The Markaz presents Miles Jay and his musicians Lucas Pino, Mathias Kunzli & Steve Gibons, featuring an eclectic repertoire of Gypsy and Balkan jazz and Arab melodies, with flavors of diverse Mediterranean, North African and Middle Eastern traditions. Treat yourself to a warm evening of musical exploration and melody. Tickets are just $15 and can be ordered online or purchased at the door. The concert takes place Sunday, February 25, 7:30 pm, at The Salon in downtown Los Angeles, 427 W. 7th St., LA 90014. Get tickets below!
Miles Jay | Miles Jay is a widely-traveled musician who plays contrabass, buzuk, and lyra. A composer and instrument maker, he's performed with many prominent artists around the world in such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi, TED 2013 Long Beach, and the United Nations. Raised in Los Angeles, Miles is a graduate of the UC Santa Barbara, where he studied jazz and classical music, composition and orchestration, and earned his BA in Ethnomusicology under Dr. Scott Marcus.
From 2005 to 2012, Miles lived in Egypt and Lebanon, performing and collaborating with many beloved artists of the region, including Youssou N’Dour, Ziad Rahbani, Naseer Shamma, Ross Daly, and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra. During this time he co-founded and co-produced several ensembles and albums, as well as traveled extensively around the region for concerts in Dubai, Turkey, Greece, Tunisia, Oman, Algeria, Senegal, Syria, and Western Europe. Active in studios as well, Miles worked with composer Khaled Mouzannar as music consultant and instrumentalist on the score to Nadine Labaki’s latest film Where do we go Now, an official selection of both Sundance and Cannes. Throughout all of this valuable experience, Miles focused on re-imagining the bass’s role both as an accompanying instrumental and as a melodic lead, adapting a wide range of Arabic, Greek, and Turkish ornamentation to develop his own extended technique when playing with a bow.
Mathias Kunzli | Hailing from Switzerland, multi-disciplined drummer/percussionist Mathias Kunzli currently splits his time between Los Angeles and New York City. He can be found around the globe performing in a variety of styles, with artists and bands of many genres. Mathias is has been Regina Spektor’s touring drummer since April 2012. His first shows with her were during an arena tour, opening for the late Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Steve Gibons | Violinist Steve Gibons takes a fresh approach to traditional Romanian and Bulgarian music with his Gypsy Rhythm Project, thriving on the lilting melodies and rough hewn performance aspects of the Roma genre while taking it for a lively improvisational jazz spin. Gibons takes his music in an unmistakably eastern direction—to the Mediterranean and even the Arab Gulf region.
Lucas Pino | New York City based Tenor Saxophonist Lucas Pino has traveled to perform around the world in Japan, Australia, Poland, Spain, Britain, The Netherlands, Brazil, Costa Rica, as well as throughout the United States and Canada. He has appeared at venues such as the Blue Note (Tokyo and New York), Dizzy's, The Jazz Standard, Yoshi's, Bimhaus, The Jazz Kitchen, The Rex, and Chicago Symphony Hall, as well as the North Sea Jazz Festival. Lucas was a featured guest artist at the 2016 Northern Arizona University Jazz Festival, as well as a featured artist at the 2015 Ballard Jazz Festival. Pino is the leader of The No Net Nonet, a nine piece ensemble that has maintained a monthly residency at Smalls Jazz Club in NYC since March 2013.
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