Photo Credit: Leyla McCalla by Noe Cugny

Wassermusik w/ Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory / Leyla McCalla at HKW / Saturday, 6.8.2022


“The boy has got thunder in his hands,” Taj Mahal once said about Alvin Youngblood Hart. There’s nothing else to say except, of course, that no one’s perfected country blues like Hart has. Over the decades he’s proven that he is no less adept in genres like western swing, traditional country music and classic rock. But when he sings country blues alone and with just his guitar, it seems all the more electrifying – after thunder comes lightning.

On the cello and banjo, Leyla McCalla brings the past together with the present. In addition to jazz, the multi-instrumentalist and singer is involved with folkloric and Creole musical forms. Her polyglot exploration of classics and standards, however, is guided not only by aesthetic interests but, on albums like The Capitalist Blues, also by sociopolitical demands. Her reinterpretations of Haitian songs, for example, tell stories of oppression and resistance.

Wassermusik w/ Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory / Leyla McCalla

6.8.2022 | Doors 18:30 CET | Starts 19:00 CET
HKW | John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10 in 10557 Berlin | Tickets

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