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Interview: Lautaro Burgos – Ambassador of Argentina: An In-Depth, Four Part Video Interview.

Interview by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi (February 16, 2014)

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Lautaro Burgos (photo by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi)

What do you know about Argentina? What do you about her history and culture? Have you heard of Argentinian musicians, such as Mercedes SoSa, Astor Piazzolla, Gato Barbierei, Lalo Shifrin,.. or Lautaro Burgos?

Lautaro Burgos is a drummer from Argentina who lives in Williamsburg and has been playing in New York for some time He’s not only a great drummer, but also a very bright and enjoyable person to speak with. After watching this video, dear reader, I’m sure that you want to see Lautaro in one of his next concerts. You may also be inspired to travel to Argentina!

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Michael Wimberly (Part One of a Two Part Feature) – A Congress of Masters, Evolving Music Begins with a Notable Performance.

Text by Dawoud Kringle

ap.jpgOn a Monday night, the 6th day of 2014, when New York City was in the midst of a winter filled with strange weather, a congress of NYC’s jazz elite assembled at Clemente Soto Velez Center for a concert marking the beginning of the Evolving Music Series, presented by Arts for Art (organized by Patricia Parker). Michael Wimberly was the curator for the night’s performance.

Michael Wimberly and Charles Gayle began the first set.

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CD Review: Magnetic Ear – a pocket brass band from New Orleans led by Martin Krusche (Germany)

albumArtist: Magnetic Ear
Title: Alien of Extraordinary Ability
Label: self released
Genre: New Orleans style second line and funk, Eastern European brass band music and African music

CD Review by Dawoud Kringle

Magnetic Ear is part of the new scene of music coming from New Orleans. An ensemble led by Martin Krusche. Born in Germany, and currently living in New Orleans, Krusche is in addition to being an accomplished musician/composer/band leader, he is also respected saxophone repair man.

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Iranian New Wave Music: Sehrang – an Iranian accoustic trio greets the world from Europe!

Text by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

Almost every month I find out about the existence of an Iranian musician or band in or outside of Iran. Since beginning of last year I have been aware of an new Iranian music scene which I would like to call the Iranian New Wave MUSIC (INWM). Most of these Iranian musicians who represent INWM either live and perform in Europe, in countries such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, England, Holland, Sweden, Spain, Belgium and in the US, or in Iran hiding in their homes. Performing their music at private parties or at European embassies in Tehran. All of them have one thing in common: searching for their own voices or identities. Like their foreign counterparts they want to contribute to the “pluralistic-modern world of music” and be a part of it without forgetting their Iranian roots.

Testing the Limits of Collaboration - painting by Nicky Nodjoumi

Testing the Limits of Collaboration – painting by Nicky Nodjoumi

Most of these musicians are into jazz, blues, reggae, electronica, indie-rock, heavy metal, Flamenco, Indian classical music, Latin music, Iranian folk music, Western contemporary and classical music. They either like to experiment with their traditional instruments, such as tar, santour, dombak, ney and daf, hooking them up to a lap-top in order to create sounds which are beyond of the original sound of that specific instrument. Or they play foreign instruments from the beginning.

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NY Musician Feature: Michael Wimberly (P.2) – 2 book releases, 1 video interview and 2 workshop videos!

cajon-pack1Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Michael Wimberly set off for New York in 1982, quickly carving out a niche for himself as an eclectic percussionist. It was there he performed in duets, quartets and larger ensembles sculpting his unique musical voice.  For example, with Steve Coleman’s Five Elements (including David Gilmore, Marvin Smitty’ Smith and Ravi Coltrane) he collaborated on many projects, live and in the studio, in which radical conceptual pieces were refined for performance.

In addition to being a drummer, pianist and percussionist, Michael Wimberly is also a composer and sound designer who has written for prestigious New York dance companies (Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Urban Bush Women and Joffrey Ballet), Theaters and Independent Film Makers.  Although his percussive repertoire is replete with traditional rhythms, Michael is known for playing cutting-edge music involving spontaneous improvisation and composed works with International Symphony Orchestras.

Michael holds a Masters Degree from The Manhattan School of Music and is currently a professor at Bennington College in Vermont and a faculty member at The Collective (formerly Drummers Collective). He is the founder of “Power of Drum”, a percussive arts and education event held annually in NYC, which has now expanded to Portugal and Spain.

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