Friday, March 07, 2008

Antibalas In NY

I have mentioned Antibalas before on IDR. The band consist of Amayo - Vocals & Percussion; Victor Axelrod - Electric Piano, Organ, and Clavinet; Eric Biondo - Trumpet; Stuart Bogie -Tenor Sax; Marcus Farrar - Shekere; Marcos Garcia - Guitar; Aaron Johnson - Trombone; Jordan McLean - Trumpet; Nick Movshon - Bass; Luke O’Malley - Guitar; Martin Perna - Baritone Sax and Chris Vatalaro - Drums.

True, some bands are simply meant to lead, and Brooklyn’s Antibalas--as tough and diverse as the city that birthed them nearly a decade ago--has continued to do just that. The group, whose name means “bulletproof” in Spanish, has indeed proved they possess the mettle to not only survive but also thrive by employing a musical arsenal that has become known worldwide. Initially using the revolutionary blueprint of afrobeat as a launching pad, the dozen-strong members of Antibalas weave a rich tapestry of latin, jazz, classical, funk and soul into their horn-driven mix. Words fail in trying to describe the result: simultaneously polyrhythmic and political, independent and contagious, and the reason why many have credited the band for introducing afrobeat’s framework to a new generation.

Don't miss Antibalas at the following venues:
April 10th
S.O.B.'s 200 Varick St. New York, NY
April 11th
Southpaw 125 5th Ave Brooklyn, NY
April 12th
Southpaw 125 5th Ave. Brooklyn, NY

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