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COMING HOME: JAUME VILASECA TRIO AND BALUJI SHRIVASTAV

Part of Catalan Music Festival


An international collaboration with Jaume Vilaseca Trio and Baluji Shrivastav


This project is an international collaboration between Catalan jazz trio led by Jaume Vilaseca and the master sitarist established in East London Baluji Shrivastav. A unique opportunity to witness a true cultural dialogue between top international musicians through improvised music.


Coming Home is the sixth work of the trio led by Jaume Vilaseca. It is a second part of their last work, Mumbai, which was recorded live in India. It was in that moment when the pianist from Barcelona decided to open a new path towards jazz-world and, in particular, towards the encounter between traditional Hindu music and jazz. True to his style, it contains lyric songs and unhurried melodies, which can experiment an unexpected shift.


The relationship between the piano and the sitar is present in six pieces, especially composed by Jaume Vilaseca for the sitar, which fully gets into the language of jazz and fills the melodies with Indian echoes. Apart from this, we can find a reference to the flamenco universe in Paseos, a samba-jazz called Laberintos, and the most lounge piece of the record sang by Violetta Curry, that wrap it up. An oriental atmosphere surrounds this work, but it also has many allusions to the city of Barcelona. It is a smart and daring proposal, completed by the experience of a group of first-class musicians.


Jaume Vilaseca - Piano

He studied piano and harmony in the Conservatori Municipal de Barcelona and in the Liceu de Barcelona. He attended courses and seminars to widen his studies. Since 2002 he leads a jazz-fusion trio that has kept the roots of jazz while looking for flamenco and Latino rhythms and melodies. They have played in jazz festivals all around the world. In 2013 they recorded Coming Home, the sixth work of the trio, as a result of the intense collaboration with the sitarist Ravi Chary.


Dick Them - Bass and double bass

He began his jazz and harmony studies in the Aula de Música Moderna, and in the Taller de Músics. He has attended several seminars. And he has played with many internationally known musicians like Max Sunyer, Sheila Jordan, or Max Sunyer.


Ramon Díaz - Drums and “cajón”

He studied in the Centro de Estudios Musicales de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, his hometown, and in the Taller de Músics de Barcelona. He has made several seminars. He has played with many international recognized artist during his activity in the world of jazz like ave Schnitter, Jean Toussaint, or Chano Domínguez.


'Two distant instruments, and two distant cultures that are very close in the way they feel the emotions. Another good work of these musicians who still produce a creative jazz, full of flavours.' Cándido Querol, B-Ritmos


'It is a calm fusion, developed naturally, where you can perceive flashes of that jazz of the 70s, escapes towards funk, winks to flamenco and samba, delicate vocal notes and, of course, the Orientsal burst of the Hindu ragas. A very aromatic condiment.'

Diario del Alto Aragón


Baluji Shrivastav - Sitar

Baluji is a blind Indian musician who arrived in Europe with 2 dollars and ended up playing with Coldplay at the Closing Ceremony of 2012 Paralympic Games. His work reflects his delight in discovering new musical horizons , enabling him to express the journey he has experienced. The intriguing combinations that result, celebrate the universal power of music to transcend cultural divides.


Baluji naturally connects with Jazz  with his band jazz Orient who recently starred at the Southbank Centre Alchemy Festival. He has recorded and performed with Andy Sheppard, Guy Barker, Jah Wobble, Soul 11 Soul, and featured at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Pizza on the Park. he not only plays with Jazz, he plays Jazz on the sitar and his othet instruments too!

'Baluji Shrivastav’s musical imagination is a source of true delight' Time Out


'Captures a poignancy that crosses all cultural divides'

The Guardian


Website - www.jaumevilasecaquartet.com

Date: 14th May 2013
Time: 7.00 p.m.
Admission Fee: £6 advanced £8 on the door
Veneu: The Rich Mix
For more information visit: http://www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/event/catalan-music-festival-coming-home/
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