Born: August 3, 1952
Premik Russell Tubbs, a composer, arranger, producer and an accomplished multi-instrumentalist performs on various flutes, soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, wind synthesizers, and lap steel guitar.
Premik has worked with everyone from Carlos Santana, Whitney Houston, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Ravi Shankar, Narada Michael Walden, Clarence Clemons, Ornette Coleman, Jackson Browne, Jean-Luc Ponty, Lonnie Liston-Smith, Scarlet Riveria, James Taylor, Sting and Lady Gaga just to name a few. He is equally adept in pop, R&B, jazz, world and experimental genres.
Brief Highlights ~ Recent Years...
Which brings us to the question of what to call this music. Is it world music? Is it jazz? Is it some kind of new uncategorizable fusion that hasn’t yet been labeled? Whatever you call the music on Diary, it is undeniably heartfelt expression coming from a very genuine place. “I’ve played it to friends of mine who have heard me in more tame settings or even with the Mahavishnu Project, which is music that they recognize,” says Premik. “And they listen and say, ‘This is like a flavor of ice cream I’ve never tasted before.’”
And who doesn’t like ice cream?- Bill Milkowski Bill Milkowski is a regular contributor to Jazz Times. He is also the author of “JACO: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius” (Backbeat Books)
Bangalore Breakdown/CD Diary: Mukti (Rating: 92/100) posted in Music March 15, 09 Jazz,com Each player is a life- giving tributary to one great river of music. Mukti is a joyous romp of world influences. Bangalore Breakdown is just the band to break things down and put them back together again. Reviewer: Walter Kolosky
Bangalore Breakdown/CD Diary: Song (Rating: 92/100) posted in Music March 15, 09 Jazz.com The world-jazz movement is gaining steam every day, which can be nothing but a good thing for music and for the world... Bangalore Breakdown is an ensemble made from the continents, playing music that is an argument for establishing worldwide normalization of relations.Do you get my continental drift? Reviewer: Walter Kolosky
Willing to teach:
I was most fortunate to have studied under 2 great teachers: Joe Allard, former head of woodwinds at Juilliard and New England Conservatory, and with Ornette Coleman. This gave me a diverse background in teaching methods which I use to this day. I feel that Improvisation is one of the greatest forms of self-expression which can be brought out no matter what your current level of skill is on your instrument, although acquiring the basic skills of reading and technique are of course first and foremost. You are welcome to e mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on available hours, rates, etc.
I specialize in World Music workshops where I focus on bringing together Eastern and Western approaches to improvisation along with composition and arranging for various ensembles. I have given workshops at Adelphi University, University of Miami and NYU.