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Sahlab: An Evening of Jazz Tarab
Mission Dolores Basilica
San Francisco, CA
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Sahlab: An Evening of Jazz Tarab
Sahlab is a unique collaboration among four accomplished musicians stretching the boundaries of Near Eastern musical forms.

Alfred Gamil - violin & oud
Souren Baronian - clarinet & duduk
Miles Jay - bass & buzuk
Tobias Roberson - percussion

$12 advance
$15 - $25 at the door

Alfred Gamil is an alumni of Egypt's Arab Music Institute (graduating in 1975 with a distinction) and the High Institute for Arabic Music (graduating in 1983  with an MA, honors of the first degree). Later on, his Ph.D thesis bore the title Achieving a number of Arabic Maqamat (gemmas and scales) of the Turkish Sazenda. All along , he also specialized in studies of voice, lute and the tumbur (a long-necked, stringed instrument resembling the mandolin). He studied violin since 1987 with Professor Bretzy as his main instrument and was a student of the renowned Abdou Dagher, a violin legend dubbed  Malik Al-Taqasim (king of of improvisations). He has been performing internationally for many years and has founded and leads his group Qithara.

Souren Baronian, reedman/percussionist extraordinaire, is the Prez of Armenian-American musicians. His playing and his writing are a true synthesis of jazz and authentic Near Eastern music, born of his extensive experience in both areas. On the ethnic side, he trained with the renowned Turkish master Safet Gundeger, and on the jazz side with the legendary Lennie Tristano. He recorded with such jazz lights as Phil Woods, Don Jerry, Joe Beck, Arnie Lawrence, Carla Bley, Paul Motian, Joe Farrel, Steve Gadd, Armen Donelian and others, while continuing to lead ethnic ensembles in performance and on recordings. In 1975 Souren Baronian assembled a quintet of kindred spirits capable of pursuing his musical vision, and named this group "Taksim," a word which in the Near East refers to improvised melodic exploration. Before long Souren and his band were surprising audiences regularly at important jazz venues in New York, Boston and Philadelphia, and earning a glowing review from Downbeat Magazine. They are now enjoying their third decade of critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic.

Contrabassist and composer Miles Jay has collaborated extensively around the world in a wide range of ensembles and productions. Since receiving his BA from UCSB, he spent six years in Egypt, Lebanon and Greece, furthering his musical immersion in the modal music of the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Dedicating himself to developing the voice of the contrabass within these various regional musical aesthetics, he has worked extensively with the ensembles of Youssou N'Dour, Ziad Rahbani, Fathy Salama, Ross Daly, Naseer Shamma, Niyaz, Mashrou3 Leila, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, and most recently on Nadine Labaki's latest film score, W Halla2 La Wein (Where Do We Go Now). In addition to his unique playing technique, Miles has received wide acclaim for his innovative craftsmanship as an instrument maker; personally designing and hand building a new type of double bass, inspired by several traditional instrumental designs, as well as the need for a compact, travel friendly acoustic bass. Miles is about to release his first solo album titled the Troposphere.

Tobias Roberson is known for his innovative style and improvisational ability on the Middle Eastern Doumbek and Flamenco Cajon.  Performing and teaching for more than 15 years, he has collaborated with top belly dance troupes including Rachel Brice & The Indigo and Fat Chance Belly Dance and with many bands including Stellamara, Kitka and Teslim.  He regularly teaches workshops internationally for musicians and dancers. Tobias recently relocated to Sebastopol, California, after living 4.5 years in Mysore, India. There, he studied classical Carnatic vocal music as well as violin, veena and tavil(temple drum) with local musicians and yogic lifestyle, philosophy and Sanskrit under Dr. K.L.S. Shankaranarayana Jois.



Mission Dolores Basilica (View)
3321 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States

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Music > All Ages
Music > Jazz
Music > World

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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