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Firefolk Arts Presents: Rattling the Bones with Kafari

Rattling the Bones with Kafari

March 2 @ 2:00 pm 6:00 pm

“Kafari’ (he/him) is the alias of Cincinnati, OH born, Portland, ME based pianist and rhythm bones – wielding beatmaker Ahmad Muhammad. Kafari’s music synthesizes his love of ambient piano music, instrumental hip-hop and acoustic percussion, taking inspiration from Detroit jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby, Detroit beatmaker J Dilla, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops, who in a 2014 performance sparked Kafari’s interest in traditional music and the Irish rhythm bones – a percussion instrument popularized in America in the 1800s through Blackface Minstrelsy. Kafari often distributes and teaches the rhythm bones at his performances, inviting his audiences to workshop basic rhythmic techniques and to share in the joy and magic of bones playing.

From July 2019 to May 2023, Kafari appeared weekly on Monday nights in Portland, Maine at The Jewel Box, where he hosted a residency performance featuring his piano/organ bass renditions of contemporary and modern songs stretching across jazz, neo-soul, r&b, and classical idioms. Briefly before the conclusion of this longstanding residency, Kafari shared his intent behind the Monday night Jewel Box experience – “I hope to facilitate a rejuvenating sonic sanctuary that I and others can momentarily lean on and be recharged by.”

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Waitsfield, Vermont 05673 United States
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