Friday, October 15, 7 to 9 PM
The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) is proud to open its fall season introducing Brahmah. Poovalur Sriji, Jamal Mohamed, Ed Smith and Fred Hamilton comprise the cross-cultural ensemble Brahmah. The group was conceived in 1999 as a project coalescing Jazz with music from the Mid East, India and Bali. Original compositions and unique arrangements of traditional themes are performed on a variety of percussion and string instruments, the core being dumbek, mridangam , vibraphone and guitar. The group has performed in such venues as Southern Methodist University, the University of North Texas, the University of Oklahoma and the Dallas Museum of Art.
POOVALUR SRIJI, a prolific composer, performer, and educator, studied South Indian
Classical music from his father P.A. Venkataraman. For over three decades Poovalur has performed with the leading artist from both South and North Indian Classical traditions. Since his move to the United States, Poovalur has performed and recorded with many artists in the World Music arena, such as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Bela Fleck, Mark O¹ Connor, John Bergamo and Glen Velez to name a few. Poovalur has composed several pieces portraying the South Indian idioms. Poovalur has received several awards from leading institutions, and the album Tabula Rasa, where he has composed and performed with Bela Fleck, V. M. Bhatt and J.P. Chen was nominated for a Grammy. For more information on Poovalur visit www.poovalur.com.
JAMAL MOHAMED was born in Lebanon and grew up in the Chicago area, where he was exposed to rich blues and jazz tradition as well as the Middle Eastern music he heard at home. Known for his virtuosity on the Doumbek, Jamal has incorporated many innovative jazz and Latin styles with this ancient instrument. His music has been featured on recordings with Mark O’ Connor, Trout Fishing in America, the television documentary “Ramses the Great,” and many others. He has been a featured artist in many international music events, including festival in Europe, Egypt, Korea, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico. He currently teaches percussion at Southern Methodist University, and performs with his own Middle Eastern jazz ensemble Beledi, and the percussion groupD’ Drum. For further information on Jamal visit www.jamalmohamed.com.
ED SMITH was born in Dallas Texas. Mr. Smith left to study vibraphone privately in Boston and New York City before returning to Dallas to perform and record with many jazz groups. His varied musical experiences include performing with John Cage, Phil Woods and Louis Bellson . He has studied Balinese music while visiting the island on numerous occasions, and recently performed in a shadow puppet show at a Balinese temple celebration. He is on the music staff as an accompanist for the Division of Dance, Meadows School of the Arts at SMU and also teaches vibraphone at the University of North Texas and Cedar Valley College. In his spare time Ed performs with percussion group ³D¹Drum².
FRED HAMILTON is a guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and a professor at the University of North Texas. He has played bass or guitar with artists Bill Frisell, Cedar Walton, Mike Stern, James Moody, George Garzone, David Liebman, Marvin Stamm, Bill Mays, and Art Lande to name a few. He is the bassist and guitarist in the Earl Harvin Trio and has toured and recorded four albums since the group¹s formation in 1993. He is a founding member of the group Brahmah, where he plays guitars, dobro, the Hindustani slide guitar and banjo. During the summer, Fred teaches and performs at a variety of workshops, which includes the University of Washington, the University of Colorado, the Nairopa Institute, the University of North Texas and the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops. Fred Hamilton endorses Schaefer Guitars and Thomastik Strings. For further information, visit www.fredhamilton.com or www.music.unt.edu/jazz.
Friday, October 15
7 to 9 PM
3120 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75201
MAC members and students: $8.00
General public: $10.00