In 2002, Clay Ross embarked on a musical odyssey that brought him closer to home. The South Carolina native moved to New York to pursue a jazz career and several years later found himself in Recife, Brazil studying the region’s folkloric music. Along the way he rediscovered the straightforward songs of his native South.

The guitarist and singer titled his Ropeadope Records debut Matuto, after a Brazilian slang reference to a man from the backcountry. Described as “Weird and Wonderful… Unorthodox and Delightful” by Jazz Times Magazine, the set allows Ross to carve a niche in a musical tradition created on another continent. He performs North American folk songs like “Home Sweet Home” and Blind Willie Johnson’s “John the Revelator” over South American rhythms Maracatu, Forró, and Coco typical of the northeastern region of Brazil.

Sui generis Brooklyn-based ensemble Barbez celebrate the release of their fifth album Bella Ciao (Tzadik), a stunning suite of music inspired by both ancient Roman Jewish melodies and the Italian Resistance during the Second World War. Nearly four years in the making, the record weaves the melodies of the Jews of Rome, the oldest Jewish community in Europe, into the group’s haunting mosaic of avant-rock, old-world-cabaret, and European folksong. Bella Ciao also pays homage to the Italian partisans during the Nazi occupation of Rome, incorporating Resistance poems by the great Italian writer and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini and his renowned contemporary, the poet Alfonso Gatto into the music, as well as recasting the title track, an international symbol of defiance for seventy years. The record was record and mixed by Martin Bisi (Swans, Sonic Youth) at his legendary studio in Brooklyn, NY. This performances will feature Peter Hess (Balkan Beat Box) on clarinet and bass clarinet, Jean Cook (Jon Langford) on violin, Dan Kaufman on guitar, Andrew Jones on bass, and John Bollinger (Sway Machinery) on drums.



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