Kassé Mady Diabaté, ‘Kiriké’ (Six Degrees)
This splendid, sparkling album featuring one of Mali’s great griots, whose family name will be familiar to anyone with even a casual interest in West African music, finds Kassé Mady Diabaté in the studio with an all-star cast: Ballaké Sissoko, kora (harp); Makan Tounkara, ngoni (lute); Lansiné Kouyaté, balafon (marimba); and — unusually — French cellist Vincent Segal.More
Hawaiian slack-key fests are an annual affair in Seattle, but before you go all ho-hum, note that both Cyril Pahinui and Ledward Kaapana are on the bill this year. That’s a whole lotta slackin’. Pahinui, 64, is, the son of slack-key legend Gabby Pahinui and approaches this sweet, slow-motion traditional music with much…More
Never mind Halloween. Friday, Oct. 31, Town Hall’s Global Rhythms series hosts an act that requires no masks or monkey business, when the great Tex-Mex accordion master Flaco Jimenez joins San Antonio conjunto Los Texmaniacs in a concert of traditional as well as rocked up Tejano fare that should be an unqualified treat.More
The Singularity is here. The moment in which technology and humanity finally merge and form new life is upon us — at least a vision of that future, provided courtesy of Brent Amaker and his Android Amaker concept project. The debut album, “Android Amaker,” drops today and you can listen to it for free at…More
No one does sex and sadness like the Brazilians — and no one does Brazil like Caetano Veloso.More
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.More
When the fizzy, crowd-pleasing Portland-based musical contingent Pink Martini played the first show of a two-night stand at Woodland Park Zoo Wednesday, they brought along some special guests and a few surprises.More
Seattle has such a deep pop music scene — with local as well as touring acts — that even during a slow week, it’s difficult to decide what to write about.
But this week is just nuts.More
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.More