Cosmic Waves

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Sandy Evans and Friends with Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani and Sruthi Laya

Sandy Evans: Tenor and Soprano Saxophone

Sruthi Laya

  • Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani: Mridangam
  • B.V. Balasai: Bamboo Flutes
  • U.P. Raju: Electric Mandolin
  • ‘Ghatam’ V. Suresh: Ghatam

Australian guest artists on selected tracks:

  • Alister Spence: piano (tracks 2, 5 and 6)
  • Brett Hirst: electric bass (track 3)
  • Roger Dean: computer (tracks 4 and 6)
  • James Greening: sousaphone (track7)

This stunning new release on renowned Indian label Underscore Records celebrates the collaborative work of Sandy Evans, one of Australia’s leading jazz musicians, with Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani’s brilliant Carnatic music ensemble Sruthi Laya.

The beautiful improvisations and compositions on Cosmic Waves explore the ocean as a metaphor for cross-cultural dialogue, creating links through music for the deep expression of the human spirit.

‘My first encounter with the power of Carnatic music was in 1996 when I toured India as a member of the Australian Art Orchestra (AAO) . We had the privilege of collaborating with South Indian mridangam maestro Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani. The spark lit by Guru Mani on that tour eventually led to this recording.’ Sandy Evans

Sandy will be in India in March 2012. She is performing for the AAO with Adrian Sherriff and Sruthi Laya at “Daya. On Kindness: Australia India Cultural Exchange” in Delhi on 16th March. This project is a celebration of 20 years of Australia India cross-cultural exchanges, in collaboration with the Australia-India Council and RMIT.

Indian release date: 16th March 2012. Catalogue number 12EX0001ACD www.underscorerecords.com

This project was undertaken as part of a creative practice PhD through MMCCS, Macquarie

 20 May 2012: Featured on Radio National’s The Weekend Planet with Doug Spencer >

Tenor and soprano saxophone, composer