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Watch for our upcoming Spring and Summer concert schedule. New music and some guest artists as well.


Saturday, December 10th, 2016

118 Elliot

Impulse Ensemble: The Psychedelic Show - 8pm

118 Elliot Street
Brattleboro Vermont [map]
Price: $15

Above and beyond the already adventurous world of music Impulse is so well known for, this concert includes a psychedelic light show.


Saturday, April 30th, 2016

The Next Stage

Impulse Ensemble - 8pm

15 Kimball Hill
Putney Vermont USA [map]
Price: $15

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Porter Phelps Huntington House Museum

Impulse Ensemble: Derrik Jordan, Tony Vacca, Jim Matus - 6:30 pm

30 River Drive
Hadley Massachusetts 01035
USA 413-584-4699 [map]
Price: $10. $2 for children 16 and unde

For the past 33 years, the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum has hosted an outdoor folk tradition concert series running through June and July. 

All Wednesday Folk Traditions concerts begin at 6:30 pm in the Sunken Garden at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, 130 River Drive, Route 47, Hadley, MA 01035. General admission is $10, or $2 for children 16 and under. Picnickers are welcome on the museum grounds beginning at 5:00 pm. This is a smoke-free site. Please also note that pets are not allowed on the museum grounds. 

Wednesday Folk Traditions is funded, in part, by grants from: the Marion I. And Otto C. Kohler Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts; and the Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; and with generous support from many area businesses, including Whole Foods Market, the Walmart Foundation, and Easthampton Savings Bank.


Saturday, July 11th, 2015

Bridgeport Arts Fest

Impulse Ensemble: Derrik Jordan, Tony Vacca, Jim Matus - TBA

McLeavy Green
Bridgeport Connecticut USA [map]
Price: TBA

The Bridgeport Arts Fest is a one day celebration of LOCAL + ORIGINAL art, artists, crafters, community organizations and performers that takes place in downtown Bridgeport at historic McLevy Green on July 11, 2015 from 10am to 6pm, and is followed immediately by the After-Party (6-11pm). The Arts Fest is a family- and community-friendly affair and is FREE to attend. In addition to artists, you’ll enjoy live entertainment, activities, demonstrations and area food and drinks.

The Bridgeport Arts Fest is organized by the City of Bridgeport, Mayor Bill Finch, and the Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District would not be possible without the generous support from the following:


Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Gateway City Arts

Impulse Ensemble: Derrik Jordan, Tony Vacca, Jim Matus, with special guest Jed Blume on tablas and perc. - 6pm

92 Race St, Holyoke, MA 01040 · (413) 650-2670
Holyoke Massachusetts 01040
USA 413 650-2670 [map]
Price: $10

Gateways City Arts is a very cool arts center with a great concert venue. This concert follows right after the Alchemy Conference and is open to the public. Come check it out.


Friday, February 6th, 2015

The Arts Block

Impulse Ensemble with special guest, Massamba Diop - 8pm

289 Main Street
Greenfield Massachusetts USA (413) 774-0150 [map]
Price: $7 advance, $10 at the door

Impulse Ensemble is Tony Vacca, Derrik Jordan and Jim Matus. They've created an innovative, genre-bending free-flow fusion of World Music, Jazz and Spoken Word. This is a trio of life-long adventurous performers whose virtuoso skills are the perfect match for their daring compositions.

Angel Romero of World Music Central describes their music as "an outstanding mix of composed pieces and accessible improvisation… cross-cultural musical wizardry."


Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Penn State Erie: Brunos Cafe Concert Series

Impulse Ensemble with special guest, Massamba Diop - Noon

5091 Station Rd.
Erie Pennsylvania 16510
US [map]
Price: free

Impulse Ensemble is Tony Vacca, Derrik Jordan and Jim Matus. They've created an innovative, genre-bending free-flow fusion of World Music, Jazz and Spoken Word. This is a trio of life-long adventurous performers whose virtuoso skills are the perfect match for their daring compositions. Angel Romero of World Music Central describes their music as "an outstanding mix of composed pieces and accessible improvisation… cross-cultural musical wizardry."


What a great day this was. The Penn State crowd took it all in, and we do play some pretty adventurous music. There were plenty of cool innovative grooves for them dive into and Massamba Diop's outrageous talking drum pyrotechnics lit the fire right from the start.

Big thanks and much well-earned appreciation to Andy Herrera for inviting us. Thanks again to all the students for really getting into it with us.

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

The Next Stage

Impulse Ensemble: Tony Vacca, Jim Matus, Derrik Jordan; with special guest, Massamba Diop from Senegal - 8pm

15 Kimball Hill
Putney Vermont USA [map]
Price: $15

A red-hot way-cool free-flow fusion of World Music, Jazz and Spoken Word.

Tony Vacca: balafon, gongs, percussion, spoken word. Jim Matus: electric laoutar, vocals. Derrik Jordan: electric violin, percussion, vocals. Known the world over as the tama drummer for Baaba Maal, Massamba Diop is truly a master of this unique talking drum from Senegal. His fiery traditional wolof rhythms are the signature of his sound.  

Tony Vacca, Jim Matus and Derrik Jordan are three musicians and composers with some unlikely common ground. They share a special interest in the converging traditions and innovations that are constantly redefining what it is to be an American musician at this point in time.

They are passionate and mesmerizing performers on their respective instruments, equally at home in a written composition or in a totally free-form improvisation. They have each produced many recordings of their own music, and have traveled far and wide in pursuit of their visions. In creating Impulse Ensemble they are combining forces to make some truly extraordinary music.


Saturday, January 18th, 2014

The Arts Block Cafe

IMPULSE ENSEMBLE at The Arts Block with special guest MASSAMBA DIOP - 8pm

289 Main Street
Greenfield Massachusetts 01262
USA (413) 774-0150 [map]
Price: $7 in advance; $10 at the door

Impulse Ensemble creates an earthy fusion of World Music, Jazz and Spoken Word.

Massamba Diop is the internationally acclaimed tama drummer for Baaba Maal, one of Africa's greatest singers. Massmaba is one-of-a-kind performer and the undisputed champion of the Senegalese tama drum.

All of these folks have played together many times in Africa and in America, and it sounds like it too.

Come hear the sparks fly... and dance to some extraordinary music.


Friday, October 25th, 2013

Vermont Jazz Center

World Music Mini-Fest: featuring IMPULSE ENSEMBLE, and Bideew Bou Bess - 8pm

72 Cotton Mill Hill
Brattleboro Vermont 05301
USA 802 254 9088 [map]
Price: $15

This event is going to be something very special. As part of a US Embassy grant, Derrik Jordan and Tony Vacca did concerts, recordings and community discussions in Senegal last January. Now Bideew Bou Bess is coming here, right to Derrik's neighborhood in Brattleboro. So to all our friends in and around Brattleboro: You don't need a passport, a visa, or a plane ticket. It's pretty much down the street from you...

The Vermont Jazz Center space was created for extraordinary music to be seen and heard. It's a great venue and this event should live up to that purpose. Impulse Ensemble and Bideew Bou Bess are all about tradition and innovation... but in very different ways. You're on the Impulse site, so you probably already know us.

Re Bideew Bou Bess: Some might call them 21st Century Griots…some might describe their music as "ancient meets the future…" some might see them as the living link between African and American Hip-Hop traditions, or as outspoken global citizens. By whatever description, the Senegalese group called Bideew Bou Bess has to be seen and heard before you can fully grasp their effortless, innovative fusion of traditions and languages.

Bideew Bou Bess is comprised of three brothers: Moctar, Baidy, and Ibrahima Sall. They are experienced and articulate performers with a clear sense of their place in the world's ever-evolving music scene. In concert performances they blend sweet vocals with savvy poetic commentary and strong traditional melodies.

For more on them and to see their great video just go to this link: www.tonyvacca.com/senegalamerica/bideewboubess2/


Sunday, October 6th, 2013

North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival

IMPULSE ENSEMBLE - 3:45 pm

Forster's Farm 60 Chestnut Hill Road
Orange Massachusetts USA [map]
Price: $5 for adults, kids 12 and under

This is a very special festival. It a unique combination of great music, great vibe, and great community. If you haven't experienced this yet, you're in for a treat. $8 pass for the entire weekend; that's hard to beat.


Saturday, September 21st, 2013

The Arts Block Cafe

IMPULSE ENSEMBLE at The Arts Block - 8pm

289 Main Street
Greenfield Massachusetts 01262
USA (413) 774-0150 [map]
Price: $10

By now I'm hoping most of you already know about The Arts Block Cafe. It's a great venue for concerts. The sound and the ambiance are equally perfect for our music. The room easily holds about 200, and there isn't a bad seat in the house. So please, come out and support the band and the space. Can't make it on the 21st? That's ok, buy a copy of our new cd at:www.cdbaby.com/cd/impulseensemble.


Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Vermont Jazz Center

IMPULSE ENSEMBLE: Tony Vacca, Derrik Jordan, Jim Matus - 8pm

72 Cotton Mill Hill
Brattleboro Vermont 05301
USA 802 254 9088 [map]
Price: $10

Impulse Ensemble is a world fusion power trio made up of three musicians who have been playing world music since the 70's. Sharing a strong chemistry, the music they play is created from their spontaneous improvisations. Drawing on influences from Africa, the Middle East and jazz their highly rhythmic music is very danceable and at the same time relaxing and meditative.

"An outstanding mix of composed pieces and accessible improvisation. Impulse Ensemble's 'Initiation' is a remarkable album of cross-cultural musical wizardry."

(Angel Romero from World Music Central)


Watch their video at http://www.impulseensemble.com/


Friday, September 21st, 2012

The Arts Block Cafe

IMPULSE ENSEMBLE: Tony Vacca, Derrik Jordan, Jim Matus - 8PM

289 Main Street
Greenfield Massachusetts 01262
USA (413) 774-0150 [map]
Price: $10

By now I'm hoping most of you already know about The Arts Block Cafe. It's a great venue for concerts. The sound and the ambiance are equally perfect for our music. It room easily holds about 200, and there isn't a bad seat in the houses. So please, come out and support the band and the space. Cann't make it on the 21st? That's ok, buy a ticket anyway, or buy a copy of our new cd at:www.cdbaby.com/cd/impulseensemble


Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Kripalu Center

Impulse Ensemble at Kripalu Institute - 7pm-10

57 Interlaken Road
Stockbridge Massachusetts 01262
US 866.200.5203 [map]
Price: TBA

Kripalu is a center for yoga practice and study. This is a magical venue within a magical place. A nearly perfect concert hall where all the seats are near the musicians and the sound is incredibly clear.


Friday, April 13th, 2012

The Arts Block

IMPULSE ENSEMBLE: Tony Vacca, Derrik Jordan, Jim Matus - 8PM

289 Main Street
Greenfield Massachusetts USA (413) 774-0150 [map]
Price: $10

"An outstanding mix of composed pieces and accessible improvisation. Impulse Ensemble's 'Initiation' is a remarkable album of cross-cultural musical wizardry."(Angel Romero from World Music Central)

It was really bold to buy two buildings in downtown Greenfield, and triple-bold to dedicate them to creating a support system for music, art, and the community.

It's called THE ARTS BLOCK, and it's one of our favorite venues. It's part cool cafe and part small concert hall. It seats well over 200 and the vibe is all about up-close-and-personal.

Ed Wierzbowski is putting his arts-vision to the test, which is what we musicians do every time we perform or make another CD. It's an act of faith..so we hope you'll join us for this concert. For a preview of IMPULSE,  just click on the homepage photo at our site: www.impulseensemble.com. PS: TURN IT UP!

If you can't make it to the gig, cool...help us out...buy a ticket anyway, or just pass on this invitation to someone who digs the music.

 

 



Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Kripalu Center

Impulse @ Kripalu: Tony Vacca, Derrik Jordan, Jim Matus - 7pm -9pm

57 Interlaken Road
Stockbridge Massachusetts 01262
US 866.200.5203 [map]
Price: TBA

Kripalu Institute is an amazing center for yoga training and more. The Main Hall, which is where this concert will be, is one of our favorite places to play on Earth... and the vibe is beyond description.

So if you dig music, if you dig our music, and if you can imagine us rocking our World Music adventure in a hall filled with the spirit of the music and with people in pursuit of the deep end of the pool of their spirits, then yeah, you've got to come and check this out.


Saturday, December 10th, 2011

The Arts Block

IMPULSE ENSEMBLE: Tony Vacca, Derrik Jordan, Jim Matus - 8 pm

289 Main Street
Greenfield Massachusetts USA (413) 774-0150 [map]
Price: $10

"An outstanding mix of composed pieces and accessible improvisation. Impulse Ensemble's 'Initiation' is a remarkable album of cross-cultural musical wizardry." (Angel Romero from World Music Central)

with special guest: Brooklyn poet. . .    T a n t r a   Z a w a d i

It was really bold to buy two buildings in downtown Greenfield, and triple-bold to dedicate them to creating a support system for music, art, and the community.

It's called THE ARTS BLOCK.  Ed Wierzbowski is putting his arts-vision to the test, which is what we musicians do every time we perform or make another CD. It's an act of faith..so I hope you'll join us this Saturday. For a preview of IMPULSE,  just click on the homepage photo at our site: www.impulseensemble.com. PS: TURN IT UP!

If you can't make it to the gig, cool...help us out...buy a ticket anyway, or just pass on an invitation to someone who digs the music.


Saturday, September 10th, 2011

The Iron Horse

IMPULSE ENSEMBLE: Tony Vacca, Derrik Jordan, Jim Matus - 7pm -9pm

20 Center Stree
Northampton Massachusetts 01060
USA Northampton Box Office and online at www.iheg.com. Or call 413.586.8686. [map]
Price: $12.50/$15: Northampton Box Offi

Come and see/hear/experience some of the new music and where the band's at now. The Iron Horse is right in the middle of Northampton.


Saturday, May 7th, 2011

The Black Box Theater in the Reed Art Center at Deerfield Academy

IMPULSE ENSEMBLE - 7 PM.

7 Boyden Lane
Deerfield Massachusetts 01342
Fra (413) 772-0241 [map]
Price: FREE

The Black Box Theater at Deerfield Academy seats 175, and is a great venue to hear the band up-close-and-personal.


Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Northampton Center for the Arts

IMPULSE ENSEMBLE - 8PM

17 New South Street
Northampton Massachusetts 01060
USA 413 584-7327 [map]
Price: $10 advance; $12 door

 
For Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/166134
   
IMPULSE ENSEMBLE: www.impulseensemble.com

A red-hot way-cool free-flow fusion of World Music, Jazz and Spoken Word.

Tony Vacca: balafon, gongs, percussion, spoken word. Jim Matus: electric laoutar, vocals. Derrik Jordan: electric violin, percussion, vocals.

Tony Vacca, Jim Matus and Derrik Jordan are three musicians and composers with some unlikely common ground. They share a special interest in the converging traditions and innovations that are constantly redefining what it is to be an American musician at this point in time.

They are passionate and mesmerizing performers on their respective instruments, equally at home in a written composition or in a totally free-form improvisation. They have each produced many recordings of their own music, and have traveled far and wide in pursuit of their visions. In creating Impulse Ensemble they are combining forces to make some truly extraordinary music.

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Sweeney Concert Hall in Sage Hall at Smith College

Fusion Nomads - 4pm-7pm

144 Green St
Northampton Massachusetts 01060
US (413) 585-2162 [map]
Price: FREEhttp://impulseensemble.com/h


The Smith College Music Department presents Fusion Nomads, a free concert of music spanning genres and continents, featuring artists including Hassan Hakmoun, The Impulse Ensemble, and Senegalese hip-hop group Gokh-Bi System. Starts at 4 p.m.

Morocco-born performer Hassan Hakmoun, is a staple of New York’s rock, jazz, and fusion scenes for his “spiritually charged voice and playing.” His driving, rhythmic music and his instrument, the sintir (a long-necked African bass lute) are rooted in Gnawa, a Moroccan ceremony of spiritual release. Hakmoun’s trance-like music is deeply felt, and he brings a tradition of healing to renderings of jazz, pop, and classical Arabic music.

Impulse Ensemble features Jim Matus (electric laoutar and vocals), Derrik Jordan (electric violin, vocals, and percussion), and Tony Vacca (balafon, gongs, percussion and Spoken Word). They describe their work as a “red-hot way-cool free-flow fusion of World Music, Jazz and Spoken Word” and “share a special interest in the converging traditions and innovations that are constantly redefining what it is to be an American musician at this point in time.”

Members of Gokh-Bi System, a Senegalese hip-hop group, are childhood friends from the Dakar, Senegal hood of Pikine Guinaw Rail–literally “the other side of the tracks.” Gokh-Bi System reunites rap with its ancient West African ancestors in a style dubbed “ancient meets urban.” A distinctive component of GBS’s authentic sound is the ekonting, an ancient instrument once used to calm social unrest played by Sana. Gokh-Bi’s positive message, inspired by rap greats from The Last Poets to Chuck D, transform the group's sound into an uplifting yet hard-hitting African homecoming for hip hop.

Fusion Nomads presents an eclectic combination of world music and international artists. The concert is free and open to the public.
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Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Black Moon Music Lounge

Impulse Ensemble - 9pm-midnight

37 State Street
Belchertown Massachusetts 01007
US 413-323-0013 [map]
Price: $10

The Black Moon Music Lounge is one of those special clubs that musicians tend to love to play at. It's small enough that there is no "bad" seat from which to hear and see the music being made. It has an inviting funkyness about it with colored mini-lights and bold colors. So if you care about the environment in which you listen to music, this would be a good choice.


Saturday, September 18th, 2010

The Stone Church

Impulse Ensemble - 8 pm

210 Main Street
Brattleboro Vermont USA [map]
Price: $10

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

EVOLVEFEST

EVOLVEFEST - 6:15-7:15PM

Rickey & Son Organic Farm • 442 St. Rte. 94
Vernon New Jersey 07462
USA 973-896-9312 [map]
Price: 4 Day festival pass w camping $1

The EVOLVE Music and Yoga Festival is a 4 day celebration of life and of the creative human spirit.

The mission of EVOLVE is to raise consciousness and bring attention to healthier and smarter ways of living. This transformation can be realized through inspired creative activity (both work and play), the practice of consciousness-expanding disciplines such as Yoga and Meditation and by taking action through locally-based initiatives.

The EVOLVE Festival celebrates the unlimited power we have to initiate positive and enduring change.

 


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