All posts by Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced "Musica NA", a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled "Los sueños de Angélica.".

Riyaaz Qawwali to present the Sufi Music of Pakistan & India at ‘A World In Trance’ Music Series

Riyaaz Qawwali

American qawwali music ensemble Riyaaz Qawwali is set to perform on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm at Roulette in New York City.

Riyaaz Qawwali performs the trance-like improvisational Sufi vocal tradition made famous in the West by the late Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, enthralling listeners with its lively rhythms, joyous melodies and inspirational poetry.

In addition to performing traditional qawwali that has been in existence for over 700 years, the ensemble also adds various songs and poetry of South Asia into the qawwali framework, using qawwali as a universal message of oneness that transcends religious boundaries.

Most qawwali ensembles are composed of Muslim family members, but Riyaaz Qawwali, which is based in Texas, is composed of musicians who represent the diversity of South and Central Asia; they are of Indian, Pakistani, Afghani, and Bangladeshi descent, and come from various spiritual backgrounds, including Islam, Hinduism, and Sikhism.

The ensemble’s discography includes Kashti and Ishq.

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Artist Profiles: Romano Drom

Romano Drom

Romano Drom, which in Romani language means ‘gypsy road’, presents the musical tradition of the Olah Gypsies from Valachia, traditionally horse traders and traveling salesmen who entered Hungary in the middle of the 19th century.

For Romano Drom the power of the Olah Gypsies’ traditional music is in its voices and vocal games. Living in Budapest where east and west flow together, the inspirations are many and various.

The sudden death of cofounder and lead vocalist Antal Kovacs in 2005 took a toll on the band, but they have continued to play under the direction of Antal Kovacs’ son, Antal Kovacs Jr.

They use household utensils as instruments, such as a milk jug and wooden spoon, along with their unique vocal stylings to create a more modern urban sound through the introduction of guitar, double bass and drums.

Discography

* Ando Foro (Daqui, 2002)
* Andre Lindri (Daqui, 2004)

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Artist Profiles: Rick Epping

Rick Epping – Photo from New Road Live in Dublin, February 2014

American multi-instrumentalist Rick Epping plays harmonica, concertina, banjo, and jaw harp. He’s a native of California and has been moving back and forth between Ireland and the United States for over 30 years. During this time, Epping has been playing the folk music of both countries since childhood.

Epping has performed with acclaimed musicians such as Bill Monroe, Texas bluesman Mance Lipscomb and Irish accordionist Joe Cooley. On his album The Unwanted he features a trio that includes Irish musicians Séamus O’Dowd (fiddle) and Cathy Jordan (Dervish’s vocalist).

Discography

Pumpkinhead (Mulligan LUN 001, 1978)
Jiggin’ the Blues, with Frankie Gavin and Tim Edey (G2CD7011)
Music from the Atlantic Fringe (Compass, 2009)

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Artist Profiles: Red Chamber

Red Chamber

Red Chamber is a Chinese music supergroup based in Vancouver (Canada). The ensemble includes four renowned instrumentalists, Mei Han (zheng), Guilian Liu (pipa), Zhimin Yu (ruan), and Geling Jiang (sanxian).

On the album Regrass, the group performs stringband music wizardry exclusively on plucked instruments. The repertoire on the Redgrass CD includes Imperial Court classics of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) as well as contemporary compositions that include bluegrass, eastern European horo, jazz and other genres.

Although Mei Han moved to the Nashville (Tennessee) area in the United States, the group is still active.

Discography

Redgrass (Za Discs, 2009)

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Guitar Master Vicente Amigo to Inaugurate Suma Flamenca 2017

Vicente Amigo

 

Flamenco guitar maestro Vicente Amigo will open the 12th edition of the Suma Flamenca festival on May 1 at the Teatro Real in Madrid. Suma Flamenca (Flamenco summit) is one of the leading flamenco festivals in Spain. The main bulk of the concerts will take place June 6-25 at 26 different stages throughout the Madrid region.

Vicente Amigo will perform most of the songs on his new album titled ‘Memoria de los sentidos’ (Memory of the senses). This album follows ‘Tierra‘, released four years ago. On ‘Memoria de los sentidos’ Amigo returns to flamenco roots with a very purist album.

‘Memoria de los sentidos’ includes an impressive cast of first-rate flamenco artists: Potito, El Pele, Miguel Poveda, Niña Pastori and Farruquito.

Vicente Amigo was recently awarded the prestigious Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts, bestowed by Spain’s Ministry of Culture.

 

 

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Easy Star All-Stars Announce 2017 West Coast Tour

Popular reggae band Easy Star All-Stars will be touring the West Coast of the United States and Canada starting in May of 2017, including the first ever appearance at the California Roots Music and Arts Festival. The 16-stop tour will run through late June as Easy Star All-Stars travels to reggae-friendly cities across the West Coast and Mountains. Supporting acts include The Late Ones and The Elovators.

Easy Star All-Stars is well known for its reggae versions of full albums by legendary rock and pop acts Pink Floyd, Radiohead, The Beatles, and Michael Jackson, as well as its own original material from its decade plus as a recording act. All of the band’s albums have reach the top on the Billboard Reggae Charts, including Lonely Hearts Dub Band, Thrillah and Dub Side of the Moon.

Tour Dates:

May 27 – California Roots 2017 – Monterey, CA
May 28 – Romano’s Concert Lounge – Riverside, CA
May 29 – Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
May 31 – Saint Rocke – Hermosa Beach, CA
June 1 – Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA
June 2 – Velvet Jones – Santa Barbara, CA
June 3 – Summer Arts & Music Festival – Garberville, CA
June 4 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
June 5 – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV
June 7 – Fox Theater – Boulder, CO
June 8 – Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO
June 9 – The State Room – Salt Lake City, UT
June 10 – World Village Festival – Boise, ID
June 23 – Nectar Lounge – Seattle, WA
June 24 – Tall Tree Music Festival – Port Renfrew, BC, CAN
June 25 – Star Theater – Portland, OR

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Artist Profiles: Pezhham Akhavass

Pezhham Akhavass

Tombak and daf master Pezhham Akhavass has a unique approach to rhythm has gained him recognition as one of the most distinguished Iranian percussionists of his generation.

Born in 1980, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music from Tehran’s Sureh University. He began learning music theory under the instruction of Naser Nazar at the age of five.

With the support of his father, be began studying the tombak under the guidance of Naser Farhanghfar. He also met members of the Masters in Persian Music, including Hossein Alizadeh and Kayhan Kalhor, and performed with them both locally and on tour in Iran and Europe.

He has collaborated with Irish harp player Diana Rowan and world music sensation Mamak Khadem.

Currently, Pezhham lives in San Francisco, California where he teaches private classes in tombak, daf and setar.

Discography:

The Sky At Dawn, with Diana Rowan
Shahram Nazeri (Quartertone Productions, 2007)
Tombak (2008)
Percussions (2008)
The Passion of Rumi, with
Liberated [Raha], with Payam Jahanman
Song-of-Sparrows [Avaze Gonjeshkha], with Hossein Alizadeh
Breeze and wheat field [Nasim o Gandomzar], with Aliakbar Moradi
The Road, with Mamak Khadem (Innova, 2015)

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Niyaz featuring Azam Ali at ‘A World In Trance’ Music Series

Niyaz

One of the finest acts in the world music scene, Niyaz featuring Azam Ali will perform its 21st Century Global Trance Music on Saturday, April 29 at 8:00 pm at Roulette in New York City.

Niyaz combines Sufi poetry and folk songs from its native Iran and surrounding countries with rich acoustic instrumentation and modern electronics. Formed in California in 2004 and currently based in Montreal, Niyaz’s sound bridges the gap between East and West.

The group was founded by the mesmerizing vocalist andcomposer Azam Ali, whose Iranian heritage and Indian upbringing have deeply influenced her music, and multi-instrumentalist and composer Loga Ramin Torkian (oud & kamaan lutes). They will be joined by Didem Basar (kanun), Gabriel Ethier (keyboards, programming), Vaneet Vyas (tabla), and whirling dervish dancer Miriam Peretz.

Niyaz recently released The Best of Niyaz.

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Spring Edition of Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival to Celebrate 15th Anniversary

The Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance will celebrate its 15th annual spring festival from Thursday, May 4 to Sunday, May 7, 2017. The festival will present more than 40 bands and performers on two big outdoor stages, a large Dance Tent, and an intimate Cabaret Tent.

The featured acts this year include: Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Donna the Buffalo, Aurelio, Todd Snider with Great American Taxi, Amy Helm, Big Mean Sound Machine, Lost Bayou Ramblers, BIG Something, Driftwood, Preston Frank, Jim Lauderdale, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, The Blind Spots, Dr. Bacon, Travers Brothership, Uma Galera, FABI, Telekinetic Walrus, Urban Soil, Rivers, Bare Bones A Capella, and Aaron Burdett.

Local acts scheduled to perform include: Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, Dex Romweber Duo, Crucial Fiya, Williamson Brothers Bluegrass Band, Django Haskins, The Beast, Orquesta GarDel, Apple Chill Cloggers, The Hoppin’ Johnnies, Ellis Dyson & The Shambles, Big Fat Gap, The Five Points Rounders Rowdy Square Dance, Dwight Hawkins & The Piedmont Highballers, Laila Nur & The Love Riot, Blue Cactus, DISHOOM, DJ Tymellord, Muningu, Will Ridenour & Gabriel Pelli, Carolina Ukulele Ensemble, The Shakori Hills Vinyl Lounge.

The festival is located on 72 beautiful farmland acres in Chatham County, North Carolina, near Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham, Burlington, and Greensboro.

Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival also includes local crafts, delicious food, various children’s activities, healing arts practitioners, dancing and music workshops, environmental sustainability forums, and much more in a family-friendly setting.

More info at www.shakorihillsgrassroots.org

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Música en Segura 2017 Program Announced

Música en Segura, a festival dedicated to classical music, Flamenco, jazz and singer-songwriters will take place May 24 to 28, 2017 in Segura de la Sierra (Jaén).
Rocío Bazán, Gabo Fernández, Albert Sanz, Mamie Matsuda, Riot Ensemble, Trio Rodin and Dudok Kwartet are some of the acts scheduled to perform this year.

The venues include historic sites, such as the 15th Century Old Church of the Jesuits, main headquarters of the festival; the Arab bathhouses and the small village of Morajelos, near the Cazorla Nature Park.

In collaboration with Olivar de Segura, the inaugural concert will take place on May 24 at the Orcera oil factory featuring Spanish flamenco vocalist Rocío Bazán and London contemporary music group Riot Ensemble.

The international cast of the festival will also include the Dudok String Quartet of Amsterdam, the Trio Rodin, Japanese soprano Mamie Matsuda, jazz pianist Albert Sanz and Argentine singer-songwriter Gabo Ferro, among others.

In addition to the music events, Música en Segura will also feature regional wine tastings and a musical instrument maker exhibition.

More at www.musicaensegura.com

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