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An Evening with The Light Riders featuring Premik Russell Tubbs

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Over the years, many are familiar with Premik Russell Tubbs performances coupled with a diversity of top musicians known as Premik & Friends. This being said, his audience will likely recognize the players named here. To clarify, the The Light Riders are a separate and distinct group; the result of Premik's concentrated effort over time to both refine his sound and those who might work best as base members of this new quartet.

The Light Riders core ensemble consists of Nathan Peck, Neil Alexander and Todd Isler, featuring Premik Russell Tubbs. The sound is electro-acoustic designed to take one on a journey through worlds of contrasting soundscapes and new sonic dimensions. Inspired by the cutting edge jazz/fusion groups of the past, The Light Riders explore the beauty of Indian ragas, world rhythms and the harmonic dynamism of Western orchestrations. Set as a backdrop to improvisational splashes of freedom all is rolled into a joyful bundle of nonstop musical exploration. In other words, this is an experience that should not be missed!

Member Backgrounds—The Light Riders

Premik Russell Tubbs is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist who performs on various flutes, soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, wind synthesizer (EWI) and lap steel guitar. In 2008 & 2010 he played the Sting Rainforest Concerts both held at Carnegie Hall. He did extensive touring with Russian performer Boris Grebenshikov in 2008 beginning in London at the Royal Albert Hall, continuing on to Dublin, Kiev, Milan, Moscow, St. Petersburg, ending the year in Vienna. May of 2009 brought Premik to California for the Narada Michael Walden Foundation, Let the Sunshine In benefit concert. Premik has worked with Carlos Santana, Whitney Houston, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Ravi Shankar, Narada Michael Walden, Jean-Luc Ponty, Clarence Clemons, Jackson Browne, Lonnie Liston-Smith, Sting, Billy Joel and James Taylor, to name a few.Premik Russell Tubbs

Nathan Peck will NOT be joining in on acoustic bass/bass but the wonderful, innovative Fumi Tomita will be! As a leader and as a sideman, Fumi has been delighting audiences with his solid, swinging approach to jazz bass. As a sideman, he has played at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Gracie Mansion, The Up Over Jazz Cafe, The 55 Bar, Cleopatra's Needle, the Garage as well as Cecils and Trumpets in New Jersey. He was the bassist on the national tour of the Nat King Cole tribute, Unforgettable. Festival appearances include the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz, the Henry Mancini Institute, and the Banff International Workshop in Jazz.

Fumi Tomita

A drummer, teacher and author, percussionist Todd Isler is based in New York City, where he has been active in the jazz and world music scenes for over 20 years. He has released two original CDs, Two Step: Duets and Beyond, and his current Soul Drums, as well as his book You Can Takadimi This, published by Gerard and Sarzin in 2005. He has appeared on hundreds of recordings He has composed and performed with several modern dance companies around the U.S. In 2008 he toured Japan with Francis Mbappe and also joined Mike Gordon's band (of Phish fame). Todd plays in the New York area with his two bands, Toddsquad and Secret Stevie.

Todd Isler
Todd Isler

Keyboardist Neil "Nail" Alexander has performed professionally for 30+ years. He works with music in all forms and styles from Composer/Arranger and Production of Live Sound to Musical Theater, Modern Dance and Film. Grants from NYSCA and Meet The Composer gave Neil the opportunity to continue building on his composing skills. Neil also teaches Master Classes in Synthesizer Programming and Music Performance Technology, and composes works for small ensembles. As an active musician he has recordings and/or a performance history with a variety of groups and artists such as Gunther Hampel, Tal Ross (P-Funk), Charles Haynes, Erik Lawrence, and The Adaptors Movement Theater. His classical repertoire includes works by Stravinsky, Charles Ives, and John Cage. He recently retired from the Pink Floyd Tribute “The Machine," where he was a driving force in the group's success for ten years. In addition, he does electronic and/or acoustic solo performances including “Scene Re-seen" (live electronic scoring of silent films).

Neil Alexander
Neil Alexander

Cinema Arts Centre has widened its reach to bring phenomenal professional classic and innovative music to its newly renovated Sky Room Cafe that adjoins the beautiful bursting floral outdoor garden space. You owe it to yourself and your friends to experience the musical arts as never before. To be sure, CAC is embracing the music community with the same highly developed, eclectic, sophisticated approach as it has film. It will be a treasured and lasting experience that will reverberate long after. The splashes of vibrant color that dot the landscape are akin to wondrous scribbles outside the lines of the ordinary. This autumn evening come join with The Light Riders for a musical uncharted escapade of full spectrum melodic 'color,' rhythm and texture.

A wine and cheese reception will follow the performance.

Seating is first come first serve.

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