Arun Ghosh (cl) Wayne Francis (ts) Chris Williams (as) Lirian Donin (b, eb) Rastko Rasic (d)
Arun Ghosh is a British-Asian clarinetist, composer and music educator.
Conceived in Calcutta, bred in Bolton, matured in Manchester and now living in London, Arun Ghosh’s musical vision and vocabulary reflects his rich geographical heritage. His Indo-Jazz Sextet plays original music of South Asian origin with a contemporary jazz attitude, rocking urban beats and the passion of punk. Sweet and timeless melodies give birth to soaring improvisations and raag explorations, driven by a heady mix of dub-reggae bass, tabla trickery and ferocious drum explosions.
Arun Ghosh released his debut album “Northern Namaste” on Camoci records in 2008 to critical acclaim. The album has UK retail distribution through Harmonia Mundi. The opening track on “Northern Namaste” entitled “Aurora” also appears on Gilles
Peterson’s compilation album “Brownswood Bubblers Three”.
In 2008 he was selected for Edition IV of the Jerwood/PRS Foundation ‘Take Five’ initiative for emerging jazz musicians produced by Serious.
In 2009, he was invited to perform at the jazzahead! Festival in Bremen, Germany as part of the UK showcase presented by Jazz Services.
In 2010, he was made an Associate Artist at The Albany Theatre, London – a position still held and in April 2011, Ghosh was made an Artist-in-Residence for the Southbank’s Alchemy Festival.
Alongside his performance activity, Arun maintains a healthy composition and education workload, particularly in the world of theatre, in addition to collaborating with other musicians, writers, poets, filmakers and dancers.