A World
In Trance
2015




April 30th (thu) - May 3rd (sun) 2015

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, often seeking 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.

Music that transcends boundaries and brings the listener to a state of ecstasy and enchantment.
Featuring music of Guinea, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Tuva and the U.S.
Films, lecture demonstrations and special guests.





Featured Artists


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    Noura Mint Seymali

    Noura Mint Seymali is heir to a Mauritanian iggawin (griot) lineage stretching back for untold generations.

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    Bailo Bah & SYLVAIN LEROUX

    A hypnotic duet with Bailo Bah, a virtuoso of the tambin (an end-blown three-holed flute used by the Fulani people in various rituals), and Sylvain Leroux, one of the few Westerners to have mastered this flute.

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    FARID AYAZ, ABU MUHAMMAD & BROTHERS QAWWAL

    Farid Ayaz, Abu Muhammad & Brothers Qawwal perform qawwali, the ecstatic devotional music of Sufi Muslims made famous in the West by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

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    HASSAN HAKMOUN

    Born in Marrakech, Hassan Hakmoun is the premier exponent of Moroccan Gnawa trance music in America and a commanding figure in world music circles.

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    ALASH

    Tuva’s Alash has been acclaimed for its superb renditions of throat singing or xöömei, a remarkable technique for singing multiple notes simultaneously.

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    NED ROTHENBERG & GLEN VELEZ

    A stunning collaboration with Ned Rothenberg and Glen Velez, two veteran virtuosos of reeds and frame drums respectively in the new music and world music realms.

Festival Schedule


DESERT BLUES & FULA FLUTES
8:00pm
BAILO BAH & SYLVAIN LEROUX
FULA FLUTE - Guinea
Venue: Roulette
Bailo Bah is a master of the tambin an endblown three-holed flute used by the Fulani people for various rituals. He grew up in a traditional village in the heart of the Fulani land in the Futa Djalon mountains of Guinea. He was a soloist for twenty-two years with the Ballets Koteba of Abidjan and toured the world with Africa Oye. Sylvain Leroux was born in Montreal and studied classical flute and jazz. He learned to play the tambin in Guinea and has collaborated for many years with West African musicians and formed the Fula Flute Ensemble with Bailo Bah. He is acknowledged as one of the few Westerners to have mastered this instrument. Together these two musicians perform a hypnotic duet combining voice and flute with a rhythmic intensity that brings to mind the harmonica of of Sonny Terry's "whooping the Blues"
9:00pm
Desert Blues
NOURA MINT SEYMALI - Mauritania
Venue: Roulette
Noura Mint Seymali is heir to a Mauritanian iggawin (griot) lineage stretching back for untold generations. Her stepmother Dimi Mint Abba was one of Mauritania’s most famous musicians and a major figure in bringing Mauritanian music to international audiences. As the daughter of the late Seymali Ould Mouhamed Val, a revered scholar-musician credited as the first person to apply written notation to folk music in Mauritania, Noura is a true tradition bearer maintaining an ancient art and adding her personal signature. Her hypnotic grooves meld traditional Mauritanian instruments, like the ardin (harp) and tidinit (skin-faced lute), within an electrified psychedelic rock band. She is accompanied by her husband, guitarist Jeiche Ould Chighaly; bassist Ousmane Touré; and Senegalese drummer/producer Matthew Tinari. Her CD Tzenni was recently named one of NPR’s Top 50 Albums of 2014.
“an extended frenzy of passion” – Songlines


QAWWALI: SUFI TRANCE
8:00pm
Sufi Music
FARID AYAZ, ABU MUHAMMAD & BROTHERS QAWWAL - Pakistan
Venue: Roulette
Farid Ayaz, Abu Muhammad & Brothers Qawwal perform qawwali, the ecstatic devotional music of Sufi Muslims made famous in the West by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The 9-member ensemble has gained international recognition for its renditions of both the popular traditional form and the more introspective ancient classical qawwali that is seldom heard today. Similar to gospel in its use of call-and-response and spiritual fervor, qawwali songs are accompanied by percussive handclapping, harmonium, tabla (drums), and a chorus. Qawwali (Urdu for “utterance”) songs range from 13th century mystical Persian poems to more recent Punjabi poems that speak of the intoxication of divine love. The qawwali singer or qawwal is regarded as God’s interpreter and devotees sometimes enter into trance. The group sings in many languages, including Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi, Hindi, Persian, Arabic, Bengali and Purbi.
MOROCCAN TRANCE
6:30pm
Trance Music In Morocco
Dr Philip Schuyler
Venue: Roulette
Lec/dem with film TBA
8:00pm
Gnawa Soul
HASSAN HAKMOUN - Morocco
Venue: Roulette
Born in Marrakech, Hassan Hakmoun is the premier exponent of Moroccan Gnawa trance music in America and a commanding figure in world music circles. While punching out a groove on the sintir, a bass lute, his ecstatic vocals invoke the spirits of healing through chants of praise to the Prophet Mohammad and the saints. His ensemble provides backup vocals in a call-and-response style and accompanies him on drums and qaraqeb(metal castanets). The music is a spellbinding blend of North African and Arab melodies with West African rhythms. Accompanists to be announced

“Mr. Hakmoun had the charisma of a rock star…rapturous…enthralling”
- New York Times
10:00pm
Guest DJ TBA
Marrakech Dance Party
Venue: Roulette
Trance party with selected world music
TUVAN THROAT SINGING & TRANCE MUSIC FROM THE U.S.
7:00pm
Trance
NED ROTHENBERG & GLEN VELEZ - USA
Venue: Roulette
Ned Rothenberg (alto saxophone, clarinets, Japanese shakuhachi flute) and Glen Velez (frame drums) have extended the woodwind and drum language through their three decades of musical explorations, forging highly personal styles on their intimate knowledge of the sonic possibilities of their instruments. Their works incorporate aspects of various cultures, including Central Asian overtone singing. For this program, they will perform a new work, highlighting their common focus on the magic of sound and rhythm.

8:00pm
Masters of Xoomei (Throat Singing)
ALASH - Tuva
Venue: Roulette
Tuva’s Alash has been acclaimed for its superb renditions of throat singing or xöömei, a remarkable technique for singing multiple notes simultaneously. The sound produced is “otherworldly” and can have a trance-inducing effect. While holding true to the tradition of their ancestors and inspired by master musicians of Central Asia, the members of Alash have also been influenced by Western popular music. In addition to their traditional instruments such as theigil (horse-head fiddle), chanzy (plucked lute) and xomus (jaw’s harp), they sometimes add guitar to their arrangements.
12h

experience
the music

Music of Guinea, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Tuva and the U.S.

7+

performers and lecturers

Films, lec-dems and special guests

Sat.

Marrakech
dance party

a guest DJ will perform selected world music

Tickets


    • Thu 4/30

    • $30/$25

      • NOURA MINT SEYMALI
      • FULA FLUTE
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    • Fri 5/1

    • $35/$30

      • FARID AYAZ, ABU MUHAMMAD
      • & BROTHERS QAWWAL
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    • Sat 5/2

    • $30/$25

      • HASSAN HAKMOUN
      • Marrakech Dance Party
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    • Sun 5/3

    • $30/$25

      • ALASH
      • NED ROTHENBERG & GLEN VELEZ
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    • Festival Pass

    • $95

      • Includes tickets to all events
      • General Admission $95
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ROULETTE


Address

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

DIRECTION

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. A list of nearby parking lots can be found in the map above.

Box Office

917.267.0363

This festival is curated by
Robert Browning Associates