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Joachim Cooder

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Joachim Cooder​ grew up surrounded by music.
Joachim’s first instrument was the drums, playing with Ry Cooder 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 branching out on projects of his own.
Joachim produced Carly Ritter’s self-titled debut album (Tex Ritter’s granddaughter), and composed the score for films such as the cult surf classic ​Shelter​ and ​Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story​, which recently premiered at The Santa Barbara Film Festival (Winner, Audience Choice Award). His collaborations have taken him into the world of dance where he teamed up with choreographer Daniel Ezralow (​Across The Universe,​ ​Spider Man: Turn The Dark Off)​ to compose and perform live in an Ezralow Dance career retrospective.
But it wasn’t until his wife and long-time collaborator Juliette Commagere became pregnant that he began writing and singing his own songs. “We were in Nashville to produce a friend’s record in January, it was snowing, every morning I would wake up and play my electric mbira I brought through a little amp and start singing.”

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