World music group plays at Denver
Globe Trotting, a world music and improvisational group, will appear in one of the area’s most intimate and acoustically perfect venues, the Denver Valley Old School Baptist Church on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. The concert is part of the Denver Valley Music Festival presented by The Denver Valley Preservation Committee, Inc. The ensemble consists of world class musicians with a wealth of experience with jazz and world music stars, who have individually toured the globe, appear on numerous recordings and have been featured in several films. Their sound is unique, rich and unforgettable. For information and reservations please call 607 326-7908.
Steve Gorn, whose flute is featured on the 2004 Academy Award winning Documentary film, “Born into Brothels,” has performed Indian Classical Music and New American Music on the bansuri bamboo flute, soprano saxophone and clarinet in concerts and festivals throughout the world. His teachers include Sri Gour Goswami of Kolkata and Pandit Raghunath Seth, and he performs regularly with Pandit Samir Chatterjee and Pandit Barun Kumar Pal. Well-known to audiences in India and the West, he has been praised by critics and leading Indian musicians as one of the few westerners to have captured the subtlety and beauty of Indian music. As an innovator in the field of contemporary world music, he is featured on Paul Simon’s Grammy nominated CD, “You’re The One,” and has toured and recorded with Jack DeJohnette, Paul Winter, Tony Levin, Glen Velez, Krishna Das, Alessandra Belloni, John Lindberg, Badal Roy and Layne Redmond. His recent recordings are “Colors of the Mind” and “Priyageeta.”
John Davey has recorded his first CD as a leader, entitled “Sound Bites,” in 2005, featuring pianist Jeremy Wall and guitarist Chuck D’Aloia, as well as Brian Melick. His chamber-jazz string trio From the Bridge, released their debut CD “Nine views from the bridge” in the spring of 2001. The recording features nine compositions of John Davey. He has studied with jazz bassists Gary Peacock, Dave Holland and Mark Helias. He performed for three years with his quartet The Bridge, appearing at The Syracuse JazzFest in 1995 and 1996. He teaches jazz bass at SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College in Oneonta.
Brian Melick is much in demand in the Capital District, performing, recording and presenting workshops. He performs with the Celtic-folk ensemble The McKrells, singer-songwriter Cathy Ryan and flamenco guitarist Maria Zemantoukis.
He first teamed up with Davey over 12 years ago, performing with the Roop Verma Ensemble, an experimental group blending western jazz with Indian ragas. He is featured on John Davey’s CD “Sound Bites,” and has his own CD of multi-tracked percussion compositions “Per-cussive Voices.”