folkwaysAlive! is proud to co-present an interactive workshop with the innovative NYC-based electro-acoustic group Tarana on Friday, October 7th, 2016.  Tarana will discuss and demonstrate the art of blending electronics and acoustic instruments in improvisational settings, informed by their own unique blend of jazz, North African and Indian rhythms.

This co-presentation has also been made possible through the support of the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology and the University of Alberta Department of Music, Composition Area.

What: Workshop with Tarana (NYC): Exploring the intersection of Jazz Improvisation, World Music & Music-technology
Friday, October 7th, 2016, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Convocation Hall, University of Alberta North Campus
Cost: Free Admission. Everyone Welcome.

Be sure to check out Tarana live in-concert the following night at the Yardbird Suite! Details can be found on the Yardbird’s website and ticketing information via YegLive.ca.

Biography: Tarana (NYC)

2016_2_28_rickparker_tarana1085Formed in 2003, Tarana is an exciting and ground-breaking trombone/synth (Rick Parker) & drums/electronics (Ravish Momin) duo that blurs the boundaries between the electronic and the acoustic, while blending a vast array of influences, ranging from Jazz to Bollywood to Ambient music. They layer loops, melodies and textures on top of their tight-knit acoustic instruments to create a symphonic sound that also explores deep-grooving rhythms from across the world.

Ravish Momin is a versatile percussionist/composer/electronic musician and composer currently residing in New York City. He has performed and recorded with artists as diverse as pop-star Shakira and legendary AACM saxophonist Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre. He started performing and recording with his own shape-shifting band Tarana in 2004.

Combining jazz, experimental, electronic and rock, Rick Parker casts a broad net with his trombone playing augmented by electronics and synthesizers. He has worked with a large cross section of notable musicians and groups including Tim Berne, Mingus Big Band, Darcy James Argue Secret Society, hip hop legends the Wu Tang Clan and DMC and mexican pop stars Ximena Sariñana and Natalia LaFourcade. Parker was twice honored with an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer award and frequently arranges music for rock/pop groups and jazz big band.

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