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Ameranouche Playing in New York City February 19th at Drom

Friday, February 19th 9pm - 11pm Drom 85 Avenue A (b/w 5th & 6th) City/Town: New York, NY Tickets $10 We can't wait to get back to NYC!

Minor Swing, Major Updates - more from Madame X

What's the 'Nouche been up to? I can't believe I haven't blogged at you since the Adirondack adventure. Let's see... some highlights since then include: - Several beautiful outdoors events: A dreamy summer afternoon at Gorham Music Fest in Maine. A show on the huge green in front of Everyman Bistro in Providence -- funds were raised for a group that connects people with disabilities and the arts. The Big E Expo and the Lowell Arts Fest, both in Mass, were also great times. - We played outdoors in North Carolina at a series called The Rooster's Wife. We all enjoyed splendid hospitality as well as the sweet sounds of opener Bruce Piephoff's group. We even got to sneak in a quick visit with our friends in VA, the Gypsy Roots, on the way down. - We stopped on the way to play at the tiny Charlesworth Hotel in the heart of South Jersey. There is a tune on our first album that honors the lighthouse here on the Delaware Bay. We were here in August this year, with lots of friends, lots of family, and huge windows that presented us with the sun setting over the Bay all evening long. - We'd barely unpacked from one journey when suddenly it was September and we were back in NYC! The Gypsy Tabor Festival included a staged shaped like a caravan wagon. Within a few weeks, we were in NYC once again for the Brooklyn Djangology Fest. This was our second year and the vibe was strong. - Last weekend we had a nice night in Freeport, Maine, at The Venue. There was dancing, there were smiles...nice stage, nice people. - The following night was probably one of our best shows of the year. We followed moose tracks up to East Sangerville, Maine. The whole room was full of enthusiasm, energy, and don't forget the fancy homemade desserts. I can picture the moose gathering outside and dancing some moosedances... Maybe not, but it was a really special night -- once again we were blessed to have some family and long-time friends in the audience. The double-encore was a nice touch, too. We all left feeling quite rejuvenated, and with people pressing packages full of leftover pie into our sleepy hands. - What a year it has been, so far....! And now that we're involved with Charisma Artist Agency, it's like....has this all just been a warm up?! We are so stoked for the future and so thankful for the past. New tour dates will pour in shortly. Will we see you soon? We hope so. Want to book us? www.charismaartist.com is now the way to go

CD Review: Ameranouche - Awake


Ameranouche rewarded New Hampshires Best 2008

The readers of New Hampshire Magazine voted Ameranouche Best of NH 2008! www.nh.com/section/BESTOF

Ameranouche  (almost 7 years ago)

" From the rural seacoast of New Hampshire comes the percussive and exultant gypsy strains of the Ameranouche trio." - NH Magazine"Gypsy music tapped into an ethereal sphere, somewhere between J.S. Bach and M. C. Escher." - NH Magazine

Free Show at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston: Feb 26th

Ameranouche reached the finals! Come Vote! OurStage College Clash When: February 26, 2008 Where: Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA Venue Capacity: 650 Event: Free Admission, Door Prizes, On-site fan vote to determine the #1 College band in New England Stakes: Four bands will compete for the audience vote to win $5,000 College Clash Grand Prize provided by OurStage Event Details • Estimated attendance: 600+ • OurStage MCs: entertainment jockey/video crew to videotape event; OurStage picture booth/ picture uploads to OurStage for post-event audience traffic/engagement • Band Prizes: Grand Prize provided by OurStage: $5,000 Performance wardrobe by BC Ethic 250 CDs and 50 posters by Nimbit (free Nimbit retail account)

Threshold Release Update

After over three years of obsessive hard work from hundreds of people, our first feature film, "The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell" is about to reach out to the world, and we're doing a lot to celebrate. The guys at National Lampoon, the most widely recognized name in comedy, saw our film on the festival circuit and thought that it was the perfect flagship to enter a new age of the Lampoon name. Lampoon is now committed to expanding its market to edgier and more challenging comedies and our film fit their bill perfectly. So, I wanted to send you this update to let you all know about all the fun Threshold stuff at your fingertips! The trailer for the film can be seen now in 2,300 theaters throughout the U.S. THE THEATRICAL RELEASE The theatrical release of our film is October 19th, 2007 and will premiere its initial rollout in the following cities.... ATLANTA, GA LOS ANGELES, CA NASHVILLE, TN BOSTON, MA MURFREESBORO, TN BIRMINGHAM, AL FORT WAYNE, IN PORTLAND, OR RALEIGH, NC DURHAM, NC COLORADO SPRINGS, CO PENSACOLA, FL CHATTANOOGA, TN AUSTIN, TX KNOXVILLE, TN MANHATTAN, KS RICHMOND, VA MINNEAPOLIS, MN SAN FRANCISCO, CA DECATUR, IL LA CROSSE, WI ORLANDO, FL SAVANNAH, GA WINSTON/SALEM, NC GREENSBORO, NC We are also planning a special limited engagement in NEW YORK CITY. PLEASE take the time to forward this message to anyone you might know in any of these towns. We want to pack people in the seats and this word-of-mouth campaign could really help Hopefully, the release will expand even wider as word of the film spreads. If the film is NOT playing at a theater near you, demand it! We will try to get it expanded to your hometown! So, let me extend a congratulations to everyone who offered their blood, sweat and tears to this project. Less than one percent of Independent Features made each year get a theatrical release, this is no small feat. NEW BPTH WEBSITE We recently gave our web presence an enormous facelift. Check out the newest website for the film at www.thresholdofhell.com It has the newest trailer, Threshold games (including the Feed Cannibal Sue game that is spreading like wild fire over the internet), Threshold comics, an online store, etc. etc. etc. Go NOW! Its a blast! NEW PODCASTS Also, we shot twelve episodes of a special podcast that features Tex Kennedy in a political debate with the likes of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, and the rest of the modern political leaders. Two episodes are up now and there are ten more to come so keep visiting the "Tex Kennedy for a New America" site at... http://www.youtube.com/user/BPTHMOVIE MYSPACE Not our friend yet? Why not??? http://www.myspace.com/bpthmovie IMDB Check us at imdb http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443441/ Well that should give you something to chew on for a while. Thanks again to everyone who has helped take this project to this level. We hope to see you all in the theaters this October! Very Truly Yours, Kevin Wheatley International Danger Alliance Threshold Productions kevin@jumpthemoon.net www.thresholdofhell.com

Beach Party At The Threshold Of Hell

National Lampoon's will be releasing "Beachparty at the Threshold of Hell" in theaters on October 19th, 2007. HOWEVER, the new trailer is soon to premier on 2,300 movie screens throughout the US as well as Television Spots. The trailer features two Ameranouche songs (that were also used in the film). Ameranouche is an acoustic Gypsy Jazz Trio based in southern New Hampshire. The musicians are guitarist Richard Sheppard, Ryan Flaherty and bassist Xar Adelberg. Kevin Wheatley, co-director and starring actor of Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell, came across Ameranouche while surfing on Myspace music pages. Three original songs from Ameranouche's debut album, "Homage A Manouche," will be featured on the movies sound track. Guitarist and front man Richard Sheppard composed the songs that will be featured. The movie stars Kevin Wheatley, Jamie Bullock and Jane Seymour. The movie is categorized as a political comedy/sci-fi. The plot is set in the year 2097, two decades after the nuclear apocalypse that annihilated the United States. The Official website for the Movie is: http://www.thresholdofhell.com/ "Quentin Tarantino meets Mad Max. Daring, sprawling and unafraid to pull out all the stops."- Scott Bowles, USA TODAY You can catch Ameranouche performing in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont throughout the year. Thier calendar can be found online at www.ameranouche.com National Lampoons has brought many hit movies to the big screen, including "Animal House" starring John Belushi and "Vacation" starring Chevy Chase.

"Ameranouche Is Nice" - Metro Pulse Magazine

These gypsy jazz virtuosos feel blessed every time they play by Lisa Slade Attitude can be tiring, especially when it comes to self-righteous musicians who are convinced that, in their own special way, they're saving the world by playing music. Gypsy Jazz trio Ameranouche is, thankfully, nothing like that. There's no pretension, and zero vanity. "I'm very blessed, period." says lead singer and guitarist Richard Sheppard. "Getting to play with Ryan [Flaherty, rhythm guitarist] and Xar [Adelberg, standup bassist] is an amazing thing. They're both highly dedicated, creative and really nice people." Ameranouche plays what is commonly called gypsy jazz, or swing jazz, a style that has its origins with Django Reinhardt in the 1930s. It's a looser and less structured version of the style of jazz most of us are familiar with. It's most often performed strictly from memory, no music reading necessary, and Reinhardt didn't know how to read music at all. But that's not to say it's any less complex than traditional jazz. Sheppard says, "I would say that gypsy jazz is acoustic jazz. It's very energetic and highly athletic in its nature, but it's not so dense that it makes you want to take a break from it. It's very accessible music, and it seems to appeal to a large demographic." Sheppard also appreciates the group's varied fan base. "I'm so grateful to the people who are coming out to support this music. I feel like it's bigger than us, and we're just trying to be ambassadors to this music we love very much, and that we have a very deep connection to," Sheppard says. And all kinds of people seem to like it, with Sheppard citing metal, folk, bluegrass, and classical music fans as examples of people who enjoy this kind of thing. "It's about bringing people together who wouldn't otherwise be brought together," he says, "We like it to be a sort of family event, in the sense that we're reconnecting with people at the shows." The music from Ameranouche's debut album, Homage à Manouche- --with the Manouche referring to the French sect of gypsy jazz, only one of the varieties that Ameranouche draws inspiration from--pays homage to the gypsy tradition, but it also showcases this band's skills nicely. Sheppard's guitarwork is lightning fast, sounding almost like virtuosic bluegrass playing, reminiscent of Reinhardt himself. It is energetic music, but never overpowering. It's upbeat, and friendly sounding, the kind of music you might expect to hear from a group of talented friends playing at someone's house. There's no ego involved, only a frenetic lead guitar and a little steadiness coming from the rhythm guitarist, who's always bringing the music back from whatever depths it wanders into. Most of the songs are Ameranouche originals, but there are also three traditional gypsy songs on the album. Though Ameranouche has been together for over three years, some of the members have come and gone. Standup bassist Xar Adelberg has only been with the group for a few months. "Xar has brought a positive thing. She's a woman and she's paying standup bass, which is a very strong thing for a woman to be doing, especial with this very boisterous, testosterone-based music. I think it's a really healthy thing, and it shows you don't have to be a big muscular guy to do this music," Sheppard says. More at www.metropulse.com