Interview: Alecia Chakour to Play Rockwood Music Hall, NYC on July 29

 

Our lovely comrade Alecia Chakour is going to be playing Rockwood Music Hall this coming Sunday, July 29 – so to celebrate, we thought what better than to catch up with our talented young lady?!

Event Details
Alecia Chakour Live
Sunday, July 29
10PM

Tickets: $10
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Rockwood Music Hall
New York, NY

Giant Step: How’s it been to tour around with such incredible musicians such as The Warren Haynes Band, Nigel Hall, and Soulive? Any learnings and valuable experiences you’ve picked up?

Alecia Chakour: It is a serious blessing to have found a musical family that is so full of fire and total love for what they do and who they do it with. I get to be a part of this big supportive community where I can stretch out, open up, listen and be completely myself in the music. I’ve learned in that openness to truly trust myself, which allows me trust and love the folks I’m surrounded by. Also, I’ve learned the three magic words: sweat, talent, humility.

GS: What about being on Letterman with the crazy amazing Allen Stone? What’s he like to work with?

Alecia Chakour: I just got back from rehearsal! Allen has a real unique power to him… so naturally soulful, warm and full of positivity. I love that I get to make music with such a diverse range of artists, and he is certainly something special in the bunch.

GS: We know you’ve got a local show coming up at Rockwood on the 29th, how are you feeling about bringing it back home? What can we expect to hear at the show, what’s the energy going to be like?

Alecia Chakour: I’m so excited to get cooking with this crew! The band – my brother Alex, Neal Evans (Soulive), Sam Cohen (Apollo Sunshine/Yellowbirds) and Miles Arntzen (Antibalas) – they are a dream team. They connect to that dynamic, loose, bluesy vibe but bring such originality and excitement to the music. It’s been a while since we’ve played together, and this feels like the perfect way to get things moving… very up close and personal. We’ll be trying out a lot of new tunes that we’ll be recording soon with the rest of the fam, so I’m excited to share.

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NYC: Now vs Now @ Rockwood Music Hall – Tonight + MP3

 

Oh yes. This is some newness that would be criminal to overlook. The much admired Meshell Ndegeocello has produced a debut project for some pals called Jason Lindner Gives You Now Vs Now.

Now vs Now is an electro-jazz trio with soul to spare. The band’s members are some pretty powerful musical talents – keyboardist/composer Jason Lindner (Meshell Ndegeocello, Lauryn Hill), bassist/vocalist Panagiotis Andreou (Yerba Buena) and drummer Mark Guiliana (Heernt, Beat Music).

Below is an incredible free download from the debut project called “Far.” The intro lasts just under two minutes, so make sure you don’t miss these guys really getting down.

Finally, NYC folks should not miss the free live show later tonight! Details below.

Now vs Now – “Far” [MP3]
 

Event Details
Now vs Now Live
Monday, Jan 9th
Rockwood Music Hall
New York, NY

10pm
Free

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Spotlight: Aabaraki

Aabaraki pays tribute to two legendary postmortem singer/songwriters, covering a Classic cover of a classic on The Pre-Release EP, available for free download here.

The Hathaway cover:
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The John Lennon original:
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Comprised of four talented working musicians: Brian Forbes (guitar), Ari Folman-Cohen (bass), Aaron “BLACKDATA” Steele (Drums), and Aamir “Akie” Bermiss (vocals/keys), Aabaraki has been playing their own brand of reduction-stutter-funk together as a unit since the spring of ’09. Separately, they have worked with an impressive range of musicians and producers including Roy Hargrove, Soulive, Patti Smith, The American Symphony Orchestra, Megahertz (Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, P. Diddy), and Jimmy Lenner (John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Donna Summer).

The current EP reveals a vulnerability (“Terrified,” “Save Me”) and predation (“Girl,” “Big Bad Wolf”) that’s quite common among us humanfolk. Vocalist Aamir “Akie” Bermiss accomplishes this with keys-in-hand, and tongue-in-cheek as he channels the American Everyman. A reflection of our culture, Akie’s creative use of satire is best exemplified halfway through the EP in the up-tempo “Big Bad Wolf:” ‘Haters hate, players play, girl don’t front on me just get undressed. Now you’re free, follow me, to the deepest depths of desire.’

The band is funky, harmonic, minimal, and is consistent throughout the EP, each musician sticking closely to the sound of his instrument without relying on heavy effects that might alter it beyond recognition. They are retro but not throwback, progressive but not cold. In other words, Reduction-stutter-funk at its best.

Aabaraki will be playing in NYC at Fontana’s on September 9th and Rockwood Music Hall every subsequent Thursday. They are also working on a follow-up to The Pre-Release EP to be released in the fall. In the meantime, make sure you download the current project here.

-L.E is a lower east side native, dedicated to engaging in and contributing to the advancement of culture from an objective NewYorkerCentric perspective. Follow L.E at twitter.com/discjockeyle