I m back from a whirlwind 2 weeks - speaking at the Porto Musical conference in Recife, Brazil (http://www.rollingstone.com.br/secoes/novas/noticias/10556/)Message 1 of 1 , Mar 7, 2011View Source
I’m back from a whirlwind 2 weeks – speaking at the Porto Musical conference in Recife, Brazil (http://www.rollingstone.com.br/secoes/novas/noticias/10556/) where I also djed a huge free pre-Carnaval set in the Praça do Arsenal, joined by percussionists Mathias Kunzli (from NYC) and Lula Marcondes and fiddler Claudio Rabeca, and then the TED conference, where I djed the closing night After Hours party (where I spied Bill Gates dancing while I played “Jungle Boogie”…) on a bill with Macy Gray. A few of the most mind-blowing talks have already been posted on www.TED.com. Check them out.
Now that I’m back, it’s as busy as ever, working to finalize the programming for this summer’s Midsummer Night Swing and Lincoln Center Out of Doors.
Burnt Sugar; Ziggy & the Berlin trilogy at Target Free Thursdays
But no need to wait till summer for exciting shows here at Lincoln Center . This Thursday night, the black rock supergroup Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber trip on their inner glam roots as they take on songs from David Bowie’s legendary Ziggy Stardust, Diamond Dogs and the Berlin Trilogy in their inimitable recombinant way….joined by a very special guitar shredder and pioneering BRC member who we can’t name right now. They even plan to do my go-to karaoke song, “Rock and Roll Suicide.” Admission is free, showtime is 8:30 pm, and since we’re expecting a big crowd (esp since the band itself could almost fill the venue), you’re advised to come early, get food and a drink at ‘wichcraft café, and make a night of it.
Burnt Sugar: The Arkestra Chamber: Ziggy and the Berlin Trilogy (World Premiere)
Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 8:30
Target Free Thursdays
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
"A multiracial jam army that freestyles with cool telekinesis between the lustrous menace of Miles Davis' On The Corner, the slash-and-om of 1970s King Crimson, and Jimi Hendrix' moonwalk across side three of Electric Ladyland."
Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber began as a grand and noble idea that begat an ostensibly foolhardy enterprise, an updated Miles Davis' Bitches Brew for the 21st century with players who were conversant in a plethora of post-modern musical tongues. For this premiere performance they trip on some inner glam and Germanic starchild roots and resurrect the moment in musical history when space oddity David Bowie came under the cybernetic sway of Tony Visconti, Brain Eno, Kraftwerk, and Robert Fripp. Albums to be exhumed for reanimation and further study include Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Diamond Dogs, Young Americans, Low, Heroes, Lodger, and Station to Station.
Greg Tate, conductor/guitar/laptop, Karma Mayet Johnson, vocals, Luqman Brown, vocals, Shelley Nicole, vocals/percussion, Mazz Swift, vocals/violin, Mikel Banks, vocals/flute/freak-a-phone/conductor, Latasha Nevada N. Diggs, live dub effects, Lewis "Flip" Barnes Jr., trumpet, Micah Gaugh, alto saxophone/vocals, V. Jeffery Smith, tenor saxophone/vocals, Paula Henderson, baritone saxophone, Andre Lassalle, guitar, Asim Barnes, guitar, Bruce Mack, keyboards, Jared Michael Nickerson, electric bass, Meret Koehler, drums…plus surprise guest…
Upcoming free events include the March 22 NY premiere of an amazing documentary I saw while in Korea in the fall, Intangible Asset Number 82, which will feature a post-screening talk with the director, Emma Franz, and featured drummer Simon Barker and master pansori vocalist Bae Il Dong. They will make their full band US debut with Daorum 2 days later, on March 24. Their performance in PAMS was some of the most striking cross-cultural improvisations I’ve seen – don’t miss this unique group.
Thu, Mar 17, 2011
Tue, Mar 22, 2011
Thu, Mar 24, 2011
Sat, Apr 2, 2011
Thu, Apr 7, 2011
(featuring Morton Subotnik with Lillevan, + the US debut of Atom tm)
Thu, Apr 14, 2011
Thu, Apr 21, 2011
Electric Kulintang featuring Susie Ibarra and Roberto Rodriguez Special Earth Day concert
Lincoln Center is currently home to the incredible Tullyscope festival http://new.lincolncenter.org/live/index.php/tully-scope-festival-2011, which includes many artists long-time readers will know. Tonight ,the Wordless Music Orchestra presents a new piece by Tyondai Braxton (of Battles), on Wednesday, Persian spike fiddle master Kayhan Kalhor brings his stunning collaboration with Brooklyn Rider, and other upcoming concerts include Les Arts Florissants, Emmanuel Ax, Jordi Savall and Heiner Goebbels.
MARDI GRAS BALL TO BENEFIT THE LES GIRLS CLUB
Speaking of Carnaval (as we recently were), tomorrow night Two Boots will host an incredible Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Ball at Le Poisson Rouge to benefit the Lower East Side Girls Club. Susan Sarandon & Luiz Guzman will be crowned the King & Queen of the ball which features live music straight from New Orleans , live art, individual and krewe costume contest and dancing all night long! Performers include Loose Marbles (direct from New Orleans ) Reverend Billy, Hungry March Band, Mamarazzi, Raya Brass Band, guest Laura Cantrell and MC Mr. Murray Hill. 100% of the proceeds support Lower Eastside Girls Club programs! The event is almost sold out, so BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!
$25 general admission and $100 VIP open bar tickets available
Use discount code TWOBOOTS11 to save $5!
The Lower Eastside Girls Club provides a place where girls and young women 8-23 can grow, learn, have fun, and develop confidence in themselves and their ability to make a difference in the world. By delivering strong arts, literacy, science, health and leadership programs we provide girls with the vision to plan - and the tools to build - their future. All Girls Club programs develop environmental, entrepreneurial and ethical leadership in the girls we serve.
KODO AT LINCOLN CENTER
Kodo - One Earth Tour
Sunday, March 20, 2011 7:00 PM
Avery Fisher Hall
Since 1981, KODO has given over 3,300 performances on five continents and has introduced countless audiences to its peaceful, world-centered vision. The word ‘Kodo’ is a homonym for ‘heartbeat’—humanity’s most fundamental source of rhythm. The taiko drum, in the hands these master drummer, has an astounding organic power.
The extraordinary Japanese taiko percussion ensemble Kodo celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special concert at Lincoln Center ’s Avery Fisher Hall on Sunday, March 20. I have pairs of tickets to give away to 2 lucky winners. To enter to win, please post this link on either Facebook or Twitter, and make sure you tag me so I know you did it.