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New York’s 5th Annual A World in Trance Festival Program Announced

A World in Trance 2019 artists

World music presenter Robert Browning Associates has announced the artists that will be featured at the 5th Annual A World in Trance Festival in 2019.  A World in Trance is a 4-part festival featuring spellbinding music of West Africa, Morocco, India and Pakistan. The concerts will take place at Roulette in New York City.

This year’s festival features virtuoso guitarist Derek Gripper, who performs the hypnotic sounds of the West African kora (21-string harp-lute) on solo guitar (March23); along with the stimulating sounds of Bachir Attar and Mustapha Attar of the Master Musicians of Jajouka in a thrilling meeting with American musicians Ned Rothenberg, Arrington de Dionysio and Ben Bennett (March 30).

Also included, the classical music of India with Jayanthi Kumaresh, one of the world’s leading veena (lute) players, accompanied by percussionists K UJayachandra Rao and Pramath Kira (April 12); and ecstatic performances of Sufi qawwali with Pakistan’s Hamza Akram Qawwal & Brothers (April 13).

5th Annual A World in Trance

Saturday March 23, 2019 at 8:00pm
Derek Gripper
Hypnotic Strings of Africa

Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 8:00pm
Bachir Attar and Mustapha Attar (of the Master Musicians of Jajouka) with Ned Rothenberg, Arrington de Dionysio & Ben Bennett
Jajouka Meets New York

Friday April 12, 2019 at 8:00pm
Jayanthi Kumaresh
Invoking the Goddess Saraswati

Saturday April 13, 2019 at 8:00pm
Hamza Akram Qawwal & Brothers
Sufi Chants of Pakistan

Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue at 3rd Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn

Box office: 917-267-0363   roulette.org


Artist Profiles: Aisha Kandisha’s Jarring Effects

Aisha Kandisha’s Jarring Effects

Aisha Kandisha’s Jarring Effects, was formed in Marrakech in 1987 by Abdou El Shaheed, Habib El Malak and Pat Jabbar, to develop a Shabee (Popular Moroccan music) dance crossover, influenced by diverse elements such as Gnawa, Reggae, Ragga, HipHop, Ambient, Trance, House, and experimental noises.

The group was named after a spirit from the Moroccan mythology. Aisha Kandisha is a figure in the form of a woman. Legion. Manifold. A Mass Psychosis. Paul Bowles said that she was married 25 years ago to 35,000 men in Morocco. A lot of the people in Ber Rechid – the psychiatric Hospital – are married to her.

In 1988 Cheb My Ahmed, S’Mohamed Kbirr and Cheb Qchatar joined the band and the first recordings were made for the debut album, El Buya. The label Barraka El Farnatsi Productions was started in 1990 to release and distribute the album, which got a surprising positive reaction from all around the globe. During at this time all members were still students and a promoting live presence was not possible, so the work was concentrated on a second album.

In the meantime, an American journalist, whom the band met at Paul Bowles’ home in Tangiers, made contact with Bill Laswell in 1992. Laswell became producer and bassist for Shabeesation, released in 1993. The New York experience, which included jams with Omar Ben Hassan from the ” Last Poets ” and Bernie Worrell from Funkadelic/Parliament, helped the band a lot to get a worldwide response and to find booking agencies for their first Europe tour in 1994. At the same time, Cheb Qchatar (who worked also for Ahlam) left the band and got replaced by 23 year old Cheb Youssef (Rai and Shabee musician) and frontman Amira Saqati. Abdelhadi became the bass player and My Mansour the percussionist.

The new line-up brought a certain penchant for a more synthetic and bass oriented dance sound, but still keeping the traditional basics. The Shabeesation Tour 94/95 was a big succes, with audiences varying from small Jazz Clubs to Open Airs with over 40,000. They all seemed all to be taken by the Marrakshi Jedba Beat. The traditional parts of the set (Bonus Tracks at the end of a show) and tracks 12 and 13 on El Haoua got always an intense reaction and could go on for a half an hour at some shows and the people still wanted more.


El Buya (Barraka El Farnatshi, 1990)
Shabeesation (Barraka El Farnatshi, 1993)
L’Haoua ‎(Barraka El Farnatshi, 1995)
Koyo Habib (Barraka El Farnatshi, 2000)


Psychedelic Trance Blues from Siberia

KhaRa – Meryachenie

ХаPа [KhaRa] – “Мерячение” [Meryachenie] (Sketis Music SKMR-125, 2016)

KhaRa ia an exciting genre-defying Siberian trio that combines blues jams, shamanic percussion, Slavic melodies and instruments, and psychedelic electronic effects. The overall result is a satisfying and fascinating trance-like effect.

The ensemble’s name Khara means Smile of God in Old Slavic. The album name Meryachenie describes an unusual mental state associated with shamans and northern magic in the language of the northern peoples. The Eskimos call it the call of the North Star.

Guitarist Alexander Medvedev indicates that even though the three musicians had discussed making this recording for a long time, Meryachenie was recorded in a single day. Everyone contributed what they saw fit. “We just completely disconnected from reality and played.”

KhaRa features the vocals and traditional wind and string instruments of Edward Pogodin, a musician and craftsman that builds his own musical instruments based on traditional Russian instruments. Alexander Medvedev delivers blues improvisations and spellbinding electronic vocals through a talk box (a sort of vocoder for the electric guitar) that transforms the guitar and vocals into a throat singing effect. Artem Aksenov provides the beats using the large Tuvan frame drum called kengirge as well as other percussion instruments.

The lineup on Meryachenie includes Edward Pogodin (Эдуард Погодин) on vocals, kalyuka (overtone flute) and other instruments; Alexander Medvedev (Александр Медведев) on guitar, talk box vocals, MIDI; and Artem Aksenov (Артем Аксенов) on kengirge and percussion.

Buy the digital download version of Мерячение


Forest of the Saints

Goa Gil – Forest of the Saints

Goa Gil – Forest of the Saints (EMI)

Goa Gil is a San Francisco musician, DJ and party organiser now based in Goa. He is one of the founders of the Goa trance and psytrance movement in electronic dance music. His influences include the hippie movement, acid rock and early electronic music such as Kraftwerk.

His staple mix of outdoor electronic dance parties with Eastern mystical and spiritual overtones have become legend in the trance circles. Gil’s music attempts to “redefine the ancient tribal ritual for the 21st century”.

The 11 tracks of this album span over 70 minutes, and will put you right in the heart of the throbbing pulse of electronic trance.

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Estonian Trance Folk

Maarja Nuut – Une Meeles (Maarja Nuut, 2016)

Une Meeles dwells in the zone between Estonian contemporary folk music, the experimental and ambient-trance music.

Fiddler, composer, vocalist and producer Maarja Nuut uses a mix of bowed and plucked fiddles, vocal harmonies, and electronic looping techniques to deliver a musical dreamworld that occupies the nebulous area between reality and dreams.

Une Meeles is a transfixing recording that allows the listener to travel across Maarja Nuut’s multiple realities. A fascinating album.




Buy Une Meeles in North America

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