The Revolution Vol. 39: Michael Sarian & The Chabones, Natie, & Sami Stevens and The Man I Love
9:30pm doors • 10pm show
Much of the charm of a place like Brooklyn comes from discovering what secret events hide inside seemingly mundane brick buildings with colorful street art plastered on their walls. Wandering the streets of Brooklyn’s culturally booming neighborhoods you may ask yourself, “What exclusive functions could I attend if I were lucky enough to be in-the-know?” -Soundigest
The Revolution is a performance series highlighting Brooklyn- and Harlem-based artists and musicians that not only represent the core of independent pop culture but also currently stand in the breeding ground of evolution within their genre.
This local musical movement empowers community, change, and activism through performances and unity amongst the arts. Once a month, three different artists showcasing three different genres have a chance to spread love, light, and awareness through their music and their stories. This series supports revolutionary artistry and the importance of music in healing, in all aspects of life.
In Volume 39, The Revolution will feature three incredible live performances from local artists Michael Sarian & The Chabones, Natie, and Sami Stevens and The Man I Love.
“Sarian’s trumpet literally speaks” — Karl Ackermann, All About Jazz
Born on a warm Tuesday morning in Canada only to be whisked away to Argentina at the tender age of 1, Michael Sarian is a trumpeter and composer whose work has been described as “a steady study in dichotomy. With a wordless elegance, the New York City–based musician is flexibly firm, loosely tight, and brightly dark. The innovations within his compositions are deceptively dramatic with varying degrees of a melodic sensibility” (Frank De Blase, Rochester City Newspaper).
Michael relocated to New York City in 2012 to pursue a master’s degree in jazz studies at New York University, where he studied with great musicians such as Laurie Frink, Alan Ferber, Brad Shepik, Ralph Alessi, and Mike Rodriguez. Michael has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival, BRIC JazzFest, the Getxo Blues Festival, the Blue Note Jazz Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Beacon Theater, Central Park SummerStage, and Teatro Colón, and has appeared on WNYC‘s Soundcheck with John Schaefer, NPR’s World Cafe, and many other radio shows.
In August of 2018, Michael released LEÓN, the third album with his septet, Michael Sarian & The Chabones (Argentine slang for the dudes), his debut with ZOHO Music.
Natie is a violinist and vocalist from Reunion Island, a French state in the Indian Ocean. She envisions music as a language, where genres become different lexical fields to build deeper self-expression. Raised by a Spanish mother and Reunionese father, Natie grew up surrounded by music, ranging from that of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to Lakshminarayana Subramaniam — the acclaimed Indian violinist — in the home. The cultural diversity of the island remains a key component in her artistic development.
Natie began playing the violin at the age of 6 at the Conservatory of Music of Reunion, where she pursued classical studies. Through her father, a jazz musician, she was introduced to the world of improvisation and fusion from a young age. At 18, Natie moved to Australia and completed a bachelor of music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Since relocating to New York City, Barret-Mas has collaborated with bands and artists of a broad spectrum including Beyoncé, Kennedy Administration, The Sketchy Orkestra, and Orchestra Holistic. She recently got off a world tour with Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
Upcoming projects include her first solo EP release as well as continued collaborations with different artists.
Through the process of exploring different pallets and colors, Natie aims to develop her own voice, one that can move and unite people regardless of their background or culture.
Sami Stevens and the Man I Love is “the tenderness you need today” — Stereofox.
Founded in 2015 by singer-songwriter Sami Stevens, the group draws together cohesive, classic R&B-style arrangements, impeccable vocal lyricism and phrasing, Joni Mitchell-esque harmony, and intense dynamic range, having you fighting back tears one minute and up on your feet the next. With The Man I Love, Stevens hopes to ride the line with listeners, lovingly challenging them with new sounds and ideas, and drawing them in with undeniable melodies and grooves.
With the Autumn 2017 release of their first album, And I‘m Right, Sami Stevens and The Man I Love have carved out their rightful place in the NYC R&B scene. And I’m Right (Leesta Vall Records), produced by Somerbridge Music, gives an imaginative, fresh take on old, warm sounds and grooves. Drawing comparison to artists like Emily King, Amy Winehouse, and Hiatus Kaiyote, the record weaves through elements of jazz, singer-songwriter music, and R&B. And I‘m Right is a window into Stevens’s world, telling stories of vulnerability, love, growing pains, and fiercely powerful perseverance.
“And I’m Right has the mark of maturity, and that’s a rare thing to find these days . . . the lyrics often impress as well with ‘She Is God’ and ‘Child They Said Was Mine’ mixing together Phoebe Snow–style lyrical intelligence with a concise emotional impact.” — Bluesbunny
As part of their presence in the Brooklyn music scene, Sami Stevens and The Man I Love has secured residencies at Pine Box Rock Shop and Parkside. Stevens, the band’s leader, has toured internationally with various acts, having played with artists like Jason Moran, Fred Hersch, JG Thirlwell of Foetus, and “King of Treme” Shannon Powell. Currently, The Man I Love includes Horace Bray on guitar, Bob Edinger on drums, Jed Lingat on bass, Noah MacNeil on keys, and Kazemde George on tenor sax.
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