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duoJalal CD Release Concert 4/27 feat. David Krakauer + Glen Velez
(Published: April 05, 2011)

duoJalal: CD Release Concert A Different World @ DROM 4/27

Acclaimed Artists Kathryn Lockwood + Yousif Sheronick w/ Special Guests David Krakauer + Glen Velez

"If this is what world music's future holds, bring on the party." - Toronto Star

NEW YORK - duoJalal, the musical pairing of Australian-born classical violist Kathryn Lockwood and her husband, American/Lebanese world percussionist Yousif Sheronick, performs a one-night only concert, Wednesday, April 27th, at New York City's DROM. Featuring works off of its latest album A Different World (Innova Recordings), duoJalal presents a wide-ranging selection of world influenced chamber music. The evening's program is slated to feature excerpts from pieces created especially for the duo by some of today's top composers including Philip Glass, Derek Bermel, Kenji Bunch, and jazz legend John Patitucci (program subject to change). Joining duoJalal on stage will be special guest artists - clarinet virtuoso David Krakauer and master frame drummer Glen Velez.

The fearless musicians and composers of A Different World ultimately forge alliances between world music and a multitude of musical genres ranging from Classical and Klezmer to Middle Eastern and Jazz. The album's eponymous track A Different World (1992) by Italian composer/performer Enzo Rao Camemi evokes a folksy, lightness as heard in Sicilian and Mediterranean music. Derek Bermel's Thracian Sketches (2003) blends original Bulgarian modes. Sheronick pays homage to his mother's village in Lebanon in Jubb Jannin (2002). Philip Glass reunites with Sheronick (Sheronick toured extensively with Glass in 2001) in Duo for Solo Viola and Percussion (2009). David Krakauer, one of the world's leading exponents of Eastern European Jewish Klezmer music, offers his Klezmer a la Bechet (1997), a piece that combines the Klezmer ‘terkisher' dance rhythms with New Orleans funk. The album also includes two works (both commissioned by duoJalal) composed by Grammy Award-winning artists: Glen Velez's Homage for Frame Drum and Viola (2007) which invokes the mood of old Roman times; and Scenes for Viola and Percussion (2008) by bassist/composer John Patitucci which blends solo Bach with exotic hand drums.

Described as a mystical, sonic experience, duoJalal performs with virtuosic skill and sensitivity. According to KFJC Radio, "Lockwood's tone on the viola is varied and rich, occasionally even sounding like a woodwind...stunning, gorgeous!" Her verve is augmented by the sounds of Sheronick's cornucopia of percussion tools including the Middle Eastern riq, West African djembe, Peruvian cajon, Indian bells, Tibetan cymbals, Thai gong, and numerous frame drums from around the globe. "Whether Sheronick [he] is playing the Arabic durbakeh or the Irish bodhran drum, he makes all percussions sing and come alive." (Jordan Times)

About duoJalal: Acclaimed chamber musicians, classical violist Kathryn Lockwood and world percussionist Yousif Sheronick perform together as duoJalal, dazzling audiences around the world with their artistry and synergy. Refusing to remain in their respective musical boxes, Kathryn and Yousif merge their specialties to create a new sound world. Through commissions and arrangements, duoJalal is forging ahead with an innovative genre of global music which weaves classical and world traditions into western chamber music sensibilities. duoJalal's name is inspired by the 13th century poet Jalal Rumi, whose visions, words, and life teach the world how to reach inner peace and happiness and that people of all religions and backgrounds can live together in peace and harmony. Kathryn Lockwood has been hailed as a violist of exceptional talents in reviews around the country. In addition to touring and recording with duoJalal and the Lark Quartet and teaching at UMass/Amherst, Lockwood performs with numerous other prestigious groups including Trio Solisti, Triple Helix, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Muir Quartet. Before relocating to New York in 2001 Kathryn held the position of violist of the Pacifica Quartet since its inception. Yousif Sheronick appears internationally as soloist and chamber musician with world-renowned groups and artists such as Philip Glass, Ethos Percussion Group, Glen Velez, Foday Musa Suso, Simon Shaheen, Henry Threadgill, Lark Chamber Artists and Paul Winter Consort. Sheronick's unique style encompasses traditions and instruments from the Middle East, North and West Africa, Brazil, India, and Europe. Prestigious venue performances include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Royal Festival Hall (London) and Wigmore Hall (London). Distinguished collaborators include Yo-Yo Ma, Branford Marsalis, Pandit Samir Chatterjee, Marcel Khalife, Sonny Fortune and Cindy Blackman. www.duojalal.org

A Different World is available for purchase at all major online retailers. For more CD info, visit www.innova.mu/artist1.asp?skuID=437.

duoJalal performs LIVE in concert Wednesday, April 27th @ 8:00PM at DROM (85 Avenue A, Train F to 2nd Ave). Tickets: $15/Advance $12. To purchase tickets, please visit www.dromNYC.com or call 212.777.1157.

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