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.
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.