JAZZHOPE Event Archive 09/16/2003 to 09/22/2003

The Zebra Libra Freedom Jazz Dance Schedule


TUESDAY
Tuesdays 6-9PM JOE’S BEBOP CAFΙ Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, Chicago 312-595-5299
 Ken Chaney Experience

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TUE SEP 16 6:30-8:30PM/$3 at noFriction Cafe - 2502 N. California, Chicago 773-235-2757

Desiring-Machines: Jim Baker-ARP; Paul Hartsaw-saxes; Keefe Jackson-winds; Mike Reed-drums

TUE SEP 16 7PM/$0 VERN’S FRIENDLY LOUNGE 1258 S. Pulaski Chicago (773) 521-4477
for Melvin Williams' "Jazz Fellows" get-together.  Melvin plays host to a gathering of friends, musicians and jazz connoisseurs.
There is good food, great music, and hip conversation. It's definitely a good time! By the way, there is no cover charge.
Endorsed by Rodney Clark.  As the old saying goes, "Be There Or Be Square!"

TUE SEP 16 8PM/10PM $20 JAZZ SHOWCASE 59 W. Grand, Chicago (312)670-BIRD
MONTY ALEXANDER trio with ROBERT THOMAS, jr

WEDNESDAY
Zeeb reminder CANTV Class 3
WED SEP 17

WED SEP 17 8PM/10PM $20 JAZZ SHOWCASE 59 W. Grand, Chicago (312)670-BIRD
MONTY ALEXANDER trio with ROBERT THOMAS, jr

Wednesdays 8:30 Pete Millers in Wheeling on Milwaukee Rd
Ken Chaney Experience

Wednesdays 9:30PM VELVET LOUNGE 2128 1/2 S. Indiana Avenue-Chicago-one block east of Michigan Ave (312) 791-9050
GREG WARD-alto sax & FRIENDS

WED SEP 17 10:00PM-1:30AM $FREE$ TONIC ROOM GIGI’s 2447 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL

 playing live…Aaron Getsug-baritone, Isaiah Spencer-drums, Jason Agimeon-bass, Jeff Parker-guitar
Open Mic sessions, $3 drink specials

 

WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2003 in Chicago begins
http://www.chicagoreader.com/music/sidebars/WORLD2003.html
The big news about this year's World Music Festival is that it's smaller -- reduced by half in both duration and number of performers
 -- thanks to the weakened economy. It's laudable that organizer Mike Orlove was able to keep the festival going at all (some at
the Department of Cultural Affairs thought it would be better to cancel this year and bounce back in 2004), but the current edition
seems a bit lackluster after the diverse sprawl of 2002.

In the past the WMF has always brought in some artists especially for the event, but the majority of this year's acts are U.S. based
(a lot of them local), and just about all the foreign performers are playing here as part of North American tours. At press time only
one scheduled performer (Monica Salmaso of Brazil) had actually canceled due to the sort of visa problems that have plagued the
festival since 9/11, but Cuban singer Issac Delgado and his band had yet to receive clearance from the Department of Homeland
Security. In their place festival organizers have slated another Cuban act, Orlando "Maraca" Valle y Otra Vision, who were forced
by similar circumstances to miss their appearance at Summerdance last month but have made it into the country this time. If Delgado
and company do manage to show up in time for the gig, Saturday at the Park West, they'll play a set as well.

A final tally of two cancellations would seem low by the standards of previous years, but according to Orlove the prospect of difficulties
with the INS has discouraged many international artists from trying to come to the States in the first place.

As usual the festival takes place at numerous venues; events are free and all-ages unless otherwise noted. Advance tickets to shows
with an admission fee are normally available from the venues; more information is available from the city's World Music Festival hotline
(312-742-1938). The performances Thursday and Friday at the Museum of Broadcast Communications will be aired live on local radio:
Mosaic, the world music program on Loyola University's station, WLUW (88.7 FM), will host the 11 AM concerts; the 12:30 PM shows
will be heard as part of Continental Drift on Northwestern University's station, WNUR (89.3 FM). -- By Peter Margasak

http://www.ci.chi.il.us/WorldMusic/Schedule17.html
Wednesday, September 17

 

Radio Broadcasts (Interview/Performance )

11:00am -12pm

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Broadcast live on WLUW 88.7FM

• Luis Jahn

• Issa Boulos

Free

12:30pm - 2pm

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Broadcast live on WNUR 89.3FM

• Dan Boadi

• Jim Stoynoff

Free

Concerts and Performances

12:30pm:

Borders (Michigan)

Taller de Compas

Free

8:30pm

Old Town School of Folk Music - La Peρa

Taller de Compas

$5
(suggested donation)

 


THURSDAY
ZEEB REMINDER: EARTHCENTER meditation class 2
THU SEP 18 8PM/10PM $20 JAZZ SHOWCASE 59 W. Grand, Chicago (312)670-BIRD
MONTY ALEXANDER trio with ROBERT THOMAS, jr


Thursdays, 8 PM, GREEN DOLPHIN STREET 2200 N. Ashland, Chicago 773-395-0066

jam session hosted by Ari Brown Trio (no cover).

////> THU SEP 18 9:30PM VELVET LOUNGE 2128 1/2 S. Indiana Avenue-Chicago-one block east of Michigan Ave (312) 791-9050
DAVID REMPIS-sax, JIM BAKER-piano, JASON ROEBKE-bass, TIM DAISY-drums

WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2003 in Chicago continues
http://www.chicagoreader.com/music/sidebars/WORLD2003.html
Thursday, September 18
Friday 9/19 | Saturday 9/20 | Sunday 9/21

11 AM - Museum of Broadcast Communications
Jan Yrgagy
Since the fall of the Soviet Union the once-suppressed traditional music of central Asia has made a comeback. Nurak Abdyrakhmanov
and Bakyt Chytyrbaev started performing in 1990 in an effort to preserve the folk songs of the nomads of their native Kyrgyzstan;
though discouraged at first by a lukewarm reception in their own country, by the end of the decade they'd found enthusiastic audiences
in Europe, and in 2000 they made a folkloric album for the Czech label Pirala. Abdyrakhmanov sings and plays the Kyrgyz national
instrument, the long-necked fretless lute called the komuz; Chytyrbaev plays the kyl kyjak, a dry-toned spike fiddle. The melodies,
instrumental sounds, and subject matter of the graceful, melancholy songs recall the better-known music of Tuva.
Liam Teague & Robert Chappell
The steel drum is widely regarded as a Caribbean novelty, but Liam Teague has worked hard to raise its stature. Since premiering
Jan Bach's "Concerto for Steelpan and Orchestra" at Symphony Center with the Chicago Sinfonietta in 1995, he's performed it with
seven more orchestras, including the Czech National Philharmonic and the Saint Louis Symphony. A native of Trinidad and Tobago,
he lives in the Chicago area, teaching the instrument at Northern Illinois University and leading his jazz fusion group Panoramic.
His chops are undeniable, but his style hopping strikes me as glib -- reggae, Indian, and Afro-Cuban rhythms all get a once-over --
and his precision as antiseptic. Whether covering Bob Marley's "Jammin'" or tiptoeing through "What a Friend We Have in Jesus,"
Teague sounds like he's auditioning for a gig on a cruise ship. Here he's joined by Panoramic's Robert Chappell on keyboards,
marimba, and tabla.

12:30 PM - Borders Books & Music on State
* Ellika & Solo
Swedish fiddler Ellika Frisell and Senegalese kora player Solo Cissokho first performed together at a 1998 poetry reading in Stockholm.
The success of the combination can't have been a total surprise -- Cissokho, who's lived in Norway since the mid-90s, has some
experience in pairings like this, having played with Norwegian singer Kirsten Braten Berg and Indian violinist L. Subramaniam. Last
year the duo made its first album, Tretakt Takissaba (Xource), and it's one of the most compelling examples of cross-cultural
collaboration I've heard in some time. On African-derived pieces Cissokho's spindly kora licks cascade beautifully over Frisell's
stuttering pulse, while on Swedish polskas and waltzes he supports her lyrical solos and interjects deft, punchy asides. Cissokho
also sings on many of the pieces, with the deep soul of a West African Griot.

12:30 PM - Museum of Broadcast Communications
Guerra Freitas
Guerra Freitas became involved in humanitarian efforts in his native Angola after losing his first wife and child and several other
relatives to the country's long-running civil war. Since 1998 he's been in Evanston running his organization SHAREcircle, which raises
money here to aid victims of the war back home. In 2000 he made Angola: Um Pais Fabuloso no Mundo (Africa Latina), a CD of
original songs recorded with his current wife and several other Chicago musicians, and he donates proceeds to the charity. His cause
is a good one; I wish I could say the same of the album. Everything plods to the same midtempo groove, and calling Freitas's singing
workmanlike is giving him too much credit. The great Angolan musicians -- like Bonga, Waldemar Bastos, and Ruy Mingas -- have
drawn from their rich dual heritage of African rhythm and Portuguese lyricism; this stuff is strictly talent show material.
* Habibullah Wardak & Puranlal Vyas
Thirteen-year-old Habibullah Wardak has been playing the rubab -- a short-necked plucked lute that's the primary instrument in
Afghan classical music and a forerunner of the Indian sarod -- for more than six years now, and while I'm no expert on the style
I can say with confidence that the kid's got it. His family emigrated to the area a couple of years ago (before the U.S. invasion),
and he's currently a freshman at Warren Township High School in Gurnee. His instrument has a dry, twangy tone, and the Afghan
repertoire is closely related to the classical music of Pakistan and India, sharing many of the same modes but emphasizing rhythmic
rather than melodic development. Wardak's playing is distinguished by remarkable fluidity and sharp articulation; he performs with
Indian tabla player Puranlal Vyas, who moved to Chicago in 1998.

6 PM - Chicago Cultural Center
Environmental Encroachment
This local group uses elaborate costumes, puppetry, and video projections to spice up a tedious drum circle augmented by electric
bass and various brass instruments. Members will perform all evening in various locations throughout the building.

6:30 PM - Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center
* Friends of the Gamelan
A 20-volume series of CDs issued in the 90s by Smithsonian/Folkways lavishly demonstrated the rich variety of traditional Indonesian
music, of which the tuned-percussion orchestra called the gamelan is just the best-known example. But there's a great deal of variation
within the gamelan form itself -- gamelans use different configurations and types of percussion instruments (usually metal but sometimes
wooden), sometimes accompanied by singing, flute, or spike fiddle. Given the number of trained personnel required for a performance
and the sheer heft of the instruments, we don't get many gamelans coming through on tour -- but there's a well-established ensemble
right in our backyard. This nonprofit group based at the University of Chicago has been teaching and performing traditional and new
gamelan music for more than 20 years. It'll be joined by Javanese composer and musician I.M. Harjito and will play some of his work.

6:45 PM - Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center
Liam Teague & Panoramic See above.

7:45 PM Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center
* Habibullah Wardak & Puranlal Vyas See above.

8 PM - GAR Rotunda, Chicago Cultural Center
Jan Yrgagy See above.

8:45 PM - GAR Hall, Chicago Cultural Center
Morikeba Kouyate & the Jaliya Ensemble
Morikeba Kouyate, a Senegalese kora player and griot, was stranded in Chicago in 1991 when the dance company he was touring
with ran out of money; he's been performing around town ever since. While he's usually played solo, collaborative recordings made
by kora great Toumani Diabate (Kulanjan with Taj Mahal in 1999 and this year's Malicool with jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd) have
inspired him to put together a band. Here he'll be joined by singers Jontan Sosu Jackson and Mame Sarr, drummer John Knecht,
dobro player Ben Lansing, djembe players Yaya Kabo and Michael Taylor, and upright bassist Jeremy Johnston.

9:15 PM - Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center
* Radio Maqam
The system of maqamat, or modes, is the melodic basis of nearly all traditional Arabic music and much of the music of eastern
Europe and central Asia. Each maqam employs a different quarter-tone scale to convey its distinctive mood, and while there is no
definitive count, as many as 60 different maqamat are in general use. This new local ensemble -- which features Palestinian oud
player Issa Boulos and Greek-American clarinetist Jim Stoynoff -- plays a wide variety of maqam-derived music. The lineup is
rounded out by percussionist Omar Musfi, cellist Kinan Abu-Afach, qanun player Ishik Acet, and percussionist Wanees Zarour.

9:45 PM - Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center
* Taller de Compas de Almanjayar
This young group -- its members range in age from 14 to 21 -- originated in the late 90s as part of a cultural project (sponsored
by the Gypsy organization Anaquerando) in Almanjayar, a depressed neighborhood in Granada, Spain, with a large Gypsy population.
Taller de compas translates as "rhythm workshop," and on its superb debut album, Cale-Cale, the group gives just that. Artistic director
Jose Luis Garcia Puche keeps the emphasis on flamenco rhythms, and aside from a few cameos -- electric bass on the funky "Rap del
Primo," piano on "Jam Session por Bulerias" -- the music consists entirely of voice and percussion. Although the latter includes
darbuka, djembe, congas, cajon, and other instruments, flamenco's trademark hand claps and foot stomps dominate, propelling
a blisteringly soulful trio of female singers. In its youth and minimalist instrumentation, if not its musical style, Taller de Compas
is strangely reminiscent of New York underground funk legends ESG.

http://www.ci.chi.il.us/WorldMusic/Schedule18.html
Thursday, September 18

 

Radio Broadcasts (Interview/Performance )

11:00am -12pm

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Broadcast live on WLUW 88.7FM

• Jan Yrgagy

• Liam Teague & Robert Chappell

Free

12:30pm - 2pm

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Broadcast live on WNUR 89.3FM

• Guerra Frietas

• Habibullah Wardak

Free

 

 

Concerts and Performances

12:30pm:

Borders Books & Music (State)

Ellika & Solo

Free

 

6:30-11pm

World Music Open House
at the Chicago Cultural Center

Free

• Preston Bradley Hall

 

6:30pm

Friends of the Gamelan

 

7:45pm

Habibullah Wardak & Puran Vyas

 

9:15pm

Radio Maqam

• GAR Rotunda

 

8:00pm

Jan Yrgagy

 

• GAR Hall

 

8:45pm

Morikeba Kouyate & Jaliya Ensemble

 

• Randolph Cafe

 

6:45pm

Liam Teague & Panoramic

 

9:30pm

Taller de Compas

• throughout the building all evening

 

 

Environmental Encroachment




FRIDAY
FRI SEP 19 9PM/11PM $25 JAZZ SHOWCASE 59 W. Grand, Chicago (312)670-BIRD
MONTY ALEXANDER trio with ROBERT THOMAS, jr

////> FRI SEP 19 9:30PM VELVET LOUNGE 2128 1/2 S. Indiana Avenue-Chicago-one block east of Michigan Ave (312) 791-9050
ERNEST DAWKINS NEW HORIZONS
Ernest Dawkins-sax, MAURICE BROWN-tpt, STEVE BERRY-bone, JEFF PARKER-guitar, DARIUS SAVAGE-bass,
ISAIAH SPENCER-drums

FRI SEP 19 9PM “3030”, 3030 W. Cortland Ave. one block south of Armitage between Humboldt Blvd. and Kedzie.
Special concert in the 3030 improvised music series.  3030 website
ΰ www.elasticrevolution.com, or 773-862-3616.
The Black Bear Combo
Doug Abram - saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet
Right Eye Rita - trumpet, altonium, viola
Sho Komiya - upright bass
Dersu Burrows – drums

Narendra
is touch sensitive using turntables and samplers as instruments, creating abstract sounds, harsh juxtapositions and downtempo,
glitch and metronome beats. stream of consciousness organic performances.


WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2003 in Chicago continues
http://www.chicagoreader.com/music/sidebars/WORLD2003.html
Friday, September 19
Thursday 9/18 | Saturday 9/20 | Sunday 9/21

11 AM - Museum of Broadcast Communications
* Ellika & Solo See September 18 entry.

Noon - Daley Center
* Razbar Ensemble
Formed in 1997 by Iranian Kurds living in Germany, the Razbar Ensemble is dedicated to playing the music of the Ahl-e Haqq,
a mystical Sufi order with an estimated three million adherents, living predominantly in Turkey, Iran, and Iraq. Historically this
music has rarely been heard outside of the sect's own religious ceremonies, but this group has been letting others have a taste.
As heard on Razbar's second album, Leyli (Arion), its performances provide the kind of ecstatic release common to Sufi devotional
music, ultimately reaching a feverish, nearly trance-inducing pitch. In three extended works, called zekr, the music builds slowly,
as simple patterns played on tanbur (a twangy, long-necked lute) and kemence (a spike fiddle) are joined by hypnotic group
chanting; the beat of the daf (a frame drum) gains in intensity and velocity, and the other players and the singers follow along.
At its most frenzied the music seems as if it's about to spin out of control, but it's an illusion created with formidable precision.
Razbar's live performances also include elaborately ritualized dancing.

12:30 PM - Museum of Broadcast Communications
* Taller de Compas de Almanjayar See September 18 entry.
* Super Uba y Su Conjunto
Born and raised in a rural town on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, Ubaldo Cabrera grew up immersed in the famous
musical styles of his country, merengue and bachata. At 19 he moved to the city of Santiago, where he learned to play guitar,
and he was active there as a musician from the early 70s till 1995, when he came to the U.S. on tour with bachata star Leonardo
Paniagua and settled in Brooklyn. These days artists like Elvis Crespo and Juan Luis Guerra have become Latino radio superstars
with slick, export-only versions of the Dominican styles, but Super Uba's all-acoustic Tierra Lejana (Iaso) has an elegant simplicity
they can't touch. Merengue's dominant characteristics are a rapidly shuffling beat -- driven by the relentless groove of the guira,
a metal scraper -- and giddy accordion; Uba's group plays it with a guitar-driven sound more common to bachata, and tosses in
a little Cuban son too. His lead guitarist, the bachata master Edilio Paredes, picks nifty little rhythmic licks and reels off high-velocity
solos throughout the album, and Uba sings with a low-key, avuncular charm.

12:30 PM - Borders Books & Music on State
Perla Batalla
Discoteca Batalla (Mechuda, 2002) is named for the record store Perla Batalla's father ran in Los Angeles, where the Mexican-American
singer received "an education of nonstop music that cut across genres and languages." But it sounds to me like she took a pretty
light course load. Though most of the songs are in Spanish and some show glimmers of sensual Mexican balladry in the acoustic
guitar playing and percussion, the overwhelming bulk of Batalla's music is just run-of-the-mill singer-songwriter fluff. She's got a
lovely voice (she's sung backup for Leonard Cohen), but her inclusion in a world music festival is kind of a stretch.

12:30 PM - Borders Books & Music on 53rd
Cool Crooners of Bulawayo
Bulawayo, an industrial city in southern Zimbabwe, was home in the 1950s to two rival vocal groups -- the Golden Rhythmic Crooners
and the Cool Four -- that mixed the ghetto sound of South African mbaqanga with the kind of hep harmonies practiced by Americans
like the Delta Rhythm Boys and the Mills Brothers. Members of both bands were drawn into the struggle against minority rule in the
60s; one, Abel Sithole, spent a decade in prison for his role in the black nationalist movement. In the 90s he looked up some of his
old running buddies with the idea of reviving the sounds of their youth, and the Cool Crooners were born. The Crooners have a more
Zulu feel than most Zimbabwean music one hears; they sound South African. Unfortunately the production on their debut, Blue Sky
(Globe Music), stifles the smooth, breezy vocal blend; the rhythm section is surprisingly clunky and heavy-handed, and the electronic
keyboards are consistently distracting. Here's hoping the live show will give the singers more room to swing.

7 PM - Humboldt Park Boathouse
* Super Uba y Su Conjunto See above.

7 PM - Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum $12
Perla Batalla See above.
* Maria del Mar Bonet
Born on the Spanish island of Majorca, Maria del Mar Bonet has been singing exquisite folk songs for nearly four decades. In the 60s
she became a member of Els Setze Jutges, an influential group of musicians writing songs in their native language, Catalan, at a time
when its use was seen by Franco's government as an act of civil disobedience. Over the years she's explored numerous ethnic styles,
most notably the Arabic influences that link Spain with northern Africa and the Middle East, but also the music of Brazil, Greece, Italy,
and Sardinia. Her recent album Raixa (World Muxxic, 2001) was recorded live on the occasion of her 25th annual performance at
Barcelona's Placa del Rei; she's backed sometimes by lush orchestral arrangements, sometimes by an acoustic guitar or two, but the
numerous a cappella passages prove that her gorgeous, stately alto doesn't need much help. Largely unknown in this country, she's
a legend in Spain.

7:30 PM - Old Town School of Folk Music $12
Cool Crooners of Bulawayo See above.
* Ellika & Solo See September 18 entry.

7:30 PM Museum of Contemporary Art $12
* Beat the Donkey
Beat the Donkey's eponymous debut on John Zorn's Tzadik Records was one of the best albums I heard last year: a feast of Brazilian
rhythms and catchy melodies, with a dynamic range that keeps the listener on his toes. The ten-member group is anchored by a
phalanx of percussionists and led by the great Cyro Baptista, who's played with everyone (and I mean everyone: Yo-Yo Ma, Brian
Eno, Herbie Hancock, Derek Bailey, Laurie Anderson, Sting, etc, etc). The album is filled with cameos by Brazilian artists (Luciana
Souza, Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta) and downtown types (Zorn, Marc Ribot, Erik Friedlander) who flesh out the grooves into
something approaching pop songs. Without warning the group veers from thunderous Carnaval breakdowns to wispy sambas to
ambient mood pieces -- and even tosses in a touch of jury-rigged gamelan music. In their live show, however, they stray a little
too close to the line separating "unpredictable" from "goofy." Minus the guest instrumentalists, the band relies on gonzo performance
tactics to break up the raw, ritualistic grooves: the album's "Sapo and the Prince" makes good use of the harmonic possibilities of
blowing across the mouth of a bottle, but when the entire group started tooting on their Corona empties at a New York show earlier
this year, I felt like I was watching Zoom.
Sergio Pires Quintet
This Brazilian singer and guitarist moved to Chicago in 1991; he's since added reggae and funk elements to the style known as
musica popular brasileira, or MPB -- already an amalgam of samba, bossa nova, and rock. Pires plays originals alongside covers
associated with Brazilian greats like Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, and Djavan.

8 PM – Rhythm $8, 21+
Drum Drum
This group from Darwin, Australia, in the tropical northern part of the country, is essentially a dance-pop outfit that tarts up its slick
grooves with traditional percussion, bamboo-flute lines, and vocal chants from nearby Papua New Guinea, the birthplace of lead
singer Tau Ingram. Sweet-voiced and charismatic, she's got the makings of a bona fide front woman, and there's plenty of visual
spectacle -- costumes, dancing, 12-foot-long log drums -- but the mild funk-reggae fusion couldn't be more forgettable.

9:30 PM - Martyrs' $10, 21+
Zemog, El Gallo Bueno
Abraham "Aib" Gomez-Delgado was born in Puerto Rico to a father of Peruvian descent who loved classical music; when he was
still a child his family moved to central Massachusetts, where he encountered hip-hop, metal, electronic music, and, later, free jazz.
It's all there in Zemog, El Gallo Bueno, his high-voltage Boston eight-piece that plays salsa with the energy of a freaky rock band
and the wandering curiosity of an improvisers' collective. The group includes Timo Shanko (best known as an upright bassist) on
baritone sax and trumpeter Taylor Ho-Bynum, both big names in Boston's free-jazz scene, but despite bursts of avant-funk and
punk-rock riffing and sideways excursions into Sun Ra territory, the music never loses its irresistible Afro-Caribbean groove;
things can get strange, but the party keeps on going.
Los Hombres Perdidos
Guitarist Colin Bunn (Kevin O'Donnell's Quality Six, Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire) leads this Afro-Cuban derived group through some
son classics and some originals designed to sound classic. Los Cubanos Postizos, the scrappy outfit led by New York guitarist Marc
Ribot, is clearly the primary influence here -- right down to the Arsenio Rodriguez covers -- but this sextet lacks the personality
and zip of its model.

10 PM Empty Bottle $10, 21+
Si*Se
This New York group doesn't have much business on a world music roster. Yes, Si*Se's sultry front woman Carol C is bilingual,
singing some of the material on their eponymous 2001 Luaka Bop debut in Spanish, and buried somewhere in the refined
down-tempo grooves and DJ U.F.LOW's polite scratching are gentle son montuno guitar and tepid Afro-Caribbean drumming.
But really this is the kind of trip-hoppy electronic soul you can't escape in trendy Wicker Park restaurants.
Youngblood Brass Band
I'm not sure what it is about this New Orleans-style brass band from Madison that New York underground-hip-hop types find
so fascinating, but both of their albums have been released by Ozone, the label owned by Mike Ladd, and Talib Kweli has made
a few guest appearances. As heard on their latest, Center:Level:Roar, all nine of these guys are fine players, but the dense
arrangements are so polished they're practically inert: this is about as funky as a good university big band.

11 PM Sonotheque $8, 21+
Grupo Okokan
Led by Juan Fuentes, this local 12-member troupe of percussionists, singers, and dancers plays exuberant, stripped-down
Afro-Cuban rumba and Puerto Rican bomba.
DJ Hide
Originally from Japan, local DJ Hide Sukenari -- a resident at Funky Buddha and Sonotheque -- spins a mix of jazz, soul, and
"obscure vintage grooves and modern global rhythms."

http://www.ci.chi.il.us/WorldMusic/Schedule19.html
Friday, September 19

 

Radio Broadcasts (Interview/Performance )

11:00am -12pm

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Broadcast live on WLUW 88.7FM

Ellika and Solo

Free

12:30pm - 2pm

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Broadcast live on WNUR 89.3FM

• Taller de Compas

• Super Uba

Free

 

 

Concerts and Performances

12 noon:

"Under the Picasso"
Daley Center

Razbar Ensemble

Free

 

12:30pm:

Borders Books & Music (State)

Monica Salmaso

Free

12:30pm:

Borders Books & Music (Hyde Park)

Cool Crooners of Bulawayo

Free

7:00pm:

Humboldt Park Boathouse

Super Uba

Free

7:00pm:

Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum

• Perla Batalla
• Maria del Mar Bonet

$12

7:30pm:

Old Town School of Folk Music

• Cool Crooners of Bulawayo
• Ellika and Solo

$12

7:30pm:

Museum of Contemporary Art

• Beat the Donkey (NY/Brazil)
• Monica Salmaso

$12

8:00pm:

Rhythm

Drum Drum

$8

9:30pm:

Martyrs'

• Zemog
• Los Hombres Perdidos

$10

10:00pm:

Empty Bottle

• Si*Se
• Youngblood Brass Band

$10

11:00pm:

Sonotheque

• Grupo Okokan
• DJ Hνde

$8

 



SATURDAY
Sat 9/20, 8 PM, Footlik Theater, Oakton Community College, 1600 Golf, Des Plaines. 847-635-1900.
DIANE DELIN

////> SAT SEP 20 8-10:30PM/$5 St. Gregory the Great Church, 5505 N Paulina St (near Bryn Mawr) 773-561-3546
PAUL WERTICO TRIO, JOHN MOULDER QUARTET, DEE ALEXANDER
http://www.stgregory.net/events_detail.cfm?id=28

SAT SEP 20 9
PM/11PM $25 JAZZ SHOWCASE 59 W. Grand, Chicago (312)670-BIRD
MONTY ALEXANDER trio with ROBERT THOMAS, jr

////> SAT SEP 20 9:30PM VELVET LOUNGE 2128 1/2 S. Indiana Avenue-Chicago-one block east of Michigan Ave (312) 791-9050
TRIBUTE TO COLTRANE
ERNEST DAWKINS-sax, ARI BROWN-sax, KIRK BROWN-piano, HARRISON BANKHEAD-bass, ISAIAH SPENCER-drums


WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2003 in Chicago continues
http://www.chicagoreader.com/music/sidebars/WORLD2003.html
Saturday, September 20
Thursday 9/18 | Friday 9/19 | Sunday 9/21

Noon - Museum of Science and Industry
Drum Drum See September 19 entry.

12:30 PM - Rogers Park
* Taller de Compas de Almanjayar See September 18 entry.

1 PM Borders Books & Music on Michigan
* Maria del Mar Bonet See September 19 entry.

1 PM Garfield Park Conservatory
Cool Crooners of Bulawayo See September 19 entry.

2 PM Rhythm $8 | Minors must be accompanied by an adult
Cyro Baptista & Beat the Donkey
The Brazilian percussionist leads a workshop with members of his group Beat the Donkey (see September 19 entry).

3 PM Borders Books & Music on Clark
Si*Se See September 19 entry.

3 PM Garfield Park Conservatory
* Super Uba y Su Conjunto See September 19 entry.

7:30 PM Old Town School of Folk Music $12
* Super Uba y Su Conjunto with El Bachatin
The New York-based group (see September 19 entry) is joined by a fellow Dominican, the wild, growling singer
Alberto "el Bachatin" Moreno.

7:30 PM Museum of Contemporary Art $12
* Razbar Ensemble See September 19 entry.
Jan Yrgagy See September 18 entry.

8:30 PM Polish Highlander Hall $12
* Duvo
Founded in 1976 in Salgotarjan, Hungary, Duvo is one of the country's oldest working folkloric groups and one of its best. Its
repertoire, like those of most eastern European folk ensembles, ignores the lines on the map, featuring songs from Hungary,
Transylvania, and Slovakia; what sets this band apart is its lineup of multi-instrumentalists, which lets it vary its sound while
remaining faithful to tradition. While many pieces are dominated by dance riffs rapidly sawed on violin and kontra (a viola
designed for playing chords), Duvo's members will also switch off on cimbalom (a hammered dulcimer), koboz (a Moldavian
lute), furulya (flute), and hurdy-gurdy during the course of a set. Don't let the old-school getups and bushy mustaches throw
you off -- this is energizing stuff.
Siumni
This local septet plays the folk music of the Polish highlands in the Tatra Mountains-polkas, waltzes, and czardas-in regional costume.

9 PM HotHouse $12, 21+
* Maria del Mar Bonet See September 19 entry.
No em Pingo d'Agua
Choro, Brazil's great instrumental style, developed in the late 19th century. The music bears some resemblance to traditional
jazz, with its extreme melodic leaps, frantic dance rhythms, and evolving emphasis on improvisation. Although its popularity
had waned by the 40s, it's never entirely faded away in Brazil. In the late 70s a new generation of musicians sought to revitalize
the style, and No em Pingo d'Agua (the name translates as "knot in a drop of water") were at the forefront of this movement,
giving the music a contemporary jazz flair. While I find their stuff somewhat lightweight in sound and mood, the players are
extremely skilled, and for fans of Brazilian jazz this is essential listening.

10 PM Empty Bottle $12, 21+
Fiamma Fumana
This techno-pop quartet from northern Italy fleshes out its slick dance music with the traditional instrumentation of its homeland --
piercing bagpipes, ethereal flute lines, reeling accordions -- without ever making any of it seem like a good idea. Lead singer
Fiamma navigates the group's high-velocity material with grace, accurately tracing elaborate folk melodies and harmonizing
well with the other female voices, but heard against the relentless, overbusy throb of electronic beats, squelchy synthesizer licks,
and frantically pulsing synthetic bass lines, the surprisingly Celtic-sounding folk elements seem cartoonish.
Zemog, El Gallo Bueno See September 19 entry.

10 PM Martyrs' $10, 21+
* Beat the Donkey See September 19 entry.
Chicago Afrobeat Project
This recently formed local nine-piece is dedicated to advancing Afrobeat, the funky music developed and popularized by Nigerian
legend Fela Kuti. In its tightly wound grooves the group displays a strong jazz sensibility a la electric Miles Davis and just the right
amount of restraint: the horns sit out while the percussion percolates beneath extended electric-piano solos, and things are left to
simmer for a while en route to the frenzied climaxes. What's missing from the classic Afrobeat recipe is vocals: call-and-response
chanting worked well for Fela, and a bit of it here would help this band take it to the next level.

10 PM Park West $15, 18+
* Spanish Harlem Orchestra
On the back of this group's recent debut, Un Gran Dia en el Barrio (Ropeadope), they're described as "Spanish Harlem's answer to
Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club." But Ry Cooder's project brought a group of older Cuban musicians, great but forgotten, back into
the spotlight; the Spanish Harlem Orchestra is a bunch of New York's elite salsa players -- most of them Puerto Rican -- all of whom
are still in their prime and working regularly. Some of them, including pianist and musical director Oscar Hernandez (who played with
Ruben Blades for many years) and trumpeter Ray Vega, have stepped out as leaders on occasion, but for the most part these guys
aren't stars but top-shelf sidemen. That said, this 13-piece outfit is one hell of a band, and the album is a chance to hear the stylistic
elements that put New York salsa on the map -- the razor-sharp arrangements, concise solos, and raw, distinctly urban energy --
in their original, unadulterated state.
* Orlando "Maraca" Valle & Otra Vision
Orlando "Maraca" Valle is one of Cuba's greatest Latin-jazz flute players, as evidenced by his work in the legendary Irakere and on
solo albums like 1996's Havana Calling (Qbadisc). When the Buena Vista Social Club phenomenon took off in the late 90s, however,
Valle switched stylistic gears and began making music for dancers instead of listeners, delving into the son tradition that gave birth
to Latin jazz. Superb albums like Sonando and Descarga total (both released in the U.S. on the Ahi-Nama label) showed he wasn't
slumming: his band, Otra Vision, was filled with terrific instrumentalists and singers, and the mix of classic and newer material proved
infectious and energizing. He cast his net even wider on his most recent album, Tremenda rumba!, surveying not only Cuban forms --
zesty son, stately danzon, the voice-and-percussion-driven guaguanco, contemporary funk-fueled timba, and the Carnaval form called
conga -- but other Latin American and Caribbean traditions as well. There's a bit of Colombian cumbia in "El fuelle," and guest vocalist
Ammiel Castellanos brings a touch of Jamaican dancehall to "Castigala" (there's even a house-driven remix tacked on to the end of the
album). While Valle's prodigious flute playing may be scarce, his wise leadership isn't -- though the album's amazing cohesiveness can
also be explained in part by the inherent flexibility of Cuban music, which has always elaborated on its past with ease. The unifying
thread, of course, is those unrelenting rhythms. Valle and his band are last-minute replacements for fellow Cuban Issac Delgado
(see below).
* Issac Delgado
Just about every recent solo record I've heard by the great Cuban singer Issac Delgado (who first made his mark with legendary
timba pioneers NG La Banda back in the late 80s) has been hampered by slick production. His latest, Versos en el Cielo (33rd Street) --
a lively homage to the great practitioners of Cuba's nueva trova tradition like Pablo Milanes and Silvio Rodriguez (who makes a cameo) --
is no exception. Delgado continues to import funk, New York salsa, and hip-hop into his music, which, together with the ultra-polished
backing vocals, factory-sealed horn charts, and keyboard-heavy instrumentation, just makes it harder to hear the things that make
him extraordinary: his impeccable phrasing, his sharpness as an improviser, his soul. Luckily, much of this is remedied onstage: the
contemporary timba flourishes are still there, but Delgado's powerful singing is always front and center. At press time Delgado and his
band were still waiting for clearance to enter the country; if it comes through in time, they'll play.

11 PM Sonotheque $8, 21+
Si*Se See September 19 entry.
DJ Anthony Nicholson
This veteran Chicago house DJ and producer is a Sonotheque resident two nights a week and is largely responsible for developing the
club's signature mix of jazz, soul, and urban grooves.

11 PM Rhythm $10, 21+
* Djelimady Tounkara
Guitarist Djelimady Tounkara has been a force in Malian music for over three decades. He's best known as the longtime guitarist in
the Super Rail Band, which back in the early 70s revolutionized the country's music by plugging Mande traditions into an electrical
outlet and introduced the world to major vocalists Salif Keita and Mory Kante. When the group went stale in the mid-90s he stripped
away the horns and keyboards and rebuilt its sound around his guitar. More recently he's been making spellbinding acoustic music.
As heard on his superb Sigui (Indigo, 2002), Tounkara remains a master melodist, and the album's spare percussion, cascading kora
patterns, and twangy ngoni licks set off his his solos beautifully. Last year at the Cultural Center he fronted a terrific band with Super
Rail singer Samba Sissoko; this time he duets with fellow guitarist Samba Diabate.

http://www.ci.chi.il.us/WorldMusic/Schedule20.html
Saturday, September 20

Workshops

2:00pm:

Rhythm

Cyro Baptista/BTD

$8

Concerts and Performances

12 noon:

Garfield Park Conservatory
County Fair

Free

 

 

 

1:00pm

Cool Crooners of Bulawayo

 

 

3:00pm

Super Uba

12:30pm:

Kids and Kites Festival

Drum Drum

Free

12:30pm:

Rogers Park World Music Festival

Taller de Compas 

Free

1:00pm:

Borders (Michigan)

Maria del Mar Bonet

Free

3:00pm:

Borders (Clark Street)

Si*Se

Free

7:30pm:

Old Town School of Folk Music

Super Uba Y Su Conjunto
with El Bachatin

$12

7:30pm:

Museum of Contemporary Art

• Razbar Ensemble
• Jan Yrgagy

$12

8:30pm:

Polish Highlander Hall

• Duvo
• Siumni

$12

9:00pm:

HotHouse

• Maria del Mar Bonet
• No em Pingo de Agua

$12

10:00pm:

Martyrs'  

• Beat the Donkey
• Chicago AfroBeat Project

$10

10:00pm:

Empty Bottle

• Zemog
• Fiamma Fumana

$10

10:00pm:

Park West

• Spanish Harlem Orchestra
• Issac Delgado

$15

11:00pm:

Sonotheque

• Si*Se
• DJ Anthony Nicholson

$8

11:00pm:

Rhythm

Djelimady Tounkara

$10

SUNDAY
Sun 9/21, 2 PM, Glendora House, 10225 S. Harlem, Chicago Ridge. 708-755-8312 or 708-425-4596.
JEAN KITTRELL & THE ST. LOUIS RIVERMEN

Sun 9/21, 2 PM, Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. 847-256-5025.

JUDY ROBERTS & GREG FISHMAN Free performance

Sun 9/21, 3 PM, Skokie Public Library, 5215 W. Oakton, Skokie. 847-324-3126.
SPIDER SALOFF


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SUN SEP 21 3PM – 7PM NU BEGINNINGS 7051 S. Crandon Chicago 773-752-2212
Ernest Dawkins, Steve Berry host - Open Jam Session
with
percussionist Isaiah Spencer & pianist Justin Dillard
featuring cats such Y2K JAZZ MESSENGERS Marquis Hill-tpt, RYAN NYTHER-tpt, and JABARI POWELL-alto
Don’t miss this unique display of talent that will enrich and fortify you throughout the upcoming week!

SUN SEP 21 4PM/8PM/10PM $20 JAZZ SHOWCASE 59 W. Grand, Chicago (312)670-BIRD
MONTY ALEXANDER trio with ROBERT THOMAS, jr

SUNDAYS 6-9 PM/All Ages-Free CAFΙ MESTIZO 2123 South Ashland Chicago 312-942-0095
AVANT-GARDE JAZZ JAM SESSION hosted by David Boykin, Karl E. H. Seigfried, and Mike Reed.

////> Every Sunday DAY 7-11PM THE FAMILY DEN 8940 S. Stony Island Ave 773-734-8545
includes Corey Wilkes on trump

////> EVERY SUNDAY 7-11PM @ JAM SESSION -
VELVET LOUNGE 2128 1/2 S. Indiana Avenue-Chicago-one block east of Michigan Ave (312) 791-9050
a variety of hosts including the burnin’ saxophone of Dennis Winslett

////>
Every Sunday 9-12PM - JIMMY'S WOODLAWN TAP (55th-Woodlawn) NO COVER -
Jimmy's Jam led by Curtis Black

WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2003 in Chicago continues and ends
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Sunday, September 21
Thursday 9/18 | Friday 9/19 | Saturday 9/20

Noon - River East Art Center/Ogden Slip
No em Pingo d'Agua See September 20 entry.

1 PM - Borders Books & Music on 53rd
Nothembi
South African singer and guitarist Nothembi Mkhwebane is a relative latecomer to music: although she learned the rudiments of
guitar as a teenager on an instrument fashioned out of an old oil tin, she didn't begin her musical career until she was 30. She
released her first record in 1984, and it was another ten years before she quit her day job as a maid. Her most recent album,
Akanamandl' Usathana (Gallo, 2001), is steeped in South Africa's trademark Zulu harmonies and rhythms; she's a full-throated,
soulful singer, and while her guitar playing is scrappy at best -- nearly every song opens with a practically identical riff (although
Elmore James did that too) -- it nicely reinforces these fierce, loping grooves.

2 PM - Borders Books & Music on Michigan
Fiamma Fumana See September 20 entry.

3 PM - Chicago Cultural Center
* Kushal Das & Samar Saha
As opposed to the purer, more ancient Carnatic tradition of southern India, Hindustani music is the result of the commingling of
Hindu and Islamic forms starting in the 13th century, as elements of maqamat -- the system of modes governing Arabic music --
were applied to the structure of Indian ragas. To the rest of the world it's the dominant form of Indian classical music, with Ravi
Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan its greatest living practitioners. The lesser-known Kushal Das is a superb sitarist from Calcutta,
whose deep understanding of raga improvisation and impressive sense of restraint are well represented on a 2000 recording for
the French label Ocora. He's accompanied on tabla by Samar Saha.

5 PM - Old Town School of Folk Music $12
* Duvo See September 20 entry
Juliano Milosavljevic Ensemble
Accordion is the main instrument for Juliano Milosavljevic, a Serb who arrived in Chicago in the late 90s and now teaches at the
Old Town School, but he's also adept on piano, guitar, bass, and drums. He does a lot of instrument switching on a demo of Yiddish
and Gypsy music I've heard; unfortunately, the cheesy drum machine and synthetic strings don't give him much of a chance to
impress anyone. Chances are Milosavljevic and his group will sound better live.

7:30 PM - Riviera Theater - $25
* Youssou N'Dour
Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour is not just one of Africa's greatest stars -- he's one of the most important pop singers in the world.
Thanks to hit duets with Peter Gabriel (that's him on "In Your Eyes," but try not to hold it against him) and later Neneh Cherry, he
became a global marquee name in the late 80s and made a series of crossover albums for several major labels, although none was
without serious flaws. His magical voice -- a creamy, weightless cry that can convey joy and sorrow in a single melismatic swoop --
was too much for even the glossiest mainstream mix to overcome; still, the world wasn't hearing him at his best.  As a teenager in the
late 70s N'Dour was the lead singer for the mighty Senegalese pop band Etoile de Dakar, but he soon broke away to form his own band,
Super Etoile de Dakar, whose loud, guitar-heavy adaptation of Wolof music -- a style dubbed mbalax -- helped put old-fashioned bands
like Orchestra Baobab out of business. By the mid-80s he'd started his successful solo career; even as he released slick albums in the
West he continued to churn out more soulful and traditional recordings for the African market.  On Nothing's in Vain (Nonesuch), his
latest solo album and his best in nearly a decade, N'Dour goes the unplugged route -- explored recently by folks like Salif Keita, Baaba
Maal, and Djelimady Tounkara -- leaving the synthesizers and the big Western beats behind in favor of acoustic guitars and percolating
percussion. There are still some disappointing crossover attempts (like the treacly bilingual ballad "So Many Men," with French pop star
Pascal Obispo), but his voice has never sounded better, and the graceful use of traditional African instrumentation makes up for any
missteps. N'Dour was supposed to perform here this spring but canceled the tour in protest of U.S. policy toward Iraq. This gig, with a
ten-piece band, is his first in Chicago since 1994.
Nothembi See above.
* Djelimady Tounkara See September 20 entry.

11 PM Sonotheque $8, 21+
Dan Boadi
Ghanaian bandleader Dan Boadi has been a Chicago fixture for two and a half decades, but his hipness saw a major uptick last year
when the local Aestuarium label reissued "Money Is the Root of All Evil" b/w "Play That Funky Music," a rare 12-inch single he released
in 1978. It fits in perfectly with the rash of funky African records from the 70s that have been reappearing on European labels like Strut
and Comet over the last few years: the A side delivers an impossibly deep groove that's part disco, part Fela, and part psychedelia,
while the flip runs jazzy organ and flute solos over an imperturbably funky bass line. It's a snapshot of a bygone moment -- it doesn't
accurately reflect the mix of highlife, reggae, and soukous Boadi's band plays these days -- but boy, is it good.
DJ RikShaw
RikShaw (ne Richard Smith) -- a founding member of the experimental dub outfit Rome and of the Deadly Dragon Sound System DJ
collective -- spins a mix of dub, dancehall, and roots reggae.



http://www.ci.chi.il.us/WorldMusic/Schedule20.html
Sunday, September 21

Concerts and Performances

 

12 noon:

River East Art Center/
Ogden Slip

No em Pingo de Agua

Free

1:00pm:

Borders
(Hyde Park)

Nothembi

Free

2:00pm:

Borders (Michigan)

Fiamma Fumana

Free

3:00pm:

Chicago Cultural Center

Kushal Das

Free

5:00pm:

Old Town School of Folk Music

• Duvo 
• Juliano Milosavljevic Ensemble

$12

7:30pm:

Riviera Theater

• Youssou N’Dour
• Nothembi
• Djelimady Tounkara  

$25

11:00pm:

Sonotheque

• Dan Boadi & Ghanatta
• DJ RikShaw

 



MONDAY
ZEEB REMINDER: EARTHCENTER healing class 2 
SEP 22

Mondays 7:30-1:30 Andy’s Jazz Club
11 E. Hubbard, Chicago 312-642-6805 info@andysjazzclub.com  www.andysjazzclub.com
jam session hosted by Art Davis and John Bany – do not be surprised at the number of bones and trumps


Mondays, 9:30 PM, KATERINA'S 1920 W. Irving Park, Chicago 773-348-7592
Dennis Carroll, George Fludas, Scott Burns, Jodie Christian/Dan Trudell.

TUESDAY
Tuesdays 6-9PM JOE’S BEBOP CAFΙ Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, Chicago 312-595-5299
 Ken Chaney Experience

////>
TUE SEP 16 6:30-8:30PM/$3 at noFriction Cafe - 2502 N. California, Chicago 773-235-2757

Desiring-Machines: Jim Baker-ARP; Paul Hartsaw-saxes; Keefe Jackson-winds; Mike Reed-drums

TUE SEP 16 7PM/$0 VERN’S FRIENDLY LOUNGE 1258 S. Pulaski Chicago (773) 521-4477
for Melvin Williams' "Jazz Fellows" get-together.  Melvin plays host to a gathering of friends, musicians and jazz connoisseurs.
There is good food, great music, and hip conversation. It's definitely a good time! By the way, there is no cover charge.
Endorsed by Rodney Clark.  As the old saying goes, "Be There Or Be Square!"

TUE SEP 16 8PM/10PM $20 JAZZ SHOWCASE 59 W. Grand, Chicago (312)670-BIRD
MONTY ALEXANDER trio with ROBERT THOMAS, jr

WEDNESDAY
Zeeb reminder CANTV Class 3
WED SEP 17

WED SEP 17 8PM/10PM $20 JAZZ SHOWCASE 59 W. Grand, Chicago (312)670-BIRD
MONTY ALEXANDER trio with ROBERT THOMAS, jr

Wednesdays 8:30 Pete Millers in Wheeling on Milwaukee Rd
Ken Chaney Experience

Wednesdays 9:30PM VELVET LOUNGE 2128 1/2 S. Indiana Avenue-Chicago-one block east of Michigan Ave (312) 791-9050
GREG WARD-alto sax & FRIENDS

WED SEP 17 10:00PM-1:30AM $FREE$ TONIC ROOM GIGI’s 2447 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL

 playing live…Aaron Getsug-baritone, Isaiah Spencer-drums, Jason Agimeon-bass, Jeff Parker-guitar
Open Mic sessions, $3 drink specials

 

WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2003 in Chicago begins
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The big news about this year's World Music Festival is that it's smaller -- reduced by half in both duration and number of performers
 -- thanks to the weakened economy. It's laudable that organizer Mike Orlove was able to keep the festival going at all (some at
the Department of Cultural Affairs thought it would be better to cancel this year and bounce back in 2004), but the current edition
seems a bit lackluster after the diverse sprawl of 2002.

In the past the WMF has always brought in some artists especially for the event, but the majority of this year's acts are U.S. based
(a lot of them local), and just about all the foreign performers are playing here as part of North American tours. At press time only
one scheduled performer (Monica Salmaso of Brazil) had actually canceled due to the sort of visa problems that have plagued the
festival since 9/11, but Cuban singer Issac Delgado and his band had yet to receive clearance from the Department of Homeland
Security. In their place festival organizers have slated another Cuban act, Orlando "Maraca" Valle y Otra Vision, who were forced
by similar circumstances to miss their appearance at Summerdance last month but have made it into the country this time. If Delgado
and company do manage to show up in time for the gig, Saturday at the Park West, they'll play a set as well.

A final tally of two cancellations would seem low by the standards of previous years, but according to Orlove the prospect of difficulties
with the INS has discouraged many international artists from trying to come to the States in the first place.

As usual the festival takes place at numerous venues; events are free and all-ages unless otherwise noted. Advance tickets to shows
with an admission fee are normally available from the venues; more information is available from the city's World Music Festival hotline
(312-742-1938). The performances Thursday and Friday at the Museum of Broadcast Communications will be aired live on local radio:
Mosaic, the world music program on Loyola University's station, WLUW (88.7 FM), will host the 11 AM concerts; the 12:30 PM shows
will be heard as part of Continental Drift on Northwestern University's station, WNUR (89.3 FM). -- By Peter Margasak

http://www.ci.chi.il.us/WorldMusic/Schedule17.html
Wednesday, September 17

 

Radio Broadcasts (Interview/Performance )

11:00am -12pm

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Broadcast live on WLUW 88.7FM

• Luis Jahn

• Issa Boulos

Free

12:30pm - 2pm

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Broadcast live on WNUR 89.3FM

• Dan Boadi

• Jim Stoynoff

Free

Concerts and Performances

12:30pm:

Borders (Michigan)

Taller de Compas

Free

8:30pm

Old Town School of Folk Music - La Peρa

Taller de Compas

$5
(suggested donation)

 


THURSDAY
ZEEB REMINDER: EARTHCENTER meditation class 2
THU SEP 18 8PM/10PM $20 JAZZ SHOWCASE 59 W. Grand, Chicago (312)670-BIRD
MONTY ALEXANDER trio with ROBERT THOMAS, jr


Thursdays, 8 PM, GREEN DOLPHIN STREET 2200 N. Ashland, Chicago 773-395-0066

jam session hosted by Ari Brown Trio (no cover).

////> THU SEP 18 9:30PM VELVET LOUNGE 2128 1/2 S. Indiana Avenue-Chicago-one block east of Michigan Ave (312) 791-9050
DAVID REMPIS-sax, JIM BAKER-piano, JASON ROEBKE-bass, TIM DAISY-drums

WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2003 in Chicago continues
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Thursday, September 18
Friday 9/19 | Saturday 9/20 | Sunday 9/21

11 AM - Museum of Broadcast Communications
Jan Yrgagy
Since the fall of the Soviet Union the once-suppressed traditional music of central Asia has made a comeback. Nurak Abdyrakhmanov
and Bakyt Chytyrbaev started performing in 1990 in an effort to preserve the folk songs of the nomads of their native Kyrgyzstan;
though discouraged at first by a lukewarm reception in their own country, by the end of the decade they'd found enthusiastic audiences
in Europe, and in 2000 they made a folkloric album for the Czech label Pirala. Abdyrakhmanov sings and plays the Kyrgyz national
instrument, the long-necked fretless lute called the komuz; Chytyrbaev plays the kyl kyjak, a dry-toned spike fiddle. The melodies,
instrumental sounds, and subject matter of the graceful, melancholy songs recall the better-known music of Tuva.
Liam Teague & Robert Chappell
The steel drum is widely regarded as a Caribbean novelty, but Liam Teague has worked hard to raise its stature. Since premiering
Jan Bach's "Concerto for Steelpan and Orchestra" at Symphony Center with the Chicago Sinfonietta in 1995, he's performed it with
seven more orchestras, including the Czech National Philharmonic and the Saint Louis Symphony. A native of Trinidad and Tobago,
he lives in the Chicago area, teaching the instrument at Northern Illinois University and leading his jazz fusion group Panoramic.
His chops are undeniable, but his style hopping strikes me as glib -- reggae, Indian, and Afro-Cuban rhythms all get a once-over --
and his precision as antiseptic. Whether covering Bob Marley's "Jammin'" or tiptoeing through "What a Friend We Have in Jesus,"
Teague sounds like he's auditioning for a gig on a cruise ship. Here he's joined by Panoramic's Robert Chappell on keyboards,
marimba, and tabla.

12:30 PM - Borders Books & Music on State
* Ellika & Solo
Swedish fiddler Ellika Frisell and Senegalese kora player Solo Cissokho first performed together at a 1998 poetry reading in Stockholm.
The success of the combination can't have been a total surprise -- Cissokho, who's lived in Norway since the mid-90s, has some
experience in pairings like this, having played with Norwegian singer Kirsten Braten Berg and Indian violinist L. Subramaniam. Last
year the duo made its first album, Tretakt Takissaba (Xource), and it's one of the most compelling examples of cross-cultural
collaboration I've heard in some time. On African-derived pieces Cissokho's spindly kora licks cascade beautifully over Frisell's
stuttering pulse, while on Swedish polskas and waltzes he supports her lyrical solos and interjects deft, punchy asides. Cissokho
also sings on many of the pieces, with the deep soul of a West African Griot.

12:30 PM - Museum of Broadcast Communications
Guerra Freitas
Guerra Freitas became involved in humanitarian efforts in his native Angola after losing his first wife and child and several other
relatives to the country's long-running civil war. Since 1998 he's been in Evanston running his organization SHAREcircle, which raises
money here to aid victims of the war back home. In 2000 he made Angola: Um Pais Fabuloso no Mundo (Africa Latina), a CD of
original songs recorded with his current wife and several other Chicago musicians, and he donates proceeds to the charity. His cause
is a good one; I wish I could say the same of the album. Everything plods to the same midtempo groove, and calling Freitas's singing
workmanlike is giving him too much credit. The great Angolan musicians -- like Bonga, Waldemar Bastos, and Ruy Mingas -- have
drawn from their rich dual heritage of African rhythm and Portuguese lyricism; this stuff is strictly talent show material.
* Habibullah Wardak & Puranlal Vyas
Thirteen-year-old Habibullah Wardak has been playing the rubab -- a short-necked plucked lute that's the primary instrument in
Afghan classical music and a forerunner of the Indian sarod -- for more than six years now, and while I'm no expert on the style
I can say with confidence that the kid's got it. His family emigrated to the area a couple of years ago (before the U.S. invasion),
and he's currently a freshman at Warren Township High School in Gurnee. His instrument has a dry, twangy tone, and the Afghan
repertoire is closely related to the classical music of Pakistan and India, sharing many of the same modes but emphasizing rhythmic
rather than melodic development. Wardak's playing is distinguished by remarkable fluidity and sharp articulation; he performs with
Indian tabla player Puranlal Vyas, who moved to Chicago in 1998.

6 PM - Chicago Cultural Center
Environmental Encroachment
This local group uses elaborate costumes, puppetry, and video projections to spice up a tedious drum circle augmented by electric
bass and various brass instruments. Members will perform all evening in various locations throughout the building.

6:30 PM - Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center
* Friends of the Gamelan
A 20-volume series of CDs issued in the 90s by Smithsonian/Folkways lavishly demonstrated the rich variety of traditional Indonesian
music, of which the tuned-percussion orchestra called the gamelan is just the best-known example. But there's a great deal of variation
within the gamelan form itself -- gamelans use different configurations and types of percussion instruments (usually metal but sometimes
wooden), sometimes accompanied by singing, flute, or spike fiddle. Given the number of trained personnel required for a performance
and the sheer heft of the instruments, we don't get many gamelans coming through on tour -- but there's a well-established ensemble
right in our backyard. This nonprofit group based at the University of Chicago has been teaching and performing traditional and new
gamelan music for more than 20 years. It'll be joined by Javanese composer and musician I.M. Harjito and will play some of his work.

6:45 PM - Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center
Liam Teague & Panoramic See above.

7:45 PM Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center
* Habibullah Wardak & Puranlal Vyas See above.

8 PM - GAR Rotunda, Chicago Cultural Center
Jan Yrgagy See above.

8:45 PM - GAR Hall, Chicago Cultural Center
Morikeba Kouyate & the Jaliya Ensemble
Morikeba Kouyate, a Senegalese kora player and griot, was stranded in Chicago in 1991 when the dance company he was touring
with ran out of money; he's been performing around town ever since. While he's usually played solo, collaborative recordings made
by kora great Toumani Diabate (Kulanjan with Taj Mahal in 1999 and this year's Malicool with jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd) have
inspired him to put together a band. Here he'll be joined by singers Jontan Sosu Jackson and Mame Sarr, drummer John Knecht,
dobro player Ben Lansing, djembe players Yaya Kabo and Michael Taylor, and upright bassist Jeremy Johnston.

9:15 PM - Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center
* Radio Maqam
The system of maqamat, or modes, is the melodic basis of nearly all traditional Arabic music and much of the music of eastern
Europe and central Asia. Each maqam employs a different quarter-tone scale to convey its distinctive mood, and while there is no
definitive count, as many as 60 different maqamat are in general use. This new local ensemble -- which features Palestinian oud
player Issa Boulos and Greek-American clarinetist Jim Stoynoff -- plays a wide variety of maqam-derived music. The lineup is
rounded out by percussionist Omar Musfi, cellist Kinan Abu-Afach, qanun player Ishik Acet, and percussionist Wanees Zarour.

9:45 PM - Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center
* Taller de Compas de Almanjayar
This young group -- its members range in age from 14 to 21 -- originated in the late 90s as part of a cultural project (sponsored
by the Gypsy organization Anaquerando) in Almanjayar, a depressed neighborhood in Granada, Spain, with a large Gypsy population.
Taller de compas translates as "rhythm workshop," and on its superb debut album, Cale-Cale, the group gives just that. Artistic director
Jose Luis Garcia Puche keeps the emphasis on flamenco rhythms, and aside from a few cameos -- electric bass on the funky "Rap del
Primo," piano on "Jam Session por Bulerias" -- the music consists entirely of voice and percussion. Although the latter includes
darbuka, djembe, congas, cajon, and other instruments, flamenco's trademark hand claps and foot stomps dominate, propelling
a blisteringly soulful trio of female singers. In its youth and minimalist instrumentation, if not its musical style, Taller de Compas
is strangely reminiscent of New York underground funk legends ESG.

http://www.ci.chi.il.us/WorldMusic/Schedule18.html
Thursday, September 18

 

Radio Broadcasts (Interview/Performance )

11:00am -12pm

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Broadcast live on WLUW 88.7FM

• Jan Yrgagy

• Liam Teague & Robert Chappell

Free

12:30pm - 2pm

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Broadcast live on WNUR 89.3FM

• Guerra Frietas

• Habibullah Wardak

Free

 

 

Concerts and Performances

12:30pm:

Borders Books & Music (State)

Ellika & Solo

Free

 

6:30-11pm

World Music Open House
at the Chicago Cultural Center

Free

• Preston Bradley Hall

 

6:30pm

Friends of the Gamelan

 

7:45pm

Habibullah Wardak & Puran Vyas

 

9:15pm

Radio Maqam

• GAR Rotunda

 

8:00pm

Jan Yrgagy

 

• GAR Hall

 

8:45pm

Morikeba Kouyate & Jaliya Ensemble

 

• Randolph Cafe

 

6:45pm

Liam Teague & Panoramic

 

9:30pm

Taller de Compas

• throughout the building all evening

 

 

Environmental Encroachment




FRIDAY
FRI SEP 19 9PM/11PM $25 JAZZ SHOWCASE 59 W. Grand, Chicago (312)670-BIRD
MONTY ALEXANDER trio with ROBERT THOMAS, jr

////> FRI SEP 19 9:30PM VELVET LOUNGE 2128 1/2 S. Indiana Avenue-Chicago-one block east of Michigan Ave (312) 791-9050
ERNEST DAWKINS NEW HORIZONS
Ernest Dawkins-sax, MAURICE BROWN-tpt, STEVE BERRY-bone, JEFF PARKER-guitar, DARIUS SAVAGE-bass,
ISAIAH SPENCER-drums

FRI SEP 19 9PM “3030”, 3030 W. Cortland Ave. one block south of Armitage between Humboldt Blvd. and Kedzie.
Special concert in the 3030 improvised music series.  3030 website
ΰ www.elasticrevolution.com, or 773-862-3616.
The Black Bear Combo
Doug Abram - saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet
Right Eye Rita - trumpet, altonium, viola
Sho Komiya - upright bass
Dersu Burrows – drums

Narendra
is touch sensitive using turntables and samplers as instruments, creating abstract sounds, harsh juxtapositions and downtempo,
glitch and metronome beats. stream of consciousness organic performances.


WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2003 in Chicago continues
http://www.chicagoreader.com/music/sidebars/WORLD2003.html
Friday, September 19
Thursday 9/18 | Saturday 9/20 | Sunday 9/21

11 AM - Museum of Broadcast Communications
* Ellika & Solo See September 18 entry.

Noon - Daley Center
* Razbar Ensemble
Formed in 1997 by Iranian Kurds living in Germany, the Razbar Ensemble is dedicated to playing the music of the Ahl-e Haqq,
a mystical Sufi order with an estimated three million adherents, living predominantly in Turkey, Iran, and Iraq. Historically this
music has rarely been heard outside of the sect's own religious ceremonies, but this group has been letting others have a taste.
As heard on Razbar's second album, Leyli (Arion), its performances provide the kind of ecstatic release common to Sufi devotional
music, ultimately reaching a feverish, nearly trance-inducing pitch. In three extended works, called zekr, the music builds slowly,
as simple patterns played on tanbur (a twangy, long-necked lute) and kemence (a spike fiddle) are joined by hypnotic group
chanting; the beat of the daf (a frame drum) gains in intensity and velocity, and the other players and the singers follow along.
At its most frenzied the music seems as if it's about to spin out of control, but it's an illusion created with formidable precision.
Razbar's live performances also include elaborately ritualized dancing.

12:30 PM - Museum of Broadcast Communications
* Taller de Compas de Almanjayar See September 18 entry.
* Super Uba y Su Conjunto
Born and raised in a rural town on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, Ubaldo Cabrera grew up immersed in the famous
musical styles of his country, merengue and bachata. At 19 he moved to the city of Santiago, where he learned to play guitar,
and he was active there as a musician from the early 70s till 1995, when he came to the U.S. on tour with bachata star Leonardo
Paniagua and settled in Brooklyn. These days artists like Elvis Crespo and Juan Luis Guerra have become Latino radio superstars
with slick, export-only versions of the Dominican styles, but Super Uba's all-acoustic Tierra Lejana (Iaso) has an elegant simplicity
they can't touch. Merengue's dominant characteristics are a rapidly shuffling beat -- driven by the relentless groove of the guira,
a metal scraper -- and giddy accordion; Uba's group plays it with a guitar-driven sound more common to bachata, and tosses in
a little Cuban son too. His lead guitarist, the bachata master Edilio Paredes, picks nifty little rhythmic licks and reels off high-velocity
solos throughout the album, and Uba sings with a low-key, avuncular charm.

12:30 PM - Borders Books & Music on State
Perla Batalla
Discoteca Batalla (Mechuda, 2002) is named for the record store Perla Batalla's father ran in Los Angeles, where the Mexican-American
singer received "an education of nonstop music that cut across genres and languages." But it sounds to me like she took a pretty
light course load. Though most of the songs are in Spanish and some show glimmers of sensual Mexican balladry in the acoustic
guitar playing and percussion, the overwhelming bulk of Batalla's music is just run-of-the-mill singer-songwriter fluff. She's got a
lovely voice (she's sung backup for Leonard Cohen), but her inclusion in a world music festival is kind of a stretch.

12:30 PM - Borders Books & Music on 53rd
Cool Crooners of Bulawayo
Bulawayo, an industrial city in southern Zimbabwe, was home in the 1950s to two rival vocal groups -- the Golden Rhythmic Crooners
and the Cool Four -- that mixed the ghetto sound of South African mbaqanga with the kind of hep harmonies practiced by Americans
like the Delta Rhythm Boys and the Mills Brothers. Members of both bands were drawn into the struggle against minority rule in the
60s; one, Abel Sithole, spent a decade in prison for his role in the black nationalist movement. In the 90s he looked up some of his
old running buddies with the idea of reviving the sounds of their youth, and the Cool Crooners were born. The Crooners have a more
Zulu feel than most Zimbabwean music one hears; they sound South African. Unfortunately the production on their debut, Blue Sky
(Globe Music), stifles the smooth, breezy vocal blend; the rhythm section is surprisingly clunky and heavy-handed, and the electronic
keyboards are consistently distracting. Here's hoping the live show will give the singers more room to swing.

7 PM - Humboldt Park Boathouse
* Super Uba y Su Conjunto See above.

7 PM - Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum $12
Perla Batalla See above.
* Maria del Mar Bonet
Born on the Spanish island of Majorca, Maria del Mar Bonet has been singing exquisite folk songs for nearly four decades. In the 60s
she became a member of Els Setze Jutges, an influential group of musicians writing songs in their native language, Catalan, at a time
when its use was seen by Franco's government as an act of civil disobedience. Over the years she's explored numerous ethnic styles,
most notably the Arabic influences that link Spain with northern Africa and the Middle East, but also the music of Brazil, Greece, Italy,
and Sardinia. Her recent album Raixa (World Muxxic, 2001) was recorded live on the occasion of her 25th annual performance at
Barcelona's Placa del Rei; she's backed sometimes by lush orchestral arrangements, sometimes by an acoustic guitar or two, but the
numerous a cappella passages prove that her gorgeous, stately alto doesn't need much help. Largely unknown in this country, she's
a legend in Spain.

7:30 PM - Old Town School of Folk Music $12
Cool Crooners of Bulawayo See above.
* Ellika & Solo See September 18 entry.

7:30 PM Museum of Contemporary Art $12
* Beat the Donkey
Beat the Donkey's eponymous debut on John Zorn's Tzadik Records was one of the best albums I heard last year: a feast of Brazilian
rhythms and catchy melodies, with a dynamic range that keeps the listener on his toes. The ten-member group is anchored by a
phalanx of percussionists and led by the great Cyro Baptista, who's played with everyone (and I mean everyone: Yo-Yo Ma, Brian
Eno, Herbie Hancock, Derek Bailey, Laurie Anderson, Sting, etc, etc). The album is filled with cameos by Brazilian artists (Luciana
Souza, Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta) and downtown types (Zorn, Marc Ribot, Erik Friedlander) who flesh out the grooves into
something approaching pop songs. Without warning the group veers from thunderous Carnaval breakdowns to wispy sambas to
ambient mood pieces -- and even tosses in a touch of jury-rigged gamelan music. In their live show, however, they stray a little
too close to the line separating "unpredictable" from "goofy." Minus the guest instrumentalists, the band relies on gonzo performance
tactics to break up the raw, ritualistic grooves: the album's "Sapo and the Prince" makes good use of the harmonic possibilities of
blowing across the mouth of a bottle, but when the entire group started tooting on their Corona empties at a New York show earlier
this year, I felt like I was watching Zoom.
Sergio Pires Quintet
This Brazilian singer and guitarist moved to Chicago in 1991; he's since added reggae and funk elements to the style known as
musica popular brasileira, or MPB -- already an amalgam of samba, bossa nova, and rock. Pires plays originals alongside covers
associated with Brazilian greats like Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, and Djavan.

8 PM – Rhythm $8, 21+
Drum Drum
This group from Darwin, Australia, in the tropical northern part of the country, is essentially a dance-pop outfit that tarts up its slick
grooves with traditional percussion, bamboo-flute lines, and vocal chants from nearby Papua New Guinea, the birthplace of lead
singer Tau Ingram. Sweet-voiced and charismatic, she's got the makings of a bona fide front woman, and there's plenty of visual
spectacle -- costumes, dancing, 12-foot-long log drums -- but the mild funk-reggae fusion couldn't be more forgettable.

9:30 PM - Martyrs' $10, 21+
Zemog, El Gallo Bueno
Abraham "Aib" Gomez-Delgado was born in Puerto Rico to a father of Peruvian descent who loved classical music; when he was
still a child his family moved to central Massachusetts, where he encountered hip-hop, metal, electronic music, and, later, free jazz.
It's all there in Zemog, El Gallo Bueno, his high-voltage Boston eight-piece that plays salsa with the energy of a freaky rock band
and the wandering curiosity of an improvisers' collective. The group includes Timo Shanko (best known as an upright bassist) on
baritone sax and trumpeter Taylor Ho-Bynum, both big names in Boston's free-jazz scene, but despite bursts of avant-funk and
punk-rock riffing and sideways excursions into Sun Ra territory, the music never loses its irresistible Afro-Caribbean groove;
things can get strange, but the party keeps on going.
Los Hombres Perdidos
Guitarist Colin Bunn (Kevin O'Donnell's Quality Six, Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire) leads this Afro-Cuban derived group through some
son classics and some originals designed to sound classic. Los Cubanos Postizos, the scrappy outfit led by New York guitarist Marc
Ribot, is clearly the primary influence here -- right down to the Arsenio Rodriguez covers -- but this sextet lacks the personality
and zip of its model.

10 PM Empty Bottle $10, 21+
Si*Se
This New York group doesn't have much business on a world music roster. Yes, Si*Se's sultry front woman Carol C is bilingual,
singing some of the material on their eponymous 2001 Luaka Bop debut in Spanish, and buried somewhere in the refined
down-tempo grooves and DJ U.F.LOW's polite scratching are gentle son montuno guitar and tepid Afro-Caribbean drumming.
But really this is the kind of trip-hoppy electronic soul you can't escape in trendy Wicker Park restaurants.
Youngblood Brass Band
I'm not sure what it is about this New Orleans-style brass band from Madison that New York underground-hip-hop types find
so fascinating, but both of their albums have been released by Ozone, the label owned by Mike Ladd, and Talib Kweli has made
a few guest appearances. As heard on their latest, Center:Level:Roar, all nine of these guys are fine players, but the dense
arrangements are so polished they're practically inert: this is about as funky as a good university big band.

11 PM Sonotheque $8, 21+
Grupo Okokan
Led by Juan Fuentes, this local 12-member troupe of percussionists, singers, and dancers plays exuberant, stripped-down
Afro-Cuban rumba and Puerto Rican bomba.
DJ Hide
Originally from Japan, local DJ Hide Sukenari -- a resident at Funky Buddha and Sonotheque -- spins a mix of jazz, soul, and
"obscure vintage grooves and modern global rhythms."

http://www.ci.chi.il.us/WorldMusic/Schedule19.html
Friday, September 19

 

Radio Broadcasts (Interview/Performance )

11:00am -12pm

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Broadcast live on WLUW 88.7FM

Ellika and Solo

Free

12:30pm - 2pm

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Broadcast live on WNUR 89.3FM

• Taller de Compas

• Super Uba

Free

 

 

Concerts and Performances

12 noon:

"Under the Picasso"
Daley Center

Razbar Ensemble

Free

 

12:30pm:

Borders Books & Music (State)

Monica Salmaso

Free

12:30pm:

Borders Books & Music (Hyde Park)

Cool Crooners of Bulawayo

Free

7:00pm:

Humboldt Park Boathouse

Super Uba

Free

7:00pm:

Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum

• Perla Batalla
• Maria del Mar Bonet

$12

7:30pm:

Old Town School of Folk Music

• Cool Crooners of Bulawayo
• Ellika and Solo

$12

7:30pm:

Museum of Contemporary Art

• Beat the Donkey (NY/Brazil)
• Monica Salmaso

$12

8:00pm:

Rhythm

Drum Drum

$8

9:30pm:

Martyrs'

• Zemog
• Los Hombres Perdidos

$10

10:00pm:

Empty Bottle

• Si*Se
• Youngblood Brass Band

$10

11:00pm:

Sonotheque

• Grupo Okokan
• DJ Hνde

$8

 



SATURDAY
Sat 9/20, 8 PM, Footlik Theater, Oakton Community College, 1600 Golf, Des Plaines. 847-635-1900.
DIANE DELIN

////> SAT SEP 20 8-10:30PM/$5 St. Gregory the Great Church, 5505 N Paulina St (near Bryn Mawr) 773-561-3546
PAUL WERTICO TRIO, JOHN MOULDER QUARTET, DEE ALEXANDER
http://www.stgregory.net/events_detail.cfm?id=28

SAT SEP 20 9
PM/11PM $25 JAZZ SHOWCASE 59 W. Grand, Chicago (312)670-BIRD
MONTY ALEXANDER trio with ROBERT THOMAS, jr

////> SAT SEP 20 9:30PM VELVET LOUNGE 2128 1/2 S. Indiana Avenue-Chicago-one block east of Michigan Ave (312) 791-9050
TRIBUTE TO COLTRANE
ERNEST DAWKINS-sax, ARI BROWN-sax, KIRK BROWN-piano, HARRISON BANKHEAD-bass, ISAIAH SPENCER-drums


WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2003 in Chicago continues
http://www.chicagoreader.com/music/sidebars/WORLD2003.html
Saturday, September 20
Thursday 9/18 | Friday 9/19 | Sunday 9/21

Noon - Museum of Science and Industry
Drum Drum See September 19 entry.

12:30 PM - Rogers Park
* Taller de Compas de Almanjayar See September 18 entry.

1 PM Borders Books & Music on Michigan
* Maria del Mar Bonet See September 19 entry.

1 PM Garfield Park Conservatory
Cool Crooners of Bulawayo See September 19 entry.

2 PM Rhythm $8 | Minors must be accompanied by an adult
Cyro Baptista & Beat the Donkey
The Brazilian percussionist leads a workshop with members of his group Beat the Donkey (see September 19 entry).

3 PM Borders Books & Music on Clark
Si*Se See September 19 entry.

3 PM Garfield Park Conservatory
* Super Uba y Su Conjunto See September 19 entry.

7:30 PM Old Town School of Folk Music $12
* Super Uba y Su Conjunto with El Bachatin
The New York-based group (see September 19 entry) is joined by a fellow Dominican, the wild, growling singer
Alberto "el Bachatin" Moreno.

7:30 PM Museum of Contemporary Art $12
* Razbar Ensemble See September 19 entry.
Jan Yrgagy See September 18 entry.

8:30 PM Polish Highlander Hall $12
* Duvo
Founded in 1976 in Salgotarjan, Hungary, Duvo is one of the country's oldest working folkloric groups and one of its best. Its
repertoire, like those of most eastern European folk ensembles, ignores the lines on the map, featuring songs from Hungary,
Transylvania, and Slovakia; what sets this band apart is its lineup of multi-instrumentalists, which lets it vary its sound while
remaining faithful to tradition. While many pieces are dominated by dance riffs rapidly sawed on violin and kontra (a viola
designed for playing chords), Duvo's members will also switch off on cimbalom (a hammered dulcimer), koboz (a Moldavian
lute), furulya (flute), and hurdy-gurdy during the course of a set. Don't let the old-school getups and bushy mustaches throw
you off -- this is energizing stuff.
Siumni
This local septet plays the folk music of the Polish highlands in the Tatra Mountains-polkas, waltzes, and czardas-in regional costume.

9 PM HotHouse $12, 21+
* Maria del Mar Bonet See September 19 entry.
No em Pingo d'Agua
Choro, Brazil's great instrumental style, developed in the late 19th century. The music bears some resemblance to traditional
jazz, with its extreme melodic leaps, frantic dance rhythms, and evolving emphasis on improvisation. Although its popularity
had waned by the 40s, it's never entirely faded away in Brazil. In the late 70s a new generation of musicians sought to revitalize
the style, and No em Pingo d'Agua (the name translates as "knot in a drop of water") were at the forefront of this movement,
giving the music a contemporary jazz flair. While I find their stuff somewhat lightweight in sound and mood, the players are
extremely skilled, and for fans of Brazilian jazz this is essential listening.

10 PM Empty Bottle $12, 21+
Fiamma Fumana
This techno-pop quartet from northern Italy fleshes out its slick dance music with the traditional instrumentation of its homeland --
piercing bagpipes, ethereal flute lines, reeling accordions -- without ever making any of it seem like a good idea. Lead singer
Fiamma navigates the group's high-velocity material with grace, accurately tracing elaborate folk melodies and harmonizing
well with the other female voices, but heard against the relentless, overbusy throb of electronic beats, squelchy synthesizer licks,
and frantically pulsing synthetic bass lines, the surprisingly Celtic-sounding folk elements seem cartoonish.
Zemog, El Gallo Bueno See September 19 entry.

10 PM Martyrs' $10, 21+
* Beat the Donkey See September 19 entry.
Chicago Afrobeat Project
This recently formed local nine-piece is dedicated to advancing Afrobeat, the funky music developed and popularized by Nigerian
legend Fela Kuti. In its tightly wound grooves the group displays a strong jazz sensibility a la electric Miles Davis and just the right
amount of restraint: the horns sit out while the percussion percolates beneath extended electric-piano solos, and things are left to
simmer for a while en route to the frenzied climaxes. What's missing from the classic Afrobeat recipe is vocals: call-and-response
chanting worked well for Fela, and a bit of it here would help this band take it to the next level.

10 PM Park West $15, 18+
* Spanish Harlem Orchestra
On the back of this group's recent debut, Un Gran Dia en el Barrio (Ropeadope), they're described as "Spanish Harlem's answer to
Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club." But Ry Cooder's project brought a group of older Cuban musicians, great but forgotten, back into
the spotlight; the Spanish Harlem Orchestra is a bunch of New York's elite salsa players -- most of them Puerto Rican -- all of whom
are still in their prime and working regularly. Some of them, including pianist and musical director Oscar Hernandez (who played with
Ruben Blades for many years) and trumpeter Ray Vega, have stepped out as leaders on occasion, but for the most part these guys
aren't stars but top-shelf sidemen. That said, this 13-piece outfit is one hell of a band, and the album is a chance to hear the stylistic
elements that put New York salsa on the map -- the razor-sharp arrangements, concise solos, and raw, distinctly urban energy --
in their original, unadulterated state.
* Orlando "Maraca" Valle & Otra Vision
Orlando "Maraca" Valle is one of Cuba's greatest Latin-jazz flute players, as evidenced by his work in the legendary Irakere and on
solo albums like 1996's Havana Calling (Qbadisc). When the Buena Vista Social Club phenomenon took off in the late 90s, however,
Valle switched stylistic gears and began making music for dancers instead of listeners, delving into the son tradition that gave birth
to Latin jazz. Superb albums like Sonando and Descarga total (both released in the U.S. on the Ahi-Nama label) showed he wasn't
slumming: his band, Otra Vision, was filled with terrific instrumentalists and singers, and the mix of classic and newer material proved
infectious and energizing. He cast his net even wider on his most recent album, Tremenda rumba!, surveying not only Cuban forms --
zesty son, stately danzon, the voice-and-percussion-driven guaguanco, contemporary funk-fueled timba, and the Carnaval form called
conga -- but other Latin American and Caribbean traditions as well. There's a bit of Colombian cumbia in "El fuelle," and guest vocalist
Ammiel Castellanos brings a touch of Jamaican dancehall to "Castigala" (there's even a house-driven remix tacked on to the end of the
album). While Valle's prodigious flute playing may be scarce, his wise leadership isn't -- though the album's amazing cohesiveness can
also be explained in part by the inherent flexibility of Cuban music, which has always elaborated on its past with ease. The unifying
thread, of course, is those unrelenting rhythms. Valle and his band are last-minute replacements for fellow Cuban Issac Delgado
(see below).
* Issac Delgado
Just about every recent solo record I've heard by the great Cuban singer Issac Delgado (who first made his mark with legendary
timba pioneers NG La Banda back in the late 80s) has been hampered by slick production. His latest, Versos en el Cielo (33rd Street) --
a lively homage to the great practitioners of Cuba's nueva trova tradition like Pablo Milanes and Silvio Rodriguez (who makes a cameo) --
is no exception. Delgado continues to import funk, New York salsa, and hip-hop into his music, which, together with the ultra-polished
backing vocals, factory-sealed horn charts, and keyboard-heavy instrumentation, just makes it harder to hear the things that make
him extraordinary: his impeccable phrasing, his sharpness as an improviser, his soul. Luckily, much of this is remedied onstage: the
contemporary timba flourishes are still there, but Delgado's powerful singing is always front and center. At press time Delgado and his
band were still waiting for clearance to enter the country; if it comes through in time, they'll play.

11 PM Sonotheque $8, 21+
Si*Se See September 19 entry.
DJ Anthony Nicholson
This veteran Chicago house DJ and producer is a Sonotheque resident two nights a week and is largely responsible for developing the
club's signature mix of jazz, soul, and urban grooves.

11 PM Rhythm $10, 21+
* Djelimady Tounkara
Guitarist Djelimady Tounkara has been a force in Malian music for over three decades. He's best known as the longtime guitarist in
the Super Rail Band, which back in the early 70s revolutionized the country's music by plugging Mande traditions into an electrical
outlet and introduced the world to major vocalists Salif Keita and Mory Kante. When the group went stale in the mid-90s he stripped
away the horns and keyboards and rebuilt its sound around his guitar. More recently he's been making spellbinding acoustic music.
As heard on his superb Sigui (Indigo, 2002), Tounkara remains a master melodist, and the album's spare percussion, cascading kora
patterns, and twangy ngoni licks set off his his solos beautifully. Last year at the Cultural Center he fronted a terrific band with Super
Rail singer Samba Sissoko; this time he duets with fellow guitarist Samba Diabate.

http://www.ci.chi.il.us/WorldMusic/Schedule20.html
Saturday, September 20

Workshops

2:00pm:

Rhythm

Cyro Baptista/BTD

$8

Concerts and Performances

12 noon:

Garfield Park Conservatory
County Fair

Free

 

 

 

1:00pm

Cool Crooners of Bulawayo

 

 

3:00pm

Super Uba

12:30pm:

Kids and Kites Festival

Drum Drum

Free

12:30pm:

Rogers Park World Music Festival

Taller de Compas 

Free

1:00pm:

Borders (Michigan)

Maria del Mar Bonet

Free

3:00pm:

Borders (Clark Street)

Si*Se

Free

7:30pm:

Old Town School of Folk Music

Super Uba Y Su Conjunto
with El Bachatin

$12

7:30pm:

Museum of Contemporary Art

• Razbar Ensemble
• Jan Yrgagy

$12

8:30pm:

Polish Highlander Hall

• Duvo
• Siumni

$12

9:00pm:

HotHouse

• Maria del Mar Bonet
• No em Pingo de Agua

$12

10:00pm:

Martyrs'  

• Beat the Donkey
• Chicago AfroBeat Project

$10

10:00pm:

Empty Bottle

• Zemog
• Fiamma Fumana

$10

10:00pm:

Park West

• Spanish Harlem Orchestra
• Issac Delgado

$15

11:00pm:

Sonotheque

• Si*Se
• DJ Anthony Nicholson

$8

11:00pm:

Rhythm

Djelimady Tounkara

$10

SUNDAY
Sun 9/21, 2 PM, Glendora House, 10225 S. Harlem, Chicago Ridge. 708-755-8312 or 708-425-4596.
JEAN KITTRELL & THE ST. LOUIS RIVERMEN

Sun 9/21, 2 PM, Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. 847-256-5025.

JUDY ROBERTS & GREG FISHMAN Free performance

Sun 9/21, 3 PM, Skokie Public Library, 5215 W. Oakton, Skokie. 847-324-3126.
SPIDER SALOFF


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SUN SEP 21 3PM – 7PM NU BEGINNINGS 7051 S. Crandon Chicago 773-752-2212
Ernest Dawkins, Steve Berry host - Open Jam Session
with
percussionist Isaiah Spencer & pianist Justin Dillard
featuring cats such Y2K JAZZ MESSENGERS Marquis Hill-tpt, RYAN NYTHER-tpt, and JABARI POWELL-alto
Don’t miss this unique display of talent that will enrich and fortify you throughout the upcoming week!

SUN SEP 21 4PM/8PM/10PM $20 JAZZ SHOWCASE 59 W. Grand, Chicago (312)670-BIRD
MONTY ALEXANDER trio with ROBERT THOMAS, jr

SUNDAYS 6-9 PM/All Ages-Free CAFΙ MESTIZO 2123 South Ashland Chicago 312-942-0095
AVANT-GARDE JAZZ JAM SESSION hosted by David Boykin, Karl E. H. Seigfried, and Mike Reed.

////> Every Sunday DAY 7-11PM THE FAMILY DEN 8940 S. Stony Island Ave 773-734-8545
includes Corey Wilkes on trump

////> EVERY SUNDAY 7-11PM @ JAM SESSION -
VELVET LOUNGE 2128 1/2 S. Indiana Avenue-Chicago-one block east of Michigan Ave (312) 791-9050
a variety of hosts including the burnin’ saxophone of Dennis Winslett

////>
Every Sunday 9-12PM - JIMMY'S WOODLAWN TAP (55th-Woodlawn) NO COVER -
Jimmy's Jam led by Curtis Black

WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2003 in Chicago continues and ends
http://www.chicagoreader.com/music/sidebars/WORLD2003.html
Sunday, September 21
Thursday 9/18 | Friday 9/19 | Saturday 9/20

Noon - River East Art Center/Ogden Slip
No em Pingo d'Agua See September 20 entry.

1 PM - Borders Books & Music on 53rd
Nothembi
South African singer and guitarist Nothembi Mkhwebane is a relative latecomer to music: although she learned the rudiments of
guitar as a teenager on an instrument fashioned out of an old oil tin, she didn't begin her musical career until she was 30. She
released her first record in 1984, and it was another ten years before she quit her day job as a maid. Her most recent album,
Akanamandl' Usathana (Gallo, 2001), is steeped in South Africa's trademark Zulu harmonies and rhythms; she's a full-throated,
soulful singer, and while her guitar playing is scrappy at best -- nearly every song opens with a practically identical riff (although
Elmore James did that too) -- it nicely reinforces these fierce, loping grooves.

2 PM - Borders Books & Music on Michigan
Fiamma Fumana See September 20 entry.

3 PM - Chicago Cultural Center
* Kushal Das & Samar Saha
As opposed to the purer, more ancient Carnatic tradition of southern India, Hindustani music is the result of the commingling of
Hindu and Islamic forms starting in the 13th century, as elements of maqamat -- the system of modes governing Arabic music --
were applied to the structure of Indian ragas. To the rest of the world it's the dominant form of Indian classical music, with Ravi
Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan its greatest living practitioners. The lesser-known Kushal Das is a superb sitarist from Calcutta,
whose deep understanding of raga improvisation and impressive sense of restraint are well represented on a 2000 recording for
the French label Ocora. He's accompanied on tabla by Samar Saha.

5 PM - Old Town School of Folk Music $12
* Duvo See September 20 entry
Juliano Milosavljevic Ensemble
Accordion is the main instrument for Juliano Milosavljevic, a Serb who arrived in Chicago in the late 90s and now teaches at the
Old Town School, but he's also adept on piano, guitar, bass, and drums. He does a lot of instrument switching on a demo of Yiddish
and Gypsy music I've heard; unfortunately, the cheesy drum machine and synthetic strings don't give him much of a chance to
impress anyone. Chances are Milosavljevic and his group will sound better live.

7:30 PM - Riviera Theater - $25
* Youssou N'Dour
Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour is not just one of Africa's greatest stars -- he's one of the most important pop singers in the world.
Thanks to hit duets with Peter Gabriel (that's him on "In Your Eyes," but try not to hold it against him) and later Neneh Cherry, he
became a global marquee name in the late 80s and made a series of crossover albums for several major labels, although none was
without serious flaws. His magical voice -- a creamy, weightless cry that can convey joy and sorrow in a single melismatic swoop --
was too much for even the glossiest mainstream mix to overcome; still, the world wasn't hearing him at his best.  As a teenager in the
late 70s N'Dour was the lead singer for the mighty Senegalese pop band Etoile de Dakar, but he soon broke away to form his own band,
Super Etoile de Dakar, whose loud, guitar-heavy adaptation of Wolof music -- a style dubbed mbalax -- helped put old-fashioned bands
like Orchestra Baobab out of business. By the mid-80s he'd started his successful solo career; even as he released slick albums in the
West he continued to churn out more soulful and traditional recordings for the African market.  On Nothing's in Vain (Nonesuch), his
latest solo album and his best in nearly a decade, N'Dour goes the unplugged route -- explored recently by folks like Salif Keita, Baaba
Maal, and Djelimady Tounkara -- leaving the synthesizers and the big Western beats behind in favor of acoustic guitars and percolating
percussion. There are still some disappointing crossover attempts (like the treacly bilingual ballad "So Many Men," with French pop star
Pascal Obispo), but his voice has never sounded better, and the graceful use of traditional African instrumentation makes up for any
missteps. N'Dour was supposed to perform here this spring but canceled the tour in protest of U.S. policy toward Iraq. This gig, with a
ten-piece band, is his first in Chicago since 1994.
Nothembi See above.
* Djelimady Tounkara See September 20 entry.

11 PM Sonotheque $8, 21+
Dan Boadi
Ghanaian bandleader Dan Boadi has been a Chicago fixture for two and a half decades, but his hipness saw a major uptick last year
when the local Aestuarium label reissued "Money Is the Root of All Evil" b/w "Play That Funky Music," a rare 12-inch single he released
in 1978. It fits in perfectly with the rash of funky African records from the 70s that have been reappearing on European labels like Strut
and Comet over the last few years: the A side delivers an impossibly deep groove that's part disco, part Fela, and part psychedelia,
while the flip runs jazzy organ and flute solos over an imperturbably funky bass line. It's a snapshot of a bygone moment -- it doesn't
accurately reflect the mix of highlife, reggae, and soukous Boadi's band plays these days -- but boy, is it good.
DJ RikShaw
RikShaw (ne Richard Smith) -- a founding member of the experimental dub outfit Rome and of the Deadly Dragon Sound System DJ
collective -- spins a mix of dub, dancehall, and roots reggae.



http://www.ci.chi.il.us/WorldMusic/Schedule20.html
Sunday, September 21

Concerts and Performances

 

12 noon:

River East Art Center/
Ogden Slip

No em Pingo de Agua

Free

1:00pm:

Borders
(Hyde Park)

Nothembi

Free

2:00pm:

Borders (Michigan)

Fiamma Fumana

Free

3:00pm:

Chicago Cultural Center

Kushal Das

Free

5:00pm:

Old Town School of Folk Music

• Duvo 
• Juliano Milosavljevic Ensemble

$12

7:30pm:

Riviera Theater

• Youssou N’Dour
• Nothembi
• Djelimady Tounkara  

$25

11:00pm:

Sonotheque

• Dan Boadi & Ghanatta
• DJ RikShaw

 



MONDAY
ZEEB REMINDER: EARTHCENTER healing class 2 
SEP 22

Mondays 7:30-1:30 Andy’s Jazz Club
11 E. Hubbard, Chicago 312-642-6805 info@andysjazzclub.com  www.andysjazzclub.com
jam session hosted by Art Davis and John Bany – do not be surprised at the number of bones and trumps


Mondays, 9:30 PM, KATERINA'S 1920 W. Irving Park, Chicago 773-348-7592
Dennis Carroll, George Fludas, Scott Burns, Jodie Christian/Dan Trudell.