Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Justin Gray and Synthesis debut album "New Horizons" ..Indo-Jazz blending Indian and Western music

Justin Gray and Synthesis is a contemporary world jazz ensemble that explores a captivating cross-cultural blend of Indian and western music. The ensemble features Justin Gray on Bass Veena and Electric Bass, Ted Quinlan on guitar, Drew Jurecka on Violin, Ed Hanley on tabla and Derek Gray on drums, percussion and Tibetan singing bowls. 

Bandleader Justin Gray is an award-winning bassist, composer and producer based out of Toronto, Canada. In 2010, Gray designed and co-created the bass veena, a multi-stringed instrument, which combines the fretless bass with elements inspired by various Indian stringed instruments. Justin is the first artist to perform on this instrument worldwide. 

Justin Gray and Synthesis’ debut album, New Horizons, features a collection of original compositions, which feature the bass veena performed alongside an inspiring line up of global artists. The music draws inspiration from Justin’s wide range of musical influences, including Indian classical, jazz, western classical, electronic and R&B music. Gray’s compositions synthesize these musical traditions with a unique combination of creative melodies, rich sonic textures, and exotic grooves. 

New Horizons features a number of exciting guest artists, including: Dhruba Ghosh (Sarangi), Trichy Sankaran (Mrdangam), Alam Khan (Sarode), Steve Gorn (Bansuri), Joy Anandasivam (Guitar), The Venuti String Quartet, Naghmeh Farahmand (Persian Percussion), Demetrios Petsalakis (Oud), Gurpreet Chana (Hang Drum), Todd Pentney (Piano), Joel Schwartz (Resonator Guitar) and Jonathan Kay (Esraj). 

Marty's review: the blending of jazz, classical and world music unite on this most adventurous and intelligent production. Justin Gray's bass veena is the rock on which all elements meet with the instrumentation of Indian music being the sound that weaves it together. Fans of jazz and world music will more than appreciate the combining factors that make this release a sheer piece of joy that resonates from all directions.

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