"Taksim" Near-Eastern Jazz Ensemble
Baronian, reedman/percussionist extraordinaire,
is the Prez of Armenian-American musicians. His playing and his
writing are a true synthesis of jazz and authentic Near Eastern
music, born of his extensive experience in both areas. On the
ethnic side, he trained with the renowned Turkish master Safet
Gundeger, and on the jazz side with the legendary Lennie Tristano.
He recorded with such jazz lights as Phil Woods, Don Jerry, Joe
Beck, Arnie Lawrence, Carla Bley, Paul Motian, Joe Farrel, Steve
Gadd, Armen Donelian and others, while continuing to lead ethnic
ensembles in performance and on recordings. In 1975 Souren Baronian
assembled a quintet of kindred spirits capable of pusuing his
musical vision, and named this group "Taksim," a word
which in the Near East refers to improvised melodic exploration.
Before long Souren and his band were surprising audiences regularly
at important jazz venues in New York, Boston and Philadelphia,
and earning a glowing review from Downbeat Magazine. They are
now enjoying their third decade of critical acclaim on both sides
of the Atlantic.
Teacher/Student Nights at the Lafayette Grill
54-56 Franklin St. 2nd Tuesday of the month.
Time is 7:30 - 10:30 pm. $7 Admission plus $15 Minimum at table
(does not include tax or tip). Reservations: 212-732-5600. or
email Rayhana at RayhanaMadonna@aol.com.
All CDs are 15.00 + 4.00 Shipping
About Time" CD
first album, 1995
traditional music and beyond, recorded live in Switzerland
East Far West" CD
Turkish, Persian, Greek, Balkan traditional melodies plus
improvisations and original compositions by Souren Baronian
Desert Winds" CD
Turkish, Balkan traditional melodies plus improvisations
and original compositions by Souren Baronian
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