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JIM JARMUSCH PRESENTS THE CLOSING NIGHT CONCERT FOR THE 2011 NATIVE AMERICAN FILM + VIDEO FESTIVAL FEATURING FAMILY DYNAMICS, THE NEKID BANDIT, ELISAPIE ISAAC, MARTHA REDBONE AND SPECIAL GUESTS DREW NIX AND GARY FARMER

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(Click on poster above to RSVP and forward event invite on Facebook)

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New York, NY—The Smithsonian’s 15th Native American Film + Video Festival Closing Night celebration concert is presented by indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and will feature over four indigenous artists, local bands Family Dynamics and Martha Redbone, Canadian siren—Elisapie Isaac, Oklahoma’s The Nekid Bandit and special guest musicians, Drew Nix and Gary Farmer on Sunday, April 3, 2011 at Brooklyn’s Southpaw music hall. The evening’s free event is made possible by Four Directions Productions, Quebec Government Office in New York and Dutch Boy Burger.

NY independent filmmaker who directed what has been considered one of the best Native American films ever made, Dead Man, Jim Jarmusch lends his name again to the Closing Night Celebration Concert for the 2011 Native American Film + Video Festival (NAFVF). The 2009 NAFVF Closing Night featured over five bands and filled the 5,000 sq foot venue, Southpaw, which TimeOutNY Magazine has named one of the top five venues in all of New York City. The NAFVF is honored by Jarmusch’s kind support.

This year’s line-up for the 2011 NAFVF concert includes a wide variety and musical styles chosen to compliment each other and appease the diverse tastes of the over 100 guest filmmakers at this year’s festival.

New York’s Family Dynamics features White Mountain Apache musician Laura Ortman and creates a textural improvisational sound using electronics, voice and orchestral instrumentation. Family Dynamics features four members from the band Stars Like Fleas. In addition to the arty gigs of Family Dynamics and Stars Like Fleas, members have also played with a variety of talents, including: Björk, Rhys Chatham, Vincent Moon, John Zorn, Sean Lennon, Deerhoof, TV on the Radio & Thurston Moore. Click on the band’s full bio HERE.

To hear new tracks from Family Dynamic’s upcoming album, please contact Robert Cangiano. Press Only.

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The Nekid Bandit features Jef Johnston who takes on an Irish-like folk-rock rhythm and places forward vocal experimentation and crafty guitar work with electronic accents. Johnston, a Cherokee/Choctaw from Oklahoma, scored the award-winning film from 2007 by Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Creek), Four Sheets to the Wind. NY Texan transplant, Drew Nix, whose music is also featured on Four Sheets to the Wind guests on The Nekid Bandit. Nix blends contemporary folk and country, sometimes with an upbeat and humoristic approach. Read The Nekid Bandit Bio HERE.

Listen to The Nekid Bandit’s “Point of You”:

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Inuk singer/musician Elisapie Isaac is rising on the Montreal new music scene and already has one Juno award-winning album from her collaboration project Taima. Her music, called “Arctic electric new cool” and “Polar Pop,” pulls the listener in with her dreamy vocals and spritely whimsicalness. Read her bio HERE.

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Listen to Elisapie Isaac’s “Inuk”:

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Closing the night will be Brooklyn’s Martha Redbone whom TimeOutNY has said “In our opinion Redbone deserves Alicia Keys level success. She has the deep funk to back up her soul queen image and live she brings a groove-heavy powerhouse of a band”. Martha’ new indie soul music will be joined with guest musician and actor Gary Farmer (yes, the same Gary Farmer from Jarmusch’s Dead Man and Chris Eyre’s Smoke Signals), who also splits his time between community activism, acting and with his blues band, Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers singing and playing a masterful harmonica. Read Martha’s bio HERE.

Listen to Martha Redbone’s “Skin”:

ADDITIONAL NY CONCERTS:

Two of the bands, The Nekid Bandit and Elisapie Isaac will also appear in New York the same week. The Nekid Bandit w/ Drew Nix will perform at Williamsburg’s Pete’s Candy Store, Saturday, April 2, from 11:00 pm to 12:30 am. Elisapie Isaac will grace Manhattan’s Lower East Side’s The Living Room stage for three nights starting at 7pm on April 4, 5 and 6.

The Native American Film + Video Festival is dedicated to indigenous production from throughout the Americas, designed to be a welcoming place for Native filmmakers and other participants in indigenous film.  In this year’s Festival more than 100 participants in Native film will be here from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Suriname, and the United States. This provides the audience with an unparalleled opportunity to see great new films and to be part of conversations with creative people from so many Native communities.

The NAFVF11 Closing Night Concert will be held on Sunday, April 3, from 10 pm until closing at Southpaw, 125 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217. Tel: (718) 230-0236. www.spsounds.com. FREE ADMISSION. For more information on the festival, visit the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian Film + Video Center at www.nativenetworks.si.edu or call (212) 514-3731.

FOR PRESS ONLY: If you would like to hear more tracks by the featured artists, contact Robert Cangiano to send you the private Soundcloud link for the festival line-up.

For Band bios, click HERE.

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NEW ALBUM RELEASE BY LAURA ORTMAN (DUST DIVE FLASH), “SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER”

NEW ALBUM RELEASE  by THE DUST DIVE FLASH

“Opening Ceremony” from the Dust Dive Flash latest album, “Someday We’ll Be Together”

SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER

Sweet Apache violin, heartbreaking nostalgia wrapped in slices of reverberated fleeting thoughts of the extraterrestrial, bares the light and multi-dimensionality of Brooklyn-based artist/composer Laura Ortman. Haunting and enigmatic, a soundtrack to your inner thoughts, Dust Dive Flash breathes innocent rays into complex dark worlds.

CD release (and Cassette Tape release parties) around the Nation, this holiday season! See EVENTS page for the DEC. 27th show with JEFF JOHNSTON (soundtrack for Sterlin Harjo’s FOUR SHEETS TO THE WIND) in Tulsa, OK.

THE DUST DIVE FLASH is LAURA ORTMAN of NYC’s Family Dynamics (formerly Stars Like Fleas), Silver Summit and the Dust Dive. She has performed with notable artists such as Martha Colburn, John Zorn and Samantha Crain. In 2008, Laura founded the first all-Native orchestra, The Coast Orchestra and performed to a sold-out audience at the American Museum of Natural History in NY and at the National Gallery of Art in DC. Her solo work is often soft and hynoptic, drawing landscapes and portraits with violin, electric guitar, piano, Apache violin, megaphone and pine tree branches. Her second solo album “Someday We’ll Be Together” was recorded by Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, White Zombies, Herbie Hancock) in Brooklyn and is available at THEDUSTDIVEFLASH.BANDCAMP.COM and iTUNES. Visit her Myspace page HERE.

UPDATE : See the latest review and portrait of Laura Ortman by Tulsa photographer, Michael Cooper by clicking   on the ←photo to the left . (01/01/11)

LAURA ORTMAN’S INSPIRED ENSEMBLE PIECE, “SHIMÁSÁNÍ” – LISTEN HERE!

Laura Ortman’s Shimásání returns the ensemble back to the core collective, yet the instrumental arsenal seems to     remain roughly the same, as all six members have apparently mastered 3 to 5+ instruments each. Ortman’s composition begins as if in a smothering fog —  heavy, slow-pulsing chords of piano, low brass, and bass clarinet glide, quietly yet forcefully, beneath a thin haze of effervescent harp sparkling. An aching melody emerges out of the gradually unfolding harmonies, carried along by the hypnotic progression until a series of muted, quivering eruptions disrupts the rhythmic stability and reduces the texture to a lone harp.

While the harp reiterates a simple melodic fragment, cracks of light begin to leak through as the color palette shifts to lighter, transparent timbres that float softly upwards. Supple clarinet and flute melodies swirl amongst bright chimes and fluid cascades in the piano, creating a sensuous wash of calm, vibrating beauty. As the music circles back upon itself, the initial sequence of harmonies reappear; however, with the texture now stripped back to only piano and bass clarinet, the heaviness of tone effortlessly gives way to a concluding sense of tranquil meditation.

LISTEN HERE! http://freemusicarchive.org/curator/ISSUE_Project_Room/blog/I_Was_Only_Dancing#comments