Natraj seamlessly melds the classical music of India, traditional music from West Africa, and contemporary jazz to create its own unique and infectious style. Hard-driving African grooves and graceful Indian ragas meet in the band`s expansive jazz conception. Natraj captivates and excites audiences with its exotic textures, accessible melodies, and rhythmic energy.
Natraj has delighted listeners throughout the US, Canada, India, and West Africa since 1987. Appearances include India`s JazzYatra and Prayojana International Music Festival; Ghana`s PANAFEST; the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; the Guelph Jazz Festival, Guelph, Canada; and The Boston Globe Jazz and Blues Festival.
Natraj features the raga-influenced soprano saxophone of Phil Scarff; the emotive inflections of ECM recording artist and violist Mat Maneri; the warm, nimble solidity of bassist Mike Rivard; the tabla and multipercussion mastery of Jerry Leake; and high-energy groove of drummer Bertram Lehmann.
"Natraj blends complex tempos and traditions with graceful, unforced virtuosity... a hypnotic, symbiotic tapestry. Fusion is rarely this deep and exotic yet accessible... discover a new world here." - The Boston Globe
"We heard the future of jazz... we heard the future of world music... a spellbinding tapestry... a jazz hybrid of celebration and reflection." - The Times of India
Natraj is available for concerts, festivals, clubs, weddings, functions, and educational workshops. Find out more and hear clips from Natraj's CDs at
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