November 22 at The Egg brings The Touré-Raichel Collective to the Swyer Theater, part of the Rhythm International concert series. Featuring Malian guitar virtuoso Vieux Farka Touré and Israeli superstar pianist Idan Raichel, both of whom have developed an inspirational collaboration and artistic kinship that creates an intercultural free-form acoustic masterpiece, crossing boundaries of country, culture and tradition.
Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara”, Vieux Farka Toure is known for his speed and dexterity on the guitar, and is considered one of world music’s true stars. Idan Raichel is a keyboardist, producer and composer known around the world for his ambitious cross-cultural collaborations that changed the face of Israeli popular music. Vieux Farka Touré and Idan Raichel met by chance, in 2008 at the Berlin airport, where they expressed mutual admiration and a desire to work together. Touré’s father, the legendary Ali Farka Touré, was one of Raichel’s musical heroes and the two went to Israel and recorded The Tel Aviv Session, which found musically beautiful common ground between the artist’s cultures. This was followed by The Paris Session and international touring.