Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert
by Mariah Parker
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Released in 2017, Indo Latin Jazz Live in Concert captures the magic of the concert debut of Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble in front of a full house at Yoshi’s in Oakland, as well as subsequent concerts at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage, the Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley, and Bob Weir’s TRI Studios in San Rafael. These multi-track live recordings were painstakingly mixed and mastered by veteran Ancient Future producer Matthew Montfort over a seven year period. Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert has received rave reviews and quickly rose to #32 on the JazzWeek radio charts!
Her all-star Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble includes Ancient Future musicians along with top Indian musicians and jazz and Latin players who have performed with Sun Ra, Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, and Oregon. For example, jazz wind virtuoso Paul McCandless is known for his groundbreaking work with the seminal chamber jazz group, Oregon.
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Mariah Parker has been playing music from the time she could reach the keys on the grand piano in her family home. While completing her degree in music at UC Santa Cruz, she worked with ethnomusicologist Fred Lieberman and drummer Mickey Hart on the “Planet Drum” project and became fascinated with the possibilities of bridging musical concepts from different traditions. She has performed her original compositions in festivals in the US and Europe. A gifted composer and band leader, she released her first solo recording of her compositions, “Sangria,” in February of 2009. This release received extensive airplay and critical acclaim worldwide.
“Dazzling…. Parker’s subtle and sensuous sounds reflect exotic flavors of India, the Middle East and Latin America.” — PALO ALTO DAILY NEWS
Hi-Res Band Photo (1.1MB, 5.8"x3.5") Shown: Mariah Parker, Kash Killion, Matthew Montfort, Michaelle Goerlitz, Paul McCandless, Brian Rice, and Ian Dogole at Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
Contributing to the unique sound of this recording, Mariah's ensemble includes: Matthew Montfort, trailblazing pioneer of scalloped fretboard guitar (an instrument combining qualities of the South Indian vina and the steel string guitar); Paul McCandless, Grammy Award winning woodwind virtuoso; Ian Dogole, multipercussionist, bandleader, educator, recording artist, composer and producer who has recorded and performed with artists such as Ancient Future, Hamza el Din, Tito La Rosa, and Alex DeGrassi; Brian Rice, versatile percussionist with players such as Mike Marshall; Duru Demetrius, latin percussionist with jazz icons such as Joe Henderson and Herbie Hancock; Debopriyo Sarkar, a sensational tabla player from Kolkata and a senior disciple of tabla maestro Pandit Anindo Chatterjee; Michaelle Goerlitz, talented percussionist with a focus on Brazilian, Afro Cuban, Venezuelan and Peruvian rhythms whowas a founding member of the Blazing Redheads and Wild Mango; Kash Killion, first-call bass player and multi-instrumentalist with Sun Ra Arkestra and Cecil Taylor; and Fred Randolph, an in-demand bass player as well as an accomplished composer, arranger, and educator. who has performed with Maria Muldaur, Dan Hicks, Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Collective West Jazz Orchestra, Sandy Cressman's Homenagem Brasileira, Kenny Washington, Marcos Silva, Charged Particles, Melanie O'Reilly, Al Molina, Terrence Brewer, Akira Tana, and Frank Martin.
"Marin may be known as a rock 'n' roll county, but it's also home to some of the foremost musicians in global fusion — a form of acoustic jazz that requires melodic invention, masterful musicianship and fearless improvisation. Eight of the best players on the planet are featured on pianist Mariah Parker's new album, "Indo Latin Jazz Live in Concert," recorded at Yoshi's in Oakland, Berkeley's Freight & Salvage, the 142 Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley and Bob Weir's TRI Studios in San Rafael. On this dazzling record, Parker, who has worked with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart on his "Planet Drum" project, leads a stellar ensemble of reed master Paul McCandless, best known as a founder of the pioneering acoustic jazz group Oregon; guitarist Matthew Montfort, who plays with Parker in the distinguished world fusion group Ancient Future; Marin percussion master Ian Dogole, bassists Fred Randolph and Kash Killion, percussionist Brian Rice, tabla maestro Debopriyo Sarkar and conga player Duru Demetrius. Parker, who holds a degree in music from UC Santa Cruz, wrote the eight instrumental compositions on this exquisite collection of pieces that fuse Latin rhythms with influences from South America and India with a dash of straight-up American jazz. It's an intoxicating blend of East and West performed by musicians of astounding virtuosity. On tunes such as 'Close Passage' and the lively 'Sangria,' for example, Montfort, playing a seldom-heard scalloped fretboard guitar, engages in musical conversations with McCandless as Parker and company create a sonic forum for the soloists' engrossing calls and responses. Like all the best jazz bands, this group is as disciplined as it is innovative, stopping on a dime when the composition calls for it and soaring into gorgeous landscapes of free association the next moment that are as pleasing as they are adventurous. This is sophisticated stuff, an album of global fusion performed by a group with character, charisma and the confidence that comes across when world-class musicians at the top of their games come together and create magic in the here and now of a live performance." — Paul Liberatore, Marin Independent Journal
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- Affinity Minus One (Mariah Parker. 7:40) >YTmusic. Mariah Parker (piano), Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Paul McCandless (soprano sax), Kash Killion (bass), Brian Rice (timbales), Duru Demetrius (congas). This piece started off as an exploration of a Latin rhythm, but Mariah modified it so that it's in a 15/8 cycle. After that, it gives way to a driving 4/4 montuno. Recorded at Yoshi's, Oakland.
- Close Passage (Mariah Parker. 6:55) >YTmusic. Mariah Parker (piano), Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Paul McCandless (soprano sax), Kash Killion (bass), Brian Rice (congas), Ian Dogole (cymbals). This piece begins with an improvisation in Rag Charukeshi (a mixolydian scale with a flat 6). The inspiration for composing this piece was the feeling of flight and graceful movement through a narrow passageway. Recorded at the Freight and Salvage, Berkeley.
- For the Waters (Mariah Parker. 6:30) >YTmusic. Mariah Parker (piano), Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Paul McCandless (English horn), Fred Randolph (bass), Brian Rice (percussion), Ian Dogole (cymbals). One night before going to bed, Mariah heard news of yet another waterway that had been polluted by an oil spill, and awakened at 3 o'clock in the morning the inspiration for this piece. This recording was taken from the debut performance of the piece at the Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.
- Torredembarra (Mariah Parker. 5:36) >YTmusic. Mariah Parker (piano), Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Paul McCandless (soprano sax), Kash Killion (bass), Brian Rice (percussion), Ian Dogole (cajon). Torredembarra is a small town in the province of Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain, near the Mediterranean. In 2005, Mariah performed there as part of a festival tour with Ancient Future, and with this piece she wanted to capture the vibrant rhythms and soulfulness of the Spanish culture. Recorded at the Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.
- Song for Satie (Mariah Parker. 4:35) >YTmusic. Mariah Parker (piano), Paul McCandless (English horn). This piece pays homage to composer Erik Satieo. Aspects of the melodic lines remind one of his lyricism, while the quartal harmonies (based on fourths instead of thirds) evoke a more contemporary feel. Recorded at Tamalpais Research Institute Studios, San Rafael, a virtual music venue that is the brainchild of Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir.
- Sangria (Mariah Parker. 8:17) >YTmusic. Mariah Parker (santur), Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboad guitar), Paul McCandless (oboe, bass clarinet), Fred Randolph (bass), Brian Rice (palmas, percussion), Ian Dogole (udu). Originally recorded on Matthew Montfort’s 2008 release, Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar, Mariah was inspired to expand her composition in such a way as to invoke more of the flavor and spirit of flamenco music. The expanded version became the title track of her first release, Sangria. This live version of the piece adds a prominent role for bass clarinet. Recorded at the Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.
- Jaguar Dance (Mariah Parker. 5:09) >YTmusic. Mariah Parker (piano), Paul McCandless (sporano sax), Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Kash Killion (bass), Ian Dogole (cajon), Brian Rice (percussion). Mariah loves dancing and felines, and decided to compose a piece of music that combines these two passions. Recorded at the Freight and Salvage, Berkeley.
- Milo's Moment (Mariah Parker. 9:28) >YTmusic. Mariah Parker (piano), Paul McCandless (sporano sax), Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Kash Killion (bass), Brian Rice (timbales), Duru Demetrius (congas), Debopriyo Sarkar (tabla). Milo's Moment features a classic Afro-Cuban style montuno, but played in a 7/8 meter. The piece was actually inspired by one of Mariah's very cute kitties who apparently thinks he's a beatnik poet.
"An aside to the title of this piece is that my cat Milo had a prolific period where he 'wrote' poetry with refrigerator magnets. When I was contemplating the name of the piece, I saw him staring intently at the words on the refrigerator. He looked up at me and immediately pulled down the word 'Moment' — hence the name."– Mariah Parker. Recorded at Yoshi's, Oakland.
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