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**note that Back on the Beach Cafe closes at 3pm in the winter.
5:15pm-6:30pm: Docents available to discuss the site at the Marion Davies Guest House
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, Mahlis' skills on oud, guitar and other stringed instruments have led him into a rich variety of performing and recording experiences. He currently studies with oudist Ustad Necati Celik from Istanbul, Turkey. Some recent recording credits include: lal meri, O Samanos with Dionisis Savopoulo-Thanasis Papakonstantinou, Huun Huur Tu with Carmen Rizzo, Vino with Robi Draco Rosa, and Jostejoo with Mamak Khadem. Mahlis 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. He 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.
Chris Wabich is known around LA as a versatile and original percussive voice. Wabich 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 (of INXS). He founded the group, Sketchy Black Dog based in NYC and has headlined at the Blue Note, Birdland, Scullers, and toured Russia. His recent projects include discs with Leonard Cohen, Bernard Woma and jazz legend Mark Murphy. Wabich has recorded with Ludacris, Sting, Jimmy Johnson, Lalo Shfrin, Sheila E., 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 the 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.
Stop by early for information on the Beach House by docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy.
Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. If you would like to attend, please reserve online. Please plan to arrive by 6:15pm to retain your reservation. Late seating, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email email@example.com. We appreciate your keeping in touch!
Getting Here: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. Enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light.
Parking: October - April the parking rate is $5 after 5pm for Beach=Culture attendees at the park and pay machines available in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Machines take cards and cash. Handicapped placards and Senior Beach Permits are accepted. Display your receipt on your dash. For updated parking info and lot hours, please check the website for details.
Other events: To view & make reservations for future free Beach=Culture events, check http://annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture.
General Info: For hours, events and more, visit http://www.annenbergbeachhouse.com, or call (310) 458-4904. Back on the Beach Café hours are subject to change but are generally through 8pm in the summer, call (310) 393-8282 to confirm
When & Where
Beach=Culture at the Beach House
Please note that there is bike parking available onsite - bring a lock. Car parking is available and rates vary from weekdays to weekends and season to season.
Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the event; reservations are released then and late seating is not guaranteed. Although Eventbrite's automatic email encourages you to print your ticket out, at this time we only require you to give your last name at the door. If an event is at capacity, we will generally open a waitlist online and you can sign up. We will not contact you; just plan to arrive by 15 minutes prior to the event and we will assess unclaimed reservations then.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (310) 458-4904 for the Guest Services desk at the Beach House.
The Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach is a public beach club open to all - no membership required. For more information, please visit annenbergbeachhouse.com. The Beach House is made possible by a generous gift from the Annenberg Foundation, at the recommendation of Wallis Annenberg, and in partnership with the City of Santa Monica and California State Parks. Additional funding was provided by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development and the federal Preserve America program.
The Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. For disability related accommodations, please call Guest Services at 310-458-4904.
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