Yaima

Yaima

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YAIMA is a Casacadian Elemental & Alchemical Electronic Music Duo. Creating a deeply captivating and finely-tuned container for their audiences, YAIMA (Mas Higasa and Pepper Proud) allow the listener the opportunity to Journey through Sonic Soundscapes, traversing sensually-stimulating and heart-centered compositions that inspire each listener to return to their truth.

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ZETIZEN

Zetizen pays homage to different cultures of sound native to regions found in the Balkans, West Africa, India, and the Middle East. In the midst of recent xenophobia occurring around the globe, we seek to exemplify just how beautiful the world is with its diverse cultures combined. Featured instruments include Kora, Cello, Gadulka, Kaval, Gaida, and Ableton Push.

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Machakos Kyalo

Born and raised in Machakos, Kenya comes Machakos Kyalo whom is one of the most promising hip hop artists that represent Machakos. With singles such as “Run Caleb Ndiku”, “100 or So” “Uka Uka” and recently released “Victor Wanyama”, Kyalo has proven that he isn’t only a hit maker but one of the best performers that will leave you chanting sounds of Machakos.

On february of 2017, Kyalo took it upon himself to start “A greener life is a livable one” tree planting project with his last EP “Rude Boi” to plant 10,000 trees in schools around Machakos by selling digital copies of it. He accomplished that goal and is now challenging himself and his ONE TRyBE COMPANy collective to build a sound school in Kenya that accommodates all the young talents in Kenya that dream of learning music. Simply inspiring the youth to dream more.

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Anna Oh

ANNA OH has been doing her thing all over the Tri-State Area. Her music combines elements of Soul, Blues, Rock, Tribal, Jazz, Funk and other assorted genres. Hear the smooth, bold sounds that fill your heart with joy and wonder. Watch her movement with the passion and fire of life.Listen to words that elevate your soul and lift your spirit. Join in the magic.

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http://www.annaohmusic.com/

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EMEFE

“Refreshingly positive and life-affirming” (VICE); a “tour de force” (Mass Appeal); “wild and catchy” (Brooklyn Magazine); “exceedingly unique” (Wild Honey Pie); “fresh and inventive” (All About Jazz); “levitating on a bouncy, cloud of air” (Impose Magazine). From December 2009 to August 2016, EMEFE established itself as one of the most exciting bands to come out of New York City, through countless legendary live shows and 7 studio releases (including 2015’s EMEFE and 2012’s Good Future). Now, they reunite for one special June weekend, coinciding with the release of Live at Bryant Park, a document of their powerful final show as a band in August 2016.

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http://www.emefemusic.com

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Club d’Elf

“Crushed between the borders of Morocco, jam band land and the kingdom of avant-garde jazz lies Club d’Elf…James Brown-meets-Sun-Ra.” – Jed Gottlieb, Boston Herald

“Sounds like the lovechild of Pink Floyd and George Clinton, dropped in Marrakesh…some deeply psychedelic music.” – Marlon Bishop, WNYC

Club d’Elf is an ever-shifting group of musicians fiercely dedicated to “the groove”, revolving around the foundation of bassist/leader Mike Rivard. Consisting of some of the most sought-after players from the jazz, DJ, rock & world music scenes of Boston & NYC, each show features a different line-up, with Rivard and drummer Dean Johnston at the core. Guitars, turntables, Fender Rhodes, laptops, horns, tablas and all manner of exotic instruments flow in and out of the mix, along with guests such as John Medeski & Billy Martin (Medeski Martin & Wood), DJ Logic, Marc Ribot, Skerik, Steven Bernstein, Ryan Montbleau and Marco Benevento, creating a unique experience for every performance. Informed as much by sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick‘s ideas of shifting reality and parallel universes as by Miles Davis & Fela Kuti, the band draws inspiration from many sources, including neo-psychedelic avatar Terence McKenna and avant garde comedy troupe The Firesign Theater.

Formed in 1998 by Rivard with the encouragement of Morphine‘s Mark Sandman (who guested with the group until his death in ’99), the music draws from a startlingly wide spectrum of styles, including jazz, hip hop, electronica, avant garde, prog-rock and dub. Under the tutelage of member Brahim Fribgane (who hails from Casablanca) the band absorbed Moroccan trance influences and frequently adds this element to the mix. Audiences of all persuasions are drawn to Fribgane’s mesmerizing oud stylings and Rivard’s commanding playing of the Moroccan sintir, a 3 string bass lute used by the Gnawa people of Morocco, a mystical brotherhood of trance-healers. Derived from such ancient sources as these, trance forms the central core of the Club d’Elf aesthetic, unifying all of the various genres the band has absorbed.

The band’s bi-weekly residency at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA has become the stuff of legend, and over the course of it’s 19 year history D’Elf has toured internationally (most recently making its South American debut at Ecuador Jazz 2016) and played clubs and festivals throughout the North and Southeast US. Equally at home playing late-night festival sets for the rave/Burner crowd as it is for a predominately Arabic audience, boundaries melt away and all are drawn into the intoxicating power of the D’Elf groove. In January 2017 the band released its latest live album, Live at Club Helsinki, with the music visiting touchstones as disparate as John Cage, Studio One, 70s era Miles Davis, Moroccan Gnawa and drum’n’bass. AllAboutJazz.com said “Live At Club Helsinki is one of those rare recordings that points in a viable direction for the future of creative music and its’ near two-hour running time goes by in a flash…an accessible blend of styles that is unmatched by any current offerings. Highly recommended.”

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Matt Carey

A Multi-Instrumentalist, producer and performer, Matt Carey is an up and coming talent that showcases a versatility, intention and quality of work that is poised to peak the interests of music fans worldwide. At 27 years of age, Matt has become a fixture in the North East U.S. Music Festival Scene and is well established internationally, now approaching his sixth year performing throughout Central America. 2016 saw the release of Matt’s debut full-length album, “Born into Babylon”. The album delivers a diverse sonic journey rooted in house music, weaving vibes, instruments and cultures creating a unique signature style. Live, Matt creates a multi-sensory visionary atmosphere utilizing his own vocals, analog FX and live instrumentation to bring an interactive and unique live performance. His productions consist of sounds, themes and instruments derived from a wide variety of places, times and emotions, creating an immersive audio journey.

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Stephen Katz

Cellist and award-winning composer Stephen Katz has performed his compositions at Carnegie Recital Hall and toured internationally as a soloist, and with the Paul Winter Consort, Rachael Sage, and the Essex String Quartet. He has been improvising at movement/contact jams since 1979. As an improviser and composer in the Dance world, he has collaborated and performed with Andrew Harwood (Montreal), Chris Aiken (Smith College), members of Pilobolus, Diego Cruz (Rio De Janeiro), and has been a Visiting Artist at Amherst College.

Stephen has been featured on American Public Media national broadcasts of Performance Today. He is a National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient through the SUNY/Buffalo Arts in Healthcare Initiative. As a film composer, his score for The Rich Have Their Own Photographers won the Jury Prize Gold Medal for Best Impact of Music in a Documentary at the Park City Film Music Festival. He also scored Two Square Miles, a film about Hudson, NY, which has been broadcast nationally on PBS/Independent Lens.

A native of San Francisco, Stephen received a Master of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He and his his family live in Western Massachusetts.

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Saturday 10pm Dance Jam Set with Stephen Katz

Movers of every stripe will encounter new spheres of influence in Stephen’s improvised cello music. Bowing his instrument and strumming it like an upright guitar, he creates intricate, uplifting tapestries of sound, and with some electronic help, transforms himself into a one-man cello orchestra.

Jon Lee Rucker

Singer/Songwriter/Vocalist and Keyboard Player.
Musical style has been dubbed “Earth Spirit Revival”.
His songs are prayers, for human beings to come together in this time, to build together for the next generations.
He is the creative visionary behind PermaJam (a model for festivals that transform the land and unite communities).
He has dedicated the last 8 years in service, organizing for environmental and social causes, helping to build farms and permaculture projects.

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http://www.permajam.com

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