Date: May 9, 2013
Venue: Tea Lounge (NY)
Review by Dawoud Kringle
When I walked in to the Tea Lounge for Brandon Terzic’s Trio performance for the Brooklyn Raga Massive (I was a little late. Sorry guys), the boys were playing for dear life, simultaneously caressing lovely poetics from the maqam and pummeling it into submission. Rufus Cappadocia’s solo was amazing; a Hendrixian powerhouse. Matt Kilmer’s percussion solo was as solid and innovative as ever. Terzic’s oud playing took the maqam and dipped it in a pool of jazz inspired deviations which always landed in its feet.
Earthy notes spill from an oud, like raindrops on ancient wood. A saxophone seeks out an exotic note somewhere between an equally tempered E and an Eb, and seduces it into a counter melody. The two voices converse, sharing each other’s ideas and passions. Percussions hang ornaments in the air, and the bass reaches under this dancing visceral language between two cultures, and lifts it into flight. Eventually, the oud asserts itself and makes a final statement.
Date: Wednesday, December 15 , 2010
Venue: the Rubin Museum in New York
Text, photo, videos and interview by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi
1. Kaoru Watanabe
Date: Monday, December 13, 2010
Venue: Zebulon (258 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211)
Genre: nu world music
Kaoru Watanabe (Japanese fue, Western flut & taiko) will be playing with Tim Keiper (ngoni), Chris Dingman (vibraphone) and Matt Kilmer (percussion). They’ll play a blend of “World” sounds- Mali, Japan, the US and beyond.