WORT 89.9 FM Community Radio will help make the musical world a bit smaller this Thursday evening (August 4th) by broadcasting live from Central Park, starting at 5:00 p.m.
This week’s free concert on Madison’s near east side, called the Small World Session, showcases performers from New Hampshire (Ameranouche), New Orleans (Sasha Masakowski & the Sidewalk Strutters) and Ukraine (Dakha Brakha). Here’s your FB invitation: https://www.facebook.com/events/1632322223752804/
This acoustic string trio from Portsmouth (NH), features Richard Sheppard and Jack Soref on traditional French jazz guitars, plus Michael Harrist on bass. They play “gypsy flamenco swing,” blending Old World styles with New World genres.
Veterans of the Newport Jazz Festival,
Ameranouche says that its concerts are a means of spreading peace and joy. Their name is a portmanteau word combining American and Manouche, the Roma/Sinti tribe to which Paris-based gypsy-jazz guitar icon Django Reinhardt belonged. Enjoy the vigorously elegant sound of Ameranouche, either in person at Central Park or via WORT at 5:00 p.m.
This 29-year-old chanteuse was recently described by Downbeat magazine as among the most innovative musicians coming out of New Orleans. Masakowski has a playful, spontaneous approach to jazz, retro-pop and art-rock. She defies genres by fronting three very different groups: experimental duo Hildegard, world-music ensemble Musical Playground, and the more traditional New Orleans outfit she’s bringing to Madison this week, the Sidewalk Strutters.
Let this sly, sexy singer and her jazzy bandmates from the Big Easy improve your mood this Thursday, starting at 6:30 p.m. Just remember: sitting is the new smoking – it’s bad for your health, so stand up and dance, if you can. No second-line parasol required!
This Ukrainean art-folk quartet is led and produced by Vladyslav Troitskyi, who conceived of the project as a theater sound crew for the DAKh Center for Contemporary Art in Kiev. Fusing the styles of several ethnic groups, Dakha Brakha features four graduates of the National University of Culture & Arts: Marko Halanevych (vocals, drums, didgeridoo, accordion, etc.), Olena Tsybulska (vocals, percussion), Iryna Kovalenko (vocals, flute, piano, etc.), and Nina Harenetska (vocals, cello).
Rolling Stone declared Dakha Brakha the “best breakout performer” at the 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee. Winners of the 2009 Sergey Kuryokhin Prize, this earthy – yet harmonically sophisticated – band may help explain why Russia has plans to absorb even more of Ukraine. Grab a glass of wine at Central Park and let their sound transport you to your own private Crimea. Dakha Brakha’s name, after all, is a play on “give and take.”
The CENTRAL PARK SESSIONS
A raffle benefitting WORT 89.9 FM Community Radio will be held at this Thursday’s (8/4) Central Park session. Stop by the booth near the stage to get your raffle tickets. Or watch for one of WORT’s roaming raffle-ticket sellers. Raffle tickets are also available at the station, 118 S. Bedford St., during regular business hours through Thursday, August 4th.
A portion of beer-sale proceeds at the Small World Session will also be allocated to WORT. As always, WORT is happy to expand your world-musical consciousness. This week’s Central Park Session will be streamed live at http://www.wortfm.org from 5:00 till 10:00 p.m. For more information on the 2016 Central Park Sessions, click on the link below.