Thursday, January 16 – 7:30pm
on tour from New York City
Adam Moezinia Folk Element Trio
$20 cover charge; sliding scale available
Noah Garabedian, bass
Charles Goold, drums
New York-based guitarist Adam Moezinia has been a rising star on the scene there since he arrived nine years ago to study at Juilliard. Since then he’s played with many great musicians including Cecile McLorin Salvant, Freddy Cole (with whom he’s recently traveled the world), George Coleman, Mike LeDonne and many others, at venues like Jazz at Lincoln Center, Smalls and The Blue Note.
His Folk Element Trio is on the verge of releasing an album rooted in the jazz tradition and incorporating influences of folk and world music. Adam and his colleagues dig deep into the relationship between jazz music of the past century and ancient folk traditions from all over the globe. The live performance video below is of Adam’s composition, “Celebration” from his “Ivory Suite,” inspired by the music of West Africa.
Bassist Noah Garabedian hails from Berkeley but is based now in New York City. He holds a BA in Ethnomusicology from UCLA and an MA in Music Performance from NYU. In 2011, he participated in Brad Mehldau’s master class at The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall and was selected as a finalist in the ISB Double Bass Competition. He taught jazz for a month on a Fulbright Specialist Grant at Silpakorn Univerity in Bangkok in late 2016, was awarded a John Coltrane National Scholarship that same year and was a finalist for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz graduate program in 2017. He teaches extensively, at New School, New York Pops, Jazz at Lincoln Center and numerous jazz camps and public schools. He’s performed and toured with Ravi Coltrane, Jeff Tain Watts, Andy Milne, Josh Roseman, Ralph Alessi, Andrew D’Angelo, Myron Walden, Nir Felder, Frank LoCrasto, Silver City Bound, Julian Pollack, as well as his own sextet Big Butter And The Egg Men. And he’s represented the US State Department on two separate tours with Silver City Bound, performing, teaching workshops and collaborating with local musicians — once on a five-week tour through Southeast Asia and once on a two-week tour through Turkey and Azerbaijan.
Drummer Charles Goold, a core member of the Folk Element Trio and a native New Yorker, has performed professionally in New York City since the age of 14. Under the tutelage of his father, saxophonist Ned Goold, Charles got a “real” jazz education from an early age, playing weekly at Smalls with his father and going to see and study legendary bebop drummers such as Leroy Williams, Jimmy Lovelace, Jimmy Wormworth and Billy Kaye. Charles recently graduated from the Juilliard School all while continuing to perform in New York City. He’s performed with John Hendricks, The Cab Calloway Orchestra and Andy Bey; Johnny O’Neal and Steve Nelson; Tony Bennet, Ne-Yo, Savion Glover and Brandon Flowers of the Killers at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival; in collaborations with rap legends Talib Kweli and Ghostface Killah; and in the Off-Broadway Musical “Old Hats.”
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-- Job Harriman, 1902
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