Don’t expect a standard musical. Think of Fela! as an immersive, artsy, concert experience featuring virtuoso displays of dance and musicianship.
While jazz and classical Hindustani music, tap and kathak, share a number of striking elements, the collaboration presented in India Jazz Suites is not about “fusion.”
Between songs Touré and Raichel conferred inaudibly with one another, deciding which tune they would play next. There was very little chatting up the audience, until before the fourth song. Raichel said “Hello, Boston.” Touré asked, “How you doing?” and the audience roared.
This CD marks a turning point: a solo effort by Basya Schechter with outstanding back-up by a wide range of musicians that features music based on the Yiddish poetry of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.
The strength of the poetry is the ambiance it creates. Narrative is almost totally submerged in imagery, which may seem natural enough in verse but often is not the case.
When the Boston Jewish Music Festival presented a special afternoon of Lazar Weiner’s Yiddish Art Songs, it became clear that it’s time for a reappraisal that will bring these small, intense gems back into broader musical circulation.
Morikeba Kouyate’s vocals were amazing in their articulation and expression.
In effect, “Playing for the Planet” is an open-ended floating world music festival featuring performers from New England.
Of course this Social Security Six is a fluke, not a trend. And at first, the albums seem to have nothing in common beyond persistence and determination by the leaders. And not even that.