Interview by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi at Michiko Studios (NY), April 20, 2011
April 2nd, one day after my fool’s day birthday, I got an email from Hadar Noiberg:
Text by Jim Hoey, videos and interview by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi
In New York city, musicians come from all over the world to hook up and put a band together in the hopes of touring the world and living that dream. The players in YEMEN BLUES are in the middle of that process, not yet “on top of the world”, but rising up and starting to play venues and cities farther and farther away from New York.
Date: Monday, March 7, 2011
Venue: Lincoln Center/Tully Hall
Ticket: $25 and more
Genre: classic music and rock fusion
Tyondai Braxton with the Wordless Music Orchestra
Caleb Burhans, conductor
Tyondai Braxton, best known for his role in the experimental rock group Battles, does not fit neatly into any one genre. His performances conjure sweeping symphonics, heady compositions, crashing guitars, and slyly playful sounds to create a wholly original style. For this contemporary classical event, Braxton will be joined by the 30-member Wordless Music Orchestra, a Brooklyn-based ensemble that, like Braxton, is dedicated to bridging the gap between classical and rock.
Text by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi
YEMEN BLUES was founded by Ravid Kahalani, a rising star in Israel who grew up to a traditional Yemenite family, learned the language and the traditional chants of his origin. Ravid joined forces with Omer Avital, a well known bass player and composer, and together they gathered YEMEN BLUES, a group of musicians from New York, Israel and Uruguay which fuses traditional Yemenite music with blues, jazz, funk and West African rhythms and melodies.