Rock & Pop, Seasonal Special Happenings

Trevor Hall/Mike Love

When: Tue., June 30, 8 p.m. and Wed., July 1, 8 p.m. 2015

Two years ago, amid a soaring and still-burgeoning music career in the States, Trevor Hall packed up and took off for India. He traveled the country for a long time under the tutelage of a classical Baul musician (a Bengali minstrel, to the uninitiated). If they hadn’t been cemented already in his music, the cultural strains of Eastern thought sunk deep into Hall’s work. Baul culture, in particular, noted among UNESCO’s Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, espouses a life lived in the present moment. Their music is not written down, and their songs refract the nuanced meanings of life through proclamations about the heart, the soul, the Earth. Hall learned a lot while on his pilgrimage and returned to remote posts in Vermont and Maine, where he inadvertently spilled the contents of his travels into Chapter of the Forest, a breakthrough album released in June 2014. The sounds on the album are very much in the vein of “world music” — tablas bouncing rhythms against sitars and Hall’s deep, airy vocals. There’s reggae in there, sure, and a dose of hip-hop, but it’s a sound wholly crafted by Hall and his personal journey. Sonically, his music would fit in as nicely on a summer porch in Cleveland as on the midday train from Kolkata to Dhaka. (Eric Sandy)

Price: $20 ADV, $22 DOS

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