Indo-Jazzwise - Celebrating the New Wave of Indo-Jazz

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At Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean Street, London - May 30-31 2008
 
Jazzwise magazine and Serious present Indo-Jazzwise, a special two night season at London's Pizza Express Jazz Club that celebrates the new wave of Indo-jazz emerging on the UK scene.  Inspired by past and present connections between Indian music and jazz, Indo-Jazzwise coincides with Ravi Shankar's farewell concerts at the Barbican that will see Indian music enjoy a high profile in the UK. Indo-Jazzwise - Celebrating the New Wave of Indo-Jazz
Friday 30 May
features a special collaboration between one of the UK's leading saxophonists, Andy Sheppard (pictured), and tabla master, Kuljit Bhamra, who bring together a heady combination of East-West lyricism and atmospheric tabla trickery in an evocative musical dialogue. They are supported by guitarist Stephano D'Silva, son of 1960s cult Indo-jazz guitarist Amancio D¹Silva, whose band will perform a selection of his father's music alongside new material.
 
Saturday 31 May is a special double bill of Indo-jazz newcomers, The Teak Project and Arun Ghosh's Indo-Jazz Sextet (pictured). The Teak Project, featuring sitarist Jonathan Mayer ­ son of Indo-Jazz Fusions pioneer John Mayer ­ guitarist Justin Quinn and tabla player Neil Craig, have just released their remarkable debut album, an exhilarating blend of acoustic improvisation and Indian classical traditions. Clarinettist Arun Ghosh, who recently relocated from Manchester to London, has also just released a superb debut album Northern Namaste that combines South Asian music, contemporary jazz attitude and driving urban beats. His sextet will feature saxophonist Idris Rahman, pianist Kishon Khan, bassist Liran Donin, drummer Myke Wilson and Nilesh Gulhane on tabla.
 
Doors open at 7.30pm on both nights with performances starting at 8.30pm. Tickets are available from Pizza Express Jazz Club box office 020 7734 3220
www.pizzaexpresslive.co.uk