Friday Night Live: 26 November 2010

FRIDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2010

9:30 pm – 10:45 pm

ALEX STUART QUARTET

Featuring:

Guitar: Alex Stuart
Tenor Saxophone: Guillaume Perret
Drums: Yoann Serra
Bass: Munir Hossn

10:45 pm – 12:00 am

FLYING CATS : This seasoned, international trio plays mostly original, contemporary jazz.

The musicians have been performing all over the world, in many diverse styles and formations. End of 2010 these three fabulous musicians will be touring India again – inspiring us all with their energetic, refreshingly spontaneous and grooving music.

Featuring:

Holger Jetter – electric violin (Germany)
Mishko M’Ba – bass (France)
Sangoma Everett – drums (USA)

Free Entry, No Cover Charge (Pub rules apply: no shorts or open toed footwear for gents)

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* BIOGRAPHIES *

ALEX STUART

Guitarist Alex Stuart hails from Canberra, Australia, and now lives and performs in Paris, France, where he moved in September 2005. Upon his arrival, he formed the ‘The Alex Stuart Quartet’ with a desire to fuse his own identifiably Australian groove/rock oriented sound with the best Paris had to offer. The Parisian scene, characterized by its strong presence of ‘world music’ whether it be African, Indian, South American or other, has also been a strong influence on Stuart’s compositional style. This can be heard on the quartet’s new album ‘Around’, released at the prestigious ‘ Sunset Jazz Club’ in Paris in October 2010. Drawing on the musical heritage of four continents, the album combines Stuart’s admiration for jazz luminaries like Kurt Rosenwinkel and Bill Frisell with the sounds of Africa, India and Australia. The music is also heavily inspired by Stuart’s 2009 residency in Kolkata, under the guidance of master sarodist Anindya Banerjee. Alongside Stuart will be the the immensely talented musicians, Guillaume Perret on saxophone (Guillaume Perret and the Electric Epic, Collectif Lebocal, No Square, Miles Ozazaki), Yoann Serra on drums (ONJ, David Reinhardt, Christian Escoude, NHX) and Munir Hossn on bass (Mayra Andrade, Catia Werneck, Gilberto Gil, Lenine, Seamus Blake).

HOLGER JETTER

Holger Jetter started playing the violin at the age of 6. He studied western classical music, principal instrument violin, at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria. After further studies with Lynn Blakeslee and Jean-Jacques Kantoroff, he completed his classical violin education.

At the age of 18 he released a first recording with a German rock band. His broad musical interests manifested in many band projects in various styles such as Bluegrass, Argentinean tango and Klezmer music.

Holger’s strong affinity to improvised music led to the formation of the “Modern String Quartet“. Fresh sounding original compositions and string arrangements contributed to the wide success of this ensemble playing over 1000 concerts in less then six years. This string quartet also toured with renowned musicians such as Joan Baez, Mercedes Sosa, and Constantin Wecker.

In this period Holger intensified his activities as composer und produced music for audio books and for small movies. After their first America tour he left the Modern String Quartet and went to Kolkata, India, to study Indian classical music with Ustad Imrat Khan.

During the last 15 years Holger has mainly focused on jazz and Indian fusion music and on audio-visual art projects. With his 6-string electric violin he combines the functionality of a bassist with the creative drive of a jazz player while unfolding enchanting melodies with the depth of a classical violinist.

He has been touring internationally with several of his groups. Presently he travels between India, Europe and the United States, working in different set-ups with renowned musicians of the respective jazz scenes.

His latest international projects include a duo album with Steve Rudolph (Harrisburg, U.S.A.), a quartet recording with a band from Berlin (Germany), a recording of an Indian fusion album with Indian classical artists from Kolkata and his multimedia solo show series “Soul Spaces”. www.holgerjetter.com

SANGOMA EVERETT

Sangoma Everett started playing drums at the age of twelve. After his first successful experiences in Virginia, his home, encouraged by his family, his teacher and friend Consuela Lee he decided to leave for New-York. There he teemed with bassist and composer Bill Lee and played with the Clifford Jordan Quartet during three years.

He improved at a fast pace and started playing with other great musicians like Barry Harris, Chris Anderson, Murial Winston and Joe Newman. After a stay in Northern Ireland in 1979 with Joe Newman, he settled in Paris France. There he had the opportunity to play regular gigs with Jimmy Forest, Al Grey, Jimmy Smith, Mal Waldron, Horace Parlan, Jimmy Woode, Kirk Lightsey and La Velle. Sangoma toured Africa with Memphis Slim in 1984 and with Dee Daniels in 1986 & 1987. He performed in many festivals throughout Europe.

He was an established and successful drummer when he joined Barney Wilen and became a central element in the group together with Riccardo Del Fra, Philippe Petit and Alain Jean-Marie between 1986 & 1989. In the 90s he worked with Eddie Louiss and he lived in Switzerland for a few years. In 1999 and 2000 he was the Golden Gate Quartet’s drummer. In January 2001, he formed the Sangoma Everett Group with The Nomads of the Desert. Meanwhile Sangoma has played with – among the most famous musicians: Philippe Catherine, Dizzy Gillespie, Doudou Gouirand, Donald Harrison, Benny Golson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Maurice Vander, Leon Thomas, Steve Lacy, Erik Truffaz, Tony Lakatos, Linda Hopkins, Jimmy Witherspoon and the DJ Laurent Garnier. He has also performed in many recording sessions a.o. with Barney Wilen, Claude Nougaro or Liz Mc Comb and Jeri Brown. www.sangomaeverett.com

MISHKO M’BA

Mishko M’Ba is a renowned French bassist/pianist and composer. He studied western classical music at Toulouse and focused later on jazz and rock. Mishko played with Ray Charles, Charles Aznavour and Didier Lockwood. As a much demanded bass player who really makes his instrument sing, he is touring in USA, Europe and Asia with various bands of different musical styles for many years. Mishko is permanent member of the Reunion band Zishkakan and the Paris ensemble Elexir with Raoul de Souza. He lives partly in Reunion in France and in Pondicherry.