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Austin, United States ( 1996 – present)

Atash was born in the vibrant arts and music scene of Austin, Texas , where musicians called The Gypsies began creating an exquisite fusion of world sounds as early as 1996 . Quickly hailed as “Austin’s best-kept secret!” (Austin Chronicle), The Gypsies earned numerous accolades for their theatre and film scores, most notably their “live” score to Tod Browning’s 1929 silent thriller, The Unknown, and their incidental music to the play The Conference of the Birds, by Peter Brooks.

As personnel changed and their music evolved, in 2001 the group became Atash, a name which evokes the life-giving ritual fire of ancient Persia, and embarked on their first summer-long “Fear No Venue” tour of the American West Coast. The group quickly won the hearts of even the unlikeliest of audiences, and returned to Austin triumphant, arriving home after 24 hours crossing the desert at 7am on September 11, 2001…

The events set in motion on that date changed the course of many things, including the path of Atash. Within two weeks they were back in L.A. for a 9-11 Disaster Relief Benefit Concert at the Sunset Room, invited to perform immediately following a surprise appearance by the Counting Crows. When they returned to Austin, Atash began organizing collaborative concerts for peace with musicians from around the world. In 2002, in recognition of Atash’s continual efforts for peace, the group was invited by the Texas Civil Liberties Project to open for speaker Noam Chomsky; and in 2003 by the Neem Karoli Baba Ashram to open for the trancendental speaker Ram Dass, author of Be Here, Now.

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  • nima643

    i really love al-munajat track from republic of love

    2 Sep 2009 Reply