March First Thursday featuring Seffarine
Celebrate March First Thursday with a performance by Seffarine. Led by soulful Moroccan singer Lamiae Naki and flamenco guitarist Nat Hulskamp, and supported by a band of multi-cultural master musicians, this group is known for combining the vibrant sounds of Southern Spain and Morocco with shows that combine explosive flamenco footwork, exotic instrumentation and grooving basslines.
Two gallery exhibits will be on display during the event: Mika Martinez's photo exhibit, Soy Yo!, is showing from March 3 through March 31 in the PGE Gallery, and Ronin Roc's illustration exhibit, More Than February, is showing through March 31 in the Ellyn Bye Studio Gallery.
Born in the ancient city of Fes, Morocco, internationally acclaimed singer Lamiae Naki and her ensemble Seffarine channel their deep knowledge of the music of both sides of the Straits of Gibraltar, the crossroad where African, Middle Eastern and European cultures meet. From the 9th to 15th centuries, these cultures coexisted peacefully, producing a seminal musical alchemy that influenced the foundations of both classical Arabic and European Renaissance music.
In the 21st Century, Seffarine embraces and extends the rich legacy of this golden age of tolerance and exchange between Muslim, Jewish, and Christian cultures by creating fresh, innovative works reconnecting these shared Mediterranean roots.
Charged with texture and color, Seffarine concerts carry the audience on a vibrant musical journey, channeling the heart-wrenching joy of the music and dance of North Africa and southern Spain to wide acclaim. Described by Bass Player Magazine as a "gorgeous intersection of Spanish flamenco, Arabic and Andalusian music, Persian classical and jazz," Naki's fluid, riveting vocals entwine elegantly with Nat Hulskamp's expert flamenco guitar and oud. Persian classical master Bobak Salehi's sweeping kamancheh (spike fiddle) and tar (Persian lute) playoff bassist Damian Erskine's grooves and the drums and explosive flamenco dance of Manuel Gutierrez. Diving deep into the drama and technical prowess that characterizes these traditions, Seffarine invites listeners to hear with fresh ears the age-old conversation that spanned a sea, reminding us of the connections and histories modern identities disguise.
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