Amoeba San Francisco - June 23rd @ 2:00pm
San Francisco-based acoustic septet Barrio Manouche celebrate the release of their debut album, Aires de Cambio, with a live set and signing at Amoeba SF on Saturday, June 23 at 2pm.
Barrio Manouche performs a repertoire of original instrumental compositions with a unique sound that is difficult to classify yet is instantly recognizable. They are deeply influenced by a range of musical traditions, from the swing of Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet, to the hot jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli, the gypsy soul of Eastern Europe, and the flamenco of Paco de Lucía, to the avant-garde sounds of Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, and John Coltrane. The ensemble has been recognized for its surprise concerts, innovative style, complex technique, and their passion for their musical improvisation.
The group’s international roots shine brightly in their music. With members from Spain, Quebec, France, Brazil, and even California, Barrio Manouche plays what is perhaps the truest definition of World music, taking their audience on a magical journey. Or, as the band’s rhythm guitarist and Bay Area local Alex Zelnick says, “We are a melting pot of cultures and musical backgrounds brought together by our love and ideal of musical and artistic expression.”
Produced by doubleOone and distributed by Six Degrees Records, Barrio Manouche’s debut album, Aires de Cambio, is a gem of flamenco/gypsy jazz/Afro-Cuban fusion. They are creating a new sound and this is just the beginning.
The band’s founder, composer, and guitarist, Javi Jiménez (originally from Madrid, Spain) says of their album, “Aires de Cambio means ‘winds of change’…the winds that guide you through the search and bring you to places you never thought you could arrive to. Winds that help you reach the top when the road is long and you don’t see the end. Aires de Cambio can be a musical and a human direction. It’s also fresh, new air for the listener.”