Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
GiG - 1808 Second Street - Santa Fe
Donald Rubinstein is an interdisciplinary artist whose work includes music composition, songwriting, poetry and visual art. He has released 26 CDs of original music; composed concert works, numerous film and television scores, six collections of poetry and over 300 songs. He has been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art and in multiple one-person gallery exhibitions.
Donald’s score to the George Romero film Martin, was named ‘One of the Top 100 Coolest Soundtracks of All Time' by Mojo Magazine. Fingers, from his duet recording with guitarist Bill Frisell, was included in Jazziz Magazine's CD, ‘Celebration of the Modern Era.’ He has collaborated with artists as varied as Terry Allen, Ed Harris, Kiki Smith, Bruce Dunlap and many others. Donald’s performances are rooted in his Americana/pop songs around which he oftentimes intertwines improvisatory excursions, based in modern jazz and classical idioms.
“Artful, beautiful tunes…devoid of transitory trendiness.” Los Angeles Times
“If I were a smarter human being I would now invent a word that would explain exactly how freakin’ cool and original in thought and execution Donald Rubinstein is with his music…discover the genius landscape that Donald Rubinstein has sculpted over the last few decades. This is the first time I ever used the word “important” to describe an album. You need to hear these songs.” Adobe Airstream Magazine
"Donald Rubinstein’s novel, unpredictable one-man show is hard to match…house-shaking, stunning…hauntingly beautiful."
Sunday, May 11th, 2014
LENI STERN AFRICAN TRIO
GiG - 1808 Second Street
This evening celebrates the release of Leni Stern's 20th album, Jellel. The Leni Stern African Trio traces the path of jazz and rides its groove back to the source in West Africa before bringing it all back home again. Leni Stern has been awarded the Gibson Female Jazz Guitarist of the Year five times and was recently a featured soloist with the acclaimed Acoustic Africa tour. Her ensemble features master Senegalese musicians Mamadou Ba and Alioune Faye.
Saturday, May 24th, 2014
Austin Piazzolla Quintet
GiG Performance Space - 1808 Second St
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."
Thursday, May 29th, 2014
Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey
GiG Performance Space - 1808 Second St
Saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tom Rainey are celebrating the release of their first recording entitled “And Other Desert Towns” (Relative Pitch Records) by touring the States. The duo’s music draws on the several years and many projects they have shared since they began working together. Their experiences of playing original compositions, free improvisations and even standard songs inform this intimate setting of improvised duets.
“Two musicians each with intimate understanding about their counterpart’s abilities, tendencies and artistic vision delve fearlessly into each other. Then over the course of the encounter, we see the results unfold; forays and feints, clashes and parries, trust and surrender. Finally we have available a recording of a rewarding duo, pairing saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tom Rainey.” Francis Bradley Jazz right Now
Ingrid Laubrock - soprano, alto and tenor saxophone
Originally from Germany, Ingrid lived in London, UK from 1989-2008 and is now residing in Brooklyn. She has performed and recorded with Anthony Braxton, Dave Douglas, Kenny Wheeler, Jason Moran, Tim Berne, Hamid Drake, Mark Helias, Michael Formanek, Mary Halverson, Tyshawn Sorey, Evan Parker, Steve Beresford, John Edwards, Veryan Weston, Luc Ex, Django Bates, The Continuum Ensemble and others.
Tom Rainey - drums
Tom Rainey was born in Pasadena, California in 1957. Since moving to New York in 1979 has performed and recorded with the following artists: John Abercrombie, Mose Allison, Julian Arguelles, Ray Anderson, Tim Berne, Jane Ira Bloom, Anthony Braxton, Nems Cline, Ted Curson, Kris Davis, Mark Ducret, Mark Feldman, Michael Formanek, Drew Gress, Mark Helias, Fred Hersch, Andy Laster, Ingrid Laubrock, David Liebman, Joe Lovano, Tony Malaby, Albert Mangelsdorff, Carmen McRae, Mike Nock, Simon Nabatov, New and Used, Anita O’Day, Andrea Parkins, Herb Robertson, Angelica Sanchez, Louis Sclavis, Brad Shepik, Ken Werner, and Denny Zeitlin. Current activities include performing and recording music with the Tom Rainey Trio as well as his new quintet Obbligato. Tom also continues working with many of the aforementioned artists.