N22 Jazz Festival presents:
Unnati Dasgupta & Jyotsna Srikanth featuring Alex Wilson
Entry Requirements: 16+
part of the EFG London Jazz Festival N22 Jazz Festival Closing gig
Two iconic female Indian artists from North & South Indian Classical music join forces to create new pioneering work & present their cutting edge solo projects Indigo Soul & Carnatic Nomad as a specially commissioned double-bill Indo Jazz concert in McQueen's Theatre, Karamel featuring guest artist and pianist, Alex Wilson.
Unnati is a British Indian singer-songwriter-composer, her father was Indian Classical vocalist, Nitai Dasgupta. Immersed in a musical childhood touring with her father, Unnati released her first album “Vishwa – The Universe of Music” with a 6 City India tour of Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore & Coorg. Unnati is a Glastonbury Unsigned Artistes Jazz World finalist and has performed at prestigious venues: The Royal Albert Hall, Southbank Centre, Cadogan Hall, Mexico’s Cervantino Festival, Boubou’s Music Festival (Caribbean), Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (Mumbai) and Pizza Express Jazz Club. Unnati’s international music is a crossover of Indian Classical, Jazz & Spiritual reflecting Unnati’s British Indian heritage. DJ Ravin chose “Teri Yaad Aati Hain” to be on Buddha Bar’s Compilation album, “The Ultimate Experience” and Unnati’s voice featured in a sound installation at the V&A Museum.
"...the congregation listened in rapt silence to Dasgupta's mellifluous rendering of Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram. Her singing floated through the Abbey whose stained glass windows were lit up brightly on a sunny morning...” (The Telegraph, India)
Hailing from Bangalore, Jyotsna is Europe’s foremost Indian violinist. Her music illuminates Carnatic musical tradition in kaleidoscope colour. Jyotsna enjoys a demanding career as an eminent solo musician, her music is meditation on a theme of encounters; east meets west, ornamentation meets groove, India meets jazz. Her violin sings out vivid melodies and redolent ragas of her beloved Bangalore, twisted through with a strong jazz flavour.
"Jyotsna Srikanth is an extraordinary and versatile violinist… free-flowing, often mesmerising" (The Guardian)
"major instrumentalist of vision and imagination" (fRoots)
Alex Wilson - Born in the UK of mixed English/African parentage Alex was brought up in the UK, Sierra Leone, Austria and Switzerland.
Now based in Zürich, he has performed worldwide with artists as diverse as Wynton Marsalis, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Ernest Ranglin, Marc Anthony, Cheo Feliciano, Courtney Pine and Hugh Masakela.
Curator of the annual London Latin Jazz Fest and nine solo albums to his name with commissions from Harrogate International Festival, Aldeburgh and The Royal Opera House, Alex also composes for film and TV.
*Musicians: Unnati Dasgupta – vocalist, harmonium & tanpura Jyotsna Srikanth – violin Alex Wilson – piano Hanif Khan – tabla Abhiram Sahathevan - mridangam Ariel Cubría – bass *
Photo credit: Rashmi Gill
Doors open 4pm, music starts 4.30pm.