11:00pm Friday 6/24/2016
Tarana is Ravish Momin (drums, electronics) & Rick Parker (Trombone)
Ravish Momin, Drummer, Composer
Ravish Momin is a versatile percussionist/composer/electronic musician and composer currently residing in New York City. He has performed and recorded with artists as diverse as pop-star Shakira and legendary AACM saxophonist Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre. He started performing and recording with his own shape-shifting band Tarana in 2004.
Amongst Tarana‘s highlights, they have performed at MOD: Encuentros de Musica Electronica Viva (Mexico City, 2015), Unyazi Festival of Electronic Music (Johannesburg, South Africa, 2014), Columbia University (New York City, 2014), The Mexico City Sound Encounter (Mexico, 2013), Kaunas Jazz Festival (Kaunas, Lithuania, 2012), The San Servolo Jazz Festival (Venezia, Italy, 2010), The Calgary Jazz Festival (Canada, 2009), Jazz Lent (Maribor, Slovenia, 2009), Cultural Festival Zacatecas (Mexico 2009), Jazz Ao Centro Festival (Coimbra, Portugal, 2008.) Mediawave Festival (Hungary, 2006), the Jazzin’ Tondela (Portugal, 2005), the prestigious Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery (Washington, DC, 2005), the New Music Circle (St. Louis, MO, 2005), 9th Annual Asian American Jazz Festival (Chicago, IL, 2004), the Taipei Arts Festival (Taiwan, 2004), amongst other performances. They have extensively toured China in 2010 and the UK in 2008 as well. They’ve performed on multiple occasions at the Rubin Museum of Art (New York, NY), the Yardbird Suite Jazz Club (Edmonton, Canada), and the Detroit Institute of Art. They have also been recently featured in Vice|Thump, TimeOUT Magazines (London, Lisbon, HongKong and Chicago), ‘Village Voice’ (New York), ‘Jazz.pt (Portugal), ‘JazzImprov’ (France), Redstar Magazine (China) amongst various other domestic and international publications.
They had released a critically acclaimed debut entitled “Climbing the Banyan Tree” in 2004, on the Portugal-based CleanFeed Record Label. Of their debut CD, AllAboutJazz.com had said: “It is fair to say that Trio Tarana is without precedent in the world of improvised music. A true synthesis of North African, South and East Asian motifs with classical organization and the immediacy of free improvisation has probably not existed prior to “Climbing the Banyan Tree.” Their follow-up CD, “Miren” (2007) was also very well-received. They released a critically acclaimed full-length album entitled “A Fire of Flowers Grows Around Us.” September 2015 on the Swiss-based Wondermachine Records.
As a side-man, he has also toured and recorded with saxophonists Sabir Mateen and Peter Epstein, guitarist Brad Shepik, bassists Wilber Morris and William Parker, violinists Billy Bang, Jason Kao Hwang, percussionist Susie Ibarra, trumpeters Roy Campbell and Raphe Malik, and Pianist Ursel Schlicht’s Ex Tempore.
He has also worked with Hip-Hop artist Alap Momin (from Dalek), toured with the rock band Fulton Lights, and has recorded for the CleanFeed, Delmark, NuBop, CIMP, Entropy Stereo, BlueRegard, Plasma Torus and Wondermachine record labels.
Rick Parker, Trombonist, Composer
Combining jazz, experimental, electronic and rock, Rick Parker casts a broad net with his trombone playing augmented by electronics and synthesizers. His music is “anexpressive new-breed fusion, informed by a few generations of downtown experimentation.” Nate Chinen, New York Times, and his sound described as “a seductive, burnished tone that’s animated by conversational improvisations.” John Murph, Downbeat Magazine.
Parker has resided in New York City since 2001 when he began studies for a masters in jazz performance and composition at NYU. He has worked with a large cross section of notable musicians and groups including Tim Berne, Mingus Big Band, Darcy James Argue Secret Society, Charli Persip, Frank Lacy, Super Hi-Fi, Tim Kuhl, Beninghove’s Hangmen, Cage the Elephant, hip hop legends the Wu Tang Clan and DMC and mexican pop stars Ximena Sariñana and Natalia LaFourcade. Since 2012 he has been a member of Ravish Momin’s Tarana, performing at festivals, universities and major concerts in USA, Mexico and Europe. Parker’s innovative use of electronics with the trombone have allowed him to cross through many musical genres and even garnered the attention of manufacturers Electroharmonix and Eventide with whom he has consulted on the development of new pedals and effects.
As a bandleader, Rick Parker’s music traverses multiple cultures and musical genres. His jazz quintet, The Rick Parker Collective, has released two albums on Fresh Sound New Talent and WJF records. Parker also has two albums with Little Worlds, a collaboration that ventures into the music of classical composer Bela Bartok. 9 Volt, with Israeli guitarist Eyal Maoz, is a brash experimental jazz/rock trio, whose debut album on OutNow Recordings featured Tim Berne. Alongside Mexican musicians Hernan Hecht and Mark Aanderud, the band 4Limones has toured the USA and Mexico. Most recently, Parker has entered into a collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Li Daiguo (cello, pipa, throat singing, beatboxing).
Parker has performed at major venues and festivals across Asia, Europe, North and South America including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Fest, Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Blues Alley, the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center. Parker was twice honored with an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer award and frequently arranges music for rock/pop groups and jazz big band.
See also: Workshop with Tarana