Feb 16, 2010

Narada Michael Walden is headed out to tour with his 1st Gold Record buddy Jeff Beck. Thirty-five years ago they received a Gold Record for the album “Wired” which Narada co-wrote, produced AND played drums on. They are reuniting for a world tour which will start in March.

2009 was busy with wonderful projects and shows. In May on Memorial Day, at Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, Narada produced and played drums for the Narada Michael Walden Foundation’s “Let the Sunshine In” concert featuring Sting, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, David Grisman, Keb Mo, Chris Botti, Tevin Campbell, Shanice Wilson, Jeanie Tracy, Lisa Fischer from The Rolling Stones, opera great Frederica von Stade and more as well as a full orchestra from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music led by conductor Michael Morgan from the Oakland East Bay Symphony and 35 piece backup band. With a cast of over 300. The show benefited young Christopher Rodriguez, twelve years old who was paralyzed by a stray bullet while at his piano lesson. The event also benefited the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with the creation of a new scholarship chair.

2009 also brought Tarpan the Power of Music Project! Power of Music took the entire studio to Madrid for songwriting and artist introductions. From there we dove into the studio and a full album of fantastic new songs was created ready for all the stars to bring their voices to complete the project. This is a project to benefit Unicef. Tarpan looks forward to the working further on the Power of Music cd in 2010.

We closed out 2009 with Narada’s annual Foundation Holiday Jam held at 142 Throckmorton in Mill Valley California. The event was sold out, with Santana closing the show. What a great way to end the year!

7 Responses to “”

  1. Mundai says:

    Narada….I miss you. I wish you all the best.
    Drop me a line anytime 609-661-8423.
    I am on the East Coast in NJ.

  2. John Collyer says:

    I was lucky enough to see Narada play in Perth Australia yesterday and even luckier to bump into him at the airport today heading to Sydney. I had no idea who Jeff Beck was playing with here but Narada and Rhonda Smith blew me away with one of the finest sets I have ever seen from a rythm section. Just a totally gracious and humble person, enjoy Australia Narada and come back sooner rather than later.

  3. Theo says:

    Fantastic to see you playing. You sound better than ever.

  4. Capt Paul Scott says:

    Hello Narada,
    Missed you guys in San Diego, but caught up with you in Memphis. Hadnt seen Jeff play since 1968 in San Bernadino near LA.
    I can tell you this, the fairly quiet crowd (by my opinon) was mesmerized by the entire sound and players abilities
    Thanks a ton !!

  5. Steve says:

    Hello Narada,
    Missed you guys in San Diego, but caught up with you in Memphis. Hadnt seen Jeff play since 1968 in San Bernadino near LA.
    I can tell you this, the fairly quiet crowd (by my opinon) was mesmerized by the entire sound and players abilities
    Thanks a ton !!

  6. Hi Narada, This is Chris from our days in the late 70’s.I hope that everything is well with you&,of course know how busy you are. Just wanted to say hi,maybe sometime catch up via telephone;too much has happened to write here.My son Chris is an active singer-songwriter whom plays guitar,mandolin,etc.You could find him on u-tube under various names of the bands(FAT SWEATER)Ocham’s Razor, of course his solo music.3 kids,all grown up Leigh(Born inSanta Cruz)is a TV &movie actress.Erin is a very good businesswoman getting it done in San Diego,where you’ll also find Chris.I would LOVE to hear from you!!Nancy& I are living in New Mexico,together for 34 years as of ’76? I think. Peace and Love to you and your family.Sincerely,Chris 575-894-1715…..or 518-588-0604 cell.

  7. nathan hubbard,jr. says:

    I have the fortunate pleasure of meeting Shanice family. I performed with her father for about four years in gospel group and meet her aunts years ago.I would like to take lessons from you sometimes in the furture. write me at 316 North Negley Ave. Apt.2D Pittsburgh,Pa. 15206 or phone at 412-363-1006
    from,
    Nathan hubbard,jr.

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