Friday 28th January 2011: The Asian Music Circuit presents Mumbai Jazz

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As part of its special twentieth anniversary celebrations, the Asian Music Circuit is delighted to present MUMBAI JAZZ. This exceptional global jazz tour fusing Indian and western music visits four leading venues across the UK and Europe, April 2011.

Larry Coryell guitar
Ned McGowan flute
Ronu Majumdar bansuri (Indian flute)
Rajesh Rajbhatt pakhawaj (percussion)

Mumbai Jazz is a spectacular jazz/raga mix-up matching fusion legends Larry Coryell (guitar) and Ned Mcg(flute) with India's foremost bansuri player, Ronu Majumdar. Percussionist Rajesh Rajbhatt completes the line-up on the rarely heard pakhawaj, a two-headed drum offering a deeper, rootsier alternative to the tabla.

All four musicians are accomplished performers and composers in their own right: Coryell just about invented jazz-rock; Majumdar has worked with Ry Cooder and George Harrison. This brilliant collaboration has resulted in powerful new works exploring the melodic richness of raga and dynamic rhythmic interplay common to both Indian classical music and jazz. Join us for an evening guaranteed to sound like nothing you’ve heard before!

Advanced booking recommended. Programme subject to change without notice.

Artists available for radio/print interviews: contact Chris McNulty (details below).

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Performer Biographies

Larry Coryell

The great guitarist Larry Coryell is no stranger to working with Indian musicians and has performed with Zakir Hussain, Shakti and L. Subramaniam. Combining superb technique with sensitive artistry, he has appeared with many of the great names of world music and Western jazz: indeed, his name is firmly embedded among them. Larry is one of the world's acknowledged guitar masters, having worked with Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix and recorded more than 75 albums over 40 years. Hailed by his legions of fans as one of the ‘guitar gods’ in the late 1970s and as a ‘truly Renaissance musician who excels at all styles of playing’, he has been christened as ‘a true pioneer of rock-jazz fusion’ by the New York Times and dubbed ‘the Godfather of Fusion’ by Downbeat Magazine.

Ned McGowan

American-Dutch flautist and composer Ned McGowan has been travelling to India regularly for ten years. He has appeared with violinists the Mysore Brothers, T. N. Sheshogopalan, Anoor Anathakrishna Sharma, Jahnavi Jayaprakash and Mallica Sarabai. As a composer, Ned’s works have been performed worldwide, and in 2008 he premiered his own concerto for contrabass flute and orchestra at New York’s Carnegie Hall with the American Composers Orchestra. Ned runs the Karnatic Lab Foundation in Amsterdam, and lectures on the Carnatic Practices course at the Conservatory of Utrecht, Netherlands.

Ronu Majumdar

Ronu Majumdar is a leading bansuri (bamboo flute) player who is as comfortable playing jazz as he is in pure Indian classical music. His fabulous technique marks him out as a major innovator, having introduced a completely new aesthetic to Indian Music in his epoch-making album ‘Song of Nature/A Traveller’s Tale’. Ronu has performed and composed film music for Hollywood, and his work with banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck on the album ‘Tabula Rasa’ won him a Grammy nomination. He has collaborated with a hugely diverse range of artists from George Harrison, Ry Cooder and John Hassels to Indian maestros Pandit Ravi Shankar, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Jasraj and Kishori Amonkar.

Rajesh Rajbhatt

Rajesh is one of India’s outstanding pakhawaj players. He can play Indian, Latin and African percussion instruments with equal dexterity and command, and has been working with Ronu Majumdar on several projects and recordings. Rajesh has toured extensively throughout the world, appeared on numerous film soundtracks, and performed with A. R. Rahman, Asha Bhosle and Ustad Sultan Khan. Rajesh’s virtuosic mastery of the pakhawaj lends a distinctive weight to the ensemble’s rhythm section, giving the quartet a somewhat heavier dynamic balance.

 

Note to Editors

Asian Music Circuit

The Asian Music Circuit is the leading promoter of Asian music in the UK.

The AMC champions the wonderful variety of music in Asia, both by producing high-calibre concerts and tours and by organising education and outreach projects for adults and young people.

 

Dates & Venues

Thursday 14 April 2011, 20:00

Gateshead Old Town Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne

Tickets £12 (£10 conc.) on 0191 433 6965 / www.gateshead.gov.uk

 

Monday 18 April 2011, 20:00

Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London

(This performance is part of the Alchemy Festival)

Tickets £13 (£6.50 conc.) on 0844 875 0073 www.southbankcentre.co.uk

 

Tuesday 26 April 2011, 20:00

St George’s, Bristol

Tickets £11 on 0845 40 24 001 www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk

Saturday 30 April 2011, 20:30

 

Porgy & Bess, Vienna (Austria)

Tickets €25 on +43 1 512 88 11 www.porgy.at

Each concert lasts approximately 2 hours 15 minutes total (including interval).

 

Further Information

Chris McNulty, Marketing Officer

chris@amc.org.uk 020 8742 9911

Unnati Dasgupta, Tour Producer

unnati@amc.org.uk