HotHouse Presents ATASH with special guest Fareed Haque
On Saturday, October 29 HotHouse along with Alhambra present ATASH with special guest Fareed Haque.
The Six-time Austin Music Award winners for Best World Music Band, Atash, will perform in Chicago for the first time on October 29th, joined by colleague and collaborator Fareed Haque. Haque made a cameo appearance on the group's 2014 release Everything Is Music and toured with Atash last June. Austin, a city known for fostering blues and outlaw country artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Willie Nelson, is home to a vibrant and eclectic music scene. An underground world music movement has steadily grown within the city since at least the 1970s, when Hamza Al-Din used to be a professor at the University of Texas. Atash emerged in the late 1990s as part of this influence -trailblazing in the art of synthesizing traditions of the world in high energy, uplifting performances. Their singular sound comes from a seamless concoction of instruments and musical elements instruments culled from varied regions of the world, including the mystical approaches of Sufi, Middle Eastern, and Indian traditions, the harmonic and rhythmic vitality of flamenco and jazz, the energy of rock and west African music, and textures of western classical orchestration. Haque adds his spellbinding world jazz approach to the guitar, melding eastern and western elements in an engaging display of virtuous musicality. Claiming the title of "Austin's Best-Kept Secret" by the Austin Chronicle, Atash has dazzled audiences around the world for close to two decades. Recent trips to California have included the Everything is Music Tour in 2014 and an appearance at the Joshua Tree Music Festival in 2015.
Alhambra is located at 1240 W Randolph St, Chicago Visit Website for Tickets and Reservations
Intrigued by the history and art of Alhambra, the eponymous palace and cultural mecca of southern Spain's Moorish Granada, Chicago physician Nasar Rustom created the space to bring the culture, art, and splendor of Alhambra to the City of Chicago. Dr. Rustom commissioned artisans from Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and Morocco to recreate the Moorish style of art for the hand-carved wood furniture, sculptures, rugs, stone mosaics, arabesques, and crystal chandeliers that adorn the space, augmented by a large collection of artifacts assembled over the course of many trips to the Middle East and North Africa. Since opening in 2007, Alhambra Palace has offered its visitors a unique experience of fine dining and entertainment, ranging from Middle Eastern singers to Latin salsa and tango.
HotHouse was founded in 1987 as a Chicago forum for global artistic expression -- with a special focus on under-represented multi-arts and educational activities that showcase innovative artists working in the margins of the commercial market. Outreach to underserved populations across metro Chicago is a key priority, along with producing events that amplify a variety of progressive social movements. The New York Times wrote of HotHouse, "Few clubs anywhere offer a wider range of first-rate world music, from wildly vibrant Afro-pop to avant-garde jazz than HotHouse." And a "Best of Chicago" award opined, "From European avant-garde jazz acts that don't even play in this hemisphere to performance art to world music to the city's more esoteric acts, [HotHouse] has consistently pulled in some of the planet's most innovative acts." The project broke ground in the city in a range of endeavors, from showcasing Cuban artists at the height of the blockade to serving as a forum for groundbreaking Avant garde jazz artists.
HotHouse has maintained two award-winning cultural centers, with the first catalyzing Wicker Park's cultural offerings (1987-1995) and the second spurring creative development in Chicago's South Loop (1995-2007). The board of directors is currently pursuing plans to build its third site.