A dreamer in New York! Standing ovations for ManDoki Soulmates at Beacon Theatre in New York.
New York City. What a sensational music experience! Following the invitation of the Grammy organizers, Leslie Mandoki and his Soulmates played a fantastic U.S.-debut concert at iconic Madison Square Garden’s Beacon Theatre in New York City. The show took place one day after the 60th Grammy-Awards celebration.
This concert was highly anticipated by the American press and media praising the ManDoki Soulmates as “musical rebels” and a supergroup of countless Grammy award winning legends.
The Soulmates concerts are marked by the musical synergy of all these legendary musical icons united in one world-star band, where everyone’s egos come second. Original Soulmates compositions and collective improvisation skills on the highest levels are just as much part of the concerts as the mega-hits of the individual Soulmates members. “One stage – one band!”
Every music lover’s heart warms to moments like these: German star-trumpeter Till Brönner dueling with his personal musical idol and world´s finest Jazz-trumpet legend Randy Brecker, or improvisation genius Bill Evans and John Helliwell from Supertramp painting musical pictures on saxophone and clarinet, or Soulmates-youngster and Hammond virtuoso Cory Henry on his breathtaking keys-flight exploring musical freedom at the top-level of creative virtuosity.
Leslie Mandoki and his band members Nick van Eede (Cutting Crew), Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band) and Bobby Kimball (Toto), exceeded the expectations with a spectacular 3 hour set at the highest musical level. The audience, many opinion leaders and decision makers of the entertainment industry among the guests, celebrated the band with standing ovations.
This official Grammy salute concert in New York, to benefit the Grammy´s MusiCares, was the first U. S. ManDoki Soulmates concert of the nationally and internationally awarded “Wings of Freedom” concert series playing legendary European concert halls and venues like l’Olympia in Paris, Hammersmith Apollo in London, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Palais des Festivals in Cannes and the Sziget Festival in Budapest.
Furthermore, the “Wings of Freedom” concert series can be experienced on a concert film as well as a book and Arthaus-documentary called “Longing for Freedom.”
With his Soulmates Leslie Mandoki raises Jazz-Rock back to socio-political relevance, to quote him in his own words “Especially in times of echo chambers, filter bubbles and alternative facts, us non-compliant musical rebels and idealistic freethinkers cannot help but feel directly involved. We do not claim the one objective truth for ourselves, we just try to be authentic and honest, and support common global values for free people in a free, colorful and tolerant world. We want to build bridges and write songs, that unite us rather than divide us. Our music is not a short message, it is a handwritten love letter to our audience.”