The Afro-Semitic Experience is an American roots band with a difference--they merge Jewish and Afro-diasporic melodies and grooves, combining the core concepts of ase and shalom - power, action, unity, and peace.  
 
As legendary jazz critic, Nat Hentoff wrote “. . . never before have I heard this lyrically powerful a fusion of Jewish and jazz souls on fire. . .”   The Afro-Semitic Experience's music is described by critic Carlos Ramos as "a whoopin', hollerin', testifyin' celebration of multicultural soul music. Imagine Charles Mingus sitting in with a Klezmer band, playing Gospel music set to the polyrhythmic pace of congas and bongos." 

The name of the group says it all: Afro-Semitic Experience. Imagine a band that smoothly and creatively moves from Klezmer to hard bop in the same piece.  Imagine musicians who have found a way to play with the feel of both a synagogue and an African American church.  This is root music-- soul jazz meant to move you as they make a joyful noise!!! 

The Afro-Semitic Experience has been together for almost 17 years.  The group was founded in 1998 by pianist Warren Byrd and bassist David Chevan.  It all began when the duo were invited to play at a Martin Luther King memorial service.  They thought this was going to be a one-time gig, but during the reception following the service they had received four more performances.  And that is pretty much how it's been since then (word of mouth may be a slow way to grow a group but it is honest and real).  As this project grew the duo quickly expanded into a seven piece ensemble that could play music of almost any style from the Jewish and African American musical traditions. In so many ways the Afro-Semitic Experience is a truly American band, albeit the America of immigrants and forced migration and it is the music of freedom that brings these musicians together.  In the past sixteen years the band has recorded 8 albums and given concerts throughout the United States.

For more about The Afro-Semitic Experience please visit the band's website: www.afrosemiticexperience.net or send an e-mail to info@afrosemiticexperience.net

 

Here's the performance calendar for the Afro-Semitic Experience
Jun17

The Afro-Semitic Experience @ Black Eyed Sally's

Black Eyed Sally's, 350 Asylum Street, Hartford

The Afro-Semitic Experience makes a rare Hartford club appearance at the Monday night jazz series at Black Eyed Sally's. Come hear our mix of grooves and sounds. Plus there's a jam session for the second set. All are welcome to sit in!!

Jun21

The Nu Haven Kapelye @ the International Festival of Arts and Ideas

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Elm Street Stage on The New Haven Geen, 250 Temple Street, New Haven

As part of Make Music New Haven, the Nu Haven Kapelye will be featured performing on the New Haven Green from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. My recommendation if you come to support us and hear us play is that you bring an umbrella as that part of the green has no trees and the sun can be pretty unbearable, also if it rains you will have an umbrella and still get to hear us!

Jun21

Bassology at Smokin' with Chris

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Smokin' with Chris, 59 West Center Street, Southington

Best BBQ in CT and swinging grooves with Bassology makes for a winning combination. Swing in the summer (it's solstice tonight!!) with Bassology David Chevan bass Chris Casey keyboards Jocelyn Pleasant drums Danielle Valentin vocals

Jun29

Bassology @ Veracious Brewery

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Veracious Brewery, 246 Main Street, Monroe

Bassology comes back for an evening of swing at Veracious Brewery in Monroe. Some of the best beer and one of the most welcome spaces for sitting and enjoying a pint. A lot like a British pub, but in Monroe!!

Stacy Phillips (1944-2018)