Joachim Cooder has been immersed in the music life since birth. First as a boy observing his legendary father Ry Cooder, then in his early teens performing and recording with him (most famously on Buena Vista Social Club) and later his many collaborations and productions with the likes of The Haden Triplets, Matt Costa, Inara George, Carly Ritter, his wife Juliette Commagere and his brother-in-law Robert Francis.
But he moves into a spotlight of his own with the March 30th release of Fuchsia Machu Picchu, where for the first time he is front and centre. The seven-song EP is a lush, dreamy, stunningly beautiful sojourn, inspired by the world music he grew up on, with touches of Psychedelia and Appalachian Folk. Musicians accompanying Joachim on the release is largely a family affair, with Ry Cooder appearing on every song alternating between guitar and bass and even banjo and mandocello, wife Juliette Commagere contributing backing vocals and bass, and brother-in-law Robert Francis adding backing vocals and guitar.
A FREE record release show has been set for Monday, April 9th at Zebulon in Los Angeles, which will feature Sasha Spielberg’s new band Buzzy Lee as support, and with Max Goldblatt as DJ for the evening. Joachim and his band will also perform on NPR’s Mountain Stage on Sunday, April 15th with a broadcast date to be announced. He’ll then spend much of Spring and Summer continuing to support Fuchsia Machu Picchu on a tour with his father, pulling double duty both opening the shows with his band and then immediately joining Ry’s band on percussion.
Joachim Cooder tour dates:
Thurs. Apr. 5 – Fingerprints – Long Beach, CA [in-store appearance]
Mon. Apr. 9 – Zebulon – Los Angeles, CA [record release event]
Sun. Apr. 15 – NPR’s Mountain Stage – Charleston, WV
Mon. Jun. 4 – Birchmere – Alexandria, VA
Wed. Jun. 6 – Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT
Thurs. Jun. 7 – Wilbur Theater – Boston, MA
Fri. Jun. 8 – Town Hall – New York, NY
Mon. Jun. 11 – Birchmere – Alexandria, VA
Tues. Jun. 12 – Tupelo Music Hall – Derry, NH
Fri. Jun. 22 – Michigan Theater – Ann Arbor, MI
Sun. Jun. 24 – Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL
Tues. Jun. 26 – Massey Hall – Toronto, ON
Wed. Jun. 27 – Centrepointe Theater – Ottawa, ON
Fri. Jun. 29 – Montreal Jazz Fest – Montreal, QB
Sat. Jun. 30 – Flynn Theater – Burlington, VT
Fri. Jul. 13 – Moore Theater – Seattle, WA
Sat. Jul. 14 – Vancouver Island Music Festival – Cumberland, BC
Tues. Jul. 17 – Revolution Hall – Portland, OR
Fri. Jul. 20 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
Sat. Jul. 21 – Uptown Theater – Napa, CA
Tues. Aug. 14 – Paramount Theater – Denver, CO
The EP is now available for pre-order from Bandcamp and will expand to all digital retailers and streaming services on the 30th.