Millennium Stage Online Performance Archive: January 2008
January 31, 2008 - Watch this PerformanceMajor League Tassa presents the powerfully propulsive Tassa drumming of East Indians from the Caribbean region performed by both Hindus and Muslims, in sacred as well as secular contexts.
Featured Artist(s): Major League Tassa
January 30, 2008 - Watch this PerformanceViolinists Eddie Drennon and Lerna May-Frandsen, viola player Julius Wirth, and cellist Henry Mays can be heard on their second CD, Things Ain't What They Used to Be.
Featured Artist(s): Umoja String Quartet
January 29, 2008 - Watch this PerformanceComprised of Japanese and American professional musicians based in New York City, the ensemble is an improvising chamber group that performs compositions with Japanese cultural, artistic, and historical themes.
Featured Artist(s): The Kitsune Ensemble
January 28, 2008 - Watch this PerformanceLed by the D.C. percussionist and educator, the Wayne Tympanic Quintet plays original and jazz standards.
Featured Artist(s): Wayne Tympanick Quintet
January 27, 2008 - Watch this PerformanceThe Minneapolis-based experimental jazz group—made up of David King (of The Bad Plus) on drums, Michael Lewis on sax, keyboards, and bass, and Erik Fratzke on guitar—takes its name from a 1960s Fischer-Price toy that King often uses as a percussion instrument.
Featured Artist(s): Happy Apple
January 26, 2008 - Watch this PerformanceNSO members perform classical works.
Featured Artist(s): NSO Prelude
January 25, 2008 - Watch this PerformanceThe 14-piece Afrofunk orchestra combines Afrobeat, modern jazz, Yoruba tribal music, and James Brown–inspired rhythms with Ghanaian dance tunes, Senegalese rumba, and Jamaican ska.
Featured Artist(s): Chopteeth
January 24, 2008 - Watch this PerformancePembroke Symphony Orchestra, one of Australia's best school orchestras, is touring the U.S. in January, 2008. Their special guest for the tour is Kamahl, an iconic Australian singer known for his sympathetic interpretations of popular cabaret and easy listening standards.
Featured Artist(s): Kamahl
January 23, 2008 - Watch this PerformanceCritics praise Lithuanian pianist Kasparas Uinskas for his unique interpretation of Chopin. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Lithuania.
Featured Artist(s): Kasparas Uinskas
January 22, 2008 - Watch this PerformanceCoolooloosh, whose name comes from the Hebrew word meaning “celebration” and “joy,” has been wooing fans around the world since 2003 with its intelligent blend of hip hop, rap, jazz, and funk that combines both English and Hebrew text.
Featured Artist(s): Coolooloosh
January 21, 2008 - This performance is not available for viewing.The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University host a musical celebration featuring Denyce Graves, Nuttin’ but Stringz, and the Let Freedom Ring Choir, as part of the University’s sixth annual Let Freedom Ring initiative celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION IN THE CONCERT HALL
Featured Artist(s): Let Freedom Ring Choir
January 20, 2008 - Watch this PerformanceTracy Grammer and Jim Henry pay homage to Dave Carter and other writers with beautifully matched voices and original songs played on acoustic and electric guitars, dobro, mandolin, and violin.
Featured Artist(s): Tracy Grammer
January 19, 2008 - Watch this PerformanceNational Symphony Orchestra members perform classical works.
Featured Artist(s): NSO Prelude
January 18, 2008 - Watch this PerformanceMembers perform classical works.
Featured Artist(s): The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
January 17, 2008 - Watch this PerformanceThe ballet company performs Moondance Suite—a suite of dances set to well-known arias and popular songs, choreographed by Jared Nelson and Septime Webre. The company also presents excerpts from the ballet Peter and the Wolf with live narration and choreographed by Brian Reeder.
Featured Artist(s): The Washington Ballet Studio Company
January 16, 2008 - Watch this PerformanceMirah and Spectratone International present Share This Place, a multimedia event with original songs inspired by the French entomologist Jean Henri Fabre and a series of 12 animated short films by Britta Johnson.
Featured Artist(s): Mirah & Spectratone International
January 15, 2008 - Watch this PerformanceTalented lute player Eric Bellocq and virtuoso juggler Vincent de Lavenère perform Le Chant des Balles. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of France.
Featured Artist(s): Compagnie Chant de Balles
January 14, 2008 - Watch this PerformanceBacked by a blazing instrumental trio, the Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet performs tightly harmonized arrangements, inventive lyrics, and unique renditions of classic jazz, swing, pop, originals, and American songbook standards.
Featured Artist(s): The Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet
January 13, 2008 - Watch this PerformanceCircus, dance, theater, video, and music make up Jean-Baptiste Andre’s Dis moi ce que tu vois, je te dirai. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of France.
Featured Artist(s): Association W
January 12, 2008 - Watch this PerformanceThis six-piece group delivers passionate offerings of Bohemian cabaret in which Paris Hot Jazz, gut bucket swing, tangos, Ukrainian folk-punk ballads, and Klezmer music meet a world of riverboat gambling queens, Turkish belly dancers, and the enigmatic Marlene Dietrich.
Featured Artist(s): Vagabond Opera
January 11, 2008 - Watch this PerformanceEccentric Italian folk artist Vinicio Capossela presents music portraying entire worlds infested by demons, grace, shadows, lost souls, and losers.
Featured Artist(s): Vinicio Capossela
January 10, 2008 - This performance is not available for viewing.Promising D.C.-area high school students who have been recommended by National Symphony Orchestra musicians and area youth orchestras perform side-by-side with the NSO. IN THE CONCERT HALL
Featured Artist(s): NSO Youth Orchestra Day
January 9, 2008 - Watch this PerformanceSean, Andrew, and Rob make up Hoots & Hellmouth. Frequently augmented by Ramon Sender or Tim Celfo on bass, and a holy host of guest vocalists and instrumentalists, the band blends roots music, gospel, and blues.
Featured Artist(s): Hoots & Hellmouth
January 8, 2008 - Watch this PerformanceOriginally formed in 2004 as a satellite of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago chamber music program, the quartet blurs the lines that divide musical styles.
Featured Artist(s): Third Coast Percussion
January 7, 2008 - Watch this PerformanceConsidered one of the leading authorities on Novelty Piano, Alex Hassan performs spirited melodies from the Golden Age of popular music.
Featured Artist(s): Alex Hassan
January 6, 2008 - Watch this PerformanceA young musician will be chosen to perform as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra. IN THE CONCERT HALL
Featured Artist(s): NSO Young Soloists
January 5, 2008 - Watch this PerformanceThe singer-songwriter describes her original music as “an echo of Erin McKeown hopping into Jeff Buckley's Pontiac, cruising backwoods Alabama red dirt roads and singing along to The Sundays and Nick Drake.”
Featured Artist(s): Jenny Owen Youngs
January 4, 2008 - Watch this PerformanceBrandon Butler's raw voice and stark style evoke the rich songwriting style of Neil Young, and Butler pulls it off as if he's lived a hundred years.
Featured Artist(s): Brandon Butler
January 3, 2008 - Watch this PerformanceNeuroscientists Joseph LeDoux, Daniela Schiller, and Nina Galbraith Curley, plus environmental scientist Tyler Volk call their original music about mental life and disorders “Heavy Mental.”
Featured Artist(s): The Amygdaloids
January 2, 2008 - Watch this PerformanceFronted by Sam Quinn and Jill Andrews, Tennessee’s “the everybodyfields” are rapidly gaining a reputation as the front-runners of the newest generation of the alt-country movement.
Featured Artist(s): the everybodyfields