Saturday, July 14, 5-7pm
Presented in partnership with The City of Albuquerque Cultural Services Department's Old Town New Fun Program
Leni Stern, who has won five consecutive Gibson Female Jazz Guitarist of the Year awards, has always defied expectations. An expert instrumentalist, she is also a singer-songwriter who has much to share from her travels throughout the world. She has released several CDs, including her 2007 release, Alu Maye (Have you heard) which juxtaposes her trademark inventive guitar and vocal explorations with the indigenous sounds of accomplished African instrumentalists and singers. It is in the sahel and savanna of Africa where she has discovered her surest artistic footing and her latest independent release, Sabani, is testament to her authentic acoustic African experience. “It’s a risk, listening to Leni Stern,” writes Greg Burk of LA Weekly. “You risk losing the comfortable distance between artist and audience to share the emotions of someone who dares to feel deeply. Her sensual soulfulness, her hummingbird melodies and the family camaraderie of her band, though, make the gamble virtually inevitable.” She will be joined by her band which features Kofo, talking drum (Nigeria); Baba Kebe, talking drum (Nigeria); Alioune Faye, jembe and sabar (Senegal); Teymur Phell, upright bass (Azerbadjian); Leni Stern, guitar, n’goni, percussion and vocals.