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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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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

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Saturday, March 3rd, 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, 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. :-)