music: Cutlery / Oran Etkin’s Kelenia / DJ Kris Anton / Jon Shina / bNb / Mike The Barber
Heidi Harris – vocals, clarinet, guitar, percussion
Christen Napier – vocals, banjo, percussion
Jessie Shaffer – vocals, violin, percussion
Cutlery is an all-female trio from Brooklyn, NY who play a blend of experimental and folk music with instruments such as typewriter, clarinet, violin, banjo, melodica, and candlesticks. Cutlery is very chameleon-like, and these ladies have been known to veer off into sea shantys, chamber music, and raucous rhythms.
Oran Etkin’s Kelenia
Oran Etkin – bass-clarinet, clarinet, sax
Makane Kouyate – calabash, djembe, vocals
Yacouba Sissoko – kora
Oran Ektin has been described as a “great clarinet player” and “an excellent improviser” by the New York Times’ jazz critic Ben Ratliff and a “woodwind maestro” by PRI’s internationally syndicated show, Afropop Worldwide. He has performed around the world with musicians ranging from jazz guitarist Mike Stern to rapper Wyclef Jean. His latest album, Kelenia (Motema Music), fuses traditional Malian and Jewish music with modern jazz creating what the Boston Globe dubbed a”hypnotic balance between straight-ahead jazz and world music”.
The CD features Oran’s working group with Malian griot musicians Balla Kouyate, Makane Kouyate and bassist Joe Sanders as well as guests including vocalist Abdoulaye Diabate, Grammy Award Winning artists Lionel Loueke and John Benitez and even a string quartet on one track. The resulting sound is a reflection of Oran’s musical personality rooted in jazz but shaped by the many musical worlds that Oran is a part of in New York, including African, Jewish, Haitian and New Orleans music. Even before its release, Kelenia debuted at # 10 on the nationwide radio charts and All Music Guidehas declared that Oran “sets a new standard for world music in the decade of the 2000s”. Oran Etkin will perform an intimate set of music from Kelenia at Epistrophy, shining a spotlight on the spontaneous rhythmic and melodic interplay between these musicians in a small-group setting.
DJ Kris Anton
Kris Anton has deejayed in almost every context, in a large variety of places over the past 15 years; as resident sound guy/DJ at Rubulad, the Zipper Factory,Bowery Poetry Club, Cbgb’s Gallery/Lounge, Glasslands Gallery, and now Galapagos Art Space. His collection ranges from dustbin relics to the cutting edge, french disco to bollywood classics; although his specialty is in burlesque/cabaret, circus, and the obscure.
Day 2 – Jon Shina/bNb-Elena Camerin/DJ Mike the Barber
An Iraqi American originally hailing from Boston, Jon Shina’s music has been featured in VICE magazine’s web series Motherboard and Saturdays with Spike, as well as Media Minutes, the longest-running syndicated radio program of its kind. He is currently working on a new album, set to be released sometime next year. He now resides in lovely Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
bNb – Elena Camerin
Elena Camerin – voice and electronics
Khabu Doug Young – guitar
Bob Bowen – bass
Born in Venice, Elena Camerin began her musical studies on piano and later began studying voice at the “Thelonious Monk” jazz school with Carla Marcotulli. Shortly thereafter, she began studying opera under soprano Francesca Scaini. In 1992, she attended the clinic of Bob Stoloff in Umbria Jazz ’92 and continued with jazz singing, participating in master classes and workshops with Jay Clayton, Ines Reiger, Rachel Gould, Mark Murphy, and Sheila Jordan. In 1994, she joined the gospel choir “Venice Gospel Ensemble” as soloist, and with them, recorded CDs “Let’s Take Time Out”, “Christmas Time Out”, and “Ol’westbound Coach”, and participated in the musical “Fra Cielo e Terra”. With this choir she sang in important theaters and on national television shows. Some years later, she joined the Afro-Cuban Quartet “Mi Ritmo”, with whom she recorded the CD “Guajira”. She works as a jazz singer with several groups in Italy and with her own group in clubs and theaters; she also works as a vocalist for other artists on the national scene. She worked as a “living installation” at the Biennale 2003, in Venice, for the young artist Tino Sehgal; and often works in performances with Walter Sabato, actor and director in shows. In 2005, she recorded the CD “Grazie Dei Fiori?” under the label “Caligola Records”, dedicated to the Italian song of the 50s. In July 2004, she won Best Student award at the Michelle Hendricks Vocal Workshop at Spoleto, with the Spoleto Arts Symposia. She lives in New York since 2008, where she works as a singer and a teacher.
DJ Mike the Barber
Mike “The Barber” spins Ragtime and Popular Music from the turn of the 20th-century using original hand-crank talking machines from the early 1920′s……Your grandparents music was not what you think.
Not festival time? Check out the Epistrophy Cafe, live music on Sundays!