The Rubin Sandaraa
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Lahore meets Brooklyn where the Hudson flows down from Himalayan headwaters. A magical world of global sounds comes alive when superstar Pakistani vocalist Zeb Bangash joins forces with a retinue of leading Brooklyn musicians led by clarinetist/composer Michael Winograd to unlock the secrets of Pakistan's traditional music - a culturally diverse region conjuring cosmopolitan Silk Road cities, ecstatic mystics, Dravidian settlements lost to the sands of time, as well as the contemporary complexities of post-colonial nationhood.
The ensemble explores a vast repertoire of South Asian musical traditions while blending it with the sounds and sensibilities of Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Brooklyn! Also featuring Patrick Farrell (accordion), Richie Barshay (percussion), Eylem Basaldi (violin), Zoe Guigueno (bass) and Yoshie Fruchter (guitar). Sandaraa recently received prestigious awards from the MAP Fund and Chamber Music America.
About the Musicians
Zebunnisa (Zeb) Bangash is one of Pakistan's most loved vocalists. Also a songwriter along with partner Haniya Aslam, she is the lead singer of the duo Zeb and Haniya. Zeb and Haniya made a splash on Pakistan's music scene with their debut album Chup and managed to find audiences in countries where they haven't even officially released their music; the best examples being of neighbors Afghanistan and India, and also including Central Asian countries Uzbekistan and Tajikistan and even East Asian countries including Indonesia and Malaysia. Zeb is part of the first generation of Pakistani musicians to have established themselves internationally by way of social media. In particular, Zeb and Haniya's musical collaborations on Pakistan's Coke Studio program have gone viral, winning them fans well beyond Pakistan's borders. Zeb has been a delegate at Poptech, a global conference on innovation in 2011 and is a fellow at the US Pakistan Leadership Forum since 2012. Zeb and Haniya represented Pakistan in the fall of 2012 as part of the US State Department's Center Stage project, promoting Pakistan's culture all over the United States.
Michael Winograd is a clarinetist living in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in klezmer music and has concertized and taught all over the world. Michael has played with Itzhak Perlman, Socalled, Budowitz, Frank London, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, The Painted Bird, Ayelet Gottleib and many more. He is one third of the Yiddish Art Trio, co-leads the Tarras Band, and his newest project, Sandaraa, a collaboration with vocalist Zeb Bangash from Lahore, Pakistan, received the prestigious Map Fund Fellowship in 2013. Michael's latest recording, Storm Game, was released on Golden Horn Records in 2012.
Violinist Eylem Basaldi has musical interests that span many genres and cultures. A native of Turkey, Eylem is sought after for performances and recording sessions in the Middle Eastern, Balkan and Indie Rock music scenes throughout the Northeast. She is a member of Dolunay, a trio playing Rumeli urban folk music of the Turkish people from across the Balkans. She regularly plays and records with various musicians and bands including Ahmet Erdogdular and Snarky Puppy and has played with Omer Faruk Tekbilek, Ercan Irmak, Nukhet Duru, Dave Brubeck, Borromeo String Quartet, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and Dunya Musician's Collective, and is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music.
Accordionist Patrick Farrell specializes in klezmer, new-music, various East-European folk musics, and brass bands. He performs with chamber-folk ensemble Ljova and the Kontraband, Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars, Alicia Svigals' Klezmer Fiddle Express, plays strange and unusual duets with Brooklyn trumpeter Ben Holmes, new Yiddish song duets with singer Sveta Kundish of Berlin, and Serbian-style brass with Brooklyn's Veveritse Brass Band. Farrell has been dubbed a "wizard", a player of “mordant wit and blistering speed”, and has appeared on over 30 recordings.
Yoshie Fruchter is a guitar and bass player whose band, Pitom (Tzadik Records) has received critical acclaim from Jazz Times magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Guitar Player Magazine and many more. He has toured the US and Europe with Pitom and other groups. Yoshie is also a sought-after freelance musician in New York City and has performed with John Zorn, Cyro Baptista, Frank London, David Krakauer, SoCalled, and Matisyahu, among many others.
Benjy Fox-Rosen is a singer, bassist and composer creating new Jewish music. Ranging from re-imaginings of Yiddish art songs to original settings of the poetry of Krakow's Mordechai Gebirtig, Fox-Rosen's music has received critical acclaim from around the globe. Hailed by The Forward as "one of the rising stars in the Yiddish music scene" Fox-Rosen performs with many of the living legends of the so-called Klezmer Revival. Fox-Rosen was the recipient of a Fulbright research grant for 2012-2013 to Chisinau, Moldova where he was immersed in the shared musical languages of Yiddish and Moldovan music.
Percussionist Richie Barshay, noted for his work with the Herbie Hancock Quartet, has established himself as a prominent musical voice of his generation and is regarded as "a player to watch" by JazzTimes magazine. On tour and on recordings his eclectic resume so far includes Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding, The Klezmatics, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, Lee Konitz, Natalie Merchant, David Krakauer, Fred Wesley, Claudia Acuña, Bobby McFerrin and Pete Seeger among others.