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GiG Performance Space: Schedule

Friday, April 24th, 2015


7:30 - $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

7:30 - $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

7:30 - $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.

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Bruce Dunlap & Brahim Fribgane

7:30 PM - $20


Brahim Fribgane - Dumbek and Percussion 


Born and raised in Morocco, Brahim Fribgane brings to his music the rich and varied musical styles he grew up with - North African, Gnawa, Berber, Arabic and Andalusian music. Moving to New York City in his twenties, through diverse musical collaborations, he developed his unique style, a blend of childhood influences and many international traditions. 


Brahim has had the privilege of performing with such amazing artists as Peter Gabriel, Paula Cole, Adam Rudolph, Hindi Zahra, Dr. L. Subramaniam, Hassan Hakmoun, Club d’Elf, Sami Yusuf, Will Calhoun, Zakir Hussein, Giovanni Hidalgo, Hamid Drake, Selva Ganesh, Steve Gorn, Larry Coryell, Reggie Workman, Hubert Laws, Corey Segal, Adam Deitch,  Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, Amit Chattergee,  and Medeski Martin & Wood, to name a few.


Bruce Dunlap - Guitar


"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

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

"Acoustic jazz guitar played stunningly well... fascinating new compositions." Jim Hall

“Can I get a guitar lesson?” <laughter> Mike Stern

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Ellis Paul

7:30 - $23 advance, $26 door

Ellis Paul’s songwriting credentials are as unassailable as the 15 Boston Music Awards he’s earned, as indelible as the tattoo of Woody Guthrie on his arm, as authentic as the musical roots from which he draws. He emerged from the Boston music scene at a time when contemporary folk was just cracking the mainstream. In the 20-plus years since, he’s played 150 to 200 shows annually; released 19 records, a documentary film, a book of poems and short stories, an award-winning children’s book project, and contributed to numerous Hollywood soundtracks. He’s become a staple at the Newport Folk Festival, played the likes of Carnegie hall, and is a staple at the Woody Guthrie Festival in Guthrie’s birthplace of Okemah, Oklahoma. “I’ve got a car with over 475,000 miles on it, and it’s my third road vehicle,” he declares. “There isn’t a town in the country where I won’t find a friend. I’m a nomad. And I’m gonna write and play until I’m gone.” Where Paul is “goin’” is wherever a microphone beckons and a crowd of the folk faithful awaits.

Presented by Southwest Roots Music 

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Friday, May 15th, 2015

Souren Baronian and Taksim

7:30 - $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.

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

The Breizh Amerika Collective

8PM - $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

7:30 - $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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