Doors at 9:00 pm; Show at 9:30 pm
Tickets are $22 Pre-Sale / $25 Day of Show
Voted Best World Music Band six years in a row in its home base of Austin, Texas, Atash combines master musicians from around the globe to create a powerful, worldly original sound that inspires people of all ages and from all walks of life to dance and commune in a celebration of life. With world fusion songs sung mostly in Farsi (the band’s name is Farsi for “fire”) that are ever-changing, Atash has been compared to the Grateful Dead in its improvisatory approach and has even been referred to as “Grateful Dead Can Dance.” The group formed in 2001 and credits an early California tour as the catalyst for the band’s development into its current style and direction. Beyond Austin, Atash has spread its message of love and peace on the East and West coasts and in Taiwan, China, Spain, and México. Tonight’s concert features music from Atash’s three CDs, including the latest, 2012’s “Everything is Music,” plus songs slated for the next album.
The band members truly are a fusion of world roots, with members hailing from Cuba, Iran, India, West Africa, and the U.S.: Singer-percussionist Mohammad Firoozi, violinist/music director Roberto Riggio, bassist Dylan Jones, violinist John Moon, sitar player Indrajit Banerjee, djembe drummer Aboubacar Sylla, flamenco guitarist José Manuel Tejeda, trap drummer Chris Hausler, and world percussionist Jason McKenzie on table, kajir, and dumbek.
Fareed Haque is a modern guitar virtuoso. Steeped in classical and jazz traditions, his unique command of the guitar and different musical styles inspire his musical ventures with tradition and fearless innovation. Born in 1963 to a Pakistani father and Chilean mother, Fareed’s extensive travels, with especially long stays in Spain, France, Iron, Pakistan, and Chile exposed Haque to different musics from a very early age. This natural eclecticism has become the hallmark of Haque’s music, but it was repeated visits to Von Freeman’s Chicago jam sessions that gave Haque the grounding in the Chicago blues and jazz tradition.