World Fusion Musician & Composer
Hosts: Said & Dari
Aired: Sunday 5.17.09 - 10:00-11:00 PM
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Mariah Parker is a composer, pianist, and santur player. While completing her degree in music at University of California, Santa Cruz, she worked with ethnomusicologist Fred Lieberman and Mickey Hart on the Planet Drum project.
Mariah has also studied with jazz great Art Lande and Latin jazz pianist extraordinaire Rebeca Mauléon, and performs regularly with the trend-setting world music group Ancient Future. She has performed at festivals in the US and Europe, and worked with composer Pauline Oliveros, Dumisani Maraire, reowned composer from Zimbabwe and many others.
In her recently released debut recording, Sangria, Mariah Parker explores the exciting sonic terrain that blends the driving rhythmic syncopations of Latin jazz with the entrancing, asymmetrical meters of East India. Drawing musical inspiration from Brazil, Cuba, Spain, and India, Mariah's original compositions are compelling - adventurous yet accessible. Featuring musicians from the bands Ancient Future, Oregon, Sun Ra, and Herbie Hancock's Headhunters.