BIAMP PORTLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL | 20TH ANNIVERSARY
Sunday, February 19, 2023 | 8:00 pm
Biamp Portland Jazz Festival
presented by PDX Jazz
of $5 per ticket available on Advance Purchase Tickets Only.
Discount not valid on the Day of Show.
7:00 pm Doors / 8:00 pm Show
“It doesn’t matter where you come from, your language is my language”.
Conceived from vocalist Ravid Kahalani’s vision, Yemen Blues’ original music mixes of Yemen and West Africa influences with contemporary grooves from funk to mambo and the deep soul of old chants. Conjuring up a rich and diverse aural palette with the use of percussion, oud, horns, and strings, Yemen Blues coexists in both the past and present, at once timeless and modern.”
In 2010, singer & composer Ravid Kahalani founded the rare combination of top musicians we now call Yemen Blues. From the start, Yemen Blues created an original sound that became a new language in contemporary music. The intense musicians hail from NYC, Uruguay & Tel Aviv. This includes the core members of creation: Rony Iwryn, Itamar Doari & Shanir Blumenkranz.
Each member comes from a different background and brings their own sound and arrangements to Ravid’s compositions.
Ravid has become an important star in the Israeli music scene and an exceptional performer and a breaking through musician in contemporary music around the globe over the past several years. Via a series of detours, Ravid was drawn to music first and foremost through his love for African-American soul and blues, roots music and traditional religious songs. Ravid’s diverse singing talent instilled an enthusiasm for the music of the Sahara and North Africa.
The result of this amazing group is a powerful energy that mixes Yemenite, West African, Latin & Jazz influences and what Ravid likes to call “New Culture Music”. The mambo and North African rhythms create a joyful and deep foundation, while the vocals remind the listener of ancient Arabic chants mixed with funk & blues. Yemen Blues keeps magic alive with a constant stream of new songs and their world-renowned exciting live performances!!