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Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Stan Killian w John Rangel

7:30 - $20

Texas born, New York City-based tenor saxophonist and composer Stan Killian returns to GiG in an intimate duo setting with pianist John Rangel.  They will perform compositions from Killian's upcoming release, "The Supernatural " as well as tunes from his most recent albums.  "Unified", his first album for Sunnyside Records which featured contemporary jazz giants Roy Hargrove, David Binney and Jeremy Pelt, received high praise in JazzTimes, Downbeat, All About Jazz, The New York City Jazz Record, and many other international publications. Killian's critically acclaimed follow-up record, "Evoke", highlights the masterful guitar work of fellow Texan Mike Moreno, and solidified Killian’s reputation in New York and beyond, particularly in Japan, and prompted several tours of Asia with concerts in Korea, Japan and China.

Killian performs his music regularly across the globe and holds a steady gig every 2nd Tuesday of the month at the legendary 55 Bar in New York City’s West Village.  Currently, Killian is working on the production of his third album, "The Supernatural", featuring Eric Harland and David Kikoski due out later in 2017.

“The ability to make the rigorous seem casual and the unexpected seem logical- as well as Killian’s winning musicianship- are what seems to separate this disc [Unified] from other merely solid mainstream recordings.” -Jazziz                     

"Killian commands attention."  Downbeat Magazine
"His playing is smart but unpretentious, logical yet unrestrained. That kind of balance is hard to achieve in jazz..." - Jazz Times

 

 

 

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

Richard Smith

7:30 - $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, September 2nd, 2017

Duo Violao + 1

7:30 - $20

A master of both 6 and 7 string guitars, Rogério Souza is one of the foremost representatives of the musical language from Rio de Janeiro. Rogério is constantly performing in and producing concerts and events that showcase traditonal Brazilian music, especially Samba and Choro. He has worked with a multitude of world-class Brazilian musicians, including Baden Powell, Paulinho da Viola, Sivuca, Ney Matogrosso, Altamiro Carrilho, João Bosco, Paulo Moura, Ivan Lins, Guinga, Turíbio Santos, Rafael Rabello, and many others. 

Ami Molinelli is a professional percussionist and educator specializing in Brazilian and Latin percussion, especially the pandeiro. She is the co-leader of the Brazilian choro and jazz ensemble, Grupo Falso Baiano. Ami received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and has studied at the Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador. She has studied with master percussionists Michael Spiro, John Bergamo, Randy Gloss, and Guello and performed/recorded with Luciana Souza, Jovino Santos-Neto, the Los Angeles Symphonic Orchestra,George Duke, Mike Marshall, John Santos, and Michael Spiro. 

duoviolaobrasil.com 

lpmusic.com/artists/artist/ami-molinelli

 

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Drops Of Green

7:30 - $20

Drops of Green are a band of four young Irish men hailing from Laois, Kilkenny and Waterford. Formed in early 2014 they are Ireland’s newest and most exciting young balladeers. Featuring a variety of instruments, from mandolin to accordion and whistles to guitar, their show is a must see for Irish music fans young and old alike.

Combining this vast instrumentation with blissful four part vocal harmonies they cover many great Irish melodies while bringing their own unique and modern style to all of these classics, along with a wealth of tradition, storytelling and passion. 

In a short space of time they have already toured America for 11 months and are currently back and forth to Europe such as Germany, Italy, Netherlands and France performing at festivals. Drops of Green are quickly building a fan base both home and abroad and are looking forward to releasing their brand new original album in March 2017.

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

BEPPE GAMBETTA IN CONCERT

7:30 - $20

After being fascinated by the music of the great American acoustic guitar masters, Italy’s Beppe Gambetta began a prolific career based on his “life on the road”,  devoted to travelling, meeting and learning from artist of other cultures, as well as researching, reviving and teaching old forgotten music from the past. Through all of these experiences, Beppe was able to create his own peculiar guitar style, a poetic creative synthesis that reflects his work on the roots music of both sides of the Ocean and brought him to perform all over North America, Europe, and also to South America and Australia. Beppe will perform with his spectacular style a mixture of traditional and original music including many numbers from the latest CD “Round Trip”, recorded for the Canadian label Borealis Records.

"...Though he's shown over the years that he can keep pace with the Tony Rices and Dan Crarys of the world, , it is Gambetta's understated elegance as a flatpicker that has set him apart and made him an in-demand partner the world over, and he's as elegant as ever on Rendez-vous." Sing Out!

"Italian guitarist, Beppe Gambetta is considered by many musicians in the world as one of, if not the best, acoustic guitarists. His talent, his taste, and his execution are superb. Bluegress Unlimited 

“His incredible versatility combined with his charm and engaging stage presence make Beppe’s concerts evenings of high quality music and relaxed entertainment. Over-riding all else, however, is the brilliance of his talent...” Cornish Guardian 

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

Harsh Narayan & Ty Burhoe

7:30 - $20

 

Harsh Narayan (born February 27, 1985) is a leading sarangi player, teacher and performer of Hindustani Classical Music living in Mumbai, India. Coming from an esteemed musical lineage (both his father and grandfather were widely respected sarangi players) he has performed and recorded with many India’s most renowned classical musicians worldwide. Armed with this unique musical background and an invaluable classical training, Harsh Narayan is eminently qualified to expand upon the enormous body of work of his grandfather while establishing himself among the new generation of Indian classical musicians and sarangi torch bearers. 

Ty Burhoe has been a disciple of the great tabla maestro, Ustad Zakir Hussain, since 1990. From that time forward, Ty has been wholly dedicated to music as a career and as a spiritual path. Ty is known for his inspired accompaniment and uplifting presence in both classical and in fusion settings. He is internationally recognized for being instrumental in creating unique collaborations that weave tabla with other world traditions. Ty works with a broad range of artists including Ustad Zakir Hussain, Art Lande, Krishna Das, Bela Fleck, Walter Becker (Steely Dan), Howard Levy, Kitaro, Jon Anderson (Yes) and many more.

 

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

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

 

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill are two of the world's leading artists in traditional Irish music. Their adventurous, soulful interpretations of traditional tunes are recognized the world over for their exquisite musicality and irresistible rhythm. For over two decades, the Irish fiddler and American guitarist have performed at major concert halls and festivals around the globe. The duo also helped found the new Irish supergroup The Gloaming.

Fiddler Martin Hayes is considered one of Ireland's most innovative and influential musicians. By age 19 Martin had won six All-Ireland fiddle championships. He is the recipient of numerous awards including Folk Instrumentalist of the Year (BBC), Person of the Year (American Irish Historical Society), Spirit Of Ireland award from the Irish Arts Center of NY, and Ireland's prestigious Musician of the Year (Gradam Ceoil TG4).

Dennis Cahill is a master guitarist from Chicago born to Irish-speaking parents from the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry. His spare, essential accompaniment to Hayes' fiddle is acknowledged as a major breakthrough for guitar in the Irish tradition. He has performed with such renowned fiddlers as Kevin Burke, Liz Carroll, and Eileen Ivers, as well as many Irish musicians on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Presented by Amp Concerts

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Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Pierre Bensusan

7:30 - $20. advance - $24. at the door

"The way the guitar would want to sound if it played itself.”

Acoustic guitar virtuoso and vocalist Pierre Bensusan has taken his unique sound to all corners of the globe. Winner of the Independent Music Award in the Live Performance Album category for his triple live album "Encore", voted Best World Music guitarist by Guitar Player Magazine reader’s Poll, Pierre is recognized as one of the greatest guitar players of the 21st century. 

Described by the L.A. Times as "one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans in the world music scene today", Pierre's name became synonymous with contemporary acoustic guitar genius, long before the terms New Age or World Music were invented. He has literally created a style of playing with the ability to make a single guitar sound like an entire band as he brings the audience on a mesmerizing musical journey. And yet, Bensusan is more than what any musician or music lover expects from a guitarist. He is a composer as well as a bilingual and original and improvisational vocalist, with his own scat technique. 

His "manner" of playing defies classification - crossing world, classical, jazz, traditional, folk, pop and more. None can be isolated as simply “World Music”, “Celtic”, "Arabic" or “French”; rather, they represent Pierre’s genuine vocabulary and the best part of our world in its current state, a world sharing itself. Not to be missed!

"To say that Bensusan is a master of the guitar is like saying Albert Einstein was good at math." Woodstock Times 

"Pierre’s music is an example of how you can revitalize and justify the term "World Music" … Neither jazz nor folk nor Spanish classical, neither rai nor chaabi, nor flamenco (old or new), it nonetheless contains all of these – a translucent, fully realized and seamless chamber-acoustic melange, played softly and without affectation." Misfit City Music Blog

(Show not eligible for Patreon complimentary passes.) 

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Manuel Valera Trio w Donald Edwards and Hans Glawsichnig

7:30 - $20

Based in New York City, Grammy nominated artist, pianist and composer Manuel Valera was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. Since arriving in NYC, he has become well known in the NYC modern jazz scene, garnering national reviews and lending his talents as a pianist and composer to such notable artist as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Brian Lynch, Dafnis Prieto, Jeff “Tain” Watts, John Benitez, Samuel Torres, Joel Frahm, Yosvany Terry among many others. In addition, he has been awarded several grants for composition most notably Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works and the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. Manuel has travelled the world performing in over 30 countries at some of the biggest international venues and festivals.

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Lucian Ban & Mat Maneri - Transylvanian Concert

7:30 - $20

Transylvanian born, NYC based pianist LUCIAN BAN and American violist and Grammy nominee MAT MANERI will present material from their award winning 2013 ECM release “Transylvanian Concert” and premier new music for a follow up album. 

When they joined up for a concert in an opera house in Targu Mures in the middle of Romania’s Transylvania region, the music was, as Jazz Times puts it, “as close as it gets to Goth jazz.” Released in 2013 by ECM Records, the Transylvanian Concert album features a program of self-penned ballads, blues, hymns and abstract improvisations, the whole informed by the twin traditions of jazz and European chamber music, and album has won critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, including several Best Album of 2013 awards, and has spawned continuous touring.  

The Guardian (UK) noted  Transylvanian Concert’s “own kind of melancholy beauty and wayward exuberance”, The New York Times called it “a lovely and restive new album”, All About Jazz hailed its “moments of unanticipated beauty”,  L.A. Weekly talks about a performance that is “mesmerizing, evocative and sensually explicit” and The Village Voice calls it “is one of those records that whisk you away”. JAZZ WEEKLY talks about “A modern collection of sonatas that erase the lines between jazz and classical, a melding of sounds similar to a modern liturgy”.

Co-presented with the Romanian Cultural Institute New York 

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

True Life Trio

7:30 - $20

True Life Trio sings sumptuous vocal harmonies from Eastern Europe, the Americas & beyond. This innovative trio cross-fertilizes different traditions with unlikely timbres connecting Bulgaria to the Bayou. TLT’s improvisation-laced repertoire includes original songs and folk tunes from far-flung lands such as Macedonia, Louisiana, Albania, Ukraine, Mexico, Poland, Italy and Georgia. Featuring the dynamic vocal talents of three performers whose musical collaboration was forged in Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble, the trio delves deep into a vast array of folk music, expanding the boundaries of these traditional styles to create its own unique sound. TLT has enchanted audiences up and down the west coastand and features, Leslie Bonnett: voice & fiddle, Briget Boyle: voice & guitar and Juliana Graffagna: voice & accordion. They will be joined for this performance by bassist Paul Brown and other surprise guests.

"True Life Trio has created a unique musical journey...each song is a small auditory work of art meant to be intently listened to." SF WEEKLY

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