Tuesday, September 22, 2009

San Francisco’s Rupa & the April Fishes take their international sound on the road for a 10-city tour this fall

este mundo to be released in North America by Cumbancha on October 27

September 22nd, 2009 – San Francisco's global agit-pop group Rupa & the April Fishes will perform select shows throughout the US, Canada and Mexico this fall in support of their forthcoming album este mundo, due out on Cumbancha Oct. 27. The tour includes performances at The Mezzanine in San Francisco, The Mint in Los Angeles and The Bellhouse in Brooklyn among other cities. A complete list of dates and venues is listed below.

Described as "one of the hottest emerging acts" by Time Out, Rupa & the April Fishes mix in elements of Gypsy swing, Colombian cumbia, French chanson and Indian ragas for a sound that effortlessly blurs the boundaries of genre and geography.

Over the past year, the group has brought their infectious live show to adoring crowds at NY's Central Park Summer Stage, the Montreal Jazz Festival, San Francisco's Outside Lands and Stern Grove festivals, not to mention dozens of Europe's most prestigious festivals and venues. The group has been compared to Gogol Bordello, Manu Chao, Beirut and other boundary-breaking genre-straddlers.

While in New York, the band will participate in the second installment of the adventurous music series, "Is America part of the World?" Part II of this series will also feature the band Nation Beat and will take place at The Bell House in Brooklyn on November 13. This series aims to challenge the way we think about "American" and "World" music with artists that are home-bred and world-traveled.

Rupa & The April Fishes will also present ¡Catapulta! at The Brava Theater in San Francisco on October 9 & 10. This unique concert and multidisciplinary event was put together to help dispel fears among immigrants about public health options. 

As a practicing doctor, lead singer Rupa is particularly passionate about the human impact of US anti-immigration policies and how it affects immigrants' (documented and undocumented) ability to seek public health care. Over the past several years, she has met countless patients who sought medical attention late in their disease process for fear of deportation. She was awarded a grant by the SF Arts Commission to bring her inquiry of these issues to a deeper level, which lead to the creation of music for ¡Catapulta! and este mundo. 

¡Catapulta! is a one hour performance of innovating new music by Rupa & the April Fishes, scoring stories culled from the band's trip along the US-Mexico border performed by longtime collaborators, the Pan-American circus group Malamaña, along with documentary photographs by Lars Howlett, choreography by Sara Shelton Mann and sculpture by Carlos Cartagena.
Tour Dates

09-26-2009, Bloomington, IN, Lotus Festival

10-10-2009, San Francisco, CA, Catapulta at the Brava Theater

10-29-2009, San Francisco, CA, The Mezzanine

11-04-2009, San Diego, CA, The Loft, UCSD

11-05-2009, Tijuana,Mexico, El Lugar del Nopal

11-06-2009, Los Angeles, CA, The Mint

11-09-2009, Burlington, VT, Parima

11-11-2009, Cambridge, MA, The Regattabar

11-13-2009, Brooklyn, NY, The Bell House

11-15-2009, Montreal, Quebec, L Astral

For more information, review copies, song lyrics & descriptions, photographs,
and other support materials, etc.please contact:

Allison Elbl @ IDPR Tel: 323.822.4851 or aelbl@id-pr.com
Simeon Chapin @ Cumbancha Tel: +1 (802) 425-2118 * Fax: +1 (866) 340-0054
Email: simeon@cumbancha.com *
Web: www.cumbancha.comOnline Press Kit: http://www.cumbancha.com/aprilfishes/press

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