Ravish Momin's Trio Tarana | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Ravish Momin's Trio Tarana Soundboard Recommended

When: Fri., Oct. 31, 9:30 p.m. 2008

With Trio Tarana, Indian-American percussionist Ravish Momin uses jazz improvisation to catalyze a blend of musics from China, India, and the Middle East, but the results rarely sound much like jazz. On last year’s Miren (A Longing) (Clean Feed) Momin and his current trio partners, violinist Sam Bardfeld and oudist Brandon Terzic, create a seamless hybrid rather than the collage of Tarana’s debut: the dry, brittle snap of the stringed instruments floats atop extended rhythmic patterns that flow more than swing or groove, and the songs’ slowly unfolding melodic episodes use microtonal nuance to evoke all sorts of traditions that use it, from traditional ragas to low-down blues. For this show the lineup will be doubled by local guests Tatsu Aoki (bass and shamisen), Greg Ward (alto saxophone), and Doug Rosenberg (reeds). —Peter Margasak

Price: $15

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