Yemen Blues

Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023
8 p.m.
Cost: $27
3939 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

The following description was submitted by the event organizer.

In 2010, singer and composer Ravid Kahalani founded a rare combination of top musicians called Yemen Blues. From the start, Yemen Blues created an original sound that became a new language in contemporary music. The intense musicians hail from NYC, Uruguay and Tel Aviv. This includes the core members of creation: Rony Iwryn, Itamar Doari and Shanir Blumenkranz.

Today’s touring cast of Yemen Blues is mainly based on Rony Iwryn, Shanir Blumenkranz and Ravid Kahalani, with a changing cast of top musicians and great friends from around the world.

Each member comes from a different background and brings their own sound and arrangements to Ravid’s compositions. The result of this amazing group is a powerful energy that mixes Yemenite, West African, Latin and Jazz influences and what Ravid likes to call "New Culture Music". The mambo and North African rhythms create a joyful and deep foundation, while the vocals remind the listener of ancient Arabic chants mixed with funk and blues. For their first album, the group collaborated with the well-known maestro Omer Avital who served as a musical director and producer. Since then, Yemen Blues keeps magic alive with a constant stream of new songs and their world-renowned exciting live performances.