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Mamak Khadem Cross Cultural Trance Fusion
December 1, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
SAT DEC 1st, 2018!! Called “…one of the wonders of world trance music”, by The Los Angeles Times, Iranian songstress Mamak Khadem captivates audiences by blending her roots in the ancient poetry and music of the Persian masters with a bold and revolutionary new sound. Collaborating with an extraordinary force of musicianship, she is joined by
Chris Votek- Cello
T.J. Troy- Percussion
Andres Vadin- Guitar
EARLY SET! 8PM SECOND SET! 9PM.
$20 includes beverages. Advance tickets strongly encouraged.
By nature, Mamak is a nomad, one who thrives on open spaces. By occupation, she is a bridge, one that connects geography to lore. In music, she is open to cultural influences, but she has chosen the classical Persian style as her base. Formerly of the sensational cross-cultural fusion ensemble AXIOM OF CHOICE, Mamak weaves a canopy, both simple and rich, for a stunningly emotional and spiritual musical experience that inspires new listeners to embrace cultural diversity and an awareness and appreciation of Persian arts and culture through a blending of old and new.
“The Road”, Mamak’s newest project, continues a journey started with her celebrated first solo album Jostojoo. Following her passion for new influences, Mamak has crossed borders from northern Iran to Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Morocco and Indonesia. Her search for common threads and powerful traditional melodies remains a driving force behind her music using elements from her Iranian heritage such as the poetry of Rumi to re-imagine a song from another culture, time and place. The freedom of her musical expression is intoxicating.
Mamak has appeared throughout the Middle East, the US and Europe; performing at the Perth Concert Hall in Australia, the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, the Smithsonian Institute, the Museum of Folk Instruments and the Voices of Women Festival in Greece, Koln Philharmonic in Germany, the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, House of Culture in Germany, California Plaza Grand Performances, the Skirball Cultural Center, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is featured on the soundtrack of the award winning documentary Skateistan and appears on the soundtracks of Peacemaker, Buffalo Soldier, Dark Angels, Traffic, Profiler, Dracula 2000, Persona Non Grata, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Battlestar Galactica.
MEHDI BAGHERI, kamancheh virtuoso & Multi-instrumentalist
Born in 1980, Mehdi Bagheri has fast become one of the most renowned practitioners of the Persian Kamancheh of his generation. A composer and multi-instrumentalist born in Kermanshah, Iran, Mehdi received his master’s degree from the Arak University in 2004, studying with luminaries of traditional Iranian music including Maestros Kayhan Kalhor & Ardeshir Kamkar, while simultaneously pursuing a degree in Dramatic Theater. He has performed worldwide at festivals such as the Oslo World Music Festival and Morgenland Festival, he has appeared at the Théâtre de la Ville (Paris – France), the Smithsonian Institute(Washington, D.C.), the Asia Society (Houston, TX), and the Getty Center (Los Angeles, CA), as well as appearing with the Berlin Radio Choir, featuring performances of his works in the RBB Hall. Since 2010, Mehdi resides in Southern California, sharing his music through a broad range of performance, recording, and educational practices.
CHRIS VOTEK, cello, multi-instrumentalist
Chris Votek is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, sound engineer, producer, and arranger living and breathing music in Los Angeles. Born the son of a wine grape grower in Sonoma County, Votek’s first musical endeavor was playing rock music on electric bass, but ceaseless curiosity and devotion to musical traditions from around the world have guided him along a musical path perpetually branching out. Chris is now an acclaimed cellist who records and performs with ensembles ranging from Arabic, Electronica, Jazz, Avant-Garde, Western Classical, North Indian Classical, Pop, and Rock.
Chris plays regularly with composer/songwriter Julia Holter, Arabic Orchestra MESTO, chamber jazz group The Brad Dutz Quartet, and various Western Classical Orchestras and Chamber Ensembles. He has also performed with FUN, Amanda Palmer, The Dirty Projectors, Father John Misty, and toured extensively at top venues throughout Europe, the Middle East, Australia, and the United States. A devoted student of North Indian Classical Music, Votek’s subtle and nuanced sound is greatly informed by his continual study adapting this ancient music to the cello.
T.J. TROY, percussionist
Grammy® Award-winning artist T.J. Troy brings virtuosity, style, and soulful expression to the broad range of percussion music he champions. From the deep traditions of Indian and Middle Eastern percussion, to the complexity of Contemporary Classical Music, to the sheer power of modern drumset playing, T.J. has developed lines of symmetry and expression that yield a graceful flow across styles. His 14-year tenure in ensemble Partch contributed to their 2015 Grammy® for Best Classical Compendium for their album “Plectra and Percussion Dances.” He is Principal Percussionist for the Arabic orchestra MESTO, and has appeared in countless festivals worldwide, performing in some of the world’s most prestigious venues with artists such as Ustad Aashish Khan, Mohammad Assaf, Ken Zuckerman, Mamak Khadem, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Emil Richards, and Cirque du Soleil. A dedicated educator, T.J. has given classes and workshops to students world-wide, and has developed musical curriculum concepts for school-age children currently in use in the United States and China. He has appeared as a featured performer/lecturer at PASIC and numerous percussion festivals worldwide.
ANDRES VADIN, Guitar
Guitarist Andrés Vadin is Cuban. He studied classical guitar in Havana and won the first prize in the Amadeo Roldan guitar contest when he was twelve. He graduated from the Guillermo Tomas and Amadeo Roldan Conservatory of music and developed a passion for all kinds of music namely Cuban, popular, jazz, rock, flamenco and classical. He has studied with Joaquin Clerch, Leo Brouwer, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Gerardo Nunez, Paco Jarana and Alfredo Lagos among other great guitarists. He also learned to accompany flamenco dancers like Maria Juncal as well as flamenco singers. his musical education let him move with total ease between all styles of music playing and making wonderful arrangements for the blues, the bossa nova, for flamenco, jazz, rock, pop, european folk, middle eastern and cuban songs. he composed music for the Compania de danzas espanolas Aires and the Compania flamenca Ecos.