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I recently had the priveledge of witnessing Tatsuya Nakatani at Mexicains Sans Frontieres. His avant garde percussion performance was impressive to say the least…
His performance utilised 3 massive gongs, a smaller (18inch?) gong, some prayer bowls, a few misc. objects and a kick/snare/tom combo all assembled in a cirlce formation. Nakatani also used his hand-made bows to vibrate the edges of the gongs to create a sort of hell-bent theremin effect that was impressively powerful. Continue reading
Hugo Claudin and Mexicains Sans Frontieres has done so much to keep the avant garde art and music scene in Grand Rapids alive. Here is a link to the Rapidian article about the “Save the Space;MSF” benefit on Friday October … Continue reading
Pekich Park on Division St in Grand Rapids is definitely a landmark in the city of Grand Rapids. What was once just an ordinary street corner was recently turned into a “pocket park”by the city in an effort to improve the area while doing some much needed construction improvements at the intersection of Division and Oakes. Many people had high hopes for the area, which in recent years was suffering economically. Community members were actively working to turn the area’s bad reputation around. Continue reading
I met Anja McCloskey @ Mexicains Sans Frontieres on Wednesday Feb 16, 2011. This was the 3rd stop on a tour of the US that would take them through 8 states for 9 shows over the course of 9 days. The rest of the band was to meet them later in Chicago for this tour.
Even though McCloskey and her violinist Mike Kinney had driven over 1,000 miles in 3 days, they were excited to be in Grand Rapids to share their music with the eager crowd. Continue reading
Hugo Claudin from Mexicains Sans Frontieres recently gave me a cool break down of the jazz underground in New York, from back in the hey-days of the early jazz movement.
originally posted in the Rapidian Mark Helias, the renowned jazz double bassist from New Brunswick, New Jersey will be making a stop in Grand Rapids MI on Nov 7th at Mexicains Sans Frontieres. Known for his work with many jazz greats … Continue reading