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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. :-)

 

Friday, April 27th, 2018

Engine (GiG Rental)

7:30 - $15 advance - $20 day of show

ENGINE is a powerful musical and theatrical act, based on two dancing guitars and a harmonica overlapped by the raw blending of three actor-musicians' voices. The songs are a weave of Latin American rhythms, rich harmonies and rock dynamics, interspersed by simple yet powerful theatrical eruptions. The protagonists sing ceaselessly and dance scandalously, sometimes on stage and sometimes in the audience. ENGINE, the invisible machine, provides the concert’s rhythm. People may wonder: how can just three people create such a sublime mess?

For over four years, Alejandro Tomás Rodriguez (Argentina) and Robin Gentien (France) have been traveling the world sharing various musical and theatrical performances. They have also been teaching, exposing themselves to a multiplicity of cultures and communities, and incorporating all their experiences into their art and craft. In 2016, they were joined by Pierre Lauth-Karson (France), creating the final cog in the ENGINE.

The heart of the trio's music flows from their guitars with a rock energy, a funky groove, blues, flamenco and Latin rhythms. This flow also breathes through the harmonica with unexpected brass sounds, Argentinian bandoneon colors and Texan desert imagery, as well as through the three voices calling and answering each other in Spanish, English, French and Italian. This fiercely entertaining concoction is composed of beautiful poems and ironic yet profound reflections that are alternately sensitive, relevant and timely. The audience gets carried along with the flow, having no choice but to listen, dance, clap, laugh and be touched by ENGINE.

Tickets 

Tickets are $15 and $20 (including all service charges). They are also available by phone through Hold My Ticket at 505-886-1251.

Presented by AMP Concerts - GiG Patreon rewards are not available for this concert. 

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Adrian Legg

7:30 - $22 in advance, $27 day of show

 

Tickets!

Globally acclaimed by critics and fans alike for his unique acoustic and electric fingerstyle guitar playing, Adrian Legg masterfully blends diverse musical styles, influences and inspirations to create a distinctive sound all his own. With multiple awards and accolades spanning four decades, Legg has been heralded as a "guitarist of astonishing virtuosity, (whose) imagination and melodic invention seem unbounded" (Q magazine); "ridiculously talented" (Music Week) and "simply the best acoustic guitar player I've ever heard" (guitar icon Joe Satriani).

But there's even more to Adrian Legg's draw as an engaging, one-of-a-kind performer. Legg is a "genuine entertainer who excels at not only painting pictures, if not frescoes, and telling stories with music—but also wittily regaling his audiences with tales from his life and travels and his cogent and often oblique yet thought-provoking observations on a spectrum of topics. It's all part of his dedication to making his performances a full-blooded emotional experience." (Audio Magazine)

Over his career, Legg has released a dozen or more recordings of his original compositions, which are consistently described as thrilling, engaging, emotionally compelling and evocative. Legg encapsulates his own music by saying, "I'm a collision between European classicism and the American guitar.”

Tickets are $22 in advance, $27 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available through Hold My Ticket (112 2nd St SW), 505-886-1251, Monday to Friday 9 AM - 6 PM, Sat & Sun 11 AM - 6 PM.

Presented by AMP Concerts - GiG Patreon rewards are not available for this concert.

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Alam Khan

7:30 - $27 in advance, $32 day of show

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Son of the legendary Sarode Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, Alam Khan has been touching the hearts of audiences worldwide for many years. Since his initial training into the Maihar Seni Gharana at the age of seven, Alam was blessed to learn and live in the traditional style of Guru and student. Ali Akbar Khan's careful crafting and guidance shows in each note as well as in Alam's imaginative way of expressing the ancient ragas passed down from the courts of Emperor Akbar by Mian Tansen in the 16th century.

Alam's performance career was introduced to the world when he began accompanying his father onstage, internationally, from 1996 to 2006. They played in such prestigious venues as the Royal Jodhpur Palace, the Dover Lane Music Festival in Calcutta, and New York's Lincoln Center Jazz festival, as well as highly acclaimed concerts all over the United States, Canada, Europe and India.

Along with accompanying his esteemed father, Alam's inner voice began to emerge and grow with his solo career, which began in 1998. He has toured worldwide and established himself as Ali Akbar Khan's true heir and the face of a new generation of Sarode players, attracting praise and attention from musical icons such as Sitar Legend Ravi Shankar, Carlos Santana, Slide Guitarist Derek Trucks, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta, and many more of India's finest musicians. Alam has had the privilege and honor of performing alongside some of India's greatest Tabla masters in a constantly growing list of highly reputed venues, including the Dover Lane Music Festival, Saptak, Darbar Festival, the San Francisco World Music Festival, the Chicago World Music Festival and the Carnegie Group in NYC.

Alam was the personal assistant to his father during his final years of life, helping aid him in teaching at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California—a mecca for students and lovers of Indian classical music. Alam, following his father's wishes, is now the teacher of advanced instrumental classes at the Ali Akbar College of Music and has dedicated his life to preserving, performing and teaching this music to the world.

Tickets are $27 in advance, $32 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available through Hold My Ticket (112 2nd St SW), 505-886-1251, Monday to Friday 9 AM - 6 PM, Sat & Sun 11 AM - 6 PM.

Presented by AMP Concerts - GiG Patreon rewards are not available for this concert. 

 

Saturday, May 12th, 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 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.

Saturday, May 19th, 2018

LENI STERN AFRICAN TRIO

7:30 - $20

Leni Stern's music traces the paths of jazz and rock, riding the groove back to their source in West Africa before bringing it all back home again.  Leni has been awarded the Gibson Female Jazz Guitarist of the Year five times and was recently a featured member of American Female Jazz Quartet from the US State Department's cultural exchange to Nicaragua.  She was also featured in the recent feature documentary "The Last Song Before the War" about the Festival au Désert in Timbuktu, Mali.  Leni runs her own record label and has led heavyweight bands for over 20 years in NYC. Her trio features the master musicianship of Senegalese bandmates Alioune Faye on percussion and Mamadou Ba on bass.  

www.lenistern.com and www.facebook.com/lenisternband

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

BEPPE GAMBETTA IN CONCERT

7:30 - $20

After being fascinated by the music of the great American acoustic guitar masters, Italy’s Beppe Gambetta began a prolific career based on his “life on the road”,  devoted to travelling, meeting and learning from artist of other cultures, as well as researching, reviving and teaching old forgotten music from the past. Through all of these experiences, Beppe was able to create his own peculiar guitar style, a poetic creative synthesis that reflects his work on the roots music of both sides of the Ocean and brought him to perform all over North America, Europe, and also to South America and Australia. Beppe will perform with his spectacular style a mixture of traditional and original music including many numbers from the latest CD “Round Trip”, recorded for the Canadian label Borealis Records.

"...Though he's shown over the years that he can keep pace with the Tony Rices and Dan Crarys of the world, , it is Gambetta's understated elegance as a flatpicker that has set him apart and made him an in-demand partner the world over, and he's as elegant as ever on Rendez-vous." Sing Out!

"Italian guitarist, Beppe Gambetta is considered by many musicians in the world as one of, if not the best, acoustic guitarists. His talent, his taste, and his execution are superb. Bluegress Unlimited 

“His incredible versatility combined with his charm and engaging stage presence make Beppe’s concerts evenings of high quality music and relaxed entertainment. Over-riding all else, however, is the brilliance of his talent...” Cornish Guardian 

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Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Tracy Grammer

7:30 - $20

TRACY GRAMMER: Called “one of the finest singers and musicians anywhere in folkdom” (Boston Globe) and "one of the finest interpretive artists on the contemporary folk scene” (Montreal Gazette), Tracy Grammer is among contemporary folk music's most beloved artists. Renowned for her pure voice, deft guitar and violin work, and humorous, often incantatory storytelling, she has toured with Joan Baez, recorded with Mary Chapin Carpenter, and enjoyed 12 consecutive years as one of folk radio's 50 top-played artists. Her new release, LOW TIDE (2018, Tracy Grammer Music), is her long-awaited eleventh recording and the first ever to feature her original songs. "Hole" is currently the #1 song at folk radio, and LOW TIDE is the #2 album (February 2018).

“Potent songcraft that reflects the tender and stubborn heart that got her here, and a way with words and images that … marks the beginning of a new path to glory. A bold and beautiful collection.” -coverlaydown.com on LOW TIDE

“A musician and singer of dazzling versatility.” — No Depression

“A brilliant artist.” — Joan Baez

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