World Kaleidoscope Presents Tomchess
New York City-based multi-instrumentalist/improviser/composer Tomchess has played and recorded with some of the heaviest players in the improvisational and jazz scene (Dewey Redman, Butch Morris, Pharoah Sanders, Drew Gress, Ronald Shannon Jackson) as well as Moroccan sintirist Hassan Hakmoun. Having deeply studied Near Eastern and North African traditions, his syncretic sound encompasses the tonal palette, rhythms and forms of these traditional musics. He keeps a focus on the unity of all human culture while never losing sight of his American roots and the importance and freedom of improvisation. Tomchess has performed in Africa, Canada, Holland, India and Italy, at Lincoln Center, the David Rubinstein Atrium, Turkish Embassy, Pakistani Embassy, Asian Society, Natural History Museum, Metropolitan Museum, Himalayan Museum of Art and the United Nations among countless other venues in New York City and the United States. He has performed on NPR and PBS, played on Grammy-nominated recordings and been awarded grants from the Turkish American Society and Maryland Council for the Arts. He was nominated for a 2012 Independent Music Award.