Antibalas announces release of 6th studio album, 2017-2018 tour dates.
I'm honored to play at Carnegie Hall for the sixth time in my career, this Friday with Angelique Kidjo, her band, and the Antibalas horns, doing a radical reinterpretation of the classic Talking Heads "Remain In Light" album.
I will be playing flute and baritone saxophone and did a lot of the writing/arranging of the horn parts that you'll hear onstage and on the album of the same name.
"Garden of the Peaceful Dragon" (dir. Daniel Peddle, prod/editing Karim Lopez) premieres at the Harlem International Film Festival in Harlem, NYC on May 4. I did some original music for the film and contributed some recordings by Ocote Soul Sounds. I can't say enough about the magic and the spirit of this film...the protagonist is one of a kind.
Description, from the Harlem Intl. Film Fest site:
"Opening Night, Thursday, May 4, marks the debut of Daniel Peddle’s GARDEN OF THE PEACEFUL DRAGON, which profiles Burley Luvell Benford III, an elderly African-American veteran who occupies an abandoned piece of government property by the beach in Kauai, Hawaii. After being discharged from the Marines, Benford became one of the first employees of IBM and neighbor to Timothy Leary.
A single acid trip changed his life over-night. Ditching his “suit,” he moved to San Francisco where he fell in with the Beat Poets and witnessed the birth of The Grateful Dead. Legendary music promoter Bill Graham hired him to be a bodyguard for his artists and he spent the better part of a decade jet-setting and hobnobbing with stars.
Looking for another dramatic change of lifestyle, he repaired a schooner and sailed it all the way to Hawaii. Three divorces and four children later, we find Luvell homeless, living out of his pick-up truck on the beach. A man whose incredible life story may have been lost to time is vividly rediscovered in this final chapter of his life.
Preceding the screening of GARDEN OF THE PEACEFUL DRAGON will be the U.S. Premiere of Anneta Lauffer’s short film, AFRO PUNK GIRL, and Eileen Byrne’s short film IRIDESCENCE.
Thursday, May 4
7:30 PM (doors open at 7pm)
I am proud to announce a song/video I collaborated last year on was co-winner of the Global Health Advocacy award from the Pulitzer Center/ Consortium of Universities for Global Health.
- Unicef / US State Department / Peace Corps
- CIAMO (Center for Music and Art-Ouidah), music director Sim de Souza and CIAMO
- Filmmakers Jon Fine, Sarah DuPont
- Musicians from Antibalas
- Dah Kidjo
- Logozo (Beninese rapper)
- Angelique Kidjo
- Gangbe Brass Band
Here's the video (English / Fongbe) : (Version Français / Fongbe LINK)
Here's the behind the scenes / making of:
I was blessed with the role of musical director (and flutist/baritone saxophonist) for this show at Carnegie Hall last Monday, putting together charts and arrangements for Antibalas, the ace house band for 18 of the 22 songs performed onstage that evening, among them:
- Living Colour "Rock Steady"
- Kenny Loggins "Until you come back to me"
- Melissa Etheridge "I Never Loved a Man"
- Ceelo Green "The Night Time is the Right Time"
- Taj Mahal and Deva Mahal "Chain of Fools"
- Ledisi "Daydreaming"
- Ruthie Foster "Natural Woman"
- Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave) "Don't Play That Song"
- Don Bryant (Hi Records songwriter/singer) "Drown in My Own Tears"
- Bettye Lavette "Ain't No Way
- G-Love "Think"
- Todd Rundgren "Since You've Been Gone"
- Sarah Dash (of Labelle) "Dr. Feelgood"
- Naomi Shelton "A Change is Gonna Come"
- Little Kids Rock "Respect"
- Rodney Crowell "The Weight"
- Antibalas "Who's Zoomin' Who"
- Full ensemble with Living Colour: "Respect" (Reprise
Here are some of photos collected from the roving eyes of the Internet.
A family portrait from backstage at @carnegiehall last night. @antibalas @livingcolourofficial @saunwillshine @coldiehawn @ttimmyjames @rajakassis @coreyglover @vurnt22 @willcalhoundrum @amayo66 @reinaldodgsus @kevinraczkaa @systemdialingrecords @stuartbogie @martinperna @kingmarcoos #arethafranklin #carnegiehall #antibalas #livingcolour #anticolor Not pictured: @willrast @morganjprice
Not just one of the greats, Aretha is The Great!! “The Queen of Soul wasn’t in attendance, but Aretha Franklin would have certainly been thrilled by the musical tribute paid her at Carnegie Hall on Monday night (March 6). Featuring a roster of estimable musicians performing songs recorded by the 74-year-old singer, who has recently announced her upcoming retirement, The Music of Aretha Franklin shook the rafters of the venerable auditorium.” - Billboard 📷 by Bobby Bank/WireImage ・ ・ #ArethaFranklin #QueenOfSoul #CarnegieHall #TheMusicOfArethaFranklin #Benefit #Charity #SarahDash #RodneyCrowell #CeeLoGreen #MelissaEtheridge #CoreyGlover #LivingColour #NYC #Soul #Legend #Respect #NaturalWoman #Antibalas #Gospel #RandB #SamMoore #NaomiShelton #TajMahal #BettyeLaVette #Ledisi #RhiannonGiddens #RuthieFoster #SweetRelief #MusicHeals
#anighttoremember #tribute #arethafranklin #carnegiehall #allenstone #antibalas #martinperna #bettyelavette #ceelogreen #donbryant #glove #kennyloggins #ledisi #livingcolour #melissaetheridge #naomishelton #richardthompson #rhiannongiddens #ronpope #ruthiefoster #sammoore #sarahdash #tajmahal #devamahal #toddrundgren
I don't know who decided I deserved these seats. Amazing celebration of Aretha Franklin. Among the people on stage: Bettye LaVette, @melissa_etheridge, @ceelogreen, Sam Moore, @livingcolourofficial, @antibalas, @thekennyloggins, @allenstone, and Taj Mahal #musicofarethafranklin #carnegiehall #musiceducationmatters
New collaboration with La Banda Bastön (Mexico) and members of Antibalas (NYC) for their latest album "Luces Fantasmas"
Words Without Borders translates literature and writing from all around the world. They're doing a party/fundraiser to continue their noble efforts in New York City on November 1 at Three Sixty, 10 Desbrosses St. NY NY at 8:30PM. Click on the image above for the event's Facebook link.
I'll be spinning records-- all vinyl -- lots of new, wild wonderful stuff from all of my excursions.
Please come, dance, and support.
A few weeks back I got a call from my friend Will Holland aka Quantic asking me to join his four-piece band for a bunch of dates all across North America in October. The group will include vocalist Nidia Góngora and drummer/percussionist/vocalist Wilson Viveros!
Here is Nidia with a Quantic's Ondatrópica group:
How could I say no? I'll be playing flute, tenor saxophone, percussion, and some keyboards. Come and hear us play.