Program Type: 
Performance
New Frequencies Fest 2013
North of the Border

Martha Redbone Roots Project, La Santa Cecilia, and The Genie in collaboration with Dohee Lee

December 06, 2013
YBCA Forum

Overview

New Frequencies Fest 2013
Next-Wave Global Sounds: North of the Border
Fri, Dec 6, 7 PM
YBCA Forum
General: $25 in Advance / $30 at the Door
Student, Senior, Teacher: $20 in Advance / $25 at the Door
YBCA Members: $20
FREE for YBCA:You

YBCA’s annual two-day music festival, New Frequencies Fest 2013: Next Wave Global Sounds brings us two adventurous nights of underground music from the Americas, featuring genre-bending artists who fuse Appalachian and funk, Afro-Peruvian and electronica, Latin alternative and soul, and Global and experimental. These two programs are at once a reflection upon the past and an anticipation of the future. These accomplished vocalists and instrumentalists blend the sounds of their indigenous roots with the broad spectrum of contemporary American music with a pop sensibility from North and South of the border to create an entirely new vocabulary. Be musically transported across two continents, from the hills of Kentucky to the mountains of Peru, over the course of two electrifying evenings. It’s a journey you won’t want to miss.

7 PM, Pre-Show Talk:
“Mestizo: Roots, Race, Politics, and Music North of the Border”
with Martha Redbone, La Santa Cecilia, The Genie, and Dohee Lee

Join us for a pre-concert conversation moderated by Catalina Maria Johnson in which the artists from tonight’s performance speak to the unique contributions of indigenous and mixed-race artists to the music of the Americas. Free with performance ticket.

8 PM, Performance:
New Frequencies Fest 2013 opens with a trio of acts that hail from across the breadth of the North American continent, offering an eclectic convergence of folk, blues, soul, and Native American sounds. Martha Redbone Roots Project performs a unique blend of Native American music, folk, and soul, drawn from her upbringing by a line of strong women in the heart of Appalachia. The Grammy-nominated L.A. alternative band La Santa Cecilia embodies a modern-day hybrid of Latin culture and world music, emotionally enriched by lead vocalist La Marisoul’s bittersweet songs of love, loss, and heartbreak. Opening the night is San Francisco-based guitarist and looping innovator The Genie in collaboration with Korean vocalist, performance artist, and ritualist Dohee Lee in the premiere of a new work.

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Events

  • North American Roots: Martha Redbone Roots Project, La Santa Cecilia and The Genie with Dohee Lee
    Dec 6, 2013 7:00pm
    YBCA Forum

    $25 in Advance / $30 at the Door
    $20 Student, Senior, Teacher in Advance / $25 Student, Senior, Teacher at the Door
    $20 YBCA Members; FREE for YBCA:You

    Pre-Show Talk: 7 PM
    “Mestizo: Roots, Race, Politics, and Music North of the Border” with Martha Redbone, La Santa Cecilia, The Genie, and Dohee Lee

    Performance: 8 PM
    New Frequencies Fest 2013 opens with a trio of acts that hail from across the breadth of the North American continent, offering an eclectic convergence of folk, blues, soul, and Native American sounds. Martha Redbone Roots Project performs a unique blend of Native American music, folk, and soul, drawn from her upbringing by a line of strong women in the heart of Appalachia. The Grammy-nominated L.A. alternative band La Santa Cecilia embodies a modern-day hybrid of Latin culture and world music, emotionally enriched by lead vocalist La Marisoul’s bittersweet songs of love, loss, and heartbreak. Opening the night is San Francisco-based guitarist and looping innovator The Genie in collaboration with Korean vocalist, performance artist, and ritualist Dohee Lee in the premiere of a new work.

  • Global Jazz Film Clips & Talk with Myra Melford
    Dec 8, 2013 5:00pm – 7:00pm
    Screening Room
    FREE with RSVP

    In conjunction with the theme of global music and dance this weekend at both the New Frequencies Fest 2013 and 50 Cent Tabernacle, Myra Melford explores the world of jazz by presenting clips of jazz performers from around the world. Come early, take a global dance class then step into the screening room to hear the sounds of global jazz.

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Related Programs

December 7, 2013
YBCA Forum

New Frequencies Fest 2013 brings us two adventurous nights of underground music from the Americas, featuring genre-bending artists who fuse folkloric themes and urban melodies.

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Artist Bio

Martha Redbone
The Garden Of Love – The Songs of William Blake is not the debut album of singer/songwriter/producer/artist Martha Redbone, yet it embodies a sonic rebirth and fuller flowering of her own rootsy ethos. Warm, woodsy melodies take flight through the fusion of largely prewar string-band instrumentation and her heart-worn mountain holler, as Sister Martha tells tales of eternal humanitarian values distilled in the Southland since before America was founded.

Miss Redbone’s music flows equally from her own unique, award-winning blend of Native American elements with funk and her deep roots in Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues favored by the matriarchy that raised her on a rich sojourn from Clinch Mountain, Virginia to Harlan County, Kentucky and beyond to Brooklyn’s Dodge City-esque mean streets. Indeed, Garden Of Love seamlessly evokes the mid-20th century old timey gold rush when such artists as her fellow Kentuckians Jim Ford and Jackie DeShannon fearlessly infuse their downhome blues between canyon air ballets and retronuevo cabinessence – before their followers developed newgrass and Redbone’s twangy forebears Buffy Sainte-Marie and Rita Coolidge brought Indigenous concerns to the rock & roll arena in the 1970s. Yet don’t call this project bluegrass or the purists might have a fit.

Redbone, since the establishment of her career in London and New York City, has humbly and steadfastly earned a solid reputation as a sought-after collaborator – whether in the guise of Warner Chappell-minted songwriter, behind the console guide or earnest guest voice -- amongst her peers. Working with rising comers like Brit Grammy winner Shola Ama or such legends as Redbone’s Ohio Players/P-Funk mentor Walter “Junie” Morrison, she and UK-bred partner Aaron Whitby consistently provide essential direction and soulful support to knit track an artist into an indelible whole.

Thus it may come as a surprise to some that Redbone, noted for purveying the wilder shores of rhythm & blues on prior releases Home of the Brave and Skintalk, recorded The Garden Of Love – The Songs of William Blake in the fabled center of country music, Nashville. Yet, proudly retracing the path of her uniquely American mixed heritage back to its earliest source, she is merely taking the inevitable next step of a maverick artist who has never been chained by borders. Americana is her natural homecoming, sonic and otherwise.

The album, produced by Grammy-winning Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founder John McEuen whose recent work includes Steve Martin’s “The Crow”, drafts in a stellar supporting cast that allowed Martha to focus on vocals and deep communion with the spirits of her ancestors, composer David Amram, Seminole elder Lonnie Harrington, and studio veterans Byron House on upright bass and Mark Casstevens on guitar. Reverence and righteous joy from sacred music animate songs like the title track “The Garden of Love”, the glorious “I Rose Up at Dawn of Day,” and haunting “A Dream,” alongside lyrical content from the brilliant mind of Romantic visionary William Blake whose credo ‘Energy is Eternal Delight’ is fiercely reinterpreted for Appalachia. The album resonates with the influence of Redbone’s southeastern raisin’, echoing an earlier time/space through elements of folk, country gospel, stomp chants, and the high lonesome of a front porch Sunday pickin’.

Alongside her career as a recording artist and songwriter Martha Redbone has maintained a steady involvement with causes she believes in utilizing her celebrity in Indian Country for fundraising and leadership. Ms. Redbone holds an annual Traditional Music Workshop within the United Houma Nation’s Cultural Enrichment Summer Camp program teaching grade school age children the music from her Choctaw and Cherokee heritage as well as incorporating the tribe’s own Houma-French language.

Martha has given talks on subjects ranging from Indigenous rights to the role of arts in politics at many institutions including New York University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and on Native Identity during the Native Theater Festival at the Public Theater in NYC. Her album “Skintalk” is part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian as an example of contemporary Native American music. She is featured in NMAI’s current exhibit “Up Where We Belong- Native Americans in Popular Culture”.

Currently Martha is the indigenous affairs consultant and creative advisor to the Man Up Campaign, the new global youth movement to eradicate violence against women and girls. She is particularly proud of her accomplishment in having the Campaign’s Board of Directors decide to include an Indigenous North American contingent (independent of the USA or Canada) to the roll call of 50 countries taking part in their Youth Leadership Summit held at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

La Santa Cecilia
La Santa Cecilia exemplifies the modern-day creative hybrid. In an era and city in which Latin culture has given birth to many musical fusions, The Los Angeles based six-member band creatively combines up-tempo South American rhythms like Cumbia and Bossa Nova with the nostalgic Bolero and passionate Tango, blending in Afro-Cuban percussion, Rock with Jazzy tunes to bring about a mix that defies any particular label or musical genre. The band’s sound is accentuated by singer Marisoul’s haunting voice, which delivers its message of love, loss and heartbreak in a strong, sensual and powerful performance that leaves crowds mesmerized and women justified in La Santa’s colorful and fiesta-like live shows.

Named after the Mexican patron saint of musicians, La Santa Cecilia solidified its successes with its new EP titled "Noche y Citas" produced by 4 time American GRAMMY® winner and 8 time Latin GRAMMY© Awards producer and engineer Sebastian Krys . They recently opened for LA icon Ozomatli in Los Angeles & San Francisco, and have performed alongside such Latin music luminaries as Peruvian songstress Susana Baca and Mexican darling Ely Guerra, as well as Raphael Saadiq at the GRAMMY® Benefit Party.

Invitations included renowned festivals in 2010 like South By South West, The Hollywood Bowl Summer Sounds, Telemundo + mun2 'Descarga' concert series, the Chicago World Music Festival, and Diego Rivera Anahuacali Festival in Mexico City in 2009 as well as an appearance in the popular HBO hit series Entourage new season. Beyond a traditional music licensing deal, La Santa Cecilia was asked to perform as well as contribute two songs to an episode, adding joy, color, and a Latin flavor to the quintessential show about the Hollywood scene.

The band is comprised of guitarist Gloria Estrada, accordion and requinto player Jose Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana, percussionist Miguel Ramirez, drummer Hugo Vargas and lead singer Marisoul. Each member’s relationship to music is as diverse as the music itself. While some like Jose Carlos and Marisoul are entirely self-taught, others like Alex, Gloria, Hugo and Miguel are trained musicians. Influences range from John Coltrane and Miles Davis to The Beatles and Led Zeppelin yet one thing was common to all: a love of music. Each member’s relationship to music is as diverse as the music itself. Gloria won first place in a jazz competition while Miguel was part of the first Afro-Latino student ensemble to travel to Cuba to study and perform. Alex is pursuing a Masters in Commercial Music. Hugo had a band with his brother and Jose Carlos was prompted by his father to learn an instrument for recreational purposes. Marisoul, a passionate charismatic performer whose influences range from Mexican pop icon Yuri and Argentine folk singer Mercedes Sosa to Janis Joplin and Annie Lennox, was inspired by her mother’s voice and her father’s love of music. She learned her craft from the various musicians who performed at Olvera Street, a hub of Mexican culture and art located in downtown Los Angeles. Her lyrics are the product of life, love and the drunken rants of her father and friends.

The Genie
The Genie is an avant-garde performing artist and guitar-looping innovator from San Francisco. Taking a DJ approach to guitar-playing, he is the creator of a live-looping method called “scratch guitar” and a unique brand of live-remixing called “g-mixing.” Bringing together a hybrid of genres, he utilizes unconventional live production styles and original looping techniques. thegeniemusic.com

Dohee Lee
Born on Jeju Island in South Korea, Dohee Lee studied Korean dance, music, percussion, and vocals at the master level. Since her arrival in the U.S., she has been a vital contributor to both the traditional and contemporary arts landscape of the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Lee’s work focuses on integration of traditional forms and contemporary arts through music, movement, images, costumes, and installations. Lee's distinctive and profound performance style evokes the full spectrum of human emotion, the primordial, futuristic, visible, and invisible realms. A review that that appeared in the Chicago Tribune stated, “Lee unfurled an extraordinary lexicon of vocal colors, tones and textures. Yet she deftly controlled these otherworldly sounds…with her sinuous, thoroughly personalized one-woman choreography, self-styled art form."

Catalina Maria Johnson
Catalina Maria Johnson is a Chicago-based writer, international radio broadcaster, and music curator, on the air from Chicago to Mexico City to Berlin, hosting and producing the radio program and podcast Beat Latino. She writes a weekly column on music for HOY (Tribune Media), and is a member of the editorial board of Revista Contratiempo, one of the country’s premiere Spanish-language periodicals dedicated to Latin American thought in the United States. Catalina Maria also contributes to NPR's The Record, Gozamos, and Chicago Music and frequently makes appearance on NPR programs such as Alt.Latino, World Cafe, and Chicago's WBEZ.

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