Abbos Kosimov is recognized globally as a master of doyra and an ambassador of Uzbek culture. Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, he studied at the College of Culture and Music and under doyra master Mamurjon Vahabov and graduated in 1984. He also trained from the age of ten with Ustad Tuychi Inagomov, one of the few honored artists officially recognized by the Uzbek head of state. In 1991, Abbos won second prize in Central Asia and Kazakhstan’s Competition of Percussive Instruments.
He has recorded independently as well as with R&B singer Steve Wonder and with Zakir Hussain and Master of Percussion and for the soundtrack of Alonzo Kings new Lines Ballet piece, “A Thousand and One Nights,” which premiered in Monte Carlo in November 2009.
In March 2010 Abbos performed at Carnegie Hall with Kronos Quartet, Dohee Lee, Homayoun Sakhi and Alim Qasimov Ensemble, Omar Sosa Giovanni Hidalgo, Terry Bozzio, Swapan Chaudhuri, Steve Smith, Hand Ensemble, Adam Rudolph and other famous musicians.
The performance features a variety of combos performing music from the diverse jazz cannon. The Jazz Nonet performs the classic “Besame Mucho” by Consuelo Velázquez in an arrangement by John Berry and “Second In Line” by Jacam Manricks, director of jazz at UC Davis.
The Snarky Puppy Ensemble performs ”Lingus” by Snarky Puppy and “Suddenly” by Martine Tabilio as arranged by Manricks. The Jazz Septet plays two works “The Band” by Martine Tabilio, arranged by Manricks and “Jazz Rastafarian” by Manricks. The Jazz Octet performs “Scalar” by Manricks and “Eighty-One” by Ron Carter, arranged by Manricks.
Ngudi Raras hails from Central Java, Indonesia, and is led by the renowned drummer Wakidi Dwidjomartono. Wakidi is a native of Surakarta and has garnered a reputation as one of the most masterful and experienced living musicians, having performed extensively for dance, shadow puppet plays, and klenèngan. The group consists of several musicians who currently teach at the performing arts school in Surakarta.
In klenèngan, the setlist is not planned beforehand; the bowed fiddle (rebab) player signals each piece by its introductory phrase; the musicians must recognize this to know which piece is being selected. Javanese klenèngan foster a relaxing environment in contrast with formal western-style concerts. It is acceptable for audience members to chat quietly with their neighbor if they notice something fascinating in the music.
Joy S. Shinkoskey was the mother of Deborah Pinkerton and mother-in-law to Bret Hewitt. They established an endowment to support noon concerts and musical performances in the UC Davis Department of Music.
Joy S. Shinkoskey (Pinkerton)
Mother of four children, including Deborah Pinkerton, Joy Shinkoskey was in her younger years a model and played the piano which is where she developed her love of music, playing Beethoven piano works in the Spokane Music Festival, 1940, and throughout her life.