Souren Baronian’s Taksim, a Middle East journey

souren baronian's taksim

On August 5th last year, the New York Music Daily reviewed Souren Baronian's latest Taksim album as "one of the most rapturously gorgeous, unselfconsciously soulful albums released over the past year" and called Baronian a "timeless Middle Eastern jazz icon."

The Markaz is pleased to welcome back New York’s legendary Souren Baronian with his masterly musicians in Taksim for one night only. Join this jazz quintet for a Middle Eastern journey on Sunday, January 28th, 7 pm, in downtown Los Angeles. General admission just $25 (purchase online below or at the door). Spread the word, come prepared for an evening of inspired acoustic music. The Markaz at The Salon on 7th, 429 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014. Seating limited, advance reservations strongly advised.

Souren Baronian grew up in Spanish Harlem riding two powerful currents of creativity—his ethnic Armenian heritage, and jazz. His original 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" of course is an Arabic word meaning improvisation, and inspired improvisation is the home territory of Souren Baronian and his band, which has toured all over the world and played many of the top venues including the Montreal Jazz Festival, The Blue Note and Cornelia Street Cafe.

About Taksim

Souren Baronian (clarinet/duduk/soprano sax/riq)  This unstoppable maestro is now in his eighties—the Armenian-American multi-reedman, percussionist and bandleader is absolutely undiminished as a soloist, one of the greatest and most soulful players in the history of jazz, let alone the Middle Eastern jazz he’s pioneered. 

Adam Good (oud) A graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Adam Good has a foundation in jazz guitar, and an interest in the music of Eastern Europe and Turkey. His talent on tambura, Turkish oud, guitar, and knowledge of Turkish makam have made Adam a fixture of New York’s Balkan and Middle Eastern music scenes. 

Paul Brown (bass) has been playing music for 42 years, studying bass and improvisation at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and oud and makam with Haig Manoukian and Necati Çelik. Comfortable in all styles of music from Eastern Europe, he has been house bassist for the EEFC Workshops since 1996. Paul plays electric and acoustic bass with Édessa, Pontic Firebird, Sherefe, and Kavala, among many others.

Lee Baronian (darbuka) is a percussionist and composer who has been playing darbuka with Taksim for the last 17 years as well as with his own band called Particle Theory.

Mal Stein (drums/percussion) is a drummer, percussionist and composer who has played in many diverse projects from jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimee’s band to gypsy funk band Mad Juana. Mal has been with Taksim for the past 25 years.

  • January 28, 2018 at 7pm – 9pm
  • The Salon on 7th, 429 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
  • $25.00 USD
  • 15 people are going
  • Alfred Madain



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$25.00 Souren Baronian's Taksim General Admission

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