So the annual confab put on by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) starts tomorrow. For those not aware, this is an annual gathering of everyone who’s involved in presenting performing arts, i.e., music, dance and theater. It’ll be five days of artists, manager, agents and presenting organizations in panels, meetings, and other professional development activities. Sure, I’ll be checking out some of those but, I’m actually more excited about the musical offerings this weekend.
Now in its seventh year, the NYC Winter Jazz Fest takes place across five Village venues and will include performances by Don Byron, Robert Glasper, Vernon Reid, Butch Morris, Josh Roseman and a ton of other incredible musicians.
Sunday night means it’s time for GlobalFEST, now in its eighth year. This year’s festival showcases 13 artists from around the world and includes two U.S. debuts and one NYC debut. Hawaiian artist Kaumakaiwa Kawaka’ole performs for the first time in NYC. The Stateside debuts are Senegalese singer and guitarist Yoro Ndaiye and the group Chamber Music, which is comprised of Bumcello’s Vincent Segal and kora master Ballake Sissoko.