Live at Sonarchy
- Artist: Manghis Khan
- Format: CD
- Release Date:4/14/2009
Manghis Khan consists of African and Latin percussion, trumpet and bass. The quartet plays Brazilian, Latin and jazz standards and originals in a unique, highly rhythmic ensemble. The innovative group playfully combines traditionally inspired rhythms with jazz melody, drawing on the players experience, training and love for the music. Yaw Amponsah (percussion) is a master drummer from Ghana specializing in the Ashanti tradition. He is from a family of musicians, his father an internationally recognized Palm Wine guitarist and lifetime honorary member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. Yaw teaches West African percussion and leads the Akoma Ensemble at the University of Washington's School of Ethnomusicology. Tony Grasso (trumpet) is a graduate of the Naval School of Music and has studied with legendary saxophonist Joe Daley and pianist/ author Mark Levine. He currently teaches trumpet techniques and jazz improvisation at Mills Music in Seattle and Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington. Tony regularly performs in Seattle at Bumbershoot, NW Folk Life Festival and The Seattle Jazz Festival Viren Kamdar (percussion) is a privately trained percussionist studied in Hindustani, Flamenco, Arabic and Latin styles. He has played extensively as a live and session percussionist in the Pacific Northwest for the last 13 years.
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