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ObliqSound is pleased to announce a full fall tour schedule and lots of chances for you to enjoy some fantastic music live and in person, including Gretchen Parlato, Ablaye Cissoko & Volker Goetze on their first USA tour, Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Somi, and many more! We hope you’ll join us for an opportunity to enjoy these exceptional artists at one or more of their shows. More details and dates are below.

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Gretchen Parlato

Gretchen Parlato

Gretchen Parlato’s voice is a thing of wonder. Striking the ideal balance between precision and flexibility, she is never predictable, blurring the lines between singer and instrumentalist as she takes a lyric–and at other times improvised flights of wordless fancy–to places it’s never before been. On In a Dream, her debut album for ObliqSound, Parlato and her intuitive support team reinvent constantly, Parlato impeccably articulating in a voice so ethereal that the listener might very well feel that he or she is “in a dream.”

The most alluring jazz vocal album of 2009.” – Billboard Magazine

#12 Album (and rising!) – CMJ Jazz Chart

Tour Dates

Sept 23: Triple Door – Seattle, WA

Sept 24: The Shedd – Eugene, OR

Sept 25: Capilano College – Vancouver, BC Canada

Sept 26: The Yardbird Suite – Edmonton, AB Canada

Oct 3: Chris’ Jazz Cafe – Philadelphia, PA

Oct 15: Regattabar – Boston, MA

Oct 16: Firehouse 12 – New Haven, CT

Oct 30: Walton Arts Center – Fayetteville, AR (guest w/ the Sorrows & Triumphs Project)

Oct 31: Folley Theater – Kansas City, KS (guest w/ the Sorrows & Triumphs Project)

Nov 3: Blues Alley – Washington, DC

Nov 4: Jazz Standard – New York, NY

Nov 6-7: Sunset Jazz Club – Paris, France

Nov 9-14: Spain tour (Palencia, Ponferrada, Leon, Zamora, Valladolid)

Nov 15: London Jazz Festival – London, UK

a.cissoko_v.goetzeAblaye Cissoko, the Senegalese griot singer and traditional West African
21-stringed kora player, and Volker Goetze, the German-born, New York-based
trumpeter, reaffirm the maxim that music is the universal language on their
debut Sira. This will be their very first American tour.

#2 Album – CMJ World Music Chart

“5 stars! Their serene dialogue, inspired by tradition and inventing a new vocabulary at the same time, is both thrilling and soothing.” –Mondomix France

Tour Dates

Sept 25: Crossroads Music @ Calvary United – Philadelphia, PA

Oct 1: Afro Funke @ Zanzibar – Santa Monica, CA

Oct 2: Cafe Metropol – Los Angeles, CA

Oct 4: Don Quixote’s International Music Hall – Felton, CA

Oct 6: Cafe Culture – Chico, CA

Oct 8: Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center – Berkeley, CA

Oct 9: Cozmic Cafe – Placerville, CA

Oct 10: Alliance Francaise – San Francisco, CA

Oct 16: 60 Main @ New Paltz Cultural Collective – New Paltz, NY

Oct 22: Vernissage Restaurant – Brookline, MA

Oct 26: Drom – New York, NY

Ayelet Rose Gottlieb

Ayelet Rose Gottlieb

With her third full-length album, Israeli-born Ayelet Rose Gottlieb has elevated to a rarefied level of artistry. On the new album, Upto Here | From Here, out now on her own Arogole Records imprint and distributed through ObliqSound, Gottlieb pulls the art of jazz singing out of its safety zone and infuses it with new possibilities, exploring the human voice in a way that few contemporary singers can or will.

Employing the words of the Persian poet Rumi (on the song “Some Kiss”), Gottlieb has constructed the sensual jazz delight of 2009.” – Jazz.com

Tour Dates

Oct 8: Vernissage Restaurant – Brookline, MA

Somi

Somi

When Somi was growing up, her mother told her that the rain, ever unpredictable, could be as much a blessing as a challenge. The blessings might come before the rain, or they could come after–it’s all in the timing, she said. That notion has stayed with the charismatic singer and songwriter all her life and now provides a metaphorical focus for her third album, If The Rains Come First. The album, which releases October 13th on ObliqSound, is a stunning collection of self-penned story-based songs, a meditation on opening ourselves up to life’s blessings and challenges much in the way that we accept the rain and all that it brings.

“The sultry, sensuous voice of a great soul singer” – Tom Schnabel, KCRW FM

Tour Dates

Oct 13: Le Poisson Rouge – New York, NY

Oct 18: Bohemian Caverns – Washington, DC

Oct 22: The Israeli Opera House – Tel Aviv, Israel (Guest of The Idan Raichel Project)

Oct 24: Phazamorgana Festival – Timna Park, Israel (Guest of The Idan Raichel Project)

Nov 18: Sculler’s – Boston, MA

Anne Drummond

Anne Drummond

As a female jazz flutist, Anne Drummond is a rarity among rarities. Although the instrument has been utilized in jazz for several decades, it has never been as ubiquitous as the saxophone, trumpet or trombone, and virtually every acknowledged master has been male. That all changed with the arrival of Like Water, the debut recording from the artist repeatedly named a Rising Star by Downbeat magazine and featured in a cover story of Flute Talk magazine.

Lyrical use of flute against a vibrantly polyrhythmic backdrop.” – The Washington Post

Tour Dates

Oct 13: (w/ Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull) – Beacon Theater – New York, NY

Oct 20: Anne Drummond & Friends – Zinc Bar – New York, NY

Oct 26: Earshot Jazz Festival at The Triple Door – Seattle, WA

Oct 30: BMW Welt – Munich, Germany

Nov 3-8: Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola w/Nilson Matta and Brazilian Voyage – New York, NY

Nov 20: Small’s Jazz Club w/Garry Dial – New York, NY

Nov 30: University of Texas San Antonio w/ Kenny Barron – San Antonio, Texas

Dec 14: CD release concert at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola – New York, NY

Michael Olatuja

Michael Olatuja

Speak, the title of bassist Michael Olatuja’s debut album, holds deep personal meaning for its creator, exemplifying in a single word the album’s underlying themes of hope, encouragement, inspiration and positivity. The album, released on Backdrop, ObliqSound’s sub-label focusing on modern electronic and groove-based music, tells the story of the British/Nigerian artist’s musical and personal journey.

An uplifting, melodic stew that seamlessly melds the rhythms of Africa with styles more familiar to Westerners: neo-soul balladry, modern jazz, R&B, hip-hop and gospel.” – The Miami Herald

Tour Dates
Oct 22-25: (playing w/Terence Blanchard) – Blues Alley, Washington, DC

Oct 28: (playing w/Terence Blanchard) – New York, NY

Oct 30: (playing w/Terence Blanchard) – Richmond, VA

Nov 1: (playing w/Terence Blanchard) – Belgrade, CS

Nov 4: (playing w/Terence Blanchard) – Berlin, DE

Nov 5: (playing w/Terence Blanchard) – Vienna, AU

Nov 6: (playing w/Terence Blanchard) – Neuberg, DE

Nov 7: (playing w/Terence Blanchard) – Zagreb, HR

Nov 8: (playing w/Terence Blanchard) – Bari, IT

Nov 9: (playing w/Terence Blanchard) – Manheim, DE

Nov 10: (playing w/Terence Blanchard) – Zurich, SW

Nov 12: (playing w/Terence Blanchard) – Badajoz, ES

Nov 13: (playing w/Terence Blanchard) – Mallorca, ES

Nov 14: (playing w/Terence Blanchard) – Llella, ES

Nov 15: (playing w/Terence Blanchard) – Parma, IT

Nov 19: Michael Olatuja at Sunset Sessions, Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Philadelphia, PA

Dec 3: Michael Olatuja at Sunset Sessions, Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Philadelphia, PA

John Shannon

John Shannon

Somewhere, the debut single from John Shannon’s “American Mystic” album, spotlights Shannon’s ethereal and contemplative lyrics and includes a haunting vocal intricately woven into the acoustic fabric of the song. Two-time Grammy® Winner Eric Kupper has given the song his signature treatment, providing a rhythmic and sultry downtempo remix and reprise with lush accents and a killer groove that subtly highlights the minimal and expansive nature of the original.

Suspended guitar arpeggios and an airy voice. Somewhere between John Martyn and Nick Drake, this American songwriter delivers a hypnotic and timeless premier album.” – Le Monde

Tour Dates

Sept 25: John Shannon with Tony Grey Project – Pizza Express, London,UK

Oct 23: Somewhere (remixes) release party- at Sub:culture party at Tailor, New York, NY

Featuring live performance by John Shannon and by DJ Eric Kuppe!

Grand Pianoramax

Grand Pianoramax

Winner of the first Montreux Jazz Festival International Piano Solo Competition in 1999, Leo Tardin conceived Grand Pianoramax as an all live keyboards/drums duo with guest MCs/vocalists, blending powerful analog-synth bass lines, syncopated keys, organic drumming and freestyle spoken word improv/slam. Fresh from a live run in India, Grand Pianoramax will tour Europe with Celena Glenn in October and Mike Ladd in November.

Grand Pianoramax may be the future of funk.” – Dallas Observer

Tour Dates

Oct 21: Grand Pianoramax feat. Celena Glenn at Babylon – Akbank Jazz Festival, Istanbul

Oct 22: Grand Pianoramax feat. Celena Glenn at Bar 59 – Luzern, Switzerland

Oct 23: Grand Pianoramax feat. Celena Glenn at Chorus – Lausanne, Switzerland

Oct 24: Grand Pianoramax feat. Celena Glenn at Exil – Zurich, Switzerland

Oct 28: Grand Pianoramax feat. Celena Glenn at Chat Noir – Geneva, Switzerland

Oct 2: Grand Pianoramax feat. Celena Glenn at Kraftfeld – Winterthur, Switzerland

Oct 30: Grand Pianoramax feat. Celena Glenn at Ebullition – Bulle, Switzerland

Oct 31: Grand Pianoramax feat. Celena Glenn at Taptab – Schaffhausen, Switzerland

Nov 5: Grand Pianoramax feat. Mike Ladd at Sunset – Paris, France

Source: Obliqsound.com