Shotham, Ramesh & Madras Special
1CD | Double Moon Records | 0608917150322 | DMCHR 71503 | 10-05
Artist: Ramesh Shotham, Sandhya Sanjana, Zoltan Lantos, Christian Zürner, special guest: Mike Herting
Ramesh Shotham was born in Madras, southern India. He started his music career as a drummer in a 50s rock band, with which he traveled through the Indian subcontinent a few years. Then he returned to Madras to study Tavil, a traditional temple music drum, which is played everywhere in southern India and Sri Lanka. Later, he studied classical percussion instruments at the "Karnataka College of Percussion" in Bangalore under the guidance of master drummer T.A.S. Mani. He came to Europe with "Sangam", an Indo-jazz fusion band, in 1980. Ramesh has lived and worked in Europe since that time and is recognized as one of the most successful percussionists. He not only has worked with leading European and American jazz and rock musicians, but also with artists from Africa, Australia, China, Korea and various Arabian countries. He was a visiting instructor at Bayreuth University and at the Conservatory in Rotterdam, where he held workshops and seminars. Ramesh Shotham has played at numerous international festivals: Berlin Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Buk Festival Korea and many more. He has worked with musicians such as Carla Bley, Steve Coleman, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Jonas Hellborg, Steve Swallow, Charlie Mariano - to name just a few. He is also a permanent member of Sigi Schwab's Percussion Orchestra.
But his heart is above all focused on his own band "Madras Special", with which he is now presenting his second CD at Double Moon Records: a live recording by the radio station Europe/WDR in Bochum, Germany. In addition to Ramesh, who plays various percussion instruments and even sings, the quartet is composed of fellow-travelers of many years. Zoltan Lantos, the violin virtuoso born in Hungary, lived in India several years and contributes a great deal of experience from both music worlds. Christian Zürner sets the deep-sounding basis and has fantastic mastery of Indian rhythms. Mike Herting is one of the most respected pianists in Germany and can breach the gap between Western and classical Indian music impressively. The same can be said of Sandya Sanjana. Originally from India, she lives in Amsterdam today and can switch between the cultures in a masterly way. The singer, who has comprehensive training in both traditions, succeeds in linking pop and jazz with Indian classical music in a playful way.
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