The duo known as Wahid is bound to a rich cultural history of ancient civilizations and melodies, incorporating instruments that were first documented on clay tablets and papyrus scrolls. By adding personal modern elements, a new style of music is created that looks to Byzantium and the Levant for melodic inspiration.
Wahid is a dialogue between two unique voices that brings together boundary-crossing approaches to composition and improvisation that defy genre. Chris and Dimitri have collaborated for over 15 years in world music and jazz contexts. Their musical kinship has evolved into a rendering of melodic and soundscape-driven events that inspires the lives and imaginations of its listeners.
Dimitris Mahlis is a multi-instrumentalist and composer based in the Los Angeles area. Since coming to LA, Dimitris' skills on oud, guitar and other stringed instruments have led him into a rich variety of performing and recording experiences.
Dimitris has had the good fortune to receive training in both Western and Eastern musical stystems. his style is known as both soulful and original. he currently studies with oudist Ustad Necati Celik from Istanbul, Turkey. Some recent recording credits include: lal meri - "lal meri", "O Samanos" Dionisis Savopoulo-Thanasis Papakonstantinou, "Huun Huur Tu" with Carmen Rizzo, "Vino" with Robi Draco Rosa, and "Jostejoo" with Mamak Khadem. Dimitris also contributed music to Michael Apted's documentary "The Power of the Game" and is featured on the soundtrack of the film "Clash of the Titans 2"
Dimitris has performed and toured throughout the world with artists such as A.R.Rahman, Axiom of Choice, Dionisis Savopoulos, Freddie Hubbard, Thanasis Papakonstantinou,Kevyn Lettau,Russell Ferrante, Mamak Khadem, and others. He composes most of the music for his original projects including 3 albums with Wahid, "Prana" with the trio, Prana and "Aphrodite Moves On" with his electric quartet, Babaghanoush.
Chris Wabich is known around LA as a versatile and original voice on percussion and drumset. recently chris played Frank Zappa's "Joe's Garage", a stage production of the album, produced by Gail Zappa. he was music director for "both" a production of beatles music, and "the existents" by Ty Taylor (rock star INXS). he founded the trio, "paris troika" based in NYC, who has headlined at the blue note, iridium, zinc bar, Scullers, and toured russia. His upcoming projects include, discs with bernard woma, explosive singer J'nae, and jazz legend mark murphy.
Chris has recorded with: Ludacris, Sting, Stanley Jordan, Brian Bromberg, Jimmy Johnson, jimmy haslip, Lalo Shfrin, Sheila E., Mark Murphy, Alex Acuna, Larry Koonse, Bad Haggis, Turkish superstar Omar Faruk, Mamak Khadem, Boogsie Sharpe, Prog Rock legends Kevin Ayers (Soft Machine), Mike Hoffman (Tony Williams Lifetime), Richard Sinclair (Caravan) and with famous poet, Leonard Cohen.
his recording credits also include TV shows "Malcolm in the Middle", "American Idol" and "Better Homes and Gardens" and films "Wild California", Sting's "Dolphins", and Lalo Shifrin's "After the Sunset". Chris is sponsored by TURKISH cymbals, CADESON drums, and AQUARIAN drumheads.