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Friday, September 19, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.

Tomchess w/ Ravi Padmanabha

Tomchess (oud, ney)
Ravi Padmanabha (tabla, percussion)

Tomchess is a multi-instrumentalist/improviser/composer. He plays reeds, western flute, Arabic/Turkish ney flute, oud, and guitar. He also has a history of using electronics / sampling / live-sampling / loops / fx. He has performed with drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson's Decoding Society, Butch Morris's Sheng Skyscraper, recorded with tenor players Dewey Redman and Pharoah Sanders, Morrocan sintarist Hassan Hakmoun and Butch Morris. He has also led a guitar trio with Drummer Phil Haynes and bassist Drew Gress called Seven Times a Year. He has studied Middle/Near Eastern and West African musics, spending time in West Africa playing and performing. He has studied with Bassam Saba, Tidiani Bangoura, Abdul Aziz Tourè and Mohammad Camarra. He currently lives in NYC where he performs with his different ensembles and works as a freelance musician. He has performed at the Turkish Embassy, the Pakastani Embassy and the Asian Society among countless other venues in NYC and the United States. He has also performed in Africa, Canada, Holland, and Italy.


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