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Meditative Concert Series: Kevin Nathaniel and Tomchess
May 11, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT$15
CRS welcomes back master musicians Kevin Nathaniel and Tomchess for an evening of meditative, playful music on instruments from Africa, the Middle East and India. Multi-instrumental artists and pioneers of the global music scene in NYC, Kevin Nathaniel and Tomchess together create an endless variety of unique and beautiful sounds and musical landscapes layered with many rhythms, textures, and melodies. Listening through the sounds they create, one can hear the echoes of our global village and beyond.
Tickets are $15 cash at the door, $10 with valid student ID.
Kevin Nathaniel and Tomchess walk the border between music medicine and mysticism. Weaving a musical tapestry of the beautiful sounds of Mbira (African thumb piano), Oud (near eastern lute), Ney (sufi flute), and Morsing (Indian jaw harp), they lead their audience on a deep listening journey from the relaxing, healing, meditative and introspective to the celebratory pulse of dance. It’s music to heal planet Earth and all who inhabit her. See you in the garden!
About the Musicians
Kevin Nathaniel (mbira) is a pioneer of the world music scene and one of the first musicians to introduce New York audiences to the magical sound of the mbira. He is an internationally celebrated musician in the new age, meditation, percussion, and yoga worlds. Nathaniel composed and performed music for the film Beloved, the audio book of Alice Walker’s Possessing the Secret of Joy, Ali MacGraw’s Yoga Mind and Body, and countless other productions. He produces live music events weekly in New York City that encourage peace and global harmony. Nathaniel also serves as musician-in-residence at Omega Institute.
Tomchess (oud, ney, morsing) is a New York City–based multi-instrumentalist, improviser, and composer who has played and recorded with some of the most esteemed players in the improvisational scene (Dewey Redman, Butch Morris, Pharoah Sanders, Drew Gress, Ronald Shannon Jackson) as well as Moroccan sintarist Hassan Hakmoun. He has performed around the world and at New York City venues like Lincoln Center, the Turkish and Pakistani embassies, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the United Nations He has played on Grammy-nominated recordings and was awarded grants from the Turkish American Society and the Maryland Council for the Arts. In 2012 he was nominated for an Independent Music Award.