The Touré-Raichel Collective, 4/21/12

The Touré-Raichel Collective
Rialto Center For The Arts
Atlanta, GA
April 21, 2012



In most cases, the most beautiful things are born by chance and grown organically. This was the case with supergroup, The Touré-Raichel Collective, a worldwide sensation that most on this side of the pond have no clue about.

The Tel Aviv Session, the studio release from The T-R Collective, was born from a meeting between in an airport between Malian guitar virtuoso, Vieux Farka Touré, and Israeli superstar, Idan Raichel. The relationship blossomed and eventually the two wound up in a quaint studio in Tel Aviv. Combining Vieux Farka Touré’s unmistakable tone — that leaves no doubt he is the legendary Ali Farka Touré’s son — and Idan Raichel’s piano and vocal aptitudes, the project was destined for success from its inception.

With the album complete (stream it here), there was nothing left to do but hit the road in support.On this night, the collective was in Atlanta at the Rialto Center.

Seeing it live really brought life to what is already a very captivating piece of art. Raichel’s unique style of piano play, where he reaches inside of the piano to mute the strings, was something to behold and the percussion, that was all played on a Calabash by Souleymane Kane, almost required one’s full attention to understand all the different sounds that were being created on the dried fruit.

All four members contributed beautiful harmonies, which really tied everything together. There was even a guest appearance by India.Arie.

In a world where there is so much racial, religious, and political tension, it was both very humbling and inspiring to see two Jewish men from Israeli bond so well with two Muslim men from Mali, and in so doing, creating some of the most amazing music I have witnessed in years.


Click the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Michael Saba