAYS Line-up Announced for David Rubenstein Atrium

Fall and Winter 2011-2012 schedule of concerts, Music-Theater and Spoken Word Announced for Target Free Thursdays. 

An exciting range of performances, including jazz, world, vocal, classical, country/bluegrass, and rock music, a commissioned cartoon musical theater premiere, a 30-piece circus punk marching band, a celebration of the music of British art-pop icon Kate Bush, and an evening of new poetry, highlight the fall/winter schedule of Target Free Thursdays events at the David Rubenstein Atrium, the second full season of the popular, free series that regularly features "sell-out" crowds. All performances are at 8:30 p.m. at the Atrium located at Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets.

Launched in November 2009, Target Free Thursdays offers free public performances by a wide-range of artists every Thursday night throughout the year at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, a vibrant new public facility on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Curated by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., Target Free Thursdays performances feature national and International Artists as well as local artists. The series also features artists from Lincoln Center's resident organizations including The Juilliard School, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Chamber Music Society, and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts among others, along with artists curated by community-based partners. The series presents a diverse cross-section of musical genres, including pop, Latin, rock, soul, country, jazz, world, classical and new music, as well as spoken word, multi-media and dance performances. Additional 2011-2012 performances will be announced as they are added to the schedule

ADMISSION IS FREE. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The David Rubenstein Atrium is located on Manhattan's Upper Westside at Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets. The ‘wichcraft cafe, serving food and drinks, is open. For more information, visit www.LincolnCenter.org/Atrium.

TARGET FREE THURSDAYS at David Rubenstein ATRIUM AT LINCOLN CENTER
FALL/WINTER 2011-2012
Programs and artists subject to change

Thursday, September 1 at 8:30 pm
CHARLES YANG
Presented in collaboration with The Juilliard School
Charles Yang has performed in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Forbidden City in Beijing. As a composer and songwriter, violinist, electric violinist, guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist, Yang has won numerous awards including 1st prize at the Lennox International Young Artist Competition, and winner of the Academy Violin Competition at the Aspen Music Festival and School. On June 9th of 2005, the Mayor of Austin, Texas presented Mr. Yang with his own Charles Yang Day. For more information about the artist visit: http://www.charlesyangmusic.com/

Thursday, September 8 at 8:30 pm
K. PAGE STUART AND THE SLEEPWALKER'S PARADE
The exhilarating band, Sleepwalker's Parade, is fronted by adventurous vocalist K. Page Stuart who plays outside conventional notions of genre, reshaping familiar sounds in radical ways. Before forming the Sleepwalker's Parade, K. Page studied experimental voice with Meredith Monk, served as artist in residence at HERE Arts Center, and performed with downtown luminaries such as Antony of Antony and The Johnson's and toy instrument impresario, Rebecca Moore. This formidable band has performed on the downtown arts scene, and recently at the Judson Church presented by Movement Research, Brooklyn Academy Of Music's BAMcafé, and at the Gershwin Hotel in collaboration with award winning poet Cornelius Eady. K. Page Stuart and the Sleepwalker's Parade offer a daring sonic exploration of raw emotional lyrics exploring The Edges light and darkness in society and human nature. For more information about the artist visit: www.sleepwalkersparade.net/store/ep__k_page_stuart_and_sleepwalkers_parade

Thursday, September 15 at 8:30 pm
IKEBE SHAKEDOWN
"The band takes signature Afrobeat elements-big unison horns, slinky bass lines, tight little guitar licks-and blends them with tasty grooves culled from '70s-style horn-driven funk," writes WNYC Radio about the New York City-based band, whose recently released, self-titled album plays with elements of
cinematic soul, Afro-funk, deep disco, and boogaloo in all the right ways. Most of the rhythm section met at Bard College, and the band rounded-out and officially formed when everyone settled in Brooklyn in 2008. From there, Ikebe has emerged as a compelling voice on the progressive local scene. After a run of dates around NYC, the band recorded their debut 7" single and the EP, Hard Steppin', which was released on Colemine Records in 2009, receiving high praise from critics and fans alike. After spending a few years together the group, named after a favorite Nigerian boogie record (and pronounced "ee-KAY-bay"), delivers a driving set of tunes featuring a mighty horn section anchored by tight, deep-pocketed grooves. "Ikebe Shakedown re-creates the kind of vibrant vintage funk that sends crate-digging DJs into spasms of joy," according to Time Out New York. For more information on the artists visit: www.ikebeshakedown.com/band/

Thursday, September 22 at 8:30 pm
AMBER RUBARTH
Presented in collaboration with NewSong Music
This self-taught and self-made artist began performing at age 21. Through word of mouth and tours in the U.S., Europe, and Japan, Amber's songs received more than 1.6 million plays on MySpace. She has shared the stage with such greats as Loudon Wainwright III, Roger McGuinn (The Byrds), Colin Hay, Martin Sexton and Lisa Loeb. Rubarth now composes for films as well, most recently collaborating with Paul Brill on the acclaimed Sundance Film Festival winner Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. She is also one half of Brooklyn's buzz band The Paper Raincoat, an iTunes Indie Spotlightfavorite. Recent Grand Prize winner of this year's NPR "Mountain Stage NewSong Contest," Amber Rubarth is a singer/songwriter who has attracted enthusiastic praise from NPR's All Songs Considered, The Huffington Post, BBC Radio, and Acoustic Guitar Magazine. She is currently appearing in a Sun Studio Session now airing nation-wide on PBS and has also appeared on One Tree Hill. For more information about the artist visit: www.amberrubarth.com

Thursday, September 29 at 8:30 pm
KAUMAKAIWA KANAKA'OLE
Since birth, Kaumakaiwa has dedicated his life to his family's practice and passion-the art of hula. As a ‘olapa (dancer) of H?lau O Kekuhi for more than fifteen years, the 27-year-old has studied and performed all aspects of hula, oli, and haku mele, drawing on seven generations and beyond in practices that have been maintained within a traditional family lifestyle dedicated to hula and the Hawaiian culture. Accompanied by a passionate, unmatched love of his culture and drawing on his lineage, Kaumakaiwa is blazing a new trail in the 21st century, while paying homage to those who have come before him, a theme that resonates with his newly-released third album. Kaumakaiwa Kanaka‘ole is the voice of Hawai'i's new generation. Following his appearance at globalFEST 2011, The New York Times praised Kaumakaiwa's "chameleonic vocals. He vaulted through various registers and timbres, from bass to witchy contralto rasp to sweet soprano (his "skinny girl" voice, he said), a traditionalist tour de force." For more information about the artist visit: http://mountainapplecompany/kaumakawai/

Thursday, October 6 at 8:30 pm
UP FROM THE STACKS
A musical theater piece by Ben Katchor and Mark Mulcahy
Presented in collaboration with the New York Public Library
Set in The New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street and in the environs of Times Square circa 1970, Up From the Stacks is the story of Lincoln Cabinée, a college student working part-time as a page, retrieving books for readers from the Library's collection of 43 million items. This routine evening job inadvertently thrusts young Cabinée into the treacherous crossroads of scholarly obsession and the businesses of amusement and vIce That then flourished in the 42nd Street area. The intellectual life of the city and the happiness of a young man hang in the balance. Katchor and Mulcahy have previously collaborated on The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island, or The Friends of Dr. Rushower. The Rosenbach Company and A Checkroom Romance (previously seen at David Rubenstein Atrium) For more information about the artist visit: www.katchor.com
Co-commissioned by the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for Target Free Thursdays at the David Rubenstein Atrium.

Thursday, October 13 at 8:30 pm
SIDI TOURÉ
Sidi Touré made his first guitar as a child, constructing it from his wooden writing slate in the ancient town of Gao, Mali. In 1976, Touré became the youngest member of Gao's regional orchestra, the Songhaï Stars and won best singer twice at the Biennales du Mali. Touré's music is an acoustic desert blues practiced in both the local Songhai tradition and American blues style. He creates a pleasant oasis in his most recent album, Sahel Folk, for those who want to explore the dessert traditions through West African storytelling. The music of Sidi Touré echoes a rich heritage. For more information about the artist visit: http://www.thrilljockey.com/artists/index.html?id=12775

Thursday, October 20 at 8:30 pm
Special FREE White Light Festival concert
A concert by a noted world music artist will take place as part of Lincoln Center's White Light Festival on this Target Free Thursdays evening. Details to be announced shortly, please visit: www.LincolnCenter.org/Atrium or www.WhiteLightFestival.orgfor updates.

Thursday, October 27 at 8:30 pm
POETS OUT LOUD
Presented in collaboration with Fordham University
Poets Out Loud is a community of poets at Fordham University at Lincoln Center. POL's mission is to provide opportunities for the creation, dissemination and enjoyment of poetry. The POL Reading Series presents free, year-round public readings by noted and emerging poets, serving the Fordham University community and New York City at large. The POL Book Series, run in collaboration with Fordham University Press, issues two new full-length volumes of poetry annually, awarding publication and honoraria to the best manuscripts submitted in an international competition. For more information visit: www.fordham.edu/academics/programs_at_fordham_/english/creative_writing/poets_out_loud/index.asp

Thursday, November 3 at 8:30 pm
MUCCA PAZZA
This astounding 30-plus member circus punk marching band bulks up anarchic brass arrangements with gloriously mischievous polyphony. The marching band from Chicago that thinks it's a rock ‘n roll band, Mucca Pazza includes the usual brass and percussion, with what it calls its "freak" section-guitars, mandolins, violins and accordions amplified with speakers in the musicians' helmets. The group is a collection of shameless band nerds wielding instruments of incongruous traditions, sometimes in competition, often in cooperation. They have been called everything from "circus punk," to "geek love," but no one calls them dull. For more information about the artist visit: http://mucca-pazza.org/

Thursday, November 10 at 8:30 pm
NEW YORK Gilbert AND SULLIVAN PLAYERS present
I'VE GOT A LITTLE TWIST
In Honor of W.S. Gilbert, 1836-1911
Wander into Brigadoon and don't be surprised to come face to face with the Pirates of Penzance! In this engaging original show, the New YorK Gilbert and Sullivan Players (NYGASP) one of the country's leading interpreters of the G&S repertoire, mix the wit and patter of those much-loved works with the best of Broadway musical theater. The result: The Mikado meets The Music Man, The Yeoman of the Guard take leave On the Town, and general hilarity ensues. Enjoy some of the best singer/actors working on Broadway and Off-Broadway today in hits by Leonard Bernstein, Lerner & Lowe, Jerry Herman, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Sondheim, and more and Gilbert and Sullivan classics. For more information about the artists visit: http://nygasp.org/booking/ive

Thursday, November 24 at 8:30 pm
THE ACCIDENTALS
A unique mixed a capella octet, The Accidentals are known for their finely tuned harmonies, off-beat sense of humor, and an eclectic repertoire of original songs and distinctive arrangements. Their many awards include MAC and Back Stage Bistro Awards for Best Vocal Group. They were also the 1995 National Champions of the Harmony Sweepstakes. The Accidentals' CDs have won several Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards, and their songs have been included in feature films and on television. Top off your Thanksgiving feast with the perfect nightcap: a sophisticated taste of rich vocal harmonies. For more information about the artist visit www.theaccidentals.com

Thursday, December 1 at 8:30 pm
Raymond Scott ORCHESTRETTE (RSO)
Celebrating the music of Raymond Scott
Deemed, "The Gertrude Stein of Dada Jazz," composer and inventor Raymond Scott rose to prominence in the late 1930s leading a six-piece Quintette which performed novelties that were part jazz and part chamber music. Warner Brothers music director Carl Stalling adapTEd Scott's controlled mayhem in Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck cartoons, bringing immortality to many Scott themes, later revived when songs like his classics "Powerhouse" "The Toy Trumpet" and "Twilight in Turkey" were featured in Ren & Stimpy¸ and paid homage to by artists as diverse as Don Byron, Soul Coughing, MadLib, and They Might Be Giants. Formed by producer and Scott authority Irwin Chusid, the New York City-based Raymond Scott Orchestrette (RSO) brings Scott's legacy into the 21st century, performing modernistic interpretations of his best-known works. For more information: http://raymondscott.com/orchette.html

Thursday, December 8 at 8:30 pm
SARAH E GELLER / SEGUE
Presented in collaboration with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Violinist Sarah Geller creates one-of-a-kind programs as soloist and the founder of her ensemble, SEGUE, which features various combinations of award-winning artists, musicians and dancers. SEGUE not only premieres new works and mines hidden gems of mainstream composers; it also unlocks the music of the great masters, as well as exploring Latin and jazz-influenced works. For more information about the artist visit: www.sarahegeller.com/segue.html

Thursday, December 22 at 8:30 pm
LJOVA: LOST IN KINO
A film and music experience by composer Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin
featuring Romashka and special guests
Celebrating the upcoming release of Ljova's newly-mastered CD built around the compilation of his many film scores, this award-winning composer brings his formidable musical and cinematic talents to the stage along with a vibrant array of his instrumentalist friends to create a full-blown audio-visual experience of stories from the sound-side out. The New York Times said, "[Ljova[ is eclectic with an ear for texture...Throaty melodies supported by pizzicato rhythms, lush chordal figures and counterpoint." Ljova has composed, produced, and recorded scores to three feature and over a dozen short films. Among his recent credits are a documentary for BBC and NHK, as well as the short films Cupcake (Tribeca Film Festival) and Only Love (Woodstock Film Festival, award for Best Original Score for Short Film at LIIFE). Recently, Ljova served as the assistant composer on Francis Ford Coppola's 2008 release Youth Without Youth and the 2009 release Tetro and assisted Clint Mansell and the Kronos Quartet on Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain. For more information about the artists visit: www.ljova.com

Thursday, December 29 at 8:30 pm
CHRIS VELAN
Presented in collaboration with NewSong Music
Motivated by a range of influences spanning 70s' singer-songwriters, blues, rock, 80s alternative, West African music and reggae, Montreal-based singer-songwriter and NewSong Recordings artist Chris Velan's continues his musical journey carving out his own path. Velan's fourth studio album Fables For Fighters produced by renowned producer Iestyn Polson (David Gray) finds Velan at his most poetically versatile. Sonically, it has a quality to it that is both timeless and new, intimate and cinematic, open and claustrophobic, haunting and reassuring. Thematically, the songs strive to balance the pains of struggle with the hope of transformation; the very personal search for one's place in the world. For more information about the artist visit:www.chrisvelan.com

Thursday, January 5 at 8:30 pm
Theo Bleckmann: HELLO EARTH! THE MUSIC OF KATE BUSH
After tackling American maverick composer Charles Ives and being rewarded with a Grammy nomination for it, vocalist Theo Bleckmann now takes on the mysterious songbook of British art-pop recluse Kate Bush. This project goes beyond merely re-creating Kate's Bush music but taking it to even further realms of sound and interpretation. Joining him in this venture will be long-time collaborator percussionist John Hollenbeck, bassist Skuli Sverrisson and keyboardist Henry Hey and special guest, mult-instrumentalist Caleb Burhans on viola, guitar and laptop. For more information about the artist visit:www.theobleckmann.com

Thursday, January 12, 2012
JAYME STONE
"The music is as spirited as its creator. It's hard to imagine a room large enough to contain the talent that went into its making, or the varied sounds it surveys." -The Georgia Straight (Canada). Praised as the, "Yo-Yo Ma of the banjo" Jayme Stone brings his global banjo adventures to the David Rubenstein Atrium this January. He is a two-time Juno Award-winning banjoist and his brand new album, Room of Wonders, includes music from Norway, Sweden, Brazil, Bulgaria, Italy and North America. The music is inspired by folk dances from around the world. Stone turned mysterious melodies into rocking tunes and crafted lush, edgy originals, with some of North America's best acoustic musicians for companions. For more information about the artist, visit: http://jaymestone.com/

Thursday, January 19 at 8:30 pm
LUCIA PULIDO BIRTHDAY CONCERT with
Sebastian Cruz, Adam Kolker, and Stomu Takeishi
With special guests Dave Binney, Luis Bonilla, Erik Friedlander, La Cumbiamba eNeYe, others.
Video by Sean Ferry
Lucia Pulido is a Colombian singer with one of the richest voices on the international Latin American musical scene today. She has an experimental style marked by a distinct vocal sophistication. The New York Times said, "Ms. Pulido holds on to the rawness of the original melodies while giving them a sophisticated new context." Traditional genres such as cumbia and bullerengue from the Atlantic Coast, currulaos from the Pacific Coast as well as joropos from the ColombIan Eastern Plains are the point of departure for her musical creativity. Lucía's vocal sophistication is enhanced in genres such as herding songs (cantos de vaquería), funeral laments (alabaos) and harvest chants (cantos de zafra), which give the singer the liberty to explore her voice fully. For this special birthday celebration and a commemoration of 30 years of artistic endeavors, Lucia Pulido will perform music from her old and new repertoire accompanied by some of the greatest musicians she has played with in New York since moving here in 1994. Visit: www.luciapulido.com/

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