Tue, January 13th

APAP Showcase: TriBeCaStan, Black Sea Hotel & Eve Lesov

african Balkan gypsy jazz jazz middle eastern world music TICKETS

Doors 7PM
Show 8PM
Advance Price $10
Door Price $10
Table Reservation (212) 777-1157

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If available, more tickets are available at door

Black Sea Hotel

At once lyrical and ethereal, dissonant and driving, Black Sea Hotel’s three distinct yet unified voices create a harmonic blend that’s often called otherworldly, haunting, even spellbinding. Affectionately dubbed the “punk rock version of Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares,” the New York-based trio draws its inspiration from the rich traditions of Balkan folk song, generating their own unique, gutsy sound. 

Black Sea Hotel is known for their outrageous vocal sonorities, yet can move audiences to tears with their lyricism. With original arrangements composed by its members, the trio’s music is adventurous and electrifying, running the gamut from ethereal, lilting, and achingly beautiful to strident, tightly dissonant, and unpredictable. It is an accessible yet challenging sonic experience - visceral yet sophisticated - seamlessly interweaving the ancient and the contemporary.

“(Black Sea Hotel’s) painstakingly researched and innovative arrangements of traditional Balkan folk songs are performed with a refined emotion that hits with the magnetic pull of rock-bound sirens. Just tie me to the mast now...”
--- Paul Schomer (Producer, National Public Radio)


TriBeCaStan (8:50PM)


Radically multicultural and poly-stylistic, New York City’s TriBeCaStan is one of contemporary music’s most vibrantly eclectic ensembles, using diverse instruments from around the globe to create an exotic palette of sonic colors and melodies. The New York Times describes TriBeCaStan’s sound as “genre-bending jazz and world-music” and The Washington Post hails them as “an international jazz and folk festival unto itself, fusing Balkan, Middle Eastern, Indian, Latin American, and African musical elements to bold and dazzling effect”. According to The Village Voice the band embodies “New York cool, explorer energy, and outer space vibes”.

In the imaginary land of TriBeCaStan the sounds of Africa meet New York loft jazz, Balkan rhythms merge with Appalachian bluegrass, and traditional Afghan melodies mingle with good old American rock and roll. Here folk instruments from all over the globe coexist in harmony (and mayhem) alongside banjos, mandolins, buzzing reeds, and thoroughbred jazz horns. The final package is the result of a virtuosic and exuberant collaboration between some of New York’s finest jazz and world musicians—many of whom have played and collaborated with legendary innovators, including Ornette Coleman, Violent Femmes, John Corigliano, James Brown, Taj Mahal, Willy DeVille, and Eddie Harris. 


Eve Lesov (10:15PM)


Eve Lesov's compositions start with Eve and the piano, allowing for the band to unravel the beauty and intricacy of Eve's songs in thought-through, polished and moving arrangements. Eve's influences include but are not limited to Radiohead, Portishead, Bjork, Blonde Redhead, Tori Amos and Depeche Mode. Eve is also a fan of psychedelic trance, dubstep and pretty much any genre of music that is done tastefully. The artist applies her influences in her own music with a grace and skill of a composer, who is not there to settle for cliché chord changes and overused melodies. In her dramatic works the lyrics are profound, seasoned with a longing darkness, intriguing and piercing at the same time. In her entertaining pieces she is brilliantly witty and funny. Prepare to cry and laugh at their live shows, because this band knows how to engage the audience.

As a pianist with extensive training and experience, Eve often performs her songs by herself.