01/18 8:00 PM - $25.00
It’s A Woman’s World! featuring Kiran Ahluwalia & Meklit: A FliArts Agency APAP Showcase
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At the center of Kiran Ahluwalia’s music is love in all its shades, from the yearning romantic to the divine love of Sufi Mysticism.
She is a modern exponent of the great vocal traditions of India and Pakistan which she honors intensely yet departs from in masterful, personal ways. Her original compositions embody the essence of Indian music while embracing influences from both the West and Africa — specifically the Sahara. With her 5-piece group of electric and acoustic guitar, accordion, tabla and electric bass, Ahluwalia creates boundary-breaking songs that invite us to explore the human condition, transcending the self by losing ourselves in love.
Born in India, raised in Canada and currently living in New York City – Ahluwalia’s last CD, Aam Zameen: Common Ground was awarded her second JUNO Award (Canadian Grammy). Her discography, now six albums deep is one of global music’s most interesting adventures. Her new album, Sanata : Stillness just won the Canadian Folk Award and is a hybrid of Indo-Saharan music.
On stage, Kiran is accompanied by some of North America’s most exciting artists; Downbeat Critics Poll’s Top 10 Guitarist Rez Abbasi, hard grooving tabla player Nitin Mitta, superbly melodic accordion player Will Holshouser and funky bassist Chris Tarry. Don’t miss them in New York City.
This Was Made Here
“This Was Made Here” is a new body of music composed by singer, musician, and cultural instigator, Meklit. Immersed in her sonic homelands of Ethiopian traditional songs, jazz and the songwriter tradition, she is creating a present-time diasporic odyssey – songs of going and return that groove and soar with place as pillar.
Deeply inspired by Mulatu Astatke, the Godfather of Ethio-Jazz, “This Was Made Here” was sparked by a conversation between Meklit and Mulatu late one night after Meklit’s 2011 full band debut in Addis Ababa. Dr. Mulatu urged her to not play Ethio-Jazz as he and others created it 45 years ago, but to take it further and be a part of its evolution. He tasked her to make her own mark on this music, and she is now responding in song. The full-scale debut takes place in May of 2016 in a 3 night run at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Meklit received a prestigious MAP Fund grant in support of composition and the songs will be released on Six Degrees Records as Meklit’s third full length album in Summer 2016.
Meklit is a TED Senior Fellow, and among her many activities, has been an artist-in-residence at NYU and the De Young Museum, curated a performance series at the Lincoln Center Atrium, and serves on the board of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. In 2011, she co-founded the Nile Project. She has toured extensively across the US, UK, and East Africa.
“Her afro reaching towards the sun, her voice swimming its way across borders, Meklit blends sounds and sayings of her native Ethiopia with a style that evokes the nuanced windings of black American jazz and soul.” – MTV IGGY
“You may not have heard Meklit Hadero’s music before, but once you do, it’ll be tough to forget. Hadero’s sound is a unique blend of jazz, Ethiopia, the San Francisco art scene and visceral poetry; it paints pictures in your head as you listen.” – NPR
“She is stunning.” – SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
“Meklit Hadero is one of those rare artists with the power to bridge genres, geography and generations.” -GOOGLE MUSIC
Meklit (vocals, acoustic guitar)
Sam Bevan: Upright/Electric Bass
Lorca Hart: Drums
Marco Peris: Percussion.
Ernest Stuart: Trombone
Jonathan Finlayson: Trumpet