Tracking The Odds: Hamid Drake & Michael Zerang (Audio)
This percussion duo performed at Roulette on 22 March 1995 in an eclectic cross genre, cross cultural program with Afro-Cuban, jazz, Middle Eastern, and Indian influences and utilizing instruments including frame drums, bendir, daq, djembe, tabla, dumbek, and trap sets. Hamid Drake was mentored by Fred Anderson who introduced him to Douglas Ewart, George Lewis and other members of Chicago‘s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). He has subsequently worked with Don Cherry, Adam Rudolph and The Mandingo Griot Society, William Parker, David Murray, Peter Brötzmann, Reggie Workman, Yusef Lateef, Wayne Shorter, Bill Laswell, David Murray, and many more. Michael Zerang is a Chicago new music legend, bringing his mastery of Persian and Middle Eastern traditions to improvised music, free jazz, puppet theater, experimental theater, and traditional ensembles. As a teacher and organizer he has held workshops and produced events in Yemen, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Europe, and the USA.