Atash and Ars Mundi Artists International are pleased to announce the live, multi-disciplinary, multimedia theatrical interpretation of the new Atash album Everything Is Music, featuring the members of Atash along with a star-studded cast of guest musicians and dancers, on March 21 and 22, 2014 at Stateside at the Paramount Theater, doors at 7pm. The title Everything Is Music comes from a poem by the 13th century Sufi Persian-language poet Mawlānā Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, more commonly known simply as Rumi. “We have fallen to a place where everything is music!” reads the most famous line of the poem, in English. Guest artists will include long-time Atash collaborators, many for the first time working together, including world guitarist Fareed Haque (Paquito D’Rivera, Sting, Garaj Mahal, MathGames), Uzbek doira (frame drum) master Abbos Kosimov (Zakir Hussain, Stevie Wonder, Kronos Quartet), and the lovely Spanish flamenco dancer Pilar Andújar (Carmen, directed by Franco Zeffirelli; Riverdance). We are also proud to introduce, for the first time with Atash, Amsterdam-based Hindustani-jazz vocalist Sandhya Sanjana, whose singing is featured on Alice Coltrane’s album Glorious Chants and the BBC television series, Rhythms of the World. Also featured will be Austin-based guest percussionists Gourisankar (tabla), Michael Longoria (Brazilian percussion), and Abou Sylla’s west African drum and dance troupe Bramaya.
Work on Everything Is Music began in 2010 at Troubadour Studios in Lockhart, Texas, with Steven Collins and was completed at The Still in southwest Austin, near Dripping Springs, with Randall Squires. The work represents the evolution of the band in the decade since its first studio album, Republic of Love, was released in 2003. In that time, the group’s mystical, virtuosic and hypnotically danceable sound created a scene for the growing Austin “world music” audience in a weekly residency at the now-defunct warehouse district club Red Fez, where professionals, hippies, college students, hipsters and musical apasionados, of all races and ethnicities, converged to share in the highly energetic and improvisatory give-and-take of the shows, steadily building their diverse audience over nine years, until the club’s closing. The group’s demographic exploded even further all over the Austin map with their all-ages shows at Central Market, where toddlers could be seen shaking up the dancefloor next to senior citizens, with everyone in between. Beyond Austin, Atash has spread its message of love and peace on the east and west coasts, in Taiwan, China, Spain and México, gaining legions of fans and sharing stages with such notable acts as Youssou N’Dour, Maceo Parker, Angelique Kidjo, Ojos de Brujo, The Counting Crows, Diego El Cigala, Omar Souleyman, Fatoumata Diawara, Red Baraat, Dengue Fever, and fellow Austinites The Octopus Project. They are truly the Austin ambassadors of world music, and have won the Austin Music Award for Best World Music Band for the last six years in a row.
In the Stateside concerts, the ensemble will use the songs from the album as points of departure to create a absorbing live experience highlighting the talents of the various artists , bringing out new possibilities and taking tangential sonic excursions while also showcasing the band’s compositions and arrangements.
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