Taksim: Armenian and Middle Eastern Jazz Ensemble
Born in East Harlem to Armenian parents who fled the genocide, Souren Baronian grew up surrounded by traditional Armenian, Middle Eastern, and Balkan music at home and simultaneously got swept up in the golden age of jazz in New York City. Sneaking into 52nd St clubs to see Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker and company Baronian melded a new musical language of vastly different but compatible musical traditions. A pace-setting virtuoso instrumentalist and bandleader, Souren has offered the world Middle Eastern Jazz since 1975. This concert will feature a five-piece band, and include instruments that span the globe: duduk, kaval, riq, oud, dombek, clarinet, soprano sax, upright bass, and drums. $5 for UCSB students and youth under 12; $15 for general admission.