A World
In Trance
2017




April 28th (fri) - April 30th (sun) 2017

Roulette
509 Atlantic Ave (at 3rd Ave)
Downtown Brooklyn

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'A World in Trance'



Throughout history humankind has sought escape from the harsh realities of daily life. In the past we found solace in the arts, religion, meditation or the simple contemplation of nature. To fully embrace any one of these pursuits requires time and a conscious effort to overcome obstacles. Sadly, today we have replaced the fullness of our mental and spiritual life with the need for immediate gratification. Our attention span has become fragmented. There is so much happening in the world outside us that we no longer have the time to concentrate on the particular. We live in a world that is continually driven towards a surface rendering of everything. 

Since earliest times music and dance have played a major role in uniting people through ritual, which often provides union with the divine through trance or ecstasy. This festival seeks to bring back some spiritual nourishment to our lives, to focus our physical and mental selves. While the music and rituals associated with each genre are very different from each other, they share a common thread in bringing people together in search of enlightenment. These are just a few of the many forms that music takes to enrich our lives.

Performers


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    CHARTWELL DUTIRO

    For centuries the Shona people of Zimbabwe have connected with the spirits of ancestors. These spirits are summoned by spirit mediums at biras, all-night ritual ceremonies where mystical mbira (metal-pronged thumb piano) music is played and people participate through dancing, singing, ululating and sometimes whistling.
    Watch video of Chartwell Dutiro

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    NIYAZ featuring AZAM ALI

    Niyaz has created a 21st century global trance tradition by seamlessly blending Sufi poetry and folk songs from its native Iran and surrounding countries with rich acoustic instrumentation and modern electronics.
    Watch video of NIYAZ

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    Riyaaz Qawwali

    Riyaaz Qawwali performs the ecstatic improvisational Sufi vocal tradition made famous in the West by the late Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, enthralling listeners with its lively rhythms, joyous melodies and inspirational poetry.
    Watch video of Riyaaz Qawwali

Festival Schedule


Voices of the Ancestors: Mbira Music of Zimbabwe
8:00pm

CHARTWELL DUTIRO
For centuries the Shona people of Zimbabwe have connected with the spirits of ancestors. These spirits are summoned by spirit mediums at biras, all-night ritual ceremonies where mystical mbira (metal-pronged thumb piano) music is played and people participate through dancing, singing, ululating and sometimes whistling. The collective energy created evokes a trance atmosphere that summons the spirits of ancestors to come and give daily guidance and healing. The internationally renowned traditional mbira master Chartwell Dutiro (mbira, lead vocal, dance), who played mbira in bira ceremonies in his native Zimbabwe from the age of four and is best known for his eight-year stint with Zimbabwe’s famed Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited, is joined by his son Shorai Dutiro (mbira, vocal), David Holmes (mbira, vocal), Nora Balaban (mbira, vocal) and Bill Ruyle (hosho – gourds, tabla – tuned drums, percussion).
Venue
ROULETTE 509 Atlantic Avenue (Entrance at the corner of 3rd Avenue)
Brooklyn NY 11217


Voices of the Ancestors: Mbira Music of Zimbabwe
8:00pm

CHARTWELL DUTIRO
For centuries the Shona people of Zimbabwe have connected with the spirits of ancestors. These spirits are summoned by spirit mediums at biras, all-night ritual ceremonies where mystical mbira (metal-pronged thumb piano) music is played and people participate through dancing, singing, ululating and sometimes whistling. The collective energy created evokes a trance atmosphere that summons the spirits of ancestors to come and give daily guidance and healing. The internationally renowned traditional mbira master Chartwell Dutiro (mbira, lead vocal, dance), who played mbira in bira ceremonies in his native Zimbabwe from the age of four and is best known for his eight-year stint with Zimbabwe’s famed Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited, is joined by his son Shorai Dutiro (mbira, vocal), David Holmes (mbira, vocal), Nora Balaban (mbira, vocal) and Bill Ruyle (hosho – gourds, tabla – tuned drums, percussion).
Venue
ROULETTE 509 Atlantic Avenue (Entrance at the corner of 3rd Avenue)
Brooklyn NY 11217


Persian Trance Music
8:00pm

NIYAZ featuring AZAM ALI
Niyaz has created a 21st century global trance tradition by seamlessly blending Sufi poetry and folk songs from its native Iran and surrounding countries with rich acoustic instrumentation and modern electronics. Formed in California in 2004 and based in Montreal, Niyaz has a far-reaching repertoire that tears down cultural boundaries and bridges the gap between East and West. The group was founded by the spellbinding vocalist/composer Azam Ali, whose Iranian heritage and Indian upbringing have deeply influenced her music, and multi-instrumentalist/ composer Loga Ramin Torkian (oud & kamaan lutes). They are joined by Didem Basar (kanun-zither), Gabriel Ethier (keyboards, programming) and Vaneet Vyas (tabla-drums).

“a swirling, whirling palette of colors fronted by Ali’s rich and precise voice.” ​ – NPR

“Ali’s velvet vocals convey both sensuality and devotional ecstasy.” – Songlines

Venue
ROULETTE 509 Atlantic Avenue (Entrance at the corner of 3rd Avenue)
Brooklyn NY 11217


Sufi Music of Pakistan & India
7:00pm

Riyaaz Qawwali
Riyaaz Qawwali performs the ecstatic improvisational Sufi vocal tradition made famous in the West by the late Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, enthralling listeners with its lively rhythms, joyous melodies and inspirational poetry. In addition to paying homage to traditional qawwali that has been in existence for over 700 years, the ensemble also weaves various songs and poetry of South Asia into the qawwali framework, using qawwali as a universal message of oneness that transcends religious boundaries. Most qawwali troupes are composed of Muslim family members, but Riyaaz Qawwali, which is based in Texas, is composed of musicians who represent the diversity of South and Central Asia; they are of Indian, Pakistani, Afghani, and Bangladeshi descent, and come from various spiritual backgrounds, including Islam, Hinduism, and Sikhism.
"Sufi trance masters" - Village Voice
Venue
ROULETTE 509 Atlantic Avenue (Entrance at the corner of 3rd Avenue)
Brooklyn NY 11217

Tickets


    • Fri 4/28

    • $25/$21

      • CHARTWELL DUTIRO

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    • Sat 4/29

    • $30/$26

      • NIYAZ
      • featuring AZAM ALI
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    • Sun 4/30

    • $30/$26

      • RIYAAZ QAWWALI

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ROULETTE


Address

509 Atlantic Avenue
(Entrance at the corner of 3rd Avenue)
Brooklyn NY 11217

DIRECTIONS

By Subway
Train lines 2, 3, 4, 5, D, M, N, R, B & Q and the LIRR arrive at Atlantic Avenue-Barclay’s Center; G train to Fulton Street. A, C, Trains to Hoyt-Schermehorn
By Car
Roulette can be easily accessed via the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, as well as the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to the intersection of Flatbush Avenues and Atlantic Avenue.

Box Office

917.267.0363

This festival is curated by
Robert Browning Associates