April 25, 1991 |
The Carlos Almaraz Memorial Concert and Tribute at the Dorill B. Wright Cultural Center Saturday will feature acoustic guitar virtuosos Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah. The duo--whose latest album "Primal Magic" recently topped record charts--performs rhythms ranging from rumbas to African, Caribbean and Middle Eastern sounds. "They're not at the top for nothing," event coordinator Michael Mora said. "We're all in for a real treat." Strunz and Farah will be accompanied by a six-member band.
April 25, 2003 |
Listening to Strunz & Farah at the Conga Room Wednesday, one kept wondering what would happen if either of the two virtuosic guitarists ever slammed a refrigerator door on a finger. Because speed and dexterity are what the veteran duo is all about. Costa Rica-born Jorge Strunz and Iranian Ardeshir Farah have worked as a team since 1980.
April 17, 2001 |
"Potpourri" may be the best word to describe the Global Music Festival at UCLA's Royce Hall on Sunday. Although the presence of violinist L. Subramaniam as the featured artist suggested a concert dedicated to the fusion of jazz and Indian music, the program was actually far more oriented toward a colorful overview of Indian popular music.
June 26, 1989 |
The rule of thumb for benefit concerts is for musical groups to keep it simple, stick with their hits and smile a lot. The result is usually an evening of music safely within the taste restrictions of moneyed audiences. Saturday night's Wiltern Theatre performance featuring the Manhattan Transfer fund-raising effort for the Mountains Trust Benefit (to preserve the Santa Monica Mountains) was, for the most part, a welcome exception. The group's members--Janis Siegel, Alan Paul, Tim Cheryl Bentyne--performed individually and collectively throughout a program that managed to mix predictably frothy jazz and easy pop with some highly adventurous playing by the lesser-known artists on the bill.
July 22, 1991 |
Stop the presses. There may yet be hope for mankind: Representatives of six nations from four continents found common ground Saturday at the Coach House in a harmonious demonstration of cooperation toward a common goal. The group, assembled under the leadership of guitarists Jorge Strunz (from Costa Rica) and Ardeshir Farah (from Iran), pooled skills in a display of empathy that would bring shame to larger, better-known international organizations devoted to world unity.
July 22, 1988 |
Wednesday night's performance at the Wiltern was a textbook example of pop music as a cultural melting pot. Start with headliners Toure Kunda, the Paris-based African pop group founded by three half-brothers from Senegal and rounded out by French, African and West Indian musicians.