BRUCE DUNLAP & BRAHIM FRIBGANE - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29TH
2020 - 7:30 - $22 - GiG Performance Space - 1808 SECOND ST.
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
2018 Governor's Award for Excellence In The Arts
Brahim Fribgane - Dumbek and Percussion
Born and raised in Morocco, Brahim Fribgane brings to his music the rich and varied musical styles he grew up with - North African, Gnawa, Berber, Arabic and Andalusian music. Moving to 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, Paula Cole, 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.
SOURENA SEFATI & GREGORY GUTIN - MUSIC FROM IRAN! - SATURDAY, MARCH 7TH
7:30 - $28. - GiG Performance Space - 1808 Second Street
Heir to a Persian musical heritage that stretches back millennia, Iranian santour virtuoso Sourena Sefati carries that tradition into the modern era with stunning original compositions that reveal the extraordinary breadth of expression concealed in this ancient instrument’s small wooden frame.
Born in Ramsar, Iran, Sefati fell under the sway of the santour at an early age and dedicated his life to mastering this trapezoidal box’s 72 metal strings. The grandfather of China’s yangqin, Eastern Europe’s cimbalon, and the United States’ hammered dulcimer, the santour is played with delicate felt-tipped mallets, or mezrabs. Its structure has changed little since its first representation in inscriptions in Susa, Iran, dating back to 699 B.C.
Sefati earned a bachelor’s degree in music in 2002 from the University of Tehran and went on to achieve a master’s in Iranian music performance in 2009 from Art University in Tehran, where he won the award for Best Composer of Iranian Music.
In his native country, Sefati launched a successful career as a performer, a recording artist with appearances on more than 50 albums, and an in-demand composer with numerous commissions. He’s appeared in concerts in Africa, Asia, and Europe, both as a member of prestigious ensembles and as a soloist. He performed as a featured soloist with the Iran Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra (2009 to 2014), the Iranian Chamber Orchestra (2009), and Mehrnavazan National Orchestra (2011). In 2016, his album Az Roozegare Rang Amiz (From Deceitful Ages) won him the award for Best Composer of Iran.
In 2014, Sefati moved to the United States. The move presented an opportunity to spread awareness of his beloved motherland’s musical heritage and his own modern classical compositions, which are marked by lyricism, rhythmic complexity, and fast tempi requiring highly technical playing.
Sourena will be joined by percussionist Gregory Gutin
JEFF FOUCAULT - THURSDAY, MARCH 12TH, 2020
7:30 - $25.00 ($27.24 W/SERVICE FEE) - GIG PERFORMANCE SPACE - 1808 SECOND ST.
Massachusetts-based Jeffrey Foucault has spent the last decade mining the darker seams of country and blues, producing a string of spare and poetic albums of rare power while garnering accolades internationally for a tersely elegant brand of songwriting set apart by its inherently warm delivery, poetic imagery, and weather-beaten cool. In addition to his solo career, Foucault also plays in the sextet Cold Satellite, and in Redbird with Kris Delmhorst and Peter Mulvey.
Foucault grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. His father played a plywood guitar and his mother liked to sing. Winter Sundays were for church or ice fishing. He went to college and dropped out, took a job on a fruit farm and started writing songs about a girl from Iowa. He finished school, roofed houses, drove a snowplow, and home-schooled the son of the local bar owner in exchange for beer. He cut his first album in the winter of 2000, and he’s been going strong ever since.
Presented by Southwest Roots Music And The Santa Fe Performance Exchange
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