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Wahid is a dialogue between Chris Wabich on frame drums and Dimitris Mahlis on oud, bringing genre-defying approaches to composition and improvisation. Both in his compositions and playing, Greek-born Mahlis skillfully draws from Greek, Persian, Carnatic, and Western jazz traditions; in his hands, the oud deftly transforms into a multi-dimensional stringed instrument echoing these traditions.  Three-time Grammy nominee Chris Wabich created the world’s first bass frame drum set specifically for Wahid.  His unique setup conveys an extraordinary undercurrent of rhythm and harmonic function allowing the duo to create new sonic potential. Together as Wahid, they create a sensitive language conveying the full-spectrum of human emotion and experience.

Dimitris Mahlis is a multi-instrumentalist and composer based in the Los Angeles area.  Since coming to LA, Dimitris’ skills on oud, guitar and other stringed instruments have led him into a rich variety of performing and recording experiences.Dimitris has had the good fortune to receive training in both Western and Eastern musical stystems.  his style is known as both soulful and original.  he currently studies with oudist Ustad Necati Celik from Istanbul, Turkey.Some recent recording credits include:  lal meri – “lal meri”, “O Samanos” Dionisis Savopoulo-Thanasis Papakonstantinou, “Huun Huur Tu” with Carmen Rizzo, “Vino” with Robi Draco Rosa, and “Jostejoo” with Mamak Khadem.  Dimitris also contributed music to Michael Apted’s documentary “The Power of the Game” and is featured on the soundtrack of the film “Clash of the Titans 2″Dimitris has performed and toured throughout the world with artists such as A.R.Rahman, Axiom of Choice, Dionisis Savopoulos, Freddie Hubbard, Thanasis Papakonstantinou,Kevyn Lettau,Russell Ferrante, Mamak Khadem, and others.He composes most of the music for his original projects including 3 albums with Wahid, “Prana” with the trio, Prana and “Aphrodite Moves On” with his electric quartet, Babaghanoush.

Chris Wabich is known around LA as a versatile and original percussive voice.  Chris played Frank Zappa’s “Joe’s Garage”, a stage production of the album, produced by Gail Zappa.  He was music director for “both,” a production of Beatles music, and “the existents” by Ty Taylor (rock star INXS).  He founded the group, “sketchy black dog” based in NYC, who has headlined at the blue note, iridium, zinc bar, birdland, scullers, and toured russia. His recent projects include, discs with leonard cohen, margo rey, bernard woma, and jazz legend mark murphy.Chris has recorded with: Ludacris, Sting, Stanley Jordan, Brian Bromberg, Jimmy Johnson, jimmy haslip, Lalo Shfrin, Sheila E., Mark Murphy, Alex Acuna,  Larry Koonse, Bad Haggis, Turkish superstar Omar Faruk, Mamak Khadem, Boogsie Sharpe, and with Prog Rock legends Kevin Ayers (Soft Machine), Mike Hoffman (Tony Williams Lifetime), Richard Sinclair (Caravan)his recording credits also include TV shows “Malcolm in the Middle”, “American Idol” and “Better Homes and Gardens” and films “Wild California”, Sting’s “Dolphins”, and Lalo Shifrin’s “After the Sunset”. Chris is sponsored by TURKISH cymbals, CADESON drums, VIC FIRTH sticks and AQUARIAN drumheads.

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