The sounds of various regions of Pakistan and klezmer come together in the new project called Sandaraa. The debut album incorporates the impressive vocals of Pakistani singer-songwriter Zeb Bangash and Brooklyn-based virtuoso clarinetist Michael Winograd.
The two musicians first met at the Pakistani Embassy as part of a US tour. They reconnected at NYU in Abu Dhabi. Inspired by Dari, Pashto and Baluchi music, a new band was formed that recreated Pakistani folk music with new arrangements that incorporate klezmer elements.
“As a band we’re steeped in Western technique and theory,” says Winograd. “We have thought about the ideal show we’d like to present, about how folk songs can work when we play them as a group.”
The lineup on the upcoming Sandaraa album includes Zebunnisa Bangash on vocals; Michael Winograd on clarinet; Eylem Basaldi on violin; Patrick Farrell on accordion and Farfisa; Yoshie Fruchter on electric guitar and oud; Richie Barshay on drums and percussion; and David Lizmi on bass. Benjy Fox-Rosen appears as guest bassist on one track.
Sandaraa showcases the intensive and fascinating alchemy between two musicians from two very distant musical traditions.
Buy the digital version of Sandaraa.
05/14/2016, Washington, DC, Tropicalia, 8:00 PM
05/13/2016, Baltimore, MD, Creative Alliance, 8:00 PM
05/12/2016, Philadelphia, PA, Johnny Brenda’s, 8:00 PM
05/11/2016, New York, NY, Rockwood Music Hall, 7:00 PM
05/10/2016, Cambridge, MA, ONCE (Cuisine en Locale), 9:00 PM
05/09/2016, Northampton, MA, THE PARLOR ROOM, 7:00 PM
05/08/2016, Album Release, “Sandaraa”
05/08/2016, Hamden, CT, THE OUTER SPACE , 7:00 PM
Author: 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 produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and 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. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.