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Alex Torres and his Orchestra
Latin Jazz Dance Band
This 12 piece orchestra is led by the Bronx-born bassist Alex Torres. They have been presented by hundreds of festivals, performing arts centers and events annually to perform their original blend of Afro-Caribbean rhythms such as Salsa, Merengue, Cha-cha, Bomba, Plena and Latin Jazz.
The Orchestra has been the recipient of numerous awards including the New England Cultural Arts Preservation Award, the New York State Music Achievement Award, the Schenectady League of Arts Award, The Governor´s Excellence in Arts Award, The NAACP Albany Chapter Award and Metroland Magazine´s “Best Of Award” for seven consecutive years.
Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra have performed for President Bill and Hillary Clinton at the New York State Democratic Convention and also for New York Governor's George Pataki and Eliot Spitzer's Inauguration. They have shared the stage and billings with such major acts as Tito Puente, Tito Puente Jr., Eddie Palmieri, Andy Montañez, Los Hermanos Moreno, Arturo Sandoval, Luis “Perico” Ortiz, Ray Barretto, Jane Burnette & The Spirits Of Havana, Larry Harlow, Jose Alberto "El Canario," Brenda K. Starr, Tito Nieves, Jerry Gónzalez & The Fort Apache Band, King Changó, Branford Marsalis, The Count Basie and Woody Herman Orchestras.
The group is also registered with the Arts-In-Education Program of New York State. This program brings the orchestra into schools to showcase and explain the music, instruments and rhythms associated with their music.
Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra "Otra Noche Habanera"
Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra - Verde y Maduro
Speaker, storyteller, poet, playwright, musician, arts and diversity advocate, community engagement.
David Gonzalez is a public speaker, storyteller, poet, playwright, musician and arts activist. He is a cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department and a Fellow of the Joseph Campbell Foundation. Mr. Gonzalez was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for “Unique Theatrical Experience”, and has received numerous grants, awards and commissions. He was a featured performer at the National Storytelling Festival, and appeared for three seasons at the Royal National Theatre in London. The Man of the House was commissioned by, and premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. David earned his doctorate from New York University’s School of Education, and worked as a music therapist for many years. His poetry project City of Dreams has been presented at many colleges, festivals, and theaters throughout the country. He is also the Artistic Director of Crisalida Communications which consults to arts and civic organizations helping them to create effective community outreach programs.
Creativity in Action - The Box, The Circle, and The Crescent Moon Mi Gente - Communicating to the Hispanic Community through Stories Our Stories - Powerful Connectors to Clients and Customers
In 2006, three musical pals decided to get together to play a few gigs; since then, the Matt Flinner Trio has been exploring new pathways and setting new standards for the bluegrass trio sound all around the U.S. and Europe.
Mandolinist Matt Flinner, guitarist Ross Martin and bassist Eric Thorin cover a wide variety of musical styles—all with the common ground of American roots music. Bluegrass, jazz and old-time music are all present here in their ways, along with a dose of classical chamber music composition and arrangement, as the members all draw from their wide array of musical loves, experiences and influences. These influences boil down into the trio’s own organic sound of New Acoustic music, or Modern String Band music, or Chamber Grass (music is getting harder and harder to label these days, isn’t it?). Whatever label you put on it, it is guaranteed to be fresh and original, and definitely something you’ve never quite heard before.
Matt Flinner Trio "Thursday Night at The Sip 'N Dip"
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Matt Flinner Trio - Salt Lake City6
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Acoustic Guitar from Scotland
To find a unique voice on so ubiquitous an instrument as the acoustic guitar is quite an achievement: to do so within a centuries old idiom where the instrument has no real history is truly remarkable.
Tony McManus has come to be recognised throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic Music. From early childhood his twin obsessions of traditional music and acoustic guitar have worked together to produce a startlingly original approach to this ancient art. In Tony’s hands the complex ornamentation normally associated with fiddles and pipes are accurately transferred to guitar in a way that preserves the integrity and emotional impact of the music.
Self taught from childhood, initially through listening to the family record collection, McManus abandoned academia in his twenties to pursue music full time. The session scene in Glasgow and Edinburgh provided the springboard for gigs around Scotland and a studio set for BBC Radio, frequently rebroadcast, began to spread the word.
Tony’s first self titled recording in 1996, followed by Pourquoi Quebec in 1999 led to worldwide recognition. However, it was with the release of Ceol More in 2002 that Tony’s stature as a first class musician reached a new level. Having been nominated as Musician of the Year by both the BBC Folk Awards and The Scottish Traditional Music awards, in 2002 “Ceol More” hit the Critic’s Album of the year list in Acoustic Guitar magazine and named “Live Ireland Awards” Album of the Year.
Tony’s work has come to represent Celtic music in the guitar world, making regular appearances at guitar specific events where just a few years ago jigs and reels would be unheard of. His ability to reach audiences unfamiliar with traditional music is remarkable- he is quite comfortable at predominantly classical events such as the Dundee and Derry Guitar Festivals (appearing six times between the two) the Uppsala Guitar Festival and even The Bogotá International Guitar Festival where he followed virtuoso Eduardo Fernandez.
He is also in great demand as a studio musician having contributed to over 60 albums. In addition to his solo output Tony has worked with both singers and instrumentalists providing his distinctive sound on many successful projects.
His 2009 release “The Makers’s Mark” saw him showcase 15 of the finest luthier built guitars available. Recording a solo piece on each instrument, the project caught the attention of the mainstream rock guitar press in a way that acoustic work rarely does.
The following year, a chance hearing on Irish radio led to an invite to contribute music to the soundtrack of Oscar winning director Neil Jordan’s film “Ondine” starring Colin Farrell.
Never one to be typecast, Tony’s new album “Mysterious Boundaries” is his most ambitious to date. An encouraging challenge from mandolin virtuoso Mike Marshall to learn the Bach E Major Prelude on guitar led to an exploration of classical and baroque music – seemingly very different to the jigs and reels that he grew up with. By examining the boundaries between genres and sticking to his steel string guitar (rather than the conventional classical guitar) McManus has produced a work of great originality and beauty, hailed by his peers as “a masterpiece” (Renbourn), “beyond beautiful… it’s PERFECT!” (Tommy Emmanuel) and which contains a truly remarkable rendition of Bach’s colossal Chaconne in D Minor – one of the greatest compositions of any age.
Whatever work McManus brings within his scope the listener is assured a journey into the depths of the music in the company of a great talent.
Tony McManus - Bidh Clann Ullaidh (The Clan of Ulster)
Tony McManus: "Piebroch" - Hugh's Room
Koehler & Kelly
Gretchen Koehler and Daniel Kelly's genre busting duo blends the raw energy of authentic Celtic and New England-style fiddling with the nuanced lyricism of jazz piano. "Masterful," writes Fiddler Magazine of the duo's dynamic sound, "welcome to the future of Celtic Fiddle." Their bold approach has caught the attention of the folk music establishment, and they were featured on an episode of NPR's "The Thistle & Shamrock" showcasing the best new sounds in Celtic music. Gretchen's left hand boasts a fierce Irish brogue and her bow arm provides a distinct Old Time drive, while her feet hammer out accompaniment on the floorboards in typical Quebecois style. Daniel is at home playing anything from jazz to classical and everything in between. In live performance, Koehler & Kelly’s musical conversations bear witness to a rooted desire to innovate while celebrating their shared respect for folk music traditions.
Gretchen Koehler grew up in New England surrounded by the rich traditions of Old Time fiddle and Contra Dance music. As a teen she established her reputation throughout the US and Canada winning numerous championships, prompting TIME magazine to call young Koehler “astonishingly good.” In 2012 she was inducted into the New York State Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and most recently Fiddler Magazine labeled her one of the futures of Celtic fiddle.
Daniel Kelly is an award-winning pianist and composer who blends jazz, classical and folk music into a signature sound. He has been declared "powerfully moving" by Time Out New York, and has performed with jazz legends Michael Brecker and Joe Lovano, hip-hop star Lauryn Hill, and modern classical giants the Bang on a Can All-Stars. He has toured throughout Southeast Asia and India as a part of the Kennedy Center and US State department-sponsored Jazz Ambassador program.
On their debut album, The Waxwing (2015), they play a wide selection of reels, jigs, hornpipes and airs – some old, some original – that highlight not only Koehler’s powerful fiddling but her tremendous multi-string arrangements within the unusual matrix of Kelly’s jazz.
Koehler & Kelly: The Fox's Wedding, The Earl's Chair
KOEHLER & KELLY (Highlights) Festival of the Arts, New Paltz, NY
Koehler & Kelly: Johnny D's
KOEHLER & KELLY: TradFiddle/JazzPiano
Jacques Pellarin and Jac&Co
French Composer / Accordionist and Singer
Jacques Pellarin has built a reputation for creating a unique sonic world based around the possibilities of French accordion music. Evoking a nostalgic sense of whimsy synonymous with the accordion and made iconic by the music of French cinema.
For over 27 years, virtuoso accordionist Jacques Pellarin has brought the sounds of the French countryside to all corners of the globe. With international song placements, 8 albums and multiple world tours, he has shared his french cinema-inspired accordion compositions, with world-wide audience.
Now, for his most intimate performance to date, he will tour with his lifelong muse and singer, Corinne Pellarin, as Jac & Co.
They will inspire audiences with the eternal sounds of France. According to the french magazine Le Progrès : « They bring back almost a century of the traditional french songs in the likes of Edith Piaf and Yves Montand ».
With only voice and accordion, Jac & Co captivate audiences and transport them to the dance-halls and street side cafés of France’s yesteryears.
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 by now 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.