Gregory Porter and Tomás Doncker will headline The Harlem Arts Salon's all-star benefit fundraiser for The Gloster Project on Sunday, March 8, 2015 from 2:00 - 6:00 PM. The benefit concert will take place at MIST Harlem, located at 46 West 116 Street in Harlem, and will feature art, music, poetry, a buffet lunch, an exhibition/silent auction, and a special appearance by Danny Glover.
Tomás Doncker's "global soul" and blues music has earned him acclaim from CNN and Guitar World as well as a critically acclaimed run at NYC Summerstage 2013. From his humble beginnings as the son of a carpenter, Yusef Komunyakaa has traveled far and wide to become a scholar, professor, and Pulitzer prize-winning poet.
Listen to the Tomás Doncker Band's "Big Apple Blues" at Soundcloud.
Artist: Tomás Doncker Band
Album: Big Apple Blues
Release date: Oct 21, 2014
Songs by Yusef Komunyakaa & Tomás Doncker
Tomás Doncker-Lead Vocals,Guitars
As a prime mover on New York's downtown "No Wave" scene in the early 1980's, Tomás Doncker cut his teeth as a guitarist with such genre-busting groups as James Chance & The Contortions, Defunkt, J. Walter Negro & The Loose Jointz and many more. Eventually he went international, touring and recording in Japan with jazz pianist Masabumi Kikuchi, and producing studio and songwriting sessions with Boosty Collins, Yoko Ono, Grammy nominated Reggae vocal group The Itals, and Grammy-winning producer Prince Charles Alexander, to name just a few. Since then, Doncker has continued to work with an A-list of iconic artists including Ivan Neville (on his solo album "Thanks"), Bonnie Raitt, Meshell Ndegeocello, Living Colour lead singer Corey Glover, former P-Funk keyboardist Amp Fiddler, 2013 Grammy award nominee Shamekia Copeland, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa.
In 2010, Doncker performed for the first time in China as a headlining act at the Shanghai Folk Festival, and in front of an audience of over 100,000 as part of the Shanghai World Expo. His latest work as a singer/songwriter and producer embraces a broader musical vision that he likes to call Global-Soul, drawing influences from numerous sources, including East and West Africa and the Caribbean. He also frequently collaborates with legendary Grammy Award winning Producer/Bassist Bill Laswell, and his ongoing "Power Of The Trinity" project was featured on CNN on November 27, 2012 (Jimi Hendrix' birthday).
On July 8th, 2014, Tomás released the full length "Moanin' at Midnight: The Howlin' Wolf Project" album, which received widespread acclaim from sources such as Popmatters, All About Jazz, and Howlin' Wolf's own official website, who posted the album. Developed during a critically acclaimed run at NYC SummerStage during the summer of 2013 (and directed by award winning director Alfred Preisser), this project is now being shaped into a multimedia performance concert.
Tomás's latest release is a collaborative effort with legendary poet Yusef Komunyakaa entitled "Big Apple Blues, due October 21st via True Groove Records. The album is intended as a follow up to "Moanin' at Midnight".
Twitter: @tomasdoncker @truegroove1
Gregory Porter Photo by Bluebirdreviews 2014 at the Newport Jazz Fest
Photo of Tomas Doncker provided by his press team.
Gregory Porter at the Newport Jazz Festival, 2014
Gregory Porter at the Newport Jazz Festival, 2013