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Danish World Musicians To Perform With New York Headliners At Global Village Denmark-NY
Published November 28, 2006

Four world music ambassadors from Denmark’s lively local scene will perform with several esteemed New York players at the Global Village Denmark-NY.

On Saturday, January 20th at 8 PM, four world music ambassadors from Denmark’s lively local scene will appear in concert with several esteemed New York players. The Global Village Denmark-NY event was conceived to allow visiting artists to collaborate with the cream of NY based instrumentalists and music professionals, constructing an enduring artistic bridge between the two communities.

The event will take place at Makor Cultural Center,
35 West 67th St. (Between Columbus and Central Park), NYC
Admission will be $15 per person.

The participants are:

Among the self-described ingredients thrown into this Balkan-Scandinavian quintet’s musical pot are “somersaults, loose living, Nordic melancholy, foolhardiness, cheerful madness and a healthy dose of spirits.” Their instrumentation includes mandolin, clarinets, violin, electric bass and drums; virtuosic and original, they categorize their style as folk-based “bastard-ethno." Afenginn will be collaborating with trumpeter Frank London, whose prolific career as musician, bandleader, composer and producer with the Klezmatics is a good match for the band’s trajectory.

Proclaimed by Joe Zawinol as “the greatest accordion player I’ve ever heard – by far!” Lelo is a Serbian Gypsy by origin, but is well versed in all Balkan, particularly Romanian, traditions. A two-time receiver of the “World Accordion Champion” title, Lelo has recorded two solo albums to date, and wants to create the ultimate Balkan-Fusion band while in NYC. The NY lineup will include master tambal (cimbalom) player George Mihalache, Greek bass player Andreou Panagiotis, who has played extensively with jazz, Balkan, Turkish, Armenian, Middle Eastern, Afro-Caribbean and jazz lineups; Brazilian-born pianist and keyboardist Helio Alves, who has played and recorded with everyone from Yo-Yo Ma to Paquito D’Rivera, Cuban drummer Ernesto Simpson, who has toured and recorded with Richard Bona, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, and Ray Barretto.

Born in Israel to Bulgarian mother and Israeli father, singer-guitarist Dalia moved to Denmark following her graduation from the Berklee College Of Music in 1991. She has five solo albums to her credit and has recorded and toured with Randy Brecker, Adam Nussbaum and Jerry Bergonzi, among others. She will be showcasing excerpts from her upcoming Middle Eastern-tinged release “Pilpel”; due in 2007. Dalia will be working in with long-time collaborator Lelo Nika, Andreou Panagiotis on bass, Moroccan percussionist and oud player Brahim Fribgane, who has played and recorded with Hassan Hakmoun and Leni Stern among others, and violinist and oud master Rachid Halihal.

Laila Skovmand sings in a variety of languages, including one of her own, which she calls “Mumbo Jumbo,” while accompanying herself on piano. She incorporates echoes of Berlin’s 1920s cabaret scene, assorted ethnic influences, and Goth. Extremely original, diverse, crazy, beautiful, sensuous, evil, compelling and unique – these are just some of the words used by reviewers to describe Laila and her group Symfobia’s latest album, “Perler og Svin.” Accompanied by two members of her Danish band on guitar and tube, in NYC, Laila will be creating new, original material from an especially challenging palette. She will be working with Chinese pipa player and singer Min Xiao-Fen, who is internationally recognized for her virtuosity, fluid style and wide stylistic range, and Argentinean bandoneón player Hector Del Curto, a world-renowned player who shared the stage with Astor Piazolla, Pablo Ziegler, the National Symphony Orchestra at Kennedy Center, Gary Burton, and Joe Lovano.