Ralph Farris' new ensemble "Firewood" to take part in Gallim Dance residency at The Met

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Ralph Farris' new ensemble, "Firewood", a "superband" of Juilliard-trained virtuoso violist-composers: Farris, Stephanie Griffin, Jessica Meyer and Lev Ljova, will make their first performances as part of the World Premier of Gallim Dance's Stone Skipping, at The Metropolitan Museum's Temple of Dendur on October 28 and 29, 2017.

The work is part of Gallim Dance Artistic Director Andrea Miller's residency at The Met in collaboration with composer Phil Kline as well as Juilliard's dance program. Miller's residency marks the first for a choreographer at The Met, where she plans to create "new works designed to engage with the Museum’s galleries and great spaces." Stone Skipping, composed by Phil Kline, is planned as a site-specific work for The Temple of Dendur and will provoke a "conversation with the temple [exploring] its multifaceted journey from Egypt to New York City, as well as from temple to artifact, [evoking] our own human experience and environmental footprints."

Tickets and info here.

Upcoming Yosvany Terry Tour Dates

Yosvany Terry puts his Afro-Cuban Sextet on the road at the end of January with three dates in the Virginias. The band is made up of Yosvany Terry (alto & soprano saxophones, checker), Alex Sipiagin (trumpet), Manuel Valera (piano), Yunior Terry (bass), Ludwig Afonso (drums), and Mauricio Herrera (percussion). The tour is ponsored in part by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's Jazz Touring Network, which is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts' Regional Touring Program. Click the links below for ticket info.

Yosvany Terry

Afro-Cuban Sextet

January 26 - Carnegie Hall - Lewisburg, WV

January 27 - Jefferson Center - Roanoke, VA

January 28 - Modlin Center for the Arts - Richmond, VA

Joanna Wallfisch's #GreatSongCycle wraps up tonight!

After a 16-date West Coast Tour where she travelled 1124 miles on her bicycle, Joanna Wallfisch returns home to NYC for one last performance on her Great Song Cycle Tour. Featuring Pablo Menares on bass, Kenneth Salters on drums and Yago Vasquez on piano, see her perform some new music at Rockwood Music Hall tonight at 9 PM!

Andy Clausen scores upcoming film "5 Doctors"

Andy Clausen wrote original music for the upcoming picture 5 Doctors, premiering at the Austin Film Festival in October. The film tells the story of Spencer, a struggling comedian and hypochondriac convinced that he’s dying from a bizarre array of symptoms. The score features performances by Jake Sherman, Jason Burger, Alex Wintz, Spencer Eugene Stewart, Gregg BelisleChi, Riley Mulherkar and Andrew Gutauskas.

The Great Song Cycle Begins!

The Great Song Cycle

August 2 – Portland, OR House Concert
August 6 – Eugene, OR Eugene Saturday Market
August 6 – Cottage Grove, OR The Axe & Fiddle Public House
August 12 – Arcata, CA The Sanctuary
August 17 – Petaluma, CA Kala Brand Factory Tour
August 19 – Oakland, CA The Octopus Literary Salon
August 20 – San Francisco, CA Red Poppy Art House        
August 24 – Aptos, CA Santa Cruz Coffee Company
August 25 – Santa Cruz, CA Santa Cruz Coffee Company
August 25 – Capitola, CA Zizzo's Coffeehouse & Wine Bar
August 28 – Carmel, CA Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula
September 6 – Newport Beach, CA TBD
September 8 – Los Angeles, CA TBD

Ralph Farris to receive honorary degree

Denison University has announced that Ralph Farris, together with his fellow members of ETHEL, will receive an honorary degree at next year's commencement exercises. Farris is a founding member of the adventurous string quartet, currently in-residence at Dennison. ETHEL was founded n 1998, and known for performing works by its own members as well as those by Philip Glass, Julia Wolfe, John Zorn, Steve Reich, Don Byron and Terry Riley. Read more here.

Joanna Wallfisch Announces Solo West Coast Tour, "The Great Song Cycle"

New York City-based, British vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Joanna Wallfisch, is thrilled to announce her summer West Coast tour, "The Great Song Cycle",  celebrating the release of her third album Gardens In My Mind (Sunnyside Records, out July 22, 2016). Joanna has decided to travel in a less conventional way for a touring musician and take to the road on her bicycle, performing shows in more than ten cities between Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, California. Traveling with her ukulele and loop pedals, she will perform the music from her new album, stripped down to acoustic solo sets. In Joanna’s own words, she wants to "draw on the sense of adventure and joie de vivre, fueled by the immeasurable power of song itself."

Musically, Joanna has taken plenty of risks, blending her jazz background with a variety of genres. The Boston Globe says, “Wallfisch combines the intimate purview of a singer-songwriter with the technical liberties of a jazz improviser.” DownBeat raves about Joanna, saying “her focused, crystalline delivery will melt any purist’s heart,” while The New York Times calls Wallfisch “an introspective singer-songwriter” who is “sensitive and deep.” As a case in point, her new record Gardens in My Mind intricately weaves the artist’s sensibilities of singer-songwriter, folk, contemporary and indie music around her poetic lyrics. The 14-track album features Joanna on vocals, piano and ukulele along with internationally renowned pianist, Dan Tepfer, and award-winning London-based ensemble, The Sacconi Quartet. Gardens is the much anticipated follow-up to Joanna’s critically acclaimed last album, The Origin of Adjustable Things (Sunnyside Records, 2015), which was rated Number 6 in the 2015 NPR critics poll for Best Jazz Vocal album, and received 4.5 stars in DownBeat.

Born in London to musician parents (classical cellist Raphael Wallfisch and violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch), Joanna learned to go beyond boundaries throughout her musical career from an early age. After completing her masters in jazz performance from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she relocated to New York City where she recorded and independently released her debut solo album, Wild Swan, in 2011. Over the past five years, Joanna has toured or worked with renowned jazz artists, including Wynton Marsalis, Fred Hersch, Lee Konitz, Joe Martin, Sam Newsome and Dan Tepfer. Joanna has also had her music placed on film soundtracks, including Pressure, All the Beautiful Things and Summer in February, and she is currently the voice for Hillshire Farms’ national ad campaign.

Catch this unique artist when she bicycles to one of the cities below, and be sure to pluck a copy of the new Joanna Wallfisch album, Gardens in My Mind, when it blooms on July 22nd!

The Great Song Cycle

August 3 – TBD Portland, OR TBD

August 6 – 10:00 AM Eugene, OR Eugene Saturday Market

August 6 – 8:30 PM Cottage Grove, OR The Axe & Fiddle Public House

August 12 – 7:00 PM Arcata, CA The Sanctuary

August 17 – TBD Petaluma, CA TBD

August 19 – 7:00 PM Oakland, CA The Octopus Literary Salon

August 20 – 7:30 PM San Francisco, CA Red Poppy Art House    

August 25 – 7:00 PM Capitola, CA Zizzo's Coffeehouse & Wine Bar

August 28 – 10:30 AM Carmel, CA Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula

September 3 – TBD Ojai, CA TBD

September 8 – TBD Los Angeles, CA TBD

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