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‘Joko' for Dreyfus Records
New York, NY—The critically acclaimed French Basque guitarist Sylvain Luc will perform in New York City four times in just two days, June 20 – 21, as part of the inaugural “Make Music New York” festival and “French Tuesdays” Celebrate La Musique at Spotlight Live in Times Square.
On Wednesday, June 20, the New York Mets will host “Make Music New York Night” at Shea Stadium and Sylvain Luc is one of the four artists chosen to represent the diversity of the musicians and the numerous genres to be heard in MMNY. Sylvain will entertain spectators in a half-hour, pre-game concert, starting at 6:30 PM, as the Mets prepare to take on the Minnesota Twins. Also performing will be classical harmonica virtuoso Jia-Ye He, as well as the New York-based chamber pop ensemble, Frances. Mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey of the Metropolitan Opera will sing the National Anthem to open the game. Sylvain will also perform a half-hour concert at 5:00 PM outside the Shea Stadium.
On Thursday, June 21, Sylvain Luc will perform in front of L'Orange Bleue (430 Broome Street) in SoHo, as part of a MMNY World Music concert featuring Moroccan master musician Hassan Hakmoun and percussionist Jean Dumas. The concert will start at 6:00 PM. Jack Lang, France's former Minister of Culture and founder of Fête de la Musique (which MMNY is based on) is expected to attend.
Sylvain will then head over to Spotlight Live in Times Square for a performance starting around 9:30 PM, as part of “French Tuesdays” Celebrate La Musique (7:00 PM – 2:00 AM).
Sylvain Luc is
currently on tour in support of his fifth recording on Dreyfus Records,
entitled Joko (Playing or game in Basque). The album, featuring French
avant-garde legend Michel Portal on clarinet and young French piano
favorite Jacky Terrasson, among others, pays homage to Sylvain's
eclectic musical influences and mixes Sylvain Luc originals with his
highly unique interpretations of The Doors' “Light My Fire,” Paul
“This Never Happened Before,” Joe Jackson's “Steppin' Out,” Keith Jarrett's “Coral,” and James Taylor's “Mean Old Man.