A World
In Trance
2019




March 23, 30 April 12, 13 2019

Roulette
509 Atlantic Ave (at 3rd Ave)
Downtown Brooklyn

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'A World in Trance'



Throughout history humankind has sought escape from the harsh realities of daily life. In the past we found solace in the arts, religion, meditation or the simple contemplation of nature. To fully embrace any one of these pursuits requires time and a conscious effort to overcome obstacles. Sadly, today we have replaced the fullness of our mental and spiritual life with the need for immediate gratification. Our attention span has become fragmented. There is so much happening in the world outside us that we no longer have the time to concentrate on the particular. We live in a world that is continually driven towards a surface rendering of everything. 

Since earliest times music and dance have played a major role in uniting people through ritual, which often provides union with the divine through trance or ecstasy. This festival seeks to bring back some spiritual nourishment to our lives, to focus our physical and mental selves. While the music and rituals associated with each genre are very different from each other, they share a common thread in bringing people together in search of enlightenment. These are just a few of the many forms that music takes to enrich our lives.

Performers


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    DEREK GRIPPER

    Derek Gripper’s exploration of Mali’s greatest instrumental virtuosos has created a new form of classical guitar music out of one of Africa’s richest musical traditions.
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    JAKOUKA MEETS NEW YORK: BACHIR & MUSTAPHA ATTAR

    Inspired by the intoxicating sounds of the legendary Master Musicians of Jakouka, this ensemble of musicians from both sides of the Atlantic – Morocco and the US - explore the potential for sound to trigger a state of ecstasy.
    Watch video of BACHIR & MUSTAPHA ATTAR

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    JAYANTHI KUMARESH: INVOKING THE GODDESS SARASWATI

    Jayanthi Kumaresh, one of India’s foremost veena (lute) players, has captivated audiences around the world for over three decades with her entrancing performances.
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    HAMZA AKRAM QAWWAL & BROTHERS: SUFI CHANTS OF PAKISTAN

    Pakistan’s Hamza Akram Qawwal & Brothers, grandsons of the revered Munshi Raziuddin, have been acclaimed for their riveting interpretations of qawwali, the ecstatic improvisational Sufi vocal tradition made famous in the West by the late Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
    Watch video of JAYANTHI KUMARESH

Festival Schedule


HYPNOTIC STRINGS OF AFRICA
8:00pm

DEREK GRIPPER
Derek Gripper’s exploration of Mali’s greatest instrumental virtuosos has created a new form of classical guitar music out of one of Africa’s richest musical traditions. Derek, a master guitarist from South Africa, magically conjures anew a centuries-old ancient African musical heritage, interpreting kora (21-string harp-lute) compositions on solo guitar - a feat which the renowned classical guitarist John Williams said he thought was “absolutely impossible until I heard Derek Gripper do it.” His hypnotic guitar renditions of Toumani Diabaté’s elaborate compositions for the 21-string West African kora are without precedent. His recent work includes transcriptions and improvisations based on the work of other Malian composer/performers such as Ali Farka Touré, Ballaké Sissoko, Salif Keita and Fanta Sacko, as well as his own compositions based on the music of the Western Cape of South Africa. His recording, Libraries on Fire, explores kora duets on solo guitar.
Venue
ROULETTE 509 Atlantic Avenue (Entrance at the corner of 3rd Avenue)
Brooklyn NY 11217


HYPNOTIC STRINGS OF AFRICA
8:00pm

DEREK GRIPPER
Derek Gripper’s exploration of Mali’s greatest instrumental virtuosos has created a new form of classical guitar music out of one of Africa’s richest musical traditions. Derek, a master guitarist from South Africa, magically conjures anew a centuries-old ancient African musical heritage, interpreting kora (21-string harp-lute) compositions on solo guitar - a feat which the renowned classical guitarist John Williams said he thought was “absolutely impossible until I heard Derek Gripper do it.” His hypnotic guitar renditions of Toumani Diabaté’s elaborate compositions for the 21-string West African kora are without precedent. His recent work includes transcriptions and improvisations based on the work of other Malian composer/performers such as Ali Farka Touré, Ballaké Sissoko, Salif Keita and Fanta Sacko, as well as his own compositions based on the music of the Western Cape of South Africa. His recording, Libraries on Fire, explores kora duets on solo guitar.
Venue
ROULETTE 509 Atlantic Avenue (Entrance at the corner of 3rd Avenue)
Brooklyn NY 11217


JAKOUKA MEETS NEW YORK
8:00pm

BACHIR ATTAR & MUSTAPHA ATTAR (of the Master Musicians of Jajouka) with NED ROTHENBERG, ARRINGTON de DIONYSIO & BEN BENNETT
Inspired by the intoxicating sounds of the legendary Master Musicians of Jakouka, this ensemble of musicians from both sides of the Atlantic – Morocco and the US - explore the potential for sound to trigger a state of ecstasy. Bachir Attar is a multi-instrumentalist acknowledged for his mastery of the ghaita, a double reed oboe-like instrument that is fundamental to the sound of the Master Musicians of Jajouka, the group that he leads. His brother, Mustapha Attar, also a member of the group, plays drums as well as ghaita. Saxophonist and clarinetist Ned Rothenberg, acclaimed throughout the world for his solo concerts and collaborations with diverse musicians, is particularly noted for his virtuosity of multiphonics and circular breathing. Arrington de Dionysio, a saxophonist, vocalist and visual artist who has collaborated recently with Bachir and Mustapha Attar, draws on a variety of traditions, including Tuvan throat singing and Indonesian trance music, for inspiration. Innovative percussionist Ben Bennett has developed a commanding synthesis of extended and traditional techniques on the drums,and worked with cutting-edge improvisers around the world.

The Master Musicians of Jajouka, from the Rif mountains of Morocco, are noted for their trance-inducing ceremony that predates Islam and is thought to evoke the ancient rites of Pan, the goat-legged fertility god of ancient Greece. The music of the Master Musicians has been described as “a firestorm of sound” (New York Times). Embraced in the 1950s by artist Brion Gysin and writer Paul Bowles, the village of Jajouka became a mecca in the 1960s & ‘70s for celebrities such as the Rolling Stones, Ornette Coleman, and Timothy Leary.
Venue
ROULETTE 509 Atlantic Avenue (Entrance at the corner of 3rd Avenue)
Brooklyn NY 11217


INVOKING THE GODDESS SARASWATI
8:00pm

JAYANTHI KUMARESH
Jayanthi Kumaresh, one of India’s foremost veena (lute) players, has captivated audiences around the world for over three decades with her entrancing performances. A sixth generation musician and niece of the legendary violinist Lalgudi Jayaraman, she began playing the veena at the age of three. Blending the traditional and innovative, Jayanthi seeks to express the true voice of the veena, which transcends the boundaries of language and region. She will open this program with a long solo rendition of tanam, the repetitive pulse that engenders the ancient art of Vedic chant. Since the veena is attributed to Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of music and learning, this part of the program will evoke the feminine principle – Laasya - through an uninterrupted sequence of ragas. In the second part she will evoke the masculine principle - Thaandava, where she will be joined by the brilliant percussionists K U Jayachandra Rao (mrdangam) and Pramath Kira (tabla, morching – jaw’s harp). Community sponsors:


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Venue
ROULETTE 509 Atlantic Avenue (Entrance at the corner of 3rd Avenue)
Brooklyn NY 11217
SUFI CHANTS OF PAKISTAN
8:00pm

HAMZA AKRAM QAWWAL & BROTHERS
Pakistan’s Hamza Akram Qawwal & Brothers, grandsons of the revered Munshi Raziuddin, have been acclaimed for their riveting interpretations of qawwali, the ecstatic improvisational Sufi vocal tradition made famous in the West by the late Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. This award-winning ensemble represents the 26th generation of the seven centuries-old Qawwal Bachon ka Gharana of Delhi founded by Saamat bin Ibrahim, the first qawwal of the subcontinent and principal student of mystic Amir Khusrau. Hamza has studied with the renowned Naseeruddin Saami, as well as with his uncle, Farid Ayaz Qawwal, with whom he and his brothers have toured. The ensemble builds a state of ecstasy through rhythmic handclapping, drumming and powerful vocals (similar to gospel in its call-and-response manner), and performs songs that range from 13th century mystical Persian poems to more recent Punjabi poems that speak of the intoxication of divine love. Community sponsors:


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Venue
ROULETTE 509 Atlantic Avenue (Entrance at the corner of 3rd Avenue)
Brooklyn NY 11217

Tickets


    • Sat 3/23

    • $30/$26

      • DEREK GRIPPER
      • HYPNOTIC STRINGS OF AFRICA
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    • Sat 3/30

    • $30/$26

      • BACHIR ATTAR
      • & MUSTAPHA ATTAR
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    • Fri 4/12

    • $30/$26

      • JAYANTHI KUMARESH

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    • Sat 4/13

    • $30/$26

      • HAMZA AKRAM QAWWAL
      • & BROTHERS
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Address

509 Atlantic Avenue
(Entrance at the corner of 3rd Avenue)
Brooklyn NY 11217

DIRECTIONS

By Subway
Train lines 2, 3, 4, 5, D, M, N, R, B & Q and the LIRR arrive at Atlantic Avenue-Barclay’s Center; G train to Fulton Street. A, C, Trains to Hoyt-Schermehorn
By Car
Roulette can be easily accessed via the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, as well as the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to the intersection of Flatbush Avenues and Atlantic Avenue.

Box Office

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