World-Jazz Ensemble Natraj at PSU April 8

April 5th, 2010 by Adam


Plymouth, N.H.—The Silver Series for the Arts at Plymouth State University will present the world-jazz ensemble, Natraj, April 8 at 7 p.m. at the Silver Center for the Arts.

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.

The Boston Globe says, “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.”

Natraj has delighted listeners throughout the U.S., Canada, India and West Africa since 1987, appearing at festivals in India, Ghana, Canada and the U.S. and at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

Performers include the raga-influenced soprano saxophone of Phil Scarff; the emotive inflections of ECM recording artist and violist Mat Maneri; the nimble solidity of bassist Michael Rivard; the multipercussion mastery of Jerry Leake and the high-energy groove of tabla and drummer Bertram Lehmann.

Natraj has released four CDs on Dorian, Accurate and Galloping Goat to the acclaim of the international press. “We heard the future of jazz … we heard the future of world music … a spellbinding tapestry,” declared The Times of India.

Tickets for Natraj are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and $13 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869. The performance is sponsored by MegaPrint.

For information contact Diane Jeffrey at (603) 535-2874 or e-mail djeffrey@plymouth.edu.

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