Emam and Friends
Daniel Berkman
kora, guitar
Listen to live recordings featuring Daniel
Mali Sajo (West African)
Ali Fayaya (West African)
Jai Ganesha (Emam)
Gypsy Song (Turkish)
Kura (West African)
Whisper (Emam)
Recorded live at Ashkenaz (Berkeley, CA) - June 10/2009
also features Gari Hegedus on oud/violin, Emam on tabla,
Hadley Louden on percussion/piano and
Matthew Montfort, guitar on "Whisper"

Daniel Berkman is a San Francisco based multi-instrumentalist and innovator of the Kora (a 21- stringed harp / lute from West Africa).
Daniel is one of the rare few sharing with us this unique ancient instrument, playing traditional songs originally played by the Griots (heretical storytellers of the Mandinka people of West Africa). His repertoire also includes classical music, famous popular tunes and a delightful collection of his own Kora compositions.
While on the road as guitarist and kora player with Djali Kunda Kuyate (the twins) in December of 2002 through Senegal, Gambia and Mali, Daniel not only studied kora and ngoni with various masters there but captured his experiences on minidisc. The result was the album "Calabashmoon" (2005), a collection of crafty and poignant kora pieces woven with a tapestry of sounds and impressions of West Africa.
Daniel's musical style is a fusion of West African, New Age, Electronic and Jazz, which together help define his unique modern sound.
Some of Daniel's other instruments include the Handsonic, Electric Guitar, Electric Sitar, Casio DG-20 Digital Guitar, Korg Minikorg, Gravikord (stainless steel electric Kora), Electric Ukulele, Keyboard and Laptop.
Daniel has two other recordings of Kora music to his credit: "Heartstrings" (1996) and "Feverdreams" (1998).