Monday, November 3, 2014

San Franciscans - go see the Touré-Raichel Collective this Saturday night

I saw them last time they were in San Francisco and it was the most pleasing live music I've experienced in a very long time.  Buy tickets right now and then go listen to a little bit to whet your ears.  My favorite part from the live show was when Raichel (piano) and Touré (guitar; he's the son of Ali Farka Touré) had a musical conversation: you can sort of imagine Dueling Banjos but, instead of challenging and repeating, it sounded to my barely musically educated ears like they were having a conversation, or even telling jokes, and it sounded lovely even when I didn't get the jokes, but a few of the jokes I understood, or imagined I understood, for example an arpeggio to be a punchline, and I laughed a little bit too.  And then the calabash player and the bass player did the same thing and were just as good and funny.

(Also: Seattle on Nov 15 and Toronto on Nov 21)

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