Indian violinist Jyotsna Srikanth brings her amazing Indo-jazz group Bangalore Dreams to Cottiers, Glasgow on Thursday, November 9.
Bangalore-born Srikanth, who trained in the Carnatic and European classical traditions, drew top star ratings from The Herald and Three Weeks for her soulful playing and flawless technique during the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013 and more recently she performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in front of 60,000 people at Wembley Stadium in a concert to mark Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 2015 visit to the UK.
Now based in London, this veteran of no fewer than 250 Bollywood soundtracks is recognised as one of the leading Indian musicians in Europe. As well as her Indian and classical music training, she has been influenced by jazz musicians, including Stephane Grappelli, and she regularly works with musicians from jazz and world music backgrounds including the Indo-Scandinavian group Nordic Raga. Her album with the Bollywood Brass Band, Carnatic Connection, was one of Songlines magazine’s Albums of the Year for 2016.
She’s joined in Bangalore Dreams by Shadrach Solomon on keyboard and NS Manjunath on drums and percussion to blend her Carnatic tradition together with rock, jazz and even Carnatic beatboxing styles to create music that is daring, adventurous, melodic, and accessible. This is about as close at you’re likely to get to hearing the Mahavishnu Orchestra live in Hyndland.