Events

Presented by: 3 Dots Community Partner Gorinto Productions

La Perla is a trio of researchers, singers and instrumentalists focused on the traditional musical heritage of the Colombian caribbean. Karen, Giovanna and Diana began playing in 2014 after years of individual experience in the interpretation of gaitas, hand-drums and folk singing.

$20 Presale/$25 Day of Show

Presented by: 3 Dots Community Partner Gorinto Productions

QWANQWA – Psychedelic Roots from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

“QWANQWA uncovers lesser known traditional sounds from East Africa regions of Ethiopia and beyond—a trance-like chant of the Eritrean tribe of Blen, a psychadelic Somalian cover, an extended Amhara wedding medley, a Mahmoud Ahmed sing-a-long. With Selamnesh Zemene, the Azmari diva powerhouse, at the helm, QWANQWA is a conversation of virtuosos through tight arrangements and extended experimental moments. The live show ranges from intimate to wild, from whispery conversations to full blown rock show, and it is hard to believe these psychedelic sounds are coming from traditional harps, one string fiddle, and violin. Driving, powerful, QWANQWA proves we are living during another Golden Age of Ethiopian music.” – qwanqwa.net

This performance will take place offsite, at Webster’s Cafe and Bookstore.

$20 Presale/$25 Day of Show

 

ALASH ENSEMBLE

The ensemble Alash is a throat singing band from Tuva, Russia, that performs traditional Tuvan music with some non-traditional influences.

Tuesday February 13th  7:00PM

$20 Presale/$25 Day of Show

Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to their Tuvan musical heritage.

“Sometimes you see a performance so singular, so extraordinary, that you know the experience is going to live with you forever. This was such a performance.” — Behind the Scene Gloucestershire, UK

“It’s one of the most astonishing sounds a human body can produce.” — Washington Post

“Alash … pretty much knocked everybody’s socks off.” — Pegasus News, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

“This is some of the most beautiful and haunting music I have heard. If you have not heard them, you have no idea how incredible they are.” — JamBands (interview with Jeff Coffin of the Flecktones & Dave Matthews Band)

This performance was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Gorinto x 3 Dots Present Secret Planet: International Sounds in Rural Spaces will establish a landmark series of diverse global music performances in rural Central PA, connecting a decentralized consortium of curators, musicians, and producers presenting international performances across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

In conjunction with 3 Dots & Gorinto Productions Secret Planet series, join us for an Outdoor Artist Market! There’ll be food, drinks, clothing, jewelry, prints, tarot, original artwork, community groups, and more! This is a perfect time to support local artists & creatives while getting your loved ones one-of-a-kind gifts for the holiday season.

The market is free to attend. For more information about the Secret Planet show, click here.

Presented by: 3 Dots and Community Partner Gorinto Productions

ORCHESTRA GOLD – African Psychedelic Rock
A kaleidoscope of sound deeply rooted in the Malian tradition while introducing a genre-bending nod to the future through their rare and artful fusion: African Psychedelic Rock. The music represents this powerful intersection, transcending borders and boundaries to be a force of healing within the community.

 

$20 Presale/$25 Day of Show

This Performance Co-Presented by The Center for Performing Arts//PSU Presents

“Behind Oakland CA-based ensemble Orchestra GOLD’s
original sound is a decade-long story of knowledge,
respect, and collaboration between Mariam Diakite of Mali
and Erich Huffaker of Oakland. Blending the traditions of
Mali and American Rock/Funk with a retro feel, OG
represents a world of powerful cross-cultural experience.
The group transcends borders and boundaries to be a
force of healing within the community. OG offers a
kaleidoscope of magical sound deeply rooted in the past
while boldly blazing towards the genre-bending future:
African Psychedelic Rock.”

Orchestra Gold’s vibrant sound is spearheaded by the dynamic Mariam Diakite, whose raw, hypnotic vocals deliver heartfelt and thought-provoking lyrics in the highly symbolic Bambara language. While paying homage to Malian musical traditions, this fierce new sound thrives with heavy swinging rhythms, a funky fresh brass section, and cosmic guitar licks. With the January 2023 release of their third album, Medicine, this profoundly spiritual and dance-inducing ensemble continues their pursuit of spreading healing and community through the universal gift of music.

“…pure fire… I want to see this band so bad”
— BOB BOILEN, HOST of ALL SONGS CONSIDERED / NPR TINY DESK

Gorinto x 3 Dots Present Secret Planet: International Sounds in Rural Spaces will establish a landmark series of diverse global music performances in rural Central PA, connecting a decentralized consortium of curators, musicians, and producers presenting international performances across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

Pernett with DJ Elbow Knee Knee

Saturday, December 9, 7 pm

A Colombian pioneer of electronic music fusions with traditional sounds, this Barranquilla-born multi-instrumentalist Humberto Pernett fuses Columbia folklore with electronic elements.

When Pernett appeared in 2003 with his first work called “Musica para Pick Up”, an interesting musical movement was growing in Latin America: an awakening of its roots.

In Colombia, Pernett was the pioneer of a new market characterized by the creation of independent labels and original music based on the traditions. He mixes electronic music with traditional Colombian Caribbean sounds. Now his are the sounds of many bands in Colombia. His writing talks about many things but in particular talks about the protection of the environment and the expansion of consciousness, all this mixed with a touch of humor and Caribbean flavor. His sixth album Siembra Solo Amor is a clear reference of this. Pernett mixes different skills, like singing, composing, producing, and playing traditional instruments from Colombia like his “Gaita”, a traditional instrument created by the native indigenous of the Colombian Caribbean coast, and playing the synthesizers all this mixed with drums and percussions. (via Worldwide Music Expo)

Opener DJ Elbow Knee Knee is a Central PA based DJ who has been digging in crates since their teenage years growing up in Ohio. Their all-vinyl sets span many genres and moods, elevating an event into unknown territories. With a deep interest in global sounds, you can be sure to catch grooves spanning multiple continents. DJ Elbow Knee Knee works closely with revered record labels including, Electric Cowbell, NYCTrust, Peace and Rhythm, Barbės, and We Are Busy Bodies. Their commitment to the craft keeps new sounds constantly flowing in each and every mix.

Gorinto x 3 Dots Present Secret Planet: International Sounds in Rural Spaces is a landmark series of diverse global music performances in rural Central PA, connecting a decentralized consortium of curators, musicians, and producers presenting international performances across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

This performance was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

 

Gorinto//Secret Planet//3 Dots Present: El Khat

Tuesday, November 14

7:00 pm

Gorinto x 3 Dots Present Secret Planet: International Sounds in Rural Spaces will establish a landmark series of diverse global music performances in rural Central PA, connecting a decentralized consortium of curators, musicians, and producers presenting international performances across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

***PRESALE OPEN NOW***

“It creaks and rattles, the screws are loose, but it holds together and it moves magnificently. It’s the sound of El Khat, an international deconstruction squad led by Eyal El Wahab, a son of the Yemeni Jewish diaspora on a mission to recover his roots.

He found his epiphanous mojo in a collection of Yemeni folk and pop records of the 60’s, sparking a bout of instrument building from bits of wood, saucepans, wire and rope, and the formation of the band with three friends from Polish, Iraqi and Moroccan backgrounds adding trumpet, guitar, disco-keyboards and hybrid jazz/junk percussion to El Wahab’s heartfelt vocals and slippery inventions on his homemade bass.

As undulatingly stimulating as the eponymous plant, El Khat mix trash and tradition in a timely urban reclamation of a disenfranchised culture. ” (Womex.com).

“A true original … El Khat is fascinating and disconcerting,unlike anything else you are likely to hear.” -Songlines

This performance was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Gorinto//3 Dots Present: ZOH AMBA + CHRIS CORSANO with Open Music

Saturday, November 18, 2023

7:00 pm

A dauntless saxophonist who has rapidly become a focus of the NYC creative music community, Zoh Amba was the first performer to headline Solar Myth with a gripping trio concert last November. She’ll make her welcome return in a duo outing with drummer Chris Corsano, a drummer based in upstate New York who has been active at the intersections of collective improvisation, free jazz, avant-rock, and noise music since the late 1990s. Having toured with Björk throughout 2007 and 08, Corsano has gone on to record prolifically with the likes of Bill Nace, Richard Bishop, Ben Chasny, Nate Wooley, Joe McPhee, Sylvie Courvoisier, Ken Vandermark, Nels Cline, Merzbow, Jim O’Rourke and others. Originally from Tennessee, Amba boasts a sound deeply informed by Albert Ayler, Frank Wright, Arthur Doyle and their fire-breathing contemporaries, and has found common ground with innovators like William Parker, Francisco Mela, Joey Baron and John Zorn. ArsNovaworkshop.org

Open Music is an ensemble presenting works by composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, improvised and original music, adaptions of theatrical pieces, and multimedia collaborations.

TICKETS HERE!

Gorinto//Secret Planet//3 Dots Present: Baba Commandant and the Mandingo Band from Burkina Faso

Friday, October 20

7:00 pm

Gorinto x 3 Dots Present Secret Planet: International Sounds in Rural Spaces will establish a landmark series of diverse global music performances in rural Central PA, connecting a decentralized consortium of curators, musicians, and producers presenting international performances across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

***PRESALE OPEN NOW***

Burkina Faso has always marched to its own drummer. The small West African nation has sometimes been overshadowed by its more populous northern neighbor Mali, and was once the southeastern frontier of the sprawling medieval Malian Empire. This empire spanned 10 modern nations and dozens of ethnic groups, and was knit together by the Mandé or Mandinka language and cultural complex—a language of kings, scholars, and epic poetry still spoken today. But “The Land of Upright Men” is a cultural powerhouse in its own right, and few artists embody the creative, independent spirit of Burkina Faso as Baba Commandant & the Mandingo Band, a four-piece ensemble that reimagines ancient Mandé musical traditions for the 21st century.

The group is led by the charismatic, enigmatic singer Baba Commandant (aka, Mamadou Sanou), an activist for traditional Mandinka music who began his career as a dancer with the Koule Dafourou troupe, before making his mark as a singer—or shouter—with various local bands. Baba originally hails from Burkina Faso’s second city, Bobo-Dioulasso—a bustling railway town with deep Mandinka roots. There he grew up immersed in Mandé traditions, and attended initiation rites for the Donso hunter society, from whom Baba learned his signature instrument, the donso n’goni.

A traditional, six-stringed harp with a gourd resonator, the donso n’goni conjures up earthy tones that create hypnotic, trance-like patterns. The instrument’s name translates as “hunter’s harp” and originated among the Senufo hunters of Burkina Faso, one of the regional Donso hunter societies of Mandinka culture. These semi-secret fraternities are spread across the historic Wassoulou region of Mali, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, and Burkina Faso, and its members are highly respected as traditional healers, mystics, seers, and storytellers. The Donso accompany their storytelling and songs with the n’goni, preserving genealogies, proverbs, esoterica, and generational knowledge.

Today Baba Commandant & the Mandingo Band make their home in the capital, Ouagadougou, and are a fixture on the city’s burgeoning music scene. Their debut album, Juguya, caused a stir in 2015—winning critical acclaim for its unique fusion of traditional Burkinabé instruments; propulsive, Afrobeat-inspired horns; and raw guitar power that created an unstoppable groove. Their sound is anchored by Baba’s donso n’goni and gravelly vocals, as well as by the electric guitar heroics of Issouf Diabate, and a battery of traditional and modern percussion, including the balafon (the West African predecessor of the xylophone), which adds a piquant, rhythmic punch to so much Mandinka traditional and pop music.

Baba Commandant draws on his intimate knowledge of Donso traditions whenever he takes up his n’goni; alternately growling, whispering, and chanting his way through the group’s repertoire. Their sound has evolved over time, jettisoning the horns in favor of a tighter focus on the interplay between Diabate’s sparkling guitar and the n’goni’s gutbucket funk. The result is a leaner, meaner, four-piece touring outfit who are bringing their road-tested sound to North America for the first time in 2023.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfdmsS8AI-I

https://www.facebook.com/events/240168528885912

This performance was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.