Yemen Blues performs LIVE at the Ordway on October 27 with Dance Floor
SAINT PAUL, Minn. (Oct. 14, 2013) – The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’ Target® World Music and Dance Series presents the band Yemen Blues on Sunday, October 27, with a special dance floor open for the occasion.
Conceived from vocalist Ravid Kahalani’s vision, Yemen Blues mixes music of Yemen and West Africa with contemporary grooves from funk to mambo and the deep soul of old chants. Conjuring up a rich and diverse aural palette with the use of percussion, oud and horns, Yemen Blues coexists in both the past and present, at once timeless and modern. Yemen Blues delivers a passionate experience, ranging from Middle Eastern chants to a psychedelic rock performance – energizing the entire audience.
“Yemen Blues has an electric and colorful energy that compels you to dance,” said Dayna Martinez, Director of World Music and Dance. “I knew I had to bring them to the Ordway.”
The collective is a true collaboration of top master musicians, its core includes Ravid Kahalani, Itamar Doari, Rony Iwryn, and Itamar Borochov. Kahalani leads the group with his rock star persona but connects to the audience believing “it doesn’t matter where you come from, your language is my language.” The group comes from all parts of the world from Tel Aviv to New York to Uruguay. Yemen Blues geographically includes sounds from the Mississippi Delta, the Middle East and West Africa seamlessly and energetically, captivating its audience in a performance unlike anything else. As they bring together a wide mixture of musical sounds from throughout the world, the group provides a unique sound and vigor that is unmistakably their own.
Yemen Blues’ myriad of influences carry over on stage, where the ensemble navigates from the boisterous to the romantic, from joyous celebration to anguished balladry. Horns fire off emphatically, percussion adds deep rhythmic textures, and the enchanting oud strums out subtle melodies.
Frankly, Yemen Blues is one of the most gripping and fun live bands in contemporary music today.
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
The Ordway is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading nonprofit performing arts centers and Saint Paul’s most elegant and inviting performance space. The Ordway’s Music Theater and McKnight stages attract diverse audiences with an array of productions showcasing the finest in American musical theater, world music, dance and vocal performance. Education and community engagement are integral to the Ordway’s mission, with major initiatives including the annual Flint Hills International Children’s Festival and Ordway Education programs that serve more than 50,000 students annually. The Ordway also serves as authorizer for the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, a professionally guided academic and artistic environment that trains aspiring pre-professional performing artists. Together with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera and The Schubert Club, the Ordway is a member of the Arts Partnership and serves as the principal venue for their performances.
Performance and Ticket Information
Target® World Music and Dance Series
Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $23 including fees
Performance Dates: Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.