A beautiful combination of musicians, instruments and styles. Taking North and west African as well as Middle eastern modalities and rhythms and creating a rich tapestry of sound. www.brandonterzic.com
Founded by Multi-instrumentalist composer Brandon Terzic, Xalam Project boasts and outstanding lineup of Musicians, featuring Matt Kilmer on Percussion (Simon Shaheen, Lauryn Hill, Haale), Matt Darriau on Horns and winds (Paradox Trio, Klezmatics), John Shannon on guitar (Hiromi), and Peter Slavov on bass ( Joe Lavano, Jason Moran). Terzic himself plays the Arabic Oud, Malian Ngoni and Turkish Saz. He has spent time in Senegal, Morocco, and Egypt studying and absorbing their respective traditions, pulling them together to create a rich tapestry of sound which takes the incredible rhythms, tonalities and improvisational systems of these traditions and inflecting them on the bedrock of Blues, Rock, and downtown NYC jazz that the band’s members are rooted in. The Xalam Project is available for performance and workshops/master classes.
Xalam project Members:
Born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, percussionist/drummer Matt Kilmer has proved to be a strong new voice in music. Blending traditional instruments and rhythms with a fresh perspective on contemporary styles of music, he continues to expand as a performer and composer.
Playing drumset since the age of eight and performing in various bands in Pittsburgh throughout his teens, Matt moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music in 1998. There he studied drumset with such artists as Skip Hadden and Casey Scheuerell and learned from Jamey Haddad the techniques of playing frame drums and other percussion that have become the centerpiece of Matt's playing. His instruments of choice include frame drum, kanjira, tabla, ocean drum, djembe, cajon, hadgini (a type of clay drum designed by Jamey Haddad), and drumset.
Matt has shared the stage with artists such as Lauryn Hill, master udist Simon Shaheen, Jamey Haddad, saxist Matt Dariau's Paradox trio (which includes guitarist Brad Shepik, and cellist Rufus Cappadocia), kaval player Theodosii Spasov, bansuri master Steve Gorn, Krishna Das, guitarist David Nichtern, basist Mark Egan, cellist Eugene Freisen, harmonica player Howard Levy, guitarist/singer Leni Stern, vibraphonist David Friedman, pianist Leo Blanco, Persian singer Haale, guitarist John Shannon, basist Justin Purtill, basist Mitch Cohn, bansurist Josh Geisler, and programmer Brian Ales among others. His recent work with electronic music has shown another aspect to his musicianship.
Throughout his career as a musician, Matt has had the opportunity to travel around the world and perform for many different audiences from various cultures.
Currently residing in New York City, he continues to perform and is currently working on recording his latest solo project - Ninety Nine Ocean.
Matthieu Jean Darriau is a multi-reedist and composer born and raised
in Indiana. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
His background in New England Conservatory of Music'sin the 80's, and his continued practice of Balkan, Klezmer and Celtic folk idioms, have helped shape his esthetic for creating music.He has a great ability to promotes himself as well as a permanent hyperactivity and has been awarded grants and commisions from
the NEA, Chamber Music America. With Frank London's Klezmatics band, he became on 2007 a Grammy winner. He plays ocasionally on Ballin' The Jack.
Matt also plays with Roberto Rodriguez Septet (Tzadik) and particularly with
Frank London's Klezmatics and Frank London's Klezmer Brass
Paradox Trio has written and performed live music scores for the silent
films Battleship Potemkin (Eisenstein), Un Chien Andalou (Bunuel/Dali).
Matt has a good heart, he knows what compassion is, practices Hatha Yoga; likes to bike , to exchange his miryad of ideas with people, to swim, to eat spicy chicken wings with white wine and
wears pink hats...
Born in 1980, Shannon's musical foundations began with guitar lessons at age six. After years of Led Zeppelin and Jimmy Page-inspired musical exploration, Shannon studied harmony and improvisation with a local pipe organist. His teacher brought him to a church for lessons around midnight, with lights dimmed except on the altar, so the pair could improvise on the organ and electric guitar. At the same time, Shannon studied straight-ahead and avant-garde jazz with renowned saxophonist Eric Kloss. The lessons left Shannon with a focus on performing with heart and spiritual awareness. Shannon later went on to graduate from the Berklee College of Music, where he began a series of organic musical explorations in the evolutionary instrumental trio Waking Vision together with friends Mitch Cohn (aka Catalyst, bassist for Lauryn Hill, Ashanti, Destiny's Child) and Martin Valihora (drummer for Hiromi).
In addition to his solo work, Shannon has spent the past several years performing and touring with an eclectic group of break-out stars. He's recorded three albums as leader of Waking Vision, and toured as electric guitarist for psychedelic Sufi trance rocker Haale , jazz fusion piano phenomenon Hiromi , avant-jazz singer Pyeng Threadgill, and played guitar for Sonya Kitchell 's ground-breaking folk album Words Came Back to Me (Velour/Starbucks Hear Music) and her subsequent national tour. Shannon continues to play with Waking Vision, whose fourth album is slated for release on ObliqSound in fall 2008. He recently collaborated on British pop rocker Gary Go 's debut album Say Less (Decca). Shannon also still tours with Hiromi's Sonicbloom and in duo with Sonya Kitchell.
Born in Helsinki, Finland to the family of legendary Bulgarian drummer Peter Slavov Sr, Peter has been playing bass since the age of twelve.
While studying classical music, Peter attempted jazz and soon became the busiest bassist on the scene in Bulgaria, playing with the country’s finest musicians and touring Europe extensively.
In 1997 he received the Best Composition award at the Plovdiv International Jazz Festival.
In 1998 Peter received a scholarship from Berklee College of Music, and in 1999 moved to Boston to attend Berklee.
Since moving to the United States, Peter Slavov has performed and/or recorded with world-renowned artists, such as
Joe Lovano, Danilo Perez, George Garzone,Simon Shaheen, Sophie Milman, Kevin Mahogany, Jamey Haddad,David Sanchez, Darren Barrett, Greg Osby, Jane Bunnett & The Spirits of Havana, Donald Harrison, Mark Turner, Paquito D'Rivera, Sam Yahel, Luciana Souza, Jason Moran, Eric Harland, Aaron Goldberg, Peter Bernstein, Stefon Harris, Pedro Martinez, Chris Cheek, Dave Samuels and Robin McKelle.