Singer, Oud-master and composer Dhafer Youssef and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi in soundcheck at the Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN
If you’re in New York on Sunday night, the 30th of October, please consider coming out to join us at Joe’s Pub. The joy you’ll feel is palpable and not-to-be-missed.
I’m smack in the middle of a tour with my new colleague, and now one of my most respected musician-friends, Dhafer Youssef. We’re here in Bloomington, Indiana, at the Lotus Festival with quickly accruing rewards in the shape of great music-making with some of my OTHER favorite musicians as well. Mark Helias, on bass, one of New York’s veteran improvisors, Satoshi Takeishi playing his self-designed drum kit on the floor as usual, and providing so much of the spirit of the band, and a string trio of on violin, and another partner in crime, Caleb Burhans on viola. Daisy is a recent New Yorker of UK origin and a member of Triology, who has been touring (especially Europe) for a very long time, and Caleb, of course, is from Alarm Will Sound, the ultimate multi-instrumentalist in our scene, and a composer to boot. Meeting and playing with Daisy has been a gift, and the three of us together have quickly found a way to play intimately together, just a fantastic pleasure. Add to all of that Kronos Quartet soundman Brian Mohr, and you’ve got a recipe for a great experience onstage.
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One review now in from the Walker in Minnesota (see below), which, by the way, remains the most welcoming, friendly, and artist-conscious venue of all. Philip Bither and Michelle Steinwald showed us the best time and took care of us impeccably. Never a requirement to have such wonderful hospitality, but it no doubt inspires a great performance. A better ‘first-gig out’ we couldn’t ask for, with a warm Minneapolis audience who brought us back to play a couple of extra tunes. A special shout-out to Michelle and Margo who got on a plane from Montana at 6 am to make the show that night! We’re honored to be at the Walker, for me it has always been a place almost defines ‘art to watch carefully’, so perhaps it bodes well for Dhafer that this was his first concert of his own band, his own music, in America. Here’s to many more…
Tonight is our second show at LOTUS world music festival, and tomorrow back to New York and Joe’s Pub at 9.30 pm.
above photo from left, Satoshi Takeishi, Dhafer Youssef, Brian Mohr, Mark Helias, Caleb Burhans, Daisy Jopling. Photographer, yours truly.