About the album
If an artist then has grown up in two cultures as Jarry Singla has, then he seems almost predestined to build strong bridges between peoples. Growing up as the son of German-Indian parents in Germany with the sound of two languages in his ears, living as a citizen of two countries on two continents, the Cologne-based pianist and composer automatically moves to and between the two continents. That is not only the only reason why it is part of everyday life for Singla to cross borders regularly in his music and to juggle virtuously between American and European style jazz and their improvisation techniques, all kinds of world music and of course Indian folklore. His biography reads like a global adventure novel in any case. Multiple-year stays in Mexico City and New York opened his heart and mind. Among other things, Jarry has composed for his own ensemble with exceptional British saxophonist Julian Argüelles as well as for a piano trio with a symphony orchestra. As a member of the group "Borderland" with the Ukrainian singer Mariana Sadovska he received the "Creole Award for World Music from North Rhine-Westphalia", and he also plays in the ensemble "Lagash" of Iraqi composer and singer Saad Thamir. A truly singular phenomenon in the international jazz scene.
The fact that Jarry Singla was able to realize his more or less life's work with "The Mumbai Project” is thanks to the Kunststiftung NRW (Art Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia). Founded in 1987 to promote ambitious young artists as well as international cultural exchange, the foundation sent the musical globetrotter to the 12-million metropolis of Mumbai with a residence scholarship for six months in March 2013. The German-Indian began to trace his roots there and compose music influenced by the varied classical and traditional music styles of North and South India, but which did not deny jazz as its basis. Singla was looking for competent partners for this ambitious project and met some of the most creative musicians of his second home country: singer Sanjeev Chimmalgi, sarod player Pratik Shrivastav and tabla virtuoso Vinayak Netke. With the support of his old friend Christian Ramond on bass, a fascinating as well as unusual collection of pieces was created, which first premiered at concerts in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, and Pune and now appears as a double CD, on which the fantastic Indian percussionist Ramesh Shotham, who lives in Europe, also participated: “The Mumbai Project”.
Six musicians on a successful search for a large global setting, for a way past all dogmas as a matter of course, which should not be compared with the compulsive mishmashes of crossover field trials, to create a fresh, refined and exciting sound. "I call it contemporary Indian-European music," Jarry Singla said. Transferable to many other areas of life.