BurningManesque Tribal World Beats with Hamsa Lila, Karsh Kale, DJ Lorin, Special Guests

Friday April 23, 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco
Tickets $16.50 at the Door

Hamsa Lila
While the Burning Man mystique rings as a pillar of life to Playa Faithful and a point of curiosity to the not-yet-initiated, faithful and curious alike will be able to get a taste of the music, visual artistry, and tribal vibe of Black Rock City lore on Friday, April 23 at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium. Hamsa Lila, known for their play-till-sunrise performances at the massive desert gathering, enchanting world-beat music, and Middle-Eastern dress are to headline a three-act, four-hour marathon of non-stop music. They will play three sets, with DJ Lorin Bassnectar spinning between the first and second sets, while the legendary Karsh Kale will hit the second and third.

Having watched Hamsa Lila grow, their improvement, especially over the past year, is remarkable. Now is the time to check them out. Percussionist and vocalist, M.J. GreenMountain, leads the band through songs that are often age-old chants, while drummer, Inx Herman is one of the scene's best and John Schroeder adds haunting tones of sax, flute and other wind instruments. Vir McCoy, holds the deep end on bass and sintar, an instrument resounding of distant origins, while Ganapadi leads solos on gimbri, oud and other traditional stringed instruments. At the forefront of the stage are vocalists Nikila Badua and Deja, who provide resonating harmonies and captivating leads, both taking turns with Vir in traditional dance that is as beautiful to the eye as the music is to the ear and spirit.

Karsh Kale by Michael Muller
Supporting Hamsa Lila will be the legendary Karsh Kale, who Billboard Magazine has called a "visionary composer/arranger." As the founder of the Asian Massive, Kale pioneered a movement in electronic music and has since become a sought after producer and remixer. Kale has remixed music for and collaborated with Sting, Bill Laswell, DJ Spooky, Paul Oakenfold, and Herbie Hancock. In February 2004, Kale returned from India and Dubai, where he performed with tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, sarangi virtuoso Ustad Sultan Khan, and producer/bassist Bill Laswell in the supergroup Tabla Beat Science. Karsh Kale has been touring across North America with his five-piece ensemble, Realize, which seamlessly weaves classical Indian music, rock and electronic music.

Also maintaining the continuous flow of sound will be DJ Lorin Bassnectar, who has attracted large crowds from Burning Man to Anon Salon's massive Sea of Dreams Party. His style is, as he calls it, "a swirling journey from one style into the next... massaging the frequencies of all the separate veins of 'Electronica' into a huge wave of deep thick beats; ancient hypnotic rhythms; warbling bass with patterns of movement inside of it; and haunting sound textures that trigger archetypal emotional responses."

Be sure not to miss what promises to be one of the most magical nights of the year at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium on Friday night, April 23.

Tickets $16.50 at the door.

Jon Gelbard
JamBase | San Francisco
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[Published on: 4/21/04]

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