Tarana performs at E Se (What if) Festival 2013

After having recently performed at a variety of alternative music venues in Europe, I am excited to perform at home, in New York City, with Tarana, at the 2013 E Se (What if) Festival on Monday, December 16th (8pm) at the Epistrophy Cafe.

Also performing on the festival will be NY stalwarts Oscar Noriega, Chris Speed, Michael Hearst, Ori Oren, Avram Fefer and Tim Keiper.

Tarana November European Tour 2013

( Live at the Tunel in Rijeka, Croatia on Nov. 22, 2013)

Tarana had an amazing time touring Croatia and Italy in November!
We played a large variety of venues, ranging from the eclectic KSET Klub in Zagreb, HR to the prestigious Panic Jazz Club in Marostica, to the legendary Lumiere Rock Club to doing a DJ set at Iguana Club in Male.  I also taught a workshop at the Centro Studi e Formazione in Bolzano, focussing on using Ableton Live in an improvisational context.

Silvana Presents: Tarana & MRC Riddims on Sat. Nov. 9th, 2013

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A rare NYC appearance by Tarana and MRC Riddims!

Super-excited to be sharing a double-bill with MRC Riddims.
is the DJ/production team of Alap Now (ex- Dalek) and Merc Anthony from Harlem, NY. Their single goal is to make the heaviest fun possible on the dancefloor. Absorbing many genres from minimal techno to dancehall to house and everything in between, MRC Riddims manage to bring their NYC flavor to all that they touch and rarely get too close to the limitations of any one genre. A deep thump and a playful bounce are a common thread throughout their distinct sound. Even when they journey into their deepest, heaviest moments, MRC Riddims never take you too far away from that feeling you had the first time you stepped into a roller rink as a kid!

Tarana at the Detroit Institute of Arts

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Deeply honored to have been invited back to perform at one of the most venerable museum institutions in the US. We will be performing at the DIA as part of their Friday Nights Live! Series on July 12th, playing two sets (7 & 8:30 pm)

We will also be performing a day before, on Thursday July 11th (8 pm), at Mexicains Sans Frontieres in Grand Rapids, and a 1st meeting with up-n-coming dancer/choreographer Gia Cacalano at the Wood Street Galleries in Pittsburgh, on Saturday July 13th (8 pm)

We don’t get to tour the US often enough, so very excited about this mini-tour!!

Post Mexico Tour Round-up

Whoa! Tarana had a great time in Mexico! First off, many thanks to all the people who worked super-hard to produce our concerts!  Another big thanks also to all of those people who came to hear us!  We really appreciate it!!

We played a variety of venues, ranging from an underground dance party in Monterrey to an outdoor concert for over 600 people in San Luis Potosi! We connected with lots of amazing musicians and also got quite a few ‘call-backs’ for the following year! Yes!!!!!

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National Tour of Mexico 2013

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I’m excited to return to Mexico with Tarana for a full-fledged tour!  In a different approach, we’re performing at a variety of venues, ranging from university concert halls to an underground dance party being presented by Monterrey based Producer/DJ Joshua Brandon
5/1- Sala Underground del Centro Complex, Monterrey
5/2-Jazzatlan, Puebla
5/3- Festival Internacional de Jazz y Sonidos Electronico, Foro Itinerante “El Blanquito”, Faro De Oriente, Mexico City, DF
5/4- Fundacion Sebastian, Mexico City, DF
5/7- Patio del Edifico Central, University of San Luis Potosi
5/8- Alianza Francesa de Toluca, (6pm)
5/8- Centro de la Imagen Larranaga, (9pm)
5/9- Centro Mexicano para la Música y Artes Sonoras, Morelia


November European Tour-2012

Just returned from an AMAZING tour of Europe!! Tarana (Duo with Rick Parker) performed in Norway, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia and Lithuania. Except for problems with taking Rick’s trombone on-board the Wizz Air flight to Riga (we had to buy the trombone a seat!! Ridiculous!), we made all of our flights/schedules without incident! Still in disbelief about that!
While all of the concerts were amazing and had enthusiastic audiences, we had a sold-out show at Klub Alterna (CZ) and a super-energetic crowd at the VDU Jazz Connections Festival in Kaunas (LT)!

Here’s a clip from our performance at Klub Alterna, doing a cover of AR Rahman’s “Azeem O Shaan Shahenshan”.. in a ‘Future-Bollywood meets Sigur Ros meets Juke at a Turkish Disco’ kinda way :)

Tour of Mexico-May 2012


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We had an amazing tour of Mexico!!  I opted for a ‘brassy’ version of Trio Tarana, and took Rick Parker (trombone) and Aakash Mittal (Alto Saxophone) with me.  We played in Mexico City at the amazing Zinco Jazz Club, Centro Cultural Espana, and Fundacion Sebastian.  Then, we played two shows at Cafe Central in Oaxaca, and ended the tour with L’Arrosoir D’Arthur in Cuernavaca.

In additional to those amazing venues and audiences, we were deeply honored to have been guests of one of Mexico’s greatest living Sculptors, Sebastian, and were treated to amazing hospitality that we’ll never forget!  Deep thanks also to Eugenio Elias, Matias Carbajal, and Oscar Adad in Mexico City for their support as well.  A big big thanks to Yadira Castenada down in Oaxaca for showing us true southern hospitality (and the super-amazing audiences too!), and last but not least, to Benoit and Amaury in Cuernavaca for the amazing time there as well!!