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When Mark O’Connor performs at Berklee College of Music on Dec. 10 with a group of faculty and students, he’ll be celebrating more than the end of his week-long residency.  He’ll introduce Berklee’s new American Roots Music Program, directed by Matt Glaser.
Reflecting violinist Glaser’s own eclectic tastes and journeys, the American Roots Music Program explores America’s musical and cultural heritage, and creates a focus on the styles from which all contemporary music originates. Students will delve into blues, gospel, folk, country, bluegrass, Cajun, Western swing, polka, Tex-Mex, and other sounds.

Glaser will design the curriculum, promote nontraditional improvisation, develop faculty programs, and host visiting artists, concerts and symposiums. Top contemporary performers, writers, and producers who are carrying on the American roots traditions constitute the board of advisors to the Roots Music Program: Ricky Skaggs, Bela Fleck, Leo Kottke, Charlie Haden, Edgar Meyer, David Grisman, Andy Statman, Don Rigsby, Lloyd Maines, Liz Carroll, John Blake, Geoff Muldaur, Bruce Molsky, Ted Gioia, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Darol Anger, Ray Benson, Doug Wamble, John Lawless, Fletcher BrightSara and Sean Watkins ,and Michael Doucet. (more…)


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Bluegrass mandolin monsters, Native American Peyote singers and Brazilian hoedowns join the cultural mash-up at the Fifth Annual ¡Globalquerque! Celebrating five years of mixing global music stars and native legends, New Mexico’s Annual Celebration of World Music and Culture is back better than ever.

The Southwest’s biggest world music party gets started September 25 and continues through September 26, 2009 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the beautiful National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) along the banks of the Rio Grande River.

Newly added to this year’s line-up is two-time Grammy winning Native American superstar Robert Mirabal and bluegrass legends Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.  Also just confirmed are Brazilian/American roots radicals Nation Beat, Afro-Peruvian electronica ensemble Novalima (an NPR “not-to miss” band!), Cameroon’s new soul sensation Blick Bassy, Cape Verde’s astounding diva Maria De Barros, and the exquisite voice of Persian singer Mamak Khadem. The festival also will feature the Celtic-Yiddish collaboration of Klezmatics’ vocalist Lorin Sklamberg with Irish songstress Susan McKeown, in their fascinating new project, Saints & Tzadiks. (more…)

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Mark O’Connor, the multi-Grammy-Award-winning composer and violinist, will kick off his inaugural New York City String Camp this month with a series of nighttime student-teacher concerts July 27-31 featuring the world’s top string players. The camp is located at the Society for Ethical Culture, a block from Lincoln Center, and Mark will be saving 500 seats for the public to use, free of charge.

O’Connor will also be conducting a series of interviews at 4:15 p.m. July 27-30 with music notables. On Monday, his guest will be Edna Landau, who has managed Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell and Hilary Hahn; Tuesday, Roberta Guaspari, founder of the Opus 118 Harlem School of Music; Wednesday, Rosanne Cash, Grammy-winning singer and songwriter; and Thursday, Alex Miller, General Manager and Senior Vice President of Sony Masterworks. The discussions will provide insight and information to fledgling artists looking to further their education as they begin their performing careers. Members of the public may also attend these sessions free.

Detailed information on the concert performers and the interview sessions is below. (more…)

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In a spacious L.A. courtyard nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, a stage stands above an expansive pond. Here, as the sun goes down behind a hillside, just a few yards away from listeners as diverse as the city itself, a twirling feather- and bead-bedecked band breaks into old-school funk. A Sufi song played on reeds and strings flows in waves over the audience. A group of Gypsy-loving Québécois burst in raucous, harmonious chorus.

In this irresistible atmosphere, concertgoers have been known to form marvelously long, intergenerational conga lines, start clogging, or jam the night away on their djembes after the show. Musicians trade tips with fans, mesmerized kids frolic at the foot of the stage, and an elderly concert regular dances joyfully in his wheelchair. (more…)

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Annual gathering of global music with New Mexican flavor a Southwest destination

First artists announced; Early bird tickets on sale now

Albuquerque, NM (April 16, 2009) –  Albuquerque will once again be dancing to the rhythms of world music’s brightest stars this September!   ¡Globalquerque!, New Mexico’s 5th Annual Celebration of World Music and Culture, will take place September 25 and 26, 2009 at the beautiful National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) located on the banks of the Rio Grande.

Called a “Top Ten End of Summer Destination Event” by The Los Angeles Times, ¡Globalquerque! has quickly made its mark as a unique event in the Rocky Mountain/Southwest region, and is one of America’s fastest-growing world music festivals.

The festival’s first confirmed artists demonstrate ¡Globalquerque!’s goals of bringing fresh, frontline musicians from across the globe.  Väsen with Darol Anger and Mike Marshall is an exciting new collaboration between Sweden’s premier folk group and America’s virtuosic acoustic duo, forging Appalachian fiddle tunes with the nyckelharpa & polskas of Sweden.  The frisky band Little Cow, named for frontman László Kollár’s popular animations, churns Balkan, Romani (gypsy), ska and rock into a poetic pop, high-energy mix. Indian Ocean is a visionary ensemble from India that fuses contemporary elements with improvisational Indian classical music.

Many more musicians will be named in the coming months.


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Live Oak Music FestivalFundraiser to Support KCBX Public Radio

San Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara – It’s the 21st Annual Live Oak Music Festival, a three day concert and camping event held every year on Father’s Day weekend in the beautiful and peaceful hills off Hwy 154, above Santa Barbara, California. This year’s festival will be held on June 19, 20, and 21, 2009. 100% of Live Oak proceeds go to support San Luis Obispo’s KCBX Public Radio, a non-profit organization!

Musical artists are booked and confirmed! Grammy Winning Rodney Crowell, Anonymous 4 with Darol Anger and Scott Nygaard, Grammy Winning Americana the subdudes, 2008 Grammy winning bluegrass album of the year – Jim Lauderdale Bluegrass Band, Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women, Old Blind Dogs, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys, Girlyman, Masanga Marimba Ensemble Music of Zimbabwe & Latin America… and more to come!


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