01/14 8:00 PM - $20.00
True Groove Records presents The Tomás Doncker Band and Manu Koch’s Filtron M
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Josh David – bass, vocals
As a prime mover on New York’s downtown “No Wave” scene in the early 1980s, Tomás Doncker cut his teeth as a guitarist with such genre-busting groups as James Chance & The Contortions, Defunkt, J. Walter Negro & The Loose Jointz and many more. Eventually he went international, touring and recording in Japan with jazz pianist Masabumi Kikuchi, and producing studio and songwriting sessions with Boosty Collins, Yoko Ono, jazz saxophonist Sadao Watanabe and Grammy-winning producer Prince Charles Alexander, to name just a few. Since then, Doncker has continued to work with an A-list of iconic musicians, including Ivan Neville (on his solo album Thanks), Bonnie Raitt, Meshell Ndegeocello, Living Colour lead singer Corey Glover, former P-Funk keyboardist Amp Fiddler…and the list keeps growing. In 2008, he produced and released Inside Out, and followed that with The Mercy Suite, a collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa.
In 2010, Doncker performed for the first time in China as a headlining act at the Shanghai Folk Festival, and in front of an audience of over 100,000 as part of the Shanghai World Expo. His latest work as a singer/songwriter and producer embraces a broader musical vision that he likes to call Global-Soul, drawing influences from numerous sources, including East and West Africa and the Caribbean.
Power of The Trinity, a meditation on the legacy of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie, features legendary bassist/producer Bill Laswell, Ethiopian singers Ejigayehu “Gigi” Shibabaw and Mahmoud Ahmed, legendary Ethiopian guitar hero Selam Woldemariam (who also served as production consultant for the project) and a host of New York’s finest jazz, funk and rock musicians. Power of The Trinity was released on Mr. Doncker’s True Groove label in June 2012
The summer of 2013 was quite exciting for Tomás. He was invited to perform again at NYC’s Summerstage for 11 shows. He co-wrote and was the musical director for performance artist Marla Mase’s multi-media dance concert, “SPEAK.” He was also the musical director and a featured performer in “Diablo Love”, a fantastical love story with live music that re-imagined songs made famous by American Blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, Howlin’ Wolf. He also wrote original compositions for this show with legendary director Alfred Preisser. founder of The Classical Theatre of Harlem and currently the artistic director at Harlem School of the Arts.
Diablo Love sparked an ember that Tomás had been carrying around in his soul for a long time into a conflagration: a raging desire to return to his Blues roots. The result is the incendiary new Blues album that everyone’s talking about: Moanin’ At Midnight: The Howlin’ Wolf Project, released on 07/08/14.
Filtron M & Global Soul Party
In the age of musical and cultural multiplicity Swiss keyboardist, pianist and composer Manu Koch has created the platform Filtron M to present his blend of sounds with a wide range of extraordinary musicians. A New York resident since 2000 he has toured internationally with Afro Pop icon Angélique Kidjo, the New York Gypsy All-Stars, collaborated on projects with Miles Davis/Santana bassist Benny Rietveld and since 2011 has become a vital element in various productions by singer/songwriter/guitarist Tomás Doncker.
Filtron M’s debut album Mandatory Underground is released on Doncker’s True Groove label and showcases the bands Unique Afrique and Astoria Roots. Bassist Panagiotis Andreou and drummer Mauricio Zottarelli of the latter unit will be featured at this event who collectively have worked with artists such as Hiromi, Esperanza Spalding, Lee Ritenour, Eliane Elias, Wayne Krantz, Now vs Now and Pedrito Martinez to name a few.
They will be joined by clarinet virtuoso Ismail Lumanovski form Macedonia, the outstanding Colombian percussionist Samuel Torres and kanun master Tamer Pinarbasi from Turkey. Sharing both sets with the The Tomas Doncker Band, an eclectic, groove filled night of music is guaranteed!