In 2009, Mariah Parker launched her Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble with a sold-out debut concert at Yoshi's in Oakland, California. Mariah s new release for Ancient-Future.com Records, Indo Latin Jazz Live in Concert, captures the magic of that first performance, as well as subsequent Northern California concerts at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, the Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley and a studio session at Bob Weir's TRI Studios in San Rafael. These multi-track live recordings were painstakingly mixed and mastered over a seven-year period by veteran Ancient Future producer Matthew Montfort.
Indo Latin Jazz Live in Concert is a follow-up recording to Sangria, Mariah's debut CD, which received airplay on over 468 New World, Jazz and Latin jazz radio programs, and earned over 365 reviews and media placements. According to LATIN BEAT MAGAZINE, Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble "blends the rhythmic syncopations of Latin jazz music with the entrancing, asymmetrical meters of East Indian rhythms resulting in first-class world music. Intriguing melodies that draw musical inspirations from the tempos of Brazil, Cuba, India, and Spain make for an uplifting serene yet passionate musical journey into an ideal world."
The musicians on Mariah's new release are all virtuoso performers and some are bandleaders and composers of international acclaim, including Paul McCandless, Grammy Award-winning woodwind virtuoso and co-founder of the world-renowned ensemble Oregon; Matthew Montfort, founder and leader of the world fusion ensemble Ancient Future and pioneer of the scalloped fretboard guitar; Kash Killion, bassist with the Sun Ra Arkestra, cellist and performer on African and Indian string instruments; Ian Dogole, world percussionist, bandleader and collaborator with Ancient Future and Hamza el Din; Brian Rice, virtuoso percussionist with Mike Marshall and Jovino Santos Neto; Duru Demetrius, Latin percussionist with jazz icons such as Joe Henderson and Herbie Hancock; Debopriyo Sarkar, tabla virtuoso who recently toured with the Kronos Quartet; and Fred Randolph, bandleader, composer and in-demand bassist who has performed with Maria Muldaur.
Marin may be known as a rock n roll county, but it s also home to some of the foremost musicians in global fusion a form of acoustic jazz that requires melodic invention, masterful musicianship and fearless improvisation.