Dear Music Lovers:
Happy New Year! Wishing you and your families a very joyous 2019!
Last year was certainly an eventful one for me! François Moutin and I released our duo album “Interplay,” and played 30 concerts across the United States, France, Germany, Denmark, Portugal, and Spain. My mentor Sheila Jordan joined us on stage at the Winter Jazz Festival last year, which was an unforgettable experience. “Interplay” got love from the New York Times and other press outlets and was nominated for France’s Victoires de la Musique for Jazz Album of the Year. I traveled to Cape Verde to continue my research on traditional music with a grant from the Jerome Foundation, a trip that resulted in my recording a new album with the amazing guitarist Bau (coming soon! stay tuned!). I worked with many families at a homeless shelter in the Bronx with Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project, and I got to record and perform with some amazing composers — Billy Childs, Alexis Cuadrado, and Miho Hazama — and Mycale, the John Zorn vocal project. We Have Voice released a Code of Conduct to create safe(r) spaces in the performing arts and held a series of roundtable discussions to help shift the dialogue in our community. And my vocal ensemble got to perform “Folk Songs of Naboréa” for the second time at the Rubin Museum of Art, a work near and dear to my heart that I hope to bring to more audiences in the near future! Thank you to everyone for supporting all these projects and to all the amazing musicians for the continued inspiration!
Alexis Cuadrado’s Film Score “SHOES” @ Winter Jazz Fest
My first concert of the year is tonight, Friday January 11, at Winter Jazz Fest in New York with bassist/composer Alexis Cuadrado’s project “SHOES,” a live film score written to the silent movie from 1916 by pioneer female filmmaker Lois Weber. Alexis has assembled a killer ensemble featuring Nadje Noorhuis (trumpet), Amy Kang (cello), Luis Perdomo (piano), Christos Rafalides (vibes), and Shirazette Tinnin (drums), and we’ve been having so much fun playing together. Read more about his work here.
Tickets are available for one or both nights of the festival, which features dozens of amazing concerts downtown.
Kavita Shah Quintet Tour: Pennsylvania & Massachusetts
I’m super excited to start this year by getting back to playing with my band (it’s been over a year!) and working on some new music with some of my favorite musicians. Joining me on January 24 at Bucknell University in Lewisberg, PA and January 25 at the Deer Head Inn in Deleware Water Gap, PA are the amazing Leo Genovese (piano), Chico Pinheiro (guitar), Alexis Cuadrado (bass), and Ferenc Nemeth (drums).
On February 9, I’ll bring my group to the beautiful modern art museum MASS MoCA in the Berkshires. Joining me will be Julian Shore (piano), Chico Pinheiro (guitar), Sam Minaie (bass), and Clarence Penn (drums). Tickets available here.
Japan Tour w/François Moutin
Next month, François and I will travel to Japan (the first time for me!! so excited!!) for a 10-day tour across the country. Here is our itinerary:
Feb. 22(fri) PIT INN / Shinjuku Tokyo
Feb. 23(sat) Throbber / Matsudo city Chiba pref.
Feb. 24(sun) Swing Hall / Musashino city Tokyo (Show 15:00 – )
Feb. 25(mon) Le club jazz / Kyoto city
Feb. 26(tue) 100 Ban Hall / Kobe city
Feb. 27(wed) Lifetime / Shizuoka city
Feb. 28(thu) Star eyes / Nagoya city
Mar. 1(fri) Body & Soul / Minami-Aoyama Tokyo
Mar. 3(sun) FROG / Tsukuba city
I hope to see you somewhere on the road 🙂