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Venue:
International House3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Sunday, September 21, 2008 - 8:00pm

Paradox Trio featuring Bojan Z

Bojan Z, piano
Matt Darriau , saxophone + clarinet + Kaval + Gaida
Brad Shepik, guitars + 5-string cello
Rufus Cappadocia, 5-string cello
Seido Salifoski, dumbeks + percussion

New York-based Paradox Trio creates original music inspired by Balkan traditions and driven by an improvisational Downtown New York edge. For over 12 years, the ensemble has been notorious for their high energy concerts and their innovative exploration of Balkan, Gypsy, Middle Eastern and Klezmer musics. They were one of the first groups on the NYC scene fusing Balkan and jazz elements - cutting across stylistic and geographic boundaries creating an unusual and eclectic sound - redefining the concept "world beat". Gambit, their fourth CD, is now out on the ENJA label and features the Bulgarian kaval virtuoso Theodosii Spassov. This rare appearance features the great Serbian/French pianist Bojan Z, best know for his excellent collaborations with Henri Texier and Michel Portal.

Saxophonist, clarinetist, ethnic-woodwind specialist and composer Matt Darriau has made several innovative contributions to the New York music scene. His background in the fertile and eclectic milieu of the New England Conservatory of Music's Third Stream Program in the early 1980s, and the continued practice of Balkan, Klezmer and Celtic folk idioms, have helped shape his aesthetic and passion for creating new and unusual music. He is active as composer-musician in the Klezmatics, Ballin' The Jack, Roberto Rodriguez Septet, Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars in adddition to his recently formed Yusef Lateef project and the Recycled Waltz Orchestra, Disastro Totale (with Yuri Lemeshev of Gogol Bordello).

Five-string cellist, Rufus Cappadocia is both a musical maverick and one of the leading voices of cutting edge cello today. His technique and musicianship inspire awe in even the most discerning critics, who have characterized his playing as "powerful; exploring territory that is positively otherworldly."

Originally from Seattle, guitarist Brad Shepik has toured the world and recorded with Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band, Joey Baron's Killer Joey, Pachora, Dave Douglas' Tiny Bell Trio and Simon Shaheen. He leads his own groups, including his Trio. Other musical associations include performances and/or recordings with Carla Bley's Escalator Over the Hill, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, Yuri Yunakov's Bulgarian Wedding Band, Tim Berne and Kenny Werner. Brad is a prolific composer and several of his prices are featured in Paradox Trio's repertoire. In recent years he has added Turkish Saz, and Portuguese guitar to the groups sound.

Macedonian-born percussionist and dumbek virtuoso Seido Salifoski plays music from his Rom (Gypsy) lineage and Balkan traditions. He is the foremost dumbek player in the New York area and has performed extensively for the past 12 years with leading Eastern European and N.Y. artists including Bulgarian clarinetist Ivo Papazov, Husni Omar Faruk, and has recorded and toured with Yuri Yanakov.

Since 1988, Bojan Zulfikarpasic has established himself as a fixture on the French jazz scene. For years, he has been one of the most sought-after accompanists because his skill at toeing the line in a group is just as great as his talent at stepping out of the framework and challenging accepted forms. Henri Texier, Michel Portal and Julien Lourau can all testify to the contributions made to their music by this tempered rebel pianist. Bojan Z won the first soloist prize at the Concours de La Défense in 1990, became a decorated Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2002, but perhaps it's the title of Django d'Or that suits his personality best. Like his illustrious elder, this Bosnian simultaneously embraces both popular and classical musical styles, and puts his own personal stamp on them while managing to preserve their harmonic and melodic treasures.

Made possible with support from Chamber Music America's (CMA) French-American Jazz Exchange Program.