New York, NY – November, 2017 – ManDoki Soulmates (www.mandoki-soulmates.com), led by world-renowned German-Hungarian musician, producer and songwriter Leslie Mandoki, today announced the ‘Wings of Freedom’ post-GRAMMY®concert on January 29, 2018 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The ManDoki Soulmates are an unparalleled band of GRAMMY® -winning rock and jazz music greats including Leslie Mandoki, Bobby Kimball (Toto), John Helliwell and Mark Hart, Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band), Klaus Doldinger (Passport), Nick Van Eede (Cutting Crew), Bill Evans, Randy Brecker, Till Brönner, Cory Henry and Julia Mandoki. The ‘Wings of Freedom’ charity concert will benefit the MusiCares foundation, which supports members of the music community in need.
The ManDoki Soumates embody the creative spirit of the 1970’s, when artists were striving not only for individual virtuosity in musical expression but also for unlimited and unrestricted individuality and freedom.
“We couldn’t be more excited to debut our ‘Wings of Freedom’ concert series in New York City,” says Leslie Mandoki, Bandleader and founder of ManDoki Soulmates. “We are a group of musical rebels and idealistic freethinkers who endeavor to be authentic and honest, and support common global values for free people in a free and tolerant world. There is much talk of what divides people, however, we chose to focus on what unites us, the human race. This is the spirit of the ManDoki Soulmates.”
For the last 25 years, Leslie Mandoki has united all these legendary icons of Anglo-American rock and jazz-rock as “ManDoki Soulmates” recording new music and playing together as one band on one stage. The best of the best performing their sophisticated and progressive rock music, combin modern jazz influences, and fresh interpretations of some of the best known classic hits of the individual Soulmates. Hot off the heels of the band’s European “Wings of Freedom” tour where the supergroup performed at sold-out concerts at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, L’Olympia in Paris, Berlin Concert House, Palais des Festivals in Cannes, and Sziget festival in Hungary (25th Anniversary Concert), the ManDoki Soulmates will make their US concert debut in New York City.
In June 2017, at the Marché International du Disque et de l’Edition Musicale (MIDEM), the world’s largest international assembly of the music industry in Cannes, France, Mandoki Soulmates were awarded with the MIDEM 2017 Achievement Award for the concert tour ‘Wings of Freedom.’ The Award was given to Leslie Mandoki and his Soulmates for drawing the attention to the values of a free and tolerant Europe with their music and for building bridges between the different cultures as the core concepts of the tour. In May of 2017, Mandoki received the “Medal for Extraordinary Merits for Bavaria in a United Europe” to honor his commitment to a unified Europe and the message of the “Wings of Freedom” concerts.
“Sixty years ago, TIME magazine named the Hungarian Freedom Fighter, ‘Man of the Year.’ Their story, their fight and their longing for freedom in 1956; inspired me to spread the message of freedom to others with the power of music. This spirit gave us the title of our concerts because as we all know, dreams can only fly on the wings of freedom,” says Leslie Mandoki.