International Music at Aurora

INTERNATIONAL MUSIC AT AURORA

In the wake of PVDfest, Aurora’s got some expertly curated international acts coming through their doors over the month of June. To miss these uniquely thrilling acts would be a mistake–and one not easily remedied!

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FRIDAY, JUNE 10TH – YONATAN GAT – EPIC ISRAELI GUITARIST

Gat’s playing has bloomed with the patience to develop any shred of riff or groove into collective improvisation. He pushes outward, drawing from some of the great cross-pollinated grooves in ’60s music.

The instrumental trio with the Brazilian bassist Sergio Sayeg and the Israeli drummer Gal Lazer, channels “everything from Afrobeat grooves to Middle Eastern folk melodies to straight up rock n’ roll noise, sometimes all within the span of one song – weaving the global smattering of styles seamlessly together” (The Bay Bridged)

MONDAY, JUNE 13TH – BICHKRAFT – PSYCHEDELIC ROCK FROM KIEV, UKRAINE (*FREE SHOW*)

 Tones of shoegaze and psychedelia,  more inclined toward pop hooks and beats than one might expect from a noisy Ukranian rock band.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15TH – VOX URBANA – MEXICO/ARIZONA CUMBIA ENSEMBLE

Vox Urbana is a six -piece band that combines Latin-based sounds with stories and experiences that occur in the Arizona/Sonora border region. The bi-national band is based in Tucson, Arizona and has been creatively narrating stories of the border community since 2010. Vox Urbana’s instrumentation consists of guitar, keyboard, sax, trombone, bass guitar, congas, and drums.  Among the musical styles found in the band’s sound and identity is a meztizaje of ethnic sounds such as Huapango (Southern Mexico), Cumbia (Colombia), Chicha (Peru), Cha-cha-cha (Cuba), along with a variety of electronic textures such as synthesizers and voice effects. Such musical recipe guarantees a high-energy performance, as well as a culturally fruitful experience to younger and older audience in the U.S./Mexico region.

SUNDAY, JUNE 19TH – NAKATANI GONG ORCHESTRA – VISIONARY JAPANESE PERCUSSIONIST (WITH LOCAL ENSEMBLE)

Many listener have said “I have never experienced anything like this before!,”  along with describing a feeling of cleansing or a sort of purification after the event. Today, sound based therapy practices use singing bowls and gongs, which result in similar euphonious waves and energies. The primary purpose of N.G.O. is not for spiritual ceremonial purposes or “gong bathing”, but the fact is that with over 14 various gong sizes, ranging in diameters from 10 to 50 inches, one can’t avoid some of these amazing secondary results.

SUNDAY, JUNE 26TH – LIÉ – DARK ROCK FROM VANCOUVER

Lié are making some solid post-punk stompers, staying danceable while taking cues from their ’80s gothic brethren. Time to riot ecstatic to these jams!

“International Music at Aurora.” Indowncity. Indowncity. 6 June 2016. <Web. http://indowncity.com/archives/71441>