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Saturday, February 24th, 2018

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra

7:30 - $20

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Jonathan Scales is likely the most innovative steel drummer on the planet. His stunning, virtuosic technique is obvious and apparent to any who have seen him perform, but it is his mesmerizing compositions and tasteful, avant-garde improvisation that set him apart from the pack. Scales’ unmistakably unique approach to an instrument often associated with cruise ships and tropicalia establishes him as something of an outlier. Whereas his talent and creativity could have been focused on other instruments he plays, such as saxophone, he fell in love with the sound of the steel pans. Jonathan Scales groups have toured Central America, the Caribbean, Japan and Europe. The Fourchestra has now been chosen by the US Department of State— from 300 finalists— to serve as musical ambassadors in a 6 week concert tour of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong & Indonesia. Jonathan Scales has his eyes on the world, for sure… world, meet Jonathan!

“…joyously inventive… Jonathan Scales brings new vitality to the traditional Caribbean instrument, picking up where Othello Molineaux left off 20 years ago with Jaco Pastorius.” – Jazz Times

“Scales is to steel pans what Béla Fleck is to the banjo—an über innovator.” Driftwood Magazine

“A Thelonius Monk-like attitude with a Mozart creativity.” Pan On The Net

“…Scales is going to be a major player in rewriting the books on steel pan music outside the box.” – When Steel Talks

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Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Fred Eaglesmith and Tif Ginn

7:30 - $22 in advance, $27 day of show

After years touring the United States, Canada, and Europe, having his songs covered by some of the biggest names in music, and appearing on "The Late Show with David Letterman"—the enigmatic, countrified, Rock 'n Roll troubadour, Fred Eaglesmith, is carrying on with musical wife, Tif Ginn.

Eaglesmith is a veteran of the music industry and at the same time is about as far away from actually participating in today's music industry as one could be. Never operating within anyone's boundaries, he continues to set the standard for independent artists everywhere.


Tif Ginn is a gutsy, amazing singer and a transcendent songwriter who has spent most of her life touring and playing music. Her impressive, sultry vocals, glorious harmonies and multi-instrumental abilities will have you in awe.

Tickets are $22 in advance, $27 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available through Hold My Ticket - 505-886-1251

Presented by AMP concerts - GiG Patreon rewards not available for this show.

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Friday, March 2nd, 2018

AZA - Music From Morocco!

7:30 - $20

Fattah Abbou and Mohamed Aoualou, the cofounders of AZA, a California based band, are joining the internationally known musician Brahim Fribgane to present a repertoire of music from North Africa. Their performances are  always  not to be missed opportunity. 

AZA unites traditional Tamazight (Berber) music, indigenous to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, with the global influences of its diverse members. Evocative of Saharan-African blues, yet with an original style that truly defies categorization, AZA’s stirring performances feature deep, danceable rhythms, intricate string melodies, and soaring, soulful vocals. Visually dynamic and engaging performers, AZA has been inspiring international audiences for more than 15 years.

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Saturday, March 10th, 2018

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." allaboutjazz.com
"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.


Friday, March 16th, 2018

Lone Pinon

7:30 - $20

Lone Piñon is a conjunto of young musicians in Santa Fe and Albuquerque dedicated to the study and revitalization of our region's musical roots. Having played professionally in a variety of other styles, founders Martinez and Wax in 2013 began an exploration of violin-based Northern New Mexico dance music rarely heard since the 1950s. Far from the isolated and quaint picture that is often painted of Northern New Mexico traditions, they quickly discovered our musical landscape to be a rich tapestry of intercultural connections and stylistic crossroads--the strands of those interwoven cultures have led them for the past five years on a musical trajectory that transcends generations and borders. Joined by Leticia Gonzales on violin, they will share some of the musical ground they've covered with a special emphasis on the double-fiddle traditions of the Rio Grande Valley and their kinship with neighboring styles.

www.lonepinon.com

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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

 www.maireandchris.com

 

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Austin Piazzolla Quintet

7:30 - $20

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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. :-)

 

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Adrian Legg

7:30 - $22 in advance, $27 day of show

 

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Globally acclaimed by critics and fans alike for his unique acoustic and electric fingerstyle guitar playing, Adrian Legg masterfully blends diverse musical styles, influences and inspirations to create a distinctive sound all his own. With multiple awards and accolades spanning four decades, Legg has been heralded as a "guitarist of astonishing virtuosity, (whose) imagination and melodic invention seem unbounded" (Q magazine); "ridiculously talented" (Music Week) and "simply the best acoustic guitar player I've ever heard" (guitar icon Joe Satriani).

But there's even more to Adrian Legg's draw as an engaging, one-of-a-kind performer. Legg is a "genuine entertainer who excels at not only painting pictures, if not frescoes, and telling stories with music—but also wittily regaling his audiences with tales from his life and travels and his cogent and often oblique yet thought-provoking observations on a spectrum of topics. It's all part of his dedication to making his performances a full-blooded emotional experience." (Audio Magazine)

Over his career, Legg has released a dozen or more recordings of his original compositions, which are consistently described as thrilling, engaging, emotionally compelling and evocative. Legg encapsulates his own music by saying, "I'm a collision between European classicism and the American guitar.”

Tickets are $22 in advance, $27 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available through Hold My Ticket (112 2nd St SW), 505-886-1251, Monday to Friday 9 AM - 6 PM, Sat & Sun 11 AM - 6 PM.

Presented by AMP Concerts - GiG Patreon rewards are not available for this concert.

Saturday, May 19th, 2018

LENI STERN AFRICAN TRIO

7:30 - $20

Leni Stern's music traces the paths of jazz and rock, riding the groove back to their source in West Africa before bringing it all back home again.  Leni has been awarded the Gibson Female Jazz Guitarist of the Year five times and was recently a featured member of American Female Jazz Quartet from the US State Department's cultural exchange to Nicaragua.  She was also featured in the recent feature documentary "The Last Song Before the War" about the Festival au Désert in Timbuktu, Mali.  Leni runs her own record label and has led heavyweight bands for over 20 years in NYC. Her trio features the master musicianship of Senegalese bandmates Alioune Faye on percussion and Mamadou Ba on bass.  

www.lenistern.com and www.facebook.com/lenisternband