RagaJazz

Jazz-inflected Ragas 
Raga-influenced jazz

Learn MoreAbout The Musicians

Lars Møller – saxophone
Kala Ramnath – violin & vocal
Thor Madsen – guitar
Abhijit Banerjee – tablas
Jonas Johansen – drums

About RagaJazz

Formed by the Danish saxophonist and composer Lars Møller, RagaJazz unites internationally acclaimed musicians from the Indian classical music tradition and the jazz tradition in a unique dramatic, expressive and contemplative sound.

The music of RagaJazz is inspired by the colorful, melodic ragas and intricate, intense rhythms of India, the architectural beauty of Scandinavian music, and the improvisational interplay of the contemporary American jazz tradition.

RagaJazz is unique in its authentic and innovative approach to combining the depth and essence of jazz and Indian classical music.

The compositions and adaptations bear the personal and delicate touch of award-winning composer Lars Møller and include melodies from the classic Bollywood era like “Jhanak, Jhanak” and contributions by the other band members.

Based in Mumbai, Kolkata, Copenhagen, New York and San Francisco, the members of RagaJazz represent a new generation of musicians with a global perspective and a creative approach to interaction between musical and cultural traditions.

RagaJazz is dedicated to sharing this vision with present and new audiences across the world – through concerts, workshops, lectures – and with a special focus on schoolchildren.

Lars Møller, tenor sax

Lars Moller, saxophone

Lars Moller, saxophone

After living in New York 1987-89, where he played with many legendary jazz musicians, Lars Møller spent several prolonged periods in New Delhi in the 90’s assimilating the highly emotional Indian classical music under guidance from his Shahnei-teachers Pandit Anant Lal and Pandit Daya Shankar. A leading Scandinavian jazz musician, he has toured all over the world and received numerous awards including a Grammy (DK). Lars Møller’s compositions delicately combine his knowledge of the American jazz tradition with the melodic Scandinavian tradition augmented by a broad knowledge of European classical music. His most recent release “ReWrite of Spring” has been called “a soaring, sprawling conception, combining exquisite detail with monumental vision” (Downbeat) and “A milestone in Danish jazz” (Weekendavisen) – www.larsmoller.com

Kala Ramnath, violin and vocal

Kala Ramnath, violin and vocals

Kala Ramnath, violin and vocals

Grammy nominated for her album ‘Miles from India’, Kala is recognized as one of the fifty best instrumentalists in the world by the prestigious ‘Songlines’ Magazine. Born into a family of prodigious musical talent, which has given Indian music violin legends like Prof. T.N. Krishnan and Dr. N. Rajam, Kala’s genius on the violin manifested itself during her childhood. She has revolutionized violin technique and produced a sound so unique, evocative and akin to classical Indian vocal music, that today her violin is called ‘The Singing Violin’. Kala has performed at all the major music festivals in India, as well as the most prestigious stages throughout the world,including the Sydney Opera House, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall – www.kalaramnath.com

Thor Madsen, guitar

Thor Madsen, guitar

Thor Madsen, guitar

Having spent his formative years in New York, Thor Madsen’s guitar playing is influenced by a broad range of musical genres. He is a highly popular performer in both Europe and USA and has toured extensively with bands from both continents: Wax Poetic with Norah Jones, Butch Morris Conducts The Nublu Orchestra, and Our Theory with French trumpeter Erik Truffaz – to name a few. His work as a producer includes numerous albums for the New York-based label Nublu Records, Brazilian crossover album Na Farofa with his band Wazzabi, Lars Møller’s ode to Stravinsky, Rewrite Of Spring, as well as music for film and TV, including the original score for the Emmy nominated feature documentary Word Wars – www.thormadsen.com

Abhijit Banerjee, tablas

Abhijit Banerbee, tablas

Abhijit Banerjee, tablas

Considered among the top tablas players from India, Abhijit Banerjee is one of the most popular creative artists in the realm of Indian classical music. Abhijit’s unique style and creative approach has earned him accolades and awards throughout the world. He is known for his sensitivity, skill and profound musicality. While contributing greatly to Indian music, he has also delved into a diverse variety of world music crossovers as a performer as well as composer. Abhijit has toured extensively all over the world including performances at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. His crossover work includes collaborations with Ry Cooder, Larry Corryell and Trilok Gurtu –www.abhijitbanerjee.com

Jonas Johansen, drums

Jonas Johansen, drums

Jonas Johansen, drums

Drummer Jonas Johansen is a true orchestral drummer, with a universal sound developed though 35 years of top level performances and more than 170 albums. Jonas’ special gift always delivers the extra touch that lifts the music. His personal and international sound is rooted in his deep knowledge of the jazz tradition and his ability to fluently incorporate inspiration from Latin America, Turkey, Spain, Africa and India. He has performed with stars like McCoy Tyner, Dave Sanborn, Maria Schneider, John Scofield, Eliane Elias, Enrico Pieranunzi, Mike Stern, Egberto Gismonti, Hermeto Pascoal, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Joe Lovano.
www.jonasjohansen.dk

An early version of RagaJazz enjoyed a warm reception at a performance in Kolkata:

Ei Samay (Bengali Daily – The Times Of India Group): www.epaper.eisamay.com/Details.aspx?id=21135&boxid=145753823

The musicians from RagaJazz are also featured in Lars Møller’s large indo/jazz project “Glow of Benares” presented by Aarhus Jazz Orchestra and The Danish Sinfonietta. The music for this large format (31 musicians) will be released early 2017.

www.glowofbenares.com
www.aarhusjazzorchestra.dk/rethink-music- 2017

Contact:

lmoller (at) post11.tele.dk