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Category: World
August 21, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Dafnis Prieto to join world musicians in special quartet | Concert preview

(Courtesy of Maya Illusion)

Maya Illusion: Osam Ezzeldin, Ganesh Rajagopalan, Dafnis Prieto and Jayanthi Raman (Courtesy of the artists)

An unusual world-jazz collaboration featuring one of the most exciting drummers in jazz and an Indian master violinist is afoot Friday, Aug. 22, in Seattle, thanks to the Seattle chapter of the Association for India’s Development (AID).

The concert features the newly formed quartet Maya Illusion, which features Cuban drummer, composer and MacArthur “genius” fellow Dafnis Prieto, who has played with Roy Hargrove, Claudia Acuña and Chucho Valdés and performed last year at the Earshot Jazz Festival. Maya Illusion also showcases renowned Indian violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan, who recently has been serving as honorary artistic director of Rasika, an arts and cultural school in Hillsboro, Ore.

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August 5, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Triple Door to host Brazilian Nights | Concert preview

(Arie Pytel)

Brazilian group En Canto performs in the opening show of the Brazilian Nights series (Arie Pytel)

OK, let’s get this out of way up front: Brazil tanked in the World Cup.

Can we move on?

Because there’s good Brazilian news — especially for music lovers.

Thanks to the support of Pedro Costa, the Honorary Consul of Brazil in Washington State — and the grass roots elbow grease of vocalist Adriana Giordano of the local group En Canto — Seattle is hosting three top-notch concerts at the Triple Door this summer and fall.

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June 13, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Tlingit funk at the Royal Room

(Russell Johnson)

(Russell Johnson)

Most folks know Preston Singletary as the glass artist whose colorful, modernist and Tlingit-themed pieces are much prized here and around the world. But Singletary also plays bass in a chock-a-block blues-rock group called A Little Big Band, which recently completed a self-titled album featuring the soulful powerhouse vocals of Star Nayea.

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Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop, World | Topics: Concert Preview, Khueex, Preston Singletary

April 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Get your Goat | Concert preview

Goat

New Sub Pop signees Goat, from Sweden, perform live in Seattle Monday. Photo courtesy of the band.

Among music nerds, it’s a fun exercise: play some friends an ahead-of-its-time record — like Can’s 1971 Krautrock landmark “Tago Mago” or Big Star’s 1972 power-pop blueprint “#1 Record” — and ask what year they think it’s from.

Goat’s “World Music” inverts this game.

Made in 2013 — but sounding pre-digital era — it’s a dizzying amalgam of hypnotic rhythms, childlike vocals, bongos, organ and wah, drawing upon everything from progressive rock to Indian raga and West African guitar music.

The Swedish group inked a Stateside distribution deal with Seattle’s Sub Pop label last month; they’re in town Monday, headlining Neumos.

Enigmatic types to say the least, Goat doesn’t divulge involved parties’ names — but an anonymous member, speaking on the band’s behalf, answered a handful of questions via email.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop, World | Topics: psychedelic, Sub Pop, Sweden

March 26, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Brazilian singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso never ages | New recordings

CaetanoCaetano Veloso, ‘Abraçaço’ (Nonesuch)

The stunning final installment of  longtime Brazilian superstar Caetano Veloso’s trilogy with the trio of youngsters  known as Banda Ce, “Abraçaço” (big hug), kicks off with an irresistibly boingo-bouncing paean to  bossa nova and its creator Joao Gilberto (the “wizard of Juazeiro”: one of many oblique references, including one to Bob Dylan as “the Jewish bard of Minnesota”).

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