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Sheridan Opera House: Matisyahu, live in concert
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Sept. 6, 2012
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Matisyahu, live in concert
Jewish reggae, hip-hop
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, 8 p.m.
Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, Colo.
The Sheridan Arts Foundation is proud to present Jewish reggae, hip-hop artist Matisyahu at the historic Sheridan Opera House on Thursday, Oct. 11. The Grammy-nominated artist Matisyahu is touring to support his newest album “Spark Seeker,” which was released this summer to rave reviews.
Tickets for the show are $40 for the floor and $45 for reserved seats in the balcony. Tickets include $3 ticketing fee. The floor is already sold out and there are 30 tickets left for the balcony.
Matisyahu first emerged on the international stage in 2005 with the stripped-down roots reggae of the gold-certified “Live at Stubb’s.” In the years since Matisyahu has gained notoriety with such albums as the trippy ministrations of Youth” to the polished pop eclecticism of “Light.”
“Spark Seeker” debuted at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 Chart, No. 1 on the Reggae Chart, No. 3 on the Independent Album Chart and No. 7 on the Digital Album Chart. The track “Live Like a Warrior” sat at No. 1 on the Reggae Single Chart and “Sunshine” was No. 2 during the week that the album released.
During Matisyahu’s meteoric rise to fame he became known for his traditional Jewish Hasidic dress and hair. However in 2011 he took to Twitter to post a picture of himself with a clean-shaven look.
“It just felt good to sort of restart everything,” he said, adding that the transformation actualized one of the central themes of “Spark Seeker,” the impermanence of the physical form. “The spark seeker digs for truth and meaning and is willing to let go of everything to find it. He’s honest and authentic with himself and lives life from the inside out. He creates music from the depths and doesn’t worry about what category he fits into.”
“Spark Seeker” is a bold new studio album that finds the one of a kind vocalist and songwriter exploring uncharted territory with help from an expansive cast of collaborations.
“My musical tastes are all over the board,” he says in reference to a record that mixes ancient traditional sounds with futuristic electro beats, rapping with singing, songs of the spirit with songs of the body. “And, besides, my music has never been about the outer garment. It’s about searching out inspiration wherever it lies. This album is about seeking that spark within.”
The album is not just a collection of random tracks, but a complete piece of work made with one producer. Matisyahu spent a year recording with Koool Kojak (who’s worked with Nicki Minaj, Travis Barker, Ke$ha) at the latter’s home studio in Los Angeles (where Matisyahu lives with his family). Then the pair went to Israel with an open slate.
“We booked a studio there and invited various friends and musicians to come and simply play music,” Matisyahu said. “We began to blend all of this live instrumentation to create a unique record, made by multi-faceted human beings who have many sides and many sources of inspiration.”
The result reflects that wide array of voices and experiences. In the hard-hitting “Warrior” Matisyahu describes feelings of frustration and desperation, while lead single “Sunshine” rides what might be the most uplifting groove in his catalog; elsewhere, “Searchin’” pairs a gritty digital-dancehall beat with chanted lyrics and “I Believe in Love” exemplifies the album’s deep melodic streak.
Throughout “Spark Seeker” you can hear Matisyahu embodying the album’s title — and embracing its humble promise. The album has a depth to it as well as a lightness, which alludes to the most essential theme of the record — that everything in life, especially music, exists in mixtures and blends. “Things are not as black and white as we would like to think. Not everything can be oversimplified," Matisyahu said.
This is definitely pushing the boundaries of what I’ve done before,” he acknowledges. “It’s a new kind of record for me.” At this point we’d expect nothing less.
Matisyahu will come to Telluride as part of a massive headlining summer/fall tour that brings him to college towns around the country. He also made his film debut in September starting alongside Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the Lionsgate horror film “The Possession” in which he played the role of a Jewish exorcist attempting to save a young girl possessed by an evil spirit.
Any remaining tickets for Matisyahu’s Oct. 11 show at the historic Sheridan Opera House are on sale online at SheridanOperaHouse.com. The show will begin at 8 p.m. and the doors will open at 7:30 p.m. There will be no opening act.
The Sheridan Arts Foundation was founded in 1991 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization to preserve the historic Sheridan Opera House as an arts and cultural resource for the Telluride community, to bring quality arts and cultural events to Telluride and to provide local and national youth with access and exposure to the arts through education. The Sheridan Arts Foundation is sponsored in part by grants from the Telluride Foundation and CCAASE.