Strunz & Farah; Monday, May 13, 2013


Strunz & Farah
Monday, May 13, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz

“Bridging cultures and stunning audiences…” – Jazziz

Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah’s innovative style of “ethno-jazz” has carved out its own melodic path over the course of three decades. The two guitarists have been performing together since 1980, when Strunz left the popular Latin-jazz group Caldera to team up with Farah. From the beginning, as a duo, they found themselves conjuring up a visionary blend of music drawn from Latin American and Middle Eastern cultures. It’s a creative mix of flamenco, classical, Afro-Caribbean, and Persian influences, matched with the improvisational spontaneity of jazz. Journey Around The Sun is their latest CD.

Costa Rican-born Jorge Strunz began playing guitar at the age of 6. He lived in a number of countries while growing up – Colombia, Mexico, Spain, England, and Canada – an experience that gave him an appreciation for a variety of cultural traditions. By his teens, he was playing flamenco music professionally, but keeping his ears open to other forms of music. In time, Jorge became known for developing a unique approach to the guitar. In the ’70s, he co-founded the Latin-fusion group Caldera, a band that put together rock, funk, and jazz, with Latin rhythms, expanding the path blazed by Santana. It was at a Caldera concert, near the end of the group’s tenure, that Jorge met Ardeshir Farah, a native of Iran who had emigrated to the U.S to study architecture. Ardeshir had played guitar since childhood, and was an excellent musician who had performed professionally with many of the elite Persian musicians. After jamming together, the two realized they had an immediate creative chemistry, and began working on a repertoire for their newly-founded coalition.

From their first self-produced project, Mosaico, in 1980, and their following two albums on the prestigious Milestone label, Frontera (1983) and Guitarras (1984), Strunz & Farah were the prototype for what became known as “world music.” Later albums, Primal Magic (1990) and Americas (1992), were immensely popular, further expanding their international audience.  Additionally, they have collaborated on several recordings with a diverse range of artists: Ruben Blades, Stanley Clarke, Hubert Laws, Sting, Joan Baez, and Jackson Browne. Today, this inventive duo continues to refine its distinctive sound into a magical brew, enthralling audiences everywhere.

Strunz & Farah

DATE: Monday, May 13, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 and 9:00 PM
PRICE: $23/Adv $26/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Sandy Sloan


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