Kai Eckhardt Zeitgeist
Kai Eckhardt Zeitgeist Kai Eckhardt made his debut as a band leader in the fall of 2011 to a packed house at San Francisco's premier jazz venue Yoshi's, presenting his new band 'Zeitgeist'.

The Afro-German bassist-composer is internationally recognized for his pioneering work in the John McLaughlin Trio and the super-jamband Garaj Mahal.

Zeitgeist is an international band of talented, inspired musicians coming together from across the globe to deliver an exciting mix of original sounds infused with modern grooves, exquisite harmonies and a unifying message. The word "Zeitgeist" comes from German and means: "Spirit of the times".

Members of K E's Zeitgeist are:

Scheherazade Stone: Vocals (USA)

Chris Robinson: Guitar (Australia)

Savannah Jo Lack: Violin (Australia)

Osam Ezzeldin: Keyboards (Egypt/USA)

Deszon Claiborne: Drums (USA)

Kai Eckhardt: Bass and vocals (Germany/Liberia)

About the performers:

Scheherazade Stone: vocals

Scheherazade Stone's vast experience ranges from Theater performance to international collaborations with major artists in Jazz and World Music. Some of those performers have been groundbreaking in stretching the boundaries of style and improvisation. Among those are Peter Apfelbaum's Hieroglyphic ensemble, Don Cherry, Calvin Keys, Cheb I Sabbah and Jai Uttal. Scheherazade Stone is also a seasoned recording artist with a long list of accomplishments ranging from a Grammy nomination to the nomination for best Bay Area Vocalist. Her cutting edge music videos have been featured on NBC, VH-1 and MTV. The upcoming Yoshi's debut will also feature some of her original compositions.

Osam Ezzeldin : keyboards

Osam Ezzeldin is beyond reasonable doubt one of the brightest shining lights on the keyboard horizon today. The North-African born prodigy was awarded the United States citizenship after receiving a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music following his first appearance in the United States. After honing his skills in Dallas Texas, Boston, Cairo and Istanbul, Osam Ezzeldin is for the first time showcasing his talent in San Francisco after working with India's incomparable Zakir Hussain, the Istanbul based percussion maestro Misirli Ahment and Steely Dan's bass legend Chuck Rainey. Osam's versatility in World Music make him an especially valuable addition to a new generation of jazz virtuosos.

Deszon X Claiborne: drums

Deszon Claiborne is a wonderful musician as well as a human being of great depth who lights up the stage with his dedication, proficiency and sense of humor alike. He managed to flawlessly integrate the styles of straight ahead jazz, funk, hip-hop and world music since completing his studies with master drummers Billy Cobam, James Levi, Barry Jekowsky, Kenneth Nash and Ralph Humphrey. His vast experience of the live stage and the recording studio include engagements with: Peter Apfelbaum, Angela Bofil, Les McCann, Dr. Lonnie Smith Omar Sosa, Robben Ford, Boz Scaggs, Greg Howe, Ernie Watts and Tom Scott.

Christopher Robinson: guitar

Chris Robinson is the youngest member of the newly formed Kai Eckhardt band who originates from Sydney Australia. Being a new immigrant to the United States he has quickly mastered an impressive variety of styles while retaining a distinct voice on his instrument. A high degree of sensitivity paired with flawless technical prowess make Chris Robinson a most valuable player who should be closely watched for his contributions in the years to come. Since his arrival in the US he has shared the stage with Indian percussion master Trilok Gurtu, Eddie Jobson from the band U.K., jazz bassist David Friesen and Turkish pop superstar Sertab Erener.

Savannah Jo Lack: violin

Native to Australia, the wonderful artist Savannah Jo Lack studied and absorbed the classical music genre thoroughly before arriving in the United States. She has blossomed into a consummate musician, featured orchestral soloist and string arranger. With a deep appreciation for song writing and improvisation Savannah Jo Lack is beginning to stretch the envelop, embarking on a daring path of sonic exploration. Her solid intonation and exquisite timbre add a refreshing touch to this new music coming together in the life and times of an evolving art form.