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indo-jazz fusions
current personnel 2002
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Jonathan Mayer Jonathan Mayer - sitar.
learnt Sitar from both Clem Alford and Wajahat Khan, who are sof different Garhana's. In the Classical field he has worked with artists such as Erich Gruenberg, Joji Hattori, The Smith and the Bingham String Quartets. Other projects have seen Jonathan work with Dave Stewart and Sarah Brightman as well as frequent appearances on television and radio. Raga Yaman and Coco-Bhangra are two of his composition in the Indo-Jazz repertoire.
Sandip Chakravarty Sandip Chakravarty - tabla.
- began playing from an early age and formerly trained in Calcutta from 1984. In 1992 returned to London to finish his schooling and expanding his musical influences within various forms of Western and Asian Fusion. 1994 performed at the Albert Hall to represent Newham Academy of Music and then on to perform in Europe and America with local and overseas artists. 1999 nominated to be part of "Asians in the Millenium" and voted to be youngest Asian performer at the Albert Hall.
James McDowell James McDowell - flute.
started playing the flute at the age of eleven. When he was fourteen he began to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Junior Dept, with Judith Hall and Mary Ryan. Went on to study at the Birmingham Conservatiore with Chris Steward and Elena Duran, from which he graduated in 1996. Now a freelance musician both teaching and performing regularly across England and abroad. He has also worked with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, both on live broadcasts and sound tracks for BBC television and radio.
Carlos Lopez Carlos Lopez- Real - saxophones
took his first degree in psychology and philosophy at Oxford before doing a postgraduate jazz course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has since studied in New York with ex-Miles Davis saxophonist Dave Liebman as well as British players Tim Garland and Julian Arguelles. As well as leading his own quartet, touring the UK with funding from Jazz Services (see CarlosLopez-RealGroup) and the MU, he plays with other groups such as the London Jazz Orchestra, and Gato Loco (see below). He has taught at Brunel university, The Royal College of Music,the Guildhall jazz summer school, and currently teaches at St.Paul's Girls School.
Dave Smith Dave Smith - trumpet.
plays regularly with M.Y.J.O., he is much in demand as a solo jazz trumpeter.
Simon Colam Simon Colam - piano
born in Lancashire and studied both classical and jazz piano. He studied music at Salford University before attending the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. He was one of the first to graduate from the combined classical/jazz degree course. He performs in various groups ('Gato Loco') and often works with vocalists.
Dave Foster David Foster - bass.
David Foster's career has already seen him playing with artists such as Mark Nightingale, Elaine Delmar, Jim Watson and Tom Crawley. He has also been a member of 'The National Youth Jazz Orchestra' for 3 years, in this time David Foster has toured Britian, Spain and Portugal. With the same band he has recorded four albums and progammes for Radio 2 & 3.
Andy Bratt Andy Bratt - drums.
studied orchestral percussion at the Birmingham Conservatoire and began his career in orchestra's. After a natural progression to drum kit and ethnic percussion he attended a year post-graduate jazz course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Andrew is London based and involved in many current musical projects, including running his own Salsa band 'Gato Loco'.
also see 1999 Barbican performance for previous members

photographs by Alf Goodrich

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