FEAT. LINLEY MARTHE & JC MAILLARD
OZ Experience consists of husband and wife Omar Hakim and Rachel Z. Grammy-winning drummer Hakim, who was a member of the group Weather Report, has had a tremendous career as one of the best and busiest session musicians during the last 40 years. Among others, he has played with Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Dire Straits, David Bowie, Journey and Chic. His wife, pianist Rachel Z, has also won a Grammy and has had a number of musical collaborations with artists and bands such as Steps Ahead, Peter Gabriel and Wayne Shorter.
Joining them on stage will be the Mauritius-born bassist Linley Marthe who played with the Zawinul Syndicate, and guitarist JC Maillard from Guadeloupe, who often plays together with the Rolling Stones’ background vocalist Lisa Fischer.
With Omar Hakim on drums, it’s perhaps not surprising that the OZ Experience is a groove-based band, though the players’ interaction still leaves plenty of room for improvisation and spontaneity. These world-class musicians should make the concert a definitive highlight of this year’s festival.