Thursday 27th May 2021
£30.00 - £40.00
Line-up: AL MACSWEEN keys; DANIEL CASIMIR bass; GURDAIN RAYATT tabla; JAKE LONG drums
Bringing together acclaimed musicians from the heart of London’s thriving jazz and Indian classical music scenes, the group draws inspiration from the modal concepts of artists such as John Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders, the synth work of Alice Coltrane, cross-over artists such as Zakir Hussain and Shakti, and from pioneers of Hindustani classical music such as Hariprasad Charusia and Bismillah Khan.
Featuring keyboardist & composer Al MacSween, drummer Jake Long, tabla-player Gurdain Singh Rayatt and double-bassist Daniel Casimir, the group has arrived at a fresh new sound, with a mesmerising spirit and exhilarating energy.
Al MacSween: Performer, producer and composer, Al MacSween is building a reputation for his distinctive musical voice, his unique approach to the keyboard and his wide-ranging musical experiences. Al has collaborated with internationally-renowned artists across a staggering variety of genres, including jazz, Afro-Cuban, Indian classical, electronic music and various styles of folk music, has worked with highly-acclaimed artists including Gary Bartz, Nubya Garcia, Ruby Turner, Omar Puente, Sarathy Korwar, Yelfris Valdes and many more; and is founder of award-winning music collective Kefaya, who received critical acclaim both in the UK and abroad for their 2019 collaboration with Afghan folk singer Elaha Soroor. In the field of Indian classical music, Al has spent several years studying in Kolkata under renowned sarod-player Prattyush Bannerjee. He has toured across India on numerous occasions and performed with eminent Indian musicians including Aruna Sairam, Shankar Mahadevan, Niladri Kumar, Soumik Datta and many more.
Jake Long: Jake Long is a London based drummer/producer and band leader who has performed and record alongside some of London's leading artists such Joe Armon-Jones, Nubya Garcia, Sons Of Kemet, Poppy Ajudha, Tom Misch, Oscar Jerome, Theon Cross, Jamie Isaac and many others. Jake has been touring extensively all around the world for the last 5 years playing sell out shows in Asia, America, Europe and the UK. Jake’s own band Maisha has released several critically acclaimed records on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings and have toured extensively. In 2019 Maisha sparked up a collaboration with legendary American Saxophonist Gary Bartz. Headlining We Out Here Festival in 2019 and performing a sell out show at Royal Festival Hall, the collaboration culminated in the release of a record on Night Dreamer Records in 2020. In 2015 Jake Graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and on leaving was awarded a Yamaha Jazz Scholarship.
Daniel Casimir: Described “with great mix of communicativeness, simplicity and sass”, when he won the Young Jazz Musician Award, Daniel Casimir is proving to be an up and coming bassist and composer. Since finishing the formal aspect of his musical training, Daniel has had the opportunity of performing with the following artists; Julian Joseph, Jason Rebello, Lonnie Liston Smith, Chihiro Yamanaka, Jean Toussaint, and David Lyttle. In addition to performing with an array of musicians, Daniel has recorded with Nubya Garcia (We Out Here, Nubya’s 5IVE), Binker Golding (abstractions of Reality Past and Incredible Feathers) Camilla George (Isang) Blue Lab Beats, Oscar Jerome and Ashley Henry (Beautifull Vinyl Haunter). In 2017 Daniel released his first recording as a bandleader Escapee, which was released under Jazz Re:freshed followed by the critically acclaimed album "These Days” in 2019. He is currently preparing for his new unreleased album Beyond their Box, a mix of orchestral writing with a UK sound and a new E.P for 2020.
Gurdain Singh Rayatt: Gurdain Rayatt is one of the leading tabla players in the UK today. Classically trained from the age of 3 by his father and grandfather, Gurdain undertook advanced training in India and has been fortunate enough to perform alongside the greats of the Hindustani music tradition including Anoushka Shankar, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Ustad Shahid Parvez. Outside the classical field, he is a member of Kefaya, Songlines Winners in 2017 and 2020, regularly tours with a blues slide guitar trio and has collaborated with a range of music genres including folk and Brazilian, Spanish and African music and electronics and dance. He has performed on three occasions at WOMAD festival and also Latitude Festival and prestigious venues such as the Southbank Centre and Royal Albert Hall and has travelled internationally for concerts abroad.
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