Aztec Two-Step and THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL SONGBOOK: AN EVENING OF SONGS & STORIES
Saturday Mar 10 8:00PM
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Friday Morning Musicale
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Featuring Aztec Two-Step and Pete Fornatale
Venerable folk-rock duo Aztec Two-Step will perform a set of their own music; and then a set of the music of Simon & Garfunkel, with guest host Pete Fornatale providing commentary and personal anecdotes from interviews with Paul & Artie. Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman are known for bringing the folk/rock music of the 1960s into the '70s and beyond and continue to be one of acoustic music's most respected and enduring acts. When they made their Elektra Records debut in 1972, reviewers said they had the “intellectual lyricism” and “ethereal harmonies” of Simon and Garfunkel. So while possessing a rich musical legacy of their own, it makes sense that the critically acclaimed duo would choose to interpret and perform the timeless songs and harmonies of their legendary predecessors.
Performing the Songbook on their own since 2005, Aztec Two-Step joined forces with Fornatale after the 2007 publication of his book, "Simon and Garfunkel's Bookends." One of the architects of progressive FM radio in the 60s, the legendary broadcaster has one of the most recognizable voices in rock radio and has been a fixture on the New York dial for four decades, at WFUV, WNEW-FM and K-Rock. His celebrated long-running program, “Mixed Bag,” now airs on Saturdays in New York on WFUV, and nationally on XM satellite radio.
Aztec's Two-Step's Living in America received the New York Music Award for Best Folk Album in 1987 and was named in Billboard’s year-end critic’s poll. Praised in major media outlets such as Rolling Stone, and having appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, they were the subject of a documentary that aired on PBS in 1999. Real Simple, a popular national lifestyle magazine, in 2007 named Aztec Two-Step's self-titled debut one of the top five classic folk albums, joining work by Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Tom Rush and Phil Ochs. That same year, Rhino Records released Forever Changing-The Golden Age of Elektra Records 1963-1973, a five-CD box set that tells the story of this landmark record label and the music that defined an era, and includes Aztec Two-Step’s “The Persecution and Restoration of Dean Moriarty (On The Road).” In 2008, the duo released Time It Was -- The Simon & Garfunkel Songbook (Red Engine Records), a live album of the Songbook show featuring Fornatale's insights.