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ATASH – Tuesdays at Flamingo Cantina!
January 12, 2016 @ 9:00 pm - 9:16 pm
Atash is not a typical band. The members of the group, each of whom collaborates in the creation of Atash’s music, come from many corners of the world, unified by a religious devotion to their crafts as musicians and a love for making people dance in a celebration of life that borders on ecstatic mysticism. Sounds of east and west, of Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas, meld seamlessly into a sound which is both hypnotic and vibrantly danceable, and the audiences who flock to Atash shows evince a similar diversity, united by a spirit of openness and love.
This is a music about breaking down barriers, building bridges, connecting, and celebrating, and it defies categorization and shatters stereotypes — after all, few would expect such a powerful concoction of international flavors to come from the middle of Texas! Interestingly, the only label which even comes close in identifying the music is the notoriously nebulous category called “world music,” — a label that can mean almost anything; except, in this case, the music really does quite literally come from “the world!”
Because of their varying backgrounds and tastes, noticeable elements may be described in the music, like various spices which might be part of a cohesive dish. Thumri, qawwali, reggae, flamenco, western classical, Arabic, bandari, west African, Latin, rock, blues – any musical tendency might find its way into an Atash song at any given moment. Although the songs are very tightly composed and arranged, the natural comfort with improvisation shared by this brotherhood of musicians can result in an infinite variety of approaches to the performance of a given song, and never is a song performed exactly the same way twice, making each performance unique and creating a devotion among fans akin to the followers of “jam” bands such as the Grateful Dead.
Atash performs every Tuesday at Flamingo Cantina located in the heart of E. Sixth Street. Doors open at 9 p.m.; Tuesday Jan 12th bellydance lessons by Vanessa start at 9:30 and are included in the price of the cover charge.
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