This Friday, keyboardist Nora Maki, and electronic percussionist E. "Doc" Smith and will come to perform at the Concerts at the Cadillac. This dynamic duo's music is unique, powerful, a bit jazzy and poignant. The concert will feature music from their upcoming release on the Edgetone Record label. Smith will be on his custom-made, electronic percussion instrument, the Zendrum; Maki will be playing the Cadillac's beautiful Steinway piano, and assorted electronic keyboards. If you have the time please come on Friday, April 5th between 12:30 and 1:30, 380 Eddy Street, SF.
Maki was born in Osaka, Japan and started her first piano lesson at age 6. Maki studied classical piano with Katsuyuki Mastui and musicianship with Masaru Adachi at Osaka College of Music. Encountering jazz music in her late teens has changed her way of making music to her own terms. Later, Maki would study the piano style of Art Tatum, and Oscar Peterson with Minoru Ozone. Interested in jazz; American culture, she was exposed herself to a broad range of American music from Miles Davis to James Brown. After immigrating to United States of America in 1989, she went back to school and studied advanced jazz arrangement, theory, harmony & history and jazz combo under the direction of Andrew Speight at San Francisco State University.
BeyondChron's own E. Doc Smith, is a percussionist and recording engineer who has worked with the likes of Brian Eno, Madonna, Warren Zevon, Mickey Hart and many, many others. He is also the inventor of the musical instrument, the Drummstick, a digital"drum guitar" he created in 1995. In 2007, he switched to his custom-made, wireless Zendrum, made in Atlanta, Georgia. Like the Drummstick, it also allows Smith to play realistic-sounding drums and samples from a computer or sound module.
"Last year, I had the good fortune to have Nora fill in on keyboards in my Unidentified Flying Quartet", Smith writes. "Nora was great and as it turned out, was also eager to venture into the world of the "piano and drum duos". Nora came from a classical and straight ahead background, but was also quite familiar with the funky, electric jazz worlds of Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and most recently, Hiromi. Together, we also listened to great Joe Zawinul and Trilok Gurtu duo; the Bill Bruford duos with Patrick Moraz and later, Michiel Bosrtlap; finally, and most recently, the Marco Benevento and Joe Russo Duo…. Great stuff!"
"Each had a style all it's own, a character, and an unmistakable identity. My last musical outings were ironically, also borne from duos; first, with my long-time keyboardist Seth Elgart, ("K2" Edgetone EDT4071), with his collection of every synthesizer known to man. sadly an inconvenient three thousand miles away in NYC; and recently, with 7 string bassist virtuoso Edo Castro, ("Live" Edgetone EDT4081), he is amazing with his loops, Ebow, bass synth, and rightly, much sought after. Fortunately for me, Nora arrived just in time, and eager to delve in the world of loops, samples, sequences, laptops and effects." The Maki-Smith Duo anticipate a late Summer release of their self-titled album, followed by Northern California and Bay Area performances.