World Music, Jazz
Contact: Phil Scarff, (781) 729-9170, firstname.lastname@example.org
Electronic Press Kit: www.natrajmusic.com
WORLD-JAZZ GROUP NATRAJ 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT AT REGATTABAR, JULY 25
Featuring special guest, Chennai-based Indian percussion virtuoso, T. K. Ramakrishnan
On Wednesday, July 25, world-jazz ensemble Natraj celebrates its 25th anniversary with a concert at the Regattabar, Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138. This show features guest, Chennai-based Indian percussion virtuoso, T. K. Ramakrishnan, on mridangam and solkattu. The show begins at 7:30PM. Tickets are $18. All ages are welcome. Validated parking. For tickets and information, contact 617-395-7757 or www.regattabarjazz.com.
Playfully intricate South Indian rhythms; hard-driving African grooves; sure-fingered, nuanced tabla; fluid, soaring violin; and emotive raga-based soprano saxophone… genres and influences weave a graceful and adventurous tapestry. Long-time Natraj collaborator T. K. Ramakrishnan brings his percussive mastery to Natraj’s world-jazz for Natraj’s 25th anniversary show featuring the band’s contemporary approach to tradition-rooted music.
Chennai-based Indian classical virtuoso Mridanga Vidwan T. K. Ramakrishnan is a master of the South Indian mridangam (barrel-shaped hand drum) and solkattu (rhythmic recitation). He is featured in the soundtrack of the classic film Gandhi and recordings with sitar maestro Ravi Shankar. Ramakrishnan has performed or recorded with Indian classical artists including N. Ramani, Kadri Gopalnath, Chitravina Ravikiran, Balamuralikrishna, K. V. Narayanaswamy, and T. V. Shankaranarayan. He has toured the US, Europe, and Asia, and is a recording artist for All India Radio and Indian national television.
“Natraj... contemplative raga improvisation, high-energy African- and Indian-based grooves, complex odd meters and polyrhythms, and edgy contemporary jazz... blended together beautifully while showcasing the brilliance of each artist,” raves Lokvani.com. From Boston to Toronto, Mumbai to Ghana, Natraj has delighted listeners since 1987. Acclaimed as Boston’s Best Jazz Band by the Improper Bostonian, Natraj seamlessly melds the classical music of India and traditional music of West African with contemporary jazz, creating its own infectious style. “Natraj… The future of jazz... the future of world music… a spellbinding tapestry... a jazz hybrid of celebration and reflection,”
Natraj features guest percussion master T. K. Ramakrishnan, saxophonist Phil Scarff, violinist and violist Rohan Gregory, bassist Mike Rivard, tabla and multipercussion wizard Jerry Leake, and drummer Bertram Lehmann.
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