BANGALORE BREAKDOWN WITH PREMIK RUSSELL TUBBS & ULI GEISSENDOERFER
Welcome to Bangalore Breakdown – World music Jazz with Indian and African influences. Led by multi-instrumentalist Premik Russell Tubbs and pianist, composer and educator Uli Geissendoerfer, and backed by drummer Todd Isler and bassist Dan Asher, this ensemble soars with tremendous energy, improvisations and haunting melodies. “Every song sends you on a journey to a land you might not know but would love to travel to.” Premik’s skills honed with the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Carlos Santana will be fully on display. Premik and Uli also grace the stage for some duet work based on their latest release, “Passport to Happyness”.
MALA WALDRON QUARTET
We are delighted to bring Mala Waldron and her tremendously talented quartet to the Chapin Stage! Mala is a prolific composer and lyricist as well as an accomplished pianist/vocalist based in the New York City area (and originally from Long Island). She has performed internationally in such places as France, Italy, Japan, China, Malaysia, Belgium and most recently Russia. Her music is an inspiring blend of jazz, rhythm and blues, and soul and her songwriting skills are widely acclaimed. Joining her is Huntington virtuoso guitarist Steve Salerno, bassist Marc McLaurine, and dynamic percussionist Michael T.A. Thompson.
Her CDs include “He’s My Father” (duo with father, jazz pianist/composer Mal Waldron,) “Lullabye” (tribute to her godmother, Billie Holiday) and her most recent “Always There” which, in addition to being her first U.S. release, was also licensed by Columbia Records in Japan and voted one of the “Top 20 Jazz CDs of 2006” by Jazz USA.
Equally captivating on vocals as on piano, she has been compared to the likes of Nina Simone, Diana Krall and Roberta Flack as her appeal is broad and accessible. She clearly draws inspiration from the various genres of music she was exposed to as a child. with the strongest influence coming from her jazz roots.