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Wednesday, January 5 at 7:30 PM Kambalache Negro and Edmar Castenada Admission is $15 Assembled in 1992 by percussionist Roberto Chino Bolanos, Kambalache Negro is one of the best Afro-Peruvian groups in the United States. A jumble of sounds including percussion, guitar, bass, corus and the lilting voice of Mariela Valencia, the group plays festejos, landós, zamacuecas and lamentos. The group is currently working on their first CD. Colombian musical prodigy Edmar Castenada began playing the difficult and exotic Colombian harp at the early age of 13. Although he only completed his formal music education in 2003, he has already achieved critical acclaim. He has appeared as an invited guest with Paquito D'Rivera at NJPAC, NY's Beacon Theatre, Lincoln Center and the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. He has also performed with Lila Downs, Romero Lubambo, Dave Samuels, Dave Valentin, Richard Bona and John Benitez, among other renowned musicians.

Wednesday, January 5 at 10:00 PM Num and the Nu-Afrika Project Admission is TBD As an artist Num celebrates his culture with his versatility. Num has toured the world numerous times as a drummer, percussionist and vocalist. He plays hundreds of drums and percussion instruments in styles ranging from African, Latin, Caribbean, Asian, Native American, classical, jazz, blues, gospel, funk, rock, reggae and spiritual

Thursday, January 6 at 7:30 PM Bill Morrissey with special guest Amilia K. Spicer Admission is $15 in advance and $18 at the door Bill Morrissey's astute lyrical gifts and graceful, understated melodies have put him on festival stages across the world; into theatres, concert halls, and coffeehouses; garnered him critical acclaim from magazines, authors, and music peers; and have earned him two Grammy nominations. He has achieved what every folksinger dreams of. "Much of this song cycle recalls Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks, as Morrissey applies his craggy voice and economy of detail to bittersweet themes of romantic dissolution." - Amazon.com Editorial Reviews, Don Mcleese "Morrisey's music is steeped in a world-weariness that assigns equal footing to humor and tragedy, straddling a roiling sea of characters, scenarios and feelings. His songs are vignettes for thinking folk." - Buffalo News, Randy Rodda

Thursday, January 6 at 10:00 PM Soulfarm Admission is $15 Soulfarm’s exciting sound combines the musical roots of their heritage with a shared passion for melodic song writing and modern, progressive arrangements. Soulfarm's flavor stems from an incredible blend of influences, which include classic rock, funk and soul, a little Irish folk and a generous sprinkling of Middle Eastern spice. Soulfarm's music is nothing if not unique, and offers one of the rarest of qualities in contemporary music: multigenerational and cross-cultural appeal. Live, the band's riveting beat and tangible energy always leaves crowds standing on their feet, begging for more.

Friday, January 7 at 7:30 PM Lucia Pulido Admission is $12 Since her arrival in NY in 1994, the singer Lucia Pulido has mined the rich musical traditions of her native Colombia in her ongoing search for new and distinct musical possibilities, incorporating different elements from contexts as varied as jazz, contemporary music, and chamber music. This has initiated a host of different projects and in 1996 in collaboration with the composer Iván Benavides and the pianist Hector Martignon she inaugurated the first stage of her New York experience: an ensemble of original and traditional compositions that effortlessly combined elements of Latin jazz with popular Colombian rhythms. Drawing attention to her "gutsy" voice, The New York Times wrote, "Ms Pulido holds on to the rawness of the original melodies while giving them a sophisticated new context."

Friday, January 7 at 10:00 PM Juan-Carlos Formell Admission is $12 The son of the bassist and bandleader Juan Formell of Los Van Van, Cuban expat Juan-Carlos Formell is a singer and guitarist who draws on his heritage with lilting, understated songs.

Saturday, January 8 at 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM Let’s Zydeco: Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie Admission is $22 Living Blues magazine praised La Chanson Perdue , the latest of Geno Delafose's three Rounder Records CDs, as "...one of the most remarkable releases in the new era of zydeco." Hailing from the small town of Eunice, deep in Southwest Louisiana's bayou country, Geno cut his musical teeth at the age of seven in his father's legendary John Delafose & the Eunice Playboys ensemble. Now 29, he and his house-rocking band, French Rockin' Boogie, have tapped the wealth of inspiration found in the traditional Cajun and Creole repertoires and created their own rich gumbo of Cajun, zydeco, r&b, country and blues. By taking his explosive live show to nearly 200 arts centers, festivals and nightclubs each year, Geno Delafose has undeniably earned his place as "...the young hope of traditional zydeco." (The Boston Herald). Complimentary dance lesson at 6:30 PM.

Sunday, January 9 at 5:00 PM Theresa Tova Admission is $12 Planet Jazz describes Theresa Tova as a "Towering, pan-cultural jazz-cabaret diva". One of the most versatile performers in Canada, some have written about her "sultry voice" and "spontaneous wit", others about the natural way in which she has gone from the Broadway musical stage to Concert and Jazz venues in many capitals of the world or to crowds of more than 5,000.

Sunday, January 9 at 7:00 PM Sanda Weigl Admission is $15 To call Sanda Weigl's voice "powerful" would be an understatement. With an impressive vocal range, her interpretations are dramatic, even theatrical, but never "over the top." Sanda's purpose is not to shock, but rather to communicate the vibrant life force inherent in the music she performs - which she does admirably, with energy and panache. Still, it always comes back to her extraordinary voice. Fresh from a music hunting trip to unmapped Roma (gypsy) villages in Romania, Sanda will perform her standards and new repertoire, entitled "Gypsy in a Tree". Accompanying her this evening will be downtown mavericks Anthony Coleman (piano), Doug Weiselman (clarinet), Brad Jones (bass) and Satochi Takeishi (hand percussion). If you're a fan of vocal ethnic music of any sort, Sanda's performance is something you don't want to miss.

Sunday, January 9 at 9:30 PM Sammy Figueroa Admission is $15 Sammy Figueroa has long been regarded as one of the greatest percussionists in the musical world. He has played on countless records, providing the rhythmical framework for hundreds of hits. Well-known for his versatility and professionalism, he is one of the few percussionists equally comfortable in a multitude of styles, from R & B to rock to pop to bebop to Latin to New Age. After a long career as a sideman, Sammy has evolved into the leader of one of the most exciting group in Latin jazz, the Latin Jazz Explosion. He's also been playing with one of Europe's most experimental and interesting electronica groups, dZihan & Kamian, from Vienna.

Monday, January 10 at 7:00 PM Damian Admission is $10 Romanian-born Damian Draghici was well versed in music by age 10 and had a prodigious command of the pan flute by 14. Driven and passionate, Damian has mastered the triple tongue staccato technique, which allows him to play three times faster than the normal pan flute performer. He’s also the only pan flutist able to play this G major diatonic instrument chromatically in all twelve keys. Having escaped Nicolai Ceausescu’s Romania, Damian has gone on to record 14 albums, including his latest CD, a diverse album of his compositions aptly entitled Oneness, releases fall 2004. Oneness features the collaborative efforts of Damian with such revered special guests as the London Symphony Orchestra, famed producer/guitarist Michael Brook on guitar, Cameroon's celebrated vocalist Richard Bona and renowned opera singer Sasha Lazard. Oneness is a project that incorporates every stage of Damian’s musical evolution from world to electronica, jazz to gypsy music, klezmer to classical, and even draws inspiration from bands like Massive Attack and Future Sound Of London.

Monday, January 10 at 9:00 PM Eric Bibb, Battlefield Band and Balfa Toujours Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door Eric Bibb, already enjoying success in Europe, is becoming a familiar face, and voice, on the U. S. acoustic folk-blues scene. His unique talent continues to draw critical acclaim around the world. Twice nominated for the W. C. Handy awards and winner of the "Best Newcomer" title in the British Blues awards, Bibb has been appropriately described as "discreetly awesome" and "a total original." As his popularity escalates, earlier comparisons to legendary greats Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal are being replaced by quotes that speak to Bibb's ability to "use standard blues ingredients to cook up something all his own."

Under the banner "Forward With Scotland's Past," Battlefield Band play Scottish music of rare passion and joy. Inspired by their rich heritage of Celtic music and fired by the strength of today's Scottish Cultural scene (which they themselves have done much to create and fuel), Battlefield Band mix the old songs with new self-penned material, and perform them on a unique fusion of ancient and modern instruments - bagpipe, fiddle, synthesiser, guitar, cittern, flute, bodhran and accordion.

The Balfa name conjures up memories of the famous Balfa Brothers, who took their soulful music from the prairies of Mamou to the far corners of the earth. Balfa Toujours ("Balfa always") is making sure the name will maintain its place for generations to come. Led by Christine Balfa, daughter of the legendary Cajun fiddle ambassador Dewey Balfa, the group has taken generations of inspiration and created a vibrant sound all their own. Since coming together after Dewey’s passing in 1992, they’ve grown from a band known for its youth and passion into pillars of the traditional music community not only in Louisiana but throughout the folk music world.

Tuesday, January 11 at 7:00 PM Alex Kontorovich's Modern Klezmer Ensemble Admission is $12 Russian-born clarinetist/saxophonist/composer Alex Kontorovich is one of the young rising stars on the NYC and international klezmer scene, having performed with the Klezmatics, Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars, Jamie Begian’s Big Band, the Toronto Philharmonia, the Waterloo Symphony, DJ SoCalled, and many others. He is a member of Aaron Alexander's Midrash Mish Mosh, King Django's Roots and Culture Band, KlezSka, the Brellochs Saxophone Quartet, and is a founding member of the Klez Dispensers. In this quintet, his first solo project, Alex explores the rich variety of American klezmer, jazz and other influences through original compositions in a traditional klezmer style, as well as modern arrangements of klezmer standards.

Tuesday, January 11 at 9:30 PM Charanga Soleil Admission is $12

Wednesday, January 12 at 7:30 PM Lauren Kinhan Admission is $15 Singer and songwriter Lauren Kinhan is one of the most arresting and distinctive talents to emerge out of the New York music scene. Her expressive, multi octave voice; her strong melodic collection of original songs; and her personal style and musicianship have helped her to attract not only a loyal and growing fan base, but the attention of music business insiders. Legendary producer, Phil Ramone, describes Lauren as a true songstress, like Joni Mitchell and Phoebe Snow: "She is musical, lyrical, and really delivers vocally. I am a devoted fan of Lauren Kinhan." ." Lauren will be joined by special guests Peter Eldridge on piano, Paul Nowinski on bass and Ben Wittman on drums.

Thursday, January 13 at 6:00 PM Reggae Vibrations: After Work Jam with New Kingston Band Admission is $10 Popular reggae group New Kingston Band is managed by famed Jamaican musician Courtney Panton and comprised of his three sons, ranging in age from 15-21.

Thursday, January 13 at 10:00 PM Reggae Vibrations: Reggae Open Mic with Ruff Stuff Band Admission is $10 Reggae Open Mic is an opportunity to expose young hidden talent. Artists have a chance to perform with a live band, Ruff Stuff Band, in front of an audience. This reggae star search gives the gifted and gutsy a chance to perform with a special celebrity guest artist each week, win prizes and, perhaps even, get discovered! Sponsored by the Ruff Stuff Records.

Friday, January 14 at 7:30 PM Paddy Keenan Admission is $15 in advance/$18 at the door Generally acknowledged as the most accomplished and innovative Uilleann piper performing today, Paddy Keenan is certainly one of the most brilliant musicians of his generation. Paddy was born in Trim, Co. Meath in 1948 into the Pavee clan, an Irish "traveling" family. His father and grandfather, both travelers, were also well known musicians and steeped in the traditional music. They played the Uilleann pipes and passed down directly to Paddy this rich legacy of the traveling pipers. This Pavee, or Irish Gypsy upbringing, is what gave Paddy his fiery, unfettered and improvisational style. His flowing, open-fingered style of playing is often compared to the legendary Johnny Doran.

Friday, January 14 at 10:00 PM Longona Newvilla Admission is $12 Flamenco quintet Longona Newvilla delivers Flamenco with a jazzy, funk, rock-twist. Guitarist ringleader and composer Raphael Brunn has gathered NY's finest Flamenco artists to perform original and traditional pieces. Expect to hear driving bass lines from stellar bass player Sean Kupisz, percussice foot-work from Stephanie Narvaes emotive flute-playing and singing from Alfonso Cid and solid rhythm guitar from Lara Warren, all backing and mingling with Brunn's original and "stick-in-your-ear" melodies and rhythms on Guitar.

Saturday, January 15 at 7:30 PM PAMAR Presents Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto with special guest Harvey Wainapel Admission is $15 Jovino Santos Neto is a Brazilian-born pianist, flutist and composer who moved in 1993 from his hometown of Rio de Janeiro to Seattle, after spending 15 years playing in an ensemble led by the legendary Hermeto Pascoal. Since his arrival in the U.S., he has established a solid reputation as an artist with a unique musical voice, blending the rich rhythmic heritage of his native Brazil with a contemporary approach to harmony and improvisation. His talent and creativity have been widely recognized. Jovino has received several prizes and awards for composition, including the prestigious ASCAP/IAJE Commission for a jazz composer in 2001 and the 2002 New Works: Creation and Presentation Award for jazz given by Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Foundation.

Saturday, January 15 at 10:00 PM Bakithi Kumalo Admission is $12 Bakithi Kumalo, who grew up in Soweto, South Africa first came to the attention of the American public following the release of Paul Simon's "Graceland" in 1986. His precise and sinuous bass lines went far beyond simply marking time and thundered out a countdown for the dismemberment of apartheid. He loves to perform for a live audience and is delighted by the generous turnouts for his shows. "I try to be different every time," he says, "When I play on stage, I make sure I don't play the same thing I played yesterday. I try to update my playing and come up with some new things."

Sunday, January 16 at 1:00 PM Let’s Zydeco: Lil Malcolm and the House Rockers Admission is $15 Lil’ Malcolm & The House Rockers personify two closely related terms: family and tradition. This five-man band centers on guitarist Percy Walker and his two sons, drummer Percy Walker, Jr. and accordionist Lil’ Malcolm Walker. Inspired by Zydeco legends like Buckwheat Zydeco and Rockin’ Dopsie, the band’s steady focus on tradition sets them apart from the newest wave of "pop Zydeco" bands.

Tuesday, January 18 at 7:30 PM Kleztraphobix Admission is $12 The Kleztraphobix are one of the most exciting bands on the contemporary klezmer scene. While firmly entrenched in the klezmer tradition, the Kleztraphobix draw on the diverse musical experiences of its member musicians to create a fresh, vibrant expression of the art of klezmer. Kleztraphobix are Psachya Sptimus (accordion), Rich Melnikoff (drums/percussion), Ron Caswell (tuba), Michael Cohen (clarinet) and Jordan Hirsch (trumpet).

Tuesday, January 18 at 9:30 PM Howling Makams Admission is $10 The NYC-based Howling Makams play a unique blend of Near Eastern music with a free jazz sensibility. Working within the incredibly rich "maqam" (modal) system of the East, they constantly trying new forms and approaches to stretch the canvas and fill it with new sounds. Led by Brandon Terzic (oud, saz), the Makams boast an outstanding lineup of musicians, including master multi-instrumentalist Tom Chess (ney, flute, oud) and a rhythm section featuring Matt Kilmer (percussion), Rich Stein (percussion) and Michael Savino (acoustic bass). The Village Voice calls them "The Arabic Sun Ra."

Thursday, January 20 at 10:00 PM Reggae Vibrations: Junior Jazz Admission is $10 Take the fervor of Bob Marley and combine it with the feeling of Eric Clapton. Then add the sultry sound of Al Jarreau and bake in the fire of Jeffrey Osbourne and prepare for an all- in-one musical feast called... Junior Jazz. Born Wendel Ferraro in Montego Bay, Jamaica, he was nicknamed Jr. A few years ago, he added "Jazz" in appreciation of the genre, which to him, symbolizes freedom. This juxtaposition of a name is also analogous to the artist. Like Jazz, there is nothing "junior" about the music this man creates. Like many artists, he was reared in the church and it was there where he was inspired to play the guitar. During his formative teenage years, his talents were sculpted by the hands of the late Lenny Hibbert, one of Jamaica's foremost musicians. Upon his arrival in New York, he was quickly recruited as guitarist for various international artists such Mighty Diamonds, Gregory Isaacs, Beres Hammond, Judy Mowatt, and Diana King, just to name a few.

Friday, January 21 at 10:00 PM Yerbabuena Admission is $15 New York's hottest Boricua Roots Music band returns to Satalla! Under the musical direction of singer-composer-musician Tato Torres, Yerbabuena is a collective of young musicians, singers and dancers from the New York City area who share an intense passion for the musical traditions of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Their performance is somewhere between a jam in the park, a spiritual ceremony and a family reunion. The music they play is, by nature, participatory. Whether bomba, plena or música jíbara, it's all interactive - leaving the audience no choice but to join in the singing and dance for the drums. After a dose of Yerbabuena, you'll feel tired but uplifted and happy! Yaya is a women's collective dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich, cultural legacies and African-based musical traditions of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Founded in 2002, Yaya honors the vibrant musical heritage represented in Puerto Rican bomba and Dominican salve traditions, through live performances, workshops, and female-led creative ciphers. Recognizing the contributions of women in preserving and transmitting these traditions, Yaya honors the yayas (Creole/Kongo origin), or mothers, who have helped shape our histories, traditions and legacies of resistance.

Saturday, January 22 at 7:30 PM Ileana Santamaria Orchestra Admission is $12 Daughter of the late Cuban conga player Mongo Santamaria, vocalist Ileana Santamaria has combined her lifelong love of music and dance with her passion for languages to bring to her audiences a different type of performer, one that possesses a true flair for-as well as a genuine grasp of- the international. Fluent in English, Spanish, French and Arabic, Ileana sings in all these languages as well as Brazilian Portuguese. Born in Havana, Ileana was raised for the most part in the US and has become versed in Cuban, Haitian, Brazilian, and Arabic musical traditions and rhythms, both at home and through frequent travel abroad, most often to her native land of Cuba.

Saturday, January 22 at 10:00 PM Imo and One Africa Admission is $15 With performances in more than 55 cities across the United States, Europe and Africa, Imo polished his craft at Fela Kuti’s African Shrine in Lagos. The now New York-based musician made his debut on the international tour circuit, playing Afrobeat music while opening for Fela and Egypt 80. One Africa is a colorful, 14 piece musical outfit that pays tribute to Fela with original afro-beat music. True to form, One Africa features singers, dancers, a horn section, a rhythm section of bass, guitars, keyboard and percussions. Their music often features extended dance pieces rooted in traditional song form, and invokes such basic African elements as call and response, complex rhythms and improvisation.

Tuesday, January 25 at 7:30 PM Brian Prunka Admission is $10 Brian Prunka performs an intimate yet energetic style of World Fusion music which draws on his influences from jazz and middle-eastern music. By turns contemplative and passionate, his adventurous music appeals both to the senses and intellect. The oud (or 'ud), an ancient instrument of middle-eastern origins, found its way into Brian's life in 1998. After hearing the pioneering music of Lebanese oudist Rabih Abou-Khalil, he fell in love with the dark, expressive sound of this fretless ancestor of the lute (the very word lute comes from the Arabic al'ud). Initially he was self-taught on the instrument, drawing on his years of guitar playing and studying the recordings of great oudists like Anouar Brahem and Simon Shaheen. In 2001, 2002, and again in 2003, Brian was awarded scholarships study oud, along with Arabic classical music theory & repertoire, at the Arab Arts Retreat led by Simon Shaheen, where he studied with Arabic music luminaries Shaheen, Jihad Racy, and others. Since relocating to New York in 2003, he has been furthering his study of Arabic music with Shaheen as well as the Lebanese nay, oud, and violin player Bassam Saba.

Wednesday, January 26 at 7:30 and 10:00 PM Zulal Admission is $12 Zulal, meaning clarity, is an Armenian a-cappella folk trio. Zulal’s original arrangements pay tribute to Armenia’s folk roots while forging imaginative harmonies that add a fresh energy to traditional repertoire. Keeping to the folk tradition, Zulal writes its arrangements in an organic style, using the simplicity of voice to capture the heart of Armenia’s rural music. In less than two years, Zulal has developed a solid performance record including a coast-to-coast U.S. tour, an audition for Cirque du Soleil and a nomination for "Best Folk/World Song" at the 2004 Annual Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards.

Thursday, January 27 at 10:00 PM Reggae Vibrations: Winston Irie with special guest Pablo G. Admission is $10 Inspired by everyone from Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and Gladys Knight to Toots & The Maytals to the great Bob Marley, Brooklynite Winston Irie shows off his vocal range, amazing improvisational abilities and dead-on talent for adapting to different musical styles when he freestyles. Irie performs around town with an array of artists and bands, including Selective Security, The Hot Heads, High Fashion Rockers, Ruff Stuff, Bomb Squad and his buddy Saxemillion.

Friday, January 28 at 8:00 PM Sonic Liberation Front Admission is $15 Contextualizing ancient traditional music into a brilliant new entity, Sonic Liberation Front achieves a natural eclecticism that serves as a fountain of ingenuity. The Wire (August 2004), describes SLF’s music as "Sun Ra-style rhythmic complexity and serious honr lines recorded with jaw-dropping fidelity, a hypnotic Yoruba drum circle encountering highly articulated jazz speculation."

Friday, January 28 at 10:00 PM La Cumbiamba eNeYé Admission is $12 A cumbiamba is a traditional open-air party in Colombia's Caribbean coastal region, where locals enjoy food, drink, dancing, and of course, live music. Under the direction of composer, musician and dancer Ihán Betancourt Massa, La Cumbiamba eNeYé is dedicated to the investigation, preservation, and performance of the kind of Afro-Colombian music that enlivens these gatherings. Drawing upon the rich and varied cultural traditions of Colombia, their repertoire includes folkloric and popular music from both the Caribbean and Pacific Coasts of Colombia - such as gaitas y tambores, banda pelayera and chirimía, champeta and conjunto de marimba - all of which reflect a mixture of musical idioms from African, Amerindian, and Iberian streams. The NYC-based group was founded in 2000 and has performed in many of the tri-state area's most prestigious concert halls and festivals, and is now represented by the Center for Traditional Music and Dance.

Saturday, January 29 at 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM Latin Percussion Summit with Carlos "Patato" Valdes, Candido Camero, Ray Barretto and Nicky Marrero Admission is $25/adv $30/door Now in his 70s and still going strong, Carlos "Patato" Valdes is considered one of the greatest conga players ever to tap the skins. He has played with most of the great figures in the Latin Jazz movement of the 1950s, including a lengthy stint with Herbie Mann's groundbreaking septet and multiple recordings with Tito Puente. Candido Camero, the Havana-born 83-year old elder statesman of conga, is a living encyclopedia of the history of Cuban music. Born in La Habana’s colorful El Cerro neighborhood, Candido has appeared on hundreds of albums, including more than 50 as bandleader. For nearly 40 years, conguero and bandleader Ray Barretto has been one of the leading forces in Latin jazz. His hard, compelling playing style has graced the recordings of saxophonists Gene Ammons, Lou Donaldson, and Sonny Stitt, and guitarists Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell. Together with master timbalero Nicky Marrero, the stellar ensemble presents the Latin Percussion Summit.

Sunday, January 30 at 6:00 PM Let’s Zydeco: Doc Marshalls Admission is $15 In an ideal world, country radio would sound more like the Doc Marshalls. With influences ranging from traditionalists such as Buck Owens and Johnny Cash to innovators like Gram Parsons and Dwight Yoakam, this New York City quintet delivers an honest, unflinching honky tonk sound. Not content to remain within the confines of a typical roots band, they also boast a raucous set of Cajun breakdowns and Zydeco shuffles.

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