One of the UK’s most exciting and inspiring jazz artists, Sarathy Korwar, is coming to Ramsgate this November – for real this time!
On Nov 11 he releases a brand new record (produced by RMH favourite Photay) before showcasing these songs live, right here, on Nov 20th!
This isn’t the type of show we have often in Ramsgate, we feel very blessed indeed.
“A remarkable meeting of jazz, hip-hop, Indian classical music and radical politics” – The Quietus
Born in the US, Sarathy Korwar grew up in Ahmedabad and Chennai in India. He began playing tabla aged 10, but was also drawn to the American music that he heard on the radio and leaking through the doorway of his local jazz music shop (Ahmad Jamal and John Coltrane were early discoveries).
Korwar has since established himself as one of the most original and compelling voices in the UK jazz scene, leading the UPAJ Collective – a loose band of South Asian jazz and Indian classical musicians brought together through a love of collaboration and improvisation who set up a residency at the Jazz Café in London. The music he creates is a reflection of the multiplicities of what it means to be South Asian today: a collage of the past, the present and the future; a patchwork that almost demands to be revisited, time and again, as you discover something new – an instrument, a chord, a certain sound – with each listen.
Korwar’s new album ‘KALAK’ – the follow up to the politically charged, award-winning ‘More Arriving’ – is an Indo-futurist manifesto. In rhythmic step with the past and the present, it sets out to describe a route forward. It celebrates a rich South Asian culture of music and literature, which resonates with spirituality and community, while envisaging a better future from those building blocks. Meticulous production comes courtesy of New York electronic musician, DJ and producer Photay, translating these communal rhythms and practices into a timeless and groundbreaking electronic record.
“Sarathy instantly caught my attention when he said he wanted to make an album that embraced both Indian folk music and jazz – two Worlds that have had a big influence on me. His album succeeds in bringing these things together in an elegant way, but it’s his own style and ideas that come through the most in his music. Refreshingly different, this is a deep and powerful listening experience” – Four Tet
“A psychedelic, electronic, jazzy odyssey that deals with issues of racial identity… fabulous” – The Guardian