Aiken Promotions presents
We are delighted to announce Bedouine will return to Dublin to perform at Whelans on May 9th following her stunning show at The Grand Social last November.
Bedouine, a gallicized riff on bedouin, the nomad, the wanderer.
Anyone can assume such a name, but Azniv Korkejian has an experience of what it means, the type of ground it covers. Born in Aleppo, to Syrian/Armenian parents, Korkejian spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia, moving to America when her family won a Green Card lottery. They settled in Boston, then Houston, but she split for L.A. as soon as she could, ultimately settling there working as a sound editor. She never set out to be a singer in L.A., taking a zen approach to that part of her life, thinking that if it happens, it happens. One day she walked into the studio of bass player / producer Gus Seyffert (Beck, Norah Jones, The Black Keys) to inquire about portable reel-to-reel tape machines and ended up cutting “Solitary Daughter’’ in a first take. So they began another kind of journey.
Bedouine has a sound. Sixties folk meets seventies country-funk with a glimmer of bossa nova cool. With contributions from a remarkable cast of players like guitarist Smokey Hormel (Tom Waits, Joe Strummer, Johnny Cash), Seyffert and Korkejian brought a selection of ten songs to Richmond, Virginia. She specifically sought out Spacebomb, approaching Matthew E. White after a show in L.A. He remembers listening to the song she sent over and over, on and off the road, “‘One of These Days’ became our alarm when we woke up for almost all of that tour.” Anticipating this future collaboration, the tracks were created with breathing room for the Spacebomb touch and Trey Pollard’s sinuous symphonic arrangements.
Bedouine represents minimalism motivated by travel, paring down and paring down until only the essential remains. Her music establishes a sustained and complete mood, reflecting on the unending reverberations of displacement, unafraid to take pleasure along the way. At the end of “Summer Cold” Korkejian composed an interstitial piece to recreate the sounds of her grandmother’s street in Aleppo. Partly due to America’s role in destabilizing Syria, this sonic memory is the only way to return to her birthplace.
“An album heralding a talent as intriguingly fully-formed and distinctive, in its own way, as Laura Marling, Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush”. 5/5 Independent
“Her take on vintage folk pop and orchestral country soul is compellingly particular”. 8/10 Uncut
Tickets priced €15 go on sale Friday 23rd February at 10am through www.ticketmaster.ie & usual outlets nationwide.
– 50c per ticket service charge applies on phone, internet or credit card bookings. Final ticket price may be higher from other outlets.
Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required
AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Silent Disco, now every Mon, Tue & Wed from 11pm – 2 DJs, just pick the one you like best [Free Entry] plus Late Bar.