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The Klezmatics at SFJAZZ Center, December 20

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 29, 2015 06:06pm | Post a Comment

The Klezmatics at SFJAZZ Center

Amoeba sponsors two shows with GRAMMY-winning Jewish klezmer superstars The Klezmatics at the SFJAZZ Center on Sunday, December 20th. Making their SFJAZZ Center debut just after the Festival of Light, The Klezmatics will perform seasonal music from their 2006 album Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous Hanukkah, which sets lyrics by the late Woody Guthrie to their delightful original compositions.

Formed in the New York’s East Village in 1986, the Klezmatics led the resurgence of the nearly-forgotten klezmer tradition and contemporized it with an irreverent dose of punk rock attitude, and since their inception, have been one of most visible faces of today’s Yiddish culture. Enduring a number of personnel changes over the past two decades, the band has revolved around original members Lorin Sklamberg on lead vocals and accordion, trumpeter/keyboardist Frank London, and bassist Paul Morrissett. They have collaborated with violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, Pulitzer prize winner Tony Kushner, and Israeli vocalist Chava Alberstein, and have released eleven diverse albums including the GRAMMY-winning Wonder Wheel, their first session that set previously unused Woody Guthrie lyrics to their own original material. The group’s most recent release is 2011’s historic document Live at Town Hall and the concurrently released documentary film The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground

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Kayhan Kalhor & Erdal Erzincan Live at SF's Herbst Theatre, 11/20

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 8, 2015 05:52pm | Post a Comment

Kayhan Kalhor & Erdal Erzincan

Amoeba Music and CIIS Public Programs & Performances present Kayhan Kalhor & Erdal Erzincan on Kayhan Kalhor & Erdal ErzincanFriday, November 20th at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.

Kayhan Kalhor, Iranian kamancheh master, and Erdal Erzincan, renowned Turkish baglama player, have entwined Persian classical and Turkish Sufi music since the mid-2000's. Their CD, The Wind, was released in 2006 and their collaboration has remained vibrant ever since.

Instruments similar to the violin-like kamancheh are found in musical ensembles throughout the Middle East and South Asia, and the modern violin derives from them. The baglama is used in traditional Anatolian folk music and religious ceremonies of the Alevi Sufis, a Turkish mystical order.

Kalhor believes in the power of music to link cultures and bring mutual understanding, a message particularly important for his students, "Telling them about the music and the musical culture, considering the situation between our two countries, I think is very valuable".

Tickets available now.

Ukrainian Block Party -- Huun-Huur Tu and DakhaBrakha at Royce Hall

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 27, 2015 01:41pm | Post a Comment

We're spoiled for entertainment choices here in Los Angeles; sometimes I feel almost paralyzed by cultural options and end up in an almost catatonic state listening to old episodes of Dragnet. That almost happened the other day, when I was torn between whether to go to KDAY’s Fresh Fest or Center for the Art of Performance's Ukrainian Block Party. South Los Angeles's Westside or the Westside WestsideUCLA territory or USC? The 2 or the 92?

Royce Hall at Sunset
Royce Hall at Sunset by Karan Mehta

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Plena Libre Comes to Levitt Pavilion Aug. 6

Posted by Amoebite, July 28, 2015 11:00am | Post a Comment

Plena Libre

Join Amoeba for a free show at Levitt Pavillion in MacArthur Park Aug. 6 to see Puerto Rican ensemble Plena Libre

The show begins at 8 p.m., and events begins at 6:30 p.m., with a kid zone and bites from D's Tacos, What's Cookin and CoolHaus. We'll be on hand before the show with the prize wheel, so come by and give it a spin!

Plena Libre has been moving audiences for more than 20 years, across 14 albums, including 2012 release Corazon. Combining traditional Puerto Rican styles, with bomba rhythms and the folk-derived plena style, the group has played with such acts as Poncho Sanchez and has received multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations. Listen to "Bomba Pa'Ti" from Corazon below:

Levitt Pavillion is located in Macarthur Park at 2230 West 6th Street in Los Angeles.

Malaysian Singer/Songwriter Yuna Performs at Nourse Theater in SF, May 9

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 27, 2015 01:11pm | Post a Comment

Yuna, CIIS San Francisco

Amoeba Music and CIIS Public Programs & Performances present Malaysian singer/songwriter Yuna on Saturday, May 9th at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

In a remarkably short period of time, Yuna has risen from regional D.I.Y. notoriety to full-on international Yunastardom. In the process, the charismatic young singer/songwriter has become the first artist from her homeland to conquer the American market. The ease with which Yuna has transitioned to border defying mainstream success shouldn't be surprising, considering the effortlessly universal appeal of her organic blend of contemporary pop, acoustic folk and soulful R&B. The artist's personally charged songs are deeply felt yet melodically irresistible, combining her engaging voice and expressive songcraft with imaginative production to create wholly distinctive music that's won her comparisons with the likes of Feist, Adele, and Norah Jones.

Her Verve Records debut, Nocturnal, was recorded in Los Angeles and expands upon the achievements of her self-titled 2012 debut album and its Pharrell Williams-produced breakthrough hit "Live Your Life." Nocturnal's 11 sparkling new originals include the warmly intoxicating first single "Falling," produced by Robin Hannibal of Quadron and the soul-pop group Rhye; the effervescent, uplifting "Rescue," produced by English pop auteur Chris Braide; the breezy, upbeat "I Wanna Go," produced by Michael Einziger of Incubus; and the hauntingly bittersweet "Someone Who Can," produced by Chad Hugo of the Neptunes.

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