Events downtown

Feb 05

Nihco Gallo and the Bad-Year Society | Dimensions in Jazz
Location: 71 Cove Street Unit A, Portland, Maine 04101, US
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Vibraphonist Nihco Gallo is joined by tap dancer Ayan Imai-Hall, drummer Zak King, and bassist Ross Gallagher at Cove Street Arts.

Concert is at Cove Street Arts, 71 Cove St. Portland, ME.

Nihco Gallo and the Bad-Year Society present an evening of improvised music with influences from around the world.

Repertoire includes the music of Hoagy Charmichael, Astor Piazzolla, Ornette Coleman and more, woven together by original compositions and free improvisation.

Nihco Gallo has established for himself a unique place in the Southern Maine and New Hampshire music landscape, earning performance bona fides in jazz clubs, dive bars, and on the street. The self-taught mallet percussionist draws influence from jazz, minimalism, and music from South America. In spring 2020, Gallo incorporated the Bad-Year Society (featuring tap dancer Ayan Imai-Hall and drummer Zak King) and established a rigorous schedule of street performances throughout New England.

New Hampshire native Ayan Imai-Hall started tap dancing when he was eight years old and has since performed across the nation with companies including Atlantic Steps, Tap Kids, Tapestry, and Subject Matter. In 2012, Ayan was awarded a Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts with blues musician and educator, TJ Wheeler.

Zak King is an in-demand New York City based drummer. Since graduating with his Master’s of Music in Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music, Zak has performed in many off-broadway performances, jazz nights and festivals, metal concerts, and has worked with artists including David Newsam, Matt Savage, Michael Beling, Kenny Cha, and Shane Dylan. He currently performs with Javier Rosario, J.J. Johnson, Dzö-nga, Ice Giant, Purging Sin, and Vibrater.

Ross Gallagher is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who draws upon and works within a variety of American musical traditions. He has collaborated with Bill McHenry, Jorge Rossy, Andrew D’Angelo, Kenny Wollesen, Marc Ribot, Joe Henry & Hurray for the Riff Raff. He currently divides his time between Brooklyn, NY and the Maine coast.

Doors open at 7:30 pm | Show starts at 8:00 pm.

Tickets: $5 students, $15 Seniors, $20 in advance, $25 at the door.