The new solo album by Cairo-dwelling guitarist and composer Maurice Louca makes a radical shift from its predecessor, which featured the specially formed Elephantine ensemble.
The name of the band came about because it can be read to mean a gathering, particularly a religious one, or con clavé. Clavé means key, and as an instrument and as a rhythm, the clavé holds all this music together. Through these connections, the ancestors are speaking to you and through you.
With concerts back after a year and a half of pandemic closures, you'd think I'd be happy, if not ecstatic. Instead, I walk the streets and keep asking myself, "why do we even have classical music in America?"