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The Toure-Raichel Collective in San Francisco, November 8

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 13, 2014 01:29pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba Music and CIIS Public Programs & Performances present The Toure-Raichel Collective on Saturday, November 8th at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

Israeli superstar Idan Raichel and Malian guitar virtuoso Vieux Farka Toure first met at an airport in Germany in 2008 while both were on tour. From this chance encounter an artistic kinship was born, culminating in an unscripted recording session that took place one afternoon in November of 2010 in a small Tel Aviv studio. Joined by Israeli bassist Yossi Fine and Malian calabash player Souleymane Kane, Idan and Vieux improvised a masterful selection of songs that capture the unbridled creativity and inspired collaboration of these four brilliant musicians. The Toure-Raichel Collective was formed and the songs they recorded are the foundation of the album The Tel Aviv Session.

Toure and Raichel's live performances reflect the natural spontaneity and free-form creativity of that fateful recording session in Tel Aviv, allowing audiences to experience firsthand the invention of sublime and transcendent music that crosses boundaries of country, culture and tradition. Also check out their latest recording, The Paris Session.

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Spoken Word Artist Andrea Gibson in San Francisco

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 23, 2014 05:40pm | Post a Comment
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Amoeba Music is a proud sponsor of CIIS Public Programs & Performances' event with spoken word artist Andrea Gibson on Friday, October 17th at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

Andrea Gibson is not gentle with her truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led her to the forefront of the spoken word movement -- the first winner of the Women's World Poetry Slam -- Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality.

Her work has been featured on the BBC, Air America, C-SPAN, Free Speech TV and in 2010 was read by a state representative in lieu of morning prayer at the Utah State Legislature.

Now, on her fifth full-length album, FLOWER BOY, and her second book, THE MADNESS VASE, Gibson's poems continue to be a rally cry for action and a welcome mat at the door of the heart's most compassionate room.

Get your tickets for this very special show HERE.

You can also catch her at Creativity Talks: A conversation with Andrea Gibson, Facilitated by Ahmunet Jordon on Thursday, October 16th at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center. Tickets HERE.

CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music Presents Mary Lambert with Young Summer

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 1, 2014 05:07pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music is proud to sponsor the new season of CIIS Public Programs & Performances concert series, which kicks off with with Seattle-based singer/songwriter/spoken word artist Mary Lambert and special guest Young Summer mary lamberton Saturday, September 27th at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

Mary Lambert is good at two things: crying and singing. Nowhere is this better reflected than on her debut EP Letters Don't Talk. The collection of songs, released in 2012, established Mary as a formidable Seattle artist and caught the attention of local hip-hop duo, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, with whom she wrote and sang the same-sex rights anthem "Same Love."

The revolutionary single has allowed Mary's voice to reach millions. She has toured nationally and performed live on The MTV Video Music Awards, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, VH1, and The Colbert Report. "Same Love" has sold over two million copies in the US alone, peaking at number 11 on The Billboard Hot 100. Her recent single, "She Keeps Me Warm," from her new EP, Welcome To The Age Of My Body, received over one million views in its first week and debuted at #2 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart.

In many ways, Lambert isn't your typical major-label pop artist. Inspired by confessional folk singers as well as spoken-word performers, she is a brutally candid writer who deals directly in her art with such past traumas as being raised in a strict Pentecostal household, abusing drugs and alcohol before being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, surviving a gang rape at 17, and being molested repeatedly by her father as a child. "It's important for me to be completely and totally open," Lambert says.

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CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music Presents Angelique Kidjo

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 21, 2014 07:42pm | Post a Comment

CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music present Grammy Award–winning Beninoise singer-songwriter Angelique KidjoAngelique Kidjo on Saturday, June 21st at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

Born in the West African country of Benin and raised in the busy port city of Cotonou, Angelique Kidjo was surrounded by a multi-hued world of music, dance, and art - from the rich sounds, rhythms, and story telling of traditional Beninese culture to the far-ranging fascinations of international pop, rock, blues, Latin music and jazz. Add to that the blessing of parents who honored creativity and supported Angelique's artistic goals unconditionally, encouraging her to give free rein to the talents she began to reveal as a six year old.

Expressing those talents to the fullest, she became a highly visible international artist while she was still in her 20s. Throughout the ‘90s and beyond, she has performed globally, winning honor after honor, including a Grammy, while using her visibility to campaign for women's rights, provide educational opportunities for girls, and support environmental initiatives.

On Eve, her Savoy Records debut named for her own mother as well as the mythical "mother of all living," Angelique Kidjo builds on her evolving legacy with a 13-track, three interlude set of melodically rich, rhythmically powerful expressions of female empowerment. These songs become all the more intimate and emotionally urgent with Kidjo's dynamic collaborations with traditional women's choirs from Kenya and various cities and villages in Benin. The singer and her newfound native vocalists sing in a wide array of native Beninese languages, including Fon (Kidjo's first language), Yoruba, Goun, and Mina.

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CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music Present Shujaat Hussain Khan

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 16, 2014 07:18pm | Post a Comment

CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music present virtuoso sitar player Shujaat Hussain KhanShujaat Hussain Khan on Friday, May 2nd at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

Shujaat Hussain Khan belongs to the Imdad Khan gharana of the sitar and is the seventh in an unbroken line from a family that has produced many musical masters. He is the son and disciple of the master sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan. His musical pedigree continues back through his grandfather Ustad Inayat Khan, his great-grandfather Ustad Imdad Khan, and his great-great-grandfather Ustad Sahebdad Khan - all leading artists of their generations.

At the age of three, Shujaat began practicing on a specially made small sitar, and by the time he was six the child prodigy started giving public performances. Since then he has performed at all the prestigious music festivals in India and he has traveled around the world performing in Asia, Africa, North America, and Europe.

Shujaat has his own unique style of playing. His approach to rhythm is largely intuitive, fresh and spontaneous, always astonishing his audiences. He was recently a visiting artist at UCLA and currently lives in New Delhi, touring throughout India, the United States, and Europe each year. 

Get your tickets HERE!

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