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GIG Launches New Rent Party Patreon Initiative!

And we would like to invite you to become a GiG Patreon Subscriber and enjoy the benefits! Subscribe by Jan 1, 2018 at the $10 and above tiers and receive an additional comp ticket! 

The GiG Rent Party Initiative

In the early days of jazz, musicians used to have rent parties. Towards the end of the month, word would go out and everyone would stop by, pass the hat, the band would play all night and the rent would be paid the next day. This was an elegant solution where everyone benefited, musicians, dancers, listeners and landlords - true grass roots philanthropy for the frugal! 

Currently our blessed Patreon subscribers cover about a quarter of our infrastructure costs (rent, utilities etc.) We think it could be be genuinely inspiring to see many of our 6000 email list subscribers become GiG Patreon Subscribers and for the cost of a couple cups of coffee monthly, reap substantial rewards and increase GiGs presenting capacity! So to that end, our goal is to sign up 50 new GiG Patreon subscribers by years end. 

For becoming a GiG Patreon Subscriber you receive substantial rewards including comp tickets, advance ticketing with no ticketing fees, notice of half price ticket specials, GiG recordings and special artist content delivered to you digitally in the process. But perhaps the real reward is to enable the world-class music that GiG presents. New subscribers signing up before January 1st at $10 and above will receive an additional complimentary ticket to a GiG show! (Shows presented by other presenters at GiG are not eligible for these subscriber rewards. Only 10 comps available per show.)

If you like what we do and would like to be a part of our 17-year effort to enliven the music scene here in Santa Fe, please become a part of the GiG Rent Party initiative. Patreon is helping millions of creative projects succeed with it’s ingenious use  of recurring small donations (from $3 to $20 monthly) from a broad range of donors. It really works, it's simple and delivers great rewards for all!

Please subscribe here - Thanks! 


Friday, November 24th, 2017

Bruce Dunlap & Brahim Fribgane

7:30 - $20

Bruce Dunlap - Guitar

"A tour de force" Jazz Times 
"Evocative and spellbinding." New York Times
"The grace and emotional import of fine poetry.” Jazziz
"Pianistic guitar virtuosity… accomplished work by a true jazz virtuoso." Elusive Disc
"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

Brahim Fribgane - Dumbek and Percussion 

Born and raised in Morocco, Brahim Fribgane brings to his music the rich and varied musicalstyles he grew up with - North African, Gnawa, Berber, Arabic and Andalusian music. Movingto 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, PaulaCole, Adam Rudolph, Hindi Zahra, Dr. L. Subramaniam, Hassan Hakmoun, Club d’Elf, SamiYusuf, 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.

Saturday, November 25th, 2017

SING! Vocal Production Workshop w Karen Hall

12 to 3PM - $50 - To register email

SING! The Vocal Production Workshop with Karen Hall is a remarkable opportunity for singers of all styles, levels and ages to expand and hone their skills with one of the most sought after singer/ educators in the country. Drawing on her extensive experience working with singers from all backgrounds and idioms, Karen presents a comprehensive, three-hour workshop that provides the essential tools every singer needs. Working with Karen has been a life-changing experience for many vocalists; her expert, researched guidance offering real results in a supportive environment with much individual attention. The workshop includes: 

Introduction and overview

Contemporary voice production 
Body Alignment/Posture
Breathing and Breath Management for Singing
Mode 1, Mode 2 and Mixed Mode (registration)
Voice Colors
High Voice, Mix Voice, Belt Voice--what’s what?
Speech Based Singing
Creating a voice exercise routine
Applying singing techniques to songs

Individual Performances (Voluntary)
In this section of the workshop, students meet Karen Hall “the voice mechanic.” As students sing, she listens, deciphers and explains what she hears. That is followed up with insights on how to improve, fix and/or change what students are doing.  

Question and Answer Session

"Karen's instruction is remarkably intuitive, supportive, and holistic.  She is an excellent listener and responds with skill and empathy, catalyzing breakthroughs and restoring hope.” Nodiah

“I am a singer-songwriter, and I came to Karen having lost the upper range of my voice. She showed me, with technical advice (based on science) and with specific exercises, not only how to regain the upper notes, but with practice, how to work towards maximizing the full range of my voice. She never tried to change my voice, but taught me how to bring out my natural voice more fully and with greater confidence.”   Christina

Soprano Karen Hall is active both as a performer and teacher. Dr. Hall received her Doctorate from Columbia University, Teachers College.  She is an Adjunct Professor at New Mexico Highlands University, and teaches voice and piano in her private studio Songwerks in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  She continues working in the area of Vocology (the study of vocalization) as a researcher, writer and editor. She has presented workshops and pedagogical presentations with NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), The Voice Foundation and CMS (College Music Society). Additionally, she is the author of So You Want to Sing Music Theater, a voice pedagogy project jointly sponsored by NATS and Roman & Littlefield Publishers, and the editor of 2 additional books included in the project--So You Want to Sing Rock ‘n’ Roll and So You Want to Sing Jazz.

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Tony Furtado

7:30 - $29 advance, $32 door

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“Tony Furtado is a major musical force without a doubt. He has his black-belt in voice and bottleneck guitar and his banjo playing scares the crap out of me.”  David Lindley - musical adventurer

Equally adept on banjo, acoustic and slide guitar, and ukulele, Furtado’s virtuosic take on the American song book is a singular mix of original and traditional. A native of California who now makes his home in Portland, Oregon, Furtado took up the banjo at age 12, inspired by the Beverly Hillbillies. He won the National Bluegrass Banjo Championship twice, cut his teeth with Laurie Lewis & Grant Street, and signed a solo deal in 1990 with Rounder Records, resulting in six critically acclaimed albums for the label, collaborating with such master musicians as Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Kelly Joe Phelps, and Tony Trischka. Beginning in the late 1990s—influenced by musical heroes Ry Cooder, David Lindley and Taj Mahal—Tony added slide guitar, singing, and songwriting to his musical toolbox and began leading his own band. He especially values the opportunities he has had to tour with A-list artists Gregg Allman, David Lindley, Derek Trucks, Sonny Landreth, and the like. He has performed at such prestigious music festivals as Telluride Bluegrass, Thirsty Ear, High Sierra, Jazz Aspen, Kerrville, Strawberry, Winnipeg, Sisters and many  others. His latest acclaimed release is Cider House Sessions.

Presented by Southwest Roots Music and the Santa Fe Performance Exchange. 

GiG Patreon Rewards are not offered for this concert. 

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Round Mountain

7:30 - $20

Char and Robby Rothschild have been writing songs and singing together since they were kids harmonizing in the back of the family car. Blending dusty American grit with many global influences, Round Mountain presents a singular take on folk music that is both foreign and familiar. The multi-multi-instrumentalist band of brothers has travelled the globe absorbing bits and pieces of musical cultures, returning to filter them through their own sepia-toned Americana framework. Older brother Char sings and plays accordion, guitar or dobro, together with trumpet or Bulgarian gaida, and highland bagpipes. Robbie sings and plays percussion, the West African djembe and Peruvian cajon, the West African harp known as the kora, and the Irish bouzouki. Their lyrics evoke the emotion of family and convey the universal and rugged beauty of global, traditional music. Round Mountain, the group, is a lively mixture of ceremony and irreverence, of exuberance and reflection. In a time when so much music has become so brightly polished that no one can see inside, Round Mountain is a rare authentic gem of music that glows from within. 

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Derek Gripper

7:30 - $17 in advance, $22 day of show

Derek Gripper began his formal musical training at the age of six on the violin. After studying classical music for the next thirteen years, he began to look further afield for musical inspiration, delving into South Indian music, and the music of Oliver Messiaen, Steve Riech, and J.S Bach. Upon meeting Cape Jazz trumpeter Alex van Heerden he started to see that his previous studies could be used to find new directions for the music of South Africa. 

After a host of groundbreaking albums which redefined the landscape of South African music, most notable being the visionary Sagtevlei with Alex van Heerden, Derek began to incorporate the music of other composers in his performances notably Brazilian pianist, guitarist and composer Egberto Gismonti.

In 2009 Derek began studying the playing techniques of the kora  by learning traditional Malian compositions on the kora, and two years found that it was possible to play the highly complex kora compositions of the great Malian virtuoso Toumani Diabaté on the six string guitar, without omitting a note of the original performances. Derek Gripper's project to create an African repertoire for the classical guitar, based on transcriptions of works by some of Africa's greatest musicians, resulted in a growing collection of outstanding African Guitar arrangements, with works by Toumani Diabaté, Ballaké Sissoko, Ali Farka Touré, Amadou Bansand Jobarteh, South African bow player Madosini and others, bringing the guitar and the music of Africa to life in new and exciting ways.

"Gripper has brilliantly transferred [the kora] repertoire onto a regular six string guitar. He sees [Toumani] Diabaté as the Segovia, or indeed John Williams, of the kora, championing it as a solo instrument. And Gripper brilliantly takes it back to the guitar. He's opening a whole new repertoire of classical guitar music... bringing African guitar into the classical mainstream."

Simon Broughton

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This evening is an AMP Concerts event and eligible for GiG Patreon Rewards. 

Friday, April 20th, 2018

Maire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman

7:30 - $20

The celebrated virtuoso partnership of “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY) and “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fROOTS), has brought its special musical vision to venues large and small - from the tiniest of historic churches in England, Germany and Italy to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney Town Hall and the Philharmonie in Cologne – in twenty-two countries on five continents. Their performances - described by The Irish Times as “music of fire and brilliance from the high-wire act in traditional music” - are rooted but eclectic, emotional but adventurous: a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, coupled with striking new compositions and Chris’s delightfully subversive wit. They've made many appearances on TV and radio and their busy touring schedule has brought them to stunned and delighted audiences worldwide. 

“Máire Ní Chathasaigh" is in a class of her own." -THE GUARDIAN

“An eclecticism and spirit of adventure that is quite thrilling… Virtuoso playing… Bewitching string fantasies and a wonderfully clear and expressive voice.” - THE TIMES

“Dazzling virtuosity… a procession of exceptional albums exquisitely delivered… the speed and complexity is to be marveled at… delightful.” THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

"Their blinding technique, sizzling Irish reels and hot jazz improvisation brought an extended standing ovation... Newman has the great gift of being informative and hilarious simultaneously.” - THE WEST AUSTRALIAN

“This celebrated duo took the place by storm. Stately Carolan tunes, jazzy Django-ish numbers, dazzling Doc Watson style flat picking fliers, driving Irish dance tunes - this pair can nonchalantly do the lot. Guitar players applauded and went sadly home to burn their instruments!” - THE BELFAST TELEGRAPH


Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Austin Piazzolla Quintet

7:30 - $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."

Please note, this is a listening event not a dance event. :-)