Two extraordinary artists will perform at the Empress Theatre in Vallejo on July 12 at 8pm. Violinist Kala Ramnath belongs to a violin dynasty from India – seven generations which straddle both the classical systems of the subcontinent. Kala is a musician of giant-like qualities. She has forged musical alliances with artists of renown from different genres around the globe incorporating elements of Western classical, jazz, Flamenco and traditional African music. Kala has performed with the London Symphony and London Philharmonic and was a Grammy nominated for her album Miles from India. Recognized as one of the fifty best instrumentalists of the world by the prestigious Songlines Magazine.
She has worked with musicians including Kai Eckhart, Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, Terry Bozzio, Abbos Kossimov, Ayrto Moreira, Giovanni Hidalgo and rock legend Ray Manzarek of the Doors.
On the same program is Badi Assad – a Brazilian singer, songwriter, percussionist and guitarist in the jazz and worldbeat genres. She transcends traditional styles of her native Brazilian music with a mixture of pop, jazz and world/ethnic sounds from around the world. Badi has worked with artists such as Bob McFerrin, Yo-Yo-Ma, and Sarah McLaughlin. Badi has performed in numerous festivals with artists such as Hermeno Pascoal, Milton Nacimento, Pat Metheny, Francoise-Emmanuelle Denis, Mike Stern, Dori Caymmi, the Duo Assad and others. In 1994, she released her first album with Chesky Records, Solo, which quickly launched her career worldwide. Her follow-up, Rhythms, was a tremendous success, garnering a Best Classical Guitar Album nod from the readers of Guitar Player, Best Classical Guitarist from Acoustic Guitar, and scores of other accolades. Badi has been featured numerous times on NPR, appeared on television, and continues to bring her music to fans at festivals and concerts around the globe.
330 Virginia St, Vallejo, CA
This is the program in conjunction with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Forum on Global Cities.
You now have the opportunity to experience Genesis at the Crossroads’ Saffron Caravan ensemble as they continue their Saffron Caravan-Universal Love world tour – Thursday, June 6th at the Mayne Stage in Rogers Park. This program features a refugee dance collaboration!
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Badi Assad on Vocals and Guitar (Lebanese-Brazilian)
Aaron Bensoussan on Vocals (Moroccan)
Haytham Safia on Oud (Arab-Israeli)
Javier Saume Mazzei on Percussion (Venezuelan)
An Exclusive Performance of Journeys
Our original dance collaboration with refugee dancers
Miriam Cing (Myanmar) and Patrick Reponse (DR Congo)
Thursday, June 6th
6:30 PM – Dinner • 8 PM – Performance
Chicago’s Historic Mayne Stage
1348 W. Morse Ave
Badi has released another video on her YouTube channel.. featuring the last project of the trilogy filmed in Paraty / RJ by the filmmaker Bruce Carosini (along with ‘Vejo você aqui’, composed with Zélia Duncan and ‘Entrelaçar’, by her own).
Her redemption of Skrilllex’s ‘Stranger’ is on her album Singular. In the video Badi invites us all to reflect on the pains of the world, its appearances and invisibilities.
We are very proud to announce that the movie/documentary “BADI” is in the Official Selection of one of the most important Film Festivals in the United States, 2018. This year they are honoring the Black Cinema of Brazil. More than 40 films have been selected to be part of the competitions and special exhibitions. … and ‘BADI’ is one of them 🙂
The Festival takes place between December 16-20, in Los Angeles.
Cross your fingers!
Three years in the making – StringShot IS new music that deserves a good listen – turn it up in the car! Grab your copy of the debut album from StringShot and prepare to be mesmerized. Don’t miss your chance to see this unique collaboration that takes listeners to an exciting new musical realm – LIVE in November. A musical “tour-de-force”, Rogers, Assad and Reyes blend their artistry and talent to create a new synthesis of cross-cultural music with Latin roots, Jazz blooms and Blues undertones that translates beautifully from studio recording to live performance. These artists have created a collaborative World music sound that is all their own. Get your tickets to select West Coast performances NOW!
StringShot debut album
with Roy Rogers, Badi Assad and Carlos Reyes
Three String Legends. Together. Stringshot is the new passion project of Roy Rogers, Carlos Reyes and Badi Assad. Latin infused with Jazz, a dash of Blues, Rock, and so much more! This will be something you’ve never quite heard before.