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