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Things to do this weekend in NYC Jun 15-Jun 22

June 15, 2017 - by CG Directory Editor
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The Fall weekends are always filled with activities for New Yorkers on staycations and those visiting New York City on vacations. From music outdoors to fine art exhibits at museums, from children's activities to lectures, New York abounds with things to do! Check out what's going on in NYC this weekend, and take your pick from all of the fantastic options.

Curtain Up: Celebrating the Last 40 Years of Theatre in New York and London - New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, LPA Cafe
Through June 24, 2016 -

The Society of London Theatre and London's Victoria and Albert Museum have partnered with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center to celebrate the extraordinary story of the world's two greatest theatrical districts, London's West End and New York's Broadway in a ground-breaking new exhibition—Curtain Up: Celebrating Forty Years of Theatre in New York and London. Curtain Up celebrates the coincidence of two anniversaries of the biggest awards for commercial theatre: 40 years of the Olivier Awards in London and 70 years of the Tonys® in New York. The exhibition explores the craft and collaboration that creates spectacular international theatre and displays a series of costumes, costume designs, set models, film clips, prompt scripts, photographs, and correspondence from plays and musicals that have won (or been nominated for) both a Tony® and Olivier Award, including Phantom of the Opera, In the Heights, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, A Chorus Line, and more! On display are objects drawn from the collections of the V&A and The Library for the Performing Arts supplemented with key loans from private collections. Highlights include a set of costumes and puppets from Disney's The Lion King, the original costume designs from The Phantom of the Opera by Maria Bjornson shown alongside the costume worn by a recent West End Phantom; a selection of golden top hats from A Chorus Line which won both the Tony Award and the inaugural Olivier Award for Best New Musical; and the original set models for In the Heights, Arcadia, and War Horse. Film clips from notable theatre productions from the V&A's National Video Archive of Performance (NVAP) and NYPL's Theatre on Film and Tape archive (TOFT) are embedded throughout. This exhibition is organized by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), and the Society of London Theatre, in association with MasterCard. A special thanks to Theatre Development Fund, the American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League, and Disney Theatrical Productions for their support. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges the leadership support of Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman. Additional support for exhibitions has been provided by Judy R. and Alfred A. Rosenberg and the Miriam and Harold Steinberg Foundation.

From 'On the Town' to 'Naked City': Films of the 1940s - Museum of the City of New York
June 15, 2017 - East Harlem

Join architect, author, and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker James Sanders for an evening exploring key films from New York City in the 1940s – when the advent of on-location filming and a plethora of different genres showcased not only the city's physical landscape, but also the contradictory cultural and social undercurrents coursing through it. Presented in conjunction with our upcoming exhibition, A City Seen: Todd Webb's Post War New York, 1945-1960.

Day Wave - The Bowery Ballroom
June 15, 2017 - NYC

Jackson Phillips understands the value of proper headspace. The California based vocalist/multi-instrumentalist behind Day Wave has a knack for carving out room for his talents to grow, both in his life and in his music. Trained as a jazz drummer in his youth, Phillips studied the instrument at the esteemed Berklee College of Music before switching gears to learn production and recording. Infused with a new sense of sonic understanding, he began to focus on songwriting, and learned to dial back the complex scholastic headiness of sound in favor of a more honed in, precise, and felt outlet. The result is Day Wave's unique brand of euphoric purity. A truly evolutionary solo project, Day Wave's music is earnest, guitar-based dream pop with electronic undertones, propelled by Phillips's self-dissecting lyrics and knack for melancholy melody. Reminiscent of The Postal Service, Real Estate, DIIV, Nada Surf, more, its origin as a lo-fi emotional exercise has expanded to a tighter, better realized production while maintaining its stripped back aesthetic. But Day Wave is not emo, to be sure: it's just honest.

American Protégé Showcase - Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
June 15, 2017 - New York City

Performers Winners Recital

Vincent Craig, Piano - Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
June 15, 2017 - New York

Performers Vincent Craig, Piano

The Allan Harris Band - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through June 15, 2017 - New York

With vocalist/guitarist Allan Harris, pianist/organist Pascal Le Boeuf, drummer/cajón player Shirazette Tinnin, and bassist Nimrod Speaks "…the warmth of Tony Bennett, the bite and rhythmic sense of Sinatra, and the sly elegance of Nat King Cole." – The Miami Herald The award-winning Allan Harris is a Brooklyn-born, Harlem-raised vocalist, guitarist, and composer with a powerful baritone voice and a gift for blending jazz, blues, R&B, rock, and a bit of Latin music. His last appearance at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola was an album release party for his hit record Black Bar Jukebox, and he now returns to celebrate his follow-up record, Nobody's Gonna Love You Better (Black Bar Jukebox Redux). Says Harris, "What I'm doing is taking songs from my childhood, my jukebox days, as a kid in Harlem and in Brooklyn, and trying to morph it into the next sound." With new originals and favorites by such artists as Steely Dan, Jimi Hendrix, Stan Getz/João Gilberto, Eddie Jefferson, and Ray Charles, there's something here for everyone. The band is as fun and diverse as the repertoire, so we hope you come out and help us throw Harris another well-deserved album release celebration.

The Allan Harris Band - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
June 15, 2017 - New York

With vocalist/guitarist Allan Harris, pianist/organist Pascal Le Boeuf, drummer/cajón player Shirazette Tinnin, and bassist Nimrod Speaks "…the warmth of Tony Bennett, the bite and rhythmic sense of Sinatra, and the sly elegance of Nat King Cole." – The Miami Herald The award-winning Allan Harris is a Brooklyn-born, Harlem-raised vocalist, guitarist, and composer with a powerful baritone voice and a gift for blending jazz, blues, R&B, rock, and a bit of Latin music. His last appearance at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola was an album release party for his hit record Black Bar Jukebox, and he now returns to celebrate his follow-up record, Nobody's Gonna Love You Better (Black Bar Jukebox Redux). Says Harris, "What I'm doing is taking songs from my childhood, my jukebox days, as a kid in Harlem and in Brooklyn, and trying to morph it into the next sound." With new originals and favorites by such artists as Steely Dan, Jimi Hendrix, Stan Getz/João Gilberto, Eddie Jefferson, and Ray Charles, there's something here for everyone. The band is as fun and diverse as the repertoire, so we hope you come out and help us throw Harris another well-deserved album release celebration.

Paíto y los Gaiteros de Punta Brava - David Rubenstein Atrium
June 15, 2017 - Lincoln Center

Atrium 360° The last exponent of traditional gaita negra brings us the dynamic and surprising sounds of Colombia's oldest flute.

Hall & Oates and Tears for Fears - Forest Hills Stadium
June 16, 2017 - Forest Hills

Tickets go on sale March 10.

Choirs of America - Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
June 16, 2017 - New York City

Performers Choirs to be announced

Great Neck Music Conservatory Student Recital - Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
June 16, 2017 - New York

Performers Student Recital

Curtain Up: Celebrating the Last 40 Years of Theatre in New York and London - New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, LPA Cafe
Through June 17, 2017 -

The Society of London Theatre and London's Victoria and Albert Museum have partnered with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center to celebrate the extraordinary story of the world's two greatest theatrical districts, London's West End and New York's Broadway in a ground-breaking new exhibition—Curtain Up: Celebrating Forty Years of Theatre in New York and London. Curtain Up celebrates the coincidence of two anniversaries of the biggest awards for commercial theatre: 40 years of the Olivier Awards in London and 70 years of the Tonys® in New York. The exhibition explores the craft and collaboration that creates spectacular international theatre and displays a series of costumes, costume designs, set models, film clips, prompt scripts, photographs, and correspondence from plays and musicals that have won (or been nominated for) both a Tony® and Olivier Award, including Phantom of the Opera, In the Heights, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, A Chorus Line, and more! On display are objects drawn from the collections of the V&A and The Library for the Performing Arts supplemented with key loans from private collections. Highlights include a set of costumes and puppets from Disney's The Lion King, the original costume designs from The Phantom of the Opera by Maria Bjornson shown alongside the costume worn by a recent West End Phantom; a selection of golden top hats from A Chorus Line which won both the Tony Award and the inaugural Olivier Award for Best New Musical; and the original set models for In the Heights, Arcadia, and War Horse. Film clips from notable theatre productions from the V&A's National Video Archive of Performance (NVAP) and NYPL's Theatre on Film and Tape archive (TOFT) are embedded throughout. This exhibition is organized by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), and the Society of London Theatre, in association with MasterCard. A special thanks to Theatre Development Fund, the American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League, and Disney Theatrical Productions for their support. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges the leadership support of Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman. Additional support for exhibitions has been provided by Judy R. and Alfred A. Rosenberg and the Miriam and Harold Steinberg Foundation.

Campo - Pianos
June 17, 2017 - New York

Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra - Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
June 17, 2017 - New York City

Commissioned by the DCINY Premiere Project, this performance includes the world premiere of La Avispa Brava for children's voices by Venezuelan composer Alberto Grau, conducted by choral conductor Maria Guinand. Graus' La Doncella is conducted by Venezuelan choral conductor Cristian Grases. The Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra also performs directed by Dr. Ernest Pereira.

The 2017 Gabby Awards - Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall)
June 17, 2017 - New York

Performers Awards Ceremony

2017 Winners Recital of YPCNJ - Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
June 17, 2017 - New York

Performers Winners Recital

AFAF Winners Concert - Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
June 17, 2017 - New York

Performers Winners Concert

New England Symphonic Ensemble - Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
June 18, 2017 - New York City

For MidAmerica's final concert of the season, John Rutter's Mass of the Children is conducted by Carmen Florez-Mansi with participating choruses from New Mexico. The Ensemble Spotlight Series features Mike Allard and Allison King, conducting works by Copland, Hovhaness, Holst, Vaughan Williams, Dvo?ák, and Stravinsky. Magdolna Berezvai conducts works by Mozart, Dvo?ák, and Barber with instrumental ensembles from California and Utah.

Stacey Rose, Piano - Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
June 18, 2017 - New York

Stacey Rose's original compositions explore the role form plays in our comprehension and retention of a given subject, working within the confines of age-old forms for compositional freedom and creativity. This program represents contemporary interpretations of three traditional musical forms: the Prelude & Fugue, the Suite, and the Étude.

Piano Students of Junyi Liu and Jack Kurutz - Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
June 18, 2017 - New York

Junyi Liu and Jack Kurutz present a student honors recital on Father's Day. Students, ages 5-18, perform a variety of pieces from the classical piano repertoire.

Barry Harris Trio - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through June 18, 2017 - New York

With pianist Barry Harris. 87-year-old pianist Barry Harris is a living institution in jazz. An exemplary musician since the 1950s, he's worked with the likes of Miles Davis, Max Roach, Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, and Yusef Lateef. In addition to recording over 30 albums of his own across six decades, he has played on classic recordings like The Magnificent Thad Jones and Lee Morgan's The Sidewinder. As vital as ever, Harris is an example of what makes New York City the jazz capital of the world; his live performances are widely celebrated, yet down-to-earth affairs, and his weekly jazz workshops have made him an invaluable educational resource for musicians. Don't miss this master at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola!

Barry Harris Trio - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through June 18, 2017 - New York

With pianist Barry Harris. 87-year-old pianist Barry Harris is a living institution in jazz. An exemplary musician since the 1950s, he's worked with the likes of Miles Davis, Max Roach, Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, and Yusef Lateef. In addition to recording over 30 albums of his own across six decades, he has played on classic recordings like The Magnificent Thad Jones and Lee Morgan's The Sidewinder. As vital as ever, Harris is an example of what makes New York City the jazz capital of the world; his live performances are widely celebrated, yet down-to-earth affairs, and his weekly jazz workshops have made him an invaluable educational resource for musicians. Don't miss this master at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola!

Boro-Linc Bronx: Lincoln Center Education presents Afro Yaqui Music Collective - Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education
June 18, 2017 - Bronx

Bringing jazz, funk, and hip-hop into dialogue with indigenous music of the 21st century, the Afro Yaqui Music Collective (AYMC) is a nine-piece outfit that descends from West African, global Indigenous, and East Asian musical traditions. Co-led by Gizelxanath Rodriguez, a Mexican operatic vocalist of Yaqui descent and an internationally performing soprano and activist, and saxophonist and Fred Ho protégé Ben Barson, the band creates a new rhythm that liberates spirit and soul. 2:00–3:00 pm Community Artist Workshop 3:00–4:00 pm Performance All workshops take place at Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education 928 Simpson Street. Performances take place outside at Monsignor Del Valle Square Hunts Point Avenue and Bruckner Boulevard. In case of rain, performances will be moved inside to Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education. All Boro-Linc events are free and open to the public. These events are recommended for all ages and their family members, unless otherwise noted. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

I Spy New York Camp: Capturing the City through the Camera - Museum of the City of New York
June 19, 2017 - East Harlem

Learn from the Museum's renowned photography collection and work under the direction of a professional photographer to photograph the major elements of the city, including its buildings, parks, and people. Take home a professional print of your best work to share with family and friends.

Masterwork Festival Chorus - Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
June 19, 2017 - New York City

Manhattan Concert Productions presents Duruflé's reputed Requiem performed by the Masterwork Festival Chorus, the New York City Chamber Orchestra, and vocal soloists conducted by Dr. Karen Kennedy. The National Children's Festival Chorus performs an array of noted choral works, including Mozart's Papageno-Papagena, Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and an MCP commission, Stars Tonight by Judy Herrington, led by guest conductor Dr. Emily Ellsworth. The concert also includes a featured performance by the San Antonio Youth Wind Ensemble, conducted by Albert Aguilar, Nina McGrath, and Roderick Leonard.

Members of New England Youth Symphony Ensemble - Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
June 19, 2017 - New York

Performers Members of New England Youth Symphony Ensemble

Jon Gordon Quartet - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
June 19, 2017 - New York

With alto saxophonist Jon Gordon, pianist Bryn Roberts, bassist Matt Clohesy, and drummer Quincy Davis "Gordon has embraced the history of his instrument, carrying with it the ability to extend music as a universal language" – NEA Jazz Master Wayne Shorter Saxophonist Jon Gordon has long been recognized as a formidable instrumentalist, having won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in 1996 and working with artists including Roy Eldridge, Maria Schneider, Clark Terry, Ben Monder, Harry Connick, Jr., and Benny Carter, to name a few. He's also a composer and bandleader well worth your attention. Gordon's last couple of albums earned heaps of praise from fans and critics and made their way onto a number of "Top Ten Albums of the Year" lists; DownBeat magazine called Within Worlds (2008) one of the top ten albums of the decade, describing it as a "multifaceted statement that invites repeated investigations." The depth and variety in Gordon's music certainly rewards multiple listens, but the first experience is equally engaging and effective. Don't miss this one-night event at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.

Jon Gordon Quartet - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
June 19, 2017 - New York

With alto saxophonist Jon Gordon, pianist Bryn Roberts, bassist Matt Clohesy, and drummer Quincy Davis "Gordon has embraced the history of his instrument, carrying with it the ability to extend music as a universal language" – NEA Jazz Master Wayne Shorter Saxophonist Jon Gordon has long been recognized as a formidable instrumentalist, having won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in 1996 and working with artists including Roy Eldridge, Maria Schneider, Clark Terry, Ben Monder, Harry Connick, Jr., and Benny Carter, to name a few. He's also a composer and bandleader well worth your attention. Gordon's last couple of albums earned heaps of praise from fans and critics and made their way onto a number of "Top Ten Albums of the Year" lists; DownBeat magazine called Within Worlds (2008) one of the top ten albums of the decade, describing it as a "multifaceted statement that invites repeated investigations." The depth and variety in Gordon's music certainly rewards multiple listens, but the first experience is equally engaging and effective. Don't miss this one-night event at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.

Culture Goes to War - Museum of the City of New York
June 20, 2017 - East Harlem

The collective trauma of World War I not only reshaped the world's map and redefined the nature of war, it also fundamentally transformed art. Join a group of leading scholars to investigate new modes of literature, painting, and music that arose in response to the war and formed a cornerstone of 20th-century modernism. Inspired by our upcoming exhibition, Posters and Patriotism: Selling World War I in New York (opens April 5th), panelist will also consider how traditional ideas about Western art were yet another casualty of the war.

Friends of Music 61st Annual Concert - Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
June 20, 2017 - New York City

Performers Ensemble(s) to be announced

That's Entertainment: Dietz & Schwartz & Friends - Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
June 20, 2017 - New York

The Mabel Mercer Foundation presents "That's Entertainment: Dietz and Schwartz and Friends", hosted by KT Sullivan. The evening features classic songs by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz, such as "Dancing In the Dark", " Alone Together", and "You and the Night and Music". Additionally, the performance includes songs by composers and lyricists who have contributed to the cabaret community, including Francesca Blumenthal, Ronny Whyte, Larry Elow, Dan and Michele Page, Carol Hall, David Hajdu, Renee Rosnes, and the late John Wallowitch.

Theo Hill Trio - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
June 20, 2017 - New York

With pianist Theo Hill, bassist Yasushi Nakamura, and drummer Mark Whitfield, Jr. "A painterly young pianist with a chamber-like approach to composition. – The New York Times As a pianist, keyboardist, and composer, Theo Hill has emerged as a fresh voice on the New York scene. Known for his versatility, originality, and sensitivity, Hill's extensive study of diverse styles has led to a prolific career with artists including Charles Tolliver, Frank Lacy, Lenny White, Wallace Roney, Joe Sanders, E.J. Strickland, and Marcus Gilmore. With his dexterous touch and total commitment to the moment, Hill makes a particularly strong impression when the band is swinging hard and fast, but he also keeps things interesting by throwing in a variety of tempos and stylistic influences. For this appearance at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Hill will be celebrating the release of his latest album, Promethean, alongside the same excellent rhythm section featured on the recording.

Theo Hill Trio - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
June 20, 2017 - New York

With pianist Theo Hill, bassist Yasushi Nakamura, and drummer Mark Whitfield, Jr. "A painterly young pianist with a chamber-like approach to composition. – The New York Times As a pianist, keyboardist, and composer, Theo Hill has emerged as a fresh voice on the New York scene. Known for his versatility, originality, and sensitivity, Hill's extensive study of diverse styles has led to a prolific career with artists including Charles Tolliver, Frank Lacy, Lenny White, Wallace Roney, Joe Sanders, E.J. Strickland, and Marcus Gilmore. With his dexterous touch and total commitment to the moment, Hill makes a particularly strong impression when the band is swinging hard and fast, but he also keeps things interesting by throwing in a variety of tempos and stylistic influences. For this appearance at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Hill will be celebrating the release of his latest album, Promethean, alongside the same excellent rhythm section featured on the recording.

Ramon Serrano Presents: Zen and the Art of Good BS! The Musicial - Nuyorican Poets Cafe
June 21, 2017 - New York

John Kamitsuka, Piano - Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
June 21, 2017 - New York

Performers John Kamitsuka, Piano

Victor Chávez Jr., Clarinet Joong Han Jung, Piano - Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
June 22, 2017 - New York

Performers Victor Chávez Jr., Clarinet Joong Han Jung, Piano

Jazztopad Festival: Wójci?ski / Szma?da Quartet and STRYJO - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through June 22, 2017 - New York

Wójci?ski / Szma?da Quartet: With pianist Szymon Wójci?ski, trumpeter Maurycy Wójci?ski, bassist Ksawery Wójci?ski, and drummer Krzysztof Szma?da STRYJO: With pianist Nikola Ko?odziejczyk, bassist Maciej Szczyci?ski, and drummer Micha? Bryndal The annual Jazztopad Festival at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola is a must-see showcase for anyone interested in the world of jazz and improvised music. This year, each set will be split between two groups: the Wójci?ski / Szma?da Quartet and STRYJO. The two groups are quite different, but they compliment one another beautifully. The Wójci?ski / Szma?da Quartet features the three Wójci?ski brothers – each of them a current mainstay in the Polish jazz scene – on trumpet, piano, and bass, plus Krzysztof Szma?da on drums. The first time they ever played together as a group, they recorded the session simply for their own personal documentation. That they decided instead to release it as their debut album speaks to the group's chemistry and caliber of musicianship. Attentive listeners will be rewarded with extended, explorative improvised sections that often reach moments of almost ecstatic musical unity. STRYJO is a trio that, on paper, probably sounds like it's for a niche audience, but that's absolutely not the case. STRYJO performs 100% improvised songs (including themes, rhythms, structure, etc.) that sound neither "free" nor overly simplistic. Thanks to shared musical instincts and years of experience with one another, this trio creates unusually concise and cohesive pieces (averaging about five minutes on their recent double album A Vista Social Club) that do not sound completely written, but do sound as though they've at least agreed on some of the components beforehand, though they'll assure you that's not the case. Groove seems to be a priority here, and STRYJO's embrace of easily identifiable rhythmic foundations makes their music immediately accessible and allows them to dazzle with the details.

Jazztopad Festival: Wójci?ski / Szma?da Quartet and STRYJO - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through June 22, 2017 - New York

Wójci?ski / Szma?da Quartet: With pianist Szymon Wójci?ski, trumpeter Maurycy Wójci?ski, bassist Ksawery Wójci?ski, and drummer Krzysztof Szma?da STRYJO: With pianist Nikola Ko?odziejczyk, bassist Maciej Szczyci?ski, and drummer Micha? Bryndal The annual Jazztopad Festival at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola is a must-see showcase for anyone interested in the world of jazz and improvised music. This year, each set will be split between two groups: the Wójci?ski / Szma?da Quartet and STRYJO. The two groups are quite different, but they compliment one another beautifully. The Wójci?ski / Szma?da Quartet features the three Wójci?ski brothers – each of them a current mainstay in the Polish jazz scene – on trumpet, piano, and bass, plus Krzysztof Szma?da on drums. The first time they ever played together as a group, they recorded the session simply for their own personal documentation. That they decided instead to release it as their debut album speaks to the group's chemistry and caliber of musicianship. Attentive listeners will be rewarded with extended, explorative improvised sections that often reach moments of almost ecstatic musical unity. STRYJO is a trio that, on paper, probably sounds like it's for a niche audience, but that's absolutely not the case. STRYJO performs 100% improvised songs (including themes, rhythms, structure, etc.) that sound neither "free" nor overly simplistic. Thanks to shared musical instincts and years of experience with one another, this trio creates unusually concise and cohesive pieces (averaging about five minutes on their recent double album A Vista Social Club) that do not sound completely written, but do sound as though they've at least agreed on some of the components beforehand, though they'll assure you that's not the case. Groove seems to be a priority here, and STRYJO's embrace of easily identifiable rhythmic foundations makes their music immediately accessible and allows them to dazzle with the details.

Derek Gripper - David Rubenstein Atrium
June 22, 2017 - Lincoln Center

Atrium 360° Experience great Malian kora works transcribed and performed by a deeply sensitive and virtuosic classical guitarist. South African guitarist Derek Gripper released his ninth album, One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali, late in 2012. Recorded at an all-night session, the album magically conjures anew a centuries-old ancient African musical heritage, interpreting kora compositions (21 string harp) on solo guitar, a feat which classical guitar legend John Williams said he thought was "absolutely impossible until I heard Derek Gripper do it." When kora maestro Toumani Diabaté heard these recordings he asked his producer, Lucy Duran, to confirm that she had actually seen one person play this music on just one guitar. He immediately invited Derek to collaborate with him in Mali, an invitation which saw Derek performing at the Acoustik Festival Bamako in early 2016, the first international festival held in Mali since 2012. The U.K.'s top world music publication, Songlines, called One Night on Earth "a staggering achievement," and selected the recording as a Top of the World album in 2013.

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