Shai Maestro + Ranjana Ghatak
Following the launch of his sixth album Human, on ECM, jazz pianist and composer Shai Maestro brings his dynamic music to the EFG London Jazz Festival.
On Human, Maestro’s outgoing, highly-communicative band with Ofri Nehemya on drums and bassist Jorge Roeder becomes a quartet with the inspired addition of trumpeter Philip Dizack. Shai’s expansive pianism is well-matched by Dizack’s alert, quick-thinking approach to improvising. And, as ever, Maestro is taking the music forward while also respecting its sense of tradition.
Since his debut with his own trio in 2011, Shai has shaped a strong and unique personal identity and has portrayed an incredible musical fluidity, making him and his band one of the most powerful and harmonious groups in the jazz world today. Shai Maestro was invited to perform with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Keitaro Harada at Tokyo Metropolitan Theater in August 2019. The programme consisted of Miho Hazama’s first piano concerto as well as Shai’s original music.
Maestro also recorded four albums, toured the world and played at some of the world’s most renowned venues and festivals with the Avishai Cohen Trio. The trio performed at the EFG London Jazz Festival in 2018.
Shai Maestro - piano
Ofri Nehemya - drums
Jorge Roeder - bass
Philip Dizack - trumpet
The captivating Human – Maestro's respect for the ECM ethos of space and close-listening is apparent. It's a very special session, which the 2021 polls will almost certainly recognise★★★★ Jazzwise
Israeli-born Shai Maestro demonstrates all the traits demanded of his chosen discipline—sparkling facility, consummate control of tonal shading and voice leading, and a dynamic range borne of emotive resonance with the music. Maestro fits perfectly with ECM’s chamber-jazz aesthetic, and his second album for the European label, Human, places the bandleader in a grand lineage of pianists that Manfred Eicher has stabled over the decades★★★★ Downbeat
Opening the show is singer and bandleader Ranjana Ghatak, who grew up within classical Indian vocal music but has evolved a glorious style of her own that’s all about contemporary Britain, juxtaposing the beauty of sacred Indian vocal music with the driving improvised rhythms of contemporary music.
She’s worked with Akram Khan, Nitin Sawhney, and London Philharmonic Orchestra, and played with Seb Rochford from Polar Bear and beatboxer Jason Singh.
For this concert, Ranjana will be joining forces with Mercury-nominated producer/musicians Liran Donin (double bass) and Jack Ross (guitar) to perform material from her recent album - The Butterfly Effect. Drawing on her influences and roots in Indian Classical Music - Ranjana, Liran and Jack will perform an intimate set that brings out the beauty of mysticism, improvisation, poetry and ragas.