Out of Genre (First Hand Records, FHR09, 2011)
Sitar maestro Jonathan Mayer takes the sitar out of its comfort on his latest album titled Out of Genre. As the title implies, the sitar ventures into uncharted territories. Jonathan Mayer is the son of the late John Mayer, the great pioneer of indo-Jazz fusion in the UK. Jonathan follows his faher’s adventurous spirit by performing a wide range of genres with his sitar.
Jonathan Mayer’s sitar explorations take him to the worlds of Johan Sebastian Bach, jazz, North India and electric sitar fusion.
Jonathan studied sitar from Clem Alford, Pandit Subroto Roy Chowdhury, both of Senia Gharana, and Ustad Wajahat Khan of Imdadkhani Gharana. He also studied composition from his father and later with Andrew Downes at the Birmingham Conservatoire where he gained a B.Mus (Hons).
He has worked with Joji Hattori, Paul Weller, Kathryn Tickell, BBC Concert Orchestra, Kumar Bose, Kavita Krishnamutri, Kuljit Bhamra, Erich Gruenburg, Rohan De Saram, Kenny Wheeler, The Orlando Consort, John Wilson, Bombay Dub Orchestra, Future Sounds of London, Sarah Brightman, Noel Gallagher, and Paul McCartney.
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