Wednesday, December 1 at 7:30 PM Smadar Levi Admission is $12 Born in Israel to Moroccan and Spanish parents, singer Smadar Levi brings her blend of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern music to Satalla. Combining traditional and original material, Smadar borrows musical ingredients from the Israeli, Spanish, Moroccan and Greek traditions. Just consider the range of instrumentalists Smadar performs with: Uri Sharlin on accordion and piano, Harel Shachal on alto sax and clarinet, Ramzi Adlibi on darbuka and framedrum, Emannuele Mann on bass, Dan Aran on drums, Umut on kanun.
Thursday, December 2 at 8:00 PM Arthur Kampela Admission is $10 A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, composer/singer/guitarist Arthur Kampela has been described as a "Brazilian Frank Zappa." Coming of age in the post-Bossa Nova 1960s, his music was influenced by the Tropicalismo movement - a politically-oriented fusing of Brazilian traditional and popular music with Western rock. His compositions have been performed at international festivals of New Music, and he has won two major South American composition competitions (Caracas and Uruguay, respectively). His hybrid, pop-friendly music can be heard in clubs, halls and underground venues in Brazil and New York.
Friday, December 3 Satalla is closed for a private party
Saturday, December 4 at 7:30 PM Ric Cherwin Admission is $12 Ric Cherwin was born into a family of singers, musicians, writers, artists and actors. From his first first public singing performance at the age of 7 (for which he received a prolonged standing ovation and a whopping $20 tip for his medley of Al Jolson tunes), singing, playing, writing and performing has been Ric's unabated passion. He has been acclaimed as a virtuoso on the recorders and wood flutes and also plays piano, percussion and various woodwinds. Although a folk/rock/blueser at heart, Ric has become more of a world and jazz vocalist over the last several years.
Sunday, December 5 at 5:00 PM Mikveh Admission is $12 Supergroup Mikveh features the top women in Klezmer, including renowned Yiddish singer Adrienne Cooper, Klezmatics founder Alicia Svigals on fiddle, charismatic trumpeter Susan Watts of the Hoffman klezmer dynasty, ethnic accordion wizard Lauren Brody and soulful bass player Catherine Popper. Together, they rock out with sizzling dance music and riveting Yiddish/English songs, both ancestral and brand new.
Sunday, December 5 at 7:30 PM Balkan Routes: Slavic Soul Party! Admission is $10 Brash and strong as slivovitz, Slavic Soul Party! is downtown New York's answer to Balkan brass band music: equal parts fire and funk, free-form and old school exuberance. The band's first foray into the Balkans came in October 2000 with 10 days of touring and recording, which resulted in the CD "In Makedonija." "In Makedonija" overflows with the excitement of hearing and seeing Macedonian and Rom music and culture in context for the first time.
Tuesday, December 7 at 7:30 PM Arak Admission is $12 By the middle of the 20th century, immigrants from the Middle East fused old world melodies, oriental rhythms, and quarter-tone scales with American jazz, blues, and swing. East met West resulting in a powerful, hypnotic sound that was undeniably new and utterly irresistible. Arak, the musical collaboration of Michael Gostanian, Haig Buchakjian, Sevan Simonian, and Nishan Akgulian, proudly continues this tradition with driving dumbeg and guitar rhythms, thick oud leads, kanoun harmonies, and soaring vocals. For this event, Arak features dazzling bellydance performances by Sira, one of the hottest dancers on New York club scene.
Wednesday, December 8 at 7:30 PM Peter Eldridge Admission is $10 Vocalist/composer/pianist Peter Eldridge combines all facets of his musical talents into an eclectic mix of performing, recording, composing, producing and teaching. He recently released two solo recordings-the sophisticated pop of 'Fool No More', a collection of his original music produced by Peter and the multitalented Ben Wittman (Patty Larkin, The Story, Lucy Kaplansky), as well as the bittersweet standards found in ‘Stranger in Town’, produced by Peter and Jean Charles Lignel, featuring an all-star cast of jazz luminaries such as Michael Brecker, Lewis Nash, Claudio Roditi and Romero Lubambo. This comes after years of dynamic recordings with the Grammy award-winning vocal group New York Voices, which Peter co-founded with Darmon Meader.
Wednesday, December 8 at 9:30 PM Cormac Breatnach Admission is $12 Born in Dublin and brought up in an Irish and Spanish-speaking household, virtuoso whistle player Cormac Breatnach has been playing whistles and the timber flute for over twenty years now. He has recorded extensively with musicians such as Donal Lunny, Maire Breatnach, Steve Cooney and songwriters such as Tom Moore, Sonny Condell, Pierce Turner, Elvis Costello and Maighread Ni Dhomhnaill to name but a few.
**CALENDAR CHANGE** Thursday, December 9 at 7:30 PM The Wailin’ Jennys is CANCELLED
**CALENDAR CHANGE** Thursday, December 9 at 8:00 PM Jen Chapin Admission is $15 in advance/$18 at the door Jen Chapin is a New York based singer songwriter on the rise. She has been dubbed "a first rate storyteller" by Jazz Times magazine, and she earns that praise many times over with her debut album, Linger. On this captivating full band effort, Chapin reaches out to her listeners with an honesty and directness seldom heard in even the best pop songwriting. She is emotionally intense but never overwrought; socially conscious but never preachy. Her melodies are pure, her rhythms taut, her harmonic palette uncommonly rich. She unravels the complex world around her with witty, disarming and ceaselessly original lyrics, revealing a hungry and seasoned talent.
Friday, December 10 at 7:30 PM Duke Robillard Admission is $18 in advance/$22 at the door Blues guitarist Duke Robllard has been thrilling audiences world-wide for three decades. From his conception of Roomful of Blues in 1967 to his current Duke Robillard Band, consisting of top-line players in their own right, Duke continues his ever-busy recording and touring schedules. In 1999 Duke was presented with the International Guitarist of the Year award by the French Blues Association. In 2000 & 2001, he was awarded the W.C. Handy Guitarist of the Year trophy with a nomination for Blues Band of the Year & Blues Album of the Year (New Blues for the Modern Man).
Friday, December 10 at 10:00 PM Zone del Barrio (the Barrio Zones) Admission is $15 Zone del Barrio expresses the musical soul of the barrios by playing bomba, plena and salsa in the style of Puerto Rico's most popular folkloric and salsa exponent, Cortijo y su Combo. Cortijo's band broke through the color barrier in Puerto Rico in the late '50s and Zone del Barrio is a tribute to those efforts and a celebration of Afro-Puertorican music. Zone del Barrio updates Carijo’s folklore while mixing the music with today's urban, bilingual and bicultural lifestyle. With Spanglish lyrics, a touch of funky hip-hop, and boogalu, this group stands out above the rest because of its distinctive arrangements, original tunes with substantive content and diverse repertoire.
Saturday, December 11 at 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM Candido & Graciela Admission is $25 in advance/$30 at the door Latin music legends Candido Camero and Graciela Perez are two of the last survivors of the Cubop movement of the late 1940s, which fused Cuban rhythms with big band jazz. Candido is credited as being the first conguero to keep the beat with one hand and improvise with the other, while playing two congas at the same time. Now 88, Graciela is best known as the lead vocalist for Machito and his Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra from 1943 through the '70s. She continues to be one of Latin music's more renowned and revered singers - despite being semi-retired for the past ten years. With "Inolvidable," a beautiful new collection of old-time Cuban music that re-teams old friends Candido and Graciela, the Elder Statesman of Conga and the First Lady of Afro-Cuban Jazz add brilliant new chapters to their legends.
Sunday December 12 at 5:00 PM Klezska! Channukah Party Admission is $10 for adults/$5 for children under age 12 Klezska! combines the melodies of Jewish music - klezmer, Israeli, spiritual and liturgical with Jamaican popular musical styles like ska, rock steady, reggae, and dub. The brainchild of drummer Glenn Tamir, Klezska! has been performing since July 2003 at a wide variety of venues. To celebrate the Festival of Lights, the band will throw in some unusual Chanukah tunes, and they've added a lead vocalist to their lineup. Performing with Klezska! will be: Chava Mirel (vocals); Glenn Tamir (percussion, band leader); Rick Sabo (guitar); Blacka (bass); Nick Balaban (keyboards), and Mike Savarino (drums). A variety of New York's finest horn players are often featured or invited to join in.
Sunday, December 12 at 7:30 PM Dikki Du (Troy Carrier) and the Zydeco Crew Admission is TBD Troy Carrier, bother of famous Chubby Carrier, and son of Roy continues the tradition of down-home Louisana Zydeco with Dikki Du and the Zydeco Crew. His most recent CD Make It Funky, shows the tremendous range of Troy and his band with original tunes and some surprising covers such as the Ohio Players' "Fire". Funky instrumentals, syncopated rhythms and intricate accordion work prove that "The Crew" mean business and they will push the frontiers of zydeco music.
Tuesday, December 14 at 7:30 PM Aquiles Baez Admission is TBD One of Venezuela's most accomplished artists, Aquiles Baez is virtuoso guitarist, composer and arranger who has performed at the world's most prestigious concert halls and recorded with some of the world's most esteemed musical figures. His countless scores and collaborations have earned him numerous awards, including Venezuela's national prize as Musical Arranger of the Year; the William Leavitt Award from Berklee College of Music; as well as a variety of prizes as composer for film, dance and musical theater. With six of his own albums and more than a dozen collaborations to his credit, Mr. Baez is currently based in NYC, where he maintains his international career. In this concert of original compositions, Mr. Baez will be accompanied by Gustavo Amarante (bass), Gonzalo Grau (piano, percussion), Pablo Bencid (drums) and Anat Cohen (clarinet, sax).
Wednesday, December 15 at 7:30 PM Brooklyn Brazil Bop Admission is $10 Out of the meeting of the two very different urban cultures of Rio de Janeiro and Brooklyn, NY, an exciting dialogue is born: Brooklyn Brazil Bop. North and South American rhythms and musical forms express the pulse of the cities. Samba, Bebop, Chorinho, all find their place in a rich and varied musical repertoire that combines structure and arrangement with free-flowing jazz improvisation. Influences range from the swinging, cerebral tunes of Lennie Tristano from Queens, to the kaleidoscopic inventions of Hermeto Pascoal from Bangu, Brazil. Brooklyn Brazil Bop brings together five talented young musicians with an abundance of new ideas based on solid musical grounding and a fascination with the cross-cultures we live in today.
Wednesday, December 15 at 10:00 PM Pey Dalid Admission is $15 Pey Dalid is a band comprised of three brothers; Shlomo Walker (lead guitar and vocals), Mordechai Walker (Rhythm Guitar and vocals), Pesach Walker (percussion and vocals) and Baruch Seff (bass guitar) who is the brother’s lifelong friend. Their Executive Producer is Local Woodmere resident Jonathan Greenstein, who saw them live last year and fell in love with their original brand of Jewish Music, and signed them on the spot, knowing that they are not only going to be the next big musical sensation, but a integral part of the future of Jewish song. Pey dalid has played at Major & Minor Jewish institutions worldwide, and has just returned from touring Klezmerfest in Safed and Jerusalem."
Wednesday, December 16 at 7:30 PM Bari Koral Admission is $10 In 1995, Bari Koral pressed some random demo tapes into a self-titled EP to sell at her local gigs. 3000 independent sales later, she has established an impressive fan base in the New York area and beyond. She has just released her second independent effort, "Joy", produced by Jimmy Bralower (Madonna, Peter Gabriel, Jennifer Page's current "Crush" single, etc.), Anton Sanko (Suzanne Vega, Jim Carroll), and bandmate Frank Vilardi.
Friday, December 17 at 10:00 PM Valeria Admission is $10 Valeria is a passionate singer whose beauty emanates from deep within her heart. Raised in the Brazilian state of Bahia, she was born into a culture of music and dance. She started performing at a very young age, and instantly knew music was her calling in life as nothing else made her feel so alive! Since relocating to the U.S. six years ago, she has focused on developing her career and has grown as a charismatic pop artist. Valeria continues to polish her songwriting skills and entertains audiences in clubs and concert halls throughout the east coast. Her diverse musical inspirations include Elis Regina, Bob Marley, Ivete Sangalo, Selena, John Lennon and Marvin Gaye. Feel the energy... "Axé"!
Saturday, December 18 at 8:00 PM Mikerline Dance Company Admission is $20 The Mikerline Dance Company was founded in 2002 by dancer/choreographer, Mikerline Pierre and since then, the multicultural group of dancers and drummers have taken Haitian folklore to a new level. Haitian folklore is more than dance movements. Each dance possesses a history that shapes its execution and ignites its expression-the high-energy "Ibo" dance celebrates the liberation of slaves, the "Banda" dance celebrates the spirit of the dead and the strong "Nago" dance pays tribute to the warrior spirit. The troupe's goal is to be the ambassador of the Haitian culture, expressed in dances, music, and exciting choreography.
Sunday, December 19 at 5:00 PM Klez-sidic Dance Party Admission is $12 Multi-instrumentalists and vocalists SRULI and LISA play the clarinet, violin, accordion, bass recorder, cello and drum, and perform and teach Klezmer and Hasidic music and dance all over the world. "Stirringly beautiful -- Sruli and Lisa deftly juggle the sacred and profane that characterized so much of European Yiddish culture." (The Jerusalem Post) ... "Besides being a virtuosic multi-instrumentalist, Sruli draws on his childhood background in Hasidism to bring a vibrant spirituality to his playing. Lisa too, transcends. She is a dynamic soloist." (Seth Rogovoy, author, The Essential Klezmer)
Sunday, December 19 at 7:30 PM Áine Minogue Christmas Show Admission is $15 adults/$10 kids As traditional Irish music and dance continue to enjoy phenomenal success both in Ireland and abroad, harpist Áine Minogue is an artist who has long explored its themes and who captures its very essence. Her voice reflects the lyricism and richness to be found in Irish music, mythology and poetry with a voice undeniably her own and a diverse group of instruments that add to the traditional flavor of her work. Born in Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Áine's large musical family encouraged her to pursue a number of different instruments during her youth (which explains her obvious skill at arranging) until she discovered her true love-the harp.
Tuesday, December 21 at 7:30 PM Brian Prunka Admission is $10 Brian Prunka performs an intimate yet energetic style of World Fusion music which draws on his influences from jazz and middle-eastern music. By turns contemplative and passionate, his adventurous music appeals both to the senses and intellect. The oud (or 'ud), an ancient instrument of middle-eastern origins, found its way into Brian's life in 1998. After hearing the pioneering music of Lebanese oudist Rabih Abou-Khalil, he fell in love with the dark, expressive sound of this fretless ancestor of the lute (the very word lute comes from the Arabic al'ud). Initially he was self-taught on the instrument, drawing on his years of guitar playing and studying the recordings of great oudists like Anouar Brahem and Simon Shaheen. In 2001, 2002, and again in 2003, Brian was awarded scholarships study oud, along with Arabic classical music theory & repertoire, at the Arab Arts Retreat led by Simon Shaheen, where he studied with Arabic music luminaries Shaheen, Jihad Racy, and others. Since relocating to New York in 2003, he has been furthering his study of Arabic music with Shaheen as well as the Lebanese nay, oud, and violin player Bassam Saba.
Tuesday, December 21 at 9:30 PM Howling Makams Admission is $10 The NYC-based Howling Makams play a unique blend of Near Eastern music with a free jazz sensibility. Working within the incredibly rich "maqam" (modal) system of the East, they constantly trying new forms and approaches to stretch the canvas and fill it with new sounds. Led by Brandon Terzic (oud, saz), the Makams boast an outstanding lineup of musicians, including master multi-instrumentalist Tom Chess (ney, flute, oud) and a rhythm section featuring Matt Kilmer (percussion), Rich Stein (percussion) and Michael Savino (acoustic bass).
Wednesday, December 22 at 7:30 PM The Accidentals Admission is TBD A unique mixed-voice octet, The Accidentals are known for their sophisticated harmonies, off-beat humor, and an eclectic repertoire of original songs and distinctive arrangements. All three of their CD's have met with wide acclaim from the national a cappella audience, and have won several CARA Awards (Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards). The group has performed in major venues from New York to San Francisco. Their performance range knows no limits.
Wednesday, December 22 at 10:00 PM Anthony Mazzella Admission is $10 Guitar Virtuoso Anthony Mazzella is recognized internationally as one of the most innovative guitar masters on stage and on record today. Billboard magazine describes him as "the new generation of guitar hero" and Guitar One magazine voted him "one of the top ten guitarists in the country". Anthony has released four CD's, toured extensively nationally and internationally, contributed tracks on compilation CD's, made guest appearances on major artists releases, receives airplay on national radio and television, and has an independent film soundtrack to his credit. He is an established presence in the genre of instrumental world music and has exciting new projects on the horizon.
Saturday, December 25 at 7:00 PM Hot Pstromi Admission is $12 Hot Pstromi was formed in 1987 by Yale Strom when the klezmer revival was only 12 years old. Today, however, one no longer refers to klezmer in terms of revival; klezmer has become a popular musical genre enjoyed by listeners all over the world. Hot Pstromi has been hailed as "A Klezmer Supergroup" and has performed across the U.S. in concert halls, synagogues, churches, Y's, JCC's, catering halls, schools, universities and clubs, and in concert halls ranging from Berlin to Hong Kong. Strom's extensive field research in Eastern Europe, coupled with his strong Hasidic roots (on his father's side) infuse the Hot Pstromi repertoire with everything from the most traditional and familiar klezmer and Hasidic melodies to his own non-traditional, original World Beat compositions. The repertoire combines klezmer with jazz, Rom, Arabic, Latin and classical motifs. Hot Pstromi's blend of old and new tunes makes for a piquant musical experience.
Thursday, December 30 at 10:00 PM Sonic Liberation Front Admission is $15 Contextualizing ancient traditional music into a brilliant new entity, Sonic Liberation Front achieves a natural eclecticism that serves as a fountain of ingenuity. The Wire (August 2004), describes SLF’s music as "Sun Ra-style rhythmic complexity and serious honr lines recorded with jaw-dropping fidelity, a hypnotic Yoruba drum circle encountering highly articulated jazz speculation."
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