One of the UK’s most exciting and inspiring jazz artists, Sarathy Korwar, is coming to Ramsgate this October!
Has collaborated with Shabaka Hutchings (The Comet is Coming), toured frequently with Kamasi Washington, and is heartedly endorsed by Four Tet.
Influenced by musicians like Charles Lloyd, Miles Davis, Terry Riley, Brian Blade and Bismillah Khan, but also “Noam Chomsky’s thoughts on anarchy”, the path Korwar is now carving is brand new. At the centre of his aesthetic is a strong faith and reliance on intuition, spontaneity and improvisation.
“A sweltering, exhausting, spiritually enhancing trip, one that enraptures at every turn. The sheer marvel of the musicianship, the endless innovation, the continual improvisation… a truly enjoyable listen” – CLASH
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 releases his second studio album, More Arriving, through The Leaf Label in July 2019. With this latest release, Korwar blasts out his own vibrant, pluralistic narrative for the world to hear. This is not necessarily a record of unity; it’s an honest reflection of Korwar’s experience of being an Indian in Britain. As such it’s a leap forward from his previous releases, incorporating rappers from Mumbai and New Delhi, spoken word and his own Indian classical and jazz performances. More Arriving is a record born of confrontation; one for our confrontational times.
“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 spiritual masterclass” – MOJO