Text by Steve Dalachinsky
“You have to learn all those notes and scales…that’s a beautiful foundation but then you have to spend a lifetime finding out what to leave out” Percy Heath
Date: Monday, December 6, 2010
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474
Floored By Four is the eponymous debut from Mike Watt’s “New York project,” a quartet of renowned musicians comprising Dougie Bowne on drums, guitarist Nels Cline, Yuka C. Honda on keys, and bass, spiel and compositions by Watt.
Artists performing include: Nels Cline, Mike Watt, Miho Hatori, Dougie Bowne, Thomas Bartlett, Doug Wieselman and
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Date: November 13, 2010
Venue: Tribeca Performing Arts Center
Text by Augusta Palmer
Date: Monday, November 8, 2010
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474)
Genre: Arabic pop
Musically and geographically, Natacha Atlas has always been an itinerant. The Anglo-Egyptian singer has spent more than a decade fusing electronic beats with North African and Arabic music, finding links between seemingly disparate musical genres, exploring new and different sonic settings and working with a wealth of like-minded collaborators from across the world along the way. The resulting body of work is both a triumph of true multiculturalism and a testament to the richness and accessibility of Arabic culture.
Text by Augusta Palmer
It’s rare to have the opportunity to listen to a conversation that is deeply intellectual, profoundly spiritual, and laced throughout with laughter. The Greene Space event “Cornel West and Randy Weston: Jazzmen in the World of Ideas,” ably moderated by Terrance McKnight, was just such a conversation. A lot of ground was covered: the nights a Harvard-educated West slept in Central Park because he was “broke as the 10 Commandments”; the inspiration to become an “Africanist in every sense” that Weston received from his Marcus Garvey-inspired father as well as his encounters with Morocco’s Gnawa, who once put him into a trance that lasted for 2 weeks; the impact of the prison-industrial complex; and the current prevalence of what West referred to as “the 11th Commandment: Do not get caught!”