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Dawn Drake & "ZapOte" Live on Folk and Beyond

Dawn Drake & "ZapOté" Live
on Folk and Beyond
Thursday, August 14, 2008, 5:15pm

Dawn Drake and ZapOte

Get a little taste of what they will be bringing to The Gravity Lounge in Charlottesville later the same evening!

Female-fronted funky latin samba soul band. Original American melting pot dance music simmering in a palate of delectable latin, african and caribbean rhythms.

The Band:
Jackie Coleman: trumpet
Arei Sekiguchi: drums
Dawn Drake: bass, percussion, vocals, composer/songwriter
Cathy Harley: Keys

"ZapOté", which takes its name from a luscious fruit in Cuba also known as "mamey", is an original funky latin samba soul band lead by Dawn Drake, New York's blonde bassist/conguera/singer/songwriter and composer, who manages to wear several hats while setting the scene with her own brand of cool.

Her original music takes the listener and dancer into a zone where House, Funk, Afro-beat, Samba, Afro-Cuban salsa, son and Jazz are right at home. Her poetic lyrics spread messages of universal consciousness, delivered with heartfelt vocals, and are joined with the irresistible grooves of latin and brazilian percussion, funky bass, swinging hornlines and virtuosic improvisation.

An active musician in New York City's African, Brazilian and Latin music scene, Dawn Drake started her career as an electric bassplayer and percussionist, but now she is known first and foremost as a singer-songwriter, composer and bandleader. She offers a lot to the stage with her inspired lyrics and her ability to combine all of the elements from her eclectic palate of musical experiences.

"Dawn Drake and her band ZapOté are at the beginnings of a fascinating journey to enthusiastically bridge chasms of cultural and gender disconnect that plagues so much of pop music's body politic. To hear them is to imagine early period jam sessions between Laura Nyro and Carole King with Sly Stone and Sergio Mendes sitting in. Theirs is a playfully intense dynamic that needs to be seen more"

Darrell McNeill, Director, Black Rock Coalition,
Curator Brooklyn Academy of Music Cafe

Band Biographies:

Dawn Drake:
Originally from Virginia, Dawn first began traveling and studying world music through UC Berkeley's study abroad program at the University of Ghana, West Africa where she lived for a year. Upon moving to New York City, she started to play bass and percussion with groups which have included Obini Ashe; The Femm Nameless, who opened for The Roots and who toured England; Jojo Kuo, former drummer for Fela Kuti; Páprika who has opened for Patti LaBelle and Toshi Reagon, and Manmzel, who toured Canada and the east coast, with a hit single in the French Caribbean.

Dawn studied and played congas and batá in Cuba, and samba percussion in Brazil, where she played in Rio de Janiero's Carnaval. She has shared the stage with Me'shell N'degeocello, Cyro Baptista, Trey Anastasio, Mo'Guajiro, Los Jovenes del Barrio, Kokolo, Jorge Alabê and members of Antibalas.

She has appeared on The CBS Early Show, Telemundo, PBS, WBAI, and played stages such as Symphony Space, SOB's, The Zinc Bar, Rockefeller Center's Rainbow Room, Radio City Music Hall, BAM CAFE, The Walker Art Center, Michigan Womyn's Music Festival and the New Orleans Jazz Festival. She has also appeared in The Village Voice, Park Slope 24/7 and GO Magazine.

She and ZapOté have recently landed a slot in the coveted Bluemont Concert Series in Virginia for the summer of 2008 and will be performing in Fredericksburg on August 9th, Winchester, Warrenton and Ashland on August 15th, 16, and 17th respectively.

Arei Sekiguchi:
Tokyo-born Arei Sekiguchi took up drums after early studies in classical piano and marimba. His first exposure to international performance came through tours of the U.S. and Europe with Up With People. He received a BFA from the New School University and is currently freelancing and teaching in New York City.

Jackie Coleman:
Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, trumpeter Jackie Coleman has a strong love for music. In 2005, she received her BM in Jazz Studies at Indiana University and in 2007, her MM in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California. In the past, she has participated in groups such as the Disney Collegiate All-Star band, the 2005 IAJE Sisters in Jazz, the Bill Watrous Wildlife Refugee Big Band, Anne Patterson's Maiden Voyage, and other groups that were led by her. With these groups, she was able to perform at festivals all around the world, including the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland, the Molde Jazz Festival in Norway, the Kennedy Center's Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival in D.C., and the Jazz Peru Festival in Lima, Peru. She was also a finalist in both the National Trumpet Competition and the International Trumpet Guild Competition in 2005.

Currently, she resides in New York where she is the leader of a trumpet rock band called The Chase Experiment. She has also had the experience of being able toperform around the New York area with other groups at venues such as The Blue Note, the Jazz Gallery, the Mercury Lounge, Joe's Pub, The Lucky Cat, Rose Live Music, Club Europa, Bembe, Parkside Lounge, Ottoman Lounge, Kenny's Castaways, Drom, and Wicked Willy's.

Cathy Harley:
I have worked on piano with Carl Allen, Ricky Ford, Bob Shepperd ,Manny Duran, Rodney Whittaker Lance Murphy, Peter Brainin, Daryl Green,Nori Shiota. On Organ I have been performing every Wednesday and Saturday night with Jason Marshalls Overtnegritude which is a organ based unit with baritone saxophone and organ and drums at The American Legions Club 132nd Street between 7th and 8th Ave in Harlem. On organ I have worked with Lawrence Clarke , Jason Marshall , frank lacy, James Carter. Jerome Jennings. Larry Banks On bass i have worked with Lawrence Clarke ,Roland Barber, Lance Murphy,Harold Oneal, and John Davis.

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