"Songs that embrace the whole of the world while focusing on the most intimate moments of life."
Best known as a world-class 'acoustic roots' percussionist - -most famously with the Buena Vista Social Club, alongside his father Ry Cooder - Joachim Cooder approaches his solo career steeped in the roots of American and world music.
Accompanying himself on the electric mbira (a thumb piano, – a name derived from Shona language of Zimbabwe - is a uniquely African percussion instrument) and other melodic percussion, he transforms Appalachian music and blues with a powerful aesthetic that draws the listener deep into the music. The same trance-inducing and transfixing experience informs his original compositions.
Joachim's first instrument was the drums, playing with his father both live and in the studio. These touring and recording projects allowed him to share stages and recordings with Johnny Cash, Ali Farka Touré, V.M. Bhatt, Steve Earle, John Lee Hooker, Dr. John, Nick Lowe, and most notably the Buena Vista Social Club. Over the years, Joachim has maintained this close relationship with his father, solidifying his reputation as a lyrical drummer and establishing himself as a powerful solo performer.
Joachim will be accompanied for the Maui concert by bass guitar player Mark Fain.