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Ilusha

Jan. 27
8 p.m.
$15-$18
Folk, Singer-Songwriter, World

Born in the Republic of Georgia, Ilusha Tsinadze moved to New York City with his parents when he was eight. After studying jazz guitar in college, he began to reconnect to Georgia’s folk tradition. He visited relatives in his home country, collected songs and stories, and formed a band back in NY with some of the city’s choice folk and jazz musicians. On 2011’s Deda Ena (Mother Tongue), Ilusha led an acoustic mix of guitars, bass, accordion, clarinet, violin, and percussion on an excursion into skirling Eastern European motifs and rhythms, dark melodies, and sprightly dances. It’s sublime traditional Georgian music played non-traditionally, he says, and there are quite a few obvious threads of Western genres woven into the pieces. “Mtiuluri,” for instance, is an exuberant mountain warrior dance with Celtic overtones, particularly in the raging violin and galloping rhythms. The instrumentation and vocal harmonies (sung in Georgian) on “Mokhevis Kalo Tinao” lean to bluegrass. Plus there are jazzy flourishes laced throughout, especially on the original “Get Reel.” Local band Srazhaly open.