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Dwiki Dharmawan's Pasar Klewer Plays Indonesia

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Dwiki Dharmawan's Pasar Klewer Various Locations Bandung and Jakarta, Indonesia March 2-5, 2017 It was supposed to just be a soundcheck and rehearsal. But the energy and focus delivered as Indonesian pianist/composer Dwiki Dharmawan ran his Pasar Klewer band through the various numbers most of this group had recorded in London in 2015 (and had only performed once later in Bali) manifested in what was clearly a tight and orderly rollout. And not without ...

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Christian Lillinger’s Grund at Cologne Philharmonic

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Christian Lillinger's Grund Cologne Philharmonic Cologne, Germany March 18, 2017 Many German cities can boast of a vibrant jazz scene. Cologne is one of the most dynamic of them all, with a widespread foundation of educational institutions, popular clubs and broadcasting. Most important, there's a dedicated, cooperative network of well-schooled, non-conforming musicians. One impressive collaborative for just such experienced-based experiments is the septet who form Grund ("ground"), under the compositional direction ...

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Colin Hay at the Concert Hall at the New York Society for Ethical Culture

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Colin Hay Concert Hall at the New York Society for Ethical Culture New York, NY March 18, 2017 Had Colin Hay not made his mark as a musician with Men At Work and as a solo performer, he'd surely have gained fame as a stand-up comedian. Hay has a wickedly funny sense of humor. This sense of the absurd was very much in evidence during his performance at the Concert Hall at the New ...

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The 2017 Tibet House Benefit Concert

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The 2017 Tibet House Benefit Concert Carnegie Hall The 30th Anniversary of the Tibet House Benefit Concert New York, NY March 16, 2017 The Tibet House is dedicated to preserving Tibet's rich and unique culture here in the United States. This is especially important because up to 95% of Tibet's material culture on its home soil has been lost or destroyed. The Tibet House U.S. was founded in 1987, by the Dalai ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince, 2017 - Part 2

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Part 1 | Part 2 Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince Port-au-Prince, Haiti March 4-11, 2017 In celebration of International Women's Day, Wednesday's concert featured all bands led by women, a first for the festival. Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana kicked off the show. Although not literally--she explained that she was not feeling well, and would be seated while performing. She certainly sounded fine to me, with a warm tenor sound reminiscent ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince, 2017 - Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2 Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince Port-au-Prince, Haiti March 4-11, 2017 Haiti: the only nation in the world established as the result of a slave revolt; home of Vodou. Haiti: poorest country in the Western Hemisphere; subject to devastating hurricanes and earthquakes. Most potential visitors to Haiti are likely to focus on the second view of the country, especially after the catastrophic 2010 earthquake which caused massive building collapse ...

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Rodrigo Amado, Joe McPhee, Kent Kessler, Chris Corsano, live at Bimhuis Amsterdam

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Rodrigo Amado, Joe McPhee, Kent Kessler, Chris Corsano Bimhuis Amsterdam March 8, 2017 As part of a European tour through nine countries, the Portuguese-North American configuration of Lisbon tenor saxophonist Rodrigo Amado, multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee (saxophones, trumpet, didgeridoo), bassist Kent Kessler from Chicago, and young drummer Chris Corsano also from New York, finally made its first appearance at Amsterdam Bimhuis. Many will associate these musicians with something like 'raucous free jazz.' The ...

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Keith Oxman Quartet at Nocturne

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Keith Oxman Quartet Nocturne Denver, CO March 10, 2017 Jazz is enjoyment. Lent is denial. Or so it seems. Can the twain meet? Yes, for me. I am observing Lent for the first time in my sixty years. The significance of Lent is clear and compelling. My church has taught and celebrated this eloquently. We set aside what does not give us life and embrace the Cross of Christ and his life. Few are ...

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Balé Folclórico de Bahia at Zellerbach Hall

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Balé Folclórico de BahiaZellerbach HallCal PerformancesBerkeley, CaliforniaMarch 5, 2017 “Dance is the most universal art that we have. During the primitive era we danced for the sun, wind and rain. Dance was the first expression of the human race and it is the most universal language. We are able to communicate to anyone in the world with our body and dancing. We can express everything you need to say to anyone in the world."--Watson ...


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