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May 29, 2014

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The Firehouse Space Presents
Guitarist Ayman Fanous
In Premiers Of Four New Ensembles

246 Frost Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Friday, May 30 8:00pm:
Ayman Fanous/Tomas Ulrich (Cello) Duo
with Special Guest Chris Speed (Reeds)
Ayman Fanous/Jason Hwang Duo
with Special 
Guest, Tatsuya Nakatani (Percussion)
$10 General Admission
Saturday, May 31 8:00pm:
Ayman Fanous and Andrea Parkins  (accordion and electronics)
Ayman Fanous, Ned Rothenberg (Reeds), Ikue Mori (laptop, electronics) and Tatsuya Nakatani (Percussion)
$10 General Admission
Over the last 25 years, Ayman Fanous has forged a singular synthesis of classical and flamenco guitar technique with contemporary free improvisation.  By yoking the expansive techniques of these demanding guitaristic approaches to a contemporary aesthetic, Fanous has developed a
unique voice, full of both fiery virtuosity and harmolodic openness and complexity. It has been described as “a stylistic amalgam of Derek Bailey and Paco de Lucia” (Signal to Noise). To this combustible mix, Fanous adds a number of extended techniques to create a rich tapestry of textures and colors.
While the guitar is Fanous primary instrument, he also reaches back into his Egyptian ancestry in improvisations on the bouzouki, an instrument which intimates the musical spirit of cultures from Central and South Asia to the Middle East, Balkans, and North Africa.  Although he has only recently begun to release recordings, his duo partners have included a number of leading jazz and improvisational musicians including Bern Nix, Tomas Ulrich, Jason Hwang, William Parker, Frances-Marie Uitti, Ned Rothenberg, Mark Feldman, Mat Maneri, Lori Freedman, Kinan Azmeh, and Tatsuya Nakatani.

Over two nights at the Firehouse Space, Fanous will bring together some of the most original and acclaimed improvising musicians in New York to debut four different ensembles, including several first meetings, in multicultural explorations of free chamber improv.*

*  From recent reviews of Ayman Fanous and Jason Hwang’s CD Zilzal (Innova, 2013)
      “The duo release Zilzal further defines the evolution of two master musician/composers pursing the most imaginative alternatives to the status quo.”
–Karl Ackerman, Allaboutjazz.com
      “This is music with ambition… for new forms of sounds, new ways to express things, full of emotional depth, with emotions that are too complex to be canvassed in old forms, too elusive to be captured in patterns, too deep to be expressed in shallow tunes.” –Stef, Freejazzblog.org*
“If [this music] is beautiful, it is the beauty of awe. At times it is wistful, at times wildly screeching. At times the musicians complement each other, at times they seem to be at war. At times one steps front and center, at times the other. This music that is on the edge of the future. It is music that needs to be heard and explored.” –Jack Goodstein, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
      “The flamenco and classical guitar roots of Fanous are paired perfectly with the evocative flights of fancy demonstrated by Hwang. Zilzal is built on passion both to the extreme and to the minimalist perspective; to venture into the cultural extremes as exhibited within Zilzal and and make the music accessible to a broad based audience is simply amazing.” –Brent Black, Criticaljazz.com *
   Nilometer at Roda, from Zilzal, by Ayman Fanous and Jason Hwang:






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May 29, 2014To: Listings/Critics/Features
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This concert is going to be a musical journey.

I will play from jazz standards and tunes form my latest album “Right Now”.

And more importantly as our society struggles to unite people, this concert will show how music unites all cultures, ways of life, ethnicities and religions with its universal language.
Fabrizio Sotti



Fabrizio Sotti has created a beautiful fusion of musical worlds on his latest full-length solo album, Right Now.
The world-renowned Italian jazz guitar virtuoso, producer, and songwriter successfully strikes a delicate balance between jazz and pop. It’s only natural given his legacy of diverse musical collaborations—which spans writing, producing and playing for everybody from Cassandra Wilson, Dead Prez, Q Tip, Estelle, Foxy Brown, K’naan, Melanie Fiona, Tupac and Jennifer Lopez to Whitney Houston and Gipsy Kings. However, on his latest record, the gap is effectively bridged as his impeccable chops meet irresistible melodies. Encompassing interpretations of six classic songs as well as six originals, he paints an intimate portrait of his personal history, and he also provides a glimpse at the future.
After releasing the highly acclaimed collaboration Another Country with Cassandra Wilson, he began working on Right Now in early 2012 with a fresh perspective. Since first moving to New York from Italy in 1991, he’s solidified himself as a premier presence in the jazz world with solo releases including 1999’s This World Upside Down, 2004’s Through My Eyes and 2010’s Inner Dance. He’s worked with prominent genre stalwarts including Al Foster, Randy Brecker, Roy Hargrove, John Patitucci, George Garzone, Cassandra Wilson,Terry-Lyne Carrington, Claudia Acuna to name a few. However, from the moment he started the sessions for Right Now with bassist Tony Grey and drummer Mino Cinelu, he knew that this collection would stand out from his extensive body of work.
“I’ve been blessed to have two careers, but they were always separate” he admits. “My career as a songwriter and producer has been primarily based in popular music, while as a recording artist, I’ve focused on the jazz field. Another Country prepared me to break some ground this time. I tried to write jazz with a pop feel. This came out of a spiritual necessity for me. I wanted to open up. It’s very different from my previous work as an artist, but it’s also very honest.”
As he captured that honesty, he invited some notable friends to join him in the studio. On a heartfelt reimagining of Bob Marley’s “Waitin’ In Vain”, his nuanced and intricate acoustic guitar playing matches up with smooth and soulful delivery from Shaggy and Res. The track holds a place in Sotti’s heart for a myriad of reasons.
“Everybody loves Bob Marley,” he affirms. “I had to do something special for this though. In the mid-nineties, I joined the Air Force in Italy because it was mandatory. They stationed me on the border of Yugoslavia in the middle of the war. ‘Mr. Boombastic’ came out, and people were blasting Shaggy all the time. The song comforted me during a very dark and tense period. I wanted Shaggy to do this with me because of that. He performed from his heart, and the track shows a different side of him. Also, Res sounds both fragile and communicative. Everything comes together really well.”
The same could be said for the swaggering collaboration with Ice T and M1 of Dead Prez on Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”. His elegant musical arrangement stirs a potent brew of hip-hop and classical, fortified by flashes of instrumental fireworks.
“I’ve been listening to ‘The Wall’ since I was seven-years-old,” he remembers. “I was an outcast because all I cared about was music. Everybody in Italy thought I was crazy. That song resonated with me so much though. I was also 14-years-old when the Berlin Wall fell. It was an historical moment when two worlds came together, and Germany was united again. Ice T and I wanted to tap into those social and emotional elements. It speaks for itself.”
A few dreams came true for Sotti when he got to record “Someone Else’s Tears” alongside Italian icon Zucchero. It marked Zucchero’s first collaboration with a jazz musician since working with Miles Davis, and the lyrics were actually penned by none other than U2’s Bono.
“In Europe, Zucchero is like Bruce Springsteen,” he goes on. “The duet he did with Miles, “Dune Mosse”, blew me away. Seeing an Italian singer with my jazz idol always stayed on my mind. I reached out to Zucchero when I was doing this album, and he suggested we do ‘Someone Else’s Tears’. It was a huge honor to say the least.”
Elsewhere on the album, Melanie Fiona teams up with him for an uplifting acoustic interpretation of Jimi Hendrix’s “The Wind Cries Mary,” while Isabella Lundgren, recently signed to the artist’s label Sotti Records, joins him for a bluesy and sweet reimagining of U2’s “One.”
He continues, “I used to watch the VHS tape of Rattle and Hum all the time. It tells the story of when U2 went to America. I dreamed every day of taking my own trip to the United States. A few years later, I did. It was incredible to work on the song with Isabella. I believe in her immensely, and we have great chemistry.”
Then, there’s the galloping original instrumental “Prancing Horse.” Handclaps punctuate his passionate finger-picking as he lithely commands the fretboard. Expanding his sonic palette, it’s also his very first flamenco-style tune ever.
“I dedicated it to Enzo Ferrari,” he smiles. “Growing up in Italy, you learn to recognize a Ferrari before you can spell. Then, you become a successful musician and can actually own one and race it. There’s all of this adrenaline, passion, beauty, and sophistication associated with that machine. I wanted to convey that emotion and dedicate it to a fellow Italian.”
As a whole, Right Now encapsulates a certain ethos for Sotti. As the world continues to speed up and fret about what’s ahead, he’s urging the exact opposite.
He concludes, “Where society is at the moment, everybody is freaking out about the future. I want people to immerse themselves in a peaceful journey when they hear this album and try to enjoyliving in the moment. I’m hoping everyone can join me there Right Now.”
Right Now was recorded at Sotti Studios in NYC and mixed at Piety Studios in New Orleans by legendary engineer John Fishbach. Fabrizio produced and arranged all of the songs on the album.Fabrizio Sotti @ Facebook »– See more at: http://highlineballroom.com/show/2014/06/04/fabrizio-sotti-friends/#sthash.nyysP14G.dpuf



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