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Acoustic Caffeine

Dhara World Music Ensemble


March 2, 2016

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

The Gas Company Tower
555 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013


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 Watermans “Pancha Tattva,” which was bolstered by Vineet Vyastablas. The quintet got a hand just for executing the long, fast head on this jazz gamelan…(Kirk Silsbee, DownBeat Magazine, May 2014).

Full Acoustic Caffeine Schedule:

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