Wobbly World is a group of internationally recognized musicians in a powerful and unique collaboration. Founded by guitarist Freddy Clarke, the music is an ethno-layering of melodic, rhythmic and poetic ideas from several very different musical traditions that fit powerfully into a brilliant new sound and a joy-filled celebration of international musical synergy. The music is a refreshing mix where each player brings a contrasting musical tradition, yet the music flows and soars with a deep sense of cohesion. We all know that our environment is tenuous, international politics are fragile; it's a Wobbly World out there. But these musicians have made something strong, dynamic and beautiful in response. The Eastern and Western scales have rarely sounded so natural together.
The unity of music speaks to the unity of life. The freedom to enjoy music without borders leads us to enjoy people without borders. Freddy Clarke calls it Extra Century Perception. It is the energy that spins Wobbly World.
When Wobbly World plays it is almost as if the musicians are asking, "If we can bring our music together so beautifully, what else could people from all over the world create together?" Their ideas and themes are modern, whimsically individual and yet they directly explore the big issues of the environment, personal freedoms and the struggle against bigotry.
The band is committed to being the embodiment of the world in successful collaboration.
Freddy Clarke plays with Zac Brown Band at the Southern Grounds Music Festival! Freddy Clarke was part of the opening act for the eight time Grammy award winning Zac Brown Band along with Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson and others at the Southern Ground Music and Food Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, Sunday, October 20th!
Thanks to all our fans, friends and family, we sold out Yoshi's on 9/11! We will be back 1.29.14 so SAVE THE DATE!!!!
Watch the Interview with Freddy Clarke and Don Johanson
By HANNAH JEWELL
DAILY CAL STAFF WRITER
The crowd became younger and hipper by the time Freddy Clarke's band Wobbly World wobbled onto the stage. Clarke defines his style as a fusion of rock, jazz, flamenco and classical paired with various other ethnic elements. As the name implies, Clarke's band members change with each performance. On Saturday, he was joined by Lebanese violinist Georges Lammam, Grammy-award winning violinist Mads Tolling from Denmark, drummer and singer Brian Collier and Bouchaib Abdelhabi on dombek and Arabic vocals. "The way to be noticed in this sick, rich world is have something unique," Clarke said. The Wobbly World have just that.
The following is a blog from Usree Bhattacharya:
Last night, I attended a concert by Wobbly World at UC Berkeley's International House, an experience of multilingual/multicultural musical richness I am not going to forget in a lifetime.
Wobbly World is a "Jazz, afro-cuban, funk, world music" band that "brings together musicians from many continents, integrating the instruments, languages and traditions of each musician's heritage in unusual sonorities" (see their Facebook page). The band comprises the talented frontman/guitarist/singer Fresno native Freddy Clarke; the skilled two-time Grammy winning Danish violinist Mads Tolling; the multi-talented Ney, Santoor, and some time wine/water bottle (!) playing Iranian Mohammed Nejad; Sukhawat Ali Khan, who brings in the flavor of Indian subcontinental music; Nhut Bui, the skilled Vietnamese Dan Bau player; Cuban Eric Barberia who sings in Cuban Spanish and plays the Conga with equal fervor and passion; East Bay native Brian Collier whose fingers light fire to drums (and sings like a dream!); Bulgarian Vassil Bebelekov, who masterfully plays a self-crafted Bulgarian inverted goatskin bagpipe; and, last but not least, Chicago native Victor Little, the super-powerful bassist.
Last night's concert was nothing short of riveting. The confluence of melodies, incorporating the Cuban, African, Iranian/Middle Eastern/North African, Vietnamese, Indian/Pakistani, European and American heritages of the instrumentalists and singers, was something that had to be heard to be believed. The cross-cutural/cross-linguistic effort led to an enthralling musical tapestry that was, remarkably, simple and complex. The captivating harmony that the band achieved was not in uniting as one tongue or sound, or even blending the diverse influences seamlessly; it was in forefronting the different linguistic, cultural and historical influences and talents of the band members.
This band is a must-see!
Freddy Clarke, USA
Guitar and Vocals
Colin Douglas, USA
Georges Lammam, Lebanon
Arabic Vocal / Violin
Bouchaib Abdelhadi, Morocco
Arabic and French Vocals / Digital and Analogue Percussion
Marc Van Wageningen, Netherlands
Erick Barberia, Cuba
Congas - Spanish/Yoruba Vocals
Nhut Bui, Vietnam
Dan Bau (Traditional One-Stringed Instrument)
Cole McLean, USA
Eddy Navia, Bolivia