globalFEST @ SXSW, Gaida @LCAtrium, and the Wizard of Woo needs a tour van.
Getting ready to head off to Austin for SXSW to fill my brain with more music than it can possibly hold (and some BBQ, burritos and mezcal, while I’m at it.)
Before I go, wanted to make sure you had next Thursday night, March 21’s David Rubenstein Atrium show in your calendars: Syrian singer Gaida is a wonderful vocalist with an amazing band – rooted in classical Arabic traditions, but also pulling in influences from flamenco, Brazilian jazz, and all over the Middle East. You may also recognize her and members of the band from their appearance in Jonathan Demme’s “Rachel Getting Married.” There’s so much tragic news coming out of Syria these days…it’s also important to shine a light on the beauty of Syrian culture. As the first day of spring, it’s also Mother’s Day in Syria and throughout the region, a perfect time to celebrate renewal and rebirth.
“Gaida, is one of the most effusive and charming vocalists in the New York world music scene.” - Timeout New York
Along with her outstanding ensemble: oudist Zafer Tawil, pianist George Dulin, bassist Jennifer Vincent, and percussionist Tony DeVivo, Gaida performs “entrancing” innovative interpretations of Syrian folk songs, originals, and freestyle improvisations over Arabic and Latin grooves.
For, Gaida, morning in Damascus meant melodies: waking to the sound of her father’s radio while he shaved, the predawn intertwining calls to prayer bursting from mosques across the world’s longest-inhabited city. Strains of Umm Kulthum and Fairouz rose from radios and stores as horses clopped and cars purred by. The age-old harmonized with the modern. These sounds shaped the gorgeous and thoughtful Syrian singer’s impeccable musical intuition and velvety yet crystalline voice, now channeled into the stunning live performances. With her voice as a common denominator, Gaida has found the soulful sweet spot where complex Levantine rhythms and rich melodies synch up with breezy hints of bossa nova and that certain swing found only in jazz. Gaida’s songs, refined over a decades-long journey, unite the elegance of Arabic poetry and the refined ornamentation of Middle Eastern vocals with the sophisticated urbanite sensibilities of her adopted home.
Gaida and her band were featured in Jonathan Demme’s 2008 drama “Rachel Getting Married.” They’ve recorded with Robyn Hitchcock, Gillian Welch and Alejandro Escovedo and performed in prestigious national venues like the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall and many world music festivals.
Other upcoming events in the Atrium include folk-rockers Aurical tomorrow night, the next Just Films screening featuring a conversation with Alexandra Pelosi (yes, that Pelosi’s daughter) prior to a screening of her latest documentary Fall To Grace (about Jim McGreevey), and in April, Meet the Artist Saturdays with Vlada Tomova, collaborations with the Season of Cambodia festival and a rare free appearance by the incredible Raul Midon, plus a guest appearance by Master Kong Nay.
This Friday, March 13, globalFEST will once again infiltrate SXSW with another line-up of boundary shattering global artists at the Speakeasy. Read below to learn more about our seriously great lineup showcasing hard-hitting bhangra funk dhol 'n brass from the streets of NYC (Red Baraat), next generation desert blues from northern Mali (Terakaft), trance-inducing folk from Southern Italy (Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino), Afro-Colombian punk-funk from...Brussels! (La Chiva Gantiva) and electric Pow Wow and global bass music from Ottawa's indigenous underground (A Tribe Called Red.) Hope to see you in Austin.
Not going? Or just want to plan which sets to see (uh…all of them!) you can still check out all the artists on our Spotify playlist: http://open.spotify.com/user/activecultures/playlist/79LRoXBE6mVaulKoCSApm5
Lastly, P-Funk’s keyboard genius, Bernie Worrell, the Wizard of Woo, is going directly to his fans to help finance a new tour van so they can bring his Bernie Worrell Orchestra to a town near you. Only 6 days left in the campaign and they are about halfway there. Besides donating simply cause it’s the right thing to do, there are some ridiculous rewards – autographed vinyl, rare bobbleheads, synthesizers played by the master, rare original master tapes…serious collectibles. Even a private concert. Time to dig into your online wallet: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1522411554/a-touring-van-for-the-bernie-worrell-orchestra
globalFEST SXSW Line-Up Announced!
globalFEST is returning to Austin to infiltrate the indie music hub of SXSW for a showcase of nomad desert blues, Southern Italian trance-inducing folk, beats from the Subcontinent via Brooklyn, Afro-Colombian funk by way of Brussels, and electric Pow Wow music from Ottawa's indigenous underground! We hope you'll join us!
FRIDAY, MARCH 15 @ 8PM
SPEAKEASY 412 N. CONGRESS AVE
8pm- La Chiva Gantiva
Explosive Afro-Colombian funk from Belgium
9:15pm- Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino*
Passionate and exuberant trance and dance from Italy
Mali's Tuareg rock band with pulsating heartbeats of the Sahara
11:45pm- Red Baraat*
Brooklyn's raucous dhol n' brass band blending bhangra and funk
1:00am- A Tribe Called Red*
Electric Pow Wow Club Beats from Native American DJ Crew
globalFEST is a volunteer run non-profit organization dedicated to fostering cultural exchange. In addition to its signature, groundbreaking 1-night, 3-stage, 12-band world music showcase/festival every January in NYC, globalFEST runs the gF Touring Fund which helps alumni artists to reach new audiences and curates stages at a variety of festivals and special events in the U.S. and internationally.
gF is a year-round resource for curators, global music artists and fans, and the live music industry as a whole. It aims to create new opportunities for world music artists and to support diverse programming in the performing arts field and beyond. For more info and to make a donation please visit globalfest.org