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Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Chamber Jazz Sextet Hi-Res Photo (1 MB, 4.6"x3"):
Pianist and santurist Mariah Parker has just released her second recording of original compositions, "Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert," on Ancient-Future.Com Records. For this concert, Mariah adds chamber music to her mix. Her all-star Indo Latin Chamber Jazz Sextet features Paul McCandless, Grammy Award-winning woodwind master and co-founder of the world-renowned ensemble Oregon; Matthew Montfort, founder and leader of the world fusion ensemble Ancient Future and pioneer of the scalloped fretboard guitar; Ian Dogole, stellar multipercussionist, bandleader and collaborator with Ancient Future and Hamza el Din; and the virtuoso string section with Kash Killion, cellist and bassist with the Sun Ra Arkestra, and Jim Hurley, violinist with Queen Ida and Richie Blackmore.
According to Latin Beat Magazine, "Parker and friends blend the rhythmic syncopations of Latin jazz music with the entrancing, asymmetrical meters of East Indian rhythms resulting in first-class world music." Paul Liberatore of the Marin Independent Journal says they "fuse Latin rhythms with influences from South America and India with a dash of straight-up American jazz… an intoxicating blend of East and West." This chamber variation of the ensemble with its emphasis on strings will explore new compositions as well as rearrangements of existing work.
Saturday, June 3, 2017, 6 pm
San Francisco International Arts Festival
Gallery 308, Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94109
Adm.: $25 gen, $30 reserved table, $35 reserved front table. $12.50 under 18. Students with ID and seniors, $4 off cover price.
Box office: 415-345-7575. Buy Tix. Festival Pass (5 shows for $70).
Venue website: www.sfiaf.org
Poster (3.7MB): http://www.mariahparkermusic.com/pdfs/sfiaf_flyer_060317_rev.pdf
Indo Latin Jazz Live in Concert Cover Hi-Res Photo (1.1MB):
Indo Latin Jazz Live in Concert (Ancient-Future.Com AF-20142)
In 2009, Mariah Parker launched her Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble with a sold-out debut concert at Yoshi's in Oakland, California. Mariah’s new release for AncientFuture.com records, “Indo Latin Jazz Live in Concert,” captures the magic of that first performance, as well as subsequent Northern California concerts at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, the Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley and a studio session at Bob Weir's TRI Studios in San Rafael. These multi-track live recordings were painstakingly mixed and mastered over a seven-year period by veteran Ancient Future producer Matthew Montfort.
"This is sophisticated stuff, an album of global fusion performed by a group with character, charisma and the confidence that comes across when world-class musicians at the top of their games come together and create magic in the here and now of a live performance." — Marin Independent Journal
"Exuberant, exotic and inventive, Mariah Parker’s talented combo breathes new life into Latin jazz and hints at the interesting journey ahead." — The Progressive Aspect
Sangria Cover Hi-Res Photo (1.9MB, 1500 px sq):
Sangria (Ancient-Future.Com AF-2017)
This debut recording features her original compositions that draw musical inspiration from Brazil, Cuba, Spain, and India, and includes musicians from the bands Ancient Future, Oregon, Sun Ra, and Herbie Hancock's Headhunters. Sangria received airplay on over 468 New World, Jazz and Latin jazz radio programs, and earned over 365 reviews and media placements, including two songs that ascended to the Smooth Jazz Now Top 100 Songs of 2009 chart.
Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble performs 'Sol de Barcelona' at the Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley:
Mariah Parker (composition, piano, santur)
Mariah Parker. Hi-res photo for print by Ross Pelton (6 x 4 jpg, 1.8 MB):
Mariah Parker has been playing music from the time she could reach the keys on the grand piano in her family home. While completing her degree in music at UC Santa Cruz, she worked with ethnomusicologist Fred Lieberman and drummer Mickey Hart on the “Planet Drum” project and became fascinated with the possibilities of bridging musical concepts from different traditions. She has performed her original compositions in festivals in the US and Europe. A gifted composer and band leader, she released her first solo recording of her compositions, “Sangria,” in February of 2009. This release received extensive airplay and critical acclaim worldwide.
“Dazzling…. Parker’s subtle and sensuous sounds reflect exotic flavors of India, the Middle East and Latin America.” — Palo Alto Daily News
Mariah Parker with santur (a Persian manual ancestor to the mechanical piano)
Hi-res photo for print by Ross Pelton (5 x 4 jpg, 1.6 MB):
Paul McCandless (woodwinds)
Grammy Award winner and world renowned jazz superstar, Paul has brought a soaring lyricism to his playing and composing that has been integral to the ensemble sound of two seminal world jazz bands – the original Paul Winter Consort and the relentlessly innovative quartet, Oregon. A gifted multi-instrumentalist and composer, McCandless has specialized in an unusually broad palette of both single and double reed instruments that reflect his grounding in both classical and jazz disciplines. As a collaborator and solo artist, he has performed on more than 200 albums and appeared with such renowned all-star musicians as Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Wynton Marsalis, Lyle Mays, and Mark Isham.
Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar)
Recently recognized as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists, Montfort is the leader of the innovative world fusion group Ancient Future, and a pioneer of the scalloped fretboard guitar. In 2012, he was added to the 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists list at DigitalDreamDoor.com, joining luminaries such as Michael Hedges, Chet Atkins, John Fahey, and John Renbourn. Montfort has recorded with legendary world music figures ranging from Bolivian panpipe master Gonzalo Vargas to tabla maestros Swapan Chaudhuri and Zakir Hussain. He has performed concerts worldwide, including the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra in Spain and the Mumbai Festival at the Gateway of India in Bombay.
Jim Hurley (violin)
Influenced profoundly by South Indian violinist L. Shankar, Jim incorporates styles from bebop to zydeco, European classical to Zairean soukous. He has been musical director and composer for several theater productions, including an entire score in the Balinese gamelan style. His compositions have received widespread acclaim and extensive airplay. Live TV appearances include Saturday Night Live (with Queen Ida) and CNN's Showbiz Tonight (with Dan Hicks). He has toured Europe and Japan and performed at numerous major music festivals, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Kash Killion (acoustic bass)
Kash Killion is a first-call bassist and cellist who records and performs with various ethnic music ensembles and chamber orchestras ranging from the Sun Ra Arkestra to Cuban/Salsa bands such as Roberto Borrell y Orquesta La Moderna Tradición. With over a hundred recordings to his credit, he has played extensively with musical icons such as B.B. King, Cecil Taylor, John Zorn, Julius Hemphill, Reggie Workman, Sun Ra, Butch Morris, Paul Murphy, Glen Spearman, George Lewis, Alvin Baptiste, Chocolate Armenteros, Richard Egues, Larry Willis, Steve Berrios, and Francisco Aquabella.
Ian Dogole (global percussion)
For nearly 30 years, Ian Dogole has articulated his vision of Global Fusion Music as a multipercussionist, bandleader, educator, recording artist, composer and producer. He has released seven recordings as a band leader, and has recorded and performed with artists such as Hamza el Din, Tito La Rosa, and Alex DeGrassi. His instrumental array includes drums and melodic instruments from Africa, South America, the Middle East and Asia. He has received numerous grants, including a Jazz Performance Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and multiple grants from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.
On Saturday, June 3, at 6 pm, Mariah Parker and her Indo Latin Chamber Jazz Sextet will perform as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival. The concert features Mariah Parker on piano and santur, Paul McCandless on woodwinds, Matthew Montfort on scalloped fretboard guitar, Kash Killion on bass, Jim Hurley on violin, and Ian Dogole on global percussion. The event will be held at Gallery 308 in Fort Mason. For more information, visit www.sfiaf.org. Admission is $25 general, $30 and $35 reserved. Students with ID and seniors $21. A Festival Pass for five shows is $70.