Austin-based world music band Atlas Maior takes its name from the first ever world atlas, published by Joan Bleau in Amsterdam in the 17th century. These were the beginnings of an increased awareness of cultures and places far beyond the confines of one’s immediate spaces. In a way, something similar could be said about Atlas Maior (the band) and its incorporation of several musical traditions from throughout the world in its original works. Latin American, Arab, and Turkish styles are deeply entwined with jazz progressions in their unique, engaging sound. Core members Joshua Thomson (alto saxophone, flutes), Charlie Lockwood (oud), and Ted Camat (percussion) share a wide range of influences, from composer Mohammad abdul-Wahhab to jazz artist Jackie McLean. The Atlas Maior exploration is, in essence, a tribute to the immensely rich and oftentimes more obscure musical endeavors from all corners of the globe, brought together by their collective knowledge and improvisational skill.
It’s a special evening at Stay Gold, 1901 E. Cesar Chavez. You can experience the extraordinary live performances of Atlas Maior tonight, from 10 p.m. to midnight. Recommended.