Tuesday, October 8, 2013

AFRICAN “JIMI HENDRIX” APPEARS @ CREATIVE ALLIANCE

Vieux Farka Touré Performance
WHEN:
Saturday, October 19, 2013, 8PM
WHERE:
The Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Baltimore, MD  Get Directions to CA
Online:
http://creativealliance.org/events/2013/vieux-farka-toure
Contact: Heather Keating, Heather@creativealliance.org
410.276.1651 ext. 218

Vieux Farka Touré, anointed the "Jimi Hendrix of the Sahara," is son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré. According to Rolling Stone journalist Emma Greenberg, Vieux will only be playing only a handful of dates on the East Coast (Full Article in Rolling Stone), and Creative Alliance is proud to be one of those venues.

Twenty-something Vieux inherited his father's astounding virtuosity and remains true to his legacy while forging his own sound using elements of rock, Latin music and other African influences. When Vieux released his second album Fondo in 2009, it peaked at #5 on Billboard's World Albums chart and was included in Village Voice's Top 100 list that year. It is a rare opportunity to see an artist of this stature in such an intimate space (this YouTube video has close to 800,000 views). Video on YouTube

His recent visit to Queen Elizabeth Hall in London won him rave reviews.
"Every now and then, if you're very lucky, you get to witness a live performance that blows everything else away. A gig that's so inspiring it leaves you with a lasting smile etched on your face and a burning desire to download every track the artist ever recorded. Ladies and gentleman, may I introduce Vieux Farka Touré." —The Independent (
Full Article)

"The son of the late Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré inherited his dad's dazzlingly fluid phrasing but clearly also digs the fiery African blues rock of bands like Tinariwen. Here, he joins American peers for a crossover set that slays"—Rolling Stone

"...original guitar music of such fluidity, technique, rhythmic invention, and passion, that it is virtually unequaled."—All Music

"[Vieux's] gently twisting melodic lines can acquire intensity with surprising speed, as they did on a brilliant version of "Lakkal" that left both band and audience momentarily breathless."—Live review, LA Times (Full Article)

Vieux Farka Toure Celebrates Mali in 'Peace'—Rolling Stone (Full Article)

This performance is supported by the Mid Atlantic Foundation: 
midatlanticarts.org