With Nowruz just around the nook, The Skirball Cultural Center and the Irvine Barclay Theatre will have a good time the Persian New 12 months with two very particular concert events by the Grammy-nominated Ghazal Ensemble on March 15 and 17. Kamancheh (conventional Iranian fiddle) participant Kayhan Kahlor and sitarist, Shujaat Hussain Khan , reunite to perform their dazzling mix of classical Persian and Indian music traditions and debut new works, joined this time by Sandeep Das on tabla. Whereas generally nestled into the world of psychedelic folks and even Indo-raga surrealism, the musical entity called THE ENTOURAGE MUSIC AND THEATER ENSEMBLE was truly extra of a fancy avant-garde type of third stream ambient band that based mostly its music on movement energy and the dream state experience.
Whereas i was always in the opinion that this was a cheesy try of 60s pop rock fusion only by having sampled the 2 covers, this is in face a fairly sophisticated and stylistic display of Indian music crafted with eerie electronics and a rock infused work ethic.
As well as contributing to a massive number of albums by other artists including John Coltrane’s seminal “Africa/Brass” in 1961, McCoy Tyner’s “Tender Moments” …Continue reading