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The Mamiko Taira Quartet at Drom NYC

ConnectForce Productions and Nippon Jazz NYC present an evening of jazz at Drom featuring New York based emerging Japanese Jazz Artists.  On May 9, Japanese vocalist, Mamiko Taira will be the featured artist performing along with Tadataka Unno on Piano, Joseph Lepore on bass, and Luca Santaniello on Drums.

Tickets can be purchased through the Drom website or at the box office, $10 in advance and $12 at the door. All the tickets purchased in advance are final and will-call pick up on the day of the event. There is no handling charge for web purchase.  Please visit www.dromnyc.com or visit directly to: http://tinyurl.com/mamiko09MAY-dromnyc

New York based Japanese jazz vocalist Mamiko Taira is known as a crowd pleaser to both audiences and musicians alike.  Some may recognize her from Jazzconnect Vocal Completion or as a member of the James McBride Group. McBride describes her as “the kind musicians love to play with and audiences love to appreciate… she is a standout..." And, according to her mentor Mark Murphy "she is a talent in the art of vocal jazz." With respect to jazz and vocal jazz tradition, she sings with power and grace.  She has performed at The Kitano New York, Sweet Rhythm, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Blue Note New York, Birdland and many other well-known live music venues.

Mamiko Taira

www.myspace.com/mamikotaira

Tadataka Unno (pianist)

www.tadatakaunno.com

Joseph Lepore (bassist)

http://www.myspace.com/josephlepore

Luca Santaniello (drummer)

http://www.myspace.com/lucasantaniello

About Nippon Jazz NYC:

Nippon Jazz NYC is one of the largest community groups dedicated to events focused on cross-cultural friendship building between the US and Japan.  Nippon Jazz NYC has regular bi-weekly engagements at Blue Owl Cocktail Room featuring emerging Japanese jazz artists.

About ConnectForce Productions:

ConnectForce Productions is led by Adren Hart who specializes in producing events featuring culturally diverse talent.   With his passion for music and commitment to connecting people through culture and the arts he has introduced many talented Japanese artists to audiences here in New York City, and he now proudly presents Mamiko Taira Live at Drom.

About Drom NYC:

Drom is a multi-event venue with a restaurant and lounge. With high ceilings, earthy colors and comfortable seating, Drom aims to provide a warm, inviting, sophisticated and informal atmosphere to relax and enjoy its multi-cultural and varied programming. Located in the East Village (85 Avenue A, New York NY 10009).  For reservations, call 212-777-1157

Magos Herrera & Beat Kaestli @ Drom, Dec. 7th

Magos Herrera & Beat Kaestli- for the Grateful Web

Mexico's Magos Herrera is considered one of the most beautiful voices and the most active vocalist of the contemporary Latin American jazz scene and Esquire Magazine quotes "Beat Kaestli's emergence as a vocalist bespeaks a life full of experience. Like Jazz itself, his willingness to adapt and improvise has given rise to a unique young man and artist." Magos and Beat met in New York City a year ago and immediately felt a connection in each other's music and as artists in this vibrant Metropolis. Soon they performed as guests at each other's live shows and recordings. Now, Magos and Beat will bring their exciting mix of Jazz, R&B and Latin rhythms to Drom NYC, featuring vocal duets and songs from their current solo projects.

Magos Herrera:
A dazzling, accomplished singer-songwriter and known for her beguiling rhythmic scatting, inflected with soulful Latin-Andalusian phrasings, Magos Herrera is known for her signature sound that elegantly blends her classic jazz styling with Mexican, Cuban and Brazilian melodies. Based in NYC since 2007, she has recorded with Saxophonist Tim Ries for the Rolling Stones Jazz Project and for contemporary composer Paola Prestini for John Zorn label. For over 10 years Magos has performed in international arts centers, at festivals and concert halls such as Lincoln Center, NYC, Millennium Park in Chicago, Knitting Factory, Teatro de la Ciudad de Mexico, Sala Galileo and Galilei in Madrid among others.

Magos will be releasing her 6th CD spring 2009 featuring guitarist Lionel Loueke and pianist Aaron Goldberg produced by Tim Ries, saxophonist of The Rolling Stones.

Beat Kaestli:
Beat Kaestli moved to New York from his native country of Switzerland, receiving a scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music (BM) and graduating from the Aaron Copland School of Music with an MA in 2008. Since the release of his 2005 Jazz debut "Happy, Sad and Satisfied", he has toured the world and his unmistakable blend of Jazz, classical and contemporary vibes thrills audiences everywhere. In New York he has performed in renowned clubs, such as The Blue Note, Birdland, The Bitter End, The Jazz Standard, The Stone and Sweet Rhythm, performing with Jazz greats, like Esperanza Spalding, Clarence Penn, Joel Frahm and Victor Prieto.

Beat is now putting the finishing touches on his latest CD "Far From Home – Dedicated to European Song" scheduled to be released in 2009.

Magos Herrera and Beat Kaestli @ Drom, NYC

Sunday, December 7th at 9:30pm and 11pm

85 Avenue A, New York, 212-777-1157