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GARAGE 416: Bossa Mundo 2 CD Release Party
featuring
François K. (Wave Music: NYC) - DJ set


Barbara Mendes (Brazil) - live P.A.


Friday, December 13, 2002
at
Roxy Blu, 12 Brant Street

$20 advance tickets at:
Play de Record (357a Yonge St.), Cosmos (607 Queen St. W.),
Rotate This (620 Queen St. W.), Vice (383 Queen St. W.), The Pit (439 Yonge St.)
more at the door - doors open 10:00pm - 19+

Help us celebrate the CD release of Bossa Mundo 2 on Wave Music with the return Garage 416 appearance of François K. (extended DJ set) and the debut Garage 416 appearance of Barbara Mendes (live vocal performance). Garage 416 regulars Blueprint and Moreno will also be rockin' the spot with their lively blend of funky house vibes.

The Bossa Mundo concept is a unique collaboration between two incredibly talented DJ's from two of the hottest independent labels: NYC's Wave Music (François K's label) and Paris' Yellow Productions (DJ Yellow's [aka Alain Ho] label with Chris The French Kiss). The Bossa Mundo 2 CD is a collaboration of producers from around the world, bringing forth tracks inspired by the sounds of Brazil. Producers and musicians unite to create a mesh of jazz, afrobeat, ambient and house, with each selection maintaining its singular style and laced with Afro-Brazilian flavour.

François K. was born in 1954, and raised in the suburbs of Paris, moving to New York in 1975 to pursue a career as a drummer. He played in various R&B cover bands and was hired by the Galaxy 21 disco to drum along with the DJ's records. This led to a strong interest in the nascent disco sound. François started DJing around New York, playing clubs such as Experiment 4 (along with John "Jellybean" Benitez), JJ Knickerbocker, the Flamingo, and New York New York.

Around the same time, François discovered studio editing and mixing. He created a series of disco medleys and reedits (many of which are still available as bootlegs), and in 1978 landed an A&R job at Prelude Records, a small but rapidly expanding independent disco label. One of his first accomplishments at Prelude was remixing Musique's "Push Push In The Bush," a massive disco hit which sold nearly a million copies. He went on to remix and/or edit the majority of Prelude releases, including such club classics as D Train's "Keep On", "Body Music" by The Strikers as well as signing seminal tracks which helped define the dance music aesthetic, like "Double Journey" by Powerline or "Disco Circus" by Martin Circus.

Meanwhile, François continued his DJ work, spinning at legendary clubs such as Studio 54, Les Mouches, Better Days, Buttermilk Bottom, The Loft, AM/PM, Bond's, Zanzibar, and Paradise Garage, filling in for resident Garage jock Larry Levan. He also started collaborating with Levan (a major remixer in his own right) on studio work, and soon became so busy behind the console that he decided to stop DJing in 1983.

By the mid-eighties, François had become an in-demand top remixer and producer on both sides of the Atlantic. He quit Prelude in 1982 and started Axis Productions, working with many new wave acts such as Yazoo and Wide Boy Awake, as well as U2, Kraftwerk, Thomas Dolby, The Cure, Eurythmics, Ashford and Simpson, Mick Jagger, Diana Ross, Dinosaur L, and many others. He has as well mixed albums for Rebecca (Japan), Depeche Mode and Erasure.

In 1987, he opened Axis Studios, which quickly became a major recording and mixing facility. Notable Axis clients include Madonna, Todd Terry, C&C Music Factory, Mariah Carey, Teddy Riley, Mary J. Blige, Deee-Lite, and many others.

François has since returned to DJing, playing various guest spots in New York City at The Sound Factory Bar, House Nation, Afterlife, Roxy, Vinyl and Twilo. He has also played in the UK at Ministry of Sound, The End, Bar Rhumba, Back To Basics, The Blue Note and Hard Times, in Italy at Angels Of Love, Cocorico and Red Zone, and in Japan at Club Yellow, Gold, Precious Hall, Red Hot, and various clubs. As of earlier this year, François had his own New York residency every Sunday afternoon at Body & SOUL, a party which grew to legendary status since it's beginning in 1996. François, along with DJ's Joe Claussell and Danny Krivit, spun a soulful mix of everything from jazzy house to drum'n'bass. Body & SOUL had established a faithful eclectic following and had allowed him to experiment and develop his own musical vision.

In 1994, François established Wave Music a fully independent record label. Wave Music was created out of a need for a label with initiative to turn out lasting music with substance as well as style. It is with this mentality that Wave has established extraordinary national and international success with its eclectic catalog of soulful music. From the jazzy vibe of Abstract Truth's "Get Another Plan", to the explosive #1 Billboard Dance Chart hit "Din DA DA" by club sensation Kevin Aviance, Wave places no boundaries on expression. Along with a steady flow of new releases, François has managed to find time to record some of his own music, such as the acclaimed FK-EP, and "Time & Space". The Wave catalog also features the hit compilations Body & SOUL-NYC Vol. 1, 2, 3, and 4.

As if this were not enough, François is still very much in demand as a remixer today, working on material for the likes of Cesaria Evora, Ame Strong, Talvin Singh, Underworld, Juan Atkins, Atmosfear, B 52's, Gloria Estefan, Big Muff, Moloko, Finley Quaye and others.

Regarded as one of Brazil's greatest vocal talents in the late 1990's, Barbara Mendes was raised in Rio de Janeiro, the general headquarters of Brazilian popular music. She started her career at the age of 6, recording jingles and performing at festivals with her mother, singer Marisa Rossi. She moved to New York in 1996 where she recorded the soundtrack to the movie "Bossa Nova" on Verve Records and in 2001 she recorded "Awakening" with François K. on Wave Music. Barbara has impressed crowds in Japan, Europe, America, and her home country, Brazil with her vocal talent.

François K.'s debut appearance at Garage 416 in June 2001 was one of the best DJ sets of the year! This will be a party to remember - do not miss this event.

© Hot Stepper Productions 2002