SOMERVILLE Mass.—Zoravik presents the Paris-based Collectif Medz Bazar in their only New England appearance. The concert will raise funds to help the band’s travel to music and media festival South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. Collectif Medz Bazar is a genre-bending, women-led ensemble comprised of six musicians who sing and play urban diaspora music inspired by folk music from Armenia, Turkey and Iran, Caucasian Rabiz, rhythms from Thrace, Venezuelan sounds, hip-hop, jazz and bluegrass. Beyond this traditional repertoire, Collectif Medz Bazar create compositions of their own that tackle social issues and challenge political and cultural boundaries. The event will take place on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 8 p.m. at ONCE Somerville on 156 Highland Ave. in Somerville, Mass.
Medz Bazar performs regularly in Europe, in the Middle-East, and in North America. Their third album “O” will debut this May as they venture out on yet another successful world tour, making appearances in Portugal, France, Poland, Armenia, Turkey, Georgia, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. All proceeds from ticket sales will be used to fund Medz Bazar’s attendance and performance at SXSW.
Zoravik (“in solidarity”) is a Boston-based Armenian activist collective that promotes new avenues for political and grassroots organizing and project-based engagement for progressives. Formed in the wake of the Velvet Revolution, the group seeks to mobilize the political, cultural, and social institutions of the diaspora to support and encourage transformative efforts in Armenian communities worldwide.
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