Avataar (Double Bill with Moneka Arabic Jazz)

Saturday, June 29 7:30pm

Starlite Room

Moneka Arabic Jazz

 


MONEKA ARABIC JAZZ is a project reflecting my life and journey in art from Baghdad to Toronto. It showcases melody from my homeland Iraq mixed with African groove and rhythm that I inherited from the Moneka Family. Because my journey brought me now in Toronto Canada, I am honoured to share this heritage and traditions with local Canadian musicians. Jazz and blues is the best genre to bridge my afro-arabic background and the fascinating musical diversity of torontonian performers. I often find inspiration to write songs by researching old stories from Iraq as realities of the present moment locally or internationally. Focussing on the past inspires analysis, while the future inspires visions and dreams.

Avataar

Avataar is an award-winning Brampton-based world-jazz group featuring some of Canada’s finest jazz, world, funk, and pop musicians. Petal, (2016) received critical acclaim from publications including DOWNBEAT, JAZZIZ, allaboutjazz and worldmusiccentral.com. Worldview was released in Oct.2021 and won the 2022 JUNO award for Best Jazz Album of the Year (Group).

Avataar’s music is inspired by the deep musical traditions of India, Africa and Brazil, rooted within the framework of modern jazz. In an innovative marriage of ancient and modern, driving grooves intersect with cinematic atmospheres and soaring melodies, creating a fresh, emotive sonic experience. Bandmembers share an eclectic range of musical expertise – hardbop, pop, rock, electronica, free improvisation, world and R&B/Soul filter into the interpretations of the tunes.

 

Avataar (Double Bill with Moneka Arabic Jazz)

Advance: $30 + SF | Door: $40 +SF

Saturday, June 29 7:30pm

Starlite Room
10030 102 Street

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