Monsoon’s Mandala is an inspiring mosaic of global vibrations that will take you on a beautiful journey of discovery within. The album 'Mandala' is an immersive experience, a vehicle to help transport you to a different state of mind; close your eyes and see where the music will take you. Each and every song is inspired by different aspects of Nature and evokes a unique feeling. We hope there is something in this album for everyone. We fundamentally believe that music is not only the universal language but also a powerful tool to help us find our true inner self and unite us together as one.
Monsoon is an Indo-Jazz collective whose music combines elements of creative Jazz with traditional Indian Classical music to produce a rich and meaningful cross-cultural expression. Their elegant synthesis of penetrating Indian Ragas with creative Western expression has earned them International critical acclaim as innovators of the Indo-Jazz genre. Captivating audiences with memorable original compositions, and creative improvisation, Monsoon creates a truly unique, and vivid musical experience.
Monsoon features some of Canada’s most respected and versatile young musicians who have traveled the globe in search of a multi-cultural synthesis of musical expression. The saxophone brothers of Jonathan Kay and Andrew Kay fill the air with bird calls and breathes of melodies; Justin Gray grooves deep in the cavernous bass realm; Ravi Naimpally brings a genius pitter patter of a rainstorm; Adam Teixeira drums the pulsating prowl of a hunting tiger; Todd Pentney flies across the keys of the piano, rhodes, and B3 organ; and Derek Gray evokes the percussive dancing of African tribes.
" Young virtuoso musicians creating true East-West vibrations for the heart, mind, and soul"
George Koller, Producer - Toronto, Canada
"Upon first listening to Mandala, it's evident that all the members of Monsoon have devoted themselves to the crossing of jazz with Indian classical music. One cannot play or compose this kind of music without serious devotion to each genre. I admire the members for their contributions to this ever expanding hybrid and I'm sure audiences will be moved by the group's musical approach the same way I have been."
Rez Abbasi - Harlem, New York
released November 9, 2014
Producer: George Koller & Monsoon-Music
Recording Engineers: Jeremy Darby & Justin Gray
Mixing Engineer: Jeremy Darby
Mastering: David Travers Smith
Photography: Andrew Kay
CD and Artwork Design: Andrew Kay
Jonathan Kay – Tenor & Soprano Saxophones, Bansuri (Bamboo Flute), Esraj, Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Swarmandal, Tanpura
Andrew Kay – Alto & Soprano Saxophones, Bass Clarinet, Tibetan Singing Bowls, Whistles & Ocarinas, Hand Percussion
Justin Gray – 6 String Electric Bass, Double Bass, Bass Veena, Sitar Guitar
Ravi Naimpally – Tabla, Udu
Adam Teixeira – Drum Set & Cymbals
Todd Pentney – Fender Rhodes, Hammon B3 Organ, Piano, Wurlitzer
Derek Gray – Drum Set & Cymbals, Hand Percussion, Bata, Tibetan Singing Bowls, Kashakas, Ocean Drum
Monsoon is a Canadian Indo-Jazz ensemble that presents an eclectic blend of contemporary Jazz and Indian classical music.
This group of highly accomplished musicians brings together their diverse musical backgrounds and strong interactive musicality to create a powerful and fresh approach to world music and the blending of eastern and western music traditions....more