Mahmoud “Mood” Chouki with Yusa- Live from the PinChurch, Thu June 27, 2024 8:30pm

With special guest Yusa and others.
 
Mahmoud “Mood” Chouki (Morocco, 1984) is a master guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and composer currently living and working in New Orleans. His art draws together music from several different international contexts to explore how music may speak across cultural divides. His own compositions incorporate musical influences from across the globe, ranging from European classical, Andalusian from Southern Spain, Levantine music from the Middle East, Maghrebian music from North Africa, Latin American music, and Jazz from the United States. Integrating sounds and rhythms from many different cultures, Chouki combines classical guitar with instruments such as the loutar, a traditional instrument of the Middle Atlas region of Morocco; the sintir, a Sub-Saharan instrument from the Sahel region (Mali); the oud, an oriental lute; the Algerian mandole, a steel-string fretted instrument resembling an elongated mandolin; the Bağlama saz, a Turkish long necked bowl-lute; the banjo, and a variety of percussion instruments.
 
Chouki’s projects have led him to perform around the world, such as the Magic Lutes Concerts with composer Hughes de Courson and the Symphonic Orchestras in Qatar; Magic Lutes Concerts with composer Hughes de Courson and the Symphonic Orchestras in Bahrain; Pireneos Sur Festival in Sallent de Gallego, Spain; Snug Harbor in New Orleans, USA; Cafe de la Danse, Paris, France; Gwangju world music festival, South Korea; and Safar music series at the New Orleans Museum of Art
As artistic director of Rencontre Orient-Occident at Chateau Mercier in Sierre, Switzerland, Chouki organizes annual artist residencies, bringing together master musicians from the East and West. For one week they share and explore each other’s styles and cultures through music and experiences, which culminates in a final concert. He also currently teaches music at the Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle Orléans, and is Music Curator for monthly music programs at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Most recently Chouki composed the film score for the2021 Sundance award winning film, Ma Belle, My Beauty (directed by New Orleans based filmmaker Marion Hill). In 2021, he was awarded 2020’s “Best Emerging Artist” by Offbeat Magazine’s Best of the Beat Awards.

Regarded as a top Ambassador of 21st Century Cuban Music, guitarist, bassist, vocalist, lyricist, composer and tres player, Yusa is one of the leading voices of Cuban music today. Her compositions have earned the acclaim of both her contemporaries on the island and international admirers. Born in Havana, music and the ocean have been central to her artistic production as a singer-songwriter.

Yusa blazed trails in her early years as a member of the all-women quintet Quasi Jazz, cementing her voice in the jazz fusion world, but she is perhaps most well-known as the original musical director of the popular Cuban band Interactivo.

She signed to Tumi Music as a solo artist in 2002 and released a handful of albums to critical acclaim, including multiple CubaDisco and BBC Radio World Music Awards. In 2008, she founded her own recording label, YUSA Music, on which she released her 5th album in 2012. She will be releasing her 6th album in 2023.

Yusa brings her vibrant blend of trova, son, pop, jazz, Cuban and Brasilian rhythms to the stage and leaves the audience always wanting more. She draws the listener in with her uncommon and very personal style, integrating Cuban styles with music from around

This is a very special, private venue, with many wonders and surprises.  Only a limited number of tickets will be available.  This will also be professionally filmed and recorded. 

Access to this special event is via RSVP/pre-order only.  Tickets can be purchased below.  There is a very limited quantity.  People who pre-register will receive an e-mail with details and directions to the venue.  This not a public space and no walk-ins will be permitted.  Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!  For any additional questions or concerns, e-mail events@mystickrewe.com.

 

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Mystic Krewe Totality Party!

What other club has their own private complex nestled deep in the Ouachita National Forest – smack in the middle of the area of Totality for the upcoming Solar Eclipse? The Mystic Krewe does! And we’re having a big party to celebrate! Membership has its privileges!

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Lots of cool things planned for the upcoming year!

We don’t post much on our public web site about all the things that are routinely happening in the club, opting instead to keep much of the club’s business private, but the Mystic Krewe has been very active in the past and will continue into the new year. If you’re interested in finding out more, please visit or FAQ page.

Our newest public location, the Mystic Krewe Pinball Parlor at the Broad Theater (636 N. Broad) features the largest collection of modern Stern games in great condition as well as many vintage games including Ms. Pac Man, Galaga and others. We’ve been operating regular competitive pinball leagues. We’ve even helped produce an award winning documentary film. Held numerous classes on a variety of things from CPR to Basic Electronics.

We’ve continued to host numerous concerts of various music styles from R&B and Blues to Jazz. We’ll even be hosting some orchestral music in the future, and some large funk groups. (Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to see the live shows. Regular poker tournaments, gaming nights, and more! We’ve been hosting themed wine tastings as well, and our membership consists of an amazing array of chefs who are likely to bring their creations to our social events to share with the club. We’ve even been rehabbing injured animals!

Recently we got a behind-the-scenes tour of an upcoming large arcade/gaming complex that’s opening in the region. We also did a group trip to the Houston Arcade Expo. We’re hosting a party on the Endymion parade route this year too!

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There’s never been a better time to inquire about joining the Mystic Krewe! If you value empathy, learning and sharing and are looking to make new, high quality friends, this is the place, and now is the time!

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Mystic Krewe debuts its first custom pinball machine

In association with PinballHelp.com, one of our club projects has spawned a new branch of technology called BSOS (Bally Stern OS) which involves integrating Arduino microprocessors into existing pinball architecture and making completely new rulesets and light effects and sounds. We debuted our technology showing off a completely customized version of the classic solid state pinball, Bally Paragon!

The new game not only includes 100% new custom code, but all original sound and audio, including music performed by Russell Batiste from his recent Live From the PinChurch performance (Be sure to subscribe to our  YouTube channel to see the performances!).

Work continues on Paragon and several other machines.  Right now this is the only custom version of Paragon in the world.  And we also have one of only a few custom versions of Stern Trident using the same BSOS technology, with even more to come!

 

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Want to Join Us?
The Mystic Krewe is looking for creative, passionate, ethical, progressive people to join our ranks and help us create a fun and friendly organization. We like to socialize and play games, but also learn, teach and share, and collaborate on business ventures and other projects. If this sounds interesting to you, consider petitioning to become a member. Check the topics on the upper nav bar under "About Us": "FAQ", and "Membership" for more information, then Contact Us to set up a meeting and tour!

Sell or donate your Pinball or Arcade game to us!

If you have an old pinball machine -- in any condition, consider donating or selling the game to us. We will restore it to its former glory and share it with others. For more info Contact Us!
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Click here to See our library of videos of past concerts and other performances.
We rent/operate arcade machines and make our resources avilable for special events!
Our collection of games, our museum and our expertise in restoring, maintaining and operating the South's largest collection of vintage coin-op machine is available to partner with others in the area! If you're operating a corporate event and looking for a truly UNIQUE venue or need vintage or modern games, or have a movie production that's looking for special items for set decoration, WE CAN HELP! We have extensive experience doing movie productions as well as corporate events. We are also looking for a public venue where we can set up a very special, unique array of vintage pinball and other devices. We can offer a very attractive and lucrative arrangement with someone in the area who has experience and resources! Club owners, investors, entrepreneurs, restauranteurs.... contact us to set up a meeting and let us show you how to have one of the most unique businesses in the country. Location won't matter. People will come from hundreds of miles around to visit this place. If you have resources and are intrigued, Contact Us
Active Projects
Below is a sampling of the active projects taking place within the Mystic Krewe. These are not all that's going on. If you would like to participate, contact us.

  • Sewing Group - Meets semi-regularly on Tuesdays working on various sewing projects from cloths and quilts to leatherwork and beyond.
  • Video Editing & Production Study Group - ongoing weekly meetings to learn beginner, basic and advanced videography, using HD cameras and Adobe Creative Suite CS6 (Premier Pro, After Affects, Photoshop, etc.)
  • Pinball Repair - Ongoing sessions showcasing basic and advanced pinball and video game repairs. Members come by at their leisure and we tackle various projects.
  • Music Group - MK members comprise a number of popular bands in the area as well as aspiring musicians. We regularly assemble to learn, teach, share and jam in the studio.
  • Basic Electronics/Micro Controllers by example - We're working with the Beaglebone microcomputer, the next generation over the Raspberry Pi, and learning basic electronics and embedded systems by developing a few simple and useful devices. Our flagship product will be a super-intelligent custom A/C thermostat/humidistat.
  • Computer-controlled DMX systems - Using computers to control lights and FX controllers.
  • Stained Glass Workshop - preparing for a class on how to make stained glass art.
  • ProTools and audio recording systems - The ongoing setup and configuration of our multi-track digital studio and podcasting system.
  • Construction and woodworking - We are designing and building custom desks and other fixtures, as well as working on unique artistic pieces and furniture to resell.
  • Mobile Applications Development - Android and IOS development groups are forming to begin learning and designing mobile apps, forming business ventures around these projects.
  • .... and more!
Want to help?
In our quest to celebrate learning, creativity, responsibility, personal advancement, sharing and helping each other and our community. Please consider giving what you can. Any token donation goes a long way in helping cover our expenses and increase our impact on the community. It means so much!

While financial donations are the most critical at this point, if you have other material items or resources to offer our group, please contact us! Thank you so much!!