“Sounds of the Middle East, India, west Africa, and European Gypsies, infused with the energy of rock ‘n’ roll and the improvisatory spirit of jazz,” describes the globetrotting Austin-based band Atash, winner of the Austin Music Award for Best World Music Band for the last 6 years in a row. Atash has recently released their third album Everything Is Music to critical acclaim, and is beginning touring in support of this release. The group has performed across North America, Asia, and Europe, and will make its Corpus Christi debut over two days at the classy wine-centered venue Vino Mio Social Club, 4102 S. Staples St. 78411, on June 20 and 21, 2014, 9:30pm to 12:30am. Two back-to-back nights!
Often compared to such disparate acts as the Gipsy Kings, Cheb Khaled, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the Rolling Stones, and the Grateful Dead, Atash shares an intimate connection to South Texas and wine. Mohammad Firoozi, the band’s lead vocalist, poet and soul-center, began his career singing spiritual music and western rock ‘n’ roll in the Persian Gulf region and the cultural center of Shiraz, known for its long history of winemaking — and home to the oldest known archaeological discovery of earthenware wine jars, dating back 7,000 years! Firoozi emigrated to the U.S. in the 1970s by way of Corpus Christi, where he attended Del Mar College and was a champion of the swim team. Atash musical director and violinist Roberto Riggio immigrated to the U.S. from his native México as a child, where he grew up and began his musical studies in the lower Rio Grande Valley of south Texas. He later performed with the Corpus Christi Symphony and collaborated in Selena Quintanilla’s last music video, “No me queda más.”
Atash, whose name derives from the Persian word for “fire,” features talented master musicians from around the world playing a rare combination of instruments from around the world, including Indrajit Banerjee from Kolkata, India on sitar; Aboubacar Sylla from Guinea, west Africa, on djembe; José Manuel Tejeda from Havana, Cuba, on flamenco guitar; Korean-American violinist John Moon; Dylan Jones on bass; and Chris Häusler on drums.