Taraf De Tucson: SXSW Benefit
Friday, March 8th 9:00AM
taraf de tucson
GABRIEL SULLIVAN & TARAF DE TUCSON is a blazing nine-piece ensemble that creates a swirling, sweaty, danceable noise … using twisting violin melodies straight from Romania, the Southwestern twang of Calexico, the greasy groove of cumbia, and a horn section that’s equal parts salsa and Balkan brass. They’re a Gypsy Reggaeton explosion!
Bandleader Gabriel Sullivan cut his teeth as a teen in Tucson’s punk scene. But his musical restlessness kept him seeking out new sounds. Somewhere along the way, he discovered some fascinating parallels between the Mexican conjunto music of his hometown and the thrilling songs of Romania’s Gypsy people. The rhythms are for dancing, the melodies are full of pathos, and the performances are at once virtuosic and rough-and-tumble. While Sullivan is one of the busiest musicians in Tucson, playing guitar, percussion, and keys regularly with half a dozen bands, his Taraf de Tucson is the fullest expression of all of
his musical obsessions.
marvin and the cloud wall
Marvin and the Cloud Wall was born from a love of the softly harsh country of northern NY and VT, the streets and bridges of Brooklyn, the smells and sun of Tucson, the way southern time ignores itself entirely, the American literary lexicon, the never-ending highway, and an almost painful gravity towards sound impacting and color.
Newly part of the Charisma Artist Agency’s roster of wonderful bands, Marvin and the Cloud Wall is the solo project of musician Joe Novelli, known for his genre-bending lap steel work with bands and artists from the world over (J DiMenna [Brooklyn], Saint Bernadette [CT], Howe Gelb [Tucson, AZ], Emily Arin [Philadelphia], Imani Coppola [Brooklyn], These United States [USA – various], The Gentlemen of Monster Island [Tucson, AZ], Nive Nielsen [Greenland], Jennie Lowe Stearns [Ithaca, NY], Gabriel Miller Phillips [Brooklyn], Gabriel Sullivan and the Taraf De Tucson [Tucson, AZ], Mary Lorson [Ithaca, NY], Kenneth O’Meara [Lubbock, TX], The Highgraders [Lubbock, TX], Red Shahhan [Lubbock, TX], Seashell Radio [Tucson, AZ] and many more).
In this project a 1972 drum machine named Marvin joins Joe (and sometimes a drummer or two) to blend guttural slide blues, garage rock, indie americana, and cinematic layers into a rumpus both beautiful and brutal, depending on the whimsy of the listener.