Sunken Cages x dragonchild
Thursday, March 23, 2023
8:00 PM
  • Performance

Solar Myth
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
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Program Info

$20 General Admission
21 & Over

This is a seated show.


Sunken Cages x dragonchild

  • Danny Mekonnen – saxophone
  • Ravish Momin – drums, electronics

Ars Nova Workshop presents a performance by two visionary artists dedicated to melding global and stylistic traditions. Debo Band saxophonist Danny Mekonnen (dragonchild) and Indian-born drummer and electronic musicians Ravish Momin (Sunken Cages) join forces at Solar Myth on March 23, 2023.

Danny Mekonnen is a Boston-based musician and the founder of the Debo Band, whose self-titled debut was included on NPR’s 50 Favorite Albums of 2012. Growing up in Texas as a first generation Ethiopian-American, Mekonnen often heard traditional Ethiopian instruments and vocals, later seeking out master Ethiopian musicians to learn to play the traditional instruments of his heritage. The groundbreaking Debo Band combines those influences with American soul and funk and the instrumentation of Eastern European brass bands. His solo project dragonchild is a culmination of decades of musical experimentation, embodied spiritual practice, and critical thinking.

Ravish Momin is an Indian-born, New York-based drummer, electronic music producer and educator. A structural/civil engineer by training, Momin studied with jazz master Andrew Cyrille and has worked with a diverse cast of musicians ranging from legendary avant-saxophonist Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre to pop star Shakira. As Sunken Cages, Momin enhances his acoustic drum sounds with electronic ones, rooted in Indian folk and Black Music traditions and influenced by the street sounds of South African G’com, Angolan Kuduro and Egyptian Mahraganat.

Together, they create an exciting new global music that draws from their respective cultural backgrounds as well as contemporary electronic music – from Detroit Techno to South African Gqom.

Cover: Ravish Momin & Danny Mekonnen Photo by Rich Wexler