February 18, 1993
When it comes to acoustic guitars attacked with gusto and exoticism, Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah are at the head of their class. The pair will cook up cross-cultural musical ideas and brandish their dazzling guitar technique when they hit the Ventura Theatre on Friday. Strunz began his career as the founder of the jazz-Latin fusion group Caldera in the '70s. Born in Iran, Farah came to Los Angeles, where he met Strunz in 1979. A duo was born.
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 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.
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.
July 31, 1992 |
The proof that scores of jazz musicians can indeed stand the heat in the kitchen--as well as on the bandstand--can be found in "Jazz Cooks: Portraits and Recipes of the Greats," a new cookbook written by Bob Young and Al Stankus. The 200-plus-page volume, published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang ($24.95), includes more than 100 culinary specialties (and oddities) from such jazz notables as Sonny Rollins, Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, Ray Brown, Shirley Horn and many more.