did you come to this music?
Singh: I belong to a musical family and was inspired to learn
music by my uncle Avtar Singh- a Tabla player. I started Sitar at
the age of thirteen with Prof Sita Ram in Amritsar in Punjab, India.
I moved on to learn from Prof Narinder Nirula of Patiala in Punjab
and later to learn with the maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan. The link
with the Ustad was made for me by my religious mentor Satguru Jagjit
Singh Ji the reliogious leader of the Namdhari branch of Sikhs.
Bannister: I was born in London in1971 listening to a whole
world of music my dad used to play from morning till night.
to Leeds in 1992 to do a Graduate Diploma in Jazz at the Leeds College
of Music having been inspired by the sound of john Coltrane and
this time I became interested in Indian Music through my study with
sitarist Dharambir Singh.
been working at The Leeds College of Music teaching western musicians
on undergraduate and post graduate programmes
teach 'Latin Percussion',
here to listen to an nterview with Dharambir Singh
here to listen to an interview with Jesse Bannister
do you play?
have given solo performances in England, Europe and USA. I uasually
perform in small and medium scale arts venues. I also play with
Martin Speake - the Jazz saxophonist and peform together in venues
across the country. I am also working on a project called Free Spirits
with Jazz Action based in Newcastle. I have played for eight years
with the Euro Asian group Shiva Nova.
Bannister: As a professional performer I have worked with:
The Liverpool Philharmonic with Indian soloists
" The City of London Sinfonia with World Musicians
" With Priti Paintal's Shiva Nova (including concerts at the
Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Jazz Cafe)
" British Khatak and Tabla duo Sonia and Sarwar Sabri.
" Bharatyanatyam Dancer Chitralekar Bolar
" India's renowned percussionists Siva Raman and Harishankar
January 2000 I made my first musical trip to India where I stayed
in Calcutta with Rajeeb Chakraborty, a sarode player who has distinguished
himself throughout the U.S and Europe.
the featured piece of music - Varta
was an outcome of my work at Leeds College Of Music. I have been
experimenting with music based on the Indian concept of Ragas.
piece is based on the popular morning Raga Ahir Bhairav. The melody
came out of a group work I was doing couple of years back with my
idea came out of taking four musical figures from the Raga and create
melodies based on these. The melody forms the basis for improvisations
by Sitar, Saxophone and Tabla.
is strictly based on the modal concept around the notes of Raga
Tabla provides a more light classical rhythmic feel on a cycle of
here to listen to Dharambir talk about his composition