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Johnny & Qais on "Backstage @ BRIC"

Composers Johnny Walsh and Qais Essar stopped by BRIC’s podcasting studio during their time as artists-in-residence at the Brooklyn arts institution. Listen to their conversation with BRIClab Senior Producer BJ Evans and Elizabeth Kracunas as part of the “Backstage @ BRIC” series. Special guest appearances by Jessica Batke and Negine Jasmine!

Marina McClure
Tear a Root returns to NYC on Sept 27 & 28!

We are excited to announce that Tear a Root from the Earth will inaugurate the 2018-2019 season of BRIClab, the exciting forum for work in progress at BRIC in Brooklyn, NY. Tickets are on sale now for three public showings of excerpts from the piece, to be held at BRIC on September 27 & 28. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit the event page on BRIC's site. And here is the Facebook Event page. Hope to see you there!

Marina McClure
Tear a Root goes to SXSW!

We are excited to announce that the music of Tear a Root from the Earth will be featured at this year's SXSW Festival in Austin, TX! We are currently scheduled for Tuesday, March 13 at Russian House, where Qais Essar will present music from the show with Gramophonic! If you're in Austin, please come by! We will update with additional details (including show time) as they become available.

Additionally, in honor of SXSW, we are putting the Tear a Root from the Earth EP on sale for $5. Download your copy now! 

Marina McClure
Sneak Peak of the new EP!!

Our EP is finished! If you want to get your hands on a copy, you'll need to come to our shows at the New Ohio Theatre in NYC, July 19-22. Tickets are available here. In the meantime, please enjoy the first track off the album.
"In the Springtime"
Performed by Ahmad Maksoud, Melis Aker, Jessica Batke
Written by Johnny Walsh and Abhinav Bahl

Marina McClure
See us on Voice of America News (in Dari!)

Our concert performance at the Kennedy Center was covered by Voice of America Dari, the Dari-language version of VOA that covers Afghanistan-related news in the US and around the world. VOA reporter Mohammad Ahmadi filed this report, which features interviews with Johnny Walsh, Qais Essar (who conducted the interview in Dari), Marina McClure, and Ruby Mountain, as well as footage from the concert.

Marina McClure
We are recording an EP!

We are excited to announce that we are recording an EP of original music from the show. We spent some time in the studio recently, and are currently mixing and mastering the songs. It sounds amazing, and we can't wait to share it with you!

 Johnny, Jessica, and Qais warming up.

Johnny, Jessica, and Qais warming up.

 Johnny, Qais, and Marina preparing to lay down some backing vocals.

Johnny, Qais, and Marina preparing to lay down some backing vocals.

 Melis in the booth.

Melis in the booth.

 Qais and Ahmad listening to a track.

Qais and Ahmad listening to a track.

Marina McClure
Tear a Root from the Earth @ The Kennedy Center

On May 5, we presented a one-hour concert version of selections from Tear a Root from the Earth on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. The concert featured Melis Aker, Ahmad Maksoud, Ruby Mountain, and Naren Weiss. The band was composed of Abhinav Bahl (guitar), Jessica Batke (accordion), Laura Carey (violin), Qais Essar (rabab), Nabeel Riaz (tabla), Ben Stanton (drums), and Johnny Walsh (cello).  The concert was introduced by Lael Mohib, wife of the Afghan Ambassador to the United States.