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happylucky no.1 spring music nights: Matt Darriau's Paradox Trio | 9:30 Debo's Danny Mekonnen + guests

7:30 PM Matt Darriau's Paradox Trio

New York based PARADOX TRIO is a quartet that creates original music inspired by Eastern European traditions driven by an improvisational downtown edge . With their five previous releases on Knitting Factory, ENJA and now the Italian FELMAY labels, Paradox Trio has been influential in advancing world fusion with their innovative exploration of balkan, gypsy, middle eastern and klezmer music forms!  Certainly, Darriau and the band were in the first wave of artists to introduce these melodies, modes, and rhythms into the NY downtown mix.  For the past 17 years these four musicians have been notorious for their high-energy concerts throughout North America, Canada and Europe.  

Their last cd features the dynamic French/Serbian pianist , Bojan Z (one of the major players on the French jazz and world scene), Gambittheir fourth CD, (ENJA, Munich), features the Bulgarian kaval virtuoso, Theodosii Spassov. Their third Knitting Factory Records CD, Source, explores the common ground between Balkan and Klezmer music. 

Matt Darriau on sax and clarinet & the Bulgarian Kaval (end-blown flute) and the Gaida (bagpipe). Brad Shepik on guitars and Balkan strings. Rufus Cappadocia on 5-string cello. Seido Salifoski on dumbeks and percussion.

9:30 PM Debo's Danny Mekonnen + guests

Ethiopian-American saxophonist Danny Mekonnen is the founder and leader of Debo Band, whose self-titled debut was included on NPR’s 50 Favorite Albums of 2012. The group’s groundbreaking take on Ethiopian music has lead to performances at the Montreal Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, South by Southwest, Sauti za Busara (Zanzibar), and the Ethiopian Music(s) Festival (Addis Ababa). He has a masters in ethnomusicology from Harvard University (M.A. 2013) where he researched Ethiopian popular music of the 1960s-1970s. Currently, Danny serves as musical director of The Nile Project