SILK SOUND

The Silk Sound ensemble has taken very old, traditional Asian music and given it a contemporary, Jazz sound. Some very prominent and talented musicians are part of the project.

SILK SOUND BIOS

Jeff Berman – Multiple Instruments
Jeff Berman is a multi-instrumentalist, improvising artist, composer, and educator whose work reflects his global musical vision. A native of NYC now living in Pittsburgh, his genre-extending concept on vibraphone, percussion, and mountain dulcimer has allowed him to collaborate, across stylistic boundaries, with a diverse group of artists from across the planet. Josef Woodward has described his music as “a worldly folk-jazz”, Jazziz has written“…hypnotic vibes work…Berman not only play vibes, he sounds like he created the instrument”, and Bill Milkowski has called Jeff’s writing “…hauntingly beautiful…”.

He has performed internationally both as a solo artist and as a member of various ensembles. Some of the artists he has performed, recorded, and collaborated with include Andy Statman, Paul Bley, Linda Thompson, Robert Een, Susan Mckeown, Tony Trischka, Arthur Russel, AppalAsia, Tibetan singer Pasang Dolma, and choreographers Yin Mei and Gia T. Cacalano, to name just a few.

He has several recordings on the Palmetto label featuring his compositions, and his music has been used for performance, dance, theater, and film – including the Academy Award nominated documentary In Our Water.

“Last nights performance was magnificent……what you have created, nurtured and brought to fruition is nothing short of amazing and I anxiously await another chance to experience Silk Sound…..the city is enhanced by what you do”

- Bob Studebaker Legendary Jazz host on the NPR radio station WESA 90.5FM

 

“Usually, these cultural collaborations do not work. Silk Sound is a rare exception. The ensemble offers a rare blend of sensitivity and virtuosity presented with insight and conviction.”

- Mark Yacovone, Producer – broadcast and recording

 

“We just got back from that Asian fusion jazz concert, and it was fabulous! What great artistic live music. We really enjoyed it immensely.”                      

– Joan CucinottaSewickley Academy

Samir Chatterjee – Tabla Samir Chatterjee is a virtuoso Tabla player of India. He travels widely across the world throughout the year performing in numerous festivals as a soloist or with other outstanding musicians from both Indian and western musical traditions. Samir performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway on December 10th, 2007. His compositions are widely acclaimed as well as his writings.

Samir Chatterjee – Tabla
Samir Chatterjee is a virtuoso Tabla player of India. He travels widely across the world throughout the year performing in numerous festivals as a soloist or with other outstanding musicians from both Indian and western musical traditions. Samir performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway on December 10th, 2007. His compositions are widely acclaimed as well as his writings.

Chris Parker Chris Parker is a Brooklyn-based drummer and guitarist and a member of folk-rock group City Dwelling Nature Seekers and jazz sextet Flexure. He is the cofounder/co-curator of the weekly live music series Space Exchange at the Thunderbird Cafe,where he leads his own groups and participates in others. Chris also does freelance session work for film & TV including the MTV series Finding Carter.

Chris Parker
Chris Parker is a Brooklyn-based drummer and guitarist and a member of folk-rock group City Dwelling Nature Seekers and jazz sextet Flexure. He is the cofounder/co-curator of the weekly live music series Space Exchange at the Thunderbird Cafe,where he leads his own groups and participates in others. Chris also does freelance session work for film & TV including the MTV series Finding Carter.

Matt Booth Matt Booth grew up in Northern Virginia and moved to Pittsburgh in 2005 to study music at Duquesne University.  Since graduating, he continued living in the area and is active as a music educator and performer.  Matt is a member of the Americana band City Dwelling Nature Seekers, the David Lynch/Angelo Badalamenti tribute act Silencio, the tango group Cuidado, as well as freelance work accompanying singer-songwriters and jazz musicians.  

Matt Booth
Matt Booth grew up in Northern Virginia and moved to Pittsburgh in 2005 to study music at Duquesne University.  Since graduating, he continued living in the area and is active as a music educator and performer.  Matt is a member of the Americana band City Dwelling Nature Seekers, the David Lynch/Angelo Badalamenti tribute act Silencio, the tango group Cuidado, as well as freelance work accompanying singer-songwriters and jazz musicians.  

Harish Saluja – Composer / Producer Harish Saluja has been the co-host of the radio program Music From India on the NPR affiliate WESA-FM, since 1972. He is also a filmmaker, artist (painter) and entrepreneur. His film, The Journey(www.newray.com) won several awards and was distributed by IFC. He is the founder and Executive Dir of Silk Screen, Asian Arts and Culture Organization.

Harish Saluja – Composer / Producer
Harish Saluja has been the co-host of the radio program Music From India on the NPR affiliate WESA-FM, since 1972. He is also a filmmaker, artist (painter) and entrepreneur. His film, The Journey(www.newray.com) won several awards and was distributed by IFC. He is the founder and Executive Dir of Silk Screen, Asian Arts and Culture Organization.

Mimi Jong – Erhu Mimi was born and raised in Indonesia, educated in Germany, and is now home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has been performing erhu, an ancient Chinese two-string bowed instrument, since age eleven. Mimi performed with members of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, renowned jazz musicians and folk musicians. She collaborated with Mary Miller Dance Company in “The Gathering of Women”, and taught and performed at Huntingdon Council for the Arts “Folk College”.

Mimi Jong – Erhu
Mimi was born and raised in Indonesia, educated in Germany, and is now home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has been performing erhu, an ancient Chinese two-string bowed instrument, since age eleven.

Mimi performed with members of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, renowned jazz musicians and folk musicians. She collaborated with Mary Miller Dance Company in “The Gathering of Women”, and taught and performed at Huntingdon Council for the Arts “Folk College”.

Ben Opie Saxophonist, bandleader, composer, educator; currently artist lecturer in music technology atCarnegie Mellon University, former faculty at Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Currently leads or co-leads Thoth Trio (intense acoustic jazz), OPEK (Sun Ra-inspired big band), Flexure (groove-based improvising sextet); also playing with David Throckmorton Group (improvising drum and bass/hip hop/experimental). Chief coordinator of the “Braxton Plays Pittsburgh Plays Braxton” festival, bringing avant garde stalwart Anthony Braxton to Pittsburgh for a series of concerts and collaborations. Recipient of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Creative Achievement Award.

Ben Opie
Saxophonist, bandleader, composer, educator; currently artist lecturer in music technology atCarnegie Mellon University, former faculty at Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Currently leads or co-leads Thoth Trio (intense acoustic jazz), OPEK (Sun Ra-inspired big band), Flexure (groove-based improvising sextet); also playing with David Throckmorton Group (improvising drum and bass/hip hop/experimental). Chief coordinator of the “Braxton Plays Pittsburgh Plays Braxton” festival, bringing avant garde stalwart Anthony Braxton to Pittsburgh for a series of concerts and collaborations. Recipient of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Creative Achievement Award.