DHARA WORLD MUSIC ENSEMBLE
March 2 / 8 AM – 9:15 AM
Dhara World Music Ensemble is an LA based quartet whose members met while pursuing Masters’ degrees at CalArts. The multi-faceted group features Vineet Vyas (Canada), Rajib Karmakar (India), James Waterman (U.S.) and Amir Oosman (Pakistan). Each member has studied in the traditions of North/South Indian music, West African rhythms, Persian music, Latin percussion and more. Dhara seamlessly fuses these backgrounds and idioms to bring audiences a performance unlike any they have ever experienced.
Amir Oosman stirred the drink with his loose-limbed bashing, and then stayed for vibraphonist James Waterman’s “Pancha Tattva,” which was bolstered by Vineet Vyas’ tablas. The quintet got a hand just for executing the long, fast head on this jazz gamelan…(Kirk Silsbee, DownBeat Magazine, May 2014).
January 6: Helios Duo
February 3: Sakura Ensemble
March 2: Dhara World Music Ensemble
April 6: Slo(W)Food
May 4: Les Abeilles Charpentières
June 1: Trio Dinicu