Sarathy Korwar & Upaj Collective
Replaces concert from 6 November 2020
The combination of authentic Indian classical music and modern jazz can sound thoroughly organic, as is demonstrated by tabla drummer Sarathy Korwar and his Upaj Collective, which unites musicians from both genres. In this crossover band, the traditional sounds of the tanpura meet up with saxophone improvisations, and funk beats encounter the humming overtones of the sitar: Indo-jazz fusion at its best! The group appears in the Elbphilharmonie at the invitation of Anoushka Shankar as part of her »Reflektor« weekend.
Born in the USA, he grew up in India and reached musical maturity in England: this turbulent biography forms the basis for the superb sound collages of tabla player and percussionist Sarathy Korwar. The 29-year-old uses India's percussion heritage as a grounding for his incredibly creative music, which combines biting political rap and traditional Indian sounds, jazz improvisation, hip-hop grooves and street music from modern mega-cities like Mumbai. A fascinating kaleidoscope of globalisation, migration and culture clash that finds perfect expression in the multinational Upaj Collective – and the optimum setting in Anoushka Shankar's »Reflektor« festival.
Sarathy Korwar tabla, drums
Yad Selvakumar flute
Chris Williams alto saxophone
Jasdeep Degun sitar
Giuliano Modarelli guitar
Al MacSween piano
Pirashanna Thevarajah mridangam
My East is Your West
Around the World
Reflektor Anoushka Shankar
Gefördert durch die Stiftung Elbphilharmonie