Haale Gafori, the Bronx-born, Iranian-American singer and guitarist who performs under her Persian first name, meaning “halo around the moon,” brings to North Bennington her trance-inducing, rhythmically propulsive, and lyrically engaging songs, drawing on both Persian mystical and American psychedelic musical traditions.
Haale will be joined by Matt Kilmer on percussion and cellist Brent Arnold.
Haale burst onto the popular music scene when she released two mesmerizing EPs in January 2007, “Morning” and “Paratrooper” (both Darya Records), and spent the year touring across the country and in Europe, at venues such as the Bonnaroo Festival, SXSW, and the Mimi Festival in France. She performed at David Byrne’s Nonesuch-sponsored series at Carnegie Hall, recorded with Sean Lennon on “Before the Skies,” and shared the stage with such diverse artists as the legendary jazz trumpeter Hugh Masakela and blues-folk singer Odetta.
With producer/percussionist Matt Kilmer, who will be joining her at VAE, Gafori released her critically-acclaimed debut, “No Ceiling” (Channel A Records) in 2008. The album featured musicians Shahzad Ismaily, Mike Gamble, Doug Wieselman, Chris Hoffman, and Johnny Gandlesman, with co-writing by Kilmer and Dougie Bowne.
For more information about Haale, visit www.haale.com. Tickets for the concert, on sale now, are $15 in advance through www.vtartxchange.org, www.ticketalternative.com, or by calling (877) 725-8849. A small service fee will be charged for processing. Tickets are $24 at the door on the night of show on a first-come, first-served basis. Libations, provided by Kevin’s Sports Pub & Restaurant, will be available through a cash bar.