I love Lincoln Center. I used to live 4 blocks away and imagine how much time THE CULTURE MOM spent there. You honest would never guess. Every summer they bring Lincoln Center Out of Doors (running July 25th-August 12th) which features 100 free performances across the plazas of Lincoln Center) and I used to go there and soak in music from around the world for FREE (aahh, the pleasures of living in NYC, there are so many!).
This year the festival is bringing noted Israeli musical artists are scheduled to perform throughout the Festival. For a complete chronological listing of this summer’s festival performances, go here.
Led by charismatic Israeli-Yemenite singer Ravid Kahalani and go-to jazz bassist-arranger Omer Avital, Yemen Blues is a super group of top musicians form New York, Israel and Uruguay. The group creates the ultimate high-energy multinational hybrid of North African grooves, Middle Eastern modes, and American funk by combining West African soul and American blues and jazz with the traditional music and chants of Kahalani’s Yemenite roots, fleshing out their sound with oud, gimbri, strings, and percussion. Also on the bill this evening is Khaira Arby & Her Band, performing songs in at least three languages, and uKanDanZ, playing explosive, throbbing Ethiogrooves.
Yemen Blues will be presented with support from the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York on Wednesday, August 1, 7:00 p.m. at the Damrosch Park Bandshell.
Making its New York debut is the ALAEV FAMILY, a Bukharin groove band from Israel with deep roots in the music of Tajikistan and Jewish Bukhara. Allo Alaev is a master percussionist of the doyra (a frame drum with metal rings inside). Playing as many as nine drums, Allo leads the family ensemble – two sons, and four grandchildren – in blending together the sounds of Turkey, Persia, China, and Russia. The group’s latest album combines these musical styles with lyrics by Tajiki poets and was produced by Out of Doors alum Tamir Muskat, Balkan Beat Box’s drummer. This evening concludes with performances by the incredible Indian violinist Dr. L Subramaniam and guests.
Lincoln Center’s plazas, located between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues from West 62nd Street to West 65th Street.
Subway: The IRT Broadway Local, No. 1 train to 66th Street “Lincoln Center” station; or IRT Broadway Local, No. 1 train to 59th Street, Columbus Circle; or A, B, C, D, or E trains to 59th Street Columbus Circle
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York.