Forro in the Dark
SoSaLa, DJ Greg Caz
62 Ave C.
Between 4th and 5th Streets
New York, NY, 10009
This event is 21 and over
Forro in the Dark
Supplementing the traditional instrumentation with electric guitars, an array of flutes, modern percussion and other contemporary instruments, along with the help of David Byrne, Bebel Gilberto and Miho Hatori, Forro in the Dark capture the immediate, pleasure-craving core of forro for modern audiences to relieve their stress on the dance floor just like the Brazilian workers of the early 1900s.
Forro in the Dark is Mauro Refosco on Zabumba and Vocals; Gilmar Gomes on Percussion and Vocals; Davi Vieira on Percussion and Vocals; Guilherme Monteiro on Guitar and Vocals; Jorge Continentino on Pifano, Baritone Sax and Vocals; and Smokey Hormel on Baritone Guitar, Slide Guitar and Vocals.
SoSaLa is fueled by improvisation, diverse instruments such as electric guitar, fula flute, piano, vibraphone, sabar, electric tar, electric trumpet and electronics, blending melancholic melodies, with those of front-man and sax player Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi’s native Iran. The rhythm section blends Persian, African and African-American rhythms and instruments. Sohrab’s vocals give a dada-istic touch to social and political issues. The music is molded by his international background, as an Iranian raised in Germany who later moved to Japan, and now New York City. Altogether, they call the music nu world trash.
DJ Greg Caz
One-half of the Brazilian Beat Brooklyn team that has been holding down Sundays at BK's Black Betty for 6 years, and is responsible for those "Baile Funk 1 & 2" mix CDs some of you may have purchased. Or maybe those "Viva O Samba" and "Soul Of Samba-Rock" CDs. Others may know me from my longtime Wednesday night residency at Nublu in the East Village alongside Forro In The Dark. Others still may have encountered me in the decade-plus I've been plying New York venues with the choicest funk + soul + reggae + Latin + jazz + rock + etc + etc + etc.... For what I'm "about," see the Music entry primarily. For what I'm "about" in a different sense, it's all about good vibes and spreading love. But I'd make a lousy hippie despite that sincere statement, not just because of my excellent hygiene habits, but also because of my sharp awareness of the world we live in and my utter, cynical disgust at the follies of mankind.