JP Concerts presents world-jazz group Natraj on Nov. 9


JAMAICA PLAIN–JP Concerts presents world-jazz ensemble Natraj in a concert of infectious Indian and West African infused contemporary jazz On Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

This show will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave., Jamaica Plain, MA. The concert starts at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $15 (General Admission), $10 (Student/ Senior/ Member), Pay-What-You-Can. Contact or visit–1/store/events/16068 .

World-jazz ensemble Natraj puts it all together in an adventurous, engaging synthesis: Deeply meditative North Indian ragas, Beautifully intricate South Indian rhythms, driving African beats, and edgy, contemporary jazz.

Saxophonist and composer Phil Scarff leads Boston’s premier world-jazz ensemble in a concert melding Indian ragas, African rhythms, and contemporary jazz.

The band seamlessly melds the classical music of India, traditional music from West Africa, and contemporary jazz to create its own adventurous and infectious style. Selected as Boston’s Best Jazz Band by the Improper Bostonian, Natraj captivates and excites audiences with its exotic textures, accessible melodies, and rhythmic energy. Appearances include India’s JazzYatra and Prayojana International Music Festival; Ghana’s PANAFEST; the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; and the Guelph Jazz Festival, Canada. Natraj has performed with icons of Indian classical music including Kadri Gopalnath, Chitravina Ravikiran, Shashank, Ronu Majumdar, and Trichy Sankaran. The band has released four CDs, acclaimed in the international music press.

Natraj’s line-up features Phil Scarff, soprano and sopranino saxophones; Rohan Gregory, violin and viola; John Funkhouser, bass; Jerry Leake, tabla and multipercussion; and Bertram Lehmann, drums and percussion.


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