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