Joachim Cooder grew up surrounded by music. His father, legendary guitarist Ry Cooder, would take him on the road at an early age, first as a viewer, and then in his early teens, as a player. Joachim’s first instrument was the drums, playing with Ry both live and in the studio. These touring and recording projects allowed him to share stages and recordings with Johnny Cash, Ali Farka Touré, V. M. Bhatt, Steve Earle, John Lee Hooker, Dr. John, Nick Lowe, and most notably the Buena Vista Social Club. Over the years, Joachim has maintained this close relationship with his father, solidified his reputation as a lyrical drummer, and branched out on projects of his own.
Joachim 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.
For this show he will be accompanied by Sam Gendel (multi-instrumentalist) and Rayna Gellert (violin).