Chicago (Illinois), USA – Lamajamal will perform Wednesday, May 10 at 8:00 p.m. at Raven Theatre’s East Stage.
Lamajamal, formed in Chicago in 2004, performs music that they term “Gypsy Surf” : a fusion of spiritual rhythms from Egyptian, Tunisian, Moroccan, Algerian, Afro/Peruvian, Latin, Caribbean, Spanish, and American cultures. Lamajamal combines a variety of musical styles, instruments, and rhythms into one universal expression that displays musically how specific traditions from around the world can harmonize with one another.
Lamajamal consists of Gary Kalar (guitar, percussion), George Lawler (drums, darbukka, frame drum, riqq, vocals), Eve Monzingo (clarinet, hammer dulcimer, flute, saxophone), and Joey Spilberg (bass, vocals).
Lamajamal’s latest CD features more electric guitar and drumset than their previous recordings. This new sound with clarinet melodies reminded Lamajamal of gypsy music with a touch of the 60’s surf sound, thus the genre “Gypsy Surf.” However, they also feature a more percussive sound when Lawler switches from drumset to darbukka, frame drum, and riqq. More information about Lamajamal is
Xauen Music is a Chicago-based organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of traditional Arabic, Turkish, Armenian, and Sephardic music. Arabesque Chicago is a monthly showcase of Arabic music held in the intimate performance space of the Raven Theatre’s East Stage.
Xauen Music also sponsors the Heartland Seminars on Arab Culture, an annual week-long program of dance and music held each March.
Tickets are $12 general admission / $8 students and seniors. Raven Theatre is at 6157 N. Clark St., Chicago; a free parking lot is adjacent.
For information, please call Xauen Music at 773-856-6454.