In my experience, you don’t see many lead clarinettists on the Jazz stage, particularly in London and certainly not at Jazz re:freshed, with the exception of Arun. It’s quite unique, but I guess Arun Ghosh is a pretty unique musician, in more ways than one.
Arun is a British-Asian clarinettist and composer. Conceived in Calcutta, bred in Bolton, matured in Manchester and now living in London, Ghosh’s musical vocabulary and vision reflects his rich geographical heritage. Using the spirit and language of jazz, with the sounds and styles of hip-hop, Indian classical and folk, western classical, rock, pop and avant-garde, Ghosh’s music is full of lyrical melodies and searching harmonies, down to earth directness and psychedelic ambient introspection. His Indo-Jazz Sextet play original music of South Asian origin with a contemporary jazz attitude, rocking urban beats and the passion of punk. Sweet and timeless melodies give birth to soaring improvisations and raag explorations, driven by a heady mix of dub-reggae bass, tabla trickery and ferocious drum explosions.
Any time we have the privilege of hosting Arun and his amazing band is a special week and this week we are very lucky to have the next leg of the “A South Asian Suite” from Arun Ghosh and his IndoJazz Sextet.
This show is a celebration of the highly anticipated release of Ghosh’s IndoJazz chamber inspired by the music, landscape and peoples of Nepal, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, as seen from the viewpoint of a British-Asian from a Northern town.
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With Mobo Award winner Zoe Rahman on piano, Christopher Williams on alto sax, Liran Donin on bass, Nilesh Gulhane on tabla, Pat Illingworth on drums, and of course, Arun Ghosh clarinet.
Check out Arun here
Listen to Arun here
Purchase A South Asian Suite here
October 31st 2013 – Jazz re:freshed
Mau Mau Bar, 265 Portobello Rd, London W11, Doors open 8pm
See you there!