GlobeSonic presents Karsh Kale, Haale & Morley at hot new midtown club
On Friday, January 20th, the sounds of India, Persia, America and the rest of the globe collide at CODA (34 East 34 St.) during World NYC. Tabla player/drummer/DJ Karsh Kale and his Realize Live band (featuring ghazal vocalist Vishal Vaid), Sufi rocker Haale and jazz/pop vocalist Morley come together to present the hottest show of the new year. The evening ends with GlobeSonic Sound System DJs Fabian Alsultany & Derek Beres, joined by the Body Temple Drummers, spinning into the late night with the most innovative sounds arising from the international music scene.
Karsh Kale, gearing up for his fourth Six Degrees Records release, Broken English, easily segues from his role in the studio as producer and live performer. His Realize Live band, featuring guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards and Kale on drum kit and tablas, take basic ideas from South Asian modalities and apply them into a rock/funk/electro template. Just as Kale is taking his Indian percussion into new arenas, vocalist Vishal Vaid is updating the Persian art of ghazal singing in an entirely new context. Said NY Times head writer Jon Parales of this groundbreaking outfit, "The band layered its music by ear, not by preconception, so Indian melodies were supported by Western chords, and meditations could gradually solidify into marches. The musical hybrids weren’t stunts. They were the sound of musicians who listen widely and well."
Around the same time that same paper noted "Haale…underscores the evolution and transformation of centuries-old art forms as they adapt to the new realities of a multiethnic city." Those art forms include the lute-like setar and Farsi melodies wrapped into a unique blending of rocking and soulful songs. As she prepares for her major label debut recording in early 2006, her live performances remind one of a modern Grace Slick, as assured and confident in presence as creative and gorgeous in song.
New Yorker Morley is heralded as having one of the top voices in the city; Time Magazine noted ""Somewhere between Sade and Portishead, there’s Morley." That hefty claim comes to life in her passionate songwriting, a beautiful blend of softness and boldness that penetrates straight to the heart. The casual, intimate atmosphere created during her live shows round out this evening that’s certain to be deeply meaningful to the 400 people allotted in the Coda space.
Closing out the evening – as well as producing the show – will be GlobeSonic Sound System. DJs Fabian Alsultany (Director of A&R and Festivals, Palm Pictures/GlobeSonic Records) and Derek Beres (author of Global Beat Fusion) deliver the hottest and newest sounds of Africa, the Balkans, India, Jamaica, Latin America and beyond, as they do every month at their various residencies at SOB’s, Nublu, Turntables on the Hudson and beyond. As Billboard said about their performances, "punters have come to expect nothing less than a smartly fashioned global journey encompassing world music, Afrobeat, drum 'n bass, salsa, dancehall, Arabian electronica, house and B