Tarana (USA)

Tarana was formed in 2003. They have performed at major festivals and venues across the world; amongst their highlights, they have performed at Columbia University’s Live From Lerner concert series (2014), The Mexico City Sound Encounter (Mexico, 2013), Kaunas Jazz Festival (Lithuania, 2012), The San Servolo Jazz Festival (Italy, 2010), The Calgary Jazz Festival (Canada, 2009), Jazz Lent (Maribor, Slovenia, 2009), Cultural Festival Zacatecas (Mexico 2009), Jazz Ao Centro Festival (Coimbra, Portugal, 2008), The Yardbird Suite Jazz Club (Edmonton, Canada, 2007), Detroit Institute of Art (US, 2006), Mediawave Festival (Hungary, 2006), the Jazzin’ Tondela (Portugal, 2005), the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery (Washington, DC, 2005), the New Music Circle (St. Louis, MO, 2005), 9th Annual Asian American Jazz Festival (Chicago, IL, 2004) and the Taipei Arts Festival (Taiwan, 2004.) They have also toured widely in the UK, Europe and China. In New York City, they’ve performed at Columbia University, the Rubin Museum of Asian Art, Knitting Factory, The Stone, and various music venues across Brooklyn and Manhattan, They have also been featured in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Chicago Reader, TimeOUT Magazines (London, Lisbon, HongKong and Chicago), ‘Village Voice’ (New York), Georgia Straight (Vancover), Redstar Magazine (China) and various other domestic and international publications.

They had released a critically acclaimed debut entitled “Climbing the Banyan Tree” in 2004, on the Portugal-based CleanFeed Record Label. Of their debut CD, AllAboutJazz.com had said: “It is fair to say that Trio Tarana is without precedent in the world of improvised music. A true synthesis of North African, South and East Asian motifs with classical organization and the immediacy of free improvisation has probably not existed prior to “Climbing the Banyan Tree.” Their follow-up CD, “Miren” (2007) was selected in the ‘Penguin Guide to Jazz (7th Edition) as one of the Best Records of the 2000s. They have recently released an EP called “The Laden Soul Desires the Sun” (2013) for the Buenos Aires based Plasma Torus Records.

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