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As part of the Cornelia Street Café winter percussion festival John Hadfield assembled an ensemble of
adventurous and inspiring musicians that will perform on August 16th at 8pm. They will perform original
compositions and explorative improvisations.
Time Out New York has recently pointed out “John Hadfield’s percussion is so impeccable” and Modern
Drummer Magazine said “Hadfield delivers a fluid groove, strong yet never intrusive, punctuated by adroitly
chosen accents. His skillful sound-weaving choices create the illusion of a seamless multi-percussion section”
Orakel is an electro-acoustic project of Kora/oud player, Kane Mathis and tabla player, Roshni Samlal, who
began their collaboration at the Brooklyn Raga Massive. They create a new context for traditional elements of
Indian classical percussion as it encounters the repertoire of the African Kora and Middle-Eastern Oud.
“….remarkable mastery….”Afropop Worldwide
Richard Miller earned a Ph. D. in music theory from Catholic University of America and a Masters in guitar
performance from Manhattan School of Music. He currently teaches music theory and ear training at Columbia
University and is the Director of Education Programs for the Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance. Lambert Academic
Publishing recently published his dissertation, "The Guitar in the Brazilian Choro." Born and raised in Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil to an American father and Brazilian mother, Richard’s recent credits include: a special
performance for Pope Francis; a White House performance for President Obama; music director for the
Kennedy Center’s production of Olivério, A Brazilian Twist, concert halls such as Strathmore Hall, Kennedy
Center, and Merkin Hall; New York jazz clubs such as Iridium, BB Kings, and DROM; the Pearl Theater in the
New York Music Theater Festival production of Mapmaker's Opera; lectures, workshops and concerts at
universities such as Texas Southern University, University of Florida, College of Charleston, James Madison
University, UPenn, NYU, Middlebury College, among many others. A long-time practitioner of yoga and surfing,
Richard created the Balanced Guitar retreat to enable students to learn a holistic lifestyle that will ensure
many years of healthy and creative guitar playing. The guitar/yoga/surfing retreat takes place in Costa Rica in
Hermeto Vive! draws from the sounds and rhythms of nature, the psychedelic 70's and the alternate reality of
our dreamworlds. Inspired by composer Hermeto Pascoal, Brian Adler's Hermeto Vive! reimagines his music in
a fun, quirky and danceable manner.
Kampela’s music navigates between hybridism and complexity. Traditional forms such as “Bossas-Novas” and
“Sambas” receive similar compositional treatment as their more strictly “avant-garde" counterparts. His
cultural heritage ranges from modernism (Webern, Stravinsky, Ferneyhough, Ligeti etc.) to Jobim, João
Gilberto and Tropicalismo (a countercultural dissolution of pop music initiated by Caetano Veloso, Tom Ze etc.)
Kampela’s music intersects at the point where ergonomic or physical aspects and structural concerns, interact.
It is music that grows at the interstices of micro-rhythms (Micro Metric Modulations) and extended-
techniques. A viola played by a guitarist; a guitar duo that start playing from the back side of their
instruments; the deconstruction of traditional forms ('atonal sambas') or the theatrical enactment of a
rehearsal situation as in “Probe" for the Neuevocalsolisten - just to site a few, brings a quality of urgency
and uncanny beauty to Arthur Kampela’s music that resonates within, and somehow translates, our searches
and creative drives.
Brazilian virtuoso Rubens Salles brings his unique piano style to Cornelia Street Café . Based in New York for
the past five years, Mr. Salles hails from Salvador, Bahia, in Brazil’s northeast, a region where his music was
powered by a mix of African-originated rhythms, local beats and beliefs. Classically trained, Rubens is a lover
of rhythms, educated in Jazz and a champion of new concepts.
Rubens has been featured at Globo TV, Latin America’s largest television network, by highly respected
journalist Lucas Mendes, who is also a correspondent for BBC Brazil.
Out of the meeting of the two very different urban cultures of Rio de Janeiro and Brooklyn, NY, an exciting
dialogue is born. North and South American rhythms and musical forms express the pulse of the cities.
Samba, Bebop, Choro, all find their place in a rich and varied musical repertoire that combines structure and
arrangement with free-flowing jazz improvisation. Influences range from the swinging, cerebral tunes of
Lennie Tristano from Queens , the angles of Chicagoan tenor saxophonist John Gilmore's improvisations, to
the kaleidoscopic inventions of Hermeto Pascoal from Alagoas, Brazil and Choros of Pixinguinha. The Billy
Newman Quintet brings together five talented musicians with an abundance of new ideas based on solid
musical grounding and a fascination with the cross-cultures we live in today. Brooklyn-born
guitarist/composer Billy Newman, a jazz musician has lived, studied and performed in Brazil and his passion
for Brazilian music is the inspiration for this dynamic and innovative group. Billy has been the recipient of
numerous composers residencies, and is the curator for Brazilian Expressions, a series that is in it's 6th year
at the Cornelia Street Cafe. He has released several recordings the latest released in May is "The Solo Guitar
of Billy Newman".
The Zé Luis Quartet project displays an open, hip and free manner of treating Brazilian rhythms, never seen
before. Fronted by famed sax and flute player Zé Luis, whose resume includes performing with Brazilian
greats such as Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Tania Maria and Bebel Gilberto, the band propels art to
the future. Having performed and recorded with music leaders Adam Rudof and Go: Organic Orchestra, Mario
Adnet, Arthur Lipner, JJ Sansaverino, Robert Lamm (Chicago), Banda Black Rio among others, Zé brings
myriad range and style to the forum.
"...His profile around town is proof that he's got his own thing." Time Out
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Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times