Monday, April 28, 2014

Free Concert in Fez on Wednesday April 30

On Wednesday April 30 at 8.15 PM is a performance with an impressive line up of talented American musicians. ABANDA is comprised of songwriters Amanda Homi and Jake Holmes, along with multi instrumentalist Gary Schreiner and percussionist Houcine Ouahban.
Amanda and Jake performed last year in Agadir for a cross cultural concert sponsored by the American Language Center and look forward to their return visit to Morocco. They perform their own songs along with classic cover tunes representing the various styles of American music.
Jake Holmes is a noted songwriter and lyricist. In the early eighties, Harry Belafonte sent Jake to Johanasburg to work with South African musicians on songs for his album “Paradise in Gazenculu”. It was there Jake fell in love with world music and it has been an obsession ever since.
His music has been performed by such artists as Lena Horne, Harry Belafonte, the Four Seasons, Frank Sinatra and Led Zeppelin. His musical “Sidewalking” was produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club and earned a Drama Desk Award nomination.
Jake is internationally recognized for his impact on the world of advertising, and is the only advertising writer to be inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. His credits include “Be All That You Can Be” (U.S. Army), “I’m A Pepper” (Dr. Pepper), and Gillette’s “The Best a Man Can Get.”
Jake has previously recorded five albums of his own and has completed his sixth solo effort “Dangerous Times”. He has performed at major concert venues throughout Europe, Canada and the United States, including Carnegie Hall. To sample some of his music,CLICK HERE.

Amanda Homi is a singer, songwriter and percussionist with a deep and genuine affinity for music from around the globe. Born in London of English and Indian descent she is based in New York. She sings in several languages and has studied dance and percussion in Brazil and Senegal, sung Rembetika in Greece, Gypsy Flamenco in Spain, and written and recorded Reggae in Jamaica. She has two solo albums. “Drumgirls” and “Till i Reach Bombay” which was released this winter to critical acclaim. Her first video of the title track can be viewed HERE.
Amanda has recorded, performed and toured with a diverse selection of Artists including Ray LaMontagne, Jackson Browne, Jane Siberry, Grover Washington, Maxwell, Mavis Staples Pete Seeger and They Might be Giants.

She co produced and hosted a documentary about Latin Grammy lifetime achievement recipient, Toto La Momposina from Colombia and has written and sung on numerous ad campaigns TV themes and film scores.

Gary Schreiner is a multi instrumentalist and Emmy Award-winning composer and producer. He has scored hundreds of TV commercials and contributed music to countless TV shows and movies as well as having performed both onstage and recorded with, and produced a multitude of artists.

He recently was a featured guest artist at Sting’s benefit concert for the Rainforest Fund, playing the chromatic harmonica with Rosanne Cash, then shared the stage with Elton John for a duet of “Moon River” in front of a full orchestra.

He has worked with diverse artists such as Elton John, Rosanne Cash, Joan Osborne, Patti LaBelle, Pedrito Martinez, Yoko Ono, Pheobe Snow, Marvin Hamlisch, Run-DMC, Lucy Kaplansky, Carly Simon, Ben Taylor, Blue Man Group, John Pizzarelli, Julio Fernandez (Spiro Gyra), Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Kermit the Frog, and World Champion figure skater Randy Gardner.

Most recently he has been producing and arranging Rick Moranis’ soon to be released album “My Mother’s Brisket & Other Love Songs” (release date June 2013). 

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