Ilusha Tsinadze's Deda Ena
Show Description"...musically intriguing and culturally unprecedented."
If you walk down the streets of Georgia's capital, Tbilisi, the city where Ilusha Tsinadze was born, you're likely to hear one of his band's recordings blaring from a taxi cab, a youngster's cell phone, or over the old speakers at the bazaar. Step into New York City, where Ilusha lives now, and you can catch one of his sold-out performances at jazz clubs and folk music venues alike, where enthusiastic folkies, jazz-heads, and immigrants gather to hear his take on Georgia's ancient folk traditions. His band's recently released debut album, Deda Ena/Mother Tongue, brings mountain songs and village dances into conversation with the global city, featuring blazing fiddle solos, African and Brazilian percussion, and jazz improvisation.