Monday, September 22, 2014

Bombay Jazz


L-R: Larry Coryell, Vijay Ghate, Ronu Majumdar - Neuburg, Germany 2004

Guitar legend Larry Coryell, George Brooks, Indian bamboo flute master Ronu Majumdar and tabla virtuoso Aditya Kalyanpur join forces to create the finest Indian-inspired jazz and jazz flavored raga. These world music visionaries blend the ancient improvisational art of Indian classical music with jazz, Americas’ own classical music, to create a soul satisfying, original music filled with rich melodies and dynamic rhythms.

Bombay Jazz made their debut at the Jazz Yatra in Mumbai, India in 2003, receiving critical and popular acclaim. A whirlwind tour of Europe (21 performances, 10 countries, 23 days) in the fall of 2004 and US performances in 2005 and 2006 solidified the group’s relentless pursuit of compositional and improvisational excellence. In October 2007, Britain’s Asian Music Circuit presented Bombay Jazz, for a 12-city tour of the UK. In 2008, Bombay Jazz, again toured the US, with sold out shows at New York’s Jazz Standard. 2010 brought us another tour of the US and Canada with standout performances at NYU’s Skirball auditorium and the beautiful Palais Montcalm in Quebec.

Larry Coryell
As one of the pioneers of jazz-rock, Larry Coryell deserves a special place in the history books. Larry has performed with superstars Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, John McLaughlin, Paco De Lucia, Pat Metheny and Al Di Meola. Larry first appeared before Indian audiences in 1982 performing with Shakti. His Indian music collaborations also include Hariprasad Chaurasia, Zakir Hussain and Dr. L. Subramanium.

Ronu Majumdar
In the hands of world-renowned flutist, Ronu Majumdar, the bansuri, a simple bamboo flute, becomes an instrument of tremendous power, virtuosity and versatility. A Grammy nominee, Ronu has performed with international superstars, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Beatle George Harrison and guitarist Ry Cooder. He is the co-composer (with Sam Carrdon) of the score for the award winning Imax film, Mystic India.

Aditya Kalyanpur
Aditya Kalyanpur began his studies at age five under the vigilance of Tabla Maestros Ustad Allarakha and Zakir Hussain, Aditya is considered one of the most promising torchbearers of the Punjab Gharana and has had the honor of accompanying India’s most outstanding concert artisits including Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Ustad Sultan Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Pandit VishwaMohan Bhat, Ustad Shujaat Khan and many others. Aditya teaches on the faculty of Harvard’s Sangeet Music School and has worked with the Rolling Stones and saxophonist Tim Reis.

Larry Coryell, Interveiwed at L’Astral, Montreal

Performance footage starts around 4:30