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globalFEST 2007 Moves to new Venue: Tickets Now on Sale!
globalFEST 2007 is on for Sunday, January 21, 2006 at NYC's Webster Hall as a part of the annual Arts Presenters conference.
Tickets can be purchased:
1. online: www.ticketweb.com
2. by phone: 1-866-468-7619
3. in person: CASH ONLY
Tickets for Webster Hall events are available at box office at the Mercury Lounge:
217 East Houston Street
(between Ludlow and Essex)
New York City, NY
Box office hours at the Mercury Lounge are Monday through Saturday, 12 noon to 7 p.m.
Information below is from 2006. Stay tuned for 2007 artist updates shortly.
2006 press release:
Returning for a third year after two consecutive sold-out concerts, globalFEST—New York’s world music extravaganza—announces the line-up for what has expanded to a two-night event. The festival takes place Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22, 2006 at The Public Theater, with the same 13 acts performing each night.
The event is the creation of three of America’s premier world music concert presenters: Maure Aronson of World Music/CRASHarts (Boston), Bill Bragin of The Public Theater (NYC), and Isabel Soffer of World Music Institute (NYC). The three teamed up in the face of the post-9/11 economic and political climate which threatened to dampen U.S. touring of international acts. Two years of sold-out crowds demonstrated that the demand for global music has not abated.
“For the past two years, we had more demand than space at the festival,” explains Aronson. “And even those that did get in wanted to see more. So we are going to two days and expect that some people will come back the second night and catch what they may have missed.”
This year globalFEST features artists representing a wide diversity of cultures, traditions, and aesthetics: Anyone drawn to beautiful voices and passionate performance will want to hear Mauritania’s soulful Daby Toure, the extraordinary flamenco guitarist Juan Carmona, the sultry and enigmatic Paris/Nolita chanteuse Keren Ann, Cape Verde’s charismatic rising star Lura, or the artful boleros of France’s Las Ondas Marteles. Club enthusiasts may split up to take in Senegalese hip-hop crew Daara J, Brazil’s mangue-beat experimentalist DJ Dolores, or the Persian/Indian electronic synthesis of Los Angeles’ Niyaz. Other party-goers will find themselves dancing to the carnival madness of Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All Stars, or Cajun masters Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, or to the Electronic Gypsy Circus known as Balkan Beat Box. Meanwhile boundary-crossers might try on the North African, jazz, and tap fusion of Roxane Butterfly’s Worldbeats, or the unclassifiable Russian art-rock innovators Auktyon. (Artist descriptions attached.)
The diverse tastes of audience members will be met with 45-minute sets performed on three stages at The Public Theater: Joe's Pub, the Anspacher Theater, and Martinson Hall. Concert-goers pay one price for an evening-long festival of contemporary and traditional music from around the globe, with discounted tickets available for audience members who purchase tickets for both nights.
“People who just want to see their artist for an entire evening are not the primary audience for globalFEST,” says co-founder Isabel Soffer. “It's for people who are very open-minded, and that's what we've geared it to.”
As in years past, globalFEST 2006 challenges audiences to re-think the parameters of world music. As the Village Voice’s Carol Cooper described the first year, “Few, if any, of these acts were obsessed with the ‘purity’ of their music. Authenticity and purity are not the same, and if festival participants chose to bend and blend genre categories, it was only after serious study of those root musics they hoped to update or alter. If anything, the participants in Manhattan's first globalFEST proved it's possible to respect the past without being forced to preserve it forever unchanged.” Isaac Guzman wrote in The Daily News, “Aside from the high quality of the artists, what's striking about globalFEST is that it does away with typical notions of what constitutes world music.”
Since its 2004 launch, globalFEST has served as a beacon for international musicians hoping to boost their presence in North America. The festival seeks to showcase artists for fans and impresarios alike. Scheduled to coincide with the annual Arts Presenters conference—a performing arts event where most North American performing arts centers and festivals book their coming seasons—globalFEST identifies artists on the cusp of success here and gives them a springboard for further accomplishment on the touring circuit.
“We are combining a festival for fans with a showcase for the performing arts field,” explains co-founder Bill Bragin. “Already with globalFEST still months away we are seeing an impact on the field. Two previously unsigned artists—Auktyon and Niyaz—have secured national representation based on their participation this year. We’re excited to see what other success stories will come out of this year’s event.”
For the third year in a row, globalFEST is presented with support from The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, recognizing France’s pre-eminent role as a hotbed for world music activity. In addition to providing financial support for the production of the showcases, artists who have French productions, regardless of their national origin, are also eligible for subsidies to support their travel to participate in this important event. Emmanuel Morlet, the director of the music department of the French Embassy, commented, "From its inception, we have been proud to participate fully in the support of this event, which carries a much-needed message of cultural diversity. It is gratifying to see the event continue to expand, and to see the positive impact globalFEST has had on the field."
“As a result of participating in globalFEST 2005, Paris Combo received a number of performance offers from presenters in the US, Canada, and even Australia,” says world music booking agent Bill Smith of Eye for Talent. “And Les Yeux Noirs was introduced to many new presenters at globalFEST 2004 which resulted in stronger tours in the following year.”
globalFEST is part of the annual Arts Presenters (APAP) conference and is sponsored by The Cultural Services of the French Embassy to the U.S. with additional support from the French Music Export Office and the AFAA. globalFEST is additionally made possible by the support of the participating artists, and their record labels and booking agencies.
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globalFEST 2007 Moves to new Venue: Tickets Now on Sale!
artist line-up (subject to changes)
globalFEST 2006 Schedule by Venue
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