|globalFEST: 10 Years HIGHLIGHTS|
Congrats to the GLOBALFEST CREW!
For some context and history of what we begrudgingly call “world music” and honestly of the music industry as a whole, I would recommend this Village Voice article: Why “World Music” Doesn’t Mean Anything Anymore: What I Learned At APAP
And if you couldn’t make it to globalFEST this year, definitely take a listen to the NPR Music All Songs Considered show dedicated to globalFEST along with some videos and full music sets of all the artists– it’s also featured heavily on the NPR music app and it’s a lot of fun!
· New York Times: World Music Informed by The Past and Fiery In The Here and Now
"Over the last decade Globalfest has presented 21st-century world music as an accelerating fusion, a recombinant free-for-all of local traditions meeting ideas and technologies from afar. It's a realistic view of how musicians work; very few are purists. And some hybrids have grown durable enough to feel like traditions of their own." -Jon Pareles
· NPR Music “All Songs Considered”: Discoveries From GlobalFEST 2013
"I want to say this about globalFEST...the range of ages, not just of the performers, and the range of faces and characters and people from every walk of life in the audience just thrills me...it's so promising, so hopeful...globalFEST is everywhere, all over the map, and I love that. You really feel like you're in a community." - Bob Boilen
· NBC New York: GlobalFEST Tenth Anniversary
"We spoke with Bill Bragin, one of the co-producers of GlobalFEST, an eclectic multi-stage music festival that welcomes artists of various backgrounds and popularity to its showcase every January at Webster Hall. From Malian folk-pop to bombastic marching bands, the tenth anniversary of the festival welcomed thousands of visitors to celebrate the vibrancy of the international music scene."-Oresti Tsonopoulos
· New York Daily News: GlobalFest 2013: A World of Music Comes to New York from Mali to Spain to Iran to the US
"For the 10th year, the city will host Globalfest, America's best-curated nexus of sounds from around the planet...Careers in America can be launched this way. The artists showcased at Globalfest often go on to become the country's most talked-about stars from far-flung locales."
· The Hollywood Reporter: New York’s Jazzfest and GlobalFEST Cross-Pollinate, Make Beautiful Music Together
"The cross-pollination of world music and jazz is clearly a positive -- as the tastes and sensibilities of many promoters easily overlap. As a result, artists showcased at either festival could end up onstage at Bonnaroo, Coachella or Pitchfork, infiltrate jazz festivals across North America, or simply play at the local community arts center near you"-Mitch Myers
· Village Voice: GlobalFEST – Webster Hall – 1/13
“...globalFEST played host to more strong female headliners than ever before...Earth Mother energy was pervasive...This was also the most conceptually balanced roster of talent I recall seeing at any Global Fest. Moving from room to room throughout the evening you could often sense one performer's key qualities instructively illuminating another's.”
"This is Globalfest's 10th anniversary, and it is now its own nonprofit organization. It has established a fund to help world-music performers mount tours across North America and has spawned additional showcases at South by Southwest and Bonnaroo. From its beginnings as an ad hoc one-night event, GlobalFEST the organization is helping to bridge the gap between world-music performers and concert halls."
More GlobalFEST 2013 Coverage:
· NPR Music Blog: They Sing, He Draws(Feature on Michael Arthur)
· Le Figaro: Les Musiques Du Monde Au GlobalFEST de New York
· RFI Musique: GlobalFEST, Musiques D’Ailleurs A New York
· Time Out New York: Critics Pick
· New Yorker: Goings On About Town
· Wall Street Journal: Ballads and Block Parties
· Wall Street Journal: The Jazz Scene: Conference Calls, Brass Bands, Free Thinkers
· New York Times: Coastal Sounds, A Bass Thump From Up North
· New York Daily News: The Top 10 Picks in Music
· AM New York: Weekend Picks