The Taj Mahal Trio will be in Iowa City at the Englert Theatre Thursday August 9, 2012.
Composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music. Though his career began more than four decades ago with American blues, he has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the world – west Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the Hawaiian islands and so much more. What ties it all together is his insatiable interest in musical discovery. Over the years, his passion and curiosity have led him around the world, and the resulting global perspective is reflected in his music today.
Taj’s recorded output slowed somewhat during the 1980s as he toured relentlessly and immersed himself in the music and culture of his new home in Hawaii. Still, that decade saw the well-received release of “Taj” in 1987, as well as the first three of his celebrated children’s albums on the Music For Little People label.
Taj continued to expand his multicultural horizons by joining Indian classical musicians on Mumtaz Mahal in 1995, and recording “Sacred Island”, a blend of Hawaiian music and blues, with the Hula Blues Band in 1998. “Kulanjan”, released in 1999, was a collaborative project with Malian kora player Toumani Diabate (the kora is a 21-string west African harp). He recorded a second album with the Hula Blues Band, “Hanapepe Dream”, in 2003. Zanzibar, a European release, followed in 2005. His latest album, “Maestro”, was released on the Heads Up International lane in fall of 2008.
Source: The Englert Theatre
$35, Reserved Seating
$50, Golden Circle (first two rows on orchestra level, first row of balcony
Purchase tickets at the Englert box office, 221 East Washington Street, in Iowa City, Iowa.
Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 12 P.M.to 6 P.M. and one hour prior to most ticketed events.
Please call (319) 688-2653 ext. 1 to purchase tickets or online