Happy New Year dear listeners!
We are very excited to start our 2016 season with a special afternoon of two duos, celebrating the great lineage of folk music that joins the old world to the new.
Tom Wasinger with Marc Shulman
Tom Wasinger is a three-time Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, music producer/arranger, composer, and singer/songwriter based in the mountains outside of Boulder, Colorado. He has received four Indie Awards from the American Federation of Independent Music. In the early 90’s Tom compiled and produced “The World Sing’s Goodnight”, a collection of international lullabies sung in their native languages that reached #3 on the Billboard World Music chart. Tom has played in concert halls around the globe from Carnegie Hall right here in NYC, to The Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall in Istanbul. He has recorded and/or performed with Ian Anderson, Bruce Cockburn, Bill Miller, Carlos Nakai, Joanne Shenandoah, and many others. Tom’s repertoire will include his own contemporary folk and blues tunes as well as a few of his favorite songs from the British Isles. Tom will be joined by the guitarist, performer and recording musician Marc Shulman.
Marc played in rhythm & blues bands in the New York area for fifteen years before landing the job with contemporary folk singer Suzanne Vega in 1986. Since then he has recorded with Patty Larkin, Cheryl Wheeler, Cliff Eberhardt, Jennifer Kimball, Vanessa Williams, Celine Dion, Jonatha Brooke, Ben Green, Michael Franks, Jim Gilmour and others. He has performed in concert or on television with Jewel, Shawn Colvin, Billy Vera, Rosanne Cash, Junior Wells, Martha Reeves, Charley Pride, Bo Diddley, B.B. King, Rodney Crowell, and Edie Brickell. Marc has recorded extensively with Bob Telson and been a part of several Bob Telson/Lee Breuer collaborations including their acclaimed “Gospel At Colonus”, “A Warrior Ant” and the Percy Adlon musical “Bagdad Cafe.”
Ilusha Tsinadze with Vitor Gonçalves
We are pleased to welcome back Ilusha Tsinadze. Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Ilusha came to the U.S. with his family at the age of eight, and wouldn’t return to Georgia until 2005, by which time he had already earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz guitar. There, he rediscovered his musical heritage, lost to him for so many years. It became a bridge between cultures and lands, between his family in Georgia and himself. Ilusha was inspired to share this music with an audience in the U.S. But rather than combing the diverse New York City music scene for Georgian traditional musicians he opted to call on some of his accomplished friends, creative musicians recognized for their talents in jazz, American roots music, and other music traditions from around the world. These influences all come together on Ilusha’s latest album, Deda Ena (Mother Tongue), which is named after the primer that all young Georgians use when they first learn to read and write. Ilusha will be joined by accordionist Vitor Gonçalves.
Vitor Gonçalves is a pianist, accordionist, composer and arranger from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After an illustrious career as an in demand musician in Brazil, playing with such icons as Hermeto Pascoal, Maria Bethânia, Itiberê Zwarg, and many others, he made the move to New York City, where he currently resides. Since arriving here in 2012, he has garnered much acclaim and built a star lighted resume, including features in NPR’s Jazz Night in America, hosted by Christian McBride, A frequent resident on the stages of Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Jazz Standard, and the Jazz Gallery, he both leads his own projects, and collaborates with figures in the New York scene such as Anat Cohen, Vinícius Cantuária, Kate McGarry, Anthony Wilson, John Zorn, Cyro Baptista, and many others. Abroad, he also has played in Jazz Festivals and venues around the world, such as Jazz à Vienne, Umbria Jazz Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, and the Coliseum in Lisbon, Portugal.
Doors at 2:30 PM, concert begins at 3:00 PM sharp.