Suphala, + Special Guest Lisao

Suphala

+ Special Guest Lisao

Fung Chern Hwei, Jonathan Goldberger, George Spanos

Thu, September 4, 2014

9:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

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Suphala
Suphala
Suphala is one of the most versatile young tabla artists making music today. A protégé of the great tabla masters Ustad Allarakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain, Suphala is fluent in a diversity of musical traditions that inform her unique compositions and her highly improvisational performances. The four albums she has released to date – Instru Mental (2000), The Now (2005) Blueprint (2007) and Alien Ancestry (2013) – go beyond the limits of genre and style while referencing such diverse influences as Western classical, Indian classical, electronic, jazz, folk and soul. Her concerts also break down boundaries: she made history in early 2005 when she traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan as the first musician to play in public since the fall of the Taliban.
The musicians she has recorded or performed with include Norah Jones, Perry Ferrell, Edie Brickell, Vernon Reid, Timbaland, Sean Lennon, 4Hero, Yoko Ono, Vijay Iyer and Joan Osbourne, among others. The artistic alliances Suphala forms -- including ensembles with vocals, strings, woodwinds, reeds and percussion -- are an integral part of her innovative approach to making music. With her unique rhythmic and melodic vocabulary and production chops that are both rigorous and inventive, this next phase of Suphala’s evolving musical expression is bound to continue a trajectory rooted in a deep understanding of the proud legacy of the tabla and a passionate commitment to expand the scope of its expression and to communicate it to the wider world.
+ Special Guest Lisao
"Lisao" is a long form poem written by ancient Chinese poet and politician Qu Yuan (Born 340BC, died 278 BC), before he drowned himself in the Miluo River, feeling hopeless and disappointed about the political situation in his country, Chu. Using the title of this poem as its project title, leader/violinist Fung Chern Hwei intends to recreate Qu's inner struggle by mixing structures with spontaneity, to correspond with Fung's own feeling towards the situation in his native country, Malaysia. Joining the project is guitarist Jonathan Goldberger and drummer George Spanos.
Fung Chern Hwei
Fung Chern Hwei
Originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Fung Chern Hwei has established himself as a multi-genre improvising violinist in the New York scene and has been working with numerous artists like Uri Caine, Billy Martin, Satoshi Takeishi, Shoko Nagai, Ken Filiano, Erik Friedlander and Min Xiao-Fen. While composing and improvising actively, Fung still keeps his Classical discipline and perform with contemporary Classical groups like Wordless Music Orchestra, Ensemble LPR and Ensemble Signal. He is a permanent member of the cross-genre improvising string quartet, Sirius Quartet, as well as the Kuala Lumpur based violin-theremin duo, FUGU.
Jonathan Goldberger
Jonathan Goldberger
Guitarist Jonathan Goldberger spent most of his youth on the outskirts of the Everglades in Florida. From there he migrated west to the Rockies (where he studied with musical guru Art Lande and played and toured with the cult spacey/bluesy Fat Mama) before finding his way to Brooklyn in 2001. He has worked extensively in both the music and film worlds, including composing and producing the music for the award winning feature films, Trans, and The Hawk is Dying. He currently plays guitar with artists including Todd Sickafoose, Josh Roseman, Jim Black, Briggan Krauss, among many others, and has just released the CD Surface to Air a collective with Rohin Khemani (tabla), and Jonti Siman (upright bass).
George Spanos
George Spanos
A native of Athens, Greece, drummer George Spanos moved to New York City a year ago and found himself performing with John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Marc Ribot, Sylvie Courvoisier, Juini Booth, On Kaa Davis, Lawrence Clark, and many other incredible artists as soon as he landed. With his deep understanding of groove and lyricism in his improvisation, Spanos is on his way to become one of the most exciting younger drummers in the scene.