mick laBriola http://www.micklabriola.com Cultural Percussionist · Artist Educator Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:40:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cultural Music Specialist-Percussionist-Artist Educator http://www.micklabriola.com/cultural-music-specialist-percussionist-artist-educator/ http://www.micklabriola.com/cultural-music-specialist-percussionist-artist-educator/#comments Sun, 17 Nov 2013 22:42:40 +0000 http://www.micklabriola.com/?p=1517

As a Cultural Music Specialist, mick has traveled, performed, collaborated and taught Residencies and Workshops in a multitude of  Cultural Music fields. Studying briefly at The National Music Conservatory in Amman, Jordan; The Rhythm Riders Institute in Gujarat, India; with Jose Cortes in Puerto Santa Maria, Spain; as well as in more conventional institutions of learning. Such as the American Conservatory of Music-Chicago, Olive-Harvey Junior College-Chicago, Metro State University-Denver, The University of Colorado-Boulder, the Denver Folklore Center, The Old Town School of Folk Music-Chicago, Bata Rhumba Studio-Chicago with Carlos Eguis-Augilla, and The West Bank School of Music-Minneapolis. mick’s initial focus in college was as a Semantics Major later moving into Music Studies as a Percussion Major/Guitar Minor. And mick had also worked as a independent Stained Glass Artist in Minneapolis for nearly a decade.

In addition to learning institutions, mick had also self-financed, travel-study excursions; to Jamaica (extensively), Trinidad,  Morocco, Spain & India; as well as touring-performing in Jordan, Palestine, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Poland, Puerto Rico and China. mick also took the opportunity of acquiring private lessons with touring artist such as Haba Boula-Uzbeckistan,  Alexander Gregorov-Bulgaria, Shashmaqam-Bukhara, Gopal Mishra & Pandit Vijai Shankar-India.

mick is a free lance Performer, Residency/Workshop Artist, Music Specialist, Music Director, Cue Director, Producer, Educator, Dance-Theater accompanist, Music Collaborator, Technical Adviser, Logistics Coordinator, Stage Manager, MC and stage Host and all around Renaissance Man in his field.

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ORF Oregon Renaissance Festival of Hillsboro http://www.micklabriola.com/orf-oregon-renaisaance-festival-of-hillsboro/ http://www.micklabriola.com/orf-oregon-renaisaance-festival-of-hillsboro/#comments Tue, 18 Jun 2013 23:31:33 +0000 http://www.micklabriola.com/?p=1443

Here ye, here ye the maniacal musician of mayhem has done it again; this time making forth on ye merriment of joyous pageantry of yore.  Henceforth acquiescing whither fullsom e pleasures bequeath in a time of ostentatious hierarchy and vast peasantry betwixt in a world full of Huzzah!

mick  has been heralded as royal MUSIC DIRECTOR and honorable PERCUSSIONIST so pritthee S’wounds of ecstatic elation.

mick has assembled three groups he will be performing with; DRACHEN (pipe & drum), Henna & Music Arabia (belly dancing) and the Joust Orchestra performing music of Susato, Holborne & Scheidt among other Renaissance composers as well as managing the exquisite talent.ORF Flier 4.5

 

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Joust Orchestra with music by Renaissance composers Susato, Holborne and Scheidt

 

 

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Gypsy Stage with Henna and Musica Arabia

 

 

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POSITIVE VIBRATIONS Roots Reggae and Congolese Soukous now available in the Twin Cities http://www.micklabriola.com/positive-vibrations-roots-reggae-and-congolese-music-first-club-date-of-2013/ http://www.micklabriola.com/positive-vibrations-roots-reggae-and-congolese-music-first-club-date-of-2013/#comments Thu, 09 May 2013 16:22:55 +0000 http://www.micklabriola.com/?p=1420

POSITIVE VIBRATIONS is a new Roots Reggae group, also featuring the music of Zairian/Congolese Guitarist/Singer-Songwriter Siama Matuzungidi. Original reggae material is augmented by the familiar grooves of Bob Marley, Lucky Dube, the Skatilites, Gregory Isaacs, Sound Dimension, Willie Williams, the Jamaicans, the Gladiators,  Dennis Brown, Green, Dub/Roots versions of 60’s R&R favorites and much more.   Lead Vocalist/Guitar feature Van Nixon, Siama Matuzungidi Lead Guitar/Vocals, Bass Guitar/Vocals Ike Russell, Keys/Horn Arranger Tim Siefkus, and Drummer/Percussionist/Vocals and band leader mick laBriola. To complete our full ensemble we work with a variety of Trumpet and Saxophonists in addition to Sound Engineer/Sound Designer Artist, Tom Bergum among others, who guarantee a true Dub Mix  extraordinaire. Totally combined, POSITIVE VIBRATIONS creates a riveting exponent of the pure-genuine Roots Reggae genre.

 

The group in it’s full capacity is a eight piece ensemble, exemplifying the MASSIVE Roots Reggae sound, with a horn section and Dub mix. The group also performs as a four or five piece ensemble for smaller events. Either configuration, POSITIVE VIBRATIONS hosts a thrilling full-throttle, BIG UP,  jam-down Roots Reggae Session !

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The 39th Annual MayDay Parade and Festival: Sunday, May 5th, 2013 The MayDay Festival follows the MayDay Parade and Ceremony and features music, dancing, poetry, foods, canoe rides, and more. http://www.micklabriola.com/the-9-mayday-parade-and-festival-sunday-may-5-2013/ http://www.micklabriola.com/the-9-mayday-parade-and-festival-sunday-may-5-2013/#comments Tue, 02 Apr 2013 00:39:50 +0000 http://www.micklabriola.com/?p=992

mick will be up to his usual antics and maniacal disposition at the 39th annual MAYDAY celebration at Powerhorn Park in south Minneapolis.

Starting with the parade, mick will be a drumming hallucination, performing with the Community Band led by Steve Sandberg. 1 pm: Parade begins at the corner of 25th Street E. and Bloomington Ave. S., and travels south on Bloomington to 34th St. E., where the parade turns west towards Powderhorn Park, where the parade ends and the MayDay Ceremony and Festival begins, at approximately 3pm.

mick will then, very exhaustively prepare for the Ceremony as Cue Director for a 200-person pageant that re-tells the story of that year’s parade, with children and adult dancers, puppeteers, a live orchestra and four giant serene puppets who represent the Prairie, Sky, River, and Woods. It culminates in the Tree of Life Ceremony: to the steady beating of drums, a resplendent red Sun Flotilla paddles the Sun from across the lake to the shore where the Tree of Life sleeps, waiting to be reawakened.

After the Ceremony comes to a rousing finale, mick will prepare for his 6-8pm performance on the cement stage next to the Ceremony site for Reggae music with “POSITIVE VIBRATIONS”. Yes mon come check out de riddems and vibrations of Jah Jah Blessings!

mick and Daughter Maya

Reggae with Positive Vibrations; members of the Maroons featuring Van Nixon, Siama Matuzungidi, Ike Russell, Tim Siefkus, Bobby J Marks and yours indubitably!

 

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Kristen Lynn performing Fort Lauderdale 3-15-13 http://www.micklabriola.com/kristen-lynn-performing-fort-lauderdale-3-15-13/ http://www.micklabriola.com/kristen-lynn-performing-fort-lauderdale-3-15-13/#comments Tue, 12 Mar 2013 20:03:12 +0000 http://www.micklabriola.com/?p=1389

kristen-lynn-lalamick will be contributing his zany & intoxicating blend of  folk-jazz rhythmic concoctions with the lovely KRISTEN LYNN Friday March 15th, 2013.5

5 Points Tiki Lounge  2608 S Federal Hwy Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316  305-803-9014kristen lynn yukuleleIMG_3339-300

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ENSEMBLE ESPANOL 2013 Florida Tour http://www.micklabriola.com/ensemble-espanol-2013-florida-tour/ http://www.micklabriola.com/ensemble-espanol-2013-florida-tour/#comments Sun, 24 Feb 2013 20:29:06 +0000 http://www.micklabriola.com/?p=1343

mick will be joining Ensemble Espanol once again, this time in Delray Beach, Florida on March 5th & 6th 2013. The March 5th concert will take place at the Huntington Pointe Theater located at 6251 N  Oriole Blvd in Delray Beach; 561-496-3801. The March 6th concert will be held at the Huntington Lane Theater located at 7355 Huntington Lane in Delray Beach phone 561-498-0228. Music Direction by Miami based Flamenco Master Guitarist & Vocalist Paco Fonta. Assuring a stunning musical accompaniment for Chicago based, Internationally accredited Spanish Dance Company, Ensemble Espanol!Ole!

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Positive Vibrations http://www.micklabriola.com/positive-vibrations/ http://www.micklabriola.com/positive-vibrations/#comments Mon, 21 Jan 2013 23:09:15 +0000 http://www.micklabriola.com/?p=1300 Positive Vibrations

Roots Reggae with Congolese music, band ranging primarily from a 5 to 7 piece; with Van Nixon vocals-guitar and mick laBriola drums-percussion-vocals-bandleader; both crazy-men formally of Macumba and the MAROONS. Other members hail from SHANGOYA and other groups. With Siama Matuzungidi on guitar/vocals from Zaire/Congo, Tim Siefkus on keys, Ike Russell on bass/vocals and Tom Bergum Sound Design. We also have a two piece horn section with Sax & Trumpet and occasionally work with background vocal groups as well.  Music of Bob Marley, Lucky Dube, Peter Tosh, Skatelites , original material and traditional favorites like Lee Scratch Perry all done in the Reggae, Ska, Nyabinghi and mix up mix up. The focus is Roots Reggae and strictly Roots! De riddems mash up de place, wit de fi ya burn passion of de Caribbean. BIG UP!

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MARDI GRAS DAY with the Beau Koo Jacks 2-12-13 http://www.micklabriola.com/mardi-gras-day-with-the-beau-koo-jacks-2-12-13/ http://www.micklabriola.com/mardi-gras-day-with-the-beau-koo-jacks-2-12-13/#comments Tue, 12 Feb 2013 01:17:37 +0000 http://www.micklabriola.com/?p=1313

The Beau Koo Jacks with mick on the drum throne, will be performing on Mardi Gars Day otherwise know as Fat Tuesday;  Tuesday February 12th 2013  @

Neumann’s Bar

2531 East 7th Avenue
North St. Paul, MN 55109

 

Mardi Gras parade

Mardi Gras is probably the most important musical event out of the entire year on the American continent; presenting a truly unique, multi cultural panorama of the oldest of musical
American Traditions. New Orleans is the birthplace of JAZZ and our link to  America’s rich and exuberant celebration of all cultures in America. Africans, Native Peoples, Europeans, French, Haitian all intermingled to bring to our culture true diversity with this most abundant jubilation. The soulful and exciting vocal work of Van Nixon will make you jump and shout for more bo ba be doo ba, and second line madness.

BKJ will be Performing music by Jessie Hill, Ernie K Doe, Lee Dorsey, the Meters, Fats Domino, Otis Redding, Dr John, Professor Longhair, Robert Parker, Chris Kenner, Earl King, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, The Wild Tchoupitoulas, Allen Toussaint etc etc

 

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http://www.micklabriola.com/ensemble-espanol-center-for-spanish-dance-and-music-chicago-in-delray-beach-on-030613/ http://www.micklabriola.com/ensemble-espanol-center-for-spanish-dance-and-music-chicago-in-delray-beach-on-030613/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2013 13:37:48 +0000 http://www.micklabriola.com/ensemble-espanol-center-for-spanish-dance-and-music-chicago-in-delray-beach-on-030613/

 

 

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Ensemble Espanol 2012 China Tour http://www.micklabriola.com/ensemble-espanol-2012-china-tour/ http://www.micklabriola.com/ensemble-espanol-2012-china-tour/#comments Sat, 03 Nov 2012 16:47:56 +0000 http://www.micklabriola.com/?p=1233

mick will be performing with Ensemble Espanol 2012 China Tour through the Asian Arts Connection in Shanghai. The Tour will run from November 20th through December 1st covering seven cities and performing ten concerts. Cities include Tianjin 11-20th, Hainan Island 11-22 thru 11-24, Hangzhou 11-25, Shaoxing 11-26, Henan Province 11-27 thru 29, Shanghai 11-30 and Dongguan 12-1.

 

 

 

 

Hainan Island

 

Shanghai

 

Henan Province

 

Tianjin

 

Hangzhou

 

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