East quietly meets West in the intriguing music of percussionist Chris Wabich and oudist Dimitri Mahlis.
LA session percussionist Chris Wabich (Ludacris, Sting, Stanley Jordan, Sheila E., Mark Murphy, Omar Faruk, and Leonard Cohen) and oudist Dimitri Mahlis bring their duo Wahid to the Playhouse Tuesday, October 2 at 7 p.m.
Wahid is a duo consisting of Dimitris Mahlis (oud) and Chris Wabich (frame drums). The word "wahid" means "one" and in this case, represents the joining of instruments and music from the East and West. Mahlis is the composer and has the distinction of having significant selections of his work taught as a regular part of the curriculum at the LA Music Academy.
Dimitris Mahlis is a multi-instrumentalist and composer based in the Los Angeles area. Since coming to LA, Dimitris' skills on oud, guitar and other stringed instruments have led him into a rich variety of performing and recording experiences. Dimitris has had the good fortune to receive training in both Western and Eastern musical stystems. his style is known as both soulful and original. he currently studies with oudist Ustad Necati Celik from Istanbul, Turkey.
Dimitris has performed and toured throughout the world with artists such as A.R.Rahman, Axiom of Choice, Dionisis Savopoulos, Freddie Hubbard, Mamak Khadem, and others.
Chris Wabich is known around LA as a versatile and original voice on percussion and drumset. Recently chris played Frank Zappa's "Joe's Garage", a stage production of the album, produced by Gail Zappa. He was music director for "both" a production of Beatles music, and "the existents" by Ty Taylor (INXS). He founded the trio, "paris troika" based in NYC, who has headlined at the Blue Note, Iridium, Zinc Bar, Scullers, and toured russia. His upcoming projects include, discs with Bernard Woma, explosive singer J'nae, and jazz legend Mark Murphy.
Chris has recorded with: Ludacris, Sting, Stanley Jordan, Brian Bromberg, Jimmy Johnson, jimmy haslip, Lalo Shfrin, Sheila E., Mark Murphy, Alex Acuna, Larry Koonse, Bad Haggis, Turkish superstar Omar Faruk, Mamak Khadem, Boogsie Sharpe, Prog Rock legends Kevin Ayers (Soft Machine), Mike Hoffman (Tony Williams Lifetime), Richard Sinclair (Caravan) and with famous poet, Leonard Cohen.
"The music is traditionally rich and full with subtle jazz notes, and true to the history and melody of ancient civilizations." Jazz Music Examiner
Tickets are $10 advance and $12 at the door and are available at Wildberries Market or by calling 822-1575.
Arcata Playhouse (View)
1251 9th Street
Arcata, CA 95521