Mediterranean-inspired jazz. Led by Buffalo native, composer and multi-instrumentalist Paul Hage, Mirage gives contemporary jazz a global perspective by combining unique instrumentation with the rhythms and melodies from the three continents that border the Mediterranean Sea. Genres such as nuevo-flamenco, acid, and smooth jazz are met with classical-style guitar playing from Hage and band-mate Dan Innes, creating an expressive fusion of world music that has become the band’s trademark. Percussionist and Moroccan-born Hicham—playing bongos, Djembe, and Derbuki among other instruments—lays down colorful beats that gives life to the band’s ambient tones. With the level of musicianship and cultural awareness that Mirage displays, it’s a language everyone can understand.
– jon wheelock