“‘Beautiful Things’ was the title song of my EP that I released many years ago,” says Vievannessa about one of the tracks on offer. “It was inspired by the birth of my first son and the events of 9/11. Fifty percent of the proceeds from downloads of this and all my music will go to the Autism Society of the Hudson Valley. I feel the song is just as relevant today as it was almost 16 years ago, because of the current social and political climate.”
And here it is:
Vievannessa’s ECHO and other music is available for streaming and purchase at https://vievanessa.hearnow.com/.
Gates is a cool-school classic jazz singer who’s renowned for his smoky timbre, aerobatic scatting, and instrument-imitating vocalese. A jazz educator in Connecticut, he studied with the great Sarah Vaughn and has released seven albums as a leader, the latest being 2015’s Everything is Cool. Kerhonkson bassist Miller has spent much of the last four decades performing, recording, and touring with such artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Ramsey Lewis, George Benson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lou Donaldson, Clark Terry, Nat Adderly, Larry Coryell, Mark Murphy, Freddy Cole, Slide Hampton, Frank Foster, David Amram, Dakota Staton, and literally too many others to list.
Here, Gates swings “Lady Be Good” live in 2013:
Giacomo Gates and the Don Miller Trio will perform at the Senate Garage in Kigston, New York, this Thursday at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15. Jazzstock shows take place at the venue every other Thursday of the month. For more information, call (914) 388-7357 or visit http://www.jazzstock.com/index/.
The instrumental outfit has been blowing minds since 2014 and features Mercury Rev’s Jeff Mercel and Grasshopper and their fellow veteran local players Matthew Cullen, Chris Turco, D. James Goodwin, Marc Ferraro, and Eli Walker. If you haven’t stepped inside the space oven at one of their too-infrequent area gigs, well, then, my friend, I’m afraid you’re nothing but a sad, ground-tethered Earth mortal.
Here’s the link to download The A EP, as well as the band’s forthcoming and earlier releases via Bandcamp:
Hersey, a Woodstocker and a NEA Composition Fellow, formed the harmonic singing group Prana in 2000 and has led the ensemble through four albums thus far. In response to the present and dangerous US political situation, he and the group have stepped out of their usual purely spiritual style to record “Stand Up!,” which Hersey describes as “ a song for resistance.”
“‘Stand Up!’ is meant to motivate, inspire, and uplift those who are resisting the present administration’s use of fear, hate, and division to subvert the Constitution and seize power from every American,” he says. The track features singers Hersey, Amy Fradon, Kirsti Gholson, Timothy Hill, and Bruce Milner and drummer Jerry Marotta.
Hear it hear:
Funds from the song's sales will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). It's available for download at CD Baby: https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/bairdherseyprana3.
The underlying message of bubu, Nabay maintains, is one of peace, good governance, and the empowerment of women. Although it has traditionally been played using bamboo and metal-pipe flutes and hand percussion, Nabay retooled the music by adapting it for modern electronic instrumentation. His early recordings became the rallying soundtrack for young rebels who were attempting to overthrow the government; this led to his fleeing to America to escape imprisonment. After a few years in Philadelphia, Nabay landed in Brooklyn and formed the Bubu Gang, which recently debuted on David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label with En Yay Sah.
Here’s the official video for the En Yah Sah track “Somebody”:
Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang will perform at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, on March 11 at 8pm. Tickets are $10 for students, $16 advance, $22 day of, and $28 preferred. For more information, call (413) 662-2111 or visit http://massmoca.org/.
Bittova’s style fuses early and modern classical music, rock, and the folk and gypsy melodies of her native land, where she rose to fame with the alternative rock band Dunaj. Since emigrating to the U.S., she has performed and recorded with Bobby McFerrin, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, and Bang on a Can All-Stars, and released solo albums on Nonesuch and ECM Records. Hill, an early pioneer of harmonic singing with David Hykes and the Harmonic Choir, has been called a virtuoso of the technique by the New York Times and has worked with Pete Seeger, Jeff Buckley, John Cage, and Pauline Oliveros. Fajt, Bittova’s son, is a pianist and percussionist, and, like Bittova and Hill, a composer.
Here’s a cut from At Home, the new album by Bittova and her band Cikori:
Iva Bittova, Timothy Hill, and Antonin Fajt will perform at MaMA in Stone Ridge on March 11 at 8pm; the voice workshop will take place from 1 to 6pm. The workshop is open to all and will consist of two two-hour sessions separated by a one-hour break. The cost is $100 for the workshop and concert, or $20 for the concert only. For more information, call (845) 687-6090 or visit http://www.cometomama.org/.
Born in San Francisco in 1968, Hunter was initially inspired by guitar stylists Joe Pass and Tuck Andress. With album and tune titles that often bring a dose of humor to a medium some perceive as being overly serious—among my favorites are 2010’s Gentlemen, I Neglected to Inform You You Will Not Be Getting Paid and last year’s Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth—Hunter’s music effortlessly blends bop, fusion, funk, reggae, soul, and other genres. His many collaborators include singers Norah Jones, Mos Def, and Kurt Elling; DJ Logic; Arrested Development guitarist Dionne Farris; and, perhaps most frequently, Hudson-area drummer Bobby Previte.
This video captures Hunter, Previte, trombonist Curtis Fowlkes, and trumpeter Kirk Knuffke recording at Future Past Studio in Hudson during the Everybody Has a Plan… sessions:
Charlie Hunter will perform at the Falcon in Marlboro, New York, on March 10 at 7pm. Donation suggested. For more information, call (845) 236-7970 or visit http://www.liveatthefalcon.com/.
Formed in 2003, the trio—whose name is often abbreviated APTBS—throws up an epic wall of roaring, shoegazey, psychedelic space rock, which thus far has been blasted across four studio albums and a spate of EPs. The band’s latest full-length is 2015’s Transfixiation, which was released on the uber-hep Dead Oceans label.
Immerse yourself in the official video for the Transfixiation track “Straight”:
A Place to Bury Strangers will perform at Quinn’s in Beacon, New York, with 100 And Zero and MSL on March 7 at 7pm. Admission is free. For more information, call (845) 202-7447 or visit https://www.facebook.com/QuinnsBeacon/.
Although Snyder-Siegal is herself a fine songwriter, her newly unveiled track is a cover tune: a lush remake of the Psychedelic Furs’ 1982 hit “Love My Way.” Check it out:
“Love My Way” by Blueberry is available for download at iTunes and other online locations:
Recalling the revolutionary brass bands of Europe and named in honor of the Tin Horn Rebellion, which took place in upstate New York during the 1839-1946 Anti-Renter movement, the Kingston-based collective “support[s] actions, marches, rallies, and events across the Hudson Valley.” Perhaps, like me, you're among the thousands of protestors at recent anti-Trump and pro-Affordable Care Act rallies in New Paltz, Kinderhook, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, and other Hudson Valley cities who've been uplifted and inspired by their jubilant din.
“We are currently looking for opportunities to join your work, and are always looking for new band members—which includes banner holders, dancers, puppeteers, and flag wavers,” says the open-to-all band’s website. “As we step into this New Year and new regime, we ask you to dust off your clarinet, trombone or marching snare-drum, pull your high school marching band uniform from the attic, and once again sound the call for political action with us.”
Here’s a link to Tin Horn Uprising’s Facebook page, which has videos of the group in action at various gatherings: