Ravid Kahalani leads this roaring group of improvising brass, string, and percussion players. Yemen Blues’ intoxicating music merges West African rhythms and ancient Jewish Yemeni melodies with mambo and funk to help you feel a connection to places you may have never visited. The group paints a musical canvas printed with deep laments and jubilations. From rasping vocals that tear open the heavens to instrumentations that interweave in a harmonious dance that is complex and resolutely modern, their music is evocative and poignant.
From the start, Yemen Blues created an original sound that became a new language in contemporary music. In addition to Kahalani, the group includes core members Rony Iwryn, Itamar Doari, and Shanir Blumenkranz. Each member comes from a different background and brings their own unique sounds and arrangements to the compositions. The result of this amazing group is a powerful energy they like to call “New Age Culture Music.”
The group has been making huge waves as of late, appearing in Paste Magazine’s list of “10 International Acts to Watch” and performing a captivating, star-making set at globalFEST, the most prestigious world music festival in the United States.
Cal State L.A. students: $20
Other students: $25
(in-person only at the Luckman Box Office)