Fri 10 - Sun 19 November 2017

Shez Raja Collective

LONDON Forge
3-7 Delancey St
London
NW1 7NL

Virtuoso bass player Shez Raja and his world-class band perform their unique brand of powerhouse indo-jazz funk. Tonight they celebrate the release of Raja's highly-acclaimed album, Gurutopia, recorded with Randy Brecker and Mike Stern.

Shez leads a formidable line-up that features Polish folk-jazz singer Monika Lidke providing beautifully structured melodic vocals in front of a band that is completed by Vasilis Xenopoulos on saxophone, Pascal Roggen on violin, Alex Stanford on keyboards and Chris Nickolls on drums.

The Collective's live show is an eclectic headcharge of raw energy and always leaves audiences uplifted, inspired and asking for more. Following headline performances at international jazz festivals in Russia to New Zealand they have forged a reputation as one of the most entertaining live acts on the scene today. Expect music full of surprises - a sonic kaleidoscope of euphoric jazz, thundering funk, tuneful ragas and intoxicating grooves.

'A tailor-made festival band with a unique identity' (The Guardian)

'Shez Raja personifies the modernisation of jazz. He is fearless as a musician' (All About Jazz)

'The hip-shaking mix of Eastern song lines and funky Western dance-beats never wavers' (Evening Standard)