Larry Coryell guitar
Hubert Laws 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 Hubert Laws (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 collaborated with Ry Cooder and George Harrison; and CTI-Records star Laws recorded with Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald and even played on Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’.
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).
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.
Internationally renowned flautist Hubert Laws is one of the few classical artists who has mastered jazz, pop and rhythm-and-blues, and he moves effortlessly from one repertoire to another. Hubert has appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, and with the orchestras of Japan, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit. He has given annual performances at Carnegie Hall, has played sold-out dates in the Hollywood Bowl with fellow flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal, and has appeared with the Stanford String Quartet. Hubert has been a member of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestras.
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 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.
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).