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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Turkish/Jazz fusion w/ Cesni Trio (Fri.) & Pandelis Karayorgis Trio Reunion Concert (Sat): This Weekend @ Third Life Studio!

Mandorla Music Series continues with

Çeşni Trio

        Friday, December 2, 8pm
       $15 - advance tix here

Mandorla Music (along with Third Life Studio!) is very excited to present The Çeşni Trio for a night of contemplative, playful, beautiful and surprising music, as three contemporary improvisers explore Turkish makam tradition! 

The Çeşni Trio is made up of 
Tev Stevig (Klezwoods, Ivo & the Wave Wranglers, Cordis) on tanbur, fretless guitar oud, & saz; Michael Harrist (Ameranouche, Joe & Yuka Hunt Trio) on bass, yayli tanbur & ney and Fabio Pirozzolo (Grand Fatilla, Newpoli) on percussion including darbuka, bendir, cajon, tombak & armenian dhol.

The group is grounded in the flavors (çeşniler) of Turkish makam music while remaining deeply personal and contemporary. Their repertoirse draws from the Turkish art music tradition which developed in the urban areas of the Ottoman Empire and has a history of over 500 years, as well the more modern stylings of contemporary musician-composers such as Erkan Oğur, Ross Daly, Murat Aydemir, and Efrén López. They also play original compositions.


Pandelis Karayorgis Trio Reunion Concert
       Saturday December 3rd,  8 PM
       Tickets: $12 at the door (cash only)

Pandelis Karayorgis-piano
Nate McBride-bass
Randy Peterson-drums

This occasion marks the long overdue 11-year reunion of the Pandelis Karayorgis Trio.  Pianist Pandelis Karayorgis, bassist Nate McBride and drummer Randy Peterson were active as thePandelis Karayorgis Trio from 1997 to 2005. Together they recorded three CDs: Heart & Sack (Leo Lab ) in 1998, Blood Ballad (Leo Records) in 2001 and Carameluia (Ayler Records) in 2005. 

The trio was featured by Kevin Whitehead on NPR's Fresh Air and has received critical acclaim internationally, including several critics' "best of the year" picks.

Jazz Times listed Blood Ballad on its Critics' Picks 2001 list while the Boston Phoenix called this trio one "of the best in the world" and listed Heart And Sack on its top-10 choices for 1998 saying: 

"Karayorgis combines Lennie Tristano's sense of linear propulsion with Paul Bley's conception of the piano trio as a free-flowing three-way conversation. That makes for a coiled, winding and unwinding sense of swing driven by Karayorgis's prickly lines and expansive harmonies, bassist Nate McBride's mix of gestural abstractions and deep-walking, and drummer Randy Peterson's ability to drop the downbeat anywhere, confounding expectations and drawing you into this band's remarkable pulse."

In the liner notes to Heart And Sack, John Corbett describes the recording as "a profoundly subtle work that sounds fresh and original despite the fact that it occurs within the confines of one of the oldest and most cliché-encrusted musical vehicles: the piano trio."

In 2004, the trio toured Europe and in 2005, performed in Chicago and recorded their third CD, "Carameluia." They were invited back in 2005 to perform at the Hungry Brain's Phrenology Festival.

Read more about the group here


THIRD LIFE STUDIO, 33 Union Square, Somerville, MA
(Almost at the heart of Union Square, on the segment of 
Somerville Ave. coming into Union Square from Porter Square--
next to Union Square Tailoring, three doors away from 
Grooves, across Somerville Ave. from the new East Boston Savings Bank 
at the head of Bow Street, and across the intersection from 
Citizens Bank--and next to the new Workbar location).

For detailed directions and parking information:!directions/cbkx

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