Lovers of African and world music should find themselves at Asbury Hall (Babeville) on March 25 for a one of a kind sound experience presented by .9Mile Collaborative.
Afro Horn, a band conceived and led by Francisco Mora- Catlett, will take center stage at 8p.m. and Buffalo should be so blessed to have them. Francisco Mora-Catlett and his New York-based jazz ensemble AfroHORN, draws from the metaphor of the Afro Horn (an instrument so mythically potent that it simultaneously unites and empowers the African diaspora through the sounds of jazz) in Henry Dumas’ short story “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.” Born of Mexican and African-American parentage (prominent artists Elizabeth Catlett and Francisco Mora), Mora- Catlett’s Afro-Horn came to life “in Sun Ra’s home, during his tenure with the Arkestra in the late 1970s.”
For this forthcoming and anticipated journey through diasporic sound under the Asbury Hall rooftop, Mora-Catlett brings together Aruan Ortiz on piano, Alex Harding on baritone saxophone, and tenor saxophonist JD Allen and Rashaan Carter – contrabass. Mora- Catlett, himself on drums, is augmented by the master Afro-Cuban percussionist Roman Diaz. Together, they explore the musical connections between the Caribbean, America, Africa, and Latin America – highlighting moments of congruency between each other.
Asbury Hall (Babeville) is located 341 Delaware Ave. Show is Friday March 25 at 8pm. Tickets $25 general admission, $18 students/seniors, $15 Hallwalls & CMC members . Visitors must show proof of vaccination upon entry, in addition to remaining masked throughout. More info at hallwalls.org