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Arifa Opens This Year’s New York Gypsy Festival

September 12, 2013

By delarue
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Arifa takes austere, often haunting Turkish folk themes and build them into sweeping instrumentals with elements of classical and film music and jazz as well. They open this year’s New York Gypsy Festival auspiciously at around 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 19, at Drom. If their new EP Anatolian Alchemy is any indication, this individualistic acoustic instrumental ensemble threatens to upstage the reliably exhilarating New York Gypsy All-Stars, who follow them on the bill. Cover is just $10; it’s an inexpensive and potentially spine-tingling way to kick off one of New York’s most reliably eclectic and exciting annual music festivals.

The EP opens auspiciously with Maktub, rising out of ominously lingering clarinet to a thicket of polyrhythms and then alternates with droning, murky atmospherics, low-lit with eerily glimmering piano. Red Ink is the catchiest and most cinematic piece here, a hauntingly bittersweet melody that rises to a sweeping, enigmatic theme that winds down to plaintive piano and loud solos. The title track has an epic sweep, the piano rippling behind a spacious loud theme to open it, followed by a gorgeously brooding clarinet melody that alternates with pulsing, dancing interludes and a sizzling, spiraling piano solo to bring it to a peak right before the end. If this is any indication, the concert should be amazing.

Produced by Serdar Ilhan and Mehmet Dede

FEATURING: Artists From India, Turkey, Macedonia, Italy, France, The Netherlands and the US.
Including a Swing Festival dedicated to the music of Django Reinhardt at The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at PACE University
All other shows at Drom NYC, in Downtown Manhattan

The NY Gypsy Festival celebrates its ninth year with another outstanding performance schedule and a total of eight shows from September 19 – October 5, 2013.
Highlights include the return of the Desert gypsies from India, RHYTHM OF RAJASTHAN, the eclectic Dutch ensemble ARIFA, the heavy brass orchestra YOUNGBLOOD BRASS BAND and Django’s Dream, a very special Gypsy Swing Festival with STEPHANE WREMBEL, KAMLO & ALFONSO PONTICELLO.

The festival will also feature the Balkan Funk & Jazz sounds of NY GYPSY ALL-STARS, Italian Gypsy Folk band TALUNA, the album release concert of downtown multi-kulti band TRIBECASTAN, NY heroes ESCARIOKA, a special film screening of the critically acclaimed BRASSLANDS and an afterparty with SAZET BAND and FRANK LONDON’S KLEZMER BRASS ALL-STARS.

About Drom

From jazz and rock to electronic, soul & funk to hip-hop and international music Drom, prides itself on presenting fresh new sounds and introducing new talent to the always invigorating NY live music nightlife. Located at 85 Avenue A between 5th St. and 6th St. in the heart of East Village, Drom accommodates up to 350 people in its main room and has a wide and eclectic selection of music programming throughout the week. Drom also features a bar, kitchen and lounge area in addition to the main space making it easy to scale the room depending on your occasion. From seated shows to late night DJ events, there is a little something for everyone at Drom.

Live concerts are Drom’s forte, but there are also a myriad of other happenings including burlesque shows, film screenings, dance shows, stand-up comedy, musical theater, readings, networking parties, kids events, trivia games as well as private parties, product launches and even weddings. Drom is also home to artist showcases for popular music conferences in New York like APAP, CMJ and LAMC.

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