The Nile Project, an ensemble collecting musicians from all along the Nile River in Africa into one performance group, will come to the United States for a series of concerts and educational symposiums for the first half of 2015, according to World Music Central

The project isn't nearly as simple as it sounds. Even in the United States, if you take member of two wildly disparate genres and ask them to make music together, at least Western forms are so similar that some sort of middle ground can be reached. Egypt and Ethiopia, two nations most well represented within The Nile Project, might share a similar geographical distance as two American acts but between the two regions there are two completely different modal systems. The group gathered for an extended period before going on tour to learn each other's respective styles and form what we might bluntly describe as a "jam band" in the United States. 

It should make for thrilling live music if you're into world music or experimental music in general. Check out the schedule of performance dates below and you can also look at The Nile Project's website for educational events as well. 

01/11: New York City @ Webster Hall

01/15: Gainseville, FL @ Curtis M. Phillips Center for The Performing Arts

01/24: Miami @ MDC Live Arts

01/30: Seattle @ Meany Hall for The Performing Arts

02/05: Long Beach, CA @ Carpenter Performing Arts Center

02/07: San Diego @ Art Power!

02/11: Santa Barbara, CA @ Arts & Lectures Hall

02/12: Folsom, CA @ Three Stages Performing Arts Center

02/15: Rohnert Park, CA @ The Green Music Center

02/18: Palo Alto, CA @ Bing Concert Hall

02/19: Berkley, CA @ Zellerbach Hall

02/24: Minneapolis @ Northrop Auditorium

02/26: Madison, WI @ Wisconsin Union Theater

03/03: Akron, OH @ EJ Thomas Hall

03/06: Urbana, IL @ Krannert Center for The Performing Arts

03/11: Iowa City @ Hancher

03/19: New York Center @ David Rubenstein Atrium

03/20: New York City @ Michael Schimmel Center for The Arts

03/27: Boston @ Boston University

03/28: Burlington, VT @ Flynn Center

04/02: Middlebury, VT @ Mahaney Center for The Arts

04/07: Amherst, MA @ Fine Arts Center

04/10: Middletown, CT @ Center for The Arts

04/11: Williamstown, MA @ Chapin Hall

04/12: Portland, ME @ Portland Ovations

04/17: Hanover, NH @ Hopkins Center for The Arts

04/23: Happy Valley, PA @ Center for The Performing Arts 

04/26: College Park, MD @ Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center 

05/02: Princeton, NJ @ McCarter Theatre

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