Kane Mathis with + Luke Notary

    Live Music
    Wednesday July 23, 2014 @ 6:00 PM


    Kane Mathis’ musical career began at age 16 playing blues clubs in Chicago for 5 before going to The Lawrence Conservatory to study Jazz and Classical guitar. Simultaneously Kane Began making trips to The Gambia, Africa to live with a family of hereditary musicians which he has done for the past 15 years. Kane holds a diploma from The Tiramang Traditional music school in The Gambia and has performed for the President of The Gambia, the American Ambassador to The Gambia, and he has appeared on Gambian National Radio and Television. In 2011 Kane became the first non-African to be endorsed by the countries National Center For Arts and Culture. Kane is also one of the leading interpreters of Ottoman classical music having studied at Istanbul’s I.T.U. conservatory before a 5 year apprenticeship with Oud virtuoso Münir Beken. Kane is regularly commissioned to create original works for dance, theater, and instrumental ensembles. Kane has created works for dance over the past 10 years with newer works focused on electronic fixed media. Kane is a 2010 Earshot Jazz album of the year winner and a recipient of the 2012 Chamber Music America grant.

    Luke Notary began to play the drums at the age of 5 with his father. He later studied with such masters as Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Hamza El Din, Jamey Haddad and Cheick Oumar Diabate. His experience has brought him around the world to teach and perform. Luke has also toured Europe as a percussionist, back up drum set player and backup singer with Cirque du Soleil's Varekai. His versatility and unique approach to sound, texture, and groove has made him stand out as one of New York's finest percussionists. In addition to playing drum set and percussion instruments from around the world, he also plays the West African Harp called the Kamale Ngoni.

    Luke composed and performed the live musical scores for The Late Henry Moss (written by Sam Shepard and directed by the legendary Joseph Chaiken) and The Long Christmas Ride Home by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel). He has composed many original works for New York and Los Angeles based dance companies, and currently plays with Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and David Parsons Dance Company. He has taught drumming workshops in Germany, Russia, Belgium, France, Los Angeles, and New York.

    Currently based in New York, Luke tours and performs with many different projects and musicians, including House of Waters, Kane Mathis, Dave Eggar, and Tim Snider.