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Over the years, many are familiar with Premik Russell Tubbs performances coupled with a diversity of top musicians known as 'Premik & Friends.' This being said, his audience will likely recognize the players named here. To clarify, the The Light Riders are a separate and distinct group; the result of Premik's concentrated effort over time to both refine his sound and those who might work best as base members of this new quartet.

The Light Riders consists of Nathan Peck, Neil Alexander and Todd Isler, featuring Premik Russell Tubbs. The sound is electro-acoustic designed to take one on a journey through worlds of contrasting soundscapes and new sonic dimensions. Inspired by the cutting edge jazz/fusion groups of the past, The Light Riders explore the beauty of Indian ragas, the harmonic dynamism of Western orchestrations, the improvisational freedom of jazz and roll it all into a joyful bundle of nonstop musical exploration. In other words, this is an experience that should not be missed!

Backgrounds of The Light Riders:

Premik Russell Tubbs is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist who performs on various flutes, soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, wind synthesizer (EWI) and lap steel guitar. The 2008 schedule had him playing Sting's Rainforest Concert at Carnegie Hall and extensive touring with Boris Grebenshikov beginning in London at the Royal Albert Hall, continuing on to Dublin, Kiev, Milan, Moscow, St. Petersburg, ending the year in Vienna. May of 2009 brought Premik to California for the Narada Michael Walden Foundation, Let the Sunshine In benefit concert. Premik has worked with Carlos Santana, Whitney Houston, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Ravi Shankar, Narada Michael Walden, Jean-Luc Ponty, Clarence Clemons, Jackson Browne, Lonnie Liston-Smith, Sting, Billy Joel and James Taylor, to name a few.

Nathan Peck on acoustic bass will entertain and astound as he demonstrates the breadth of this instruments Nathan's voice is haunting as throws in spontaneous harmonies as a complement to the instrumentals. In winter 2008, Nathan toured Central America and the Caribbean with the Kelly Johnson Quartet as part of Lincoln Center's American Music Abroad Program. In the spring of 2009 he toured Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic with the fusion trio, Phishbacher led by pianist and composer Walter Fischbacher. Currently based in Queens, New York, he is a fulltime musician and leads his own band, The Spankray Funk Band. He has performed in NYC at the Blue Note, Knitting Factory, Smoke, Iridium, The Zinc Bar, Cleopatra's Needle,55 Bar, Lenox Lounge, Deer Head Inn, Joes Pub, Barbes, Kenny's Castaways, Arthurs Tavern, Village Underground and others.

Percussionist Todd Isler will not be joining in this evening but the very talented Yonadav Halevy will be. Born and raised in Haifa, Israel, where he began playing drums at age 7 for Haifa's Youth Orchestra. He later shifted his attention to jazz music and began performing professionally at 16 in various straight-ahead, avant-garde, Latin, electric, small and big band settings. In 1997 Halevy joined saxophonist and jazz education guru Arnie Lawrence's band and for the next 6 years toured with Lawrence's many projects combining jazz and Arabic music. He also performed constantly across Israel as well as internationally, accompanying visiting artists from Max Roach and James Moody to Mark Whitfield. In 1999 he was granted the status of “outstanding musician" by the ministry of culture and thus served in the first IDF Jazz band. He taught high school jazz history and jazz ensembles for a year before moving to New York City In 2004, where he has worked with Sheila Jordan, Joel Frahm, Omer Avital, Jason Lindner, Vincent Herring, Donny McCaslin, Avishai Cohen, Aaron Goldberg and David Binney. Yonadav leads Tel Aviv based post-funk band The Apples and is a member of the live hip hop collective Spokinn Movement, a quartet at the center of the Lower East Side's underground hip hop scene.

Keyboardist Neil Alexander has performed professionally for 30+ years. He works with music in all forms and styles from Composer/Arranger and Production of Live Sound to Musical Theater, Modern Dance and Film. Grants from NYSCA and Meet The Composer gave Neil the opportunity to continue building on his composing skills. Neil also teaches Master Classes in Synthesizer Programming and Music Performance Technology, and composes works for small ensembles. As an active musician he has recordings and/or a performance history with a variety of groups and artists such as Gunther Hampel, Tal Ross (P-Funk), Charles Haynes, Erik Lawrence, and The Adaptors Movement Theater. His classical repertoire includes works by Stravinsky, Charles Ives, and John Cage. He recently retired from the Pink Floyd Tribute “The Machine," where he was a driving force in the group's success for ten years. In addition, he does electronic and/or acoustic solo performances including “Scene Re-seen" (live electronic scoring of silent films).

BeanRunner Café it is like 'coming home.' This is a family run business and they embrace you as such. It is a warm intimate setting as the lights are dimmed making the focus the entertainment. As supporters of the arts, walls of this venue provide a rotating art gallery that is sure to stimulate the aesthetic sense each visit. Come early and enjoy dinner with friends and family. The menu is simple but sure to please the palate. Wine and Beer are now available. The BeanRunner Cafe is for the avant-garde and discriminating customer looking for a simple dinning, gathering, and enthralling music experience ...all for a great price.

Seating is limited and guests are suggested to arrive by 7:30pm. For reservations, suggested but not required, phone 914-737-1701.

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