Thursday, April 30: Noura Mint Seymali/Fula Flute Friday, May 1: Farid Ayaz, Abu Muhammad & Brothers Qawwal Saturday, May 2: Hassan Hakmoun Sunday, May 3: Ned Rothenberg & Glen Velez/Alash, Tuvan Throat Singers This festival will feature music of Guinea, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Tuva and the US that transcends boundaries and brings the listener to a state of ecstasy and enchantment. Pre-concert talk on Moroccan trance music with Philip Schuyler @ 6:30pm Post-concert Marrakech Dance Party with DJ @ 10pm 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
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Time Out New York:
Let’s get one thing straight: The trance in the title doesn’t refer to Burning Man. Drop by Roulette and get enlightened by practitioners of ecstatic, consciousness-altering traditional music from Guinea, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Tuva and the U.S. See roulette.org for details, but we expect that every night will be pure magic.
An ecstatic array of non-electronic repetition will be explored during “A World in Trance,” four nights of transporting sounds from a half-dozen countries. The powerful Mauritanian griot singer Noura Mint Seymali and her dazzling guitarist husband, Jeiche Ould Chighaly, commence the festivities tonight with Bailo Bah and Sylvain Leroux, who play the pastoral flute music of West Africa’s Fula people. Friday is devoted to virtuosic Sufi praise songs via the dynamic Pakistani qawwali group led by Farid Ayaz and Abu Muhammad. Accompanying himself on sintir, a three-stringed, goatskin-covered bass lute, Marrakesh-born Hassan Hakmoun will perform Gnawa ritual musicon Saturday. The spell lifts Sunday following the overtone-rich “throat singing” of Tuva’s Alash, with Ned Rothenberg and Glen Velez improvising transnational trance music on woodwinds and frame drum, respectively.