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GiG Performance Space: Schedule

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Andy Milne & Dapp Theory

7:30 PM

GiG - 1808 Second Street
Price: $20

Dapp Theory is a quintet that blends “contemporary funk, groove and hip-hop into jazz with such seamless, casual precision it’s almost freaky.” (LA Weekly)

Their music intersects lyrical jazz piano, funkified polyrhythmic exploration, and spoken word poeticism. Leader, pianist/composer Andy Milne is one of the most important and respected voices in jazz today. He combines the talents of poet John Moon, saxophonist Aaron Kruziki, bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Kenny Grohowski, helping to re-draw and extend the boundaries of jazz. Milne formed the band in 1998 as a vehicle to “tell passionate stories, promote peace and inspire collective responsibility towards uplifting the human spiritual condition.” In their 15 years, the band has evolved and built a loyal following of fans who appreciate their indefinable sound, blending influences ranging from Joni Mitchell and KRS One to Thelonious Monk and Van Halen.


Dapp Theory’s 2014 release Forward in All Directions [Contrology/Whirlwind], was produced by Grammy award winner Jimmy Haslip and features guest performances from Ben Monder, Jean Baylor and Gretchen Parlato. It follows their second release, Layers of Chance [Contrology/ObliqSound], released in 2008, which Jazz Times Magazine describes as “remarkable chemistry . . . [as] . . . so impeccable, it’s practically a musical Unified Field Theory”. Their first major label CD, Y’all Just Don’t Know [Concord], released in 2003 included an ambitious collaboration with folk-rock icon Bruce Cockburn. In 2015, Milne will premiere The Seasons of Being, a suite for a ten-piece edition of Dapp Theory, commissioned by Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works.

The group will also perform at Outpost Performance Space on April 2nd at 7:30.

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Open Loose w Mark Helias - Tony Malaby - Tom Rainey


GiG Performance Space - 1808 2nd Street
Price: $20

Open Loose features three renowned musicians - bassist Mark Helias, tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, and drummer Tom Rainey. This extraordinary group explores the world of open form improvisation with composed pieces interwoven. The musicians have developed a common language and a connectivity which allows for very adventurous and cohesive improvising.  

Mark Helias - his big steady bass and organic feel, his compositions ever-changing - continue to set the standard for making music that bears shape and direction but also celebrates the freedom to improvise openly and... er... loosely. For ten years he and his powerful trio have refined and broadened the scope of this music so by now the players share an ethos that allows them to explore what making music in a group means. It's three individuals bonded by the passion of collaboration.  - All About Jazz

This is incredibly creative music that shifts from tight rapid playing to beautiful ballad work, using modern playing and compositional techniques.  -Squidco

The musical quality is high throughout, with nice compositions, a great rhythmic drive and great soloing, free and unbound, yet all within the range of what can be called "accessible", full of emotional power and creative interplay. -BBC Review

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Richard Smith

7:30 PM

GiG - 1808 Second St
Santa Fe
Price: $20

There seems to be no limit to Richard’s ability to quickly master whatever guitar style captures his fancy. The complex styles of many guitar greats including Django Reinhardt, Les Paul, and Lenny Breau have proved to be no impediment to his voracious musical appetite. Apart from his guitar virtuosity, he is also an accomplished banjo and violin player. Richard has toured around the world, surprising audiences everywhere with his genius, showcasing a repertoire spanning an incredible range of musical styles from country, bluegrass, mainstream jazz, modern pop and rock, to classical guitar. Richard also plays several of John Phillip Souza’s marches and, incredibly, comes close to sounding like an entire marching band – drums and all. Now thirty, Richard Smith is nothing less than a phenomenon. 


Here’s what a few of his fellow guitarists have to say about him: “The most amazing guy I know on the guitar.” “He can play anything I know, only better.” Chet Atkins,  "Guitar playing at its finest. Don’t miss this one.” Doyle Dykes “If you like my playing, you should hear Richard Smith.” Tommy Emmanuel.

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Austin Piazzolla Quintet


GiG Performance Space - 1808 Second St
Price: $20

Austin Piazzolla Quintet has been stunning audiences in Austin, Texas and beyond since 2009.  Founded by violinist James Anderson, Austin Piazzolla Quintet specializes in the intense and passionate music of the late Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla.  APQ continues the Nuevo Tango tradition with unique arrangements of Piazzolla's classic compositions, talented improvisations, and breathtaking original compositions. Featuring some of the finest talent on the renown Austin music scene, APQ has been hailed by critics as "one of the foremost tango ensembles in the country," "sublime," and "taking profound steps in Nuevo Tango evolution."

Friday, April 24th, 2015



GiG Performance Space - 1808 Second St.
Price: $20

Formed in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1977, the Quartet quickly became well-known for its vital blend of compositions and structured improvisation, and has performed - over its 35 years - at some of the most prestigious jazz clubs and festivals throughout the world, including the Monterey Jazz Festival, Jazz em Agosto (Lisbon, Portugal), and Vancouver Jazz Festival (Canada).  The Chicago Tribune hailed Rova for "the virtuoso ensemble work, the mercurial mood shifts, the startling array of instrumental colors and the sheer joy of sound that have made this quartet one of the most significant ensembles of its kind since the late 1970s." The New Yorker states: "The polish of this celebrated self-contained unit is matched only by their daring." 

The group will also perform at Outpost Performance Space on April 23rd at 7:30.

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Raquel Z. Rivera and Ojos de Sofia


GIG - 1808 Second Street
Price: $20.

Raquel Z. Rivera and Ojos de Sofia is a New York City band that plays, as they describe, "Latino Caribbean neo-folk music that is soulful, quirky and heartfelt." Focusing on Puerto Rican jibaro music and bomba, Dominican palos and bachata, as well as Latin American boleros and other genres, the ensemble is led by singer-songwriter, Raquel Z. Rivera. Their first album, released in 2010, Las 7 salves de La Magdalena/7 Songs of Praise for The Magdalenedebuted at #16 on the Top 20 World Music harts Europe and received enthusiastic coverage in the New York Daily News, Latin Beat and other publications. The band features Raquel Rivera, vocals; Bryan Vargas, Music Director/cuatrista,; Yasser Tejeda, guitar; Anabellie Rivera, vocals; and percussionists, Camilo Molina-Gaetan and Jonathan Trocoso.

The group will also perform at Outpost Performance Space on Saturday April 25th at 7:30. Presented in partnership with Outpost Performance Space and the Albuquerque Academy.

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Tim Berne's Snakeoil


GiG - 1808 Second Street
Price: $20

Recently ranked in the Top 10 of Time Out New York’s “Essential NYC Jazz Icons”, and called “the definitive genius of NYC’s downtown 1980s jazz scene” alto-saxophonist, Tim Berne, a protégé of the great Julius Hemphill, has been committed, for his entire career, to exploring the small group jazz idiom.Tim Berne’s third ECM album, You’ve Been Watching Me, sees the saxophonist-composer again leading his ultra-dynamic New York band Snakeoil. The group’s 2013 release, Shadow Man, garnered Berne some of the highest praise of his career as a composer and bandleader, with JazzTimes marveling over how his work grows “wilder and deeper.” The four-star Downbeat review said: “This music rocks and thinks, explores, deconstructs and, yes, it swings, in its own identifiably angular, Berne-ian way.” Just as Berne has hit a new peak with his writing on You’ve Been Watching Me, his band has reached a heightened state of collective interaction, realizing the compositions to a tee. Snakeoil – with the leader on alto sax alongside pianist Matt Mitchell, clarinetist Oscar Noriega and percussionist Ches Smith can still be bracingly kinetic. But there is new space in these compositions and more lyrical focus to the improvisations, leading to a dramatic, even cinematic experience in such tracks as “Embraceable Me.” Put simply, Berne’s music has never been richer or more arresting.

The group will also perform at Outpost Performance Space on May 7th at 7:30.

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Souren Baronian and Taksim


GiG - 1808 Second Street
Price: $20

Souren Baronian - clarinet, duduk, kaval

Adam Good - oud

Paul Brown - bass

Polly Tapia Ferber - doumbek

Mal Stein - drums


Taksim is a Middle Eastern term meaning improvisation. Taksim is also the name of the band created by Souren Baronian who grew up with one musical foot rooted in his ethnic Armenian heritage and the other firmly planted in jazz. The music is an authentic, organic hybrid of these two idioms. Combining the use of traditional instruments such as oud (lute), kaval (flute), dudook (double reed), G-clarinet, doumbek (hand drum) and Middle Eastern rhythms with a jazz vocabulary and be-bop sensibility, the group's sound is incredibly unique.

Souren Baronian, who grew up in Spanish Harlem, was influenced by many greats-- Lester Young and Charlie Parker, just to name two. He studied saxophone with Wayne Marsh and with the late master teacher Lennie Tristano for many years. Taksim is based in New York City and has performed in most of the Big Apple's major jazz clubs over the years, as well as in concerts in Europe. One of Taksim's most recent appearances was at the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Jazz Festival.

The group will also perform at Outpost Performance Space May 16th at 7:30.

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The Breizh Amerika Collective


GiG - 1808 Second Street
Price: $17 advance - $20 day of show

Breton musicians Armel an Hejer, Alain Le Clere, Thomas Moisson and Gaetan Grandjean are coming to Albuquerque from Brittany, France to share their traditionsof Breton dances, singing and instrumental music. The Breizh Amerika Collective initiative brings together innovative musicians from Brittany, France and the United States to create and produce original music, bring awareness to endangered traditions, and develop durable Transatlantic links of cooperation and understanding.

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Presented by AMP Concerts 

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Kevin Burke


GiG - 1808 Second Street
Price: $20

“Lyric, fluid and precisely as tricky as he needs to be…probably the greatest Irish fiddler living.”  The Village Voice
“Kevin Burke plays the fiddle so smoothly, with such buoyancy, and with such relaxed showmanship, that even a large concert hall becomes intimate.”  The New Yorker
“A lyrical player of emotional electricity.” The Washington Post
“Burke imparts a rhythmic intensity that is remarkably powerful...a superior instrumentalist in any idiom...impressively virtuosic.”   The New York Times


Kevin Burke’s fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music for over 30 years.  Although Kevin has spent much of his life playing in a group context, he has never lost his love for solo fiddle music – the “naked fiddle” as he sometimes puts it.  This is very evident in his live solo release, “In Concert”, a performance of mostly unaccompanied traditional pieces. His solo concerts are mesmerizing, you will feel like a fortunate guest in the home of  this gracious master of the vibrant Irish tradition.

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