SOLD OUT! Birds of Chicago with Mohsin Zaman - Live at Festival Hall

The Calgary Folk Music Festival presents

SOLD OUT! Birds of Chicago with Mohsin Zaman - Live at Festival Hall

Thu · November 2, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Festival Hall

Calgary, AB

$25.00

Sold Out

This event is all ages

Birds of Chicago
Birds of Chicago
Allison Russell (of Po’Girl fame) and her co-conspirator J.T. Nero lead this raw and soul-rich band whose stark, elemental imagery feels like scripture or a lost folk song recovered. Drawing heavily on a gospel tradition, their hamony-filled music creates a new secular sound where every word and note counts. Music is the good news and Real Midnight, the band’s poignant new Joe Henry-produced album, throbs with an urgency that feels quietly seismic. They alternate moody rock swagger with the ghostliest of soundscapes for a melancholy – but never shoe gazing – suite, full of wayward, joyful, lonesome voices raised up against the night.
Mohsin Zaman
Mohsin Zaman
Mohsin Zaman is the personification of a hug. This Dubai-raised, Edmonton-dwelling singer songwriter radiates an unparalleled warmth and energy; large and friendly, he has a stage persona you can expect your grandmother to fall in love with. With his big smile and ten gallons of hair, you would expect a singer like Zaman to have a few Michael Franti-esque pop anthems in his pocket, but his music wears a darker cloak. His misty folk songs recount a generous and empathetic perspective, intercut with moments of vociferous self-critique.
Zaman’s experience of Western music comes from his relatively short time as a Canadian, meaning that he consumes and produces it with fresh eyes. Zaman melds disparate elements into his own craft, unpretentiously embracing new and classic with an enthusiasm that borders on naiveté, constantly adding covers to his repertoire. His guitar playing is washed with a deep reverb, and his brash and beautiful vocals cut through with emotional assertiveness. Zaman is less interested in genre than in pure feeling, bringing in additional instrumentation only to reinforce the emotional weight of his lyricism. His love for performance pushes him further and further, driven by an insatiable desire to connect.
(LP)
Venue Information:
Festival Hall
1215 10 Ave SE
Calgary, AB, T2G 0W6