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Live @ Benaroya Hall: Tinariwen with Dengue Fever

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A bass chord and a chorus of male voices open the dance, followed by youyous, cries and handclaps. The powerful melodies of Tinariwen have become the soundtrack for a whole generation of exiled Touareg youth living in Algeria and Libya. These extraordinary guitar-poets from the southern Sahara desert blend blues, rock and pop with Berber and Arabic influences to create an altogether hypnotic concert experience.

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Tuesday, 4 April, 2017 7:30PM

Live @ Benaroya Hall: Trace Bundy

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Aubrea Alford, opener

Guitar virtuoso Trace Bundy must be seen to be believed. His music is poetry in motion, using harmonics and looping to confound even the most accomplished music lovers as to how one person can perform such intricate guitar arrangements with just two hands. It's no wonder, then, that fans have dubbed him the "Acoustic Ninja" and that he has shared the stage with the likes of Brandi Carlile, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Neko Case. With a growing virtuoso reputation, Trace has garnered over 36 million views on YouTube and has sold over 120,000 albums to date on his own independent record label. Trace's witty banter and stage presence deliver an unforgettable live concert experience that is not to be missed.

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Friday, 7 April, 2017 8:00PM

Live @ Benaroya Hall: Max Raabe & Palast Orchester

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Dashing, dapper and debonair, Max Raabe might have walked straight out of a 1920s Berlin cabaret. With his elegant baritone voice, he brings to life the songs and style of a bygone era — the timeless melodies by legends like Cole Porter and Irving Berlin — and delivers them with nostalgic flair and a good dose of dry wit. Max is joined by Palast Orchester, a group he formed with fellow music students at the Berlin University of the Arts.

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Saturday, 8 April, 2017 8:00PM

Live @ Benaroya Hall: Jóhann Jóhannsson featuring American Contemporary Music Ensemble

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Jóhann Jóhannsson is a Berlin-based composer originally from Iceland. His varied and eclectic output includes commissioned works for Bang on A Can, Theatre of Voices and the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. His debut album Englabörn appeared in 2002 and he has since released five solo albums on the labels Touch and 4AD. He has also composed music for the theatre, dance and film, including the film score for the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything (2014), for which he won an Academy Award.

After a period spent mostly concentrating on film scores, this year will see the release of several new music projects, some of which have been a long time in the making. Jóhannsson is working on his first studio album in four years since his last release, Miner’s Hymns, in 2011. “People seem to need labels, but they can be needlessly reductive,” says Jóhannsson. Ever since he was 18, when he started performing in rock bands in Reykjavik, he’s been looking for ways to break out of rigid categories. The music he's written has always explored the boundary between natural acoustic sounds and electronics, with the goal of exploring and unifying these opposites.

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Thursday, 20 April, 2017 7:30PM

Live @ Benaroya Hall: Jacob Collier

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Jacob Collier is recognized as one of the world’s most distinctive, inventive and prodigious young musicians. Based in London, England, his music combines elements of jazz, a cappella, groove, folk, trip-hop, classical, Brazilian music, gospel, soul and improvisation, which culminate to create the unique world of "Jacob Collier." He is best known for creating his trademark multi-faceted YouTube videos from his music room at home, wherein he sings all the parts, plays all the instruments, and visualises every component with a mosaic of screens.

With viral hits such as his rendition of the Stevie Wonder classic, “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing,” Collier has gained a global following, and some of his greatest fans include jazz legends Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock. Jacob released his debut album, In My Room, worldwide on July 1st, 2016. The album shot to #1 on iTunes Jazz in 23 countries. At the 2017 Grammy® Awards, Collier picked up two Grammys for tracks from In My Room.



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Friday, 28 April, 2017 8:00PM

Windborne’s The Music of Prince with the Seattle Symphony

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Known for stretching the boundaries of music and seamlessly tying together multiple genres of pop, funk, R&B, folk-rock, hip-hop, jazz, soul, new wave and psychedelic, there is no comparison to Prince's distinct sound. Now, hear his iconic music performed as never before with the Seattle Symphony, featuring guest conductor Brent Havens, vocalist Marshall Charloff and a full rock band taking you on a symphonic tribute to this music and pop culture icon! This remarkable show features hits like “Purple Rain,” “When Doves Cry,” “Little Red Corvette,” “Kiss” and more.

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Tuesday, 9 May, 2017 7:30PM

Live @ Benaroya Hall — TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' Band

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Blues titans Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ share the stage with their band for a once-in-a-lifetime night of music. While the two have known and influenced each other for decades, this tour marks the first proper collaboration between the two. ‘TajMo’ brings out the best in both artists, with the pair merging their distinctive voices, personalities and guitar styles to create vibrant, immediate music that’s firmly rooted in tradition yet ruled by a playful sense of adventure. Their collaborative album, fittingly titled TajMo, is set for a May 5, 2017 release.

Taj Mahal has been recording and performing his unmistakable blend of blues and world music for over 50 years, winning multiple Grammys® and collaborating with the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and more along the way. Keb’ Mo’, who has often cited Taj as one of his musical heroes, is a 3-time Grammy Award® winner who has collaborated with everyone from Bonnie Raitt to Jackson Browne.

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Sunday, 18 June, 2017 7:30PM