05/03/14 Acclaimed Sitarist Bringing Artistic Fusion To Canterbury

lunchtime concerts

The new season of lunchtime concerts at the University of Kent in Canterbury, sponsored once more by Furley Page Solicitors, continues on Wednesday 19 March with a performance by one of the world’s most versatile sitarists.

Jonathan Mayer, son of the late Indian composer and Indo-Jazz Fusions founder John Mayer, has studied both Indian and western music and has taken inspiration from these traditions to create a unique approach to the sitar.

He has played all over the world as a soloist and in collaboration, performing with a wide range of artists including Paul Weller, the BBC Concert Orchestra and Noel Gallagher.

Appearing alongside Jonathan will be Mitel Purohit, one of the most sought-after tabla players in the UK. Mitel has performed at the highest level with artists such as Sir Paul McCartney, The Dhol Foundation and many Indian instrumental and vocal artists. The concert will be followed by a workshop which may be observed by the audience.

The lunchtime concert series closes on Wednesday 2 April with a performance by the Martin Speake Trio, featuring saxophonist Martin Speake, one of Britain’s finest jazz musicians, guitarist Mike Outram and drummer Jeff Williams.

Both Martin and Mike teach at the Royal Academy of Music, and Mike has also recorded music for the film Song for Marion, starring Vanessa Redgrave. The trio’s concert will be followed by a workshop where audience members will again be invited to observe.

The lunchtime concerts are held in the university’s Colyer-Fergusson Hall. Performances start at 1.10pm. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of £3. For more information, visit www.kent.ac.uk/music

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