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Asaran Earth Trio
Friday, November 1, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Asaran Earth Trio is an all-female multinational group of virtuosic musicians and educators. Together they perform folk songs from around the globe as well as original compositions, uniquely arranged for voice and percussion. Their music honors their roots while simultaneously reveling in improvisations and contemporary harmonies.
Asaran’s debut album, Why Should Your Heart Not Dance, features songs from nine countries in as many different languages. The title track is Boccato’s original composition, which features poetry based on C.S.Lewis’ writing and rhythmic elements that combine Brazilian grooves with Bulgarian odd meters. The recording was hailed by renowned World Music critics for its “outstandingly expressive vocals” (World Music Central), “spectacular harmonies” and “real vocal prowess” (Songlines).
Since its founding in 2015, Asaran Earth Trio has performed throughout Europe at festivals and venues such as Murszene Festival in Austria, Ördögkatlan, Művészetek Völgye and Babelsound Festivals in Hungary, the Crescendo and Labin Jazz Festivals in Croatia, and the Peperoncino Jazz Festival in Italy, to name a few. In the United States, they have performed at Carnegie Hall’ the International Chopin and Friends Festival in Brooklyn, NY; Cornelia Street Cafe and the very first edition of the Peace Summit in NYC, as well as at Club Passim in Cambridge, MA, the Robin Theater in Lansing, MI, the Foundry Hall in South Haven, MI, and Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT.
As a group of dedicated educators, Asaran frequently gives workshops, helping participants find their true musical voices through the learning of ancient melodies and rhythms, and the joy of creating new ones, experimenting and improvising together. With the help of traditional instruments such as the Brazilian zabumba and pandeiro, the Colombian maracas, and the most ancient instrument – the human voice, the trio transforms groups of former strangers into instant musical families, breaking down barriers and holding space for friendship, creativity and unity.
Founded upon a common dream of building communities through music, they sing, clap, play percussion and are known to cause audiences to laugh, cry, sing, dance and shake some groovy shakers. They love to share their music and stories all around the Earth – in festivals, living rooms, theaters. No place is too small or too big for them to fill it with their presence.