Posts Tagged ‘APAP’


Performance during APAP week at Scandinavia House.
The Swedes continue to impress me with their superb musicianship, taking their heritage into uncharted territory.
This trio made so much music, and in particular the cellist knocked me out. He held down the rhythm and played absolutely arousing melodic lines. Okay, call me crazy….I find that sort of thing to be arousing.

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I first heard Oran Etkin and Kelenia (pronounced kel-en-EE-ya) at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, opening for Yemen Blues. I was struck with the freshness of their sound, and wished my footage had come out better. So regardless of the hazards of shooting in a crowded converted conference room at the Hilton, I figured it was worth a try capturing them again when they played at the APAP convention in NYC.

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The brainchild of John Kruth and Jeff Greene, TriBeCaStan is a whimsical melange of timbres, textures and tunes (Oh my!) and a very fun outlet for all the musical eclecticism of its founders.
During APAP week I ventured to the East Village to the Duo Multicultural Arts Center, which has a historic old theater in the East Village, where Greene (who  has a mural restoration company) had snagged a night to showcase the band. The wine flowed, folks schmoozed and we were treated to a high energy night of musique trés intérresant, complete with dancers.  I’ve chosen the first song “BedBugs” to present here, even though it got off to a bumpy start –and apologies for the camera’s audio, there isn’t much sound separation.  But as I like to say, “Ya can’t make chowder without a clam or two, but oh my my it’s a tasty stew!”  You’ll get the idea.

for more on the band visit:

To see a TriBeCaStan tango, visit

TriBeCaStan is John Kruth Jeff Greene, Claire Daly, Todd Isler, Kenny Margolis, Boris Kinberg, Chris Morrow, John Turner, Dave Dreiwitz and Mike Duclos

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Here’s where you’ll find my weekly original world music video blogs that appear on Huffington Post, as well as an archive starting in April of 2009.

This is also the place where you will find video that is exclusive to my site. I’ve traveled to places like Uzbekistan, Morocco, and Taiwan and no matter where I go I have found amazingly talented and creative people working in every genre from the deepest traditions to the cutting edge.

It’s been incredibly rewarding to interview them and to capture some of what they do on video. Enjoy what you see and hear, and let me know what you think. I welcome your feedback.