Sun, November 18, 2012 7:30 pm
The following photos by Fletcher Oakes:
Conceived from vocalist Ravid Kahalani’s vision, Yemen Blues mixes music of Yemen and West Africa with contemporary grooves from funk to mambo and the deep soul of old chants. Conjuring up a rich and diverse aural palette with the use of percussion, oud, horns, and strings, Yemen Blues coexists in both the past and present, at once timeless and modern. The collective is a true collaboration of top master musicians, its core including Ravid Kahalani, Omer Avital, Itamar Doari, Rony Iwryn, and Itamar Borochov.
National Geographic described Yemen Blues as an ensemble combining traditional Yemenite melodies and instruments – including all sorts of percussion – with jazz, blues, and funk to come up with a sound that’s like nothing we’ve ever heard before. If Blind Willie Johnson hung out with North African trance musicians or if Stevie Wonder studied Yemenite chants, it would sound like Yemen Blues. Witness the energy and experience the fireworks produced by some of the most talented musicians from Tel Aviv and New York. It’s an oasis in the desert – a breathtaking musical journey.
What to Expect:
Amazing live world beat Music
Some table seating available
General Admission- First come first cerved
Concessions include beer/wine/snacks
Purchase Tickets in advance/at the Center for best pricing.
Typically plenty of space, but give yourself time for parking.
Tickets: $30 members - $35 non members
All tickets day of: $40
Yemen Blues' myriad influences carry over on stage, where the ensemble navigates from the boisterous to the romantic, from joyous celebration to anguished balladry. Horns fire off emphatically, percussion adds deep rhythmic textures, and the enchanting oud strums out subtle melodies. Frankly, Yemen Blues is one of the most gripping and fun live bands in contemporary music today.
Yemen Blues toured extensively 2011, performing for enraptured audiences across the globe. Top musicians from around the world are taking notice as well. Ravid’s unmistakable voice will be featured on Matisyahu’s upcoming record, Spark Seeker, out July 17th on Fallen Sparks Records.
Releasing a new record in second quarter of 2013, Yemen Blues will continue to champion their unique blend of Yemeni, Jewish, and African traditions