My Dear Friends,
The time has come for you to feel the fire! Billy Wylder plays Somerville this Friday at the Burren plus NH next month. Come let loose! Our compadres, The Lonesome Draw will be joining us this Friday, early show: 7-9pm, grab your tickets and spread the good word and read on to hear the BIG nomad news.
Friday, March 11 - The Burren - Somerville, MA - Tickets - 7pm
Friday, April 15 - Riverwalk Cafe & Music Bar - Nashua, NH - Tickets - 8pm
Friday, April 29 - Birdseye Lounge - Portsmouth, NH - Tickets - 9pm
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After two and half years of traveling the world with the great Bombino, I have decided to take a break from the caravan. It has been an incredible experience to make music together and explore the elements of our world through our musical quest. From Rome to Rio de Janeiro, the Sahel Desert to New Zealand, Zagreb to Carnegie Hall, I will be forever infused by this Tuareg trip with Oumara 'Bombino' Moctar, Corey Wilhelm, Youba Dia, Kiljade Moussa Albade, Eric Herman, Mohammed Emoud, Ron Wyman, Toulou Kiki, and Koutana Vanloon.
This break will allow me to focus on my original music, my work with Heartbeat, the Israeli-Palestinian youth music community, and my connection to home. I have now been at my home for the past three months consecutively, what a novelty! I will be in the area until mid May and then plan to return to the Middle East to begin working on a documentary film on Heartbeat and then heading on tour in Europe with one of our ensembles in June. This is a momentous time for Heartbeat as we make strategic plans to expand our programs and the impact of our Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians (more info here). Each day, the disparities on our planet grow greater and living beings continue to struggle to sustain. May we all remind ourselves to tune into what is good in and around us and give these sources of energy wings to multiply.
This past fall we camped out in Woodstock, NY for 10 days and recorded the new Bombino album, Azel with producer David Longstreth from Dirty Projectors. The album comes out April 1. Check out the great story in Rolling Stone and listen to "Akhar Zaman" at NPR.
As always I feel grateful to be connected to you all. I look forward to the next time we sing together!