6/01/13 // Summer Arts and Music Festival // Garberville, CA
6/02/13 // Wakarusa – Mulberry Mountain // Ozark, AR
6/06/13 // Hive // Sandpoint, ID
6/07/13 // Alhambra // Portland, OR
6/08/13 // Re-bar // Seattle, WA
6/12/13 // King King Hollywood // Los Angeles, CA
6/13/13 // The Ruby Room // San Diego, CA
6/14/13 // Mighty // San Francisco, CA
6/15/13 // Sonic Bloom // Georgetown, CO
7/20/13 // Photosynthesis Festival // Passage Neah Bay // WA
7/25/13 // Gratifly Music & Arts Festival // Westminster, SC
7/26/13 // FloydFest // Floyd, VA
8/9/13 // The Big Up // Claverack, NY
8/10/13 // Beloved Sacred Art & Music Festival // Tidewater, OR
On the most musically bright of sides on this otherwise dark weathered morning, today (2/19) saw the release of Ascend, the new album from David Starfire. Hailed as his most “live” project thus far, Ascend serves as further evidence of Starfire’s innovative mastery of musical fusion. A sound that knows no genre-limiting boundaries, “Ascend” features what Starfire describes as “an eclectic mix of bhangra, Arabic, dub, reggae, dubstep, moombahcore, trap and other genres produced in ‘Starfire’ fashion”. On Ascend a collaborative spirit propels the good vibes of Starfire’s category-defying sound. Among artists featured on the album are founding father of hip-hop Afrika Bambaataa, fellow members of the Six Degrees family Cheb i Sabbah and Natacha Atlas, Desert Dwellers, iCatching, and Sheila Govindarajan.
Check out “House of Bhangra” from the new album Ascend!
Starfire shares Burning Man memories in this vid
Filed under: Dom La Nena, FREE DOWNLOAD, New Release, Six Degrees Artist | Tags: Dom La Nena, Ela, new release
A constant state of smiles and good vibes. That’s what the new year has been like in the Six Degrees office. At the heart of this merriment lay our excitement over the release of Dom La Nena’s debut album, Ela (1/15 USA and Canada; 2/18 Europe). We are proud to say this week Dom’s debut hit #1 on the CMJ World Chart.
Like the woman behind the cello, Ela reflects a continent-spanning geographical rootlessness. Born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Dominique Pinto moved to France at the age of eight while her father pursued his doctorate. Raised on classical music, at thirteen Dom began writing letters to American cellist Christine Walevska. With parental consent the aspiring musician relocated to Argentina where she studied with Walevska for several years before returning to Paris at eighteen. In 2009, Dom performed with English actress and singer Jane Birkin. Following an international tour with Birkin, Dom set about writing and recording her first album. The true catalyst for creating Ela, though, was meeting English-born singer/songwriter Piers Faccini. On the advice of Faccini, Dom used Faccini’s home studio in the Cevennes Mountains of France, where she recorded almost all of her parts in a week’s span. Enthused by the outcome, Faccini decided that he wanted in, and set out to work on co-producing the thirteen compositions soon to become known as Ela.
The first single from Ela, ‘No Meu Pais’ reflects Dom’s experiences with a rootless childhood. Without a specific nationality attached to it ‘meu pais’ (“my country”) becomes simply ‘myself’.
Niyaz, which means ‘yearning’ in Persian and Urdu, was formed in 2005 by vocalist Azam Ali, multi-instrumentalist Loga Ramin Torkian and two-time Grammy nominated producer and electronic musician Carmen Rizzo. Since their last release, Nine Heavens made waves in the global music community, the band have toured worldwide, had their music placed in numerous films & television shows and each released stunning solo albums that continue to push them into the international spotlight. Nine Heavens was heavily featured on world-wide radio (including NPR and PRI in the States), topped the charts of iTunes World Music and CMJ World Music, and continues to be discovered by new fans worldwide.
Now the band returns with their third album, Sumud. The album’s title is Arabic for “steadfastness” and the record’s musical themes center around the plight of ethnic and religious minorities around the world. Azam Ali chose this philosophical term as a symbolic reminder that, as she explains, ‘every human being should inherit the right to live with dignity and freedom upon the land on which they are born.’
With a heavier emphasis on the electronic side of their sound and a special guest vocal appearance from Oscar-winning Indian composer, musician and singer AR Rahman, Sumud is the most powerful release yet from one of global fusion’s most popular bands.
Filed under: FREE DOWNLOAD, Music, New Release, Six Degrees Artist | Tags: axiom of choice, iranian music, khosro ansari, LOGA RAMIN TORKIAN, mehraab, niyaz, persian music
Iranian born composer and multi-instrumentalist Loga Ramin Torkian is internationally recognized for his ground-breaking work with world music groups Niyaz and Axiom Of Choice, both of which he co-founded. A highly gifted composer and a visionary, Loga is greatly respected worldwide for his ability to adapt the Persian classical repertoire to his own unique and modern compositions. Currently based in Montreal, Canada, Loga is ready to release his first solo album Mehraab, which will bring to the forefront his exceptional musicianship along with his highly innovative and complex sensibility for composition. The album will partly feature the astounding voice of Persian classical singer Khosro Ansari and will draw a great amount of inspiration from traditional Iranian melodies and poetry.
Filed under: FREE DOWNLOAD, Music, New Release | Tags: Interchill Records, Liquid Stranger, The Arcane Terrain
Liquid Stranger‘s latest album, The Arcane Terrain, unleashing May 31 via Interchill Records, obliterates the boundaries separating dubstep, grime, dub, breaks, hip hop and outernational crunkadelica. With collaborative input from Heavyweight Dub Champion on 2 tracks, this album features impeccable vocal contributions from Sterolion, A.P.O.S.T.L.E, Killah Priest and the legendary hip hop mastermind KRS One. MC Zulu also steps up to the mic to throw down his own brand of lyrical science on the finely toasted growler “Timeless” and on the laid back riddim of “Vigilante”. And if that isn’t enough to whet the appetite for low end yearnings, the final touches to The Arcane Terrain come courtesy of Tipper who lent his well-tuned ears to the mastering process.
FREE MP3 Download of “Bombaclaad Star”
Catch Liquid Stranger on tour this Summer:
05/27 – Hollywood, CA – The Music Box
06/04 – San Francisco, CA – The Factory
06/10 – Boston, MA – Boat Party in Boston Harbor
06/25 – Kansas City, MO – Midland Theater
06/26 – Las Vegas, NV – Electric Daisy Carnival
Filed under: FREE DOWNLOAD, Music, New Release, Six Degrees Artist | Tags: Aigna, Dave Matthews, Six Degrees Records, the secret, vieux farka toure
FREE download for Aigna (ft. Derek Trucks) from The Secret, out May 24th!
With his 2010 World Cup performance before a billion people in Johannesburg, South Africa, Vieux Farka Touré has become one of the most celebrated African guitarists in history. Unanimously hailed as one of the best contemporary African music releases of the year, his last studio album, Fondo, saw Vieux emphatically emerging out of the famous shadow of his father, beloved African super star Ali Farka Touré- with excursions into jam-rock and electronic virtuosity, fused with the sublime elements of Malian and West African rhythms. Fondo largely made the boundaries between rock and world music immaterial.
Recorded largely in Mali’s Studio Bogolan before being carried to Brooklyn, The Secret was produced by Eric Krasno, a versatile guitarist and founder of jazz futurists Soulive. Originally conceived of as an extended family-style project, Krasno says, “Initially we wanted to have a lot of guests, but in the end we narrowed it down to just a few, and that lent itself to the strength of the album.” Still, when those musical relatives include people like Dave Matthews, Derek Trucks, John Scofield and Ivan Neville, the sonic DNA is going to be heavy and the sessions are going to run deep.