SoSaLa – a music collective formed in New York in 2011 – is fueled by improvisation, diverse instruments such as electric guitar, fula flute, piano, vibraphone, sabar, electric tar, kemancheh, daf, electric trumpet and electronics, blending melancholic melodies, with those of front-man and sax player Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi‘s native Iran. The rhythm section blends Persian, African and African-American rhythms and instruments. Sohrab’s vocals give a dada-istic touch to social and political issues. The music is molded by his international background, as an Iranian raised in Germany who later moved to Japan, and now New York City. Altogether, they call the music "nu world trash." For this event Sohrab invited his colleagues Baba Donn Eaton (LAST POETS) on percussion, harmonica and vocals and Kaveh Haghtalab on kemancheh ( a Persian small fiddle with a long conical neck). SoSaLa is opening up for Kamran Hooshmand from Austin.
Harold Moss - founder of the award-winning transmedia animation and live action production for broadcast TV, feature film, & digital multi-platform FlickerLab – and his colleagues are moving out to Dumbo, Brooklyn after their 15 years in Soho, Manhattan. In celebration of this move and as a farewell, FlickerLab is sponsoring a one week multimedia art exhibition: Are We Already Gone? Artists on the Art of Leaving. Featuring many artists from around the world with their works, such as sculptures, paintings, music and short films. The curator of the show, Negin Sharifzadeh, invited SoSaLa to perform in the spirit of this exhibition’s title and theme and give some life to the art works at FlickerLab. SoSaLa consists of Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi on tenor ans sopran sax plus vocals and Baba Don on djembe, congas and other percussion instruments. For Sohrab and Baba Don to play at this event is kind of a reunion.
SoSaLa will be: Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi on sax and vocals, Rob Coltun on electric guitar, Luke Stewart on electric bass guitar, Warren G. Crudup III on drums and Kamyar Arsani on daf and vocals.
The Baltimore progressive rock trio A WORTHLESS HOMESTEAD will open up for SoSaLa. Playing nu jazz-progressive rock which could remind you of the British legendary prog-rock band Soft Machine. SoSaLa will be: Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi on sax and vocals, Rob Coltun on electric guitar, Luke Stewart on electric bass guitar, Warren G. Crudup III on drums and Kamyar Arsani on daf and vocals.
Sounds Like: The Secreet Chiefs 3, Ornette Coleman, Salif Keita, Soft Machine
Label: DooBeeDoo Rec
Manager: Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi
Bio: SoSaLa is a band from New York, led by the sax player Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi, who blends melancholic melodies with those of his native Iran. Fueled by improvisation with lo-fi electronics, the diverse Middle Eastern, African and Western instruments, such as fula flute, talking drum, sabar, elec...See Full Bio
Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi
Saxophone, band leader
Baba Don Eaton
“Middle-Eastern-Infuzed Free Jazz Delivers Amazing Experience - ...That being said, this past Friday night I had the pleasure to see SoSaLa at Surplus of Options, an independent antiques, furniture, and obscure art and objects buyer, seller and trader up on Lincoln Avenue. Initially, after reading the description of the band and considering the obscurity of the locale, I expected an amateur, indie effort—akin, perhaps, to a performance I once saw in a basement in which the “artist” periodically sipped wine from a bottle and put a microphone in his mouth to simulate a-melodic electronic crackles. Nevertheless, I went because I wanted to explore music in the city and hopefully make some contacts for my radio show. To my totally-unexpected amazement, what I experienced in the intimate back-room space of that building so surprised and overwhelmed me; I can hardly find the words to describe the experience: my mouth hung open in a bemused smile for the whole first set, and I entered..”