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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
Maire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman
Virtuoso Harp and Guitar
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.
Maire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman. Bright Falls the Air
Maire Ni Chathasaigh And Chris Newman.- Eleanor Plunkett
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
Matt Flinner Trio
“Deeply Rooted New Acoustic Music”
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.
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Matt Flinner Trio "Raji's Romp"
Matt Flinner Trio "Bitterroot"
Written by guitarist Ross Martin
Matt Flinner Trio "Music du Jour" Explanation
Matt Flinner Trio "Thursday Night at The Sip 'N Dip"
Matt Flinner Trio - Salt Lake City7
Matt Flinner Trio - Salt Lake City6
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Matt Flinner Trio - Salt Lake City1
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.
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La messe est dite - Jacques Pellarin official
L' EPHEMERE (solo version) - Jacques PELLARIN
Jac&Co - Johnny (live)
Jac&Co - Teaser
Speaker, storyteller, poet, playwright, musician and arts activist.
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
Kelvin H. Chin is the Executive Director and Founder of both the Overcoming the Fear of Death Foundation and the nonprofit TurningWithin.org. Working with audiences on death and dying issues since the 1980's, Kelvin has taught numerous seminars and workshops worldwide.
He is the author of a new 2016 best-selling book: “Overcoming the Fear of Death: Through Each of the 4 Main Belief Systems,” which takes a non-religious approach to reducing the fear of death. His book and work has been featured in Newsweek, Business Insider, Kaiser Health News, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, El Sol, World Journal, and the Physicians News Digest, and many others. The book is available on Amazon and IngramSpark in print, e-book, and soon audiobook.
Kelvin was a state-certified Long Term Care Ombudsman for the California Department of Aging, and a co-founder of the Center For Medical Ethics and Mediation. He is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist.
Kelvin’s career includes teaching meditation worldwide to more than 1,000 people since the 1970's in schools, businesses, the U.S. Army and at West Point. He also formerly held CMO roles at AmLaw100 law firms, and was a VP for the American Arbitration Association.
Kelvin was born in Boston, raised in Norwood, Massachusetts, and has since lived and worked in 6 countries. He has delivered more than 2,000 presentations worldwide. While at Dartmouth College, he studied at the Université de Strasbourg, France. He is a graduate of Dartmouth, Yale Graduate School and Boston College Law School, and is the father of two artistically talented children.
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"Overcoming the Fear of Death" Commonwealth Club San Francisco
Tenor Quinn Bernegger is emerging as a familiar face at concert halls and opera houses in the Northeast and beyond where he has been praised for his “great vocal agility” and “excellent characterization.” Last summer he was seen as Nanki-Poo in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado at Chautauqua Opera, where he was also featured as an Apprentice Artist in concerts with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College and is currently pursuing a graduate diploma in opera performance at The Boston Conservatory, where has performed as Oronte in Handel’s Alcina and Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Mr. Bernegger made his professional debut last year as a Resident Artist with Tri-Cities Opera, singing roles in Sondheim’s SweeneyTodd (Beadle Bamford), Bernstein’s TroubleinTahiti (the Jazz Trio), and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta (Alméric). Equally at home in musical theater repertoire, Mr. Bernegger has also performed the roles of Jack and Cinderella's Prince in Sondheim's Into the Woods and Jean Valjean in Schönberg's LesMisèrables. He has been a Young Artist at both the Opera Company of Middlebury and the Seagle Music Colony, where he made his operatic debut as Fenton in Verdi's Falstaff. Mr. Bernegger is a recipient of numerous distinctions, including first place in The American Prize this yearin two categories (opera and art song). He was also a finalist in the FAVA Grand Concours competition in 2015. This summer he will be featured at Des Moines Metro Opera in the role of Henrik Egerman in their production of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music.
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New York Lights
Danish Traditional Music
Sonnich Lydom (accordion, harmonica), Kristian Bugge (fiddle) & Morten Alfred Høirup (guitars, vocal) guarantee you an entertaining and varied journey through the traditions of Danish folk music. This lively trio performs old dance tunes and songs from every corner of their Scandinavian home country. From rural islands like Læsø to the metropol Copenhagen, including a few of their own compositions. Expect everything from wild polkas and jigs to lyrical waltzes, fiery reels and happy hopsas, plus the exotic “Sønderhoning” dance tunes from the famous Island of Fanø, and long forgotten songs from all over the country. An unforgettable live experience spiced up with humor and stories from their many years on the road.
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Lydom, Bugge & Høirup playing in the streets of Copenhagen!