Friday Night at GIG

02007-02-03 | Uncategorized | 9 comments

I saw these guys at GIG tonight. When I got there I stood in line behind a tall man and when I heard his voice I knew it was Barrett Martin. I tapped him on his back and he turned around. He introduced me to his best friend Tony. Tony and I looked at each other – we met in Santa Fe in the late eighties, but had not seen each other in a long time.

GIG was packed. I sat next to Barrett and we caught up on stuff. I texted Stephen to see whether he made it into GIG and he came by and said hi. Then Rahim and Souhail Kaspar stepped onto the stage and started. Souhail Kaspar is a devastating percussionist – Jon told me he was one of Ron’s teachers – and he and Rahim got into some wonderful exchanges. Rahim introduced a piece saying that it was an Iraqi classic, but that Syrians say that it is a Syrian song. Then he said that it was definitely an Iraqi song and he hoped there were no Syrians in the room – except for his wife, who is Syrian. She told me later, when Rahim took his cigarette break, that it was a Syrian song for sure…

Rahim was fired up by Souhail Kaspar and played beautifully. An amazing evening.


  1. Adam Solomon

    So is GiG the hangout for all the cool cats in Santa Fe? The concert sounded very nice. “Devastating percussionist”…hmm…

  2. Matt Callahan

    That’s it! I’m moving to Santa Fe.

  3. Jacqueline

    Amazing is the evening fired by soul and ear’s and rythm !

    And in being a fan , friend , child , artist , painting pictures for all!

    Zens aglow!

  4. ottmar

    Adam: my dictionary says: devastating = extremely impressive
    Unbelievable ability and sensitivity. Must see!

  5. Luz

    I’m right behind you Matt!

  6. stephen duros

    Wow what a show! Souhail Kaspar is the master.

  7. laurie

    Matt and Luz, I will join you!

  8. Anna

    I am right behind you guys…

    Australian coastline is being washed away and eventually we will have to move to higher ground, Santa Fe sounds like a perfect place. ;-)


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