Baltimore/DC “3rd Invasion” Tour Report (August 2nd through August 3rd, 2014)

Members

This time SoSala consisted of four DC musicians: Rob Coltun on electric guitar, Luke Stewart on electric bass guitar and Warren G. Crudup III on drums,  Kamyar Arsani on daf and vocals; and Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi on sax and vocals. Kamyar played for the first time.

Tour dates

Date: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Venue:  An Die Musik (409 North Charles Street, 2nd Fl., Baltimore, Maryland 21201)

Photo by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi
A WORTHLESS HOMESTEAD (photo by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi)

The Baltimore progressive rock trio A WORTHLESS HOMESTEAD opened up for SoSaLa. Playing nu jazz-progressive rock which could remind you of the British legendary prog-rock band Soft Machine.

Photo by Maria Teresa Henderson'
SoSaLa (photo by Maria Teresa Henderson)

Date: Sunday, August 3, 2014
Venue: Bossa Bistro + Lounge (2463 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009)
Guest appearance by DC guitarist Pete Muldoon.

The opening band was I m U r with Rob Coltun on guitar, Kamyar Arsani on daf, kuzeh, percussions & vocals, Abhik Saha on percussion & vocals; and Joey Jenkins on bass. They played some Sufi songs and improvised music with poetry.

Song List

 

* A Beginning Is An Ending
* What’s What?
* Leyla
* Heavy Funk
* Vatan Kojai?
Khorasan
* Enough Is Enough
* Sohrab’s Shushtari

(* video available)

Note: the two videos of “A Beginning Is An Ending” prove that SoSaLa is a band which doesn’t want to repeat itself. The core of the song is the same, but the execution is totally different. The sound of the song changes in accordance to the venue’s ambiance, how the audience respond to the music, how each member interprets and executes the information from each song’s lead sheet, Sohrab’s mood and for many other reasons.

Radio Interviews

Sohrab’s Early Morning Interview @ WPFW 89.3FM (Washington DC)

Host: Katea Stitt

Sohrab’s Radio Interview @ WEAA 88.9 FM!

Host: Doc George Manning

 

An Die Musik Videos

 

2. What’s What?: http://youtu.be/GnGwXQd3LM8

4. Heavy Funk: http://youtu.be/0wrLrY-LvQk

6. Sohrab’s Shushtari: http://youtu.be/C434NvKuXOM

 

Bossa Club Videos

 

2. Enough Is Enough: http://youtu.be/6dBGT3x74h4

This email ends this report perfectly. It says what SoSaLa is about.. stands for…speaks out…fights for. All SoSaLa members joined this collective, because they believe that the time has come to make some important changes in their lives. 

A Fan Email

“Salam my dear Sohrab,

I so enjoyed your performance and our nice chat afterwards.  You have indeed been blessed with the gift to create meaningful music that engulfs the soul.

Thank you for all that you are doing to help musical artist who are being treated unfairly.   Enough is Enough is a great movement, and I have been enlightened. I have subscribed to DooBeeDooBeeDoo NY and will share it with others. I truly believe that social awareness can be fostered through music.  Music triggers interest.  We must all open our hearts and make a difference.

My work involves working with our poorest brothers and sisters in the world. I am blessed every day.  I exhibit/travel for our organization in the U.S. explaining why we must live our life in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world. We are one family but many do not understand; however, I just keep pushing forward.

I purchased your CD and a t-shirt which I have worn on several occasions. I like the design.  I was listening to your CD a few days ago for the third or fourth time and I could visualize you holding the stool above your head crying out. It was a powerful statement.  I love the true form of jazz, which should be expressive with different movements, surprising me at each turn without structure, free flowing.

If I am not traveling the next time you are in Baltimore I will attend your performance.  Continue to inspire, advocate, produce music and stand up against social injustices. It is our call.” ( – Jacklyn Ireland from Baltimore)

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