Indian ensemble Rhythm of Rajasthan will be performing at globalFEST 2011 at New York City’s Webster Hall (125 E. 11th St.) on January 9.
Hailing from the Great Thar Desert in western Rajasthan, the musicians and dancer of Rhythm of Rajasthan were born into communities of hereditary musicians, each with its own style shaped over centuries by local patrons’ tastes.
The Langa (literally “song givers”) and Manganyar musicians behind this project perform traditional songs, weaving together the region’s stunning heritage, from booming bowed sarangi (fiddle), algoza (double flutes), and dazzling percussion, to the spectacular snake charmer dance. Sharing roots with Europe’s Roma, these performers offer uplifting insight into India’s breathtaking diversity, as well as the musically rich journey of the Gypsies from East to West.
- Chamber Music: Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal (U.S. debut)
- Creole Choir of Cuba
- Diblo Dibala
- Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole (NYC solo debut)
- Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda
- Pedrito Martinez Group
- Red Baraat
- Rhythm of Rajasthan
- Yoro Ndiaye (U.S. debut)
The one-night festival includes three U.S. debuts and one New York debut. Tickets are $35 if purchased by November 30, $40 thereafter, including at the door. ($35 for members of World Music Institute) (www.ticketmaster.com or by phone through World Music Institute box office: 212-545-7536).
Sunday, January 9, 2011 at Webster Hall
125 E 11th St., New York, NY
between 3rd and 4th avenues
Author: World Music Central News Department
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