Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
Tony Furtado Band
GiG - 1808 Second Street
Price: $25 advance, $28 door General Ad
Furtado's extremely impressive, furious slide guitar skills and 25-plus years of banjo experience will blow away the musicos. And to those who are looking for a performance, get ready to be captivated, charmed, and entertained. Banjomusic.com
You can see Furtado in action on many big festival stages, but the best way to experience his flexive folk is in a more intimate setting like GiG Performance Space where Furtado will be joined by a drummer and bassist. Widely considered one of America's best new-generation banjo players, Tony Furtado landed his first record deal in 1992 and has been going hard at it ever since. A string of critically acclaimed releases and live performances has cemented his reputation as banjoist extraordinaire, but over the past few years Furtado has also developed a virtuosic talent for the slide guitar, as is evident on his critically acclaimed recent releases. His latest is Live from Mississippi Studios, recorded in Portland, Oregon with some of that city's best players.
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Presented by Southwest Roots Music and the Santa Fe performance Exchange
Thursday, February 12th, 2015
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
Saturday, March 7th, 2015
LENI STERN AFRICAN TRIO
GiG - 1808 Second Street
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.
Friday, April 3rd, 2015
Andy Milne & Dapp Theory
GiG - 1808 Second Street
Santa Fe NM
“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.
Saturday, April 4th, 2015
Open Loose w Mark Helias - Tony Malaby - Tom Rainey
GiG Performance Space - 1808 2nd Street
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
Saturday, April 18th, 2015
Austin Piazzolla Quintet
GiG Performance Space - 1808 Second St
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.
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."