On Sunday, April 24th, 2016, two eclectic ensembles influenced by music from around the world will perform together at DROM
(NYC), taking their audience on a musical journey from the far east to the middle east. The J-MUSIC Ensemble will open the night's program (at 8:00 pm) with their acclaimed jazz arrangements of J-Pop, including generational favorites from legendary video games, Anime, Perfume, and many more. They will be followed (9:15) by world/fusion ensemble Klazz-Ma- Tazz and their jazz and klezmer inspired modern takes on traditional Balkan and Middle Eastern music, including selections from their debut album, Tangibility, as well as new original works. Doors open at 7:00pm.
This concert is the second in a series of two shared performances by J-MUSIC Ensemble and Klazz-Ma-Tazz that will open Friday, April 15th, at Silvana (300 West 116th Street, NYC, from 8:00 to 10:00). These artists have come together to perform in the belief that people from around the world can grow in their understanding of one another by sharing in each others' cultural and artistic traditions. The confluence of the popular music of Japan and the folk traditions of the Balkans and the Middle East will offer the first of many opportunities for New York audiences to explore these varied and rich musical traditions in a city that is the epi-center of the contemporary confluence of world cultures.
DROM is located at 85, Avenue A, 10009 in New York City’s East Village. Subway: F train to 2nd ave, 6 train to Astor Place and R train to 8th St-NYU
For reservations, call (212) 777-1157.
Doors open: 7:00 pm. J-MUSIC: 8:00 pm. Klazz-Ma-Tazz: 9:15pm. $10.00 advance tickets, $15.00 at door.About J-MUSIC
Formed by saxophonist Patrick Bartley while attending the Manhattan School of Music, the J-MUSIC Ensemble initially was spawned as a vehicle to express a mutual interest in anime and video game soundtracks—many of which never get a proper spotlight. This music is fused with the spontaneity and soulfulness of jazz improvisation to deliver a fresh and engaging listening experience, without distracting from the intent and message of the original songs. The band has since expanded its repertoire to include music from all facets of modern Japanese culture, and has done covers of artists such as Perfume, Utada Hikaru, Yoko Kanno, PUFFY, and School Food Punishment. For more information, visit J- MUSIC online
Founded in 2014 by violinist and composer Benjamin Sutin
, Klazz-Ma-Tazz is a band with a vision to transcend boundaries of labels in music and people. Their music, rooted in the jazz idiom strives to include genuine influence from a multitude of folk music from around the world based on the various ethnic background of each band member including Klezmer and Balkan Folk music, Indian Classical Music, Native American Tribal Dances, English Folk Music and more, finding common musical and cultural identities from which these various forms are derived. Klazz-Ma-Tazz released their debut album, Tangibility, in September, 2015 on OneTrickDog* Records. The album has since received airplay on radio stations across the US and from Philadelphia
to Hawaii, doubling the band’s global fan base. Tangibility was launched with sold out sets at Greenwich Village's cultural haven, The Cornelia Street Cafe
to rave reviews by Fred Stal of RG Magazine, who described the music: “Wild, yet reserved, the music of Klazz-Ma-Tazz will surprise you, excite you and calm you, all in one sitting”. For more information, visit Klazz-Ma-Tazz online
OneTrickDog* is a small independent record label, specializing in jazz, jazz fusion, and occasional blues. The members are a loose collective of recording artists, graphic designers, sound engineers and composers. The label is affiliated with Avidon Audio Labs (which has tracked, mixed and mastered numerous jazz, classical and blues albums, and film sound tracks). Several of the members work as a production team, doing original screenplays, videography and sound work. In 2014, OneTrickDog* released three new albums (Crosstalk
by Andres Boiarsky, Second Row Behind the Painter
by Roy Assaf Trio, and Interloper
by Jonathan Parker). In the summer of 2015, they released Tangibility
by Klazz-Ma-Tazz, and recently released Loving Losing
, by People vs. Larsen. They look forward to the release of When I Was A Child
, by trumpeter Wayne Tucker. In 2016, they plan to release a series featuring established jazz artists with up and coming artists.