Program

Wednesday, June 1 2016

Mika

Wednesday, June 01
7PM to 9PM
The coolest of cool and the smoothest of smooth, pianist, vocalist, composer and arranger, MIKA, combines her love of the sound of Jazz, Samba and Bossa Nova learned and shared over the years in Japan, Brazil, Taiwan, Paris, India and New York, with the support of her MIKA Samba Jazz Trio and MIKA group and has been continuing to go global.

Her lineage comes through the likes of genre great such as Fernando Motta and Amilton Godoy. MIKA's successful collaborations with artists such as Marcos Valle, Leny Andrade, Luiz Avellar and Armando Marcal (Pat Metheny Group), Ricardo Silveira (Habie Mann), Sergio Barrozo (Elis Regina), Jesse Sadoc(Marcos Valle), Andre Vasconcellos (Djavan), Jorge Helder (Caetano Veloso), Marco da Costa (Maria Rita), Joao Lyra,Maestro Mauricio (voca livre) and Rafael Barata (Eliane Elias) have brought audiences new musical palletts to marvel at from Sao Paulo's and Rio's clubs and all over Japan.

She was also invited as instructor for the international music camp at Brasilia (One of the high level nusic camp in Brazil) in 2008.

She has been based in NY since 2008 and been performing at local venues such as S.O.B's, Kitano, Zinc bar, just to name a few, as well as at some venues in Washington.D.C.

Recently, she has been performing not only Samba Jazz trio,but also Swing Jazz Piano trio.

Her highly acclaimed work includes eight albums and in 2014, she released an album in the U.S.A. for the first time, entitled "Samba for Johnny." Her new album, "Balanço Zona Sul," the famous Marcos Valle on guitar and voice was released in January 2015. He praised MIKA. This album has been selected "Critics Choice 2015" by Mark Holston on JAZZIZ (winter 2016 issue)

She also toured Japan with Rafael Barata (drums) and Sergio Barrozo (bass) from Rio de Janeiro. All the concerts were sold out. It was highly unusual, as this music genre is not popular in Japan.

She composed, arranged and recorded 8 of the tracks on the album "Kotori Cafe" which was selected by JAL for its Flight Entertainment Program.

Rafael Barata drums
Andre Vasconcellos bass

Valery Ponomarev Sextet

Wednesday, June 01
9:30PM & 11PM
Valery Ponomarev is the best kept secret on the modern jazz horizon today. The music of the band projects into the future the spirit set forth by the best Blue Note Artists of the 50s and 60s, covering the transformation of acoustic jazz music from those times until today.

 

The musicians in the band are the most respected and successful young musicians on the jazz scene today. But regardless of who is in the band at the present moment, the music of the band, from the very first sounds, mesmerizes the audience. It doesn't take long before sparkles in the form of applause, tapping feet, shaking heads, yelling and screaming start flying around the air in response to the music. From the audience - back to the stage, from the stage to the audience and back again. By the end of a concert, an alternating current is set at its highest peak, reigning supreme. Musicians, music and the audience blend in one dazzling alloy where it doesn't matter what component of the alloy you are, as long as you are a part of it. Long after a performance is over, the listener is still under the spell, reliving again and again the magic of creating beauty.

This is the kind of a band which reminds the audience that emotion, ability to think and feel, not computer generated artificiality, puts us humans one whole step above the rest of the Animal Kingdom.

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82 West 3rd Street (btw Thompson & Sullivan) Greenwich Village New York NY 10012 tel. 212-477-ZINC (9462) Open 7 days: 6pm-2:30am weeknights 6pm-3am weekends

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