It's been awhile since my last update - so here is a slew of goodies including lessons, videos, new music and more!
I just recorded a new video - a solo acoustic guitar track with my newly aquired Lowden that I bought from Thomas Leeb. Here's the video:
VIDEO: Az Samad - Letter from Tahoe
I am also currently in a new Jazz quartet project led by drummer Adam Everett, a frequent collaborator of mine since I met him almost three years ago at San Jose State University. We just recorded twelve songs under the moniker of The Adam Everett Quartet which includes the very talented Ben Flood on tenor sax and Fred Paclibon on bass.
Listen to a few of the tracks here:
AUDIO: The Adam Everett Quartet recordings
and watch a video from our debut performance at Caffe Trieste, San Jose here:
VIDEO: The Adam Everett Quartet - Black Nile (Wayne Shorter)
I'm also excited to be on Jazz-Funk band, Planet Loop's second album tentatively titled 'Cubed'. A full length track that I played on is available for download on their website:
AUDIO: Planet Loop (feat. Az Samad) - The New Three
I also recently started a new monthly FREE exclusive guitar lessons page in collaboration with William Jeffrey Jones Guitars. The first lesson includes the music/pdf and mp3 files. In the future, I'll be recording video segments for some lessons too!
William Jeffrey Jones Guitars - Guitar Lessons by Az Samad
I've been performing and recording a lot on electric guitar and to add to this is a Cumbia-Dub-Reggae gig with Oakland-based band Candelaria this Friday night. It's pretty exciting music and I'm glad to be able to perform with them. Also in the works is a California North Coast tour with classical guitar virtuoso Steve Lin slated in May. Will post updates as soon as we confirm concert dates.
Fri, March 25: Bay Vibes Presents at Rassela's Main Stage: Candelaria, San Francisco, CA (w/ Cumbia-Dub band Candelaria) 9pm-2am
Sat, April 2: KALX Live with Jazz-Blues band The Blue Fur Monkeys, 9pm-10:30pm
Wed, April 6: The Cannery at Del Monte Square, San Francisco, CA (Solo Guitar) 12noon-3:15pm
Fri, April 8: Private Event, Oakland, CA (w/ The Lychees - Jazz/Pop guitar-voice duo) 4pm-6pm
Wed, April 27: The Cannery at Del Monte Square, San Francisco, CA (Solo Guitar) 12noon-3:15pm
Sat, May 14: Theatre on San Pedro Square, San Jose, CA (SBGS Guitar Showcase concert w/ Yuri Liberzon and Steve Lin)
Sun, May 15: Local ZabFest, Cera Una Volta (w/ Tara Linda) 7pm-9pm
Sat, May 21: Rhytmix Cultural Works, Alameda, CA (w/ Tara Linda)
Thu, June 2: Contra Costa County Fair, Antioch, CA (w/ Latin Reggae-Rock band Renee Asteria)
Sat-Sun, June 4-5:Garberville Summer & Arts Festival (w/ Tara Linda)
Mon, June 27: Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (folk-rock singer-songwriter Reza Salleh featuring Az Samad, Liyana Fizi and Providence Brown)
I have about three new CDs (with a possible fourth maybe) coming out this year:
1. Tara Linda (Title TBA!) : I recorded with Tara and The Charles Hearn Band in South Texas which was a great experience. I love the material - all original music by Tara, Jazz-Blues inspired.
2. Planet Loop - Cubed : I will be on three tracks on the album, probably the noisiest electric guitar playing from me thus far! Haha...
3. Untitled third Solo Acoustic Guitar CD - currently in pre-pro, I'm recording demos and practicing the arrangements! This will be all composed material, probably more of an extension of Acoustic Gestures, my first CD, rather than my more improvised explorations in Emo Attack Turtle.
4. The Adam Everett Quartet (Untitled) - I don't know whether Adam will be releasing this collection of material but I do like the tracks and would love to share them with you.
Thank you for reading and do write to me if you have any questions about any of this! Pretty exciting times....
Take care and till next time!
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