I'll be teaching at the Crown Guitar Festival this summer in August. It's a beautiful place and beautiful people.
See Leni in the new Guitar Player Magazine's cover story: 50 SENSATIONAL FEMALE GUITARTISTS
Join us with
for an enchanting evening of
music at the fabulous Cutting Room.
Benefiting the Wild Bird Fund,
NYC’s only non-profit Wildlife Medical
and Rehabilitation Center
Leni Stern with
Mamadou Ba & Alioune Faye
and Our Wild & Winged Guests
March 26, 2017
6:30 - 9:30 pm
The Cutting Room
44 East 32nd Street, NYC
(between Madison & Park Avenues)
General Admission Seating Advanced $25
General Admission Seating Day of Show $30
VIP Reserved Seating $75**
*$20 Food/Drink Minimum
**Ticket price is tax-deductible to the
full extent permitted by law
New York Supports the Women's March on Washington:
A Benefit Concert
Sunday, January 15th
Doors 5:30pm/Show 6:00pm
City Winery (155 Varick Street, NY)
A multi-cultural lineup of New York City artists will come together for an inspiring performance at City Winery on Sunday, January 15th for New York Supports the Women's March on Washington: A Benefit Concert. In collaboration with City Winery, the concert will be organized by Karen Waltuch and the official local New York City Chapter of the Women’s March on Washington (WMW) to raise funds for the much-anticipated national March taking place on January 21, 2017 in Washington DC. 100% of the net proceeds from the event will go directly to support the Women’s March on Washington.
"My guest today is guitarist, vocalist and composer Leni Stern. Leni is someone I consider to be a good friend, as we’ve known each other for 16 years. She’s one of the most inspiring musicians I happen to know and- her contagious laugh and positive energy is something I never get tired of being around. Although she is married to guitarist Mike Stern (check out my 4th podcast)- Leni has her own distinctive voice on the guitar and an unmistakable touch and tone. She has won the Gibson Guitar Best Female jazz guitarist award 5 years straight and has continued to push forward with each of her records and bands.
In the interview you’ll hear how she left a successful career in her native city of Munich, Germany to come to the US and slowly build her reputation as one of New York City's finest. Now, some 20 plus records later, she talks about her new record, (Darkar Suite) what it was like studying and being in a band with Bill Frisell, the difficulties and advantages of being a female guitarist in a male dominated world, what it’s like being married to one of the most famous jazz guitarists in the world- Mike Stern, how she composes melodies etc…. and we play some ngoni and guitar duos too… Click here for Leni's Website"
Check out this video of Leni and the boys in Argentina doing a little rehearsal...
"Suite is a term from 14th century classical music, for a series of dances. By the 17th century it grew into a collection of compositions that were thematically and tonally linked.
I like the name for this collection of songs because the sabar drumming ensembles of Senegal (like the one you hear on this recording) were originally intended to accompany traditional dance." - Leni
Dakar Suite (2016)
Leni Stern: electric/acoustic/baritone guitars
n’goni, lead, and backing vocals
Alioune Faye: djembe & n’der
Baye Demba Faye: mbangbang
Gibbi Faye: goron gu talmbat
Eladje Faye: dcho
Moussa Faye: toungoune
Baye Faye: dje, tom bass (Mercy reprise)
Makura Mbaye: percussion assistant
Aboubakar Sidiki Sacko: n’goni
Mamadou Ba: electric bass & n’goni bass
James Genus: acoustic bass
Leo Genovese: piano & Farfisa
Karen Waltuch: viola
George Brooks: saxophones
Gil Goldstein: accordion
Jonathan Goldberger: guitar & tape echo
Shane Theriot: electric & acoustic guitars, lap steel, Omnichord
Lara Bello, Emily Elbert, Nalani and Sarina Bolton,
Keith Anthony Fluitt, Alioune Faye: backing vocals
click the link below for a preview
We played a week in Germany (playing the music of our upcoming CD...Dakar Suite). We had a great time playing and thank you to our fabulous German audience for coming out in the snow!
Leni's song "Gnate Yone (How Many Times)" from Jelell has won 1st place in the world music category for the 2015 USA Songwriting Competition. Stay tuned for more info...
I just returned from an incredible week in Kathmandu, Nepal playing at the 2015 Jazzmandu Festival. I met many wonderful musicians and bands from around the world! The resolve and spirit of the Nepalese people following such a great tragedy was inspiring to say the least.
Leni and Moto (from House of Water) are playing weekly new compositions with special guests. NOV 14, 21, 28
I got to play with the amazing George Brooks and James Genus in SF. There was an extra special audience member --- Zakir Hussain!!!!!
I had a VERY inspired clinic/concert at LACM -- thank you Adam Levy (dean of guitar!)
I spent last week at the Wooten Woods camp in Tennessee, an hour outside of Nashville. It is the creation of #VictorWooten, the amazing #bassist.
Mike and I had a fantastic time!! We were way off the beaten path in the woods, by a large stream, teaching 28 young musicians from all over the world.
We had wing shun kung fu classes by a student of It man !!!! and nature classes where the students learned to identify tracks and bugs ( like the one that crawled up my pants when i was teaching!!!!!!!!!!!!) and snakes ( water mocassins and rattlesnakes - ayayayayayay)
There was a huge organic vegetable garden out back and meals were cooked by an awesome chef with fresh produce from there.
The best thing was, that by the time we got to the camp, all the students had been infected with the irresistable Wooten groove…and young boys from Pakistan to Sweden were grooving like hell!!
I’m finally in St Louis, Senegal, the site of the jazz festival where we are playing. A prehistoric bus met us in Dakar to take all of our equipment to St Louis. Actually, it was supposed to take us as well, but I hired cars....it was too adventurous even for my taste!
The rehearsals have been amazing! My jaw keeps dropping whenever the Faye brothers play. In all my time in africa I have never heard anything like it. Alioune has composed a series of drum calls to go with the new songs. The Faye brothers are so soft-spoken and sweet... until they get behind the drums, then all hell breaks loose.
The audience yesterday loved our rendition of traditional Senegalese songs, and they all sang along. We played on a boat that was anchored in front of the large venue. The river Senegal has some waves, and I was scared to slip into the water with my amp and pedals. Today, thank god, they moved the stage to land and set VIP sofas up on the boat.
The whole band only speaks Wollof now and I hobble along. It’s actually helpful with the Wollof lyrics I am singing. My accent gets better and better, and everybody is terribly amused by it!
So excited to be heading to Nicaragua for 5 days on March 17th. Happy to be a sidewoman and happy to make new musical partnerships. I'll be playing with the fabulous singer Mariella.
"And my wife, Leni, happened to be in the studio and we asked her to improvise on the spot a couple of preludes to songs, with her doing vocals and playing the ngoni. I don’t know how she does it with the n'goni—I’m still into trying to figure out how to play the same old blues licks on guitar. We were thinking of doing short vignettes in between some of the songs, but what Leni did was perfect."
- Mike Stern - in the FEB/2015 DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE article SIX STRING SUMMIT, about recording his new record, Eclectic with Eric Johnson.