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UNK: THE RADHA THOMAS JAZZ ENSEMBLE

April 20 @ 6:30 pm

UNK: THE RADHA THOMAS ENSEMBLE

UNK: THE RADHA THOMAS JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Rated #1 on Reverbnation, the world’s leading music platform, UNK has been performing in India and abroad since 2011.Empanelled by ICCR as one of the Indian government’s only officially supported jazz bands, they have been heard at all major Indian jazz festivals besides and clubs.Performing for the first time on Bangalore’s newest and uber classy stage at Bangalore International Centre UNK has added to their repertoire.

Vocalese is a specific jazz vocal style that originated alongside hard bop in the 50s in America. Singers like Jon Hendricks, Eddie Jefferson and King Pleasure took to writing words to the solos of famous horn players like Coleman Hawkins, Wardell Gray, James Moody and even Miles Davis. Thomas has taken the solos of Chet Baker performing jazz standards and written lyrics so the songs now have a different sparkle.They will perform original music as well, many tunes that have become popular in Bangalore with the crowd often shouting out for ‘Rendu Dosai’ and ‘Bangalore Blues.’

UNK: THE RADHA THOMAS ENSEMBLE, BAND PROFILE

Featuring India’s topmost professional jazz musicians and rated #1 on Reverbnation, the world’s leading music platform UNK has been performing in India and abroad since 2011.
Empanelled by ICCR to be one of the Indian government’s only officially supported jazz bands, they have been heard at all major Indian jazz festivals including Jazz Yatra, ICCR Delhi International Festival, Indigo & Blues Festival, Bangalore International Arts Festival, Bengaluru Habba, iSai Festival, goMad Festival and others, besides gigging all over India in leading clubs.Their album called ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’ received rave reviews and has been played on radio stations all over the world, and extensively in the USA. Here are some reviews.

• Ron McClure, bassist for the famous American band, Blood, Sweat & Tears: “Provocative! Contempo to the max! You may have a hit on your hands?! Wow! (The album) sounds so good! Really inventive stuff, with a lot of expression.”
• Lucky Ali, Indian pop star: “Eyes’ is stylish and cool… That’s what it’s about. It comes across as I listen to the tracks.”
• Steve Gorn, New York based crossover jazz flautist: “Radha – ‘Eyes’ is great! Loved your voice and the arrangements.”

Their album called ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’ received rave reviews and has been played on radio stations all over the world, and extensively in the USA. Here are some reviews.

• Ron McClure, bassist for the famous American band, Blood, Sweat & Tears: “Provocative! Contempo to the max! You may have a hit on your hands?! Wow! (The album) sounds so good! Really inventive stuff, with a lot of expression.”
• Lucky Ali, Indian pop star: “Eyes’ is stylish and cool… That’s what it’s about. It comes across as I listen to the tracks.”
• Steve Gorn, New York based crossover jazz flautist: “Radha – ‘Eyes’ is great! Loved your voice and the arrangements.”

THE BAND

RADHA THOMAS, BANDLEADER, COMPOSER, VOCALIST
Radha Thomas began headlining while still in her teens in a rock band called Human Bondage, which was India’s most popular band in the 70s. She soon developed a strong taste for jazz, which is her favourite kind of music. She also began combining the tonal complexities of jazz with the rhythmic nuances of Indian classical music.

Thomas (nee Shottam) represented India at European jazz festivals and made her way to New York, the home of jazz, where she lived and performed for almost 20 years with such musicians as John Scofield, Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, John Faddis, Alex Blake, David Liebman, John Abercrombie, Ryo Kawasaki, Joe Farrell and many others in some of NYC’s most famous jazz clubs including Sweet Basil, The Bottom Line, Alice Tully Hall and more.

Her Indian classical vocal training came first from Kumar Gandharva in New Delhi at the Gandharva Maha Vidyalaya, and subsequently with Ustad Farid Ud Din Dagar of the famed Dagar Brothers in the dying art of Drupad singing. She continues to bring these Indian influences into her singing.

She has three albums to her credit and has performed in London, many cities across the USA, France, Poland, Romania, Germany the Far East and of course all over India.
Some jazz include EuropaFest in Romania, the South Asia Performing Arts Festival in New York, Jazz Yatra, Bengaluru Habba, Indigo Fest, Isai Fest and other popular and prominent festivals in India and abroad in addition to performing at jazz clubs all over India.

She composes much of the original music performed by the band and hosted a weekly jazz show on Radio Indigo in Bangalore.

She is also an author who has published several novels. ‘Men On My Mind’ and ‘More Men On My Mind’ an. ‘The Cauliflower Diet.’

AMAN MAHAJAN, PIANO

Aman Mahajan is an Indian pianist, composer and improviser.

Having explored the music of a multitude of nationalities and idioms, his work is influenced by traditional and contemporary forms of music from around the world and inspired by a sense of unity and connection. He is interested in improvised music as a medium of interaction, exploration and creation.

A graduate of the Berklee College of Music (Boston), Aman is currently based in Bangalore, where he teaches privately and performs in his own ensemble, Refuge. He is currently active with his solo piano project refuge.1, UNK: The Radha Thomas Ensemble, piano-guitar duo Tinctures, and cross-cultural band Mystik Vibes.

Mahajan’s past associations include Atma (Indo-Austrian musical collaboration with Patrick Dunst, Muthu Kumar, Grilli Pollheimer), Global Music Institute, Greater Noida (returning piano faculty), Aman Kartikeya Pranai (Delhi-based improvised music trio playing original works), RED Mawkin (singer-songwriter, Delhi), Akash Vincent (singer-songwriter, New Delhi), Krishna’s Temple Rock (contemporary Carnatic music, Pondicherry), Yuichiro Tokuda (Japanese saxophonist), Aleksandra Denda (NYC-based singer-songwriter), Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya & The Calcutta Chronicles (Hindustani fusion, Calcutta), Sistashree (Sanskrit mantras + soul + blues + jazz + funk + gospel), TEDx Bangalore 2014 (presenting a solo piano version of an original piece, Sun Dance), KAYA (poetry/song + live electronics + improvisation, Bangalore), Schizophonic (electronic music trio, Bangalore), Suraj Mani & the Tattva Trippers (rock poetry, Bangalore), Lucky Ali (popular Indian songwriter), MTV Coke Studio with Clinton Cerejo (pop/rock, Bombay), Project O.N.S (electro/jazz/funk, Boston), Gamelan Galak Tika (traditional Balinese music, Cambridge, Massachusetts), The Joya Band (singer-songwriter, Boston). and Arooj Aftab (world fusion/Pakistani song).

HARIPRIYA NARASIMHAN, BASS

Haripriya Narasimhan started her journey in music with vocal and violin lessons. Several years later she chanced upon the electric bass, and there was no looking back. She has been playing bass for 3 years now.

Haripriya enjoys playing different styles of music. She has worked with several musical acts across genres, such as Moon Arra (jazz fusion), Poptarts (neo-soul, funk) and Bangalore Broadway Company (broadway big band). She is also part of an experimental soul funk band called RiOT. She is currently exploring jazz/bebop. Jazz fascinates her with its intellectual and emotional depth, coupled with its freedom of expression.

Apart from being an active part of the Bangalore music scene, Haripriya teaches electric bass and guitar. She has taught close to 80 students.

ROHIT P.S, DRUMS

Rohit’s sense of rhythm started to develop from a very early age as his father used to play the mridangam. His brother Kiran, an engineer who moonlights as a drummer is a mentor who has played a pivotal role in Rohit’s development as a complete musician. Rohit started playing dholak with the school choir. He then went on to play the congas and finally found the love of his life, “The Drumset” at the age of 17.

Rohit has played all genres of music including rock, jazz, blues, latin, R&B and neo-soul. Versatility being one of his strengths, he has also worked as a sessions drummer with musician such as Dr. Prakash Sontakke (Hindustani slide guitar), Jagadeesh M.R (Jazz-fusion guitarist) and others.

Apart from performing and recording, Rohit has been a dedicated teacher for over 5 years. Starting as a drum teacher at Deccan International School, he worked as a drum mentor at Octavium. He has taught close to a hundred students so far. Rohit continues to perform and teach as his career blossoms.
RAMJEE CHANDRAN, GUITAR
Chandran is a self-taught jazz musician. His style tends towards bebop, influenced principally by horn players. He has played jazz guitar for UNK – The Radha Thomas Ensemble since its inception. By day he is Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director of Explocity – a leading media / publishing houses with publications in India, New York and Dubai.

 

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Date:
April 20
Time:
6:30 pm
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Venue

Bangalore International Centre
TERI Complex, 4th Main, 2nd Cross, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, karnataka 560 071 India
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