Songhoy Blues w/Coupler

Tue Oct 10 2017

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

The Basement East

917 Woodland St Nashville, TN 37206

$20 ADV / $25 DOS

Ages 18+

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  • Songhoy Blues

    Songhoy Blues

    African

    Once among the most prominent of Mali’s many ethnic groups, the Songhoy now live largely on the margins of the West African nation. Nonetheless, the Songhoy people retain a fierce pride in their history, beliefs, and traditional music. Hailing from the heart of Gao, on the banks of the Niger River, Oumar Touré and Aliou Touré grew up obsessed with hip hop, R&B, and classic rock like The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. They found a kindred spirit and musical brother in guitarist Garba Touré (son of Oumar Touré, long term percussionist in Ali Farka Touré’s band). When growing unrest in the north of Mali forced the young men and their families to take refuge in the southern town of Bamako, they decided to turn crisis into opportunity by forming a band. They enlisted drummer Nathanial “Nat” Dembele and baptized their band Songhoy Blues in celebration of their displaced people and culture.

     

    The ambitious young band were soon a fixture on the Bamako live music scene. Prompted by local studio owner, in September 2013 Songhoy Blues reached out to producer/manager Marc-Antoine Moreau (Amadou & Mariam, K’Naan), in town to scout new talent for the extraordinary Africa Express project. An audition followed and Songhoy Blues were invited to record a track with Nick Zinner, acclaimed producer and guitarist in NYC’s one and only Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The song, entitled “Soubour,” proved a highlight of 2013’s critically applauded “AFRICA EXPRESS PRESENTS…MAISON DES JEUNES.”

     

    Songhoy Blues will herald Music In Exile with a series of much anticipated North American live dates – joining Alabama Shakes at NYC’s Beacon Theatre Thursday, March 12th as well as at Chicago’s The Chicago Theatre Saturday, March 14th and Milwaukee’s Riverside Theatre Sunday, March 15th.  Additional North American tour dates will be announced soon.

     

    In addition to their increasingly busy live schedule, Songhoy Blues also appear in an eagerly anticipated new film documenting Malian musicians’ fight with the extremist forces that have seen music banned in much of the country. They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music In Exile will have its world premiere at Austin’s South By Southwest Film Festival 2015.

  • Coupler

    Coupler

    Alternative Rock

    Coupler is less a band than a creative organization. Founded in 2011 by Lambchop veteran Ryan Norris, its core is Norris along with Rodrigo Avendaño and Rollum Haas though its membership has at points swelled to as many as eight. At its root the project is an exercise in mutual cooperation of creative individuals and is an exploration of the intersections of man and machine, live and recorded, composed and improvised, stasis and flux.

     

    Like the abused Lambchop descriptor "Nashville's most fucked-up country band," the phrase "deliberate ambient music" seems to have stuck for Coupler. Ambient music, originally conceived, implies a certain level of non-intention, non-deliberateness and similarly a potential level of non-engagement on the part of the listener. In this context, ambient is meant to be as ignorable as it is interesting. Coupler's music, on the other hand, has always used the language of ambient without being ambient per se. It should be difficult to ignore. If ambient music is meant to create a space in which to think, deliberate ambient music should transcend the space it creates to allow a threshold to be crossed.

     

    Their upcoming release Gifts from the Ebb Tide, out November 17th on yk Records, sits at the center of several records that were gestating concurrently and shares DNA with each of them: HeCTAs The Diet, Lambchops FLOTUS and Couplers Blue Room Sessions.

     

    "I prefer to think of Coupler less as a band and more as a multimedia project. Kraftwerk were fond of using the term "organization". I like that." - Ryan Norris

Songhoy Blues w/Coupler

Tue Oct 10 2017 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

The Basement East Nashville TN
Songhoy Blues w/Coupler
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$20 ADV / $25 DOS Ages 18+