World-jazz group Natraj features guests Lamine Toure and Prasanna
Thursday, September 27, 2007
The world-jazz ensemble Natraj features special guests Senegalese
master drummer Lamine Touré and South Indian classical guitarist
Prasanna for an evening of ground-breaking cross-cultural music at
Ryles Jazz Club, 212 Hampshire St., Inman Square, Cambridge, MA.
Tickets are $12. Validated parking is available. All ages are
welcome. Call (617) 876-9330.
Featured guest Sabar master drummer Lamine Touré has toured
extensively in Senegal, Europe, and North America, and was featured at
the Montreal Jazz Festival. Leader of the Afro-pop band Group Saloum,
he is known for artistry in fusing traditional Senegalese rhythms with
jazz, rock, and Afro-pop. This program showcases Touré on sabar,
djembe, talking drum, and taasu (rhythmic recitation).
Special guest Prasanna is the top-most performer of South Indian
classical music on electric guitar and has gained worldwide renown for
his artistry. Prasanna has delighted audiences in major concert halls
and festivals in the US, Europe, and India. He has performed and/or
recorded with Larry Coryell, Alphonso Johnson, David Gilmore,
Hariprasad Chaurasia, Jamey Haddad, Illayaraja, Aka Moon, L.
Subramaniam, and A. R. Rahman.
"Natraj... successfully fused African grooves with romantic Indian
ragas... exotic... captivating..." - Graphic Showbiz, Accra, Ghana.
"Natraj... They are the world." - Boston Globe.
Lamine Touré - West African percussion
Prasanna - guitar
Phil Scarff - soprano saxophone
John Funkhouser - string bass
Jerry Leake - tabla and multipercussion
Bertram Lehmann - drums and percussion