It will be another trip around the world as José Solano presents the Lamiae Naki Quartet at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. This event, the last in the 2013 World Music Series, will feature songs spanning four continents and ranging from Brazilian samba and bossa nova to Portuguese fado, Sephardic and Middle Eastern songs to Andalusian flamenco, and classical Turkish music.
Doors will open at 6 pm, with dinner (provided by the Nepali Kitchen, starting at 6:30 pm) and a no-host beer and wine bar.
Raised in Morocco's multi-culturally creative city of Seffarine, Lamiae immersed herself in the numerous world music genres that thrive in this ancient city. For centuries Portugal, Spain, and Morocco influenced each other's cultural development. The many Mediterranean nations also maintained a rich cultural-academic exchange with Moroccan civilization.
Recently Lamiae and her guitarist-oud player husband, Nat Hulskamp, were awarded grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council to further enrich their musical development in Spain and Turkey. Lamiae pursued classical Ottoman singing in Istanbul studying under the renowned singer Aylin Şengün Taşçı. Nat studied with guitarist Diego Morao of the famed Los Morao gypsy flamenco dynasty in Jerez.
They returned in mid-April from Spain and Turkey with a fascinatingly broadened repertoire, some of which they will perform for the first time in the U.S. at the LCCC.
Nat and Lamiae perform regularly in the Portland and Seattle area as the duo Seffarine. He has also performed with numerous musical groups in the Northwest. Joining the Lamiae Naki Quartet are bassist Bill Athens and percussionist Manavihare Fiaindratovo (Mimy).
Bill Athens has performed both classical music and jazz with bands and orchestras in the Northwest. He's performed with singer-actress Mary Kadderly and Shirley Nanette among many others. He performs with the Jazz Composer's Orchestra and with Darrell Grant. Athens holds a performance degree from PSU and teaches classical bass at Clark Community College and at George Fox University.
Mimy is a highly skilled drummer from Madagascar. He is influenced by the traditional Malagasy music he grew up with and incorporates rhythms from the Antandroy people of Southern Madagascar into harmonies using modern instrumentation and jazz improvisations. He is a graduate from the Berklee School of Music.
Adding to the exotic delight of the evening is an Asian dinner prepared by Lincoln City's Nepali Restaurant consisting of vegetarian dishes and/or chicken curry, dal soup, momo and pakora appetizers, and dessert. There is also a no host bar. Buffet dinner is served from 6:30 pm.
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