Posted June 13, 2016
Mridangam great K. U. Jayachandra Rao in Beches Indian Brew
He is one of the stalwarts in the world of Indian rhythm today and regularly performs with all the leading musicians on the Karnatic classical scene but he is equally at home on the world music scene. Jayachandra hails from a family of musicians and is an incredible virtuoso who will add considerably to our music.
Coming straight from a tour with flute virtuoso Shankar he will join Beches Indian Brew from October 21. Check out this solo in aditalam:
Posted June 9, 2016
”Kanjira Man” with Beches Indian Brew in October
B. Shree Sundarkumar is one of the leading Kanjira artists in the world of Rhythm music. Having entered the musical world at the age of three, he has been mesmerizing audiences with his intricate rhythm beats and innate creativity that he inherited from his musical family.
After the initial tutelage under his father, a renowned Mridangam player, Dr. K. B. S Mani, he underwent rigorous training under legendary Guru Karaikudi Sri R. Mani. It was under his guidance that Sundarkumar perfected the art of playing Mridangam, and then took to playing his most favorite percussion instrument, the Kanjira. His mastery and understanding of the subtle nuances of playing this instrument is unparalleled.
Here you can check out his amazing playing during a live solo with the legendary U. Sivaraman:
With his great attitude and sense of humour he will fit in very well in Beches Indian Brew as you can see from his remix of Michael Jackson’s Beat It!
More about Vidwan Shree Sundarkumar www.kanjiraman.com
Posted May 31, 2016
Senior Master Drummer Doe Kushiator (Ghana) joins Beches Indian Brew
Beches Indian Brew gets a spicy ingredient when Doe Kushiator will join for the October tour!
Senior Master Drummer Doe Kushiator has the status of a priest in the ancient Blekete cult and is a legendary Ewe drummer in West Africa that Bengt Berger was learning from 1975-77. ”Together our percussionists will offer spectacular rhythmic fireworks”. Doe played with us when he visited Sweden in 2014.
Beches Brew live @ Blue Frog, Mumbai
A video by Jöns Jönsson from our gig at the Blue Frog in Mumbai on January 14, 2016. This was our last concert on our Indian tour, on this one we did not cooperate with our Indian musician friends, but this was a pure “jazz” concert.
The musicians: Staffan Svensson, trumpet; Sir Thomas Jäderlund, alto- and soprano saxes; Mats Öberg, keys; Göran Klinghagen and Max Schultz, guitars, Lise-Lotte Norelius, percussion and electronics, Stefan Bellnäs, bass and Bengt Berger, drums.
Posted May 16, 2016
The Akkarai Sisters will join Beches Indian Brew in October
Akkarai Sisters, Akkarai Subhalakshmi and Akkarai Sornalatha, violin, voice:
We are SO proud and happy that the sisters will join Beches Indian Brew for our tour in Sweden and Scandinavia during the second half of October. Our first concert will be at Kulturhuset in Stockholm at 4 pm on October 16th on the last day of the Stockholm Jazz Festival. On the same evening the Akkarai Sisters will give a Karnatic recital at the Stockholm Sangeet Conference. The next day, on October 17 we play at the Gothenburg Concert Hall. More dates later.
”The two sisters have created quite a storm in the South Indian classical music community, they perform duets of the highest quaility, they do it as a violin duo AND they do it equally great as a vocal duo which is something unheard of before. When we played in Chennai the younger sister Sornalatha played with us but after hearing the sisters in concert we liked it so much that we invited the elder sister Subhalakshmi to join us as well and we are so happy that she liked our music and is coming along on this tour as well.” – http://akkarai.in/
Here is a video from a unique concert where they play their violins for the first hour and then sing during the second: