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Daniel Carter & Strings

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Daniel Carter - woodwinds
John Murchison - bass
Brent Arnold - cello
Eylem Basaldi - violin
Sami Abu Shumays - violin
Tom Swafford - violin
Zafer Tawil - violin

Daniel Carter is one of the greatest and most loved, legendary masters of  the NYC creative music scene. Born in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania in 1945, over the past four decades Carter has performed with many of leading creative musicians of our time, including;

Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Billy Bang, William Parker, Roy Campbell, Sabir Mateen, Sonic Youth, Simone Forti, Joan Miller, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Nayo Takasaki, Earl Freeman, Dewey Johnson, Nami Yamamoto, Matthew Shipp, Billy Martin, John Medeski, Wilber Morris, Denis Charles, MMW (Medeski, Martin, & Wood), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Options, Spring Heel Jack, Yo La Tengo, Federico Ughi, Raphé Malik, Sam Rivers, Sunny Murray, Hamiet Bluiett, Bob Moses, Jaco Pastorius, Enrico Rava, David S. Ware, Steve Swell, Matt Lavelle, Karl Berger, Don Pate, Gunter Hampel, David Grubbs, the No Kneck Blues Band, Alan Silva, Susie Ibarra, Steve Dalachinsky, D.J. Logic, Margaret Beals, Douglas Elliot, Butch Morris, TEST, Other Dimensions In Music, One World Ensemble, Saturnalia String Trio, Levitation Unit, Wet Paint.

Daniel continues to inspire and nurture future generations of improvisers through his selfless performances, recordings, and informal sessions.


John Murchison is a Brooklyn-based bassist.  He is active in many of the various music scenes of NYC, from pop and musical theater, to jazz and avant-garde, to traditional musics from Africa and the Middle East. 

He has performed in a variety of theater productions from downtown to Time Square, most recently with the Broadway production of "Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812".  He has performed around NYC and in Puerto Rico as bassist with folkloric dance ensemble Danza Fiesta.  He has also performed with popular artists from West Africa such as Fode Kouyate and Sekouba Kandia, and plays regularly in NYC with Kakande, featuring Famoro Dioubate and Missia Saran Dioubate. 

John is one of the most in-demand bassists for Middle Eastern music in NYC.  Some of his most regular collaborations in NYC include Takht Al-Nagham (Syrian), Zikrayat (Egyptian), Sharq Attack (Arabic),  Seyyah (Greek/Turkish), Nashaz (Arabic/Jazz), Ensemble Fanaa (North African/Jazz), Brooklyn Nomads (Lebanese), Asefa (North African/Sephardic)

While bass is his primary instrument, he also enjoys performing on other traditional instruments like the gimbri, bendir, qanun, and ney.

Earlier Event: October 17
Cooper Moore & Stephen Gauci
Later Event: October 23
Free Meditation by buddhist insights