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Pakistan’s Sachal Ensemble Announces First North American Tour

Sachal Ensemble

Pakistani 10-piece Sachal Ensemble will be touring the United States for the first time during October and November 2017. The group, formed by philanthropist and music producer Izzat Majeed, mixes typical Western instruments like piano, bass and drums with traditional South Asian ones, such as tabla, dholak and sarangi.

The Sachal Ensemble’s repertoire on this 2017 tour will combine traditional Sufi music, ragas and treasured Pakistani cinema songs (like “Ranjha Ranjha,” from the movie Raavan) with distinctively South Asian versions of Western classics, including The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby,” R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts,” Michel Legrand’s “The Windmills of Your Mind,” and, their unique recreation of Dave Brubeck’s hit “Take Five” that became a YouTube sensation with over 1 million views.

The international phenomenon created by the “Take Five” video led to an invitation in 2013 for the Sachal Ensemble to collaborate with trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The musicians’ remarkable journey from Lahore to Lincoln Center was captured in Song of Lahore, a documentary film by Award-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken.

An album released in the United States soon followed, Song of Lahore (Universal Music Classics, 2016), featuring the Sachal Ensemble collaborating with Wynton Marsalis, Meryl Streep, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Nels Cline of Wilco, Madeleine Peyroux and Sean Lennon.

A recent Pakistan-only release, titled Jazz and All That, includes Sachal Ensemble ‘s versions of Brubeck’s “Blue Rondo A La Turk,” and songs such as Stevie Wonder’s “You’ve Got It Bad Girl”, Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Wave” and Henry Mancini’s “The Pink Panther.”

The current lineup includes:

Baqar Abbas – bansuri
Nadeem Abbas – bass
Rafiq Ahmad – daff
Asad Ali – guitar
Danish Ali – piano
Najaf Ali – dholak
Zohaib Hassan – sarangi
Ijaz Hussain – tabla
Ali Shaiba – drums
Nijat Ali – conductor

Sachal Ensemble 2017 North American Tour

Friday, Oct. 27 – Vienna, VA at The Barns at Wolf Trap
Sat, Oct. 28 – Schenectady, NY at PrOct.or’s Theatre
Sun, Oct. 29 – Cambridge, MA at Berklee Performance Center
Mon, Oct. 30 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Thu, Nov. 2 – Easton, PA at Lafayette College / Williams Center
Sat, Nov. 4 – Miami, FL at Miami Dade College / Olympia Theater
Sun, Nov. 5 – New York, NY at NYU Skirball Center
Tue, Nov. 7 – Calgary, AB, Canada, Arts Commons / Jack Singer Concert Hall
Thu, Nov. 9 – Markham (Toronto), ON, Canada at Flato Markham Theatre
Sun, Nov. 12, Phoenix, AZ at, Musical Instrument Museum
Tue, Nov. 14, Northridge, CA at CSU Northridge / VPAC
Wed, Nov. 15, Stanford, CA at Stanford University / Bing Concert Hall
Sat, Nov. 18, Folsom, CA at Harris Center / Stage 1

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Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal Announce Fall 2017 West Coast Tour

Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal

Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal will be touring the West coast of the United States this fall.

Malian kora maestro Ballaké Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Segal released the acclaimed album Chamber Music in 2011. The duo released a second recording titled Musique du Nuit in 2015.

Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal Fall U.S. Tour Dates:

10/22: Plestcheef Auditorium at Seattle Museum of Art, Seattle, WA
10/24: The Old Church, Portland, OR
10/26: Freight and Salvage, Berkeley, CA
10/27: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre – Monday, Davis, CA
10/28: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre – Monday, Davis, CA
10/30: Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA
11/1: Temple of Israel, Los Angeles, CA
11/2: Museum of Making Music, Carlsbad, CA
11/3: MIM Music Theater, Phoenix, AZ

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Maria Pomianowska & Reborn Announce Second Part of 2017 American Tour

Maria Pomianowska and Reborn

Renowned Polish musicians and composer Maria Pomianowska and Reborn will be performing in the American Midwest in September and October 2017, including stops at Bloomington, Indiana’s Lotus Festival and Minneapolis’s popular Cedar Theater.

Maria Pomianowska’s music combines European classical music, new music and the folk music traditions of Poland. She has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, studying the Sarangi in India under the guidance of P. Ram Narayan, teaching violin to members of the Japanese Imperial family and founding the first Ethnic Music Department at the Academy of Music in Krakow. But her greatest achievement could be the resurrection of some of her homeland’s lost medieval stringed instruments.

The ensemble’s discography includes The Voice Of Suka (Warner Music).

Maria Pomianowska & Reborn 2017 Fall Tour Dates:

9/16: Landfall Festival of World Music, Cedar Rapids, IA
9/19: University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, WI
9/30: Lotus Festival, Bloomington, IN
10/1: Lotus Festival, Bloomington, IN
10/6: The Cedar, Minneapolis, MN

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Mokoomba Announces 2017 North America Summer Tour

Mokoomba

Popular Zimbabwean world music act Mokoomba will be touring the United States and Canada again this summer. The group from Victoria Falls is currently touring in support of its new album, Luyando.

Tour Dates:

7/14-16: Detroit, MI: Concert of Colors

7/19: Nuits d’Afrique, Montreal, QP

7/21-22: Grassroots Festival, Trumansburg, NY

7/23: Mountain Stage, Charleston, WV

7/26: Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

7/27-30: Lowell Folk Festival, Lowell, MA

8/1: Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, Washington DC

8/5: Erie Art Museum Festival, Erie, PA

8/6: Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, AZ

8/9: Stanford University, Stanford, CA

8/10-13: Edmonton Folk Festival – Canada, Edmonton, AB

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Noa and Pasión Vega Continue Their Successful Spanish Tour

Noa and Pasión Vega

Renowned vocalists Noa (Israel) and Pasión Vega (Spain) started their “Mediterráneas” tour on June 10 with an acclaimed concert at Festival de Pedralbes in Barcelona. The next concert will take place on July 6th at the Teatro de la Axerquía in Córdoba at 10:30 p.m.

The concerts feature duo performances as well as solo segments with their respective bands. “Mediterráneas” came up after Noa collaborated in the reissue of the “Pasión por Cano” album by Pasión Vega followed by an Israeli tour.

The rest of the Spanish tour includes Badajoz (7 July), Madrid (20 July), Ceuta (21 July), Jerez de la Frontera (22 July), Murcia 19 of August), Fuenlabrada (15 of September), Seville (16 of September) and Granada (20 of October).

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Bluesmen Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ Announce New Album and Tour

Celebrated blues musicians Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ have announced an extraordinary, full-band tour in support of their first album as a duo, ‘TajMo’ (Concord).

‘TajMo’ is a historic collaboration between two generations of blues masters, joining their remarkable talents for the first time ever on an album of original songs and covers, featuring guest appearances from Bonnie Raitt, Joe Walsh, Sheila E. and Lizz Wright. The album was self-produced by the duo.

TajMo Tour Dates

May 30 – Fort Collins, CO – Lincoln Theater
Jun 1 – Denver, CO – Denver Botanic Gardens
Jun 2 – Boulder, CO – Chautauqua Auditorium
Jun 4 – Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Gardens
Jun 6 – Tucson, AZ – Fox Theatre
Jun 7 – Scottsdale, AZ – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Jun 10 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl (Playboy Jazz Festival)
Jun 13 – Modesto, CA – Gallo Center for the Arts
Jun 15 – Napa, CA – Uptown Theater
Jun 16 – Saratoga, CA – Mountain Winery
Jun 18 – Seattle, WA – Benaroya Hal
Jun 20 – Sunriver, OR – John Gray Amphitheater
Jun 22 – Chico, CA – Laxson Auditorium
Jun 23 – Berkeley, CA – The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall
Jun 24 – Tahoe, NV – Montbleu Casino Resor
Aug 9 – Washington D.C. – Lincoln Theatre
Aug 10 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
Aug 16 – Portsmouth, NH – Prescott Park
Aug 17 – Albany, NY – The Egg
Aug 18 – Hyannis, MA – Cape Cod Melody Tent
Aug 19 – Cohasset, MA – South Shore Music Circus
Sept 6 – Minneapolis, MN – Hennepin Theatre Trust
Sept 7 – Skokie, IL – North Shore Performing Arts Center
Sept 9 – Kettering, OH – Fraze Pavillion
Sept 10 – Ann Arbor, MI – Michigan Theater
Sept 12 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
Sept 14 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
Sept 17 – Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Opera House
Sept 20 – Dallas, TX – Strauss Square – AT&T Performing Arts Center
Sept 22 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater
Sept 23 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
Sept 24 – New Orleans, LA – Orpheum Theater
Sept 29 – La Grange, GA – Sweetland Amphitheater
Oct 1 – Charleston, SC – Gaillard Center
Oct 3 – Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Stage
Oct 4 – Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center
Oct 6 – Boone, NC – Schaefer Center
Oct 7 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Oct 21 – 28 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise

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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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Celebrated Zimbabwean Band Mokoomba Reveals American Tour

Mokoomba – Photo by Roel Determeije

Zimrock band Mokoomba will be touring the United States during April and May 2017. The band will present its new album, Luyando. The new recording focuses on the acoustic side of the band from Niagara Falls.

The current lineup includes Mathias Muzaza (lead vocals), Ndaba Coster Moyo (drums, backing vocals), Trustworth Samende (lead guitar, backing vocals), Donald Moyo, (keyboards, backing vocals), Miti Mugande, (percussion & backing vocals) and Abundance Mutori (bass, backing vocals).

Mokoomba 2017 Tour Dates

April 28 – New Orleans, LA: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

April 29-30 – Lafayette, LA: Festival Internationale de Louisiane

May 5 – Baltimore, MD: Patterson Theater

May 6 – Washington, DC: Funk Parade

May 9-14 – Black Mountain NC: The LEAF Festival & residency

May 17 – Marlboro, NY: The Falcon

May 18 – Portsmouth, NH: The Music Hall

May 19 – Boston, MA: Villa Victoria Center f/t Arts

May 21 – Joshua Tree, CA: Joshua Tree Music Festival

May 24 – San Francisco, CA: Freight & Salvage

May 25 – Seattle, WA: The Royal Room

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Malian Guitar Virtuoso Vieux Farka Touré Announces 2017 North American Samba Tour

Vieux Farka Touré

Acclaimed Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré will be touring the United States April-May 2017. The tour begins at Brooklyn New York’s BRIC House on Thursday, April 6th, coinciding with the official release of Samba (Six Degrees Records), Vieux Farka Touré’s new album.

Samba was recorded as part of the Woodstock Sessions, a series that combines live performance and studio recording with their ground-breaking venue.

While Touré was recording the album, he had an audience of about fifty people in the room. Touré received the vigor of a live concert with the quality of a studio recording. Touré was very satisfied with the experience, “we were able to capture this unique energy for the album.”

Vieux Farka Touré Spring 2017 Tour Dates:

4/6: BRIC House, Brooklyn, NY
4/7: Villa Victoria, Boston, MA
4/8: The Outdoor Space, Hamden, CT
4/10: World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA
4/11: Club Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA
4/12: Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MA
4/13: The Mothlight, Asheville, NC
4/14: King’s, Raleigh, NC
4/15: Charleston Pour House, Charleston, SC
4/18: Proud Larry’s Oxford, MI
4/19: Terminal West, Atlanta, CA
4/22: Transatlantic, Miami Beach, FL
4/24: Casbah, San Diego, CA
4/25: Echoplex, Los Angeles, CA
4/26: Yoshi’s, Oakland, CA
4/28: Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA
4/29: Grass Valley Center for the Arts, Grass Valley, CA
4/30: Ner Shalom, Cotati, CA
5/03: Nectar Seattle, WA
5/04: Star Theater, Portland, OR
5/05: Wild Buffalo, Bellingham, WA
5/07: Neurolux, Boise, ID
5/09: State Room, Salt Lake City, IA

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Flamenco innovators Josemi Carmona & Javier Colina to appear at Various Top Flamenco festivals in the USA

Josemi Carmona and Javier Colina

Guitarist Josemi Carmona and bassist Javier Colina will present their unique sound at the Flamenco Festival in New York on March 10 at Joe’s Pub: “We will play humbly but with the certainty that what we do is special and very enjoyable. Up close, it’s not a project of virtuosity but of emotion and emotion difficult to match,” explains guitarist Josemi Carmona.

On March 12th, the duo will land at the Miami Festival to show, in Colina’s words, this “jazzified flamenco that combines improvisations with touches of flamenco and African-American music“.

Finally, on March 14 Carmona and Colina will present their music at the XV Chicago Flamenco Festival, which collaborates for the first time with Flamenco Eñe.

Opening the range of flamenco artists is very difficult, festivals always present the same musicians. Flamenco Eñe has made younger generations express their talent to the programmers, giving strength to flamenco and energy to authors who are not so well known, “added Josemi.

The duo’s most recent recording is De Cerca (Universal Music Spain, 2016).

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