January 12, 2009. Posted by Simon Rentner.
As if New York isn't culturally overloaded enough. Every year, when the conference sponsored by APAP - the Association of Performing Arts Presenters - hits New York, the senses of industry music professionals are bludgeoned by the world's finest talent. Throughout the conference's fanfare, there are two music events where critics line-up for in great anticipation - GlobalFEST, curated by Bill Bragin, and, Winter Jazz Fest, booked by Brice Rosenbloom. Click here to read the NY Times review of Winter Jazz Fest, which I unfortunately missed. There were two acts at GlobalFEST that caught my ear: The Brooklyn Qawwali Party and The Hot 8 Brass Band, which, in case you missed, is slated to perform in Queens College at the Kupferberg Center, February 14th. I was struck most by The Brooklyn Qawwali Party, a ten-piece orchestra, primarily comprised of jazz-trained musicians. They are devoted to the music of Pakistani Sufi legend Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. After hearing the group, I can't help but be reminded of Antibalas, another large jazz instrumental group that famously focuses its repertory on another overseas legend, Fela Kuti. The Brooklyn Qawwali Party would seem to be a perfect match for U.S. State Department's American Musicians Abroad program, where artists spread diplomacy and understanding through the common language of music. Can you imagine what Pakistanis would think of this Sufi-jazz group from Brooklyn? - Simon Rentner
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January 8, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
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January 7, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
I arrived at the Village Vanguard at 6pm this evening. Kurt was already onstage "shredding," as he called it. The guitarist is acutely dedicated to his craft and his sound. He played alone for nearly two hours. I could actually hear him processing each note.
Drummer Kendrick Scott just arrived. He's backstage hitting the practice pad. For a moment, he laid down his sticks. On them, he wrote, "Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace." He says it's from the Peace Prayer of St. Francis (of Assisi).
The band's all here. Hail, hail.
A Rosenwinkel original, "Our Secret World," kicks off the show. Everyone on the band spent plenty of time warming up, so they should be ready.
This is quite a quartet of young modernists. Pianist Aaron Parks' "Peaceful Warrior" is such a beautiful composition. And these guys like to play it...
Nice to hear these four swing in that traditional feel. Listen closely, and you might figure out why this song is called "A Shifting Design."
Beautiful ballad that just wafts in the air. Kurt had a lovely guitar intro. Aaron and Kurt manage to play well as two strong chordal instrumentalists. Not easy to do.
The song is called "Path of the Heart," by the way.
New music debuts on our live concert from the Village Vanguard. "Untitled" from Kurt Rosenwinkel.
Killing through Kurt's "Zhivago" to close the set. Rock it, baby!
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