A Spanish guitar and contemporary tones with traditional rhythms, it's music that inspires vigorous and joyful reactions.
Tambura Rasa a five-piece world-music band will infuse ArtSpace on Friday at 8 p.m.
Ivan Tucakov is the world-traveled singer who dares blend several sounds to create a musically diverse group that brings home the intricacies of the composition of a song, while providing high-energy entertainment.
"Having been a person who has been raised in different parts of the world, I have always had an interest to not only explore music but also different venues beyond where I am currently residing," said Tucakov, who is was born in Belgrade, Serbia. Tucakov said he was raised in different parts of the world as his parents were engineers and let work take them where it might. Tucakov spent many years in Turkey and then moved to Canada
"I have lived on three different continents in my life and really lived and absorbed the culture while I was there," Tucakov explained.
To find the members of the Tambura Rasa band was a journey, Tucakov said, that took years.
"It was a growing process," said Tucakov. "The act started about five years ago with the musicians I used to play with and we would explore different styles of music and pushed several boundaries while using different methods of expressing ourselves."
The band includes Tucakov, vocals, guitar; Michael Fraser, violin; Joseph Pepe Danza, percussion, flute; Trevor Grant, drums, and John Bews, bass.
Tucakkov was always interested in combining different kinds of music and realized the goal was to present it to the audience in such a way they could not help but dance.
"That's a big component," said Tucakov. "A lot of times when we play our shows, people have a hard time not moving to our music. Even in a sit-down venue people will tell me they could not stop shaking in their chair. We like to cover all the avenues and all demographics and it seems people of all ages and backgrounds respond really well to what we do. In some way the message is that the music is part of the story and essentially what the band wants to do is connect with others and show a different picture of what is possible."
Music sets a good tone to connect with people through an art form, Tucakov added.
"I would like to encourage people to come out and see what we're about," he said. "I know that as much as we try to amp up our videos and make it enticing, we always get feedback from people that say it's only when we are seen in person that people know what we're about. We are pretty unique and there's a great chance they will walk away with a smile on their faces."
Tickets are $20 at Books & Co., 1685 Third Avenue. ArtSpace is above Books & Co.