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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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.