Source: Aquarium Drunkard.
Of course, subtlety is perfectly within his wheelhouse. Ribot’s resume is extensive, having played with John Zorn, Tom Waits, the Lounge Lizards, Elvis Costello, Neko Case, Marianne Faithfull, Allen Toussaint, and dozens more high profile artists. But Ceramic Dog gives the guitarist a chance to rage. Teaming with Shahzad Ismaily, known for his work with Secret Chiefs 3, Will Oldham, and Ben Frost, and drummer Ches Smith, who’s worked with Xiu Xiu and Secret Chiefs 3, Ribot indulges his wildest, most raw impulses.
Source: I Care If You Listen.
Sophia Subbayya Vastek is a pianist and multidisciplinary artist who has performed in South Africa, Mexico and across the United States. She released three recordings in 2017, including her debut album Histories on Innova Recordings, which features music by Michael Harrison, Donnacha Dennehy and John Cage. She maintains ongoing collaborations with Harrison, composer David Ibbett and with Sam Torres as the electroacoustic duo Tilted Arc. Sophia is a co-founder of Music of Reality, an interdisciplinary event series which celebrates the beauty of the natural and human worlds in collaboration with researchers, scientists and other musicians. In summer 2018, she will co-direct (with Harrison) the two-week long Creative Music Intensive at Arts Letters & Numbers. She received a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University, Bloomington where she studied with Emile Naoumoff, the last pupil of Nadia Boulanger, and a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music. We asked Sophia about her collaborations and piano work.
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Episode 14 of the Burning Ambulance podcast features an interview with drummer Billy Cobham, an absolute jazz legend. He first came to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when he worked with Miles Davis on A Tribute to Jack Johnson, and then joined guitarist John McLaughlin‘s new project, a band called the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Cobham started making records under his own name in 1973, with albums like Spectrum, Crosswinds, Total Eclipse, Shabazz, and Inner Conflicts all establishing him as not just an amazing drummer but also a unique compositional voice in the realm of jazz fusion. At the same time, he was doing sessions for McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins, Stanley Turrentine and many other artists, particularly on the CTI label. He also played on the John McLaughlin/Carlos Santana album Love Devotion Surrender, worked with the Fania All-Stars on their Latin•Soul•Rock album and the concert that was released as Live at Yankee Stadium, and played on literally hundreds of other records. In this conversation, we discuss as many aspects of his career as we had time for, as well as his approach to drumming and to teaching, what he thinks of younger players, and much, much more.