The Llamas, featuring special guest, Myra Melford.
Recorded live at Hertz Hall in UC Berkeley.
With a sound that's hard to define, yet instantly identifiable, The Llamas are a new quartet whose music is informed by jazz, jam, and world music.
Their name is derived from their origin, as the group was first put together to play for His Holiness the Dalai Lama when he visited Berkeley this spring.
The unique instrumentation of woodwinds (Amy Shen), guitar (Jesse Engel), bass (Joe Costantini), and tabla (Shaunak Adkar) gives The Llamas a sound truly all their own when interpreting
songs from modern composers such as Bill Frisell, Wayne Shorter, and Avishai Cohen.
released April 23, 2009
Alto sax and flute: Amy Shen
Guitar: Jesse Engel
Tabla: Shaunak Adkar
Bass: Joe Costantini
Violin: Hannah Van Loon
Piano: Myra Melford