May 23, 2009
Thomas Workman is a player of an astonishing range of unique musical instruments, including didjeridu, bamboo, bone and nose flutes, berimbau, fujara, khomus, kaval, duduk, donso ngoni, udu, kalimba, and more. His fluency with so many diverse instruments, enhanced by deep musicality and improvisational skills, is a result of more than 30 years of study. Thomas has performed with Steve Gorn, Roswell Rudd and Pete Seeger, among others.
Cellist Rufus Cappadocia is a multi-lingual musician, performer, composer and recording artist of incredible range and diversity. He embraces the modalities of Middle Eastern, West African and pan-European folk forms to blues, rock and jazz along the way, adding elements American roots, Mediterranean textures, and Caribbean percussion for good measure. Cappadocia’s effortless and natural forays in so many music forms is awe-inspiring.
Drummer/Percussionist Tani Tabbal became known for his fluidity with odd and mixed meters. His passion for the avant-garde and in pushing the jazz medium, along with blending world rhythms, brought him in professional contact with jazz legends Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Braxton, Oliver Lake, Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill, and Richard Davis… among others. He also played with the Detroit avante garde group Griot Galaxy. Tabbal has recorded, performed and toured with Roscoe Mitchell, David Murray, James Carter, Geri Allen, and Casandra Wilson, to name a few. Tabbal is also in the percussion ensemble Pieces of Time along with Andrew Cyrille, Famadou Don Moye, and Obo Addy. Along with being a jazz drummer, Tani also plays percussion instruments of West Africa (djembe and doundoun), North India (tablas), and North Africa (doumbec).
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