Rhythm Nomad
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Tour Dates

Hartford, CT
Mar
26
to Mar 29

Hartford, CT

This is a four day residency on the Math of Rhythm and The Science of Sound. his is part of a city-wide residency in the schools of Hartford CT, funded and administered by Hartford Performs.

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Greenfield, MA
Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

Greenfield, MA

Do It Now at Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center. 289 Main Street, Greenfield, MA. Tickets $10/$15. Click here for tickets. Part Beat Poetry, part World Fusion... it’s an all-in exploration of the power of music and words. John Isaac Sheldon is on electric guitar, Tony Vacca on plays balafon and percussion, and with National Beat Poet Laureate Paul Richmond, our group (Do It Now) will be throwing down our daredevil takes on the state of humanity.

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Chelmsford, MA
May
3
8:00 AM08:00

Chelmsford, MA

Tony Vacca, Abdou Sarr, Massamba Diop: A full day of hands-on workshops and concerts in Chelmsford, MA. These three artists have a long-standing collaboration, sharing their respective worlds of music and dance from Senegal and America.

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DO IT NOW at Augusta Savage Gallery, UMASS, Amherst FREE
Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

DO IT NOW at Augusta Savage Gallery, UMASS, Amherst FREE

DO IT NOW at Augusta Savage Gallery, UMASS, Amherst. 7pm. A fusion of spoken word and improvisational music, featuring Beat Poet laureate Paul Richmond, and musicians John Sheldon and Tony Vacca. 


DO IT NOW at Augusta Savage Gallery on October 16. Details: https://fac.umass.edu/Online/Article/FestivalOct16

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"Return From The Fringe.” -DO IT NOW
Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

"Return From The Fringe.” -DO IT NOW

“Return From The Fringe.” DO IT NOW (Paul Richmond, John Sheldon and Tony Vacca) will be performing their mix of World Music, electric guitar, and Spoken Word. This is the show they brought to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

As part of this same show, John Sheldon will present his one-man-show, “The Red Guitar.” Presented by Serious Play Theater, and directed by Sheryl Stoodley.

Tickets and info at https://www.facebook.com/events/666819247038681/

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“Return From The Fringe.” -DO IT NOW
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

“Return From The Fringe.” -DO IT NOW

“Return From The Fringe.” DO IT NOW (Paul Richmond, John Sheldon and Tony Vacca) will be performing their mix of World Music, electric guitar, and Spoken Word. This is the show they brought to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

As part of this same show, John Sheldon will present his one-man-show, “The Red Guitar.” Presented by Serious Play Theater, and directed by Sheryl Stoodley.

Tickets and info at https://www.facebook.com/events/666819247038681/

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Do It Now: Manual Override, Fringe Festival Edinburgh
Aug
13
to Aug 25

Do It Now: Manual Override, Fringe Festival Edinburgh

Danger! Systems are being corrupted and broken. We must take back control. It’s time for Manual Override. Taking control from the US are John Sheldon on his red Stratocaster, Tony Vacca on all things percussion, and Paul Richmond with his droll yet beguiling spoken word delivery. They take on anything from the mundane envy of a neighbour’s dog to nuclear power posturing, creating poetic flashes of text that erupt from a hotbed of music. Non-verbal communication between artists is as much the theater of this show as Richmond’s words or personal reflection by Sheldon and Vacca.

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/do-it-now-manual-override

  •  Aug 13-18, 20-25
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“DO IT NOW” (featuring John Sheldon, Paul Richmond and Tony Vacca)
Jun
30
7:30 PM19:30

“DO IT NOW” (featuring John Sheldon, Paul Richmond and Tony Vacca)

1794 Meeting House, New Salem MA

You can get tickets here https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3412321

Do It Now
Improvisational collaborations from John Sheldon, Tony Vacca and Paul Richmond, and inspired by the desire for social change.

World Fusion & Spoken Word

John Sheldon - guitar
Tony Vacca - percussion
Paul Richmond - spoken word

Do It Now is a trio of life-long performers whose intention is to create a bold confluence of spirited, outspoken poetry and improvised World Fusion music. It's part old school beat poet style, and part 21st century commentary-in-performance. It's everything music and poetry is supposed when we dare to embrace the exquisite beauty of a sometimes troubling world.

John Sheldon has been a professional musician since he was the 17 year old lead guitarist in Van Morrison's band. Songwriter for James Taylor and leader of his own bands, he has been busy composing and performing music for theater. After experiencing a series of ayahuasca ceremonies, John was moved to create "The Red Guitar," a monologue with music, which he has been performing on stages, in homes, and "wherever I possibly can." He continues to write songs and instrumental music, accumulating a large and varied body of work. "My view of music has changed. It is not just entertainment anymore, but a way to connect to the energies of spirit and to invite them into our presence."

Tony Vacca is an American percussionist specializing in jazz and an early innovator in world music. He incorporates percussion instruments from a world of traditions that includes African, Caribbean, Asian and Middle-Eastern influences, to which he adds some of his spoken word and rhythm poetry. Tony has been active in the Jazz and World Music stage since the early 1970s. His frequent trips to West Africa have contributed to his unique approach to playing, and to his depth of knowledge regarding African and American musical traditions. Vacca has recorded and performed with a wide range of musicians, including Sting, and his performances have been described as a "non-stop athletic spectacle of percussion music and spoken word."

You Do It Nowtime poet, author, spoken-word festival promoter and small press publisher. He has lived in Wendell for more than twenty years and has been hosting and promoting spoken-word events in Western MA for more than a decade. He coordinates the Greenfield Annual Word Fest and brings poetry to the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., Richmond has presented his work nationally and internationally, his writing has appeared in journals, magazines and anthologies, and he was named Beat Poet Laureate of Massachusetts by the National Beat PoeDo It Now
Improvisational collaborations from John Sheldon, Tony Vacca and Paul Richmond, and inspired by the desire for social change.

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Tony Vacca and Massamba Diop: The Senegal-America Project
May
10
8:00 PM20:00

Tony Vacca and Massamba Diop: The Senegal-America Project

May 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$18

What happens when you combine Massamba Diop’s fiery Senegalese tama drumming with Tony Vacca’s spectacle of World Percussion? For over two decades these two musicians have come up with a different answer pretty much every time they perform. Expect some above-and-beyond pyrotechnics, expect some whisper soft gongs, a sonorous avalanche of notes from a giant balafon (West African xylophone), some spoken words in Wolof and English and oh yeah, a palpable vibe of friendship, connection and love these two guys have created from years of working together.

 

Tony Vacca is an innovative American-born percussionist whose music incorporates giant West African xylophones, an incredible collection of over twenty Paiste gongs, hand-drums, and a unique drum set/percussion unit. The range of his work could be summarized by the fact that he has performed and/or recorded with pop icon Sting, Senegalese Afro-Pop star Baaba Maal, Jazz and World Music legend Don Cherry, and the Senegalese hip-hop troupe called Gokh-bi System.

Massamba Diop is internationally recognized as one of the all time masters of the tama drum. He is an extraordinary performer, as well as a knowledgeable and generous teacher. He is one of the original members of Baaba Maal’s world famous band, and has performed with Peter Gabriel, Herbie Hancock, and Carlos Santana. And oh yeah, if you’ve seen The Black Panther then you’ve him play. His playing accompanies most of the action scenes.

Together their performances are a spectacular display of rhythm and a world of percussion, demonstrating the power of cross-cultural collaboration. They have created flexible, cohesive, and extraordinary presentations by virtue of their generous commitment to the music and to each other. And it shows. In performance or in hands-on workshops, they convey their expertise, their reverence of tradition and innovation, and a profound respect for their audience.

If you like contrasts, then you’ll see that their collaboration incorporates and transcends Black and White, Christian and Muslim, ancient and contemporary, African and American. But most of all these two musicians are friends; you can see it, you can hear it, and you can feel it. Just like their friendship, their music is built upon mutual respect and appreciation. The result is this meeting of two mindful, soulful, world-class performers; two rhythm griots meeting on the common ground of rhythm and storytelling.

LINKS:

Massamba Diop in performance with Baaba Maal:

https://youtu.be/2525gcsCqM8

 

Tony Vacca: solo performance excerpt:

https://vimeo.com/17169139

 

The African Embrace:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvZB1OCR7Vk

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World Rhythms Ensemble: World Fusion, Spoken Words, Exquisite Mayhem
Apr
28
8:00 PM20:00

World Rhythms Ensemble: World Fusion, Spoken Words, Exquisite Mayhem

Tony Vacca and Massamba Diop performing together at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, MA

During the past fourteen years Massamba Diop and Tony Vacca have been bringing together the traditions of their music and the peoples of their countries.

$15 Adv / $20 Door $10 Students/Children 18+ 

Doors at 7pm

Info and tickets at https://www.gatewaycityarts.com/tonyvaccaandmassambadiop

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