Every year in early January the Arts Presenters industry conference (APAP) brings a slew of artists to New York to play showcase concerts, many in a multi-culti vein. The highest profile and most ambitious event is the annual globalFEST. Unlike most of the other showcases which are organized by promoters or bookers to specifically present the artists they represent, globalFEST is programmed more like a general world music festival – but in compressed form.
Here’s a rundown of some of the coming attractions:
Globalfest 2010 at Webster Hall, 125 E 11 St, Sunday Jan 10th. 12 Artists on 3 stages starting at 7 pm. Highlights include Parisian / Vietnamese jazz / world hybridist Nguyên Lê; Namgar, mixing Buryat / Mongol musical traditions with rock; acclaimed Celtic vocalist Cara Dillon; budding Creole / Zydeco star Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole.
Charisma Agency showcase at Drom, 85 Ave A, Friday Jan 8. A highlight is Fishtank Ensemble’s East European and gypsy-jazz blends – early, at 6 pm.
Mondo Mundo Showcase at The Bell House, 149 7th St., Brooklyn, Friday Jan 8. Highlight is Congolese vocal great Samba Mapangala’s new collaboration with Chicago’s Occidental Brothers (Samba is also at Le Poisson Rouge as part of the NYC Winter Jazzfest on Saturday – see below).
Trouble Worldwide Showcase at 92 St Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson St, Friday Jan 8: San Francisco’s feisty Cuban Cowboys mix Afro-Cuban sounds and rock, plus an array of local talent including Slavic Soul Party.
NYC Winter Jazzfest – events at multiple venues Friday and Saturday. Including at the Zinc Bar, 82 W 3rd St., on Saturday Jan 9: Globetrotting banjoist Jayme Stone’s Africa to Appalachia featuring Yacouba Sissoko on kora.
Mondo Mundo Showcase Saturday Jan 10 at Maritime Hotel’s Hiro Ballroom, 88 9th Ave: Featuring pan-Mediterranean multi-instrumentalist Abaji from Lebanon via France; Burkina Electric’s African/avant/electronica blends; and folk blues singer Toshi Reagon.
Northern Realms Showcase at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave., Monday Jan 11. Afternoon and evening concerts, free admission if you RSVP. Featuring the Sweden / Norway / Shetland Islands collaboration Nordic Fiddler’s Bloc among others.
Eye for Talent Showcase at Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16th St, Monday Jan 11: A second crack at Cedric Watson if you miss globalFEST – plus Son de Madera playing Mexico’s lovely string-driven jarocho, Quebecois rootsters De Temps Antan and others.