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David Borgo, A.J. Racy explore the "Roots Of Reeds" in Carlsbad

Saxophonist / educator / ethnomusicologist / UCSD professor Dr. David Borgo will be appearing in tandem with double bassist Rob Thorsen on Feb. 11, at the Museum Of Making Music in Carlsbad, in a program titled "Roots Of Reeds: Tales Of The Reed," at 7 p.m.

Also appearing will be one of Borgo's mentors in ethnomusicology, Dr. A.J. Racy, from UCLA. Racy was born in Lebanon, and is a master of many ethnic instruments, including the nay, a reed flute, and the buzuq, a long-necked fretted lute. Racy will be accompanied by Souhail Kaspar, a virtuoso performer of Arab percussion instruments.

Borgo's performance will begin the concert.

"I'll be playing in duo format with Rob Thorsen. We're planning on starting with a Sun Ra tune called "Egypt Strut," then I'll do a rubato intro on fujara, that strange looking Slovakian overtone flute...which will lead into an original of mine called "Miko" in the Coltrane Crescent mode on soprano," said Borgo, adding, "We'll do "The Man I Love," I'm going to play the melody ballad-style, but on a Hmong reed flute, (very cool sounding). We'll do "Isfahan" from Duke's Far East Suite, then end on a Jerry Bergonzi line on "Confirmation."

"Then Prof. Racy will join us with his drummer for a closing number he provided ( a traditional Middle Eastern melody extended into a jazz improvisation thing)."

Borgo is an internationally acclaimed saxophonist who can tear it up on tenor, soprano, and a slew of instruments from all over the globe. He is conversant in a wide variety of styles, but he is exceptionally adept at free improvisation.

He doesn't gig around town very often--this concert, then, represents a relatively rare opportunity to hear him do his thing. It's an especially exciting opportunity to catch him this context, where he'll have the opportunity to stretch out, because I usually leave one his performances wishing I heard more.

The opportunity for Borgo to create music with a former teacher figures to be a fascinating experience as well.

"I have always respected Prof. Racy immensely for his ability to bridge impeccable scholarship and musicianship. For me, he was the ultimate model of an ethnomusicologist--a culture bearer who also wielded the full Western toolkit and could ultimately demonstrate everything he was discussing. But, perhaps most importantly, he has a deep, spiritual connection to the music he plays and researches. His seminar on Music and Ecstasy gave me true insight into the power of music on a global scale, " said Borgo.

Come, and experience the ecstasy for yourself. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for members, and $10 for UCSD students. The Museum Of Making Music is located at 5790 Armada Dr. in Carlsbad.

Photo by Sylvia Borgo

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Saxophonist / educator / ethnomusicologist / UCSD professor Dr. David Borgo will be appearing in tandem with double bassist Rob Thorsen on Feb. 11, at the Museum Of Making Music in Carlsbad, in a program titled "Roots Of Reeds: Tales Of The Reed," at 7 p.m.

Also appearing will be one of Borgo's mentors in ethnomusicology, Dr. A.J. Racy, from UCLA. Racy was born in Lebanon, and is a master of many ethnic instruments, including the nay, a reed flute, and the buzuq, a long-necked fretted lute. Racy will be accompanied by Souhail Kaspar, a virtuoso performer of Arab percussion instruments.

Borgo's performance will begin the concert.

"I'll be playing in duo format with Rob Thorsen. We're planning on starting with a Sun Ra tune called "Egypt Strut," then I'll do a rubato intro on fujara, that strange looking Slovakian overtone flute...which will lead into an original of mine called "Miko" in the Coltrane Crescent mode on soprano," said Borgo, adding, "We'll do "The Man I Love," I'm going to play the melody ballad-style, but on a Hmong reed flute, (very cool sounding). We'll do "Isfahan" from Duke's Far East Suite, then end on a Jerry Bergonzi line on "Confirmation."

"Then Prof. Racy will join us with his drummer for a closing number he provided ( a traditional Middle Eastern melody extended into a jazz improvisation thing)."

Borgo is an internationally acclaimed saxophonist who can tear it up on tenor, soprano, and a slew of instruments from all over the globe. He is conversant in a wide variety of styles, but he is exceptionally adept at free improvisation.

He doesn't gig around town very often--this concert, then, represents a relatively rare opportunity to hear him do his thing. It's an especially exciting opportunity to catch him this context, where he'll have the opportunity to stretch out, because I usually leave one his performances wishing I heard more.

The opportunity for Borgo to create music with a former teacher figures to be a fascinating experience as well.

"I have always respected Prof. Racy immensely for his ability to bridge impeccable scholarship and musicianship. For me, he was the ultimate model of an ethnomusicologist--a culture bearer who also wielded the full Western toolkit and could ultimately demonstrate everything he was discussing. But, perhaps most importantly, he has a deep, spiritual connection to the music he plays and researches. His seminar on Music and Ecstasy gave me true insight into the power of music on a global scale, " said Borgo.

Come, and experience the ecstasy for yourself. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for members, and $10 for UCSD students. The Museum Of Making Music is located at 5790 Armada Dr. in Carlsbad.

Photo by Sylvia Borgo

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