PIRATA, the new collaborative improv project featuring Joe Russo (drums), Dave Harrington (guitar), Stuart Bogie (sax), Spencer Zahn (bass), and Jonathan Goldberger (guitar), will regroup for two nights at Manhattan’s intimate Nublu on December 19th and 20th. Tickets are on sale now, here. You can also RSVP to the Facebook Event Group for the shows here for updates and more information.The December shows at Nublu will mark the group’s third and fourth performances under the PIRATA banner. The band plays improvisational music and stems from a long lineage of collaborations that have taken place between its members over the years, primarily at Nublu. Spencer Zahn and Dave Harrington are frequent collaborators both live and in the studio. Stuart Bogie, a longtime member of Antibalas and current member of Arcade Fire’s touring Band, is a regular guest with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead.The recently formed project has performed two shows together, at Nublu on June 29th and at Brooklyn’s The Sultan Room on October 4th, respectively. You can listen to recordings of both shows below:Dave Harrington – The Sultan Room at Turk’s Inn – 10/4/19[Audio: McRoberts]Dave Harrington – Nublu – 6/29/19[Audio: Dan Lynch]Recently Joe Russo’s Almost Dead announced their first shows of 2020. The quintet comprised of drummer Joe Russo (drums), keyboardist Marco Benevento, bassist Dave Dreiwitz, and guitarists Tom Hamilton and Scott Metzger, will return to the Capitol Theater in Port Chester on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 2020.
Innovative Giving Enhancement (IGE) has announced the musical ambassador lineup for the 2020 installment of IGE Music & Art Immersion, taking place in Prague, Czech Republic from October 2nd-11th. The one-of-a-kind musical experience will feature Paul Hoffman, Anders Beck, Peter Rowan, Jennifer Hartswick, Nicki Bluhm, and many more.Related: Paul Hoffman & Anders Beck Announce phAb4 Dates With Billy Strings, Todd HerringtonThe 10-day event will treat fans to art, concerts, jams, and the international musical collaborations at the heart of the Immersion experience. Other artists slated to perform are Vince Herman, Grahame Lesh, Elliot Peck, Ross James, Holly Bowling, Natalie Cressman, James Casey, Ian Faquini, Steve Adams, Chris Chew, Matt Butler, Scott Law, The New Mastersounds, and more to be announced.Participants of the sixth-annual IGE Music & Art Immersion program will traverse the historic city of Prague and experience a wide range of musical performances. The shows are not limited to a stage, however, but held across a palette of venues from the sublime to the curious. Clubs, cathedrals, palaces, museums, theaters, and everything in between will see unique musical collaborations.Throughout the 10-day event, the musical ambassadors will join forces with a broad range of European artists, spanning many genres, and create momentous improvisational performances.In a statement, IGE Founder Michael Becker noted:It is one thing to see the artists in their bands, and quite another to experience them personally as they discover inspiration. IGE Immersions bring individual players out from their usual band ecosystems to explore, create and discover in fresh and spontaneous musical contexts…Each Immersion participant is integral to this intentional, co-created community and takes part in the direction of the entire experience.Paul Hoffman, of Greensky Bluegrass, who is a past and current member of the IGE Music & Art Immersion, gave insight into the uniqueness of the experience: “An IGE Immersion is like no musical excursion you will participate in. It’s incomparable to any vacation,” he says. “Becoming a community in a foreign land to appreciate the culture, art and music is the way to get to know a city like you never can sightseeing alone. On Immersions, you are simultaneously a traveler and at home with a group of common minded people.”Click here for complete information on immersion packages, rates, availability, and reservations.Watch a recap video of last year’s immersion in Lisbon, Portugal below.2019 IGE Lisbon Music and Art Immersion Recap[Video: IGE Music and Art Immersions]
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KEYWORDS “I’m really happy to win at my first World Cup,” Totsuka said after the season’s first halfpipe contest on the circuit.“This will boost my confidence for World Cup events to follow. I will do my best to get good results and hope to take part in next year’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.”In the women’s competition, Americans swept the podium, with Chloe Kim winning her fourth overall World Cup event, followed by three-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark in second and Maddie Mastro in third. Hikaru Oe placed fifth. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Ayumu Hirano, men’s halfpipe, Yuto Totsuka, Chloe Kim, Hikaru Oe Yuto Totsuka | KYODO RELATED PHOTOS CARDONA, NEW ZEALAND – Yuto Totsuka won the men’s halfpipe in snowboard’s World Cup series Friday, while compatriot and 2014 Sochi Olympic silver medalist Ayumu Hirano finished runner-up.The 15-year-old Totsuka, winner of the Japan national championships in March making his debut in the World Cup, scored 93.25 points in the 16-man final, after the semifinals were canceled due to poor weather conditions. Hirano finished one point behind and Switzerland’s Patrick Burgener was third with 88.50.