Friday, September 15, 2006; 8PM
"...a master of Sephardic song" - New York Times
The rich heritage of Sephardic Jewish Spain meets the Arab-Andalusian traditions of North Africa in a rare evening of music. Moroccan-American baritone, Gerard Edery and his Sefarad Ensemble join Algeria's eminent mezzo-soprano and musician, Nassima in an exchange that powerfully returns the pluralist legacy of Al-Andalus to the present.
Presented in partnership with Dance New Amsterdam
Sunday, September 17, 2006; 7:30PM
Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St.
A favorite on the New Orleans music scene, the trumpeter Kermit Ruffins combines the spirit of classic New Orleans music with the energy and creativity of the modern Crescent City sound. A founding member of the Rebirth Brass Band and the Barbecue Swingers, Kermit can be found equally in one of his city's many clubs, dropping in to sit in on a friend's set, joining a passing second line or passing barbecue from his truck.
Like another great Crescent City trumpeter, Ruffins has taken his horn-blowing gift, grafted it with an undeniably charming gruff singing style, and concentrated on making great records to which is Basin Street, Justice Records and Putumayo releases testify.
"Trumpeter Kermit Ruffins always comes off as the real thing, with a spirit as big as his sound, a capacity for mixing entertainment with art, and an ability to leaven his traditional approach with modern elements." - Down Beat Magazine