Trio Da Kali, Rami Gabriel

World Music Festival at the Hideout

Trio Da Kali, Rami Gabriel

Thu, September 21, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

Free

Trio Da Kali
Trio Da Kali
Mali’s Trio da Kali has only existed as a performing unit since 2012, but its collective pedigree is
impressive, indeed. The group’s dynamic, commanding singer Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté is the
daughter of the legendary Kassé Mady Diabaté, one of the nation’s most storied and versatile
vocalists; its musical director is balafon master Lassana Diabaté, a well-travelled player who has
worked extensively in various projects led by the kora great Toumani Diabaté including the
Symmetric Orchestra and Afrocubism, as well as Salif Keita and Tiken Jah Fakoly; n’goni player
Bassekou Kouyate has learned from his father, who not only gave him the same name, but instilled
in him the same dazzling virtuosity. The trio originally came together as part of an ambitious
collaborative project with the great American string ensemble Kronos Quartet, an ongoing
endeavor that will bear serious fruit this September when the full-length album they made
together, Ladilikan, is finally released. Years in the making, the collection achieves a stunning fusion
of east and west that neuters neither side of the marriage, Kronos leader David Harrington forging
arrangements that beautifully complement the earthy, lyric Malian lines and lift up Hawa’s lithe but
full-bodied singing. As Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote of a collaborative
performance in 2013, “The collaboration with the remarkable Trio Da Kali offered one of the
[Kronos Quartet’s] most arresting cross-cultural projects in years... their rendition of ‘Tita," a
reflective yet urgent love song from Western Mali, was a knockout.” But as a self-titled Trio Da Kali
ep from 2015 makes plain, they transmit quiet soul and lyric sophistication all by themselves, with
Hawa soaring over the hypnotic mesh of liquid, vibraphone-like balafon patterns and the twangy,
cascading lines of Kouyate’s agile n’goni. Together they personify a chamber-like intimacy in
navigating centuries old Mande traditions.
Rami Gabriel
Rami Gabriel
Lebanese-Egyptian guitarist and oud player Rami Gabriel, who grew up in Toronto, has gained
attention in Chicago for his invaluable contributions to the adventurous Jazz Manouche combo led
by guitarist Alfonso Ponticelli, Swing Gitan, which performs elsewhere at this year’s World Music
Festival Chicago. But the highly skilled musician—who is also an author, a psychology scholar

teaching at Columbia College and a recent fellow at the prestigious Center for Black Music
Research—has a wide range of musical interests, traversing an array of global styles and
approaches. He helps lay down reggae and soul grooves alongside Scott Ligon, Alex Hall and Casey
McDonough—all of Flat Five fame—in the quartet RACS, while his 2015 album Oud Blues & New
Traditions explored a marriage between Arabic music and Chicago blues. He’s followed up his
serious training in Arabic music—with studies in Cairo and Istanbul—with his own spin on the
tradition. The group he presents at this year’s festival combines many of those interests with a line-
up drawn from the city’s diverse musical community; his own playing on guitar, oud, and buzuq is
complemented by the cimbalom virtuoso Alex Udvary, bassist and lyra player Miles Jay, reedist
Jonathan Doyle, and percussionist (and fellow oud player) Ronnie Malley, formerly of festival
favorites Lamajamal.
World Music Festival at the Hideout
World Music Festival at the Hideout

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Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
http://www.hideoutchicago.com