Tuesday, January 22
8pm $12 in advance / $15 day of show
Maestro Kai Eckhardt will deliver a spirited show of world beat, funk and jazz. The Afro-German bassist-composer, who considers Oakland his home, is internationally recognized for his pioneering work in the John McLaughlin Trio and the super-jam-band Garaj Mahal. An international all-star ensemble will bring a brand new body of music to the Yoshi’s Oakland stage, infused with poetry and exquisite instrumental passages. Tonight’s concert is an exceptional showcase of talent, not to be missed by fans of daring new music, earth-shaking rhythms or an all-around terrific performance.
Michael McClure, a founding member of the Beat Generation, gave his first poetry reading at age 22 at the legendary Six Gallery event in San Francisco, where Allen Ginsberg first read "Howl". The Los Angeles Times characterized McClure as "The role model for Jim Morrison." McClure has been featured in several films, among them Scorcese's The Last Waltz, and Beyond The Law by Norman Mailer. He has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Obie Award for Best Play, an NEA grant, the Alfred Jarry Award, and a Rockefeller grant for playwriting. McClure has written twenty plays and musicals which are performed in the U.S. and abroad. His songs include, among others, the immortal “Mercedes Benz”, popularized by Janis Joplin. His most recent two collections of poetry are Mysteriosos and Other Poems (New Directions ) and Of Indigo and Saffron: New and Selected Poems (University of California Press, 2010). Today McClure is more active than ever, writing and performing his poetry at festivals, colleges and clubs across the country.
Featuring: Kai Eckhardt: Bass and vocals (Germany/Liberia) Osam Ezzeldin: Keyboards (Egypt) Deszon Claibourne: Drums (USA) Chris Robinson: Guitar (Australia) Rasaki Aladokun: Percussion (Nigeria)
About the band: North African-born Osam Ezzeldin, one of the most talented keyboardists on the horizon today, received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music after his first U.S. appearance. He has played with such renowned musicians as Zakir Hussain, Istanbul-based percussion maestro Misirli Ahment and Steely Dan bass legend Chuck Rainey.Drummer Deszon Claibourne flawlessly integrates the styles of straight-ahead jazz, funk, hip-hop and world music; his skills were finely honed after completing studies with master drummers Billy Cobam, James Levi, Barry Jekowsky, Kenneth Nash and Ralph Humphrey. Performances and recording experience include engagements with Peter Apfelbaum, Angela Bofil, Les McCann, Dr. Lonnie Smith Omar Sosa, Robben Ford, Boz Scaggs, Greg Howe, Ernie Watts and Tom Scott. Rasaki Aladokun, master of the West-African talking drum, is a superb all-round percussionist as well. The charismatic Stevie Wonder- and Bob Marley-recording artist hails from a long family tradition of talking drum masters in Nigeria and he brought his brilliant musicianship for two decades to King Sunny Ade’s African high life band, before coming to the United States. Accustomed to 10-hour high endurance concerts in the trance-evoking Juju music tradition, Rasaki Aladokun infuses the band with an energy that reminds us how music can transport the mind and the soul.
Chris Robinson, the Sydney, Australia-bred youngest member of the newly-formed Kai Eckhardt band, quickly mastered an impressive variety of styles while retaining a distinct voice on his instrument ever since coming to the U.S. Acute sensitivity paired with flawless technical prowess make Chris an exceptional player to watch closely in years to come. He has shared the stage with Indian percussion master Trilok Gurtu, Eddie Jobson from the band U.K., jazz bassist David Friesen, and Turkish pop superstar Sertab Erener.