Primary Instrument: Clarinet
Souren Baronian - G-clarinet, saxophone, kaval, duduk, riq Haig Manoukian - 'oud Lee Baronian - darbukkeh Mal Stein - drums, percussion Sprocket Royer - double bass Tickets: $15 available at door or online here. (A surcharge applies, use printout as your ticket.)
Souren Baronian grew up in Spanish Harlem riding two powerful currents of his creativity: his ethnic Armenian heritage, and jazz. His own music is an authentic organic hybrid of those two idioms. The sound of his band is truly unique, applying a jazz vocabulary and the bebop sensibility of Charlie Parker and Lester Young to Middle Eastern rhythms on traditional instruments such as the oud, kaval, dubek, G-clarinet and dumbek. Taksim is a Middle Eastern term meaning improvisation, and inspired imprvisation is the home territory of Souren Baronian and his band.