back stage — music notes
Under the Radar
With so many shows each week, and so many of those being ‘big names,’ it’s natural that some of our gigs fall under the radar. With this in mind, here is a somewhat random feature about some upcoming Yoshi’s Oakland gigs, I’ll call, “Under the Radar.”
ECM has been one of my favorite record labels for as long as I can remember. We have two ECM artists coming in the next two weeks; Anat Fort performs February 15 and Nik Bartsch’s Ronin is February 23. Anat Fort is a pianist, and her music is beautiful, lyrical, flowing stuff that takes you somewhere while you listen. If you enjoy the music of EST, Bobo Stenson, Jarrett or Mehldau, this show is right up your alley.
Nik Bartsch falls into the flowing category too, but it flows in a different way. He calls his music ‘ritual groove music,’ and that’s a good way to put it. It does groove and flow, in a minimalist yet engaging way.
Both of these shows are by young artists who are taking jazz in new directions.
Finally the show I am the most excited about. Remember when you first got into listening to music, maybe as a kid, and you had favorite bands? I have one now. That band is Chico Trujillo. They perform in Oakland on March 10.
Chico Trujillo is a band from Chile, and can’t say enough great stuff about them. While they call their music ‘cumbia’ it’s a lot more than that, this is not your grandfather’s cumbia. These guys listen to a lot of different music and you can hear it in their music. There is some rock influence, some funk, jazz, ska, and of course music from Latin America plays a big part too.
Every song has a lot going on, just under the surface; incredible rhythms, complicated counterpoint, a punchy horn section, and a dynamic vocalist.
PLUS, it’s the most danceable stuff EVER!
I found out about them about 5 months ago, and have not been able to stop listening to their CD. I have literally listened to their CD at least 3 times a week for the last 4 months.
So, here are a few things coming up that may have been over shadowed by the bigger shows we have coming.
I'll keep you posted about more things that may be Under the Radar.
Artistic Director, Yoshi’s Oakland