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Recommended Concert: Renegade Sufi & Truculently Audacious @ Drom next Sunday!

Photo courtesy of Dawoud

Photo courtesy of Dawoud

Date: Sunday, November 24, 2013
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $1o
Genre: sitar-based electronic jazz/jazz

Renegade Sufi is an ensemble led by multi-instrumentalist/composer/improviser Dawoud who has performed and recorded with such artists as Lauryn Hill, James Blood Ulmer, and Nona Hendryx. Renegade Sufi plays a singular blend of sitar-based electronic jazz. The group expands upon classical raga with otherworldly electronics, hypnotic drum loops, and free-jazz-style improvisation to produce deep, trancelike grooves. Dawoud from the midwest, USA, yet a Muslim-Sufi somehow steeped in the mysticism of the Far East, carrying the Ravi Shankar/George Harrison banner into the next generation.

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Event review: New Age Music? Or Something Else?

Text by Bill McKormick

On 12/21/12, the Mayan calendar came to an end. Many people thought the world would end on that day (and some made a pile of money from that fear). Some new age adherents interpreted the event (which was based on an actual astronomical phenomenon: the ancient Mayans were very good with observational astronomy) as signaling a shift in human consciousness; the beginning of an apotheosis.

In New York City, at the Hotel Pennsylvania, the Meta Center of New York, and New Life magazine and expo joined forces to present an event to celebrate this. They featured several people who offered a variety of presentations revolving around this theme / event.

However, there was, as I understand it, a last minute addition to the program. This was an impromptu duet between new age musician David Young, and multi-instrumentalist, iconoclast Dawoud.

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Music listings – 10/11 through 10/17

1. Tavitjan Brothers Trio

Date: Monday, October 11, 2010
Time: 9pm
Venue: Nublu (62 Ave C)
Ticket: $10
Genre: piano trio Jazz

Tavitjan Brothers Trio from Macedonia: with more than 300 concert performances across Europe, USA and Balkans, the music range of these superb musicians starts from mainstream jazz to fusion, ethno and electronic elements in a modern manner with accent on virtuosity of each musician involved. They have performed on numerous international festivals and concerts worldwide and received a number of international music awards.

Their original music and performance was highly estimated by several world wide critics including Jazz Times Magazine, Jazz dimensions, All about Jazz, Concerto etc. Personnel: Diran Tavitjan–piano; Garo Tavitjan–drums; Dragan Trajkovski–bass
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Music listings – 7/12 through 7/18

photo by Augusta Palmer


Date: Monday, July 12, 2010
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: THE LOCAL 269 (269 East Houston St, NY, 212-228-9874)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Nu World Trash

THE TEHRAN-DAKAR BROTHERS are back! Haven’t played for almost six months in NY. The band members are: Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi (Iran, leader, sax & voc), Derek Nievergelt (bass), Swiss Chris (drums) and Alejandro Castellano (guitar). Of course performing their hit song Welcome New Iran!

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