@ Stateside at the Paramount
Friday March 21, 2014
07:00 PM - 2:00 am
AWARD-WINNINGATASH WILL BE CELEBRATING THE RELEASE OF THEIR NEW ALBUM,
EVERYTHING IS MUSIC AT THE STATESIDE THEATER AT THE PARAMOUNT
FOR A TWO NIGHT THEATRICAL CD RELEASE PERFORMANCE FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST MUSICIANS, DANCERS, AND PERFORMERS ON MARCH 21 AND 22, 2014
Seven-time Austin Music Award winners Atash will be taking their live experience to a new level at Stateside Theater at the Paramount with the theatrical performance Everything Is Music, to coincide with the release of their latest studio album of the same name (out on March 25, 2014). Deriving its inspiration from mystical Sufi poetry of the Middle Ages, this performance by the worldly Austin-based ensemble will offer a multimedia presentation of many traditions of dance and music, featuring distinguished artists, including world jazz guitarist Fareed Haque, Uzbek percussion master Abbos Kosimov, Indian vocalist Sandhya Sanjana, flamenco dancer Pilar Andújar, and west African dance troupe Bramaya, to name a few. The full-lineup will be announced in the next few weeks, so please stay tuned.
Atash is not your typical world music band. While they do include the familiar rhythms of West Africa and Cuba in their sound, the band looks further east, to the music of Persia, Turkey, India and the Middle East for much of its inspiration. Although they’re based in Austin, their compositions demolish musical and geographical boundaries with a mash up that includes reggae, flamenco, Indian and European classical music, jazz and rock. The band takes its name from the Persian word for “fire,” a perfect description of their incendiary music. “In the pre-Islamic religion of Zoroastrianism, fire was considered an expression of the life force,” says Roberto Riggio, the band’s violinist and spokesman. “The album title, Everything Is Music, comes from a poem by Rumi, a Sufi poet of the 13th century. It means that music pervades every aspect of a musician’s life. Music is the essence of our being.”
The master musicians at the band’s core – Riggio on violin; Jason McKenzie, drum kit and tabla; Mohammad Firoozi, vocals; Indrajit Banerjee, sitar; John Moon, violin; Dylan Jones, bass; Abou Sylla, balafon, djembe, and conga and José Manuel Tejeda, acoustic guitar – create music that exists beyond the borders of religion, class, ethnicity and nationality. “Our members come from all over the world and have varied ethnic, musical and religious backgrounds: Hindu, Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, Confucianism, atheist, but what we share is the deep spiritual connection that comes out of playing together.”
The songs on Everything Is Music may originate with an individual band member, but the realization is so collaborative it’s impossible to pin a composition down to one person. Everyone contributes ideas, with a range of globe spanning expertise. “We blend different cultural streams,” Riggio says, “but it never sounds like we’ve consciously mixed these elements. The sound is a product of who we are as individuals. We don’t care if our audience knows the traditions we come from. We just want to bring them into the same space with us, to play and celebrate life and make them dance.”
Recording for the new album began in 2010 at Troubadour Studios in Lockhart. Located deep in the heart of Texas, the state of the art recording studio was a unique spot for the worldly band. A vibey Victorian-era house with high ceilings, lush velvet curtains, meticulously crafted oriental rugs and candles, the studio was a perfect state for the members to flesh out several new tunes of a remarkably different nature from their earlier work. By 2012 more than 20 pieces had been recorded at Troubadour and The Still in Austin, culled from older repertoire that had never been recorded and new songs, which the band shaved down to 9 for this forthcoming CD release. Hints of flamenco, qawwali, thumri, rock, reggae and jazz are all flawlessly woven into the record. The band enlisted the talents of Naga Valli on Indian vocals, Uzbeki master percussion virtuoso Abbos Kosimov, renowned jazz fusion guitarist Fareed Haque and chorus singers from Les Petits Chanteurs of Haiti.
Friday March 21, 2014
7:00 pm - 2:00 am
Various Cover: 15.00 - 25.00
Cover Notes: $25 Adult, $15 for twelve and under