TONIGHT: Bells Atlas
Bells Atlas emerges from the vibrant cultural and musical backdrop of Oakland, CA. Combining heavy rhythm and groove, soulful vocal harmonies and a healthy dose of wildcard energy, this dynamic group has arrived at a sound that is undoubtedly their own. Primarily made up of 4 members with a musical chemistry that surprises and compliments, the sonic palette that makes up Bells Atlas is deep, cinematic and colorful. They capture the spirit of eclectic influences soul, West African & Brazilian rhythm, noise pop & psychedelia, to name a few and draw a wide audience with diverse tastes.
In 2016, Bells Atlas joined WNYCs Snap Judgement as their new touring house band, live-scoring 90 minutes of storytelling with original music. Touring with the program has taken them to countless beautiful, historic theaters across the country, playing for thousands of people. Look out for new show dates in a city near you for the upcoming 2017-2018 season!
On their own, the band has supported a number of international artists and shared the stage with acts such as Hiatus Kaiyote, Meshell Ndegeocello, W. Kamau Bell and more. You can find the bands self-titled album, Hyperlust EP, covers and singles on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud.
Sk. Kakraba was born in Saru, a small farming community in the northern region of Ghana, an area known for its many great xylophone players. He undertook traditional training in xylophone from a young age. When he was very young he was always listening to xylophonists play and he would grab the beaters and start to learn what he heard them play, especially when his family members were performing. When SK played something incorrectly, he was shown the right way. Most of his family are also gyil players, in addition to his uncle Kakraba Lobi, one of the first gyil players to tour, lecture and record internationally. Over time, he learned a large repertoire and became a working master of the instrument.
The gyil is a Ghanaian xylophone made of 14 wooden slats strung across calabash gourd resonators. The buzzy rattle emitted with each note comes from the silk walls of spiders egg sacs stretched across holes in the gourds, called paapieye in Lobi language. The gyils earthy sound can be heard in parts of Upper West and Northern Regions of Ghana, as well as Côte dIvoire, Burkina Faso and beyond, where it goes by other names.
NOTES ABOUT REDWOOD GROVE CONCERTS:
Shows will sell-out buy online in advance. (No surcharge!)
All tickets are will call, non-refundable and non-trasferable.
Your name will be on a check-in list both at the Garden Kiosk and at the Redwood Grove gate.
Parking is limited and not guaranteed carpooling is highly encouraged.
Ticket includes admission to the Botanical Garden before it closes at 5:00pm. ($12 value for adults!)
Redwood Grove door opens at 5:00 p.m.
Snacks and drinks available; picnics welcome.
Warm clothes recommended.
All Audiences, General Public
$20 Adult, $18 UCBG Member Adult, $15 Youth 5-17yrs, Free Under 5