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Albey Balgochian

Relentlessly pursuing his love for his instrument, NYC bassist Albey Balgochian captures the pure essence of soul in his playing. Synchronistically introspective and extrospective, he explores self-expression, uncovering sounds of profound beauty. He ventures out beyond musical constraints, bending notes inside out, making them talk, sing and squeal. Most often melodic, each piece tells a short story, invoking images of animated characters as he captivates you with rhythmic, harmonic, melodic and percussive variations of strings and wood and fingers and bows and silence. Drawing from his vast musical roots, Balgochian's musical inspiration is the conversation of life's colors, textures, sounds and emotions, known and unknown

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Article: Book Review

Word Against the Machine

Read "Word Against the Machine" reviewed by Phillip Woolever


Word Against the Machine Jane Grenier 80 Pages ISBN: # 9781513651996 Self Published 2019 It can be very rewarding to read the work of an author who's clearly passionate about their subject matter. That's obviously the case with this multi-media project by Jane “Spoken Word" Grenier. Considering the vital ...

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Article: Album Review

Dom Minasi Septet: The Bird, the Girl and the Donkey II

Read "The Bird, the Girl and the Donkey II" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


Following the successful realization of the powerful, free jazz collective headed by Dom Minasi on The Bird, The Girl And The Donkey (Re:konstruKt, 2010), the guitarist decided to expand his collective from a quintet to a septet. He kept the same attitude: intense, muscular and fiery playing from the first second till the last, but with ...

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Article: Album Review

Miguel Algarin and Albey Balgochian: Soul To Sol

Read "Soul To Sol" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


A truly remarkable meeting of spoken poetry and improvised double bass playing. Puerto Rican mastermind and poet Miguel Algarin is a prolific and influential literary figure in the United States and Latin America, founder of the Nuyorican Poets Café, and editor of an important compilation of Nuyorican Poetry. Albey Balgochian is a resourceful and inventive bassist ...

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Soul To Sol

Label: Ruby Flower Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: Relish / Body Be Calling; Sabrosura; A Void / Materialization; Life; Un Desafio; Nuyorican Angel Voice / Don't Busy My Desires; Fiery Saxaphonist / Dematerialization; 61 Year Old Junkie; Mientras Morazan; Allegro Brilliante; Fear; Miedo; But With A Difference; A Tres Vaqueros; Proem III; y En Los Eeuu / Aunque ya; Life / Slight Return.

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Miguel Algarin and Albey Balgochian: Soul To Sol

Read "Soul To Sol" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Miguel Algarin is a Puerto Rican poet, founder of the Nuyorican Poets Café and Emeritus Professor of English at Rutgers University. Albey Balgochian is an improvising bassist who's worked with guitarist Dom Minasi and Cecil Taylor, in the pianist's trio and big band. Together for the first time on Soul To Sol Algarin and Balgochian spark ...

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News: Event

Bill Cosby MC Fundraiser Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Fund @ Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) September 15th!

Bill Cosby MC Fundraiser Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Fund @ Le Poisson Rouge (NYC)  September 15th!

A Ruby Flower Production Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker Street & Thompson St , NYC September 15, 2011 7:30-10:30 PM Announces Bill Cosby Master of Ceremonies Dizzy Gillespie is one of the most influential figures in many American musical forms, having first revolutionized jazz in the 40s by ...

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Article: From Far and Wide

New York's New Music And Arts Series M.A.K.

Read "New York's New Music And Arts Series M.A.K." reviewed by AAJ Staff


New York City has a brilliant new arts foundation, and a related music series. Nikka Arts is a music and arts foundation, founded by New York singer and composer Lola Danza and her business partner JB, of aboptv.com. The organization aims to provide a space where musicians and artists can present their creative work, and also ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Experience University of the Streets March 4-6th

Come celebrate the richness and diversity of the University of the Streets' vibrant 42-year past by being a vital part of its bright future. Tickets are available for this three-day festival and fundraiser inviting all to EXPERIENCE UOTS. Proceeds will benefit the UOTS maintaining its 130 E 7th Street campus. Diverse performances and workshops by Barry ...

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Article: Album Review

Dom Minasi: The Bird, The Girl, The Donkey

Read "The Bird, The Girl, The Donkey" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


New York guitarist Dom Minasi has years of experience on the jazz scene as a player, writer, improviser and educator. The Bird, The Girl and The Donkey finds Minasi in the company of some other leading lights of the New York improvised music scene, on five extended pieces characterized by some adventurous interplay, some good-humored musical ...


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