Established in 1997, the Orchid Ensemble blends ancient musical instruments and traditions from China and beyond, creating a beautiful new sound. The ensemble has embraced a variety of musical styles to its repertoire, ranging from the traditional and contemporary music of China, World Music, New Music to Jazz and Creative Improvisation. The energetic yet endearing performance style of the ensemble consistently intrigues and delights its audiences. Acclaimed as "one of the brightest blossoms on the world music scene" (Georgia Straight), the Orchid Ensemble has been tirelessly developing an innovative musical genre based on the cultural exchange between Western and Asian musicians.
Combining Maryse Lapierre's French influences with Alicia Ultan's original folk-rock inspired art songs, Bébé La La boasts a unique and lovely repertoire that highlights their signature heavenly harmonies, rhythmic lilts and rich melodies, accompanied by Alicia on viola and guitar and Maryse on accordion and light percussion. The duo has been wowing audiences throughout New Mexico!
Time for Three defies traditional classification. Performing music from Bach and Brahms to their own arrangements of The Beatles, Katy Perry, Kanye West and Justin Timberlake, the "classically trained garage band" has performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to jazz clubs, European festivals, NFL games and the Indy 500. What started as a trio of musicians who played together for fun while students at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute for Music evolved into a charismatic ensemble with a reputation for limitless enthusiasm and no musical boundaries.
La Santa Cecilia exemplifies the modern-day creative hybrid of Latin culture, rock and world music. This six-member group draws inspiration from all over the world, utilizing Pan-American rhythms like cumbia, bossa nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz, rock and klezmer music. Their unique sound and the experience of their colorful, passionate performance leaves fans and new listeners mesmerized.
Bébé La La features singer-songwriter, guitarist, and violist Alicia Ultan and vocalist-accordionist Maryse Lapierre, who is originally from Quebec, Canada. Combining Maryse's French influences with Alicia's original folk-rock inspired art songs, Bébé La La boasts a unique and lovely repertoire that highlights their signature heavenly harmonies, rhythmic lilts and rich melodies accompanied by Alicia on viola and guitar, and Maryse on accordion and light percussion.
End ¡Globalquerque!'s 10th Anniversary year with a special concert with one of the most popular acts to ever grace the festival! Founded by former underground theater performers, DakhaBrakha possesses an incredible stage presence that transcends its eclectic repertoire and instrumentation. The group's sound is at once wildly exciting and then mesmerizing and mystical, melding soulful Ukrainian folk with jazz and trance sounds. Albuquerque's own Balkan dance band, Goddess of Arno, will open the show.
For more than four decades, Leo Kottke's innovative fingerpicking style of guitar-playing has earned him five "Best Folk Guitarist" wins (Guitar Player magazine), a "Best Instrumentalist" win (Performance magazine), an induction into the Guitar Player Hall of Fame, two Grammy nods, and an honorary doctorate. His Americana style has evolved to include classical and jazz-oriented compositional and playing techniques. Combined with his dry wit and droll banter, an evening of musical eloquence is guaranteed!
Ryan Adams' new album is a self-titled affair and the first to be released on the combined Pax Am/Blue Note imprint. Produced by Adams himself at his own Pax Am Studios in Los Angeles, the new record is the North Carolina-born singer/songwriter's first full length since 2011's acclaimed "Ashes & Fire." Jenny Lewis, one of the most celebrated and respected performers of her generation, has been called "the best songwriter working today" by Rolling Stone editor Joe Levy.
Gregg Daigle's own life has taken him from the bustle of the Northeast to the serene vistas of New Mexico; his musical journey has seen him travel similarly wide expanses. Like many pickers, it was rock 'n roll that initially put a guitar in Gregg's hands; a keen ear and an open mind eventually led him to explore a varied cross-section of the acoustic music landscape, from classical to Gypsy jazz. However, it was the rootsy sounds of Bill Monroe and bluegrass that would leave the deepest mark.
Gregg Daigle remembers the first time he heard bluegrass music blaring over the loudspeakers in a warehouse where he picked, packed and shipped for a record company in the early 90s. He searched out a banjo and the Earl Scruggs book and taught himself to play while performing at open mics and busking in the subways and squares of Boston, Massachusetts. In 1995 he moved to New Mexico to continue his quest to find kindred musical spirits.
Called "the hottest Irish acoustic group on the planet" (New York Times), Lúnasa delivers music with a passion that informs every note. Their innovative arrangements and unique approach propels Irish acoustic music into surprising and exciting new territory. In this special holiday performance, the all-star quintet will be joined by vocalist Karan Casey, an influential voice in contemporary Irish music, and former member of the Irish "supergroup" Solas.
Lúnasa, one of the greatest bands in contemporary Irish music, will present a Celtic celebration of the holidays, featuring a guest appearance by the acclaimed folk singer Karan Casey. Internationally acknowledged as being the finest traditional Irish instrumental outfit of recent times, Lúnasa is renowned for their stunning shows honed by superb musicianship and a constant touring cycle. Karan Casey has been called "the best Irish traditional woman singer today... Karan Casey has no vocal peer" (Irish Times).
MarchFourth Marching Band is a high-energy surrealist global-groove alternative big band, propelled by electric bass, diverse percussion ensemble, and brassy horn section. Visually enhanced by costumed dancing beauties, acrobatic stilt walkers, fire, and theatrics, Portland, OR-based M4 invokes dancing in the streets and beyond! MarchFourth writes and performs its own material, and also draws inspiration from an eclectic range of worldwide influences, such as Eastern European Gypsy Brass, Samba, Funk, Afro-Beat, Big-Band, Jazz, and Rock music, as well as television, film, circus, and Vaudeville. Discover for yourself why this band's previous Albuquerque concerts have been sell-outs!
Husband and wife musical phenoms Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have drawn rave reviews and fanatical fans throughout their separate careers—but when they get together on stage, it’s truly an event. Fleck, “one of the most accomplished banjo players of his time” (The New York Times), has explored virtually every genre, leading audiences through mind-blowing sets that leave them slack-jawed with wonder; and singer/songwriter/clawhammer banjo player Washburn has a “daring, infinite talent” (Wall Street Journal). See them together in this unforgettable show!
A true road dog, Fred Eaglesmith is a songwriter’s songwriter with a deep discography formed by miles of experience. Adding a touch of the theatrics to every show, Eaglesmith dubbed his band The Traveling Steam Show and they began performing in steampunk-ish outfits a few years ago. "It's a show. It’s a lot more than a concert," said Fred. "I like to pay attention to what's cutting edge and bring that into the live show." His latest album, "Tambourine," is a combination of Eaglesmith's craftsmanship in songwriting and a fusion of rock 'n’ roll circa 1966, Motown, and even Tejano influences.
Born on the Canadian Piapot Cree Indian reserve, legendary singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie came to prominence during the mid-60s as part of New York's Greenwich Village folk scene alongside contemporaries Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell. Artists such as Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin and Taj Mahal turned her early songs into hits, while her own successful recording career has spanned eighteen albums. Buffy also has a PhD in Fine Arts and is a tireless political activist, continuing to represent the rights of indigenous peoples worldwide.
Carlos Núñez is one of Galicia's most revered artists, undisputed as the tradition's greatest piper. He is well known in Irish music circles, thanks to his early "adoption" by The Chieftains (so close was his musical and personal connection he was dubbed "The Seventh Chieftain"). Núñez's music draws on influences that range from ancient and contemporary Celtic (with a unique Spanish swing) to Medieval and Baroque, and also borrows from the sounds and styles of the places where Galicians have settled, including Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, even the United States.
Often encapsulated as the "Sound of Maui" or the "Soundtrack of Hawaii," the music and sound of the group HAPA evokes a place that many people have referred to as heavenly. The sound? Expect to hear hypnotic, liquid guitar runs woven around clear, tenor Hawaiian vocals and immaculate harmonies driven by poetic lyrics exulting the rapture of the Hawaiian landscape, history and mythology. Just add to this a dose of American folk rock and you have what has been described as "the most exciting and beautiful contemporary Hawaiian music the world knows" (Maui Times).
No Irish traditional band in the last dozen years has had a wider impact on audiences and music lovers throughout the world than Altan. With their exquisitely produced award-winning recordings, ranging dynamically from the most sensitive and touching old Irish songs all the way to hard hitting reels and jigs, and with their heartwarming, dynamic live performances, Altan have moved audiences from Donegal to Tokyo to Seattle. Altan have always believed that Irish traditional music is a modern music in every sense and its growing influence and popularity have proved them right.
Breton musicians Armel an Hejer, Alain Le Clere, Thomas Moisson and Gaetan Grandjean are coming to Albuquerque from Brittany, France to share their traditions of Breton dances, singing and instrumental music. The Breizh Amerika Collective works to create and produce original music, bring awareness to endangered traditions, while developing durable Transatlantic links of cooperation and understanding.