Musical Performance: Composer, guitarist and singer Yousif Yaseen presents: Visions

Sat, March 12, 2016 8:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts presents:

Yousif Yaseen's Visions:

Yousif Yaseen, Guitar & Voice

Tomas Latorre, Bass

Benjamin Furman, Piano

Clemens Grassmann, Drums

Tickets: $20 General | $15 for Students and Seniors. Available at the door or online (Buy now)

Doors open at 7:30 pm

Inspired by both traditional music and contemporary globalisation, Kuwaiti guitarist, singer and composer Yousif Yaseen translates diverse influences into a unique sound characterized by eastern melodies, unorthodox harmonies and emotional performances. In Visions, Yousif becomes just one of the many colorful characters in the fictional universe created by Maymoona, a young pearl diver and singer from the 18th century, on her travels through the vast waters of the Indian Ocean.

As the rocking underbelly of the ship rhythmically heaves its majesty, scattering pearls and time, Maymoona is frequented by visions in the darkness of the ocean's endless night, leaving her with the one moment, where all is, where all has been and ever will be. Here in this suchness, stories of Ethiopian elephant armies collide with the song of an Iraqi Mars colonist and the travels of a troubled bird philosopher; all part of a world that must keep on spinning.

Visions is Yousif Yaseen's debut album and will be released in April 2016.

Visions is a collaborative project/universe created by a group of musicians, featuring:

Yousif Yaseen is a young guitarist and singer who writes colorful music inspired by contemporary multiculturalism. His songs and compositions are a collage of musical sources, with a particular emphasis on bringing out unique eastern modalities in a contemporary harmonic musical framework. Yousif's approach to the guitar is unique in that he often exploits its possibilities as a percussion instrument as well as a modified maqam instrument, by tuning it to microtonal tunings appropriate to Arabic music. A powerful solo performer and dedicated bandleader, Yousif's music attempts to conjure complex emotions influenced by his impressions of a globalized world. He sings in both English and Arabic. Yousif graduated from Berklee College of Music where he was mentored by Simon Shaheen and Jeannie Gagne. He currently lives in New York City and is preparing his first solo album,Visions. To stay up-to-date with his story,

Tomás Latorre is an Argentinean guitarist/bassist/composer and an innovator in the Argentine folkloric style. He recently released his debut album "Vidala Espera", a vivid exploration in the world of instrumental compositions and lush chamber arrangements, tempered by delicately constructed songs intimately inspired by the folkloric music of Argentina. Tomás' compositions are heavily influenced by Aca Seca, Carlos Aguirre, Edgardo Cardozo, Pedro Aznar. Tomás is Yousif Yaseen's main collaborator and a co-creator of the Visions project. Visit his facebook page to learn more.

Benjamin Furman is a pianist, composer and singer born in Santiago, Chile. His was a home of musicians, hence his musical education began at an early age. At only 24 years of age, he has become one of Chile's most internationally renowned jazz musicians. He is a multifaceted musician, performing and composing in many styles, such as jazz, South American folklore, Latin jazz, rock, folk and tango. Benjamin graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he specialized in Performance and Composition. He released his debut album “Desde el Jardin” in 2014. Benjamin has taken part in many festivals and shared other important stages, including “Festival Jazz a la Calle” (Uruguay), “Festival de Jazz Lebu” (Chile) as well as various performances and collaborations with some of the most influential musicians from Santiago, Buenos Aires, Boston and New York. Visit hiswebsitefor more info.

Clemens Grassmann is a drummer, percussionist and composer from Berlin, Germany. He has studied with some of the most respected Jazz musicians. His list of mentors include Ron Savage, Neal Smith, Kenwood Dennard and many others. Clemens has played and recorded with many musicians from Berlin, Dresden, Boston and New York and his ability is recognized in various different styles such as Jazz, Pop, RnB, Funk, Afro-Cuban, Latin jazz, Brazil, Middle-Eastern and World Music. Clemens is a recipient of the Armand Zildjian Award (March 2015) at Berklee College of Music, where he is currently advancing his musical studies and career. Visit hiswebsiteto learn more.

Last updated: 2016-03-03 23:05:13

Yousif Yaseen
Yousif Yaseen
Benjamin Furman
Benjamin Furman
Clemens Grassmann
Clemens Grassmann
Tomas Latorre
Tomas Latorre

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