The road from Morocco: AZA sex­tet

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS -

Gig Per­for­mance Space (1808 Se­cond St.) hosts the AZA sex­tet on Fri­day, Feb. 26. Found­ing mem­bers Fat­tah Ab­bou and Mo­hamed Aoualou have been liv­ing in the United States for more than a decade, but their per­for­mances with AZA are grounded in the tra­di­tional cul­ture and Ta­mazight lan­guage of their na­tive Morocco. Ab­bou plays tra­di­tional North African plucked or bowed stringed in­stru­ments (the ribab, lotar, and sin­tir), as well as banjo; Aoualou plays gui­tar, oud, and per­cus­sion; and both are singers. The band’s other mem­bers, from the United States, add sax­o­phones, bass, and drums to the group’s sin­gu­lar mu­si­cal mix, which is pen­ta­tonic, heav­ily rhyth­mic, and brightly melodic. Ad­mis­sion is $20 at the door. The mu­sic be­gins at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.gigsantafe.com. — Paul Wei­de­man

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