Ahead of her upcoming tour with Iceage I’ve got a listen to Nadah El Shazly’s side of her recently released EP Carte Blanche (Unrock Records). The EP, a split with Sir Richard Bishop and W. David Oliphant, sees Shazly collaborate with her ensemble Karkhana. Said ensemble is comprised of top Middle Eastern and Mediterranean players including Sam Shalabi, Michael Zerang, and Umut Caglar. The tracks scrape at the psyche, focusing not on the fluid rhythmic styles associated with the region, but on an inverted vision of jazz, psychedelics, noise, and tradition. The songs for the EP were recorded while the band took up residency at Inter Arts Center in Malmö, Sweden, where the band also worked on tracks for an upcoming full length due later in the year.
For the tour Shazly will be backed by Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Thierry Amar, Shayna Dulberger and Luke Stewart on double bass along with saxophonist / drummer / synth player Devin Brahja Waldman (Patti Smith, William Parker, and Thurston Moore, Brahja, etc.). Dates below to see Shazly swing through your area.
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April 23 – Anderson Auditorium, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
April 24 – Blank Forms, Brooklyn, NY
April 28 – Marfa Myths Festival, Marfa, TX
April 30 – Dickens, Calgary, AB *
May 01 – Amigo’s, Saskatoon, AB *
May 02 – Temple, Edmonton, AB *
May 04 – Good Will, Winnipeg, MB *
May 05 – The Aquarium, Fargo, ND *
May 06 – Turf Club, Minneapolis, MN *
May 07 – Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL *
May 08 – Cactus Club, Milwaukee, WI
May 09 – Trumpet Blossom Cafe, Feed Me Weird Things, Iowa City, IA
May 10 – Rozz-Tox, Rock Island, IL
May 14 – Postmasters Gallery, ArteEast, NYC
June 06 – State House, New Haven, CT,
June 08 – Thing In The Spring, Peterborough, NH
June 12 – Casa Del Popolo, Montreal, QC
June 30 – Memphis Concrete Festival, Memphis, TN
* with Iceage