Radio Free Bassanda! Cancelled due to illness.
May 14th - 7:30 - 22. - GiG -1808 Second Street
Balkan Beat Masters Radio Free Bassanda! return to Santa Fe to heat up late spring with their eclectic mix of exotic Eastern rhythms and dizzying melodic frenzy! Music from Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Macedonian, Persia, Armenia, North Africa, and Medieval Spain is all delivered with RFB’s rocking approach. Modal musics emphasize melody and rhythm rather than harmony and they invariably contain a great deal of improvisation and spontaneous invention, i.e. fun! ¡Radio Free Bassanda! brings a wide range of repertoire and instrumentation to their performances. Their use of both Eastern and Western instruments affords them a broad timbral palette with which to weave their sound pictures. Energetic and complex rhythms challenge the ear and the feet!
Roger Landes: bouzouki, oud
Chipper Thompson: (percussion) dumbeq, darabukka, zarb
Ben Wright: double bass
Karina Wilson: violin, viola
"Holly Mead is an American composer and pianist. She began playing piano and composing her own songs at the age of seven and never stopped. She holds a degree in jazz studies from DePaul University and has toured internationally, both as a solo artist and with her band. Her work has been featured at Pixar Animation Studios, the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Bay Area International Children's Film Festival, and at Lincoln Center with Pop-Up Magazine and Awesöme Orchestra Collective. When covid derailed her plans for a studio recording in 2020, Holly recorded, mixed, and mastered her album Solitary Animals at home in her kitchen. Two years later, the tunes from this album (and her latest release Newborn Mountain) will finally be shared with a live audience!"
Bruce Dunlap - Guitar
"A tour de force" Jazz Times - "Evocative and spellbinding." New York Times - "The grace and emotional import of fine poetry." Jazziz "Pianistic guitar virtuosity… accomplished work by a true jazz virtuoso." Elusive Disc "A startling display of virtuosity, technical wizardry, and clarity." Jazz Now " "Used tonal color so vividly that the musical notes felt like wet paint." allaboutjazz.com "Acoustic jazz guitar played stunningly well... fascinating new compositions." Jim Hall - 2018 Governor's Award for Excellence In The Arts
Brahim Fribgane - Dumbek and Percussion
Born and raised in Morocco, Brahim Fribgane brings to his music the rich and varied musical styles he grew up with - North African, Gnawa, Berber, Arabic and Andalusian music. Moving to New York City in his twenties, through diverse musical collaborations, he developed his unique style, a blend of childhood influences and many international traditions.
Brahim has had the privilege of performing with such amazing artists as Peter Gabriel, Paula Cole, Adam Rudolph, Hindi Zahra, Dr. L. Subramaniam, Hassan Hakmoun, Club d’Elf, SamiYusuf, Will Calhoun, Zakir Hussein, Giovanni Hidalgo, Hamid Drake, Selva Ganesh, Steve Gorn, Larry Coryell, Reggie Workman, Hubert Laws, Corey Segal, Adam Deitch, Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, Amit Chattergee, and Medeski Martin & Wood, to name a few.