tigue & innov gnawa
Two hypnotic ensembles from Brooklyn define traditional and modern approaches to trance~
Tigue is a sometimes-new-music-ensemble, sometimes-art-rock band combining homegrown ethos with conservatory precision. Praised for their energetic and focused performances, the Ohio-born, Brooklyn-based members (Matt Evans, Amy Garapic and Carson Moody) have worked together extensively on original and composed music since they formed in 2012. Tigue approaches the role of a performing ensemble with a unique fluidity – collaborating through multi-disciplinary projects, commissioning and performing works by living composers, and simultaneously generating an individual musical language that has crystallized out of, and in spite of, the eclectic contemporary, pop, and avant-garde influences inherent in their DNA. Since the release of their debut album "Peaks" on New Amsterdam Records in November 2015, Tigue has played relentlessly across the US, highlighted by New York performances at National Sawdust, The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR, Roulette and the 2016 Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival.
Innov Gnawa is a young musical collective dedicated to exploring Morocco’s venerable gnawa music tradition in the heart of New York City. Formed in the summer of 2014 by Moroccan expat Samir LanGus, the group draws on the considerable talents and expertise of Hassan Ben Jaafer, a Maâlem, or master gnawa musician, originally from Fes, Morocco. For the uninitiated, gnawa music is the ritual trance music of Morocco’s black communities, originally descended from slaves and soldiers once brought to Morocco from Northern Mali and Mauritania. Often called “The Moroccan Blues”, gnawa music has a raw, hypnotic power that is utterly singular, played on an array of unique instruments — from the lute-like sintir that the Maâlem uses to call the tune, to the metal qarqaba (castanets) with which the kouyos (chorus) keep time and pound out clattering, hypnotic rhythms. Under the guidance of Ben Jaafer, Innov has delved deep into the roots and rituals of gnawa music, and made a big splash in NYC, playing some of the city’s most prestigious rooms including Lincoln Center, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bowl and the storied backroom of Brooklyn’s Barbès.
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