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Nasar Abadey Gigging for the Government

Nasar AbadeyGood news this morning from Nasar Abadey, D.C. jazz drummer and leader of the ensemble Supernova. Abadey and Supernova (this time in quartet form) have been accepted as part of the U.S. State Department's international cultural-exchange program (in partnership with Jazz At Lincoln Center), "The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad" for 2010.

They, and nine other groups performing American musical styles, were selected out of 130 applicants, 35 of whom were invited to audition in New York City this summer.

This means that next year, over the course of eight months, Abadey and Supernova (saxophonist Joe Ford, pianist Allyn Johnson, and bassist James King) will be touring 40 countries across the world, bunched into several tours of approximately four weeks. Abadey reports that he's most excited about a visit to Central America that may last a full six weeks. Meantime they'll also squeeze in free performances at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in New York, and the National Geographic Society’s Grosvenor Auditorium in D.C.

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