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Interview with musicians

Interview: Lautaro Burgos – Ambassador of Argentina: An In-Depth, Four Part Video Interview.

Interview by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi (February 16, 2014)

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Lautaro Burgos (photo by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi)

What do you know about Argentina? What do you about her history and culture? Have you heard of Argentinian musicians, such as Mercedes SoSa, Astor Piazzolla, Gato Barbierei, Lalo Shifrin,.. or Lautaro Burgos?

Lautaro Burgos is a drummer from Argentina who lives in Williamsburg and has been playing in New York for some time He’s not only a great drummer, but also a very bright and enjoyable person to speak with. After watching this video, dear reader, I’m sure that you want to see Lautaro in one of his next concerts. You may also be inspired to travel to Argentina!

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Interview: John Pietaro – musician, activist & producer of the Dissident Arts Festival 2013 – speaks out!

Interview by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi (DooBeeDooBeeDoo’s chief editor), August 20, 2013

All photos by John Pietaro

946305_10201375067076280_1897149628_nSohrab Saadat Ladjevardi (S): John, let’s talk about your festival “baby” first: the annual Dissident Arts Festival 2013. Why and when did you start this festival?

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iPhone interview: M.A.K.U. SoundSystem Colombia’s nu voice!

Interview by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

This year, the energy will reach new heights with the newest voice on the world stage, M.A.K.U.SoundSystem (featured at NY’s globalFEST 2011). They are one of my favorite bands of this year. Their driving rhythms are grounded in Afro- Colombian traditions and their gaitas come from Colombia’s indigenous heritage (like their name), as they present their music with the freedom of young Colombians hailing from urban Queens.

I interviewed them backstage for the second time after their show at the Encounter NYC Colombian Music Festival at Le Poisson Rouge, November 10, 2012. (First interview here.)

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Tokyo Report P.5: my only encounter with live music in Tokyo – Andy Bevan & STEWMAHN

Text by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

It took me 42 days in Tokyo to meet Andy Bevan, an Australian Jazz musician who’s been living and playing music in Tokyo for a long, long, long time. I heard about him through a NY music colleague who’s a friend of him. During the 42 days I missed two gigs of him, but finally on the 42nd day I had the time to go to his show at the Saravah Tokyo club in Shibuya. To get to the club I took the subway, the Ginza line, from Asakusa to Shibuya, crossed the famous intersection in Shibuya and walked a couple of blocks north towards the Bunka Mura. However it took me some time to find the club. Even the Google map couldn’t help me out?! I had to use my inspiration and feeling to find the club.

When I was at the door of the club a sign told me that Andy was playing with Masaki Hayashi ‘s STEWMAHN: Masaki Hayashi on piano, who’s also the leader, Toru Nishijima on bass and violin, Akira Horikoshi on drums and my brother Andy Bevan on soprano and tenor sax, didgeridoo and various flutes.

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