Jazz Orient cannot be easily captured by categories of music, but think Indian rhythms and percussion meeting, European folk and jazz to create boundary crossing, genre trashing sound, all done in a spontaneous and imaginative way.
The core of Jazz Orient are Baluji Shrivastav on Sitar, Dilruba, tabla and countless other Indian percussion instruments; Chris Conway on guitar, keyboards, tin whistle and Linda Shanovitch on vocals. The group has possible trio, quartet and quintet performance sizes.
Their third and most recent album (released on ARC music) featured the talents of the specially invited guests Andy Shepard, Guy Barker and Egyptian master percussionist Hossam Ramsy.
Jazz Orient celebrate Jazz, Eastern European, Middle Eastern and Indian music creating a kaleidoscope of rhythms and melodies with intricate patterns of percussive footwork and graceful movements from Indian dance.
Baluji Shrivastav, Linda Shanovitch and Chris Conway have been making music together as Re-Orient, and Jazz Orient for 10 years. Over that time they have played at prestigious venues and events including the South Bank in London, festivals in Buxton, Edinburgh and all over the UK.
Re-Orient has been joined by many excellent musicians as guests such as Fiaz Khan, Sakari Kukku, Talvin Singh. Many like Gerry Hunt on guitar, sax. flute and keyboards, and Kevin Dunford on Bass and Mick Parker (tabla and kit drum) have become an extended family. We would like to thank all the great players who have joined us on this Re-Orient/Jazz Orient journey adding and sharing their music with ours.
They have made four albums including guest performances of legendary trumpeter Guy Barker, Sax maestro Andy Sheppard and “Sultan of Swing” Egyptian percussionist Hossam Ramzy.