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Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Dan Bern


GiG - 1808 Second Street
Price: $22 advance | $25 at door

DAN BERN has released 18 albums since 1997 and built a loyal following based on prodigious touring and output of songs in all forms. The LA-based songwriter is perhaps best known for his film writing. He composed scores of songs for Judd Apatow's Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and Get Him to the Greek, Jake Kasdan's Zero Effect, and other films. Bern wrote Swing Set, a duet with Emmylou Harris, for the off-Broadway production of Family Week (directed by Jonathan Demme) and wrote the title song for Demme's documentary Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains. He has also written with Marshall Crenshaw, Peter Himmelman, and many others. A former NM resident, Bern's album BREATHE won Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter at the Sixth Annual Independent Music Awards. His latest disc is the excellent Songs Of Fall.

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Presented by Southwest Roots Music and the Santa Fe Performance Exchange

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Joe Hayes and Bruce Dunlap - Story & Song


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


Joe Hayes and Bruce Dunlap - Story & Song


Joe Hayes


Joe Hayes an award-winning author and nationally recognized teller of Southwestern tales from the Hispanic, Native American and Anglo cultures. His bilingual Spanish-English tellings have earned him a distinctive place among America's storytellers. He has published over twenty children’s books. Joe has visited some 3,000 schools and has been the resident storyteller at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe for 32 years. A whole generation of Southwestern children have grown up listening to his tales. 


Joe has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro, Tennessee. Joe’s books have received the Arizona Young Readers’ Award, two Land of Enchantment Book Awards, the Southwest Book Award and the Texas Bluebonnet Award. For his storytelling he received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts and was designated a New Mexico Centennial Storyteller.


Bruce Dunlap


"A tour de force" Jazz Times

"Evocative and spellbinding." The New York Times  

"The grace and emotional import of fine poetry.” Jazziz  

“A true jazz virtuoso exploring new boundaries." 

"A startling display of virtuosity, technical wizardry, 

 and clarity." Jazz Now

"Acoustic jazz guitar played stunningly well...

fascinating new compositions." Jim Hall

"Used tonal color so vividly that the musical notes felt like

wet paint."

Saturday, March 7th, 2015


7:30 PM

GiG - 1808 Second Street
Price: $20

The Leni Stern African Trio traces the path of jazz and rides its groove back to the source in West Africa before bringing it all back home again.  Leni Stern has been awarded the Gibson Female Jazz Guitarist of the Year five times and was recently a featured soloist with the acclaimed Acoustic Africa tour. Her ensemble features master Senegalese musicians Mamadou Ba and Alioune Faye. 

Thursday, March 12th, 2015


7:30 PM

GiG - 1808 Second Street
Price: $20

RUNA consists of vocalist and step-dancer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion, Dave Curley on mandolin, vocals, bodhrán, and step-dancing, and Maggie Estes of Louisville on the fiddle.  The band often performs with world-renowned, guest musicians, including Isaac Alderson on the uilleann pipes, flutes, and whistles.

RUNA draws on the diverse musical backgrounds of its band members and offers a contemporary and refreshing approach to traditional and more recently composed Celtic material.  Through their repertoire of both highly energetic and graceful, acoustic melodies, along with their fusion of music from Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and the United States, this vocal and instrumental ensemble gives its arrangements of traditional songs and tunes a fresh sound. 

Members of RUNA have played with Solas, Riverdance, Slide, Clannad, Fiddlers’ Bid, Moya Brennan, Eileen Ivers, Hazel O’Conner, Full Frontal Folk, Keith & Kristyn Getty, Barcó, Téada, and the Guy Mendilow Band.

“There is truly a mystical quality to their playing.  They create a lyrical sound that is at once unique as well as seamless.” – Lori Lander Murphy, Irish Philadelphia

“Best of all, RUNA sounds like no one else.” – Travis Rogers, Jr.,- Music Life and Times
“For contemporary Celtic music at its very best – do yourself a favor and check out RUNA.. brilliant!” – Gene Shay, Philadelphia Folk Festival; WXPN-FM

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Taraf de Locos


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

Taraf de Locos is a five-piece band based out of San Francisco, California. Featuring music from Albania, Turkey, Greece, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, and more, the group creates a stunning, original evening of international song. Taraf de Locos is composed of violinist /vocalist Aya Safiya, saxophonist/guitarist/vocalist Tano Brock, trumpeter/vocalist Cecilia Peña-Govea, percussionist /vocalist Miguelito León and bassist Mireya León. Their history as childhood friends creates a unique chemistry that is palpable in their refined, innovative sound and the many divergent traditions are fused together to create some startlingly fresh magic!

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Andy Milne & Dapp Theory

7:30 PM

GiG - 1808 Second Street
Santa Fe NM
Price: $20

“The idea behind Dapp Theory is to create complete musical compositions that groove as hard as they express melodic and poetic lyricism.”— Andy Milne

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

Leader, pianist/composer Andy Milne is one of the most important and respected voices in jazz today. He formed the band in 1998 as a vehicle to “tell passionate stories, promote peace and inspire collective responsibility towards uplifting the human spiritual condition.” Since that time, the band has evolved, blending influences ranging from Joni Mitchell and KRS One to Thelonious Monk and Van Halen. Their music is indefinable yet highly recognizable, intersecting lyrical jazz piano, funkified polyrhythmic exploration, and spoken word poeticism. With Dapp Theory, Milne combines the talents of percussive poet John Moon, saxophonistAaron Kruziki, bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Kenny Grohowski, helping to re-draw and extend the boundaries of jazz.

The band’s newest release Forward in All Directions [Contrology]was produced by Grammy award winner Jimmy Haslip. It follows their second release,Layers of Chance [Contrology], 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 and 9:30.

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 & 9:30.

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 and 9:30. Presented in partnership with Outpost Performance Space and the Albuquerque Academy.

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.

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The Breizh Amerika Collective


GiG - 1808 Second Street
Price: Ticket info TBA

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 collaboratively create and produce original music, bring awareness to endangered traditions, and develop durable Transatlantic links of cooperation and understanding.


Presented by AMP Concerts 

More info to follow. 

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’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.


“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



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