Experience Black-Jewish Spiritual Jazz with the Afro-Semitic Experience

The Afro-Semitic Experience at Hebrew Institute in White Plains, New York in December of 2012.
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Connecticut’s own Afro-Semitic Experience will give its first performance at The Spaceland Ballroom on Saturday, June 22 as part of their Summer 2013 Jazz Souls on Fire tour. Doors open at 7pm and the band comes on at 8. The Spaceland Ballroom is located at 295 Treadwell Street in Hamden, Connecticut.


Pianist Warren Byrd and bassist David Chevan and the Afro-Semitic Experience have hewn a program of spiritual music by jazz musicians. With Jazz Souls on Fir, they hail their musical forbearers as they explore the spiritual side of jazz––giving Chevan and Byrd the chance to brandish their jazz roots. Their explorations include pieces such as “Water From an Ancient Well,” by Abdullah Ibrahim, “Better Git Hit in Your Soul,” by Charles Mingus, and a Klezmer-influenced reimagining of “Shout Em Aunt Tillie,” by Duke Ellington. Currently on deck are innovations of Hank Mobley’s “Soul Station,” John Coltrane’s “Wise One,” and pieces by Pharoah Sanders and Leon Thomas that will feature the vocals of Warren Byrd.


Founded in 1998, the Afro-Semitic Experience has wowed audiences with their high energy Black-Jewish spiritual jazz explorations. This critically acclaimed band has performed extensively throughout the United States and is a festival favorite. Rooted in jazz yet defying category, the band plays a mix of songs and grooves that bring people together. Their music has been featured on NPR and the song “Adoshem, Adoshem, Part I” was NPR’s featured song of the day in 2011.



For more information about the Afro-Semitic Experience, visit the band’s website at afrosemiticexperience.net.


For more information about this show, visit theouterspace.net/ballroom.

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