"The Cosmic Dance Band blends sounds of the Middle East with jazz harmony and modern sonics—this procession of desert-baked rhythms and intoxicating hooks marks Atassi's arrival as a major player."

- Gareth Thompson, All About Jazz

Dancing Together

released October 6, 2023 on ropeadope

"Rami Atassi sounds like what might happen if you had a left-field mix of psychedelic and jazz artists—Mdou Moctar, Wes Montgomery, Cave, the Natural Information Society—in your blunt rotation."

- Hannah Edgar, Chicago Reader

"For Rami Atassi, sonic inspiration extends far beyond the city’s borders. He has amassed an eclectic range of influences—desert guitar, jazz, Tropicália, samba, Arabic folk music, and Afrobeat—that populate his music."

- Joshua M. Miller, Chicago Magazine

That indefinable essence we call spiritual jazz is present, but Dancing Together also offers plenty to get steamed up about. Names that spring to mind include Bill MacKay, Greg Ward, Tcheser Holmes, Manu Dibango, Santana and Mdou Moctar.

- Gareth Thompson, All About Jazz

About the Band

The Cosmic Dance Band is an eclectic ensemble that plays the original music of Rami Atassi. Born from the Chicago music scene, they represent the wide range of sounds and influences that converge in the city's vibrant artistic community.

From groove-oriented spiritual jazz to Middle Eastern melodies to desert guitar grooves, The Cosmic Dance Band reflects Rami Atassi's global music influences.

Rami Atassi is a composer, producer, and guitar educator. Some of his credits include: Playing for SKYLANDING: The Music of Yoko Ono by The MIYUMI Project (produced by Yoko Ono); Winning “Best Original Music” at the 2022 Fine Arts Film Fest for his original score of the feature film Bad Animal; playing Pitchfork Music Festival with The Curls (2018).

Photos by Remsy Atassi
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