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    Songbirds Collective " Cuckoo"
    Live Halle/Saale July 2016
    Rachelle Garniez , Kyrie Kristmanson, Mela, Nicolas Charlier Show less
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  • Rachelle Garniez Play all

    Rachelle Garniez -- accordeon, claviola, vocals, piano

    Native New Yorker, multi-instrumentalist Rachelle Garniez has been described as a "Diva with a difference" (Billboard Magazine) and a "certified free spirit" (The New Yorker). She has released 5 genre-defying CDs on her own label, Real Cool Records and performs in clubs and festivals throughout the US and Europe. Her original story-songs have been described as "romantic, rhapsodic and casually hilarious" (The New York Times). Drawing from influences as diverse as roots, blues, country, Punk, Latinesque grooves, Klezmer and Tin-Pan Alley classics, Rachelle's unique sense of song "...wanders through genres, leaving behind nothing but sweet wreckage." (The New Yorker ). In spring of 2009, Rachelle released a vinyl single "My House of Peace" on Jack White's Third Man Records label; her songs have been recorded by singers Catherine Russell, Karen Elson, and Ingrid Lucia of the Flying Neutrinos, among others. She is member of Hazmat Modine since 2013.
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    Even today fairy tales still happen - tales sounding as if they straightly arose from the Arabian Nights. This is the miraculous story of the blind Fado singer DONA ROSA of Lisbon:

    In 1999 a Portuguese production company needed a Fado singer for an Austrian Television Company production to be recorded in Marrakesh. The programme's musical director, the well-known Viennese artist and impresario André Heller, had a particular blind street singer in mind: many years ago he had heard a blind street singer, a woman whose voice had moved him so deeply that she haunted his memory ever since. The search for her required some difficult detective work but finally she was found - DONA ROSA.

    Who is DONA ROSA?

    DONA ROSA was born into a poor family on the 1st of February in 1957. At the age of four she fell ill with a severe case of meningitis to which she lost her sight. Her family who had to go begging in the streets to make a living could not easily accept the child's handicap but somehow managed to provide a basic education for her: she learned how to read and write and how to accomplish simple manual tasks...

    ...and she became acquainted with the traditional songs of Portugal.

    Coming of age she realised that she had to leave her family for good: she decided to stay in Lisbon and joined other blind homeless people from whom she quickly learned how to earn a living in the streets. What DONA ROSA didn't earn by selling magazines or lottery tickets she earned by begging...

    ...until the day somebody suggested her to use her beautiful voice as a means of livelihood.

    This is how a singer emerged in the middle of the streets of Lisbon - a singer who sensitively translated her bitter fate into music. Gradually, DONA ROSA became an inseparable element of Lisbon´s urban features.

    Today, accompanied by a triangle once given to her by a friend, she sings her own special kind of Fado. More than traditional Fado singing, her song expresses all the misery suffered by the poorest of the poor and gives a voice to their profound longing for a better life they will probably never be able to call their own.

    In fall and winter 1999/2000 DONA ROSA recorded her first songs in a church called "Igredja do Menino-Deus". In the course of the recordings it became obvious that the collaboration with guest musicians could turn this recording into a gem. On Four tracks DONA ROSA was accompanied by the accordionist Ricardo Dias (among other things arranger and composer for Misia). Their cooperation went so smoothly that they decided to do the following concerts as a duo. During the CD production in Marrakesh DONA ROSA met the world-famous choir THE BULGARIAN VOICES ANGELITE. Thanks to JARO DONA ROSA received accompaniment for two of the tracks on this album. At DONA ROSA´s desire one of the songs was recorded at the site of her former life - in the streets.
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    American Songbirds Festival
    New York, Portland, Ottawa, New Orleans

    An evening with four extraordinary North American Singer-Songwriters
    No continent has influenced the tradition of singer-songwriters like North America. American Songbirds Festival offers listeners the chance to discover four wonderful new singer-song-writers. Each of them have their own distinctive styles, and accompany themselves on diverse instruments (cello, accordion, piano, claviola,and guitar) in four 45-minute sets. The songbirds whisper, sigh, growl, and cry their feelings into the microphone: beguiling, fascinating, and beckoning the listener into their separate musical worlds. Discover our four songbirds: Ashia & Bison Rouge from Portland, Rachelle Garniez from New York, Kyrie Kristmanson from Ottawa, and Stephanie Nilles from New Orleans.

    05.03.2015 - Regensburg - Alte Mälzerei - Germany
    06.03.2015 - Langenau - Pfleghofsaal - Gemany
    07.03.2015 - Ravensburg - Zehntscheuer - Gemany
    08.03.2015 - Bern - Bee-flat - Switzerland
    09.03.2015 - Innsbruck - Treibhaus - Austria
    10.03.2015 - Ljubljana - cankarjev Dom - Slovenia
    11.03.2015 - Wien - Sargfabrik - Austria
    12.03.2015 - München - Ampere - Germany
    13.03.2015 - Bad Homburg - Kulturbahnhof / Speicher - Germany
    14.03.2014 - Saarburg - tba - Germany
    15.03.2015 - Stuttgart - Theaterhaus - Germany
    17.03.2015 - Bremen - Schlachthof - Germany
    20.03.2015 - Hannover - Pavillon - Germany
    22.03.2015 - Wuppertal - Börse - Germany
    24.03.2015 - Bielefeld - Forum - Germany
    25.03.2014 - Berlin - tba - Germany
    26.03.2015 - Halle/Saale - Objekt 5 - Germany
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  • Huun-Huur-Tu Play all

    The American producer and critic Ted Levin writes:
    "It was shortly after the ensemble HUUN-HUUR-TU left Los Angeles to return to Tuva on the heels of a recording session for the sound track (by Ry Cooder) of a new Hollywood film about Geronimo, the chief of the Apaches, that I sat down to write these notes and realized that I'd forgotten to ask the members of HUUN-HUUR-TU a crucial question: what does HUUN-HUUR-TU mean in Tuvan, and why did they choose it as their monike? I picked up the phone and dialed Kyzyl, the capital of Tuva. In a few seconds, I was speaking with Alexander Bapa, the percussion player in HUUN-HUUR-TU (whose instrumentarium includes a conch shell, an enormous goat-skin shamanic drum, and a rattle made from the ankle bones of a sheep enclosed in a bull testicle. 'HUUN-HUUR-TU' means the vertical separation of light rays that you often see out on the grasslands just after sunrise or just before sunset.

    Officially prohibited to foreigners, Tuva had achieved legendary status among a small group of devotees fascinated by the phenomenon of throat-singing, in which a single vocalist produces two or even three notes simultaneously by selectively amplifying harmonics naturally present in the voice. For these devotees, part of the allure of Tuvan throat-singing has undoubtedly been the mystery of Tuva itself. Ringed by mountains, desert, and thick taiga forest where descendants of the aboriginal Siberian forest people still herd reindeer. Tuva seems to be on the way to nowhere.

    During the last few years, the political and cultural barriers that isolated Tuva for so long have begun to crumble. Much has changed there since my visit in 1987, when xenophobic officials gave the order to give a whole town a fresh coat of paint before the arrival of our expedition. Additionally all amateur musicians were released from work for one week to be able to prepare the songs that we wanted record. Tuva has welcomed foreigners interested in its culture and nature. Today Tuvans have begun to travel widely to present their remarkable musical art to a steadily increasing, diverse public. The ensemble HUUN-HUUR-TU is a product of Tuva's increasing worldliness."

    In 1992 HUUN - HUUR - TU was founded by Sasha Bapa, his brother, Sayan, and two other musicians, Kaigal-ool Khovalyg and Albert Kuvezin. Ever since they have tried to focus on the performance of "old and forgotten songs", as Sasha put it. Sasha, Sayan, and Kaigal-ool were refugees of one of the large state-managed song and dance ensembles that became fixed institutions of the public cultural life during the Soviet era. For decades these ensembles with their glitzy performances of folk music or pseudo folk music offered the only possibility for young musicians to play indigenous music for a living. But throughout the privatization of the music business in the former Soviet Union, many musicians decided to abandon these state ensembles and formed their own groups. The musical results have decidedly been mixed.

    The members of HUUN-HUUR-TU have devoted themselves to learning oId songs and tunes but at the same time their performances reflect the values of innovation as much as tradition. For example, the very notion of an ensemble like HUUN-HUUR-TU is new to Tuva: Most Tuvan music has traditionally been performed by a solo singer or instrumentalist, and musicians have tended to specialize in a particular genre or musical style. These genres and styles in turn have deep roots in particular kinds of social occasions. By contrast, HUUN-HUUR-TU's eclectic concert presentations of old songs and tunes fall between the cracks of Tuvan musical life. "In Tuva, there's still no real context for what we do," says Sasha Bapa. "We perform there only rarely because it's so difficult for an independent group like ours: where can we find a good hall and sound equipment, and transportation to get there? How can we deal with all the government and commercial structures that still control a lot of the booking? And who can offer fees that will support us even modestly as professional musicians? Kaigal-ool Khovalyg, the musical leader of our group, might be better known in America than in Tuva. We're trying to preserve our musical heritage, but at the same time, we're trying to look forward. If a musical tradition stops evolving, it is destined to die."
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  • Hazmat Modine Play all

    27.05.2015 - Hannover - Pavillon - Germany
    28.05.2015 - Bielefeld - Forum - Germany
    29.05.2015 - Saarburg - Museum Glockengießerei - Germany
    30.05.2015 - Baden Baden - Blues Club - Löwensaal - Germany
    31.05.2015 - Freiburg - Jazzhaus - Germany
    02.06.2015 - Dudelange - Opderschmelz - Luxembourg
    03.06.2015 - Mannheim - Alte Feuerwache - Germany
    04.06.2015 - Wien - Porgy & Bess - Austria
    05.06.2015 - Salzburg - Jazzit - Austria
    06.06.2015 - Hard - Kammgarn - Germany
    07.06.2015 - Bern - Bee-flat - Switzerland
    09.06.2015 - München - Ampere - Germany
    10.06.2015 - Erlangen - E-Werk - Germany
    11.06.2015 - Worpswede - Music Hall - Germany
    12.06.2015 - Schwebheim - Halle 12 - Germany
    13.06.2015 - Eisenach - Jazz Club Kulturfabrik "Alte Mälzerei" - Germany
    14.06.2015 - Berlin - Kulturbrauerei/Kesselhaus - Germany
    16.06.2015 - Bordesholm - Savoy - Germany
    17.06.2015 - Wuppertal - Börse - Germany

    HAZMAT MODINE draws from the rich soil of American music of the 20's and 30's through to the 50's and early 60's, blending elements of early Blues, Hokum Jugband, Swing, New Orleans R & B, and Jamaican Rocksteady. The band is driven by a pair of duelling harmonicas which use call and response, harmony, melody, and syncopated interweaving rhythms. They are backed by a band which includes tuba, guitar, drums and percussion, claviola and Hawaiian steel guitar. The band's sound reflects musical influences ranging from Avant-garde Jazz to Rockabilly and Western Swing to Middle-Eastern, African, and Hawaiian musical styles.

    HAZMAT MODINE's Frontman Wade Schuman has the appropriately throaty voice of someone who has both hopped freight trains and collaborated with the Throat Singers of Tuva (really...). In addition to his own material the band cover tunes by Slim Gaillard, Jimmy Rogers, Jaybird Coleman, and Irving Berlin.

    Their Debut CD "Bahamut" was released in Europe in 2007 and gained world wide acclaim. Since then, Hazmat Modine performed more than one hundred concerts in 20 European countries, playing well-known festivals like Jazzfest Vienna, Copenhagen Jazzfestival, Berlin Jazzfest and many others.

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  • Ashia Bison Rouge Play all

    Ashia's solo project songs and compositions, written and sung with the cello, reflect her longing for her Slavic roots, while adding the pop, rock, indie folk, and classical of the land she grew up in. This comes naturally from being born in Wroclaw, Poland, raised in the US, and performing internationally.

    Her belief is to bring and celebrate Polish and Slavic culture and ancestry to new audiences, as well as using the cello, non-traditionally, as an instrument of accompaniment and melodic lead.

    Currently she is performing in Berlin, Germany with the celebrated show, Dummy, with original compositions of cello, voice, loops set to acrobatic choreography along with electronic tracks written by Reecode. She has performed with Cirque du Soliel's "O" production, received an award (Portland Drammy for best original music 2010) for original compositions for Third Rail Theater's, "The Gray Sisters" written by Craig Wright (Six Feet Under). She performs her solo act extensively under the title 'Ashia & the Bison Rouge' as well as being in demand for Portland, OR bands and internationally, including a Czech Republic Summer Shakespeare Festivalin Ostrava, CZ and venues in Poland, Germany, and Czech Republic. She received a RACC Grant under the title of "A CD Release of Polish Immigrant Songs" to perform in Portland, OR in the Fall of 2013.

    Ashia's ideas and voice, at once ethereal and demanding, are pop/rock, yet the sounds are at times classical and folk, being on the cello. Her style as described by Portland Monthly: "[...] one can't help but hear a collage of influences. Grzesik can certainly give Joanna Newsom a run for her whimsy, she possesses the old-world charm and quirky dramatics of Regina Spector and the cello-punk instincts of Bonfire Madigan, and her voice vacillates between the throaty alto of Amanda Palmer and the ethereal soprano of Maria Callas. Simply put, she's got a little bit of everything."
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    DAWANGGANG (Worldmusic/China): A new artist on Jaro Records! His first european CD release will be in spring 2013.

    Dawanggang is a musical and performance group created by Song Yuzhe, an eclectic and self-taught musician from North-East China, leader of the former band Mutuigua (Wood Pushing Melon), and member of Two Big Men and Meizhigua. For a period stretching over almost ten years, Song Yuzhe spent time traveling in remote parts of China, learning from musicians of different ethnic origins, and coming from an array of social backgrounds.
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  • Warsaw Village Band / Kapela ze Wsi Warszawa Play all

    The "WVB" made its first major spectacular performance in 1999 at the Sopot Festival on a stage it shared with world stars. JARO producer Ulrich Balss, who was represented at the festival with several artists, discovered this young band with the fourteen-year-old Maja Kleszcz on the cello. It was not until in the spring of 2003, however, that the second CD "People's Spring" was released by JARO. That's when the ensemble began to conquer the world -- concerts in places as far-flung as Alaska, Japan, Taiwan, Portugal, Moscow and Paris reaped exuberant reviews. Meanwhile they're a symbol of young, intelligent Eastern European music which combines traditions with modern elements and is capable of eliciting enthusiastic responses from rock audiences and traditionalists alike. In London they were even referred to, among other things, as the Polishl Pogues. Their music has established itself in Europe and the world! These distinctions were followed by composition commissions for video games and movie sound tracks, theatre productions and concerts all over the world. The British BBC honoured the band with a sixty-minute portrait which has since been broadcast in several European countries. Their CDs were licensed in America and Japan, and the WARSAW VILLAGE BAND is meanwhile the most successful Eastern European ensemble outside the mainstream.
    The band's creative heads are Maja Kleszcz -- vocals and cello, the sextet's front woman, and Wojtek Krzak -- violin and zuka. The two formed the production team INCARNATIONS which was responsible for their new CD "Infinity".
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    The cooperation of JARO and ANGELITE begins, sealed by contract on December 6, 1987.

    First concert tour and world-wide promotion by JARO. The choir, still bearing a French name, begins its triumphal procession. First CD release by JARO: A CATHEDRAL CONCERT (JARO 4138-2).

    Concert tours of Europe and the US. Conductor: Dora Hristova (3 years). Television appearances in Germany, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, France. Concerts for royal audiences in Holland and Denmark.

    Collaboration with the Munich musicologist Dr. Vladimir Ivanoff and the Early Music ensemble SARBAND on the CD MYSTÉRES.

    Collaboration with the Italian rock group Elio E Le Storie Tese; recording of the single "Pipppero". No. 1 Single-Hit in Italy, Top 40 in the Netherlands. New conductor: Ivan Topalov (died in 1993). Music for a television commercial of the Spanish energy corporation ENDESSA. Division into two choirs: one for radio, one for television. Bulgarian television signs a contract with the one half; the other half organises itself as a collective. Cooperation with JARO continues: A new contract is made between JARO and the collective. Extensive concert tours throughout Europe.

    Vanja Moneva as interim conductor (1993-94). Grammy nominations for two CDs: the pop album FROM BULGARIA WITH LOVE (JARO 4165-2) and the live double-CD MELODY, RHYTHM AND HARMONY (JARO 1993-2).

    Nikolai Merdjanow as New conductor. Three of the choir's soloists (Nadka Karadjova, Anastassia Kostova and Kera Damianova) participate in a recording of the Fire Requiem "Flamma Flamma" by Nicolas Lenz for Sony Belgium. First concerts in Alaska and Mexico.

    The choir receives a permanent new name: THE BULGARIAN VOICES ANGELITE. Production of music for a women's campaign of Amnesty International, Italy. First concert tour of Japan. Collaboration with the Kodo drummers of the Sado islands.
    Recordings with the overtone ensemble Huun-Huur-Tu from the Central Asian republic of Tuva under the direction of the Russian pianist Mikhail Alperin and with the participation of the Russian singer Sergej Starostin.

    Valentin Velkov as New conductor. First concert in Istanbul, Turkey with Huun-Huur-Tu and afterwards all over Europe. Concert at the gala event accompanying the presentation of the Nobel Peace Prize in the National Theatre of Oslo. On this occasion collaboration with the Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek, Angelique Kidjo and others.

    Concert tours of Europe. Continuation of the project with Huun-Huur-Tu, Sergej Starostin and Mikhail Alperin's Moscow Art Trio. Performances at European festivals.

    On September 7, concert on the Red Square of Moscow on the occasion of the 850th anniversary of the City of Moscow in a programme with Pavarotti. Recordings in the U.S. for a new CD with Huun-Huur-Tu and the Moscow Art Trio (December). November 17 - December 6 concert tour of America with 15 concerts. The enthusiastic audiences include American musicians such as Ry Cooder and Stevie Wonder, who announces his interest in future collaboration.

    "Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award 1997" in the USA for best Classical Song: "Wave" from the album FLY, FLY MY SADNESS (JARO 4197-2), presented by the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America.

    Release of the CD MOUNTAIN TALE by ANGELITE and the Moscow Art Trio with Huun-Huur-Tu. Concerts in Belgium, Italy, Austria and Germany accompany this release.

    Collaboration on the project "Flamenco, Voices and Choir". Initial meeting in Sofia in 1998; rehearsals in September 1998 in Barcelona.

    Release of the CD MERCY FOR THE LIVING (JARO 4220-2) - Orthodox church music from 1000 years. TV production with Enrique Morente from Spain for the flamenco project and recording of two songs for the new Morente album for Virgin/Spain.

    TV production in Morocco with the famous mulitmedia artist André Heller. TV production in Poland with National TV TVP. Collaborations with Altan, Enrique Morente, Värttina and the Farlanders.

    Recordings with the Chieftains for their album CHRISTMAS AT ROME (fall 1999).

    Major concerts at the cultural capital of Europe shows with Huun-Huur-Tu and Moscow Art Trio and the Edinburgh festival where the choir did more than 20 concerts.
    European concert tour with Orthodox programme fall 1999. Recordings with Eddie Jobson for their new album.

    European concerts in following countries: Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Poland, France, Great Britain, Denmark, Norway and Turkey. US tour fall 2000 with 20 concerts. TV appearances in Switzerland, UK, Germany and France. US release of VOICES OF LIFE (Globe music ). Worldwide TV broadcast with CNN (Christmas 2000, 23 + 24 Dec). Amazon US has chosen the VOICES OF LIFE-Album as album of the year.

    More at www.jaro.de
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