Alexia Bomtempo, Stephane San Juan, Electrocumba, Alea

Alexia Bomtempo

Stephane San Juan



Thu · April 11, 2019

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

Off Sale

This event is 21 and over

Alexia Bomtempo
Alexia Bomtempo
Since relocating to New York from Rio de Janeiro nearly 5 years ago, Brazilian-American singer Alexia Bomtempo has developed into an artist of multiple worlds. Her sound is individual and confidently feminine, and her songs embrace raw emotion, delivering flowing melodies influenced by her beachside upbringing in Rio de Janeiro.

In 2008, she began touring throughout Brazil, Japan and the U.S. in support of her debut release Astrolábio (EMI). Her 2012 English language tribute to the legendary Caetano Veloso, I Just Happen to Be Here (Biscoito Fino), was praised by the Village Voice as “ingeniously produced, lucidly performed, and hauntingly beautiful.” Critical praise continued with her 2017 release, Chasing Storms and Stars, with BlackBook Magazine calling the single “a deeply poignant meditation on lost love, broken dreams and the soul-searching confusion that comes with revisiting those memories."

Alexia returns to her bossa nova roots and continues her exploration of American song in forthcoming album "Suspiro" produced by French multi-cultural producer/drummer Stephane San Juan (Rodrigo Amarante, Tulipa Ruiz, Amadou & Mariam) and American industry veteran Jake Owen (Augustana, Charanga Cakewalk, Forró in the Dark). Recorded in Brooklyn, NY, and mixed by legendary engineer Scotty Hard (Elza Soares, Arto Lindsay, Medeski, Martin and Wood) the album reveals a rich repertoire featuring songs by contemporary Brazilian songwriters Domenico Lancellotti and Alberto Continentino, distinctive covers of Brazilian and American standards by Cy Coleman and João Donato, and originals by Alexia. Some of the musicians featured on the record include trumpeter Michael Leonhart (Steely Dan, Mark Ronson, The Roots) pianist Vitor Gonçalves (Maria Bethânia, Hermeto Pascoal) and Guilherme Monteiro (Gal Costa, Bebel Gilberto).
Stephane San Juan
Stephane San Juan
Stéphane comes from a rich cultural background that set the backdrop for his multi- cultural path in music, his father, of Spanish descent, was born and raised in Algeria and his mother of German-Italian background, was born in Vietnam then raised in Madagascar. Stéphane grew up in Montpellier, France.

He began his career as a drummer/ percussionist with local bands like Black and White Gospel Singers feat. Rhoda Scott, General Alcazar and Zwap.
In 1995 Stéphane made London his permanent home, where he played with artists such as Andy Sheppard, Sibongile Khumalo and Tyrone Downie. Meanwhile in Paris joined the band of Malian duo Amadou et Mariam with, whom he recorded and toured with from 1997 until 2004, including on their hit record "Dimanche a Bamako" produced by Manu Chao.

In the year 2000 Stéphane met Kassin, Moreno Veloso, Domenico Lancellotti and joined their band the +2's (Luaka Bop). Stéphane relocated to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2002 where he became a member of the gafieira Big Band, Orquestra Imperial, also formed the band Os Ritmistas with Dany Roland and Domenico and most recently Cometa (NuBlu).

Since living in Brazil, he has worked with many brazilian artists including Adriana Calcanhotto, Arlindo Cruz, Bebel Gilberto, Caetano Veloso, Céu, Elza Soares, Erasmo Carlos, João Donato, Jorge Mautner, Marcos Valle, Maria Gadu, Martn’Alia, Seu Jorge, Tulipa Ruiz, Vanessa da Mata, Wilson das Neves, Zé Manoel, with arrangers like Alberto Continentino, Arthur Verocai, Eumir Deodato and international artists like Bernard Purdie, Gilles Peterson, José Gonzales, Manu Dibango, Money Mark
and On Fillmore (Darin Gray & Glenn Kotche).

In 2009 he created and directed the "Gainsbourg Imperial" project at Sesc Pinheiros theater (São Paulo), for the year of France in Brazil, arranged by Jean Claude Vannier, with special guests Jane Birkin and Caetano Veloso; won the "Bravo Award" for best show in 2009 and co-directed
the documentary which was nominated at FIPA 2010.
In 2014, Stéphane released his first solo project as a singer/ composer/ songwriter, "Système de Son »recorded in Rio, London, and Montpellier; mixed by Mario Caldato Jr. and mastered by Robert Carranza in LosAngeles. On the album, he collaborates with the likes of composers Alberto Continentino, Sean O’Hagan, Gustavo Ruiz, and his mentor Wilson das Neves. Released in Japan by Coreport label, the album got great reviews in latin music and jazz magazines like Latina, Intoxicate and Cd journal, and also appeared on many best album list 2014 including "Rolling Stone Brasil" and"Billboard Brasil".

The album release tour passed through cities like Rio de Janeiro ( Sergio Porto and Oi Futuro Ipanema theaters), São Paulo (Sesc Pompeia and Sesc Campinas theaters), Belo Horizonte (Marilia theater), Florianopolis (Celula Club), was part of the Festival Francophonie Tour 2015, Montreux Jazz Rio 2016 and the official program of Rio's 2016 Olympics.
The repertoire included originals from the album as well as new songs and french versions of samba songs like "O dia em que o Morro Descer e não for Carnaval" (Paulo César Pinheiro/Wilson das Neves) and a portuguese version of
"Rue de Mes Souvenirs" (Stephane San Juan/Wilson das Neves) written by Chico Buarque de Hollanda.

In 2017, Stéphane moved to New York where he toured with On Fillmore for the release of the album which he co-wrote "Happiness of Living" (Northern Spy) in prestigious festivals like Wilco’s Solid Sound, joined Bernard Purdie and Friends as a percussionist with whom he played live and recorded the album "Cool Down" (Sugar Road) and produced Tulipa Ruiz's new album « Tu » (One Rpm) at Scotty Hard's Studios.
Also curated and directed "Multiplicidade", the opening night show of the 2018 season of The National Sawdust, defined by the New York Times as the city's most exciting new venue, inviting artists such as Jeffrey Ziegler (John Zorn, Kronos Quartet), Magos Herrera, Mauro Refosco (Atoms for Peace, Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Melvin Gibbs (Defunkt, Rollins Band), Michael Leonhart (James Brown , Steely Dan), Vitor Gonçalvés (Hermeto Pascoal) and Vernon Reid (Living Color, Mick Jagger, Santana) to play a repertoire of songs by Abdullah Ibrahim, Mongo Santamaria, Tom Jobim and tunes from Stephane's new album "Saved by the Drums ».

Recorded in Rio and New York, mixed by Scotty Hard and mastered by Mike Fossenkemper in New York, "Saved by the Drums" features special guests Guto Wirtti, Jeffrey Ziegler, Michael Leonhart, Rogê, Ze Manoel and the late Wilson das Neves, his spiritual father to whom the album is dedicated.
In 2018 Stephane collaborated with Yuka Honda (Beastie Boys, Cibo Matto) for the premiere of the show of art and haute cuisine Epicurean Nights and with Ilhan Ersahin
(Istanbul Sessions) with whom he produced several solo concerts as well as Nublu Sessions with Ilhan on sax and bassist Josh Werner (Lee Scratch Perry, Robert Glasper, Wu Tang Clan), I led 3 Lives with Joonie Booth (Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Sun-Ra) and African artists like Yacouba Sissoko (Harry Belafonte, Lauryn Hill) at Ilhan's new club club, Nublu 151.

Stephane is currently drummer and percussionist on David Byrne's world tour.
Colombian artist Alea is a progressive and pioneering artist of her generation.

Alea's music arrests you with authenticity and honesty. Alongside brilliant performers Sinuhé Padilla-Isunza and Franco Pinna; Alea delivers a high energy performance that travels through many countries in Latin America, recreating its rich culture. The band's stage presence is powerfully unmistakeable, and experiencing them live will transport one - while at the same time stamping their uniquely musical imprint. The group accentuates buttery vocals, deep-rooted grooves, holistic guitar conversations and riveting sax and clarinet performances. Walking the line between Cumbia, Vallenato, Rancheras, Jazz, and Pop make possible their diverse soundscape with that New York City edge. Get ready to dance and sway to their soulful-afro sound!
Venue Information:
Bowery Electric
327 Bowery
New York, NY, 10003