Australian Bebop Ragas at Freight & Salvage

Australian Bebop Ragas

featuring Teed Rockwell (Touchstyle Veena)

and Stephen Kent (Didgeridu)

with Ian Dogole (World Jazz drums)

and Vishal Nagar (Tabla)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Show: 8 pm - Doors: 7 pm

Freight and Salvage - 2020 Addison Street - Berkeley, CA 94704  (510) 644-2020

$22.50 Advance/$24.50 Door Advance tickets at:

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This show is all ages and wheelchair accessible.

Australian Bebop Ragas was born when Teed Rockwell and Stephen Kent improvised live on Kents radio show. The phones went crazy and the email box was jammed with listeners who loved the combo. From this inspired moment, and with help from Richard Thompsons producer, Simon Tassano, an album emerged. Snakes and Ladders (on San Franciscos Family Tree label) has been featured on numerous radio shows, including the internationally broadcast Echoes, and has inspired the creation of over a hundred personalized Australian Bebop Ragas stations on Pandora.  After numerous nationwide concerts at well-known halls, including Freight and Salvage, the group has expanded to include World Jazz drummer Ian Dogole, and internationally acclaimed tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar. For more information, please visit:

Stephen Kent has traveled the world, living at various times in Africa, England, Spain, Australia, and, for the last 15 years, The San Francisco Bay Area. Widely regarded as one of the pioneering innovators in the modern world of the Didjeridu, he was a founder of the groups Trance Mission, Lights in a Fat City, Beasts of Paradise and Furious Pig, and has made five solo CDs, with more imminent releases forthcoming. Past projects and collaborations of note include Zap Mama, Habib Koite and Bamada, Megadrums, Omar Sosa, Badi Assad, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, Steve Sheehan, Mino Cinelu, Michel Portal, Boukman Eksperyans, and the legendary ex-Doors drummer, John Densmore, among many others.

Teed Rockwell has had over a hundred classes in Hindustani Classical Music with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and has also studied extensively with Ustad Shahid Parvez, Pandit Habib Khan, and Ustad Salamat Ali Khan. He is the first person to play Indian Classical Music on the Touchstyle Veena, a guitar-like fretboard played by tapping the strings simultaneously with both hands. After years of practice and performance, Rockwell has developed a style which adapts the deep and profound nuances of the Hindustani tradition to this brand new instrument.

For 30 years, Ian Dogole has articulated his vision of Global Fusion Music as a multi-percussionist, bandleader, educator, recording artist, and producer. He has released six recordings and a DVD as a leader, and has recorded and performed with Hamza el Din, Paul McCandless, Richie Cole, Ancient Future, and Tito La Rosa. Ians global array of percussion instruments includes udu, cajon, hang, talking drums, global drum set, mbiras and dumbeks. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music (SFFCM), along with multiple grants from the Marin Arts Council.

Starting his performance career at the age of eight, Vishal Nagar has performed in many major cities throughout India, including performances in Calcutta, Jalandhar, Mumbai, Gwalior, Patna, Mysore, Raipur, Lucknow and Delhi. Vishal has been praised in the Indian press for his unique combination of melodic Tabla sound production with masterful command of rhythm. (He has magic in his hands- Hindustan Times). He has also had the honor of sharing the stage with some great world music masters, such as African drum legend Babatunde Olatunji, Michel Shrieve, Evyind Kang, Carmona Flamenco, and Michael Wimberley. He recently performed with the Ghanaian Guitarist Koo Nimo in Peter Gabriels WOMAD Festival.

Friday, 18 November, 2011
08:00 PM
11:00 PM

$22.50 Advance/$24.50 Door


Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

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