Tomorrow! Wednesday, Aug. 14: Stephan Christianson & Friends, Creode, Vision Board
After two limited cassette releases, Unknown Fortune is the vinyl debut of Stefan Christensen’s “& Friends” moniker. Featuring all members of Mountain Movers and Headroom, Unknown Fortune showcases a super-group of sorts taking its time to unwind and gel together under the unique and steady guidance of the seasoned songwriter and noisemaker. Recorded by former Mountain Movers drummer John Miller, the album features Christensen and Headroom/Mountain Movers guitarist Kryssi Battalene dialoguing in a sonic language all their own, while Rick Omonte, Ross Menze and David Shapiro provide rhythm and structure to the guitarists furthest flights.
Opening the show with a Detroit-style array of electronics, tape machines, mixers and the occasional traditional instrument are Creode (Samantha Flowers & Tyler Hicks) and Vision Board (Dominic Coppola & Matt Conzett). Doors at 8 pm; $8.
Friday, Aug. 16: Noura Mint Somali (Mauritania), Pete Larson
Noura Mint Seymali is a nationally-beloved star and one of Mauritania’s foremost musical emissaries. Born into a prominent line of Moorish griot, Noura began her career at age 13 as a supporting vocalist with her step-mother, the legendary Dimi Mint Abba. Trained in instrumental technique by her grandmother, Mounina, Noura mastered the ardine, a 9-string harp reserved only for women. Seymali Ould Ahmed Vall, Noura’s father and namesake, sparked her compositional instincts, himself a seminal scholar figure in Mauritanian music; studying Arab classical music in Iraq, devising the first system for Moorish melodic notation, adapting the national anthem, and composing many works popularized by his wife, Dimi. Reared in this transitive culture where sounds from across the Sahara, the Magreb, and West Africa coalesce, Noura Mint Seymali currently drives the legacy forward as one of Mauritania’s most adventurous young artists.
Dr. Pete Larson kicks things off with new directions in nyatiti music. Doors at 8 pm; $15 general admission | $20 front row
9/11: Les Filles de Illighadad (Niger),Shells
9/12: New Music Detroit’s Strange and Beautiful Muisc
9/13: Opening reception for Bonsai: Part II, an exhibition by Tom Phardel
9/27: Karuna (Adam Rudolph, Hamed Drake)
10/4: Sarah Davachi