Join us for an evening of jazz with Tomchess & Bandit Hat.
“…With asymmetrical doses of free-form and conventional improvisational tactics shadowing attractive themes and hooks, the band tethers jazz with Middle Eastern and North African motifs, immersed within a sparkling soundstage. Chess leads the group through a buoyant assortment of song-forms and occasionally treks into the avant-garde domain, as they sustain a high level of interest amid a suspenseful sequence of progressions. They also mix it up in a jazzy sort of way. Indeed, this is one of those magical efforts, teeming with striking comps and the artists’ superlative technical expertise. They hit all the right spots while kicking out the proverbial jams via a fresh slant that yields gratifying results.” –Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz
“…The rhythm team often whip up a storm, spinning quick, tight lines together while the oud or ney burn profusely on top. I find this music to be both exotic, intoxicating and intense. Tomchess is a virtuosic player, whether playing solo or with a duo, trio or quartet…extraordinary…a force to be reckoned with. – Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery, NYC
Tomchess (Oud, Ney, Morsing, Composer)
Ravi Padmanabha (Tabla, Percussion, Morsing)
Will McEvoy (Accoustic Bass)
…with special guest Mimi Jong (Erhu)
NYC based Multi-instrumentalist/improviser/composer Tomchess has played and recorded with some of the heaviest players in the improvisational and Jazz scene (Dewey Redman, Butch Morris, Pharoah Sanders, Drew Gress, Ronald Shannon Jackson), as well as Morrocan Sintarist Hassan Hakmoun. Having deeply studied the Near Eastern, and North African traditions his syncretic sound encompasses the tonal palette, rhythms, and forms of these traditional musics as well as a focus on the unity of all human culture while never losing sight of his American roots and the importance and freedom of improvisation. He has performed in Africa, Canada, Holland, India and Italy. He has performed at Lincoln Center, The David Rubinstein Atrium, The Turkish Embassy, The Pakastani Embassy, the Asian Society, The Natural History Museum, The Metropolitan Museum, The Himalayan Museum of Art and The United Nations among countless other venues in NYC and the United States. He has performed on NPR and PBS. He has played on Grammy Nominated recordings. He has been awarded grants from the Turkish American Society and The Maryland Council For The Arts. He was nominated for an 2012 Independent Music Award.