Robert Browning Associates presents A WORLD IN TRANCE FESTIVAL: NED ROTHENBERG & GLEN VELEZ/ALASH, Tuvan Throat Singers

Sunday, May 3, 2015. 7:00 pm

Robert Browning Associates presents A WORLD IN TRANCE FESTIVAL: NED ROTHENBERG & GLEN VELEZ/ALASH, Tuvan Throat Singers

Sunday, May 3, 2015. 7:00 pm

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

Pre-concert talk on overtone singing in Tuva with Sean Quirk @6pm

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.

This 2-part festival finale features 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, followed by Alash, throat-singing masters from the Siberian Republic of Tuva.

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.

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.

“sonic magic” – Washington Post


Festival Pass: $95 (Save 24% on all tickets)



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.

Village Voice:
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.