The national conference of the Association for Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) is held in New York City in January. The long weekend gives Cityfolk and our peers the chance to talk to agents, network with each other, take part in workshops about the field of presenting and see artists perform. As with any professional conference, it was exhausting and exhilarating and overwhelming by turns.
One of the highlights of my last couple of trips to APAP was globalFEST. This indoor festival is open to the public, not just aimed at presenters, and it's chock full of amazing music from around the world. NPR's All Songs Considered covered the event this year, and in their words, "Twelve bands, 17 different countries, three stages, one frenzied night:
That's the promise of globalFEST, a yearly showcase for international
musicians." Six hours of band after band, it's also exhausting and exhilarating and overwhelming. In a very good way.
Thanks to the folks at All Songs Considered, you can hear all of the amazing performances from globalFEST 2012 in their entirety. Music from Cape Verde, Italy, Ireland, China, Mali and beyond. Amazing stuff to warm a winter day.