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CimaFest NOLA via 360 MAGAZINE.

CimaFest NOLA

Hep Cat Entertainment Presents 1st Annual CimaFest NOLA adds unique Cuban swagger to Jazz Fest Night Show offerings
Fresh off his Grammy nomination, Cuban funk powerhouse Cimafunk is announcing the 1st annual CimaFest NOLA, an evening of musical magic on Saturday, April 29th. Taking place at the Civic Theater during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, CimaFest NOLA 2023 will bring together Cimafunk and his band La Tribu with other Cuban legends like percussionist.

Pedrito Martinez and singer Brenda Navarrete (with more artists TBA in the coming weeks). Tickets go on sale Friday, January 13, at 12PM CST.

“The love New Orleans has given me is beyond words,” says Cimafunk. “I’ve learned so much from the musicians there, the local culture and the vibe and groove of the city, the history and struggles of the African descendants there, and a strong connection with Cuba. I can’t wait to throw a musical party to celebrate all of it, and I’m bringing some great Afrocuban musical heavyweights to lay down the funk with me.”

CimaFunk NOLA will elevate Cimafunk’s presence in New Orleans to the next level, after last year’s inaugural Jazz Fest performance, multiple sold-out shows at venues like Tipitina’s concert collaborations with The Soul Rebels, Tank and the Bangas, Trombone Shorty, Galactic, and Big Freedia. With each show during the last two years of relentless touring, this masterful Cuban artist has further cemented his place as one of the world’s most passionate and dynamic performers.

It’s a special moment in time for Cimafunk, who is currently up for the Grammy in the Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album category for his latest recording “El Alimento.”

He is also preparing to host The 2023 Havana Funk Expedition (January 12-16), a cultural exchange in his home country that will bring together Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Galactic, Mannie Fresh and students from the Trombone Shorty Foundation with a host of Cuban artists and students. This is a follow up to the historic Getting Funky in Havana trip in 2020 that played an integral role in strengthening Cimafunk’s connection with the music of New Orleans, as well as his music to New Orleans musicians.

The historical ties between the music of Cuba and New Orleans are rooted in centuries of shared experiences and sounds, and in recent years those connections have been ignited by Cimafunk and his musical counterparts in the Crescent City. CimaFest NOLA 2023 will offer a unique addition to the arsenal of night-time Jazz Fest performances by showcasing the spirit and soul of Cuban music, with a smattering of New Orleans funk and jazz added to “el gumbo musical.”

“Although we may not speak the same language, musically we do,” adds Cimafunk. “Because our cultures are so closely tied together, our music reflects that, and we intend to bring it all together on stage at CimaFest NOLA.”

WHAT: Hep Cat Entertainment Presents: CimaFest NOLA

WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 2023. Doors 8pm/Show 9pm

WHERE: The Civic Theatre, 510 O’Keefe Ave, New Orleans LA 70113

TICKETS: $50 on sale Friday, Jan 13 at 12pm CST
Ticket link HERE.

*Link will not be live until Friday at 12pm CST when tickets go on sale HERE.

Pedrito site HERE.

CimaFunk site HERE.


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Mostly Mozart Festival illustration for Lincoln Center via 360 Magazine

Mostly Mozart Festival

Pianist/composer Conrad Tao’s upcoming appearances with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra under the direction of Louis Langrée at Damrosch Park on July 19 and 20, presented by Lincoln Center as part of Summer for the City.

Conrad will be performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 and Still’s “Out of the Silence”, arranged for piano, flute, and strings, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. The program also features the overture to Bologne’s lone surviving complete opera, L’Amant anonyme.

The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra performs two free outdoor concerts in Damrosch Park in celebration of the city in Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director Louis Langrée’s 20th year at the helm. Incorporating Music: Not Impossible wearable technology for Deaf and hard-of-hearing audience members, the program opens with the overture to Bologne’s lone surviving complete opera, L’Amant anonyme. The virtuosic pianist Conrad Tao joins for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 and Still’s “Out of the Silence” from his impressionistic Seven Traceries, arranged for piano, flute, and strings. The evening culminates with Tao and the orchestra performing Gershwin’s jazz-tinged Rhapsody in Blue

Conductor: Louis Langrée

Soloist: Conrad Tao, piano


BOLOGNE Overture to L’amant anonyme

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 17 

STILL “Out of the Silence,” from Seven Traceries

GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue

Area 15 Announces 2022 Live Performance via Laurent Velazquez for use by 360 MAGAZINE


AREA15, the immersive art and entertainment district located minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, announces its roster of internationally-recognized performers for its 2022 summer lineup.

Soul in the Machine: Live in the Portal
Date: Sunday, July 3
Time: Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the first show and 9:30 p.m. for the second show.
Location: The Portal
Cost: General admission is $19.95 and VIP admission, including one drink and access to a VIP lounge chill area is $49.95. Must be 21 or older to enter. Click here to purchase tickets.
Description: Experience Soul in the Machine live inside the projection-mapped Portal for two exclusive shows. Combining the powerful sound of electronica with rock, jazz and classical music genres, Soul in the Machine will bring an artful performance to the space. Performed on hand-crafted kinetic instruments designed by local artist Henry Chang, the experience will transport guests into an audio-visual explosion of seeing and feeling music.

Desert Hearts: Live in the A-Lot
Date: Saturday, July 9
Time: Doors open at 9:30 p.m.
Location: A-Lot
Cost: Tickets start at$19.95 per person. Must be 21 or older to enter. Click here to purchase tickets.
Description: The Desert Hearts crew is bringing their epic party back to the A-Lot with house and techno beats all night long. Guests can dance beneath the stars and vibe out as Mikey Lion, Marbs, and Porky hit the stage for one night only. Attendees will also enjoy a live performance by special guest, Rodriguez Jr.

The Polish Ambassador: Live in The Portal with Support by Tone Ranger
Date: Friday, July 22
Time: Doors open at 9 p.m.
Location: The Portal
Cost:Tickets start at $19.95 per person. Must be 21 or older to attend. Click here to purchase tickets.
Description: Attendees are invited to put on their dancing shoes for a special double headlining set and outer space dance party with The Polish Ambassador and Tone Ranger. As a musician, producer, recording artist, composer and dance floor general, The Polish Ambassador is one of the country’s premier EDM/live crossover artists. Tone Ranger creates dance and ambient music reflecting the supernatural beauty of the American Southwest. Uniting light and shadow, chaos and order, future and retro, he weaves daring electronic compositions designed for the dance floor.

Happy Camper
Date: Saturday, July 23
Time: Doors open at 9 p.m.
Location: A-Lot
Cost: Tickets starting at $29.95. Must be 18 or older to attend. Click here to purchase tickets.
Description: Guests are invited to experience their wildest summer camp dreams outdoors in AREA15’s A-Lot. The Happy Camper party is a wondrous playground filled with the grooviest music and beats, wacky camp-inspired games and activities, friendly competitions and contests, trippy art exhibitions and other surprise and delights AREA15’s A-Lot will be decked out with summertime vibes, festival fashions as guests dance to the beats of live DJs and performances. Music lineup includes Passion Pit (DJ Set), Matthew Dear, SNBRN, Freak On and Danger House.

Purity Ring – Tour de Womb
Date: Monday, July 25
Time: Doors open at 8 p.m.
Location: A-Lot
Cost:General admission tickets start at $23 per person; VIP admission is available for $69.95. Must be 18 or older to attend. Click here to purchase tickets.
Description: Electronic pop duo Purity Ring’s Tour de Womb hits the A-Lot for a captivating one-night-only performance. Tour de Womb is the band’s return to the stage after more than five years as well as a showcase of Purity Ring’s third album, “WOMB.” Tour de Womb will also feature support by Ekkstacy, an 18-year-old artist from Vancouver, Canada, renowned for fusing the sounds of indie, post punk and synth wave together.

DJ Seinfeld: Live in the Portal
Date: Thursday, August 4
Time: Doors open at 8 p.m.
Location: The Portal
Cost: Tickets start at$19.95 per person. Must be 21 or older to enter. Click here to purchase tickets.
Description: DJ Seinfeld brings sweeping emotive cuts, verdant dancefloor workouts and discerning dips into jungle and breaks to The Portal stage. His beats are ultimately guided by an idea of authenticity, true to the spirit of the early house pioneers and the unabashed rawness the confines of their equipment demanded.

Fatima Hajji, Sian and Brennen Grey: Live in the Portal
Date: Friday, August 5
Time: Doors open at 9 p.m.
Location: The Portal
Cost:Tickets start at $19.95 per person. Must be 21 or older to enter. Click here to purchase tickets.
Description: Attendees will discover the sounds of the underground as Fatima Hajji, Sian and Brennen Grey bring the heat to the projection-mapped Portal. From techno’s analog and classical roots to more contemporary sounds, including techno-house, Fatima Hajji brings freshness, audacity and ruthless grooves. Known for delivering sweat-soaked, hypnotic shows and prolific music releases burning deep into the collective psyche, Sian’s vibrant sound brings unmistakable energy to packed dance floors. Lastly, anchoring himself at the forefront of the rich and evolving techno scene is Brennen Grey bringing high energy and deep driving beats.

Paul Oakenfold – A Perfecto Experience with Support by Liquid Todd
Date: Saturday, August 6
Time: Doors open at 9:30 p.m.
Location: A-Lot
Cost:Tickets start at $22.50 per person. Must be 21 or older to attend. Click here to purchase tickets.
Description: Celebrate more than 30 years of Perfecto Records with label head honcho Paul Oakenfold and Liquid Todd as they take over the outdoor stage in the A-Lot. With more than 5 million albums sold worldwide and three Grammy nominations, Oakenfold is one of the industry’s most revered and successful artists of all time. Hailed as the “godfather of electronic music,” he’s been voted the “world’s best DJ” twice by DJ Mag. Liquid Todd is an award-winning DJ, programmer and producer at SiriusXM Radio known for his highly entertaining and original radio shows and dynamic live performances.

Fool’s Gold Presents A-Trak + Friends
Date: Saturday, August 13
Time: Doors open at 8 p.m.
Location: A-Lot
Cost: Tickets start at$25 per person. Must be 18 or older to enter and 21 or older to consume alcohol. Click here to purchase tickets.
Description: AREA15 invites guests to a party in the A-Lot with A-Trak + Friends. Guests can dance under the summertime night sky to an eclectic mix of electronic and hip-hop featuring A-Trak, Mick Jenkins, Coco + Breezy, Sasha Marie and local support from BGMKE. A-Trak is the quintessential cultural connector. His 20-year career has seen him take turns as an internationally renowned turntablist, Grammy-nominated producer, innovative remixer, globetrotting DJ and more.

The Teaches of Peaches Anniversary Tour
Date: Sunday, August 14
Time: Doors open at 9 p.m.
Location: The Portal
Cost: Tickets start at $22.95. The Teaches of Peachespackage starts at $99. Click here to purchase tickets.
Description: Feminist icon and pop provocateur Peaches celebrates 20 years of her iconic album “The Teaches of Peaches.” Performing the album in its entirety, Peaches will bring wild, non-stop energy to the projection-mapped Portal. Support to be announced. 

Mindchatter: Live in the Portal
Date: Friday, August 19
Time: Doors open at 8:30 p.m.
Location: The Portal
Cost: Tickets start at$19.95 per person. Must be 18 or older to enter and 21 or older to consume alcohol. Click here to purchase tickets.
Description: Attendees can vibe to the voices dancing inside their heads as emerging singer, songwriter and producer Mindchatter takes over the projection-mapped Portal with a visually stimulating live performance. By fusing introspective and thought-provoking lyrics with infectious, danceable beats, Mindchatter earned praise for his genre-defying sound and unique approach.

The Funk Hunters: Live in the Portal
Date: Thursday, September 8
Time: Doors open at 9 p.m.
Location: The Portal
Cost: Tickets start at $16. Must be 18 or older to enter. Click here to purchase tickets.
Description: Attendees are invited to get down with The Funk Hunters inside the 360-degree projection-mapped Portal. The Canadian duo brings the party to the dance floor with electro-soul, funk-inspired bass jams.

Gunz For Hire: Live in the Portal
Date: Saturday, September 10
Time: Doors open at 9 p.m.
Location: The Portal
Cost: Tickets start at$25 per person. Must be 21 or older to enter. Click here to purchase tickets.
Description: Guests are invited to go hard with Dutch raw hardstyle duo Gunz For Hire as they bring the frenzy with their staggering multi-climatic live show. Consisting of two hardstyle heavyweights and long-time comrades, Adaro and Ran-D, Gunz For Hire was conceived through both a musical and performance-driven bond.

Zimmer: Live in the Portal
Date: Thursday, September 22
Time: Doors open at 8:30 p.m.
Location: The Portal
Cost: Tickets start at$16 per person. Must be 21 or older to enter. Click here to purchase tickets.
Description: Zimmer will bring his feel-good nu-disco vibes and dreamy soundscapes to the projection-mapped Portal. As part of a new wave of French electronic musicians such as Rone, Superpoze, Paradis and more, Zimmer’s melodic sounds blend techno and disco. After three EPs and his debut album, he returns in 2022 with his new single, “Afterlife.”

Jody Wisternoff + Marsh: Live in the Portal
Date: Friday, September 23
Time: Doors open at 9 p.m.
Location: The Portal
Cost:Tickets start at $17.95 per person. Must be 21 or older to attend. Click here to purchase tickets.
Description: Anjunadeep record label stars Jody Wistneroff and Marsh will take over the projection-mapped Portal inside AREA15. After decades of success as a popular DJ in the 1980s and 90s in the hip hop and rave scenes, Jody Wisternoff now creates trance-infused progressive house sets as a successful solo artist. Marsh continues to tell his story of healing and inner peace through his enchantingly deep and progressive sound after touring across the globe and creating a vivid catalog of more than 40 releases.

Markus Schulz – Down The Rabbit Hole Open To Close
Date: Friday, September 30
Time: Doors open at 9 p.m.
Location: The Portal
Cost:Tickets start at $25 per person. Must be 21 or older to attend. Click here to purchase tickets.
Description: Markus Schulz will appear inside the projection-mapped Portal for an electrifying performance inside AREA15. Over the past 10 years the German DJ has crafted the individual musical identities of progressive, trance and house into his own unique fusion sound. The combined influence of his headlining DJ sets, Armada and Coldharbour label releases and his prominent Global DJ Broadcast radio show have placed him at the forefront of the U.S. EDM revolution.

AREA15, located minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, represents the world’s first purpose-built immersive entertainment district offering live events, distinctive attractions, interactive art installations, extraordinary design elements, unique retail, ground-breaking technology, bars and eateries and much more. AREA15’s curated mix of dynamic destinations—including Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart, Lost Spirits Distillery, Illuminarium, Dueling Axes, Five Iron Golf, The Beast by Todd English, Wink World: Portals Into the Infinite, Museum Fiasco, Virtualis VR, Emporium Arcade Bar and many more—represents what’s next in experiential entertainment. With a robust, ever-changing roster of concerts, events, immersive art exhibitions, out-of-this-world nightlife and boundary-pushing production shows, AREA15 attracts visitors of all ages.

AREA15 has received numerous accolades, including being named “Best Immersive Art Experience” by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards, one of “The 10 Most Innovative Urban Development and Real Estate Companies of 2020” by Fast Company, “Best Place for Your Instagram Shot” as well as “Best Attraction” for two consecutive years by Las Vegas Weekly Readers’ Choice Best of Vegas Awards, “Best Arts Hub” by Vegas Magazine, claiming the No. 1 spot in Blooloop’s “World’s Top 11 Immersive Art Experiences” and being included in Las Vegas Magazine’s Hall of Fame.

Sony Music Japan inside the first take via 360 magazine


Japan’s No.1 YouTube omnibus music channel THE FIRST TAKE has announced the overseas streaming of the conceptual concert, INSIDE THE FIRST TAKE on Stagecrowd.

Performers will include ALI, who sang “LOST IN PARADISE feat. AKLO” (the ending theme of 1st season of the TV anime Jujutsu Kaisen), yama, who sang “Oz.” (the ending theme of the 1st season of the TV anime “Ranking of Kings”), and many others.

The archived footage of the conceptual concert, “INSIDE THE FIRST TAKE,” organised by the YouTube channel “THE FIRST TAKE,” will be streamed overseas on Stagecrowd.

“THE FIRST TAKE” is a YouTube channel from Japan that films and releases videos featuring artist performances shot in a single take. The channel has over 6 million subscribers — the most out of all omnibus music channels in Japan.

Performances are filmed in a pure white space with the artist in front of a single mic. The production is simple and stripped down, and the resulting footage highlights the artist’s pure talent.

In this conceptual concert, fans can witness the single-take filming style of “THE FIRST TAKE.” In addition, before an artist’s performance, an exclusive documentary about the track that will be performed will also be shown with English subtitle, deepening your understanding of the song.

Featured performers include popular artists who made global hits such as ALI, who sang “LOST IN PARADISE feat. AKLO” (the ending theme of 1st season of the TV anime “Jujutsu Kaisen”),  yama, who sang “Oz.” (the ending theme of the 1st season of the TV anime “Ranking of Kings”), ReoNa, who sang “ANIMA” (the opening theme of the TV anime “Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld”), and many others.

It’s the first ever live performance from THE FIRST TAKE, gathering artists that have been trending


■ What is “THE FIRST TAKE”?

“THE FIRST TAKE” is a YouTube channel that captures artists’ amazing vocal performances in a single take on stunning 4K quality.

The channel was established on 15th November 2019,  and in less than a year reached 2 million subscribers in September 2020. The next year the number increased by 3 million, bringing the total number of subscribers to 5 million.

Amongst all Japanese music YouTube channels (outside of official artist accounts), “THE FIRST TAKE” was the fastest channel to reach 5 million and 6 million subscribers and is the most subscribed channel for the Japanese omnibus genre.

Artists who have appeared on “THE FIRST TAKE” include LiSA, who sang the global hit Gurenge, the first opening theme of the TV anime “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba,” and TK from Ling tosite Sigure, who sang “unravel”, the first opening theme of the TV anime “Tokyo Ghoul.”

In addition, many artists from outside Japan have also appeared, such as Stray Kids, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, Jun. K (from 2PM), and Pentatonix (who appeared in a collaboration song with Little Glee Monster).

The channel is popular with the international audience, with about 30% of the subscribers being overseas users from countries and regions such as Taiwan, Indonesia, the United States, and the Philippines.

■ Stream Information

Thursday, 16 June 2022
ALI / Creepy Nuts / Da-iCE / yama

Saturday, 18 June 2022
Soushi Sakiyama / HENTAI SHINSHI CLUB / miwa / ReoNa  

Opening (Stream Opens) 19: 30 / Start (Concert Starts) 20:00 / 

End (Concert Ends) Approximately 22:30

*Archive: 1 week from stream date (DAY1 until 23 June 23:59 / DAY2 until 25 June 23:59)

*All times in JST

1-Day ticket: 2000 Yen

Ticket Purchase / Viewing URL (For Overseas Fans)

Available Countries/Regions

Japan / Taiwan / Hong Kong / Macau / Thailand / Malaysia / Singapore/ Brazil / Peru / Australia / New ZealandUK / Germany / France / Italy / SpainUS / Canada / Mexico

* Archive will be available for viewing approximately 1 hour after the end of the stream.

* After purchasing the ticket, cancellations, changes, and refunds are not possible for reasons other than the postponement or cancellation of the performance.

* Due to issues with the internet infrastructure or broadcast system, video and audio may be interrupted, and the performance may be temporarily suspended or terminated halfway.

* This performance is a paid, ticketed live stream. All rights are owned by the organizer. Screen recording, filming, and recording with cameras, smartphones, etc. are all prohibited.

YouTube Channel「THE FIRST TAKE」

■ Program Concept

A single microphone placed in a white studio.

There is only one rule here:

Perform in a single take

Other than that, you can do anything.

What will you show with a single take?

Face the music with a single take.

Official Site





*This Press Release is provided by Stagecrowd

About Love via Russ Rowland for use by 360 Magazine

Chekhov + Turgenev

Blueprint Productions presents adaptations of the works of Chekhov and Turgenev, presented in repertory, and scored in jazz: About Love, a musical play with songs, inspired by Ivan Turgenev’s novella, “First Love”; and Three Sisters, a sparkling new adaptation of the play by Anton Chekhov. Both productions are adapted and directed by Will Pomerantz, and feature an original jazz score by Nancy Harrow, performed nightly by a live jazz quartet. It will be a four-week repertory, May 10 through June 5 at The Sheen Center (18 Bleecker Street at the corner of Elizabeth Street, NYC) in The Frank Shiner Theater. The official opening is Thursday, May 19. Tickets are available online HERE, by phone, or in-person at The Sheen Center box office Monday to Friday noon to 5 PM at least one hour before performances.

About Love tells the compelling story of a young man who expects to spend a quiet summer with his parents in the Russian countryside, but soon discovers those three months will be the most consequential of his life. He learns the difference between love and passion, and the ephemeral nature of life itself. About Love is inspired by Ivan Turgenev’s beautifully crafted short story, “First Love,” originally published in 1860. Turgenev was one of Russia’s first modern writers to achieve international acclaim with his novel, Fathers and Sons, and his play, A Month in the Country

In Chekhov’s masterpiece, Three Sisters, Olga, Masha and Irina are talented, cultured young women who were raised in urban Moscow, but have been living in a small provincial town for eleven years. Within these less than vibrant surroundings, each pursues her dreams and passions amongst the soldiers garrisoned there, all while yearning for a return to Moscow. In this world-premiere version, audiences will experience afresh what makes this writer so memorable and indispensable.

The company of Chekhov + Turgenev features John Ahlin, Silvia Bond, Essence Brown, Nathan Hinton, Miles G. Jackson, Nehal Joshi, Amanda Nichols, Tom Patterson, Elizabeth Ramos, Tommy Schrider, Jean Tafler, Pilar Witherspoon and more to be announced.

Chekhov + Turgenev features a live jazz quartet nightly: music director Misha Josephs on guitar, Ben Sutin on violin, Ryan Berg on bass, and Steve Picataggio on drums. The scenic design is by Brian Staton, lighting design by Allen Hahn and costume design by Whitney Locher. Heather Arnson’s YesAnd Productions serves as General Management.

“Chekhov + Turgenev is a unique theatrical opportunity for audiences to experience, in rotating repertory, two writers who changed playwriting forever, and whose influence still resonates today,” says adaptor and director Will Pomerantz. “Both Chekhov and Turgenev strived to contain the entirety of the human experience in their work, and they did it with a combination of heart, humor and humanity that remains unparalleled. The original jazz scores by beloved jazz singer and composer Nancy Harrow punctuate and underscore these timeless works. Both productions will share a company of actors who will delight audiences with their versatility, as they double the many singular roles created by these two celebrated writers.” 



A Tubi Original two-hour special, premieres Friday, March 4, celebrating vocalists whose talent, strength and ability to overcome obstacles made them a force of nature in the music industry. We all know them by one name: Amy (Winehouse), Aaliyah (Dana Haughton), Left Eye (Lisa Lopes) and Selena (Quintanilla-Perez). GONE BEFORE HER TIME gives us a look back at their legacies with feature interviews from those who were closest to them. These trailblazers will forever be known as the stars that were destined to shine bright, influencing generations to come.

About Tubi

Tubi has more than 40,000 movies and television series from more than 250+ content partners, including every major studio, in addition to the largest offering of free live local and national news channels in streaming. The platform gives fans of entertainment, news and sports an easy way to discover new content that is available completely free.

Tubi is available on Android and iOS mobile devices, Amazon Echo Show, Google Nest Hub, and on OTT devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, GoogleTV, Vizio TVs, Sony TVs, Samsung TVs, Hisense TVs, Comcast X1, Cox Contour, PlayStation 4 and 5 and Xbox One and Series X | S. Consumers can also watch Tubi content on the web HERE.


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‘Untitled (Grandassas in Car)’ via Kwame Brathwaite for use by 360 MAGAZINE

12on12 × Swizz Beats – ‘Long Live Jazz’

This February we see the creative vinyl company known as 12on12 and record producer Swizz Beatz joined forces to build their latest vinyl phenomena, ‘Long Live Jazz.’ Pre-order HERE.

Known for their unique and fresh outlet for music consumption, 12on12 elevates themselves in this new partnership with Swizz Beats. For this special bespoke collectors’ edition project, Swizz compiled a set of hand-picked tracks that represent his own passion for the genre of jazz music.

Throughout the collection, we are taken through a listening experience full of rich, historical jazz greats like Miles Davies and Kenny Dorham. We even see modern, jazzed renditions of modern pop hits from artists like The Weeknd revised by the upcoming jazz artists of today, such as Immanuel Wilkins.

The 12” vinyl record art showcases images from Swizz’s personal compilation (The Dean Collection). The cover record art was shot by Kwame Brathwaite in New York during a 1968 Garvey Day Celebration. Brathwaite is known for his extensive work in the realm of jazz, having been a co-founder of the African Jazz Arts Society and Studios (AJASS), and is renowned for photographing stars like Stevie Wonder and Bob Marley, as well as jazz icons Miles Davies and John Coltrane.

Swizz Beats spoke on this project, stating, “Jazz has always been magic to our ears. I feel like it should definitely get more attention! This is the first step to pay homage to the great craft & art. Photography is also one of the best expressions of art and should be shown more often. Art & Music are brothers and sisters so I thought it was a great match. I’m a big fan of Kwame and I also love I’m able to share pieces from my collection through music!”

Claudia Moross, founder and chief of 12on12, too, raved about the collaboration, stating, “Our goal is to create transcending experiences through music and art, the combination of playing the record while exploring the thoughtfully curated artwork commissioned for the sleeve allows for a precious moment of cultural enjoyment. 12on12’s are very much pieces of art that can be collected and treasured.

“With Swizz’s finger on the pulse and his well-documented history within music and art, the brand will be upping the ante as we look to work with the very best artists, both visual and musical, to curate future Vinylworks. I am really looking forward to the next chapter for 12on12 and with the expertise and passion Swizz Beatz brings to the table I’m really excited for what’s to come for the brand.”

12on12, too, worked with Vinyl Me, Please (VMP) for the delivery of ‘Long Live Jazz.’ VMP is a critical link in the world of vinyl as they work to produce vinyl packages. In 2022, they are expected to ship 800,000 vinyl records, observing the true affect of music on the world.

Claudia Moross added more insight on this, saying, “12on12’s partnership with Vinyl Me, Please gives us the opportunity to reach a large, dedicated base of avid music and visual media fans who might enjoy our unique Vinylworks.”

Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine

92nd Street Y

92nd Street Y (92Y) is a nonprofit civic and cultural facility that aims to bring people together through the performing and visual arts, education, health, fitness and Jewish life. 92Y has a wide assortment of programs, classes and events open for the community that nurture creativity. Such curricula includes online and in-person live concerts, parenting workshops, master, fitness and art classes.

The mission of 92Y is to house resources that promote the physical, mental and spiritual health of individuals throughout their lives. Founded 147 years ago, all the programming generated at the 92Y center is built on the foundation of Jewish values. While curated to serve Jewish people, 92Y follows the Jewish value of welcoming all differing ages, races, religions and ethnicities of people.

The Knights Ensemble in Residence

As a collective of musicians seeking to renovate the orchestral experience, The Knights are artistically directed by the Jacobsen brothers, with Eric Jacobsen as conductor. The Brooklyn-based orchestral cooperative The Knights showcased the first of three concerts during this fall and spring at their residency at 92Y.

The heart of the concert stages two classical works – Schubert’s bright “Unfinished” Symphony and Vaughn Williams’ superb The Lark Ascending, featuring Knights Artistic Director Colin Jacobsen as violin soloist. The programming of The Knights navigates Manhattan’s Lower East Side in the 1990s and Vienna in the 1820s, highlighting subjects of revitalization and renewal, while echoing Schubert in work of a Creole-influenced composer.

360 Magazine was invited to attend The Knights concert on Saturday December 11. We stood by, bearing the recent loss of love. Our heads were heavy, entering this season, but be that as it may, we gathered the courage. And, what the audience witnessed was nothing short of astonishing – suspensive string clips, haunting flute sounds coupled with intermittent triangular percussion rings penetrated the auditorium.

Eric (conductor) and Colin’s limitless love for one another was the vitality of this whole series. Their playlist literally tickled our souls, watered our desires while our vellum hairs danced with deception. Each section took us on a mental roller coaster – sitting in the forward car, enjoying the initial fall with our hands toward the sky. This meticulously blended set is like good wine and possesses all the sweet and refreshing notes of Napa.

Eric ran into sweat directing while we were all mesmerized at his art of bending the air. Colin dominated the audience with his vulnerability, eerie arrangement and tremendous talent. To sum up, The Knights adopt an unorthodox approach to music, exposing their joie de vivre to whomever is willing to embrace their truth.

Eric Jacobsen

Conductor of The Knights Eric Jacobson has gained the reputation of leading revolutionary projects. Jacobsen has conducted The Knights at New York venues including Carnegie Hall and Central Park, as well as internationally at the Vienna Musikverein, Cologne Philharmonie and Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. Serving as Music Director of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Jacobsen was recently appointed Music Director of the Virginia Symphony. With much call as a guest conductor, he too just led the Camerata Bern, Detroit Symphony, Alabama Symphony, ProMuscia Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Philharmonie Merck and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad.

Colin Jacobsen

Known as a violinist and composer, Colin Jacobsen is a captivating figure serving the classical music scene. Jacobsen was named one of the top 100 composures under 40 by NPR listeners. Operating as an active Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning soloist, he has toured with Silkroad since it was established in 2000. For his landmark work in the string quartet Brooklyn Rider and orchestra The Knights, Jacobsen was chosen amongst the nation’s leading visual and performing artists to obtain an esteemed United States Artists Fellowship.

Wed, Jan 19, 2022, 7:30 pm ET

The Knights collaborate with pianist Aaron Diehl for a blend of jazz and classical music. The ensemble welcomes Diehl as they explore Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue and trailblazer Mary Lou WilliamsZodiac Suite. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 is also featured with varieties from Ravel’s Baroque-inspired Le Tombeau de Couperin. Closing out the show is Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, arranged by Michael P. Atkinson.

Sat, Apr 30, 2022, 8 pm ET

Edgar Meyer, critically acclaimed double bass virtuoso and composer, unites with The Knights for the New York premiere of his second concerto. The show unfolds with a showing of Jamaican-born British composer Eleanor Alberga’s Shining Gates of Morpheus featuring Knights hornist David Byrd-Marrow. The closing of the show continues the American spirit of Meyer’s work is Coplands’ Appalachian Spring.

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Nikara Warren – Black Wall Street

Vibraphonist, composer, arranger, and educator Nikara Warren is excited to announce her debut album Nikara Presents Black Wall Street, due out November 12, 2021. To ring in the announcement, Warren has shared the jazzy, rap-centered single “Run Ricky.”  Stream it on Spotify HERE and Apple Music HERE. Warren has several performances slated through the rest of the year, not least among them the Nikara Presents Black Wall Street album release show at NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2) on Saturday, November 13. See below for the full list of upcoming performances.

The granddaughter of towering piano legend Kenny Barron, Warren has labored to solidify the album as a celebration of Black excellence in music, a joyous celebration of cultures, genres, identities, and resilience. While she is an accomplished vibraphonist and a true student of jazz, Warren’s music is an ecstatic celebration of many musical styles, from soul and funk to rock and rap, and everything in between.

Nikara Warren is a true Brooklynite. Born and bred in the eclectic and electric enclave, her family, her friends, her band, and her musical pedigree are a microcosm of the county at large. Her grandfather is world-renowned jazz pianist Kenny Barron, and she’s the daughter of a half Trinidadian soca/dancehall lover father, and a classic 1990s “Brooklyn Round the Way” girl mother. 

“I would wake up hearing Dizzy Gillespie; get in the car with my mom and listen to TLC; be dropped off at school and listen to System of a Down or The Who; play Charles Mingus in band; hear Biggie on the way home, and listen to Trio de Paz or some Brazilian music while eating dinner. Rhythm was always key,” she explains.

Today, Nikara celebrates Black excellence in music with her triumphant debut album, Nikara Presents Black Wall Street, out November 12. The provocative and evocative title commemorates the horrific Tulsa massacre when white mobs in Tulsa, Oklahoma attacked Black residents and their destroyed homes and businesses. It’s a day that has cast a dark shadow on Black achievement, though Nikara prefers to honor her Black ancestries’ splendor with a joyous celebration of cultures, genres, identities, and resilience.

“Back in 2012, when Trayvon Martin was killed, there was a lot happening in the news. I grew up in Brooklyn so it wasn’t uncommon to hear about people being assaulted and killed by cops, but it was uncommon for it to be televised,” Nikara recalls. She continues: “Around this time, I learned about Black Wall Street, and I started to understand the greatness of being Black through music. With my album, I wanted to get across the excellence of our heritage and create something new and modern from the Black Diaspora music culture in the West.”

As a composer, a musician, and an educator, Nikara is reimagining vibes. She is taking the instrument to the people with her infectious compositional sense, her post-modern patchwork of influences and cultural signposts, and her fearless musicality. Her bold quest comes from being well-versed in the vibraphone lineage, but seeking to adventure beyond it. 

Nikara earned a scholarship to the esteemed Berklee College of Music, and she was selected for the prestigious Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program for original composition in 2013 and 2014. Nikara has performed as a part of SF Jazz’s “Women on The Rise” program, highlighting notable upcoming women in the jazz industry. In addition, Nikara has performed Black Wall Street compositions at NYC Winter Jazz Fest and at The Kennedy Center. 

Nikara grew up with her grandfather in the house, so naturally piano was her first instrument. Around the age of 14 Nikara switched to bass. She first heard vibes being played at the legendary Village Vanguard in her grandpa’s jazz ensemble, featuring the masterful Stefon Harris. Nikara was always a percussive person, and the vibes percussive and melodic capabilities instantly appealed to her. 

Despite her passion for the vibes, Nikara had her sights set on being a music business mogul. She landed a promising job after college, but soon found she craved more creativity than the 9-5 grind offered. In 2012, Nikara started shedding the vibes relentlessly, and by 2015 left her job to dedicate her life to becoming a composer and an artist. That fateful year was the dawn of the Black Wall Street music and artistic perspective. 

All of Nikara’s personal, cultural, familial, and musical journeys converge on Black Wall Street. Here, she explores an abstract sound-collage: hip-hop, jazz, neo-soul, Afro-Latino and Afro-Caribbean rhythms, and more. Her vision is cohesive but eclectic, just like how people’s identities are a product of their various heritages and associations. 

Black Wall Street, the album and the musical vision, has become synonymous with the band, in fact, Nikara performs under the Black Wall Street moniker. The musicians are bonded together mainly by being Brooklynites, and what a Brooklyn upbringing represents in terms of cultural references and musical pedigrees. The album features Nikara Warren on vibes, Kenny Barron on piano, Paul “bae.bro” Wilson on keys, Hailey Niswanger on tenor sax, Stephen “Khemestry” Fowler on trumpet, Parker McAllister on bass, Corey Sanchez on guitar, and David Frazier, Jr. on drums and spd (sampling pad demo). 

The 10-album explores topics of race, gender, body positivity, personal-revelation, and acceptance. These weighty subjects are contextualized within a feel-good sensibility. “There is so much pain associated with the Black experience and within Black music. It was important to me to offset this by expressing joy, and making the music fun,” Nikara notes. 

Select album standouts include “Heather Gray,” featuring Kenny Barron, “Run Ricky,” “Mona Lisa,” featuring Nikara’s sister Be.Be, and “Womb Woes.” “Heather Gray” is the closest thing on the album to a jazz composition. It features an infectious groove and a spare chord change so the players can have fun blowing over it. “Run Ricky” is a politically-charged, dancehall-tinged hip-hop joint with a stinging narrative. The story arc is a modern tragedy of a Black artist unjustly killed by police. “Run Ricky” feels all too real, and it features glowering lines such as: Looked into his pocket they figured his vision/Blood stained fist with an eye drawn on some loose leaf/Photo went viral on Newsweek.

Nikara explores smoldering neo-soul on “Mona Lisa.” This is a love lost ballad of, and it features cinematic lyrics such as: She can never be like me/I’ll give it time for love to end/My solitary cigarette/Is all I have us have/Is this me? The track is sung by Nikara’s younger sister, Be.Be, a promising artist in her own right, and it gets a satiny reworking later on in the record with vocalist Melanie JB Charles. On the ensemble jazz piece, “Womb Woes,” Nikara addresses womanhood, female identity, and gender struggles. The song is made that much more potent by its screaming tenor sax solo courtesy of Hailey Niswanger. 

It took 6 years to realize the vision of Black Wall Street. Nikara says: “It felt like it was important to take my time and get everything right. When it was finished, I remember I was super amped up and screaming in my room listening to it. It felt like it came out so purely with a momentum all its own.” Up next, Nikara is raring to get back in the studio and flex her arrangement chops, possibly on a repertoire of classic R&B.