On Saturday May 6th come enjoy the international sounds of Oliver Rajamani, Atlas Maior, Julie Slim & Rendez Vous in the backyard. Only $10 to get in! BYOB and adult beverages. Several food trailers on site. All events are FAMILY-FRIENDLY! (Kids get in free and family discounts are provided!)
6:30-8 Oliver Rajamani (Solo Performance)
8:30-10 Atlas Maior
10:30-close Julie Slim & Rendez Vous
Critics distinguish Rajamani for having redefined Romani music-more commonly known as Gypsy music-by taking it back to its ancient roots in India as well as blending Indian folk and Romani music with Texas traditions. Rajamani has created his own unique style of music which he labels «Flamenco India».
An Austin World Music award winner, a nominee of the 2008 US Artist Award and the 2014 nominee of the prestigious German world music award in the European Charts, Rajamani has toured internationally and has recorded and performed with artists wide-ranging in style including Gypsy Kings, Willie Nelson, Edie Brickell, L. Shanker, Eric Johnson, Paravai Munniamma, Dotschy Reinhardt from the Django Reinhardt family amongst many other international artists. He has been a featured artist on the NPR BBC radio amongst numerous other radio, TV stations and magazines.
Rajamani's unique musical sound and original compositions are drawn from the historic 'Romani trail' and the lonestar state of Texas. From India's melismatic folk and spiritual chants, strings and drumming, the raw Arabic tones of the oud, the spirited torch of traditional Gypsy flamenco, to the lonestar country and blues of Texas, Rajamani masterfully creates with no trace of boarders yet paying homage to tradition. Rajamani sings in exotic tongues from India as well as English and Spanish. His music is a sound that is at once foreign and familiar. Drawing upon ancient Eastern traditions, his music resonates in a deep place within its listeners, while remaining accessible and satisfying to the foreigner’s ear.
*Atlas Maior maps diverse musical traditions, placing Jazz, Middle Eastern, and Latin American musical idioms in dialogue with one another. The group composes music that pays homage to the stewards of these traditions and their cultural and geographic origins. Band members Joshua Thomson (alto saxophone, flutes), Charlie Lockwood (oud), and Ted Camat (percussion) create a unique sound that balances intimate moments of sincerity with powerful melodies and incendiary rhythmic passages. Thomson and Lockwood write original melodies exploring maqamat (the Middle Eastern modal system) and harmonic progressions of American jazz. Percussionist Ted Camat applies a wide variety of rhythms and traditional percussion instruments including the Middle Eastern dumbek, Peruvian cajón, and Brazilian pandero.
*Rendez Vous features international standards between the 1920's-1960's and original songs set to a variety of jazz and world rhythms. With Shawn Ellison on keyboards, Phil Spencer on bass, Shirley Johnson on accordion and Kenny Felton on drums, the band's founder, Julie Slim, a multilingual vocalist, combines a myriad of musical genres and styles to tell stories across time and cultures.
*Kenny Dorham's Backyard was named after a legendary jazz trumpeter who once lived in the East Austin neighbourhood. The 2-acre space is a unique and creative community space managed by Diverse Arts diversearts.org/