In celebration of its one-year anniversary, WNYC's weekday talk and music show,
hosted by John Schaefer, will leave the studio and take to the stage
for an evening of music and conversation, Tuesday, April 8, from 7-9pm.
The adventurous Lower East Side club Tonic will provide a backdrop for
the event, in which three diverse artists will be featured in a program spanning
classical, jazz and world music.
the heart of the Lower East Side, Tonic is one of the city's more intrepid
musical outlets, offering a freewheeling mix of jazz, rock, electronica, and experimental
genres. A former kosher winery, the club books both local
and national acts, with a consistently selective approach to both. The main
performance space is an intimate upstairs stage; downstairs features gigantic
2,500 gallon wine casks converted into cozy booths.
Violinist Gil Shaham is internationally recognized by audiences and many noted critics as one of today's most virtuosic and engaging classical artists. Shaham has recorded concertos by Mendelssohn, Bruch, Paganini, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius with Giuseppe Sinopoli leading the Philharmonia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic; Wieniawski's Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 and Sarasate's "Zigeunerweisen" with Lawrence Foster and the London Symphony; and solo discs devoted to music by Schumann, Richard Strauss, Elgar, Ravel, Franck, Kreisler, Paganini, Saint-Saëns and Sarasate (for Deutsche Grammophon). Highlights of Shaham's 2002-03 season include a trio tour of North America with pianist Yefim Bronfman and cellist Truls Mørk, and a series of recitals in Europe with guitarist Goran Söllscher. He will also give solo recitals in the Far East and the United States and make numerous orchestral appearances throughout the world. Born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, in 1971, Shaham grew up Israel where at the age of 7 he began violin studies with Samuel Bernstein of the Rubin Academy of Music and was immediately granted annual scholarships by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. In 1982, after taking first prize in Israel's Claremont Competition, he became a scholarship student at Juilliard, where he has worked with Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang. He has also studied at Columbia University. Shaham was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990. He plays the 1699 "Countess Polignac" Stradivarius and lives in New York City with his wife, the violinist Adele Anthony, and son, Elijah. More about Gil Shaham
Geri Allen grew up in Detroit, steeped in the city's strong bebop and
black pop traditions (one early gig saw her playing with Mary Wilson and the
Supremes), though Eric Dolphy, Herbie Nichols and Thelonious Monk were also
major influences. She studied music at Washington's Howard University and at
the University of Pittsburgh (with Nathan Davis) and later with Roscoe Mitchell.
Moving to New York in the early 80s she played with numerous contemporary jazz
musicians, including James Newton and Lester Bowie, and recorded her debut The
Printmakers in 1984 with a trio that featured Andrew Cyrille. She also became
involved with the M-BASE and Black Rock Coalition organizations. Later in the
80s she was a regular member of Oliver Lake's groups (Plug It, Gallery, Impala,
Otherside) and toured and recorded with several leaders, including Dewey Redman,
Frank Lowe, Greg Osby, and Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra. With
Haden and Paul Motian she formed an acoustic trio that has become celebrated
for its intimate versions of modern mainstream jazz; and she also guested on
Motian's own Monk In Motian and Betty Carter's Droppin' Things. An acutely sensitive
player with a lovely touch, in the early 90s Allen signed to Blue Note Records
where she recorded several strong albums. Her most acclaimed recent work, however,
was The Gathering, her 1998 debut for the Verve label. On this album Allen was
backed by Buster Williams (bass) and Lenny White (drums), with additional contributions
from Vernon Reid on acoustic guitar.
Marc Ribot was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1954. As a teen, he played guitar in various garage bands while studying with his mentor, the Haitian classical guitarist and composer Frantz Casseus. In 1978, Ribot crossed the river to New York City, where he served as sideman for such musicians as jazz organist Jack McDuff and legendary soul shouter Wilson Pickett. Ribot began his five year stint as a member of the Lounge Lizards John Lurie's innovative and influential Downtown jazz ensemble in 1984. His six-string stylings, which blended elements of classicist Blues guitar with an ironic No Wave/Knitting Factory aesthetic, caught the ear of a number of artists who were also interested in amalgamating and disrupting disparate musical traditions. Ribot went on to perform with such musicians as Elvis Costello; Marianne Faithfull; Tom Waits; Arto Lindsay, Don Byron, Elliott Sharp, Anthony Coleman, T-Bone Burnett, the Jazz Passengers, and John Zorn. Ribot also composed and recorded his own brand of Downtown soul music with his bands, Rootless Cosmopolitans and Shrek, as well under his own name. In recent years, Ribot's always-eclectic workload has included sessions with Cibo Matto, the late Allen Ginsberg, and Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio's Surrender To The Air project, among others. Ribot also continues to do a great deal of work with Zorn, having played on his Filmworks collections, and as a member of his Bar Kochba ensemble. Meanwhile, Ribot's score for Yoshiko Chuma's "Altogether Different" dance piece made its debut in January with Chuma's performance at New York City's Joyce Theatre. More about Marc Ribot