RAFIQ BHATIA + IAN CHANG @ MOROCCAN LOUNGE
Words and recap by Stephanie Port
Composer, guitarist, and producer extraordinaire Rafiq Bhatia played his first ever LA show last evening at Moroccan Lounge. Currently touring in support of his new solo release Breaking English, the Son Lux member and his bandmates, including opener Ian Chang on drums, treated us to an array of musical styles ranging from soul to Afrobeat, all with the common thread of a jazz-inspired backbone. As his album title suggests, Bhatia’s growling guitar, complicated time signatures, and traditionally structureless songs made us feel as if Bhatia was speaking to us in a language all his own.
Drummer, composer, and fellow Son Lux member Ian Chang opened the show with an impressive set of sensory percussion.