Global Sound Series Kickoff: Afro-Zen AllstarsFeb 3, 2017 | 0 comments
Announcing our monthly Global Sounds Series, featuring local, national and international acts, live on stage at The Mainline!
Kicking off this delightful series are the Afro-Zen Allstars: Led by a driving horn section, the Afro-Zen Allstars present a powerful instrumental collection that evokes irresistible rhythms and dance-able grooves. From Ethiopia’s “Golden Age” of music (popularized by the Ethiopiques Series and groups such as Debo Band) to wedding music of Rajasthan or Zimbabwe’s Chimurenga music of “revolutionary struggle,” Afro-Zen honors a heritage of positive music through the modern arrangements of its bandleader, George M. Lowe. As a lifelong student of international music, Lowe takes the listener to a place where the sound is both rare yet familiar.
Afro-Zen Allstars features the powerhouse lineup of Hector “Coco” Barez, percussion; Brian Cruse, Bass; John Lilley, Alto and Tenor Sax; George M. Lowe, Guitar; Scott Milstead, Drums; Chris Sclafani, Baritone Sax; Chris Vasi, Guitar; and Toby Whitaker, Trombone as well as a rotating cast of Richmond’s all-star musicians.