Sarathy Korwar (UK/ India)
Fuses traditional folk music of the Sidi community in India combining East African, Sufi and Indian influences with jazz and electronics.
Born in the US, Sarathy Korwar grew up in in India. Aged 10, he began playing tabla, but was also drawn to the American music that he heard on the radio and that leaked through the doorway of his local jazz music shop. Ahmad Jamal and John Coltrane were his early discoveries.
At 17, Sarathy moved to Pune and dedicated his time fully to music: practicing tabla under the tutelage of Rajeev Devasthali, translating his skills to the Western drumkit and playing as a session musician. Finishing his studies, Sarathy began to think about pursuing a career in music and moved to London, where he trained as a classical tabla player under the guidance of Sanju Sahai and graduated with a MMus in Performance from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) focusing on the adaptation of Indian classical rhythmic material to non-Indian percussion instruments.
Working the angles in London’s jazz scene, Sarathy connected with Shabaka Hutchings (Sons of Kemet, The Comet is Coming), Cara Stacey (Kit Records) and played with clarinettist Arun Ghosh. He was, however, itching to create under his own name and he started researching and formulating the concept for “Day To Day” and planning a trip to India to record the Sidis. It was late in 2014 when Sarathy heard about the Steve Reid Foundation. He applied with a three-minute video explaining his vision for the record and was accepted onto the project to be mentored by the foundation’s patrons: Four Tet, Floating Points, Gilles Peterson, Koreless and Emanative (aka Nick Woodmansey who mixed the album).
“’Day To Day’ is an exceptional debut by this multi-percussive artist fusing jazz, electronic and Indian harmonics.” Gilles Peterson.
The concert has no intermission.