“Aspada” Comes to the Freight & Salvage

by on September 29, 2016

Tonight, some of the Bay Area’s greatest musicians and their equally amazing global compadres roll into the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley for what promises to be an incredible evening of music. “Aspada”, a global fusion super group, is led by the incredible saxophonist George Brooks, and features the incomparable Kai Eckhardt on bass, Egyptian keyboard wizard Osam Ezzelin, as well as one India’s “masters of percussion”, Selvaganesh Vinayakram. Also joining Aspada from India, is special guest vocalist Mahesh Kale.

“Drawing on the musical traditions of their homelands in India, Africa, Europe and America, this stellar quartet weaves a global tapestry for the new millennium. ASPADA features legendary saxophonist-composer George Brooks (“Bombay Jazz”, “Terry Riley”); German/Liberian bassist, Kai Eckhardt, (also celebrated for his work with “The John McLaughlin Trio”, “Trilok Gurtu’s Glimpse” and “Garage Mahal”); percussionist V. Selvaganesh (another McLaughlin alumni from the group “Remember Shakti”, and Zakir Hussain’s “Masters of Percussion”); Egyptian born pianist, global music and jazz virtuoso Osam Ezzeldin (“Billy Cobham”, “Zakir Hussain”); and very special guest vocalist Mahesh Kale who is the 2016 recipient of India’s National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer…”

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this group several times over the last year, most recently at the Presidio Trust’s fabulous concert series; This is another performance you won’t want to miss.

“Aspada”, featuring George Brooks, Kai Eckhardt, Osam Ezzeldin, V. Selvaganesh
with special guest vocalist Mahesh Kale
Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
Original compositions at the intersection of Jazz and Indian music
$24 adv / $26 door

Here’s a clip of the group performing the tune “Spirit”…

E. ”Doc” Smith

E. ”Doc” Smith

E. "Doc" Smith is a musician, producer and recording artist with Edgetone Records, who has worked with the likes of Brian Eno, Madonna, Mickey Hart and many others. He is also the inventor of the musical instrument, the Drummstick and makes his home in San Francisco.

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