Doug Cox & Salil Bhatt8pm, ThursdayApril 10th '08St. James Hall3214 West 10th Avenue
with Ramkumar Mishra on tablas
at Trutch St. in Kitsilano
Every once in a great while a visionary artist will create a new, progressive fusion between American blues and another culture's musical traditions. Taj Mahal's Kulanjan, an ambitious project that melded Delta blues with traditional African music, is one of the finest examples.
Close on the heels of that record is this new project from Doug Cox, one of Canada's premier dobro slide guitarists, who teamed with Indian artist Salil Bhatt, son of the Grammy-winning Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Bhatt senior is a master musician in the classical Indian tradition, and known for his invention of the 19-string mohan veena. Doug's fascination with the mysterious powers of Salil's satvik veena accelerated after striking up a friendship at the Vancouver Musicfest in 2005. Together the two men, along with tabla player Ramkumar Mishra, offer an inspired eight-song set of classical Indian Delta blues on their recording Slide to Freedom. Guitar Player Magazine calls the CD a "stunning, groundbreaking marriage of the blues and Indian classical music."
Musical moods and improvisation range from the meditative to highly energetic, but always with the musicians listening closely to each other. It is a beautifully emotive and responsive collaboration, that reallysupports the lacework of classical Indian music, and the Bluesy depth of the South.
This is a co-presentation of Caravan World Rhythms and Rogue Folk Club, for tickets and information call Caravan World Rhythms at 778-886-8908, website: www.caravanbc.com