LIVE: The Touré-Raichel Collective @ The Egg, 11/22/14

December 11th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg
The Toure/Raichel Collective

The Touré-Raichel Collective

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The phrase “world music” has been over-used and abused since it was first coined. These days it seems to apply to just about any form of music that sounds “exotic” or is sung in a foreign language.

But the recent captivating concert by the Touré-Raichel Collective at The Egg in Albany, truly was a global gathering, a musical summit meeting between Malian guitarist Vieuz Farka Touré and Israeli jazz pianist Idan Raichel.

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It’s nearly impossible to avoid religious and political implications in any collaboration between a Muslim and a Jew, but the Touré-Raichel Collective finds the poignant, beautiful common ground in a musical and cultural exchange.

Helping to maintain the cross-cultural balance was the rhythm section featuring Malian percussionist Souleymane Kane and Israeli bassist Yogev Glusman.

SECOND OPINIONS:
Pete Mason’s review and more of Andrzej Pilarczyk’s photographs at Upstate Live

Vieux Farka Toure

Vieux Farka Touré

Idan Raichel

Idan Raichel

Idan Raichel and Vieux Farka Toure

Idan Raichel and Vieux Farka Touré

Vieux Farka Toure and Souleymane Kane

Vieux Farka Touré and Souleymane Kane