Guitarist Aram Bajakian has performed/recorded with rock legend Lou Reed, Grammy winners Diana Krall and Yusef Lateef, saxophonist John Zorn, guitarists Marc Ribot and Nels Cline, saxophone virtuoso James Carter, bass legend Jamaaladeen Tacuma, violist Mat Maneri, and the original Can singer, Malcolm Mooney. Bajakian is also a member of bassist Shanir Blumenkranz’s group Abraxas. Bajakian leads several of his own groups, including Kef, a chamber string trio that plays arrangements of traditional Armenian Songs. Read more on Last.fm
Five years ago this week, Julia and I performed our first concert together at John Zorn's club The Stone, in New York City's East Village. We had no idea what Dálava would grow into at that point. So this past Sunday, we performed in Brno, in the grove of trees outside the wonderful pub PONAVA, in the city that Julia's father, grandparents and great-grandfather, Vladimir Ulehla, spent so much of their lives in. This song, which we played with the magnificent Horňácká muzika Petra Mičky, was a favorite of Vladimir's. What a great gift and honor to get to play it in such a beautiful place, with such wonderful people and musicians, and for such a warm and open audience. We are excited for the next time! Thank you to Martin Bednarski for making the video!
The Book of Transfigurations, a new album by Dálava, will be out on the Songlines label on April 7! I'll be sharing some tracks from it in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, here's a beautiful video about the music and album.
The first OutsideGuitar Podcast, featuring Paul Rigby, guitarist for Neko Case.
We talk about all sorts of things, from chord voicings to the use of farfisas on Beyonce tracks.
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