Body Omara is a Twin Cities-based trio performing the original compositions of Joseph Damman. At the heart of this music is a passion for finding new intersections where jazz sensibilities meet African influences.
Guitarist, Joseph Damman writes all of Body Omara's original music. His style reflects his love for the funky, soulful "desert blues" of Malian guitar genius Ali Farka Toure, while it also recalls American folk and jazz with catchy, elaborate melodies and swelling improvisations.
Bassist, Tom Reichert has performed -- as a guitarist and often bandleader -- in a wide variety of settings with: Bob Moses, John Lockwood, Douglas Ewart, and local phenoms Anthony Cox, Mike Lewis, JT Bates, Dean Magraw and many more. In this setting, Tom plays a key role as co-arranger, offering his expertise to the band's sound. He also brings his talent for maintaining a solid musical backbone while also lending his creative voice to the collective improvisation.
Drummer, Davu Seru has extensive experience performing free improvisation, but his style is heavily rooted in jazz. His ingenious and often unpredictable approach to improvising adds a dimension that completes the inimitable sound of this trio. He currently plays in several other groups: Take Acre, Merciless Ghost (with saxophonist George Cartwright), various settings with multi-instrumentalist Milo Fine, and in a duo with Dean Magraw. For more information visit www.davuseru.com
PHOTO: left to right - Tom Reichert, Joseph Damman, Davu Seru