|THE HANI NASER
The Hani Naser Band plays an "in the now" kind of music. These four
from different parts of the world mix
their roots with contemporary rhythms and melodies. Masters of improvisation,
their jams are full of folklore, and listeners are taken on a journey with their
in the moment musical compositions. This is a genre transcending band, and these
gifted and adventurous artists push each other past musical boundaries to a place
that is rarely visited.
And so, let's meet the band:
|HANI NASER (Jordan):
oud, percussion and vocals
As a child in the hills above Jordan, Hani remembers many mornings listening
to his grandfather, the village poet recite poetry while grinding fresh roasted
coffee with a stick in a gourd like pot. Accompanied by the rhythmic crunching
of the beans, his stories and songs provided a rich beginning for Naser's musical
path. This unique influence is the source of Hani’s eclectic drumming
style. Considered a master in his field, Naser inspired Randy Lewis of the
Los Angeles Times to call him a “Veritable Hand Drum Wizard”. The
breadth of Naser's talent has earned him the opportunity to perform and record
with many of the most influential artists of this era.
EASTMAN (U.S.A.): violin, slide, guitars mandolin
and instruments from around the world
Craig has been playing the fiddle since he was a young boy of 6 years old. He
is now a producer and an accomplished musician - playing not only the fiddle
but violin, lap steel, mandolin, dobro, and organ (among other instruments).
He has worked with composer Hans Zimmer to scoring recent soundtracks such as
Pearl Harbor and Blackhawk Down and many others. Craig Has recorded with many
fine musicians including Ray Charles and Jennifer Warnes.
|ARMAND SABAL-LECCO (Cameroon):
bass and vocals
Armand Sabal-Lecco is a virtuoso artist, composer, singer and internationally
acclaimed bass superstar. His impressive list of worldwide credits include Paul
Simon, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Sir George Martin, Seal, Herbie Hancock, Christina
Aguilera, Jeff Beck, Carole King, Brian Wilson, Ray Charles, Ringo Starr, Celine
Dion and Stanley Clarke.
Sabal-Lecco's compositions for John Pattitucci's "Another World" led
to Grammy nominations in 1994, and he has been honored by the National Academy
of Recording Artists and Sciences for his work on the Brecker Brothers Grammy
Winner "Out of the Loop", as well as the hit 2002 Latin Grammy "Alejandro
"ASL" has also scored numerous motion pictures and commercial projects,
is currently recording and producing his new band, "The Rest of The World."
WALFREDO REYES JR. (Cuba): drums and percussion
Born in Cuba, raised in Puerto Rico and culminating his musical style
in the U.S., Wally (Walfredo Jr.) learned the traditions from the master,
his father Walfredo Sr. Few drummers playing today can successfully
combine the rich history of Latin, Afro-Cuban and World Percussion
with the drum set. For Walfredo Reyes Jr., fusing the two disciplines
has been his driving passion. In fact, by blazing this path, Reyes
has challenged the technical levels of our instrument. Because of his
versatility, Walfredo is one of the most in demand musicians in the
world today. He currently lives in the Los Angeles area where he continues
to expand his talents to recording, producing, composing, education,
live performance and touring.