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Sajid Ahmed Khan Qawwali Ensemble

The Sajid Ahmed Khan Qawwali Ensemble are the foremost British based exponents of Qawwali music. They have performed around the Sufi shrines of Muslim Saints in India and Pakistan the artform was brought into prominence in the West by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Sajid Ahmed Khan comes from an illustrious line of Qawwali singers and his grandfather led arguably the finest Qawwals of the early 20th century. His name was Nasir Khan, also known as (Kallan Khan) & Banae Khan in Dehli (India).

Sajid trained under Ustad Taufeeq Ahmed Khan Niazi and has performed throughout the world. He is commited to establishing a British tradition in Qawwali with hybrid developments with the contemporary musicians and producers supplementing the classical styles.

His performances sweep audiences into a trance with scintillating renderings of devotional ecstatic sufi mystical poetry in his own unique melodic style accompanied by harmonium, tabla, Dholak and rythmic handclap, and improvised vocal back-up from his group.

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Qawwali

Electric mandolin

Electric mandolin

The electric mandolin was first introduced into Indian classical music by U. Srinivas, who performed Carnatic music.

The style of playing is significantly different from its western counterpart. For one, it is played while sitting on the floor, just like all other Indian classical instruments. Secondly, wide bends are also played on the instruments by sliding the fingertip along the strings and over the frets: as this is a key feature in Carnatic music, it is a central playing technique on the electric mandolin.

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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.

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Fusion music

Fusion music that combines two or more styles. The main characteristics of fusion genres are variations in tempo, rhythm, dynamics, style and tempo. 'Fusion' used alone often refers to jazz fusion, especially with world music.

Fusion music as a genre has broadened the definitions of jazz, rock, and pop music.

Mandolin

Mandolin

The acoustic mandolin is an instrument that can be heard in the lighter folk music of North Indian.

It is also used in North Indian classical music, albeit very rarely: the lack of sustain and inability to bend notes effectively, without having to cross frets, makes it limited in this repertoire.

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Hindustani music
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John McLaughlin

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Fusion music

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)

James Newton

James Newton - composer, flautist, conductor, is one of the worlds viruosos in numerous musical idioms. His work encompasses chamber, symphonic, and electronic music genres, compositions for ballet and modern dance, and numerous Jazz and World Music contexts.  

James Newton has been the recipient of many awards, fellowships and grants including Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fellowships, Montreux Grande Prix Du Disque and Downbeat International Critics Jazz Album of the Year, as well as being voted the top flutist for 23 consecutive years in Downbeat’s International Critic’s Poll.

Described as a “musician’s renaissance man,” Newton  has performed with many notable artists in the Jazz and Classical fields, such as Mingus Dynasty, the New York Philharmonic, David Murray, Vladimir Spivakov and the Moscow Virtuosi, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Anthony Davis, Southwest Chamber Music, Bobby Hutcherson, Ear Unit, New York New Music Ensemble, San Francisco Ballet, Jon Jang, Kenny Burrell, Herbie Hancock and the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group to name a few. Newton served for five years as Musical Director/ Conductor of the Luckman Jazz Orchestra and  has held Professorships at University of California at Irvine, California Institute of the Arts and Cal State University at Los Angeles.

Larry Coryell

 

The great guitarist is no stranger to working with Indian musicians and has done a lot with Zakir Hussain and L Subramaniam. Combining superb technique with sensitivity and artistry he has performed with all the great names of Western jazz and world music and his name is firmly embedded as one of them.

Larry is one of the world's acknowledged guitar masters. He has recorded more than 75 albums over the past 40 years as a bandleader, soloist and 'featured accompanist'. Hailed by his legion 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 also been christened as "a true pioneer of rock-jazz fusion" by the New York Times, and dubbed "the Godfather of Fusion" by Dan Ouellette of Down Beat Magazine.

Larry Coryell's recordings and live concert performances have run the gamut from clubs large and small, and concert venues large and small from the 1980s thru today. A regular headliner at the Blue Note and Iridium in New York City, Catalina's in L.A., Blues Alley in Washington DC and Ronnie Scott’s in London to Porgie & Bess’ in Vienna. Larry is also no stranger to the huge open-air music festivals in the Far East, Europe, Brazil, even sell-out appearances at London's Barbican.

The late 60s thru early 70s saw Larry as one of the most in-demand guitarists in Rock, Jazz and all musical genres. During that time Larry was part of Rock's experimentation, and toured with Jack Bruce, and was featured in sessions with Jimmy Webb, the 5th Dimension, Charles Mingus, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea and John McLaughlin. Through the albums produced during this period, Larry Coryell emerged as a profound music prophet who merged Rock, Jazz, Eastern modes and scales and free-form improv flashing Classical riffs.

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