Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
Best known as a world-class percussionist – most famously with the Buena Vista Social Club and alongside his father Ry Cooder – Joachim Cooder approaches his solo career steeped in the roots of American and world music. Accompanying himself on the electric mbira and other melodic percussion, he transforms Appalachian music and blues with a powerful aesthetic that draws the listener deep into the music. The same trance-inducing and transfixing experience informs his original compositions. Cooder’s sound is very much inspired by the world music he grew up with. “I’m always hearing some sort of defunct cosmic ice cream truck in my head – that’s the sound I’m after with my mbiras and tank drums and other tuned percussion. Hopefully people will get that.”