This Thursday, February 1, The Jazz Gallery is proud to present the debut of the band Ba Akhu on our stage. The group is led by young trombonist Abdulrahman Amer, and features slew of talented peers—saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, pianist Matt Malnowski, bassist Hwansu Kang, and drummer Savannah Harris. Amer describes the inspiration for the group and its music thusly:
In the ancient Egyptian language, the term “Ba” represents the container for our spirit/souls (which the Egyptians named to be our “ka”).
The term “Akhu” represents the existence of our ka when removing the ba, which is the container that limits our power (in our case, we are limited to 5 senses through our current containers). To reach Akhu is a metaphysical thought in which we can exist along with everything and escape from our self to be a part of a bigger picture.
The music I will be presenting is original music (both sets will contain different music) and are attempts to connect to a higher spirit by growing through experiences or by practicing empathy. I hope to help open and connect people through this artistic experience.
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear this young band’s already-well-honed interplay with two sets of new music.
Ba Akhu plays The Jazz Gallery on Thursday, February 1, 2018. The group features Abdulrahman Amer on trombone, Immanuel Wilkins on alto saxophone, Matt Malnowski on piano, Hwansu Kang on bass, and Savannah Harris on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $15 general admission (FREE for members), $20 reserved cabaret seating ($10 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.