JAPAN / ARGENTINA / VENEZUELA / COLOMBIA / HUNGARY
NOTE: Starting at 7PM Central Standard Time (Eastern Time is an hour ahead, so starting at 8pm)
7:00PM (CST) - HIROYA TSUKAMOTO
Eclectic, immersive and mesmerizing; International acclaimed guitarist and storyteller Hiroya Tsukamoto takes us on an innovative, impressionistic journey filled with earthy, organic soundscapes that impart a mood of peace and tranquility.
Hiroya is a one-of-a-kind guitarist and composer. Born and raised in Kyoto, Japan and in 2000, he received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the US. Since then, he has been performing internationally including appearances at Blue Note in New York with his group and Japanese National Television. Hiroya released six albums. Most recently, he won 2nd place in International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship in 2018.
7:35PM (CST) - SOFIA REI
ADDITIONAL SHOWCASE DATES
February 22 - 10:00PM
February 23 - 8:00PM
February 24 - 7:00PM
February 25 - 8:00PM
Folklore and futurism, graceful elegance and raw passion, virtuosic precision and spontaneous exploration - all merge together in the music of award-winning Argentine New York-based vocalist, songwriter and producer, Sofia Rei. With five critically acclaimed albums as a leader, four winning an Independent Music Award for Best Album, her music explores connections between South American folklore traditions, jazz and electronic sounds. She has performed on notable international stages including Carnegie Hall, Wien Konzerthaus and North Sea Jazz Festival and collaborated with artists like John Zorn, Bobby McFerrin, Maria Schneider and more, continuing to set herself apart in the global music scene. Sofia is currently a Professor at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute and teaches New Perspectives in Latin Music, a course she created that explores rhythmic training and the broad stylistic diversity of Latin American music.
8:00PM (CST) - CHUÑO - SOfia Tosello & Franco Pinna
Chuño is an experimental folkloric musical duo project originated by two Argentinian musicians based in New York City, percussionist Franco Pinna and singer Sofia Tosello. Chuño blends the rhythms and melodies of South America, Africa and Asia, based on an original instrument called Arpa Legüera, which evokes the sounds of a Charango, African Kora and Asian Koto.
8:30PM (CST) - JORGE GLEM
Latin Grammy-winning cuatro player, mandolinist and musical producer, Jorge Glem is without a doubt one of Venezuela’s musical treasures. Glem, presents the national instrument of his country as a universal and fully versatile one. Mastering the cuatro, Glem is able to imitate percussion instruments and uses electronic elements based on acoustic sounds, while offering a repertoire that travels through diverse music genres such as jazz, rock, pop and fusing them with traditional Venezuelan genres, all while highlighting harmony, rhythm and melody.
9:00PM (CST) - NIKOLETT PANKOVITS
New York based Hungarian jazz vocalist Nikolett Pankovits has forged a singular body of world music with her band, melding the traditional Hungarian songs and standards of her youth with a luscious array of Latin American rhythmic styles into a cohesive and compelling group sound.
With emphasis on communicating the universal themes of her musical roots, she created ‘Sad But True’ which has struck a balance between music and spoken word. The performance culminates with the ensemble in harmony with actor Adam Boncz's recitation of a collection of Hungarian poems in English. They have toured in Europe and performed to sold-out audiences in New York at iconic venues such as the Blue Note, Joe’s Pub and Lincoln Center.
Working closely with longtime collaborator Juancho Herrera, a string wizard and arranger from Colombia, she performed at Carnegie Hall with a barrier-breaking 18-piece ensemble showcasing Hungarian folk music with South American rhythms and jazz arrangements. Her new record 'River' produced by Herrera infuses the haunting traditional songs of Hungary with the improvisational imperative of jazz and buoyant grooves of Latin America. The album features a female octet, The River Voices that Pankovits assembled inviting some of the East Coast’s finest Hungarian singers.
9:30PM (CST) - JUANCHO HERRERA
Latin Grammy nominee producer, singer-songwriter and guitarist, Juancho Herrera is part of a wave of Latin American musicians who’ve transformed the New York music scene in recent decades. With four albums under his name, he’s carved out a singular path with a highly personal synthesis of jazz and South American sounds. Herrera has been an essential collaborator with some of the era’s definitive voices in jazz and world music, such as Claudia Acuña, Marta Gomez, Lila Downs, and Sofia Rei, and has performed and recorded with artists such as Mercedes Sosa, The Chieftains, Branford Marsalis, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Arturo O’Farrill and Idan Raichel.