January 2007

The Rotunda4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: Free Admission
Thursday, January 18, 2007 - 8:00pm

Trio Tarana

Sam Bardfeld, violin
Brandon Terzic, oud + saz
Ravish Momin, drums + percussion + composition

Trio Tarana, formed in 2003, is led by percussionist/composer Ravish Momin, born in India and currently residing in New York City.  The trio primarily uses Indian and East-Asian rhythms (including Japanese, Afghani, and Indonesian) as the foundation for a new creative musical experience.  They also employ compositions that seamlessly blend written material with spontaneous group interaction.

They released their critically-acclaimed debut Climbing the Banyan Tree in 2004, on the Portugal-based CleanFeed Record Label.  Of their debut CD, AllAboutJazz.com noted: "It is fair to say that Trio Tarana is without precedent in the world of improvised music. A true synthesis of North African, South and East Asian motifs with classical organization and the immediacy of free improvisation has probably not existed prior to Climbing the Banyan Tree.

Ravish Momin studied drumset with Andrew Cyrille and Bob Moses. He has also studied North Indian percussion with Misha Masud, a disciple of Pt. Taranth Rao, and Jim Dispirito a disciple of Ustad Zakir Hussain.  He has worked with a wide-range of musicians, including vocalist Marie Afonso (ex-Zap Mama), percussionist Susie Ibarra, bassists Wilber Morris and William Parker, violinists Jason Kao Hwang and Billy Bang, guitarists Brad Shepik and Ty Braxton, saxophonists Kalaparush Maurice McIntyre (AACM), Peter Epstein and Sabir Mateen, trumpeters Roy Campbell and Raphe Malik, pianist Ursel Schlicht's ExTempore Project, Balafon-master Balla Kouyate, and experimental hip-hoppers IsWhat?! (featuring MC Napolean).

Sam Bardfeld currently tours and records as a featured member of Bruce Springsteen's Seeger Sessions Band, and is also a member of the Jazz Passengers who has worked with jazz and avant-garde legends John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Ray Anderson and James Spaulding, pop icons John Cale, Debbie Harry and Nancy Sinatra and Latin stars Johnny Pacheco and Dave Valentin, among others. He has released two CDs of his own critically acclaimed music, Taxidermy (CIMP, 1999) and Periodic Trespasses (FreshSound/NewTalent, 2006). Sam is also the author of Latin Violin: How to Play Salsa, Charanga and Latin Jazz Violin (Gerard&Sarzin, 2002), considered to be the definitive work in its field.      

Multi-Instrumentalist Brandon Terzic is currently active on the Downtown NYC music scene, leading his ensemble the Howling Makams locally as well as touring the US, performing and giving lecture/demonstrations on Middle Eastern music at such Institutions as Asia Society NY, Johnson State College, Vermont, and The Guelph  Jazz Festival, Canada.  He has also performed  and shared the stage with world-renowned luminaries such as Hernan Romero, Minu Cinelu (percussionist with Miles Davis), David Fiuczinski, Al Mcdowell, and Shane Shanihan (from Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble) to name a few. He has recorded with Ursel Schlicht's Ex Tempore, Ravish Momin's Trio Tarana, Ashley Davis, and is currently working on two up and coming albums. He has also done television sound tracks for PBS.

Helena Espvall-Katt Hernandez-Sean Mattio
Helena Espvall, cello
Katt Hernandez, violin
Sean Mattio, percussion

Cellist Helena Espvall leads a new trio featuring Katt Hernandex and Sean Mattio. A member of the Philadelphia-based folk-rock band Espers, she has collaborated with such diverse figures as Fursaxa, Oluyemi Thomas, Sharron Kraus, From Quagmire, Lukas Ligeti, Samara Lubelski, Eugene Chadbourne, Pauline Oliveros, Scorces, Katt Hernandez and many others. Helena has performed several times at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, twice at the High Zero Festival of improvised music in Baltimore, at the Improvised and Otherwise Festival in Brooklyn, at the Big Sur experimental festival in California and at Terrastock 2006 in Providence, RI among many others.