martes, 27 de junio de 2017

Guitarist Rotem Sivan's 'Antidote' Due Out 7/11/17

Turning Pain Into Music and Love, Guitarist Rotem Sivan Paints With New Hues in Jazz

Due Out July 11, 2017
The Rotem Sivan Trio featuring Haggai Cohen Milo & Colin Stranahan
“Rotem Sivan has carved a place for himself in the New York jazz scene through his daring improvisation, astute band leading and technical ability but above all his lyricism and musicality. Antidote is a smartly crafted combination of all these qualities in a beautiful package. The album never gets boring as the trio keeps moving throughout a wide variety of moods and soundscapes with musicality always being the prevalent force. Rotem has been one of the guitar players to watch for sometime now. This album establishes him as a force on the scene.”
- Antonio Sanchez
"Rotem Sivan is one of the most creative and adventurous guitarists on the scene today. He has a great imagination and the technical abilities to communicate what is inside that imagination. More importantly, he has the courage and confidence to follow his musical ideas and impulses through to create something that is all his own." - Peter Bernstein
"When a statement is achieved with such precision, what's captured attains an importance that shall last. Antidote is a special recording, and it shall fulfill many guitar aficionados without question.” - Pat Martino
Israeli jazz master guitarist, Rotem Sivan, has announced the July 11th release of his fourth and highly-anticipated album, “Antidote”. This is the sophomore album released by Sivan’s trio, on which, alongside musical titans, Haggai Cohen Milo on bass and Colin Stranahan on drums, Rotem Sivan “emerges as a guitarist of great imagination and ferocious brilliance” (Raul Da Gama). With Jazz Times Magazine regarding Sivan as a guitarist who, through his style and sound, brings a fresh flair and “a remarkable sophistication to jazz, which transcends audiences” from around the globe, “Antidote” is sure to provide its listeners with an innovative musical experience where meaning and class ooze from each note.
“Rotem Sivan's playing has a rare class to it, one where each note has meaning, each note has a depth of soul, with each note revealing a different part of the performer's character; laid bare and open right in front of us.”
- Mike Gates (UK Vibe)
Originally from Israel, Rotem Sivan has created a strong presence worldwide (and at an alarming rate at that!) evidenced by his ever-growing social media presence of over 12k fans on Facebook, 28k followers on Instagram and 5k followers on Twitter. Not only has he established himself as a respected and prestigious jazz musician in the New York jazz circle, he has successfully toured across Europe and South America, with his talented and tightly-knit trio.
On “Antidote”, this ensemble skillfully and purposely decided to use separation during the recording process; a technique that they had not used on their previous, debut album. As Rotem himself explains, this allowed him as a guitarist “to mix in a range of elements from other music genres”, which when one listens to this recording can immediately detect that this was a core feature of the album. Many also regard this album as having a huge and significant connection between particular elements of the music and Sivan’s personal emotions; and they are certainly not wrong to think so! As Rotem explains:
 “The music for this album is a product of the shock and heartbreak I experienced when my girlfriend of more than seven years unexpectedly ended our relationship. These are some of the songs I wrote over the years as I coped and learned how to love again, and they represent different points on my journey.”
 With knowing the heartfelt story behind the writing process of this album, it is hard to avoid noticing the expressive relationship between emotion and music, so strongly existent throughout the record.  Each track has its own distinct musical character, empathetic to the specific emotion that Rotem presents on said track. For example, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”, with silky vocals by Gracie Terzian, may be the jazziest rendition of this standard you will ever hear, whereas the title track off the album has a certain sense of anguish attached to its performance. Then, in contrast to both of those tracks, “Reconstruction” is an instrumental odyssey with a dramatically abrupt, question mark ending. The trio provides a delicate jazz lullaby-esque cover of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” and “For Emotional Use Only”—perhaps the most tangibly personal track on the album, is melancholy, meditative, and utterly transfixing.
This continuous connection between emotion and sound gilds the record with a beautiful, artistic depth. However, even without factoring in the album’s deep personal significance to the artist, “Antidote” is an intensely rewarding listening experience from beginning to end. The classic jazz foundation is present throughout this genre-straddling album and that’s it. That’s the significant musical facet of this record; although jazz is at the core, each track veers boldly from one genre to the next, and Sivan’s brilliantly idiosyncratic and simply spellbinding guitar work provides the unifying force which easily carries the listener from song to song. 
Rotem Sivan completed his studies in both classical composition and jazz with honors in Tel Aviv & NYC. Sivan tours with his trio most of the year playing in world-renowned festivals and clubs in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Poland, UK, Slovenia, Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Israel, USA, and Canada, among others, and has given workshops around the world in top universities and schools. Rotem has developed a strong online presence with over 28k followers on Instagram alone. Upon graduation Sivan moved to NYC to pursue his passion for jazz. While making his first steps in the local scene he was also studying at The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music. Since his relocation, Sivan has performed with many prominent musicians, including Peter Bernstein, Ari Hoenig, Ben Street and Ferenc Nemeth. Sivan can be seen regularly at the city’s top venues such as Smalls, Birdland, The Jazz Gallery, The Bar Next Door and The Blue Note. He has performed at many international festivals such as Polanco Jazz Festival, Chutzpah Jazz Festival, Marseille Jazz Festival, Venice Jazz Festival, Fara Jazz Festival, Exposure Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Utopia Music Festival, Bern Jazz Festival and Sonora Jazz Festival to name a few. In 2013 he released his debut album “Enchanted Sun” on SteepleChase Records, followed by his second album “For Emotional Use Only” on Fresh Sound New Talent Records. Jazz critics and magazines around the world praised both albums, receiving 4.5 stars from Downbeat Magazine. Sivan released his third album "A New Dance" in 2015 with bassist Haggai Cohen-Milo and drummer Colin Stranahan, which was again met with critical acclaim.

¡¡Amor y Jazz!!

lunes, 19 de junio de 2017

SenaneS 3 in New York The Green Light Tour 2017!!

SenaneS 3 in New York

The Green Light Tour 2017

From left to right: Diego Arnal, Pablo Marcovsky and Gabriel Senanes
SenaneS 3 is not one trio but several. In fact, its members (Gabriel Senanes on sax, guitar and bansuri, Pablo Marcovsky on piano and melodica, and Diego Arnal on bass and guitar), exchanging instruments, create different groups, even during the same piece. Different trios and different duos, solos, and even different silences.
The repertoire consists of Senanes’ compositions, in a language that uniquely combines argentine folk music, tango, jazz, contemporary chamber music,  and probably much more, who knows. He calls this combination “ArgenTangLore” or“Argentangloric music”.
Therefore, the complete formula is:
SenaneS 3 = Pablo + Diego + Gabriel = Argentinean Folk + Tango + Jazz + Contemporary + who knows.

SenaneS 3 - "Trifulca" - Live   

This June, they will be playing in NYC for the first time:

  • Wednesday June 21st. 6 pm.  Consulate General of Argentina: 12 West 56 St. RSVP

Workshop, Arranging for strings, at IBEAM on
Friday June 23rd. from 11-3pm and Saturday 24th, 3-7pm.
Gabriel Senanes will be Artist in Residence at CUNY from June 19th to 30th.
 Gabriel Senanes is an Argentine composer and conductor, and a sax, guitar and piano player. His works have been recorded extensively and have received numerous awards. He has written for film, TV and theater. He was awarded a Latin Grammy in 2005 for his recording with Paquito D’Rivera and Cuarteto Buenos Aires, “Riberas”. He is the recipient of the prestigious Konex Prize (Argentina) for his work as a music journalist. He has received commissions from the Organization of American States, The Commission Project, Interamerican Music Friends, Simon Blech, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), Fundacion Encuentros, Ministry of Culture of Argentina, Camerata Bariloche and several international festivals. He served as Music Director for the City of Buenos Aires, Artistic and General Director of the Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires) and as jury in several competitions in Argentina and around the world.


martes, 13 de junio de 2017

T.K. Blue "Amour" - Dot Time Records - July-August Schedule

T.K. Blue - "Amour"
Dot Time Records

Jazz Week Reporting Station Adds! 
Upcoming Performances 
July-August Schedule 
T.K. Blue's latest release "Amour" (Dot Time Records) is a musical homage to the time he spent in Paris. "Amour" is Blue's 11th album as a leader and features a selection of original material mixed with arrangements of jazz classics, including Wayne Shorter's "Infant Eyes" and John Coltrane's "Resolution".  The album offers a stellar line-up including: Etienne Charles, Warren Wolf, Zaccai Curtis, Winard Harper, Roland Guerrero, Gregoire Maret, Essiet Essiet, Jeff Reed & Eric Kennedy!
"Amour" is my humble recognition and remembrance of a wonderful epoch in my life. Residing in Paris for close to a decade afforded many opportunities to grow and travel across the globe. I was extremely blessed to have many friends and extended family that reached out with arms of generosity. Acquiring a new language fostered growth beyond barriers of communication and permitted me to touch ground steep in the fecundity of love. I pray my musical offerings will reflect bonds of optimism and build bridges of mutual exchange, for we are ONE and LOVE is all!  - T.K. Blue 

1)--June 15th T.K.Blue Quartet plays Amour--Lot 13 on 169 Ave. E bet 17th and 18th St in Bayonne, NJ 7:30pm
2)--June 17th T.K.Blue/Alex Blake Trio plays Amour--Clair Memorial United Methodist Church 679 Communipaw Ave. in Jersey City, NJ 6pm
3)--June 21st to 24th T.K.Blue with the Detroit Jazz Festival All-Stars plays Amour--Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe 97 Kercheval Grosse Point, MI 6:30pm
4)--June 29th T.K.Blue interview about Amour with Basir McHawi on WBAI FM NYC, NY 8pm
5)--June 30th T.K.Blue Trio plays Amour--Chris' Jazz Cafe 1421 Sansom St. Philadelphia, PA 8pm
6)--July 16th T.K.Blue with the Al Cardillo Trio--Aperitif 242 Sunrise Highway RVC, NY 6pm
7)---July 17th T.K.Blue with Joan Belgrave Dizzy's Coca Cola Club 60th and Broadway Columbus Circle NYC, NY 7:30pm
8)--July 23rd T.K. Blue Quartet plays Amour--Artscape in Baltimore, MD main stage 12:30pm to 1:30pm
9)--July 24th T.K.Blue Duo plays Amour--Farafina Cafe and Lounge 1831 Amsterdam Ave. bet 149 and 150 Harlem, NY 7:30pm
10)--July 28th T.K.Blue with The Jazz Expressions---Medgar Evers College Jazzy Jazz Series 1650 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, NY 7pm
11)---August 1st T.K.Blue Quartet plays Amour--Jazzmobile Summer Concert Series west 135th St 32nd Precinct bet 7th and 8th Ave. Harlem, NY 7pm
12)---August 5th T.K.Blue with Dr. Randy Weston African Rhythms Middelheim Jazz Festival main stage 9:30pm
 For interviews, reviews or press attendance contact:
Scott Thompson PR