Get a Taste of a Different Kind of Jazz as Ameranouche Plays the Amazing Arts Center: December 10th, Friday @ 8:00 p.m.
Gypsy jazz, at this stage anyway, is not a widely performed genre in this country so hey world music fans, here’s your chance to sample something new. Even if you are already somewhat familiar with this style of swing, Ameranouche is sure to take you to heightened levels of appreciation with their award-winning innovative style of global fusion. The ensemble takes its name from a combination of the words American and Manouche which means gypsy and is also the name of a particular group of Romanis who just happen to be ancestors of gypsy jazz legend Django Reinhardt. Although the groups interpretation of the genre is almost entirely original, they credit Reinhardt with having had a major influence on their stylistic development. Their versatile sound appeals to a wide range of listeners with varying musical tastes as it showcases an eclectic mix of many different styles originating from various parts of the globe. Although the tempo is generally extremely upbeat in keeping with their vivacious style of playing, there is a musical break in the action, every now and then, to allow for slower paced numbers.
Founded in 2004, this group has become wildly popular on the local music scene and tours nationally on a regular basis. As a testament to their uniqueness, they have the distinguished honour of being the very first gypsy jazz ensemble to ever grace the stage at the long-running, prestigious JVC Newport Jazz Festival, where the crowd rewarded them with a standing ovation! … Not to mention that they had the additional honor of opening for Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins on this particular occasion. The bands other accomplishments of note include the recording of 2 critically acclaimed cds, an inclusion of their music on the soundtrack of a National Lampoon motion picture, and being named winners of the Best of New Hampshire award, twice.
Ameranouche‘s lively, faced-paced music is so intense at times that it almost seems frantic. It is generally a global fusion mix of soul, Romani, bee-bop, funk, and Latin genres artfully blended into the highly innovative sound that has become the groups individual trademark. Upon listening to some audio samples of their work, I was treated to a large number of extremely well executed flamenco-style guitar solos compliments of lead guitarist Richard Sheppard whose fingers can really move across the fret board at an incredible pace. He is joined by rhythm guitarist Ryan Flaherty, who shows great skill and musicianship in keeping abreast of all those rapid meter changes, no matter how feverish the pace becomes. String bassist Xar Adelberg rounds out the trio with her artfully constructed bass lines which do much to add further interest to the overall musical package. Even though this entirely acoustic ensemble is only three in number, they still manage to produce an all-encompassing voluminous sound. If you do come for the performance, be prepared to be absolutely blown away in more ways than one!
Event Details :
When: December 10th, Friday @ 8:00 p.m.
Where: Amazing Things Art Center (Framingham)
Tickets: $18.00 (general public), $17.00 (students and seniors), $15.00 (members)
Purchase online or by calling (501) 405-ARTS/x2787
More Info: 501-405-ARTS