Artists at Noguchi | Bang on a Can Music Series: Innov Gnawa

Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Innov Gnawa is a young musical collective dedicated to exploring Morocco’s venerable gnawa music tradition in the heart of New York City. Formed in the summer of 2014 by Moroccan expat Samir LanGus, the group draws on the considerable talents and expertise of Hassan Ben Jaafer, a Maâlem, a master gnawa musician, originally from Fes, Morocco. Hailed by Brooklyn Magazine as one of the "5 Bands You Need to Know in Brooklyn's Arabic Music Scene,” Innov Gnawa make great use of traditional repertoire, and add their own, contemporary spin with additional African and Latin percussion.

 

For the uninitiated, gnawa music is the ritual trance music of Morocco’s black communities, originally descended from slaves and soldiers once brought to Morocco from Northern Mali and Mauritania. Often called “The Moroccan Blues,” gnawa music has a raw, hypnotic power that’s played on an array of unique instruments – from the lute-like sintir that the Maâlem uses to call the tune, to the metal qarqaba (castinets) with which the kouyos (chorus) keep time and pound out clattering, hypnotic rhythms. innovgnawa.com

 

Presented in partnership with Bang on a Can, this innovative performance series is held in the Museum's outdoor sculpture garden. In case of rain or artist's preference, concerts take place in the galleries.

 

Performances are free with Museum admission, and seating is available on garden benches and floor mats on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

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