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BOLO Global Groove Concert and Dance
Subud Center, Sirens Hall of Sebastopol
Sebastopol, CA
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BOLO Global Groove Concert and Dance
BOLO Global Grove Devotional World Music and Dance

Peacewave and Sirens present a night of Devotional World music and Dance November 4th in Sebastopol with the  Global Grove of BOLO.

BOLO is a dynamic ensemble with Surya Prakasha (Lavay Smith) on drumset, vocals and harmonium, Eliyahu Sills (The Qadim Ensemble) on ney & bansuri flutes, oud, and upright bass, and Evan Fraser (Dirtwire) on West African kamale ngoni (harp), kalimba, and percussion.

With a fresh improvisational approach, the group creates music that will move, uplift and transport. Featuring African sourced grooves with sacred folk songs, African and Indian melodies, BOLO speaks to the heart in a musical language that bridges continents and unites us all.

Bringing together rhythms and instruments from many lands, BOLO's music spans worlds and creates entrancing sounds to move your body and uplift the soul.It's a fresh recipe with ancient ingredients. The sweet music of the soul. It's the sound of Bolo, who make the connections between different cultures and traditions and forge them into something new, still wearing the honor of the past, but also with the ripe taste of the future. What they've created shines out on their self-titled debut album, (released June 25, 2015). With all three members highly schooled in many styles of music, from jazz and soul to West African, North African and Indian, its the unique chemistry of the trio thats set them exploring this untrodden path.

It's music that takes its ethos from jazz and funk as well as from older sounds, truly collaborative acoustic music that can spiral and swoop and sometimes just forge its way ahead.

Multi-instrumentalist Evan Fraser had already been involved in many successful global music projects before he met Sills on stage at Burning Man. Soon he was playing on the CD by Eliyahu & The Qadim Ensemble, which reached #7 on Billboard's World Music charts. Surya Prakasha, a highly sought after drummer in the Bay Area jazz scene, was already an occasional bandmate with Sills. When they finally played all together, it was magic.

The music they made felt right, completely natural, a meeting of minds. And so Bolo was born. In the two years since then they've been gigging, rehearsing, and refining their sound. They've experimented with different styles, using Fraser's kamele ngoni harps like a Moroccan bass gimbri, for instance, or playing the kalimba (thumb piano) with Prakasha's drum kit or harmonium to create moods and change the flow of a piece. All they've learned and developed is on Bolo. It's jazz that draws its heartbeat from the world. All three members are multi-instrumentalists (11 between them) and sing, often switching instruments in the course of a single piece to change the texture and color of the music, both in performance and on CD. Bass can give way to bansuri, drums to harmonium, from instruments to voice, delving deeper into the heart of a melody until they sound like a much larger ensemble

BOLO has built an enthusiastic following of music lovers and dancers. The music creates a beautifully spiritual and spirited container for free movement or for sitting in quiet appreciative listening.

"You have never heard something like this . . . the listener will be stopped in his tracks and left gasping for breath at the beauty of each track."
-The World Music Report

November 4, 2017
Subud Center Hall of Sebastopol
234 Hutchins Ave
Sebastopol, CA 95472

Show 8PM doors open at 7:30
$23 at the door | $18 in advance!*
Advance ticket Sales * Milk & Honey 123 Main Street Sebastopol 95472
707 824-1155
* online *


Subud Center, Sirens Hall of Sebastopol (View)
234 Hutchins Ave
Sebastopol, CA 95472
United States


Music > World

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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