Lars Møller, tenor sax
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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