Friday, March 5 – 7:30pm
The Dan Neville/Mohammed Kouyate
Balafon Duo, plus the
Dan Neville Vibraphone Trio
jazz streamed from the bookshop
A slight change in plans brings us balafon maestro Mohammed Kouyate in a duo set with his student, Dan, on balafon. For the second set, a trio with Dan on vibes with drummer Michael Mitchell and bassist Tyler Harlow. Rebecca Holtz can’t join us tonight, but sends her love and best wishes.
Tonight will mark the third and last concert of Dan’s residency at Bird and Beckett, before he leaves the bay to continue his recording projects in Cali, Colombia and beyond.
Dan Neville is an award winning multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and jazz big band arranger. In 2017, he won 1st place in the 2017 Jazz Search West competition, and he’s been featured playing vibes on the Today Show. He has also spearheaded two successful crowdfunding campaigns: One in 2017 for the release of his debut album Tenerife featuring an all-star ensemble and all original compositions; and the second in 2019 dubbed Cali to Cali, to raise funds to build a recording studio in Cali, Colombia where he was headed to study with the late marimba maestro Diego Obregón. Dan intended to stay for three months, but ultimately he was there for nearly a year when the pandemic made travel back to California unworkable. He made good use of his time, traveling to the rural Pacific coast and finding opportunities to play and learn from numerous wonderful musicians.
Dan has made several trips to Cuba and Colombia over the years, studying music and connecting with musicians worldwide. Neville received a BA in Jazz Music at California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley.
He continues to study the West African balafon with Guinean master and Griot Mohammed Kouyaté.
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Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.
The BBCLP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit...
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Gigging musicians! You have nothing to lose but your lack of a collective voice to achieve fair wages for your work!
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Read more here - Andy Gilbert's Feb 25 article about the IMA from KQED's site