Monday, March 14, 2011

India.Arie and Idan Raichel to tour US

We've been excited about this project for a while now and can now share plans for the upcoming India.Arie and Idan Raichel's Open Door Tour. Open Door is the highly anticipated new project from Grammy-award winning neo-soul diva India.Arie. In this fresh musical offering, Arie partners with Israeli singer-songwriter and Cumbancha recording artist Idan Raichel – a driving force in contemporary world music – to create a cross-genre collection of songs that are poignantly relevant to a global audience. Stripped of overproduced instruments and emboldened by their cause, the two artists confidently deliver one of the most honest musical expressions that has reached the stage in years. The tour will be booked by IMN (International Music Network), the booking agency for Idan Raichel, Habib Koite, and other artists from the Cumbancha artist roster. 

Arie met Raichel in Israel where she traveled in 2008. Together, they have since written more than fourteen tracks and have performed onstage at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage. At a private listening show held last summer in Atlanta, the artists debuted Open Door, an album’s worth of emotionally stirring material.

Fans of Arie and Raichel got their first taste of the project with the video for "Gift of Acceptance", the first song from the collection made public.

Open Door delivers consistent themes of acceptance and unity that lay the foundation for an impassioned body of work. This penetrating collection forges cultural divides and exemplifies the raw power of open, simple production. Arie has found in Raichel a self-described “musical soulmate” who breathes new life into her signature brand of raw, empowered soul. Open Door is stunning array of effortlessly blended styles that Arie describes as, “the most authentic musical expression of my life thus far.” The authentic East-meets-West experience features minimal production; piano, percussion, strings, winds, and multilingual lyrics sung in Hebrew and English. With an album release date set for this summer, the Open Door project will tour the US in Summer and Fall 2011.

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