Sandaraa w/ Bridget Kearney & Ben Davis

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Sandaraa w/ Bridget Kearney & Ben Davis

Pakistani/Klezmer Fusion Dance Party!

Fri May 13 8pm
$15, $12 mbrs. | + $3 at the door

This is a standing room only dance party with limited seating available

How do a Pakistani pop star and a Brooklyn clarinet whiz get Baluchi, Pashto, and Klezmer to dance together?  Experience the unique, inexplicably perfect Sandaraa.

Fronted by the thrilling Pakistani singer Zeb Bangash, backed by Brooklyn based klezmer power-players, this collaboration sprang from a mutual love of vintage tapes packed with Dari, Pashto, and Baluchi music. Reeds and oud, drums and violin all weave around Pakistani singer Zeb Bangash’s sometimes subtle, sometimes bold voice. The styles, scales, timbres, and ornaments are inspired by some of Pakistan’s provinces of Baluchistan and Khyber Pukhtunkhwa.  It’s in these places where Bangash and Brooklyn-based Klezmer clarinet master Michael Winograd found a sustained creative meeting point, one that yields both upbeat party-friendly sounds and slow-building drama.

Bangash and Winograd met when Bangash’s former, wildly popular duo Zeb and Haniya played at the Pakistani Embassy as part of a US tour. The two hit it off, and they started trading ideas and links. When Bangash had a performance at NYU in Abu Dhabi, she invited Michael to collaborate. They spent hours listening to worn cassettes together, sessions that led them to songs like “Haatera Taiyga.” “Everyone started dancing to it,” Bangash recalls. “They couldn’t stop.” The result can be heard this evening, with a full band.

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Bridget Kearney and Benjamin Davis

The Brooklyn-based Kearney and Davis are longtime collaborators. Kearney was a member of Davis's sprawling avant-pop group, Cuddle Magic and plays bass in the wildly popular Lake Street Dive, and her knack for wordplay and for unexpected hooks has long been evident. When Bridget Kearney and Benjamin Lazar Davis went to Ghana in 2014, they planned to travel and maybe make a few musical friends. They ended up spending the entire three weeks in the city of Accra, studying the traditional music of Northwest Ghana with master gyil player Aaron Bebe. The resulting EP, BAWA, treats the polyrhythmic peregrinations of the xylophone-like gyil, not as a gimmick, but as source material, a puzzle to be deconstructed and rearranged into a bright new collage.

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8pm | $15, $12 mbrs. | + $3 at the door

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